An Iraqi army vehicle drives on a road near Qayyarah, south of Mosul, as smoke rises from burning oil wells on November 4, 2016, during a military operation to retake the main hub city from Daesh. AFP / Ahmad MOUSA
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SALAHIYAH, Iraq: On the Mosul front lines, Iraqi forces have found a new tool to counter Daesh's (ISIS) suicide car bombs: small commercial drones.Men of the Iraqi army's 15th division were advancing through Salahiyah village, on the edge of Hammam al-Alil, one of the main targets on the vast southern front.The drone flew over enemy lines and landed back on the roof of the village school, which sits atop a hill overlooking the plain and has been turned into a temporary command center. Daesh fighters use snipers and mortars when Iraqi forces approach their positions, but when both sides engage on the ground, the militants' weapon of choice is the suicide car bomb. They have unleashed dozens of them every week since the start of the offensive against Mosul on Oct. 17, inflicting casualties on Iraqi forces although the authorities have not provided any figures.
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