ISIS meets Mad Max in Mosul. @thomasjoscelyn @billroggio @followfdd

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03-20-2017

(Photo:VBIED by ISIS in Mosul )

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ISIS meets Mad Max in Mosul. @thomasjoscelyn @billroggio @followfdd

“…The Islamic State has become especially adept at turning various makes and models of cars into vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). Armor is fixed to large and small vehicles alike in order to make it more difficult for Iraqi and American forces to destroy them before they reach their target.

The US has been able to take out dozens of VBIEDs before their drivers could complete their missions. But the video showcases some of the jihadists’ more successful bombings. In one instance, one VBIED is driven into a security checkpoint and then a second snakes its way through an apartment complex until reaching the target. The footage is recorded from above, likely using small commercial-style drones, which have become a common tool for both the Islamic State and al Qaeda.

The Islamic State is unashamed of its use of children (or young adolescents) and handicapped men in suicide VBIED attacks. The youth are portrayed as “martyrs,” even though they are more accurately described as victims. The jihadists have used captured Yazidi children and others in its “martyrdom” operations.

Some, perhaps all, of the handicapped men shown operating VBIEDs were probably injured while fighting for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s cause. So their “martyrdom” is likely more willing.

Similar to its use of VBIEDs on the ground, the Islamic State has modified drones such that they can carry and deliver a small payload from above. The Ninawa province’s video dramatizes such attacks, showing the drones hovering over their targets and then dropping their bombs. In one short scene, a jihadist mans what appears to be a control station filled with computers and screens that allow him to guide the weapons to their drop sites.

In another scene, an Islamic State member uses a game console controller to fire rockets at his foes…”

Mar 21, 03:35 AM
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