A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) belonging to the ISIS terrorist group has been seized by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after its engine block was destroyed and the driver of the car abandoned the area on foot.
According to pro-government accounts, the attempted VBIED attack by ISIS targeted SAA positions at Tel Maksour, north of the Kuwiries Airbase. SAA troops fired at the vehicle when its came into view. The blow which immobilised the car came from a 23 mm anti-aircraft gun being used in the direct-fire role. A round(s) from the 23 mm gun took out the engine of the vehicle bringing it to a halt and the would-be suicide driver abandoned the car and fled the fire zone shortly thereafter.
The foiled car bombing is but one of dozens of VBIED attacks that the ISIS terrorist group has been launching against pro-government forces in the east Aleppo countryside since the onset of the large-scale SAA offensive this January aimed at expelling ISIS from the province.
The use of car bombs by ISIS as a tactical weapon on the battlefield is a central part of their combat doctrine. VBIEDs are used by the terrorist group to break up attacking troop concentrations (defensive means) and to burst open the front-lines in areas they wish to attack (offensive means). The sheer explosive power of VBIEDs gives them the status of a shock weapon and they are used by Daesh to compensate for their firepower deficiency (compared to pro-government forces) in heavy artillery and their lack of an air force.
Often the success of such attacks is relative to the level surprise that is achieved. In recent times, the pro-government forces have adopted evermore efficient means of combating the VBIED threat, being able to identify such incoming attacks earlier and thus destroying car bombs at stand-off ranges with tank, artillery and anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) fire before they can do damage to friendly positions.