ISIS militants are using drone warfare more widely in Iraq and Syria as the group comes under increasing military pressure from all sides.
The Iraqi army in western Anbar has shot down its second ISIS unmanned aerial vehicle during the past 24 hours, according to a senior commander.
The commander of Anbar Operations Command, General Ismail al-Mahalawi, said in a press statement that the Iraqi soldiers shot down an ISIL UAV by medium and light weapons over al-Ameriyat, 23 km South of Fallujah.
“This was the second ISIL drone that has been shot down by the army in Anbar during the past 24 hours,” he added.
Previously, Iraqi volunteer forces announced that they have shot down a UAV that was spying on the country’s security forces in al-Jarayeshi region in Al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.
Iraq’s popular forces reported that they have brought down a hostile surveillance aircraft over Al-Jarayeshi region in Northern Anbar Province.
ISIS increases its drone airforce, according to the Mirror:
The terror group has been using small drones remotely piloted in Iraq and Syria for some time.
But now, according to the Iraq Ministry of Defence, the feared terror group is reportedly increasing its arsenal.
The Iraqi MoD released a picture at the weekend showing a soldier in the Iraqi army holding a drone which had been knocked out of the sky earlier this month.
As reported by fortune.com, the drone could be bought for $1,000 online.
The Iraq military say the drone had been taking pictures of an army outpost.
It shows that ISIS is now using drones to spy on its enemies as well as for launching deadly attacks.
It emerged today that the cash-strapped terror group has started fining motorists in a bizarre attempt to plug their funding gaps.
The terror group struggles to make ends meet after losing territory and oil cash thanks to air strikes and fighting on the ground.
They have been forced to slash their fighter’s wages – and many have quit in disgust at their treatment.
So Islamic State officials have been forced to come up with new fines to get money from their dwindling population.
Ludovico Carlino, a senior analyst at IHS, says fines are being imposed for driving on the wrong side of the road or not answering questions about the Qu’ran correctly.
He explained: “These taxes include tolls for truck drivers, fees for anyone installing new or repairing broken satellite dishes and ‘exit fees’ for anyone trying to leave a city.”
Islamic State began accepting payment for violations instead of the corporal punishments proscribed under Shari’a law, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Earlier this year it was reported that ISIS has been forced to cut the salaries of its murderous fighters by HALF.
Fighters now get just £100 a month because of “exceptional circumstances”, according to a document recently released by Bayt al-Mal, the Treasury Ministry of ISIS.
Islamic State is feeling the pinch because it recently lost Ramadi and other territories in Iraq.
On January 13, the international coalition bombed the central headquarters of Bayt al-Mal in Mosul, destroying millions of dollars stored there.
Afterwards, ISIS’ governor in Mosul issued a fatwa that permits ISIS killers to extort money from locals.
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