US-led coalition airstrikes againstthe Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) on Wednesday destroyed two “significant VBIED [Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device] production facilities” near Mosul, Iraq.
VBIEDs are essentially car bombs and are one of ISIS’s deadliest weapons. Accordingto Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, ISIS controls about 2,300 armored US Humvees and converts them into VBIEDs.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) June 10, 2014
US Central Command said Wednesday that the production facilities destroyed in the airstrike “contributed to the VBIED network fueling ISIL’s terrorist activities in the region.”We will continue to systematically target and attack the Daesh VBIED network to increase security for the Iraqi Security Forces and the Iraqi population,” said Col. Christopher Garver, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve public affairs officer.
Earlier this month, airstrikes against ISIS obliterated a key supply hub near the Iraqi city of Ramadi – a stadium stocked with “homemade explosives, weapons and ammunition as well as VBIED [Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device] components.”
Here’s an aerial view of the strike: