New challenges in Syria as militants weaponize drones
Militant groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State group have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other and coalition forces, adding a new twist to the wars in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq, said the U.S. has seen militants use a variety of improvised drones and modified drones, adding, “there’s nothing very high tech about them.”
“They can just buy them as anybody else would,” he told reporters. “Some of those are available on Amazon.”
A video belonging to an al-Qaida offshoot, Jund al-Aqsa, purportedly shows a drone landing on Syrian military barracks. In another video, small explosives purportedly dropped by the Iran-backed Shiite militant group Hezbollah target the a Sunni militant group.