The Islamic State organization published a video of an alleged drone fleet, claiming to show their bombers in action over the city of Mosul targeting Iraqi troops.
The publication of the video came in the wake of reports in Arab media that Iraqi troops uncovered a drone workshop east of Mosul.
The video has since been removed from YouTube. PJMedia described the video thusly:
The 38-minute video, posted on YouTube and other content-sharing sites, had been teased for a day with a trailer released by ISIS. It largely features suicide bombers in vehicles, including one young teenager who can barely see over the wheel of the armored car. ISIS uses drone photography to follow the suicide bombers and film the attacks from the air.
This is the first time IS has published material about its “airborne” activities, and loyalists have been sharing it frantically on social media.
Muhammad Alshouly wrote on Facebook:
Look at the Caliphate operating an air force and continuing to be at the cutting edge of military and civilian life. Show me another state like mine. The videos of the aircraft reflect confidence in its manufacturing and operational abilities, otherwise they wouldn’t have published them, knowing that the first to analyze them would be the people of the Cross and their allies. Here we brought you new weapons, now show us, the countries of nonbelievers, how and where will you look – to the ground, where we planted landmines and explosive devices, forward where our armored divisions are approaching, or behind you, where our suicide bombers are lurking? The lions of the Islamic State thirst for your blood, and they are to your left and to your right and everywhere.
“Look at the design,” Sami Canaan tweeted. “Its propeller looks American. It looks like the Islamic State benefited from the American planes.”
في تصميم طائرة الدولة الإسلامية ..مروحة الطائرة لاحظوا هي من الخلف وهذا يشبه التصميم الأمريكي يبدو الدولة استفادت من الطائرات الامريكية pic.twitter.com/X9ZqiMHfAQ
— سآمي.. كنعآن Sami (@withents1969) January 23, 2017
Ahmad tweeted: “They say the Islamic State now has drones that it uses for bombing. God, now all the traitors, the Shi’ites and those who don’t believe in one god can benefit from them.”
يقولوا #الدولة_الاسلامية صار عندها طائرة بدون طيار تُستخدم للقصف!
— أحـمـد (@engahmedii) January 23, 2017
“In all honesty, after a bomber is manufactured, IS could compete with the great industrial countries,” USA tweeted, perhaps sarcastically.
بكل صراحة . . .
— U.S.A (@monir0022113) January 23, 2017
Antonion Giovanni tweeted: “For 100 years the Arabs were unable to build a paper plane, and in less than two years the Islamic State has been able to build a bomber in Mosul.”
— Antonio Giovanni (@sfsq1107) January 23, 2017