ISIS News: Robot, New US Commander Prepares To Take Back Mosul

ISIS News: Robot, New US Commander Prepares To Take Back Mosul
The U.S. Army – Palestine neighborhood of Mosul The U.S. Army / Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Iraqi unmanned, armored, and machine-gun-wielding ground vehicle is the latest focus of ISIS news from Iraq.


Security forces of Iraq are preparing this armed robot to combat ISIS forces.

ISIS News: The Iraqi Robot

According to Defense One, the wheeled vehicle is about the size of a small car. The robotic vehicle has four cameras, an automatic machine gun, and a launcher for Russian-made Katyusha rockets. The unmanned vehicle can be remotely operated by laptop and radio link from a kilometer away. This unmanned ground vehicle is loosely called Alrobot, which is Arabic for robot.

It has been reported that the vehicle will be used in an effort to retake Mosul.

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“The armored robot seems to be part of the Iraqi military arsenal in the offensive to liberate Mosul from ISIS,” said deputy director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, Elliot Zweig.

The robot was created by “two brothers” whose names are kept anonymous. Alrobot will be the first robotic army vehicle to land on the grounds of Baghdad and will be the first unmanned robotic vehicle to fire a weapon.

ISIS News: US Commander Vows To Take Back Mosul

On Sunday, Lt. General Stephen Townsend took command in Iraq and Syria. While doing so, he took an oath to gear up the campaign against ISIS and gain control of Mosul and Raqqa on his watch.

“I don’t want to make promises, but I intend to have Mosul and Raqqa done on my watch,” Townsend said. He announced such at the change of command ceremony that took place in Baghdad, in which he succeeded Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, according to Stars and Stripes.

Townsend was not vocal about how long his “watch” would continue. However, MacFarland served as commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Inherent Resolve for almost a year in the entire effort of U.S. and coalition forces to fight the ISIS of Iraq and Syria

The president of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, detected that by the end of this year, control would be regained in Mosul.

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