Thursday, November 05, 2015

ISIS forms what they're calling the "3rd Armored Brigade"..

via Vocativ
The Islamic State is responding to the U.S.’ latest moves in Syria and Iraq by flaunting a fleet of American-made Humvees and other military vehicles that it has pilfered.
More than a dozen new photographs published by ISIS depict what it’s calling its “Third Armored Brigade,” which is based in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh. The highly-choreographed images show ISIS fighters riding around the desert in Iraqi Light Armored Vehicles (ILAVs), a Humvee built in the U.S. and sold exclusively—at around $350,000 a pop—to the Iraqi military beginning in 2006. Militants are also seen operating several Soviet tanks and training with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, said Caleb Weiss of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank.

Hybrid warfare?  No, that description is no longer applicable.  I like "Mutated Terrorist Forces".

Did you see this coming?  I know.  I keep saying this but it boggles the mind.  We've seen the birth of a terrorist movement that is so powerful that it can go toe-to-toe with Nation State Military Forces and win!  Quite honestly if it wasn't for the intervention of the US in Iraq, and Russia doing the same in Syria, we'd be seeing a new nation under the Flag of ISIS.

Have we seen something like this in the modern era?

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