Palestinian Islamists Release Video Showing Alleged Drone Strikes On Israeli TanksChris Menahan
May. 31, 2019
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A group called the Palestinian Islamic Jihad released video on Thursday purportedly showing makeshift air strikes on Israeli tanks using commercial drones.
From Defence Blog:
Militant group using commercial remote-controlled aircraft, referred to as drones, to attack Israel Defense Forces armored vehicles stationed on the Gaza border.WATCH:
What strikes me first is that they cut out the frames right before the alleged explosion. Also, when the explosion goes off the soldier in the first video doesn't appear to even react. One commenter said they may have cut the frames out so as to hide the exact elevation of their drones, which does seem like a possibility.
Aurora Intel suggested it may have just been the tank's engine starting up with the exhaust on the side:
The second video does show what appears to be an fiery orange blast. There's been a lot of small scale drone attacks over the past three years throughout the Middle East, so I don't know if they'd really benefit much by faking such a video.
YNetNews reported Thursday that "the IDF said the terror groups in Gaza made multiple attempts to attack Israeli troops using drones during the latest cross-border fighting round in the Hamas-controlled enclave."
The prospect of cheap commercial drones being used for warfare (at a time when US F-35's which cost $90-115 million a piece are crashing left and right) is certainly a game changer. While they can't carry huge payloads, just imagine 1,000 of these little drones carpeting a city. You probably can't even hear them coming if they're just a few hundred feet up.
Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro was allegedly targeted in a drone assassination attempt last year:
Houthi allegedly carried out a targeted small-scale drone attack on a group of Yemeni army leaders in January:
From NPR on Wednesday, "In Yemen Conflict, Some See A New Age Of Drone Warfare":
Drones are nothing new in the Middle East. U.S. intelligence agencies and the military have been using unmanned aerial vehicles in the region for well over a decade. But smaller drones have begun proliferating, and they are increasingly finding a role on the battlefield. It's the clearest sign yet, Waters says, of a new era of drone warfare.We're spending $700 billion a year on our military for, among other things, F-35s and aircraft carriers which are largely worthless in the face of small-scale guerrilla warfare. We should really be spending that money at home rather than searching for enemies to fight.
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