An ISIL supporter has presented a plan to attack planes conducting airstrikes against the terrorist group: Deploying birds as bombers.
The comprehensive plan, called “A New Way to Down Warplanes,” was posted on an ISIL supporters’ group on the messaging app Telegram on Saturday night, the US-based Vocativ news website reported.
It looked like a trolling attempt at first, but at a second glance, it’s a detailed (and creative, albeit repulsive) plan on how to target the warplanes in Iraq and Syria. The guide offers suggestions about which birds and explosives would be best to use, and about how to smuggle the birds into a war zone.
“The Crusader and Shiite airstrikes are the biggest military obstacle to the soldiers of the caliphate and dealing with it is a big challenge,” the loyalist wrote. “This is why we have to put in effort and find solutions. An idea came to my mind and I am asking to pass it to the relevant Mujaheddin in the Islamic State (of Iraq and the Levant).”
But, by Sunday night, no one in the Telegram channel responded to the sympathizer’s calculated scheme.
The plan isn’t lacking in morbid enthusiasm. The idea is to strap a “lightweight” bomb to a bird with a so-called “suicide belt,” and train the bird in six (easy) steps to fly into a jet and detonate an explosive—effectively making the bird a suicide bomber. The ISIL loyalist suggested using a Urea bomb, which he theorizes was the explosive used by ISIL to down the Russian Metrojet plane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 on board in late October.
After conducting the necessary research, the loyalist wrote, he found two species of birds that particularly fit his criteria for height and speed: the peregrine falcon and Rüppell’s vulture. The only problem with the vulture, though, is that it resides in Africa, although it “can be smuggled or found in zoos across Syria and Iraq,” the plan declares.
It all sounds incredibly unconventional. But it’s worth noting that militants have used animals to wage attacks in the past. Donkeys laden with explosives were sent to attack by terror groups in Afghanistan and Iraq. During World War II, the US experimented with using “bat bombs” and pigeon-guided missiles.