Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pentagon Is Caught Unalert of ISIS' Killer Drones; Fears ISIS May Use Them in Coming Mosul Battle

In a development that some security experts say the Pentagon should have seen coming, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is now using drones (unpiloted aircraft) to kill people on the battlefield, the Newser website reports today (October 12, 2016).

According to French media, two Kurdish peshmerga fighters were killed and two French special forces soldiers badly injured in Iraq last week when a small drone rigged with explosives blew up after it was intercepted and brought down.

ISIS has been known to use drones of the kind easily bought online for surveillance, but this is believed to be the first time the group has successfully used a drone to attack its enemies.

"We should have been ready for this, and we weren't," a robotic weaponry expert at the New America think tank told the New York Times. With the battle of Mosul -- Iraq's second largest city -- nearing, U.S. military experts fear that ISIS plans to deploy more explosive-laden drones against coalition troops.

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