BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:05 P.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group, after a week of retreating in the face of a relentless pro-government offensive throughout southeastern Syria, is now beginning to stiffen its defensive posture in the Syrian Badia. On Friday, the ISIS-linked Amaq media group released a video showing a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) belonging to the terrorist group being hurled at Syrian Army positions just west of the T-2 Airbase and its attached complex.
The use of VBIEDs by ISIS on the battlefield is a tell-tale sign of the terrorist group’s commitment to a given engagement, regardless of whether it is a defensive operation or an offensive operation. VBIEDs are used by ISIS, and to a lesser degree other jihadist groups fighting in Syria, as a shock weapon to break-up enemy concentrations, weaken enemy battlefield confidence through sheer explosive suppression power and destroy key enemy infrastructures (including forward bases). The success of even a single VBIED hitting its mark has been known to dictate the outcome of battles not only at the tactical level, but also at the operational level.
Using VBIEDs in the desert is one of the most inefficient methods of their employment due to the fact they can be spotted by opposing forces at a greater distance and that there are less obstacles to hinder countering-fire.
Regarding the VBIED in the video below, it is unknown whether or not the attacker succeeding in hitting his mark. About thirty seconds before detonation, the VBIED disappears from sight beyond a far ridge. In any case, the sheer power (likely representing several tons of explosives) of the man-driven weapon can be seen as a giant fireball and resulting mushroom could dominates the horizon – many kilometres away – after detonation.