A plan to attack Allied forces in Iraq backfired when a commercial drone outfitted with explosives by an ISIS fighter boomeranged back to kill him, reported The Sun.
Drones are programmed to fly back to their owners if they aren’t sufficiently charged, which was apparently the case in this incident.
Although the story was just released, a UK security source told The Sun that incident occurred after the battle for Mosul.
“We learned this idiot had wired up his drone with explosives but was killed when its batteries ran low and it flew home. With a weak signal for some reason it detonated over his head,” the source said. “This caused quite a laugh for us, but the drone threat is very real.”
Drones have been at the forefront of battles recently, with Iranian proxies in Yemen targeting Saudi Arabian civilian airports and military targets almost daily since May 2019 with explosives-laden drones.
Israel recently thwarted a drone attack by Iranian forces operating on the Syrian-Israel border under the command of Iran’s main general in Syria, Java Ghaffari. Israeli sources say the attack was directly ordered by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander Qasam Soleimani.
Israel was able to prevent the attack before the drone infiltrated the country. See video below of the Iranian cell attempting to launch the drone:
While Russian officials estimate that at least 3,000 ISIS fighters remain active in Syria, coalition officials estimate there are between 14,000 and 18,000 ISIS members still in Syria and Iraq combined. This is in addition to the many other terror groups that operate in these countries and are combat ready, particularly al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra (now rebranded as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham).
The U.S. military warned in a report published in early August that ISIS still remains a significant threat in the region. Over the last few month, ISIS has “solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria,” the report said.
The Pentagon also noted that from April to June, ISIS was able to carry out “targeted assassinations, ambushes, suicide bombings, and the burning of crops” in Iraq and Syria. In April, self-appoint ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a video, the first in five years, dispelling rumors that he had been killed by Allied forces.