Tuesday, October 11, 2016

IED Drone Kills Kurdish Soldiers, French Commandos - Popular Science

On October 2nd, in Irbil, Iraq, a drone flown by ISIS injured two French paratroopers, who were supporting Kurdish forces. Two Peshmerga, or Kurdish soldiers, were killed in the blast, according to French newspaper Le Monde. The attack is possibly the first where a drone fitted with an improvised explosive device has inflicted casualties on troops from a Western nation.


bth: there is every reason to think this will be part of a long trend. Hezbollah has been using drones to drop grenades in Syria against rebels for months.  So to see ISIS using it as well is no surprise.  It is only a matter of time before drones are also used as a means of political assassination. Small low flying and quick drones are going to be very difficult to defend against. Laser tools for blinding, GPS spoofing and netting are obvious short term solutions, but that will not be enough.

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