The 'vehicles' being used by ISIS are U.S. Military Humvees and U.S. armored vehicles that were captured by ISIS when Iraqi troops were overtaken.
27 of them were loaded with explosives, some of them were equivalent to the explosion in Oklahoma City
Even though they were vastly outnumbered in the battle, ISIS used dozens of formidable new weapons known as “Vbieds” in their stunning defeat of Iraqi forces in Ramadi.
Vbieds are vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices. ISIS converted captured U.S. military armored vehicles designed to be resistant to small-arms fire into megabombs, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Some of the Vbieds had explosive power equal to the force of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Over the three-day surge in Ramadi, ISIS fighters used at least 27 Vbieds, which destroyed Iraq security forces’ defensive perimeters and crumbled multistory buildings, according to The Journal.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his forces were no match for the enemy’s weapons.
“They have the will to fight, but when they are faced with an onslaught by [Islamic State] from nowhere….With armored trucks packed with explosives, the effect of them is like a small nuclear bomb,” he told the British Broadcasting Corp.