Recent ISIS English-language propaganda has provided operational “how-to” guides intended to inspire homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) in the United States. An avenue the group will likely expand is their use of weaponized drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Indeed, ISIS will likely continue refining its UAV capabilities and touting successes as proofs of concept for future operations.
Since February, ISIS claims it has conducted approximately 80 UAV attacks in Iraq and Syria, killing approximately 40 and injuring 100. The UAVs are primarily quadcopters, which can be easily purchased online and customized to drop small explosive munitions. In this episode, we delve further into weaponized drones being utilized by ISIS.