Doug Bedell — October 26, 2016, 10:15 pm

‘A Thorny Problem:’ ISIS Using Drones

Something else to be concerned about in defending a security perimeter: off-the-shelf drones. As in, for example, ISIS using drones in Iraq rigged to drop small explosive charges in its defense of Mosul. They’re also using drones as artillery spotters, DefenseTech reports.

“It’s a pretty thorny problem” and “we expect to see more of this” as the advance on Mosul continues, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Defense Tech adds that “Townsend also referred to the incident earlier this month in which ISIS used a model airplane as what he called a ‘Trojan horse’ against Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq.”

It’s not that warfare is becoming like the toy aisle in a department store, but there are continually new security threats to defend against, and drones clearly are one of them.

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