ISIS has officially claimed responsibility for a series of fires that burned hundreds of acres of farmlands in Iraq and Syria over the last few weeks.
The terrorist group’s newspaper, al-Nab’a, revealed in an article released on May 24 that the group’s cells had burned hundreds of acers of wheat and barley in the Iraqi provinces of Diyala, Kirkuk, Nineveh and Saladin, as well as in the Syrian province of al-Hasakah.
Last week, new photos revealed that ISIS cells are using a unique remote-controlled improvised-incendiary device (RC IID) in their arson attacks
The IID is built around a simple Nokia 1280 mobile phone. The terrorists connected the phone’s 3.5 mm audio jack to what appears to be a thin resistance wire, of an unknown material. A V-shaped metal piece was used to make sure the two ends of the wire will remain in place.
The phone’s original Li-Ion 850 mAh battery was apparently replaced with a more powerful one of 1,200 mAh, likely to make sure the IID will have sufficient power.
These IIDs were uncovered in northern and western Iraq. It remains unclear if ISIS cells in northeastern Syria are using the same method.
Al-Nab’a said that these arson attacks were a response to “the fire that burned Muslims, their homes and houses over the last few years.”
“Before you, thousands of acers of land planted with wheat and barley … Before you, their [locals who oppose ISIS] fields, their homes and their economic facilities … Roll up your sleeves and start the harvest, May God bless your harvest.” al-Nab’a’s concluded its article.
While ISIS is trying to present these arson attacks as a form of vengeance, Iraqi sources revealed that the terrorist group is only targeting the farmland of those who refused to pay Zakat [an Islamic tax] to it.