ISIS Advancing Fast in Trojan Horse Use of Low-Tech Drones

An air force is not something we tend to associate with terrorist groups, but innovations being tested by ISIS against forces encroaching on Islamic State strongholds could foretell flying IEDs at the global terror level.

These aren’t high-tech warfare, but popular hobby drones that can be purchased anywhere and operated without arousing suspicion. And that’s a huge concern.

ISIS has released videos in which they’ve used drone photography to capture sweeping vistas of their attack convoys and training areas. They’ve used drones to conduct surveillance and assessments. And it’s not limited to the Islamic State. In Afghanistan, the Taliban recently revealed their own unmanned capability in a drone-filmed video of a suicide bombing.

 Last week, ISIS released their first video of weaponized drones in action, showing a drone’s-eye view of explosives dropping on groups of people and vehicles targeted in Mosul. The blasts were similar to a grenade, causing injuries when close enough to people—two Al-Hurra journalists were wounded this month from a drone-dropped explosive—but not causing much of a dent to armored vehicles.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, warned last fall that ISIS “makes extensive use of drones” and “it’s not episodic or sporadic—it’s relatively constant and creative.”

It’s something at which they’ve continued to get more and more creative. Not only do they drop explosives and fly back to base, but Townsend described drone attacks similar to a Trojan horse: the mysterious little craft lands, troops think it’s a disabled enemy drone and bring it in for analysis, and then it explodes. In October, an ISIS drone flown into the midst of coalition forces in Irbil killed two Peshmerga soldiers and injured two French Special Forces soldiers. The drone was said to be cheap; its cargo was reportedly C4 explosive.

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