Elite Iraqi units clearing Mosul from Islamic State occupation face aerial bombardment from modified ISIS drones every day. I just returned from two weeks on the ground inside Mosul with Iraq's Emergency Response Division and the Counter Terrorism Service. These two units are Iraq's best, and are taking the fight to ISIS daily. ISIS is using snipers, suicide car bombs and drones to attack Iraqi forces. ISIS modifies commercial drones to drop 40mm rifle grenades.
The Combined Joint Task Force, coalition military forces conducted 32 strikes against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq on January 12th alone, hitting an ISIS drone launch site in Northwestern Iraq. With the exception of just one day (January 10th), the forces have hit ISIS drones, drone launch sites or drone production sites daily since January 7th. IEDs consist of a range of components that include an initiator, switch, main charge, power source, and a container. IEDs consist of a range of components that include an initiator, switch, main charge, power source, and a container.
A member of the Iraqi Special Forces stands inside a civilians house used to scan Islamic State militants movements at the frontline in Al Barid district in Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. A member of the Iraqi Special Forces stands inside a civilians house used to scan Islamic State militants movements at the frontline in Al Barid district in Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. In a part of Mosul that had been reclaimed from the Islamic State group (IS) days ago, Iraqi special forces were attacked on Sunday by drones operated by IS fighters inside the city. In a part of Mosul that had been reclaimed from the Islamic State group (IS) days ago, Iraqi special forces were attacked on Sunday by drones operated by IS fighters inside the city.
The US Air Force is spending $15m on a mysterious drone killing system from an Israeli firm. The contract for'counter-unmanned aerial systems' will supply 21 kits, which are believed to be earmarked for dealing with the growing threat of drones from ISIS. However, details of the kits and how they will work have not been revealed, although it is believed to be a modified version of the firm's existing'drone shield' The deal is with ELTA North America, a U.S. subsidiary of Israeli Aerospace Industries which does produce a'drone buster' called Drone Shield, pictured here. It is believed the new system mixes scanning systems with a system to disable drones mid flight, or cause them to return to their base, allowing them to be tracked. According to Army documents, 'ELTA North America Inc., Annapolis Junction, Maryland, has been awarded a $15,553,483 firm-fixed-price letter contract for counter-unmanned aerial systems.
Islamic State extremists fired cluster bombs at Iraqi government forces stationed near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, killing at least one soldier. The attack, which came on the third day of a large-scale government offensive to take back west Mosul, marks one of the few instances the militants have used this type of ordnance, which is banned under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Cluster bombs struck an operational headquarters for Iraqi troops in the village of Areyj, near Mosul. A number of U.S. soldiers with the coalition are also bunkered there in a separate area of the compound. Damien Spleeters, the head of Iraq operations for Conflict Armament Research, a group which identifies and tracks weapons used in armed conflicts, said the use of cluster munitions by Islamic State is "a very, very rare occurrence."