Watch ISIS Drones Attacking Iraqi Forces
Iraq’s military has turned the tables on the Islamic State’s drone tactics by improvising its own unmanned aircraft to drop grenades and other small munitions on the militants in the key battle for Mosul, U.S. officials say.
Earlier this year Mosul became a proving ground for the emerging threat of cheap drones used by terror groups. The militants were using the small unmanned aircraft for both attacks and surveillance.
At the peak in February, the Islamic State deployed 10 to 15 drones a day against Iraqi security forces as they fought to clear militants from Mosul, said Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a military spokesman in Baghdad. – USA Today
ISIS was using commercially available hobby drones and converting them to carry different types of weapons potentially making them lethal. The US military took the ISIS drone threat seriously when it appeared and has effectively neutralized it according to reports from Iraq.
Featured image of a drone Aris Messinis, AFP/Getty Images