Russian airstrikes in Syria have destroyed several ISIS targets over the past weeks, including many buildings. With Russian jets in the air and Hezbollah on the ground, ISIS seems to be getting desperate. The aerial bombardment has been relentless and ISIS is scrambling to put together some sort of counter-attack. According to home footage released by the militant group earlier this week, ISIS has found a way to “strike back” at the Russian jets - using condom bombs.
The grainy footage shows several ISIS members inflating condoms, attaching some sort of homemade mine to them and releasing the makeshift balloons into the air - apparently hoping that Russian jets will fly into them.
Effective? Probably not. Innovative? Sure.
Sputniknews.com aptly describes the situation now faced by ISIS:
Left with little recourse in the face of relentless Russian airstrikes, the self-proclaimed [ISIS] terrorist group has apparently resorted to a fairly unique defensive strategy. According a video that surfaced online on Wednesday, the group has begun launching homemade condom bombs, hoping they’ll somehow veer into a Russian bombers.
While Sputnik cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video, it appears to show [ISIS] militants creating aerial mines out of condoms, which are then released into the skies over Idlib.
The entire arts-and-crafts project is shown, scored to look like some kind of bizarre extremist music video.
In a desperate move, the contraceptive contraptions are seemingly meant to drift into Russian bombers as they fly overhead. A clever – if fairly ineffective – strategy.
And, while the situation may seem desperate and even comical, the actions by ISIS just go to show how little the group regards innocent lives. Many of these devices - which have no chance of actually deterring a Russian jet - have fallen from the sky and landed in random places. It will not be long before reports of how these contraptions have injured and killed innocent civilians.