ISIS Going High Tech in Syria With Drone Swarms

ISIS has been exploiting the Syrian refugee crisis to position their caliphate soldiers all over the planet, but back in their strongholds of Syria, the terror group is remotely controlling a different type of weapon.

The situation in Syria is certainly a sticky one.  We have ISIS strongholds littering much of the small nation, with Russian and Syrian forces working together, in extremely uncouth ways, to “fight ISIS.  Meanwhile, many around the world have accused Syrian President Basher al-Assad of working with the Russian military to coverup evidence of heinous chemical weapons attacks that he has committed on his own people.  Somewhere in the mix is a relatively small faction of U.S. troops, walking a bit of a tightrope as they work primarily to eradicate the radical Islamic threat.

Now, these brave men and women are not only fighting ISIS in the middle of this messy international affair, but they’re fighting an adaptive and progressive branch of the terror organization that is relying on high tech equipment to be more effective than ever on the battlefield.

“Islamic State drones are attacking U.S. Special Operations forces located around the group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa in Syria, U.S. officials and Syrian fighters said, sometimes disrupting the ability of American troops to call in airstrikes.

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“The Pentagon, in response, is looking to send additional anti-drone equipment and troops into Syria, according to one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss planning.

“Unlike in Mosul, where U.S. forces have deployed an array of drone-stopping systems, U.S. troops on the ground in Raqqa are operating with fewer resources and have a limited ability to defend against the small, hard-to-spot aircraft, the official said. The off-the-shelf drones, sometimes used in swarms by the extremist group, are often rigged to drop small 40mm grenade-sized munitions with a relatively high degree of accuracy.

“In Raqqa, the Islamic State has been attacking U.S. targeting teams working alongside the coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF, the official said. The teams — usually operating from a vehicle with radios and a computer synced to communicate with the aircraft overhead — often have a spotter looking for incoming drones. In recent days, according to one SDF fighter, the Americans were preparing for a set of strikes after receiving coordinates from their Syrian counterparts when they had to move position because of a drone.”

The terror organization has not previously been well-known for their technological prowess, often relying on crude and basic devices to carry out their attacks, making this new advancement by ISIS fighters a bit more alarming.


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