In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 photo, an Iraqi officer holds a book was found in a drones workshop belonging to Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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First the tiny drones buzz overhead to observe Iraqi soldiers.The innovations are expected to keep coming since Daesh has been spending freely on technology, even as their fighters face intense pressure from coalition forces, according to Iraqi military officials.The extremist group is hacking store-bought drones, using rigorous testing protocols and innovating tactics that mimic those used by U.S. unmanned aircraft to adapt to diminishing numbers of fighters and a battlefield that is increasingly difficult to navigate on the ground.An Iraqi special forces officer told the AP this week that at least three Iraqi troops had been killed by the drones and dozens injured.Gen. Haider Fadhil said in addition to conducting surveillance and dropping bombs, the drones were being used to guide car bombs in real time.The little fixed-wing planes and choppers have appeared in several Daesh videos online showing the drones observing Iraqi troop movements from the air and suicide car bombs hitting their targets.
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