BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – In 2017, Islamic State media released a video showing the terrorist group manufacturing and modifying a range of weapons systems from workshops inside the Iraqi city of Mosul (since retaken by Iraqi forces).
The video served as evidence to then preexisting claims from various sources that ISIS had a primitive weapons production capability.
Lately, ISIS has carried out an extensive bombardment of Syrian Army and allied forces positions in and around the Euphrates city of Abu Kamal with SPG-9 recoilless rifles (a 73-mm light artillery gun).
Likewise, footage and pictures showcasing the ongoing insurgency being wage by Islamic State fighters along the eastern Euphrates shore against US-backed forces also demonstrates heavy use of the SPG-9.
This is interesting because one of the weapons revealed in the 2017 propaganda video as being producible by ISIS is a reverse-copy of the SPG-9.
Given that the SPG-9 is not terribly complex in design with regards to materials needed and taking into account that ISIS already has the required knowledge to build it, there may be a chance that the terrorist group continues to produce the light artillery piece throughout stronghold areas still under its control in eastern Syria.