BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 P.M.) – After destroying a forward headquarters used by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Raqqa with a car bomb two days ago, the ISIS terrorist group has hurled yet another vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) at Kurdish forces fighting for control of the city.
At the present time, who the driver of the VBIED was, the specific target engaged by ISIS and the losses suffered by Kurdish forces remains unknown.
Although nowhere near the scale of VBIED usage that has taken place in the Battle for Mosul by ISIS forces there, the ongoing Raqqa engagement is now starting to see the regular employment of car bombs by the terrorist group against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to which the Kurdish YPG is the leading component.
ISIS, without a doubt and by far, holds the record over all other jihadist groups operating in Syria (including Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkistan Islamic Party) regarding the use of VBIEDs.
Offensively, ISIS employs its VBIEDs as a shock weapons to burst open enemy lines in preparation for infantry assaults. Defensively (as seen in the video below), the terrorist group uses VBIEDs to inflict high losses on attacking forces (usually by targeting troop gatherings) and to lower the morale of their opponents.