Islamic State uses drones to coordinate fighting at the Baiji oil refinery

In a newly released video showing the Islamic State’s assault on the Baiji oil refinery complex, several scenes depict the jihadist group using unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance and battlefield coordination.

The use of drones allowed the Islamic State to gather intelligence to be used by commanders for command and control purposes, as well as act as spotters for artillery pieces.

In addition to the scenes showing the use of the drones, other footage features several Islamic State commanders in an “operations control room” directing the fighting at the refinery.

It is unclear what kind of unmanned aerial vehicles were employed by the group…


More pix at link. They are also releasing photos showing the use of child soldiers at Baiji:

unnamed-3A young Islamic State fighter firing a howitzer during the fighting at the Baiji oil refinery

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