The Syrian civil war is a long-running military affair that has created a serious military and humanitarian crisis in the region. Syrian military forces have been using new tools against rebels and other Islamist forces who want to oust President Bashar Al-Assad from power. Known as “barrels of death” by the residents in the rebel-held neighborhoods, these makeshift barrel bombs are shrapnel-packed explosive devices that Syrian forces have been dropping on from helicopters in the before mentioned areas.
A “barrel bomb” is an old oil barrel packed with explosives, shrapnel and some kind of incendiary device set to detonate on impact and explode taking down whatever is in their path. Barrrel bombs are becoming a weapon of choice as of late because of their great effectiveness, devastating effect, and low cost and reliability. It looks like the rebel forces are going to have a long day if they can’t find a way to take those birds out of the sky before they can drop their “eggs”.
Should the U.S. be doing more to help the rebel cause just like Russia and Iran are helping Assad, or is this a region problem that has nothing to do with us? Sound off and share your opinions and comments in the section below.