ISIS using more armed drones and suicide vehicles in Mosul
Islamic State fighters were increasingly using Mad Max-style suicide vehicles and commercial drones armed with grenades in their defense of the Iraqi town of Mosul, Australia's defense chief said Wednesday.
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin likened the vehicles used by the Islamic State group against Iraqi government troops to those featured in the George Miller-directed post-apocalyptic movie franchise.
Multiple attacks by explosive vehicles were the group's first line of defense, Binskin told a Senate committee.
"These could come as just vehicles that are loaded (with explosives), but more likely now in what you would hear termed 'Mad Max vehicles' — lots of steel around them, small slits for the drivers to see, and they're predominantly suicide attacks," Binskin said.
The militants were also increasingly using publicly available drones armed with grenades and other small weapons over the urban environment of west Mosul.
The threat was "enough to create havoc and, if you're in the wrong spot, kill you," Binskin said.
Binskin said Iraqi troops use a range of tactics against such attacks, but he declined to detail them.