Kurdish Fighters Are Using ‘Mad Max’-Style War Machines To Battle ISIS
Let’s hope these things are as deadly as they look.
Looking like Mad Max movie props or Civil War-era ironclad ships and Burning Man art cars, the Kurdish Peshmerga militia is improvising a fleet of armored vehicles for the fight to eject ISIS from Mosul, Iraq. They’ll need all that armor—the battle to recover Mosul could reportedly take up to two months.
Denied proper armored vehicles by countries cheering them on from the sidelines, the Kurds have fabricated clever protection for any sort of vehicle they can muster for the fight.
When it defeated a disorganized and demoralized Iraqi army, ISIS seized the army’s US-made modern weaponry and vehicles left behind after American forces withdrew.
The Kurds attempting to exorcize the ISIS infestation from their country are doing it with modified trucks, buses, tractors as well as the Soviet-era Iraqi army equipment that fared so poorly in the 1991 Gulf War.
The battle to retake Mosul is well and truly underway. The combined effort of the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga is expected to prevail. They have already, according to one report, retaken 80 miles of formerly ISIS-held territory and recovered several villages. Think how much easier that task would be if they had suitable equipment.