November 23, 2020

ISIS drone bombers

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A member of Iraqi forces operates an unmanned drone to make it fly over Islamic State position outside the town of Safayah near Mosul, 23, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

has converted commercial drones into bombers

By Jessica Conditt From engadget

New images show how the terrorist organization makes weapons out of quadcopters.

As Iraqi Security Forces attempt to drive ISIS out of Mosul, a large city in that the terrorist organization has occupied since 2014, it’s facing an arsenal of improvised, experimental weapons. One of ISIS’ newest hand-made weapons is the armed drone: a commercial quadcopter equipped with the ability to drop grenade-size explosives.

It’s well-known that ISIS uses weaponized drones, but new images out of Mosul confirm that the group is now using the quadcopters as bombers as well as single-mission vehicles. Kurdish media network Rudaw reported last week that the explosive-dropping drones have killed civilians and damaged equipment. So far, ISIS has not used these drones to deliver chemical weapons, Rudaw said.

Iraqi forces have anti-drone weapons, including gun-like jammers that can drop some commercial models to the ground, and they’ve taken down at least a dozen armed drones so far, Rudaw reports. The ISF also uses off-the-shelf drones in its military operations, mainly for scouting and helping to call artillery strikes.


A member of Iraqi forces operates an unmanned drone to make it fly over ISIS position outside Mosul, Iraq October 23, 2016. REUTERS / Zohra Bensemra

Alex Mello – Twitter
Nice shot of the improvised release mechanism ISIL is using to drop grenades from commercial off the shelf UAVs …

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