first published on January 23, 2017 by Will
ISIS releases a video clip of a drone dropping a grenade, or some other point detonating explosive, into a crowd of pro Iraqi troops somewhere in or around Mosul. The attack was surprisingly accurate, as well as effective, as a number of visibly wounded troops fall to the ground.
Coalition forces have been harassed, observed, and attacked by various consumer level and improvised Islamic State drones for months now. In October 2016, two French paratroopers and two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed during an ISIS drone attack. Although very few details of that attack were released, it was assumed that the drone responsible was a one-way suicide drone. It is now clear that ISIS has multiple options for explosive payload delivery with the aid of remote air assets.
Back in July, the Pentagon announced a $20 million program to defeat enemy unmanned aerial vehicles. The future assets will feature abilities ranging from jamming GPS and communication to outright destroying the devices with lasers.