WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (KUNA) — The efficiency of aerial bomb-strapped drones used by the so-called Islamic State group has diminished “significantly,” the Coalition said, but they remain a threat to Iraqi forces and civilians in Mosul.
The drone attacks have “resulted in damage to some equipment and the damage of some structures as well as to some civilian casualties,” said a brigade commander from the anti-IS coalition US Army Col. Brett Sylvia.
Due to joint efforts between coalition and Iraqi forces “we’ve been able to bring down these IS drones and have made them much less effective than they were in the beginning,” he told a briefing.
He said, however, that the devices have not harmed any of the coalition forces as they are short-ranged and unable to penetrate “front lines”.
Sylvia described the devices as “small drones with small munitions” similar to a “little grenade” that IS has been dropping.
The army officer said that their use has “evolved over time” as the group’s devices have been getting smaller.
Reports had emerged a few months ago that IS was attacking Kurdish forces with explosive-strapped commercial flying drones purchased from companies such as the web-based marketplace Amazon. (end)
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