first published on January 10, 2016 by Josh
An M1 Abrams acquires a fast moving ISIS SVBIED and quickly adjusts its gun on target. When it fires, there is no question that it scored a direct hit.
A fast moving SVBIED from ISIS is moving towards it’s target destination. As it comes into view, an M1 Abrams from the Iraqi Army puts the vehicle into its sights. A few seconds later the tank takes a clutch shot, defeating the threat before it can get to it’s target and explode.
The Iraqi Army acquired this 3rd generation main battle tank named after General Creighton Abrams from the United States in 2010. They were supplied 140 refurbished tanks from the United States between 2010 and 2012 in order to assist them with maintaining security after coalition forces turned over this duty to them.
Since 2014 the Iraqi Army has used the main battle tank against Daesh. During combat operations with Daesh forces, the Iraqi Army has lost control of six of these tanks. At this time, it is unknown if the Islamic State group will be able to maintain the Tanks capabilities, or if they will end up being abandoned due to their maintenance and munition costs. It is also worth noting, that in order to capture the tanks, Daesh had to do significant damage to them.