The Iraqi army figures turn about is fair play when it comes to ISIS.
It seems that Iraqi soldiers making an advance on Mosul have taken a page from the Islamic terrorists own playbook by launching shuttlecock grenades from drones.
Ballistics experts note the feathered shuttlecock tails are attached to the explosive devices to help them stay balanced on their way to their targets.
ISIS extremists have been using this tactic in their attacks on coalition forces fighting to recapture the last major
ISIS stronghold in Iraq.
“Residents would stare at the sky during the Mosul fighting, fearing ISIS drones,” federal police Col. Hussein Muayad noted with satisfaction. “Now it’s the enemy whose eyes never leave the sky. They used to hit us once, but we can hit them up to four times with a single drone.”
That’s because Iraqi forces fighting in Mosul are now equipping their remote-controlled drones with 40 mm grenades, enabling much greater accuracy than just shooting them from grenade launchers.
“Dozens of terrorists have been killed and wounded. Jihadist movements have been paralyzed,” Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat of the federal police commented.
The deadly feathered grenades remain well balanced along their trajectory while live footage from the drones can be viewed by commanders, Muayad explained.
“West Mosul is very populated. The roads are very narrow,” he continued. “The point with these drones is to have very precise strikes to target the terrorists, not the residents…there are always 12 drones in the air, ready to strike.”
In a West Mosul courtyard recently recaptured from ISIS, Capt. Baraa Mohammed Jassem of the Rapid Response Division boasted to reporters that his elite force has “perfected” its drone warfare capabilities.
“We took the … idea from the Daesh terrorist organization,” Jassem noted with a fierce smile. “With a night drone, we found and carried out a strike on a group of eight jihadists, hitting them directly.”
Source: NY Post
Photos: Military.com, Newsiosity Composite