Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) are just one of many ghastly weapons that ISIS fighters employ as they continue their reign of terror around Iraq. Generally, explosives are placed inside a car and wired to a detonation switch, which is then detonated remotely or in-person near civilians or military personnel. U.S. Military on the ground are taught the many warning signs that may indicate a vehicle could be laden with explosives, such as the rear of the vehicle sagging (under the weight of the explosives) or the disposition of the driver. But, no matter how alert and vigilant they may be, coalition forces always aim to destroy VBIED’s before they ever make it onto the battlefield.
In this video, you can watch coalition forces bomb one such VBIED making facility near Al Qaim, in western Iraq near the Syrian border, along with a plant that was also being used to produce vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and manufacture chemical munitions. These and other efforts are part of Operation Inherent Resolve, with the goal to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. By doing so, it restricts the group’s ability to devise terror plots across the globe.
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According to the Business Insider, the US-led coalition targeting ISIS in Iraq and Syria has “destroyed numerous targets in both countries in the weeks following this strike. During the first three days of October, the coalition conducted another 69 strikes hitting ISIS facilities, fighting positions, weapons emplacements, and energy infrastructure.”
The region in and around this particular airstrike has been hit heavy in recent months to retake Mosul. More than “60 countries have made up the coalition forces with heavy strikes on October 8, four strikes on October 9, four strikes on October 10, four strikes on October 11, one strike on October 12, five strikes on October 13, and another strike on October 15,” according to the Business Insider.
As you can see in the video, these strikes are merciless, fast, and furious. The end result is nothing is left and that is the ultimate goal. On September 12, 2016, just days before the strike in the video, coalition forces conducted a strike after “Intelligence indicated that Da’esh converted a pharmaceutical plant complex into a chemical weapons production capability, using chlorine or mustard gas,” the Business Insider confirmed.
A US Air Force Central Command official said, “This represents another example of Da’esh’s blatant disregard for international law and norms.” This is why the strikes continued, to put an end to ISIS’ attempt on terrorism.