Leadership & Ethics

SIED Attack on Armour in Mosul

By Tom McDermott May 16, 2019

Click here access the video

We've spent a lot of time thinking about defensive TTPs and armour over the last few months. This video, via journalist @MikeyKayNYC, reports to show a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack against an Iraqi armour column in Mosul, Iraq. You can see the SVBIED vehicle drive in, and the tanks seeking to disperse. They engage the car, but fail to stop it. It drives into the side of one of the tanks before detonating.

  • How would you deal with this situation?
  • What defensive TTPs could you have set up?
  • What RoE triggers would have been necessary and proportionate?    



Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

Add new comment

Cove App


Fast access to The Cove anywhere, anytime. Additional feature of receiving notifications for new content.

Reflective Journal


Record your reflections in a structured way to improve your performance.