Sunday, July 6, 2014
'Islamic State' captured M1 Abrams tank
IS fighter is seen entering the largely intact AFV through the loader's hatch, looting the tank's secondary armament ammunition as well as what appears to be a related M240 machine gun. A jerrycan and pair of IA-issue boots can also be discerned among the items looted.
Rather than remain operators of heavy weapons in an organized retreat or destroy their heavy weapons before fleeing, IA crews appear to have simply chosen abandonment before changing into civvies, in the hopes of blending in with the civil population (much as they did during the invasion phase of OIF in 2003).