From the ‘Afghani robe’ to the suicide bomber’s all-black uniform, how ISIS differentiates between ranks with various outfits

From suicide bombers and executioners to weapons experts and religious police, the Islamic State uses a complex network of militants to wage its terror war in the Middle East.

To differentiate the various roles within its hierarchy, it has, perhaps more than other military organisation, sought to assign corresponding uniforms for each unit.

These, say anti-ISIS activists who live in the shadows in the terror group’s de facto capital Raqqa in Syria, can be broken down into several categories, each as sinister as the next.

  • Jabberwokk

    1 suit
    2 suit
    black suit
    boom suit

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hmm. With 30,000 foreign volunteers swelling the ISIS ranks and Putin’s assertion that no Russians will be engaged in ground combat, it looks like the stalemate will continue. Iran’s “elite” force has proven to be less so in fighting ISIS.

  • mauser 98

    missed one

  • pike bishop

    It must be hard to issues commands to an army of men all named mohamed.

    • Hard Little Machine

      Apparently there’s only 2 words in their language. Allahu and Akbar.

      • pike bishop

        It’s not like the Sarge McCool can holler “…Kowalski…take Jones and O’houlihan and Goldberg and try to outflank them…”

  • Hard Little Machine

    I want the concession on those orange jumpsuits they put on the guys they behead. They never reuse them.

  • tom_billesley

    After action uniform

  • Ron MacDonald

    The NAZI’s did the same thing.

    • UCSPanther

      The infamous “Blackshirt” SS uniforms come to mind.

      I don’t think any other similar organization (IE Romanian Securitate, Iraqi Republican Guard, Iranian Revolutionary Guard, etc) had such a well-chosen uniform in order to cause their subjects to fear them…

  • Barrington Minge

    The old .50 cal round doesn’t differentiate.