ISIS Protecting Suicide Vehicles With Turret Gunners In Raqqa

first published on August 3, 2017 by

An ISIS suicide vehicle barrels towards an SDF position in Raqqa, Syria. The vehicle is protected by a turret gunner to prevent interdiction.

In a tactical development, recorded in Raqqa, Syria, we see that ISIS is now manning their suicide vehicles with turret gunners. The turret gunner’s job is to dissuade individuals from popping out of cover to fire rocket propelled grenades into the VBIED, causing an early sympathetic detonation of the explosives inside.

This new tactic is a transition from what was seen in Mosul, and shows that the Islamic State is learning from the after action reports of failed suicide bombing attempts in previous campaigns. In the past we have seen ISIS turn their VBIEDs into mobile firing platforms that shoot rockets, but those devices must have been too costly to fabricate for the terror organization. Now, in an attempt to save money, they are just feeding more people into their machine of death by doubling up on their suicide attacks with multiple fighters.

It is believed that Islamic State fighters are taking large quantities of Diazepam before they conduct these attacks. The drug, traditionally used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures, can cause paranoid or suicidal ideation and impair memory, judgment, and coordination. Judging from the stance of the shooter on top of the vehicle in the video below, I would wager that this, along with findings at abandoned IS positions in Raqqa and Mosul, proves the heavy usage of the controlled substance.

Note: Video credit goes out to Kurdish24 News. A Kurdish news agency that has been covering the on-going conflict against the Islamic State. You can find their twitter feed at this link, where they regularly update their page with content from the area.

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