Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Islamic State Has Perfected The Use Of Multiple Massive Car Bomb Attacks To Overrun Cities

Jeremy Bender, Business Insider: ISIS' favorite tactic for overrunning cities is brilliant, devastating, and insane

Since ISIS exploded onto the scene in Iraq in June 2014, the group has managed to overrun cities garrisoned by contingents of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) that were multiple times larger than the attacking militant forces.

In May, ISIS seized control of Ramadi after months of battles against the ISF, Iraqi police, and members of Sunni tribes who opposed ISIS.

Altogether, the ISF had assembled a force of about 2,000 soldiers in Ramadi who were fighting against between 400 and 800 militants. Despite having many more troops, ISIS still managed to take control of the city due to their devastating and insane tactic of using waves of multiton suicide car bombs.

WNU Editor: These truck bombs pack an enormous amount of fire-power (see above video). For more on the Islamic State's use of car bombs go here .... Truck bombs: the Islamic State's 'air force' (AFP).


Caecus said...

I'm trying to think of a way to counter this tactic. Obviously attack helicopters with hellfire missiles should be effective but ISIS no doubt has AA guns to counter this. Maybe planting IEDs to pre-detonate them would work.

Caecus said...

Of course, if there are 30 of them incoming a few IEDs won't have much effect either.

James said...

There are Apache and A-10 drivers out there who love to get it on with these guys.

phill said...


It would be fish in a barrel. But where were they when Ramadi was falling?

Jay Farquharson said...

For those interested, over at Col. Pat Lang's place, Sic Semper Tyrannis, Patrick Bedard has been writing on the military and intelligence organization of ISIS.

One tactic that ISIS has adopted in Iraq, in response to air strikes, is to remain dispersed in small cells including "5th Column" cells inside the target area, that only aggregates at the moment of attack, and disperses back into small cells scattered through out, once combat is over.

There are no long columns driving through the desert any more, just small clumps of non-descript vehicles moving towards the target over several days.