first published on October 25, 2017 by Josh
One of the deadliest weapons in the arsenal of the Islamic State is the Suicide-borne vehicle. These heavy altered vehicles are often filled to the brim with explosives, and then hastily armored using whatever scrap metal the group can conjure up from wreckage found on the battlefields. For the duration of the current conflict in both Iraq and Syria, we have seen hundreds of suicide bombings both succeed and fail for the Islamic State.
The video you are about to watch is an instance of one such attack that failed in Iraq. It is a common tactic for the Islamic State to use a suicide bomber to hit positions first at the beginning of a ground assault. This video appears to be an attempt at starting one such ground attack, but it appears as if the Iraqi Army was more than prepared for them.
In the instant the suicide bomber heads towards the Iraqi Army lines to create a breach for follow on forces, it is met with a heavy volume of pretty accurate machine gun fire. It is unclear what type of ammunition is being used by the gunners, but the rounds appear to be penetrating the improvised armor with ease.
After just a few short seconds in the storm of gunfire, the vehicle is detonated either remotely by members of the Islamic State hoping to cause some damage, or by the gunfire that slamming into the vehicle from all angles. Either way, the resulting explosion is impressive. It speaks volumes to the amount of explosives the Islamic State fighters are able to pull out and pack into their bomber’s vehicles.