A video posted recently to YouTube shows an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) fired by ISIS militants near Mosul, Iraq, blow up an American-made M1 Abrams tank.
The tank was operated by Iraqi troops advancing on Mosul in the offensive to retake the second-largest city in Iraq. ISIS captured Mosul in 2014 and has occupied the city ever since.
According to military expert Dan Goure of The Lexington Institute, the video “makes an irrefutable case for the United States Army acquiring active protection systems (APS) now.” The single, Russian-made ISIS missile is able to utterly destroy the Abrams tank in a stunning fireball. No word on the fate of the tank’s crew was made available — but judging from the images seen below, if indeed the tank was occupied there appears little chance of survivors.
Watch the video below, purportedly released by ISIS but posted to YouTube by LiveLeak. Be warned, the violent images could prove disturbing.
The guided missile was identified by Goure as a Russian-made Kornet ATGM, a missile first manufactured in 1994 and made its debut with the Russian army in 1998. The Kornet is now in widespread possession by military and paramilitary organizations around the world.
The first known instances of the Kornet being deployed in combat, according to the military new site Military Today, came in the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, when Iraqi troops fired the missile at American forces, successfully destroying a pair of M1 Abrams tanks, as well as a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.
But in an ironic twist, in the ISIS video above the same model of American-made tank is operated by Iraqi troops who this time are on the receiving end of the Kornet guided missile.