BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The Islamic State terrorist group has showed off a new type of weapon deployed by its forces in eastern Syria via series of pictures released by the organization’s media wing.
The pictures, shown below, are linked to a days-long engagement between Islamic State militants and pro-Coalition forces (to which Kurdish militias make up a large up) in and around the strategic Shaitat tribal region of Syria’s Deir Ezzor province.
Some of the pictures show ISIS militants employing a standard motorbike design armed with a 12.7-mm heavy machine gun.
Although extremely simple in make-up, the new weapon seems to fit well with the terrorist group’s military doctrine of carrying out highly-mobile hit-and-run raids against exposed positions.
Most of the photos were taken near two large towns on the eastern Euphrates shore within Shaitat tribal lands called Abu Hardub and Abu Hammam.
The battle saw an elite ISIS affiliate group, the Ansar al-Islam brigade, repel an assault by US-backed forces to capture the Shaitat tribal region and then launch a small counter-attack of its own to drive back pro-Collation fighters into the desert.