Contemporary Operating Environment

What It's Really Like to Fight with the Islamic State

By Tom McDermott February 13, 2019

This video, obtained by VICE News, reportedly shows head cam footage from Islamic State fighters conducting offensive operations against the Kurdish Peshmerga near Mosul, Iraq.

In the video you can see a home-made armoured SVBIED vehicle, vehicle TTPs of the Islamic State fighters (including spacings and movement over open ground), their reaction to effective enemy fire, and their potential CASEVAC drills.



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.


As someone used to pushing the boundaries of when it's acceptable to not crawl/roll on my guts when out field firing blanks, the fact that the guy rolling is unscathed but the guy standing up gets shot is a stark reminder of the importance of staying low.

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