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Ultra-hardline ISIS militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday.

“The (IED) can be thrown, launched from an improvised rifle attachment, or in its most recent phases of development, dropped from a commercial, off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone,” CAR said in a report following visits to Mosul in November, February and March.

Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the terror group was “promoting the development of ‘own-brand’ weapons” to provide its insurgents with otherwise unavailable armaments.

Iraqi military and elite counter-terrorism forces launched a sweeping, U.S.-backed offensive in October to retake the city, ISIS’ last major urban stronghold in Iraq seized in a lightning offensive in 2014.

CAR, which identifies and tracks arms and ammunition in war zones, reported in December that ISIS had been making weapons on a scale and sophistication matching national military forces and that it had standardized production across its realm.

The monitor’s findings suggested ISIS was centrally managing the design and production of improvised weapons with the ability to test its systems on the field and refine them as well as use new technologies such as drones.

The report said ISIS was using the battle for Mosul to field-test different types of ordnance, an important step in any weapons research and development program.

“Evidence of research and development by ISIS forces, compiled by CAR since 2014, suggests that such adaptations are likely to continue and will result in further UAV innovations in the near future, potentially for use in theaters other than Iraq.”

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