A machine-gun-wielding Russian robot was sent in to “take out” an ISIS emir and four other militants in a raid this week designed to stop terrorist attacks in the Republic of Dagestan, according to Russian security services. A video showing the killer robot indicates that the mechanical shooter was maneuvered into position and received supporting fire from a special forces unit.
The Sun reported this week that Russia has acquired a new soldier in the ongoing war against ISIS terrorists — a robot. The device, equipped with a machine gun, rolled into battle against the extremists in Makhachkala, Dagestan, where ISIS emir Rustam Aselderov was reportedly holed up with members of his terrorist group.
A video of the assault on the compound where Aselderov and four other extremists had secreted themselves, has been uploaded to LiveLeaks, and it shows the Russian robot trundling up to the building, maneuvered by its handlers into a more effective shooting position. Its special forces colleagues fired into the building along with the robot, and according to Russia’s FSB (Federal Security Service), killed all five occupants in the structure, including the emir.
The statement, part of which was posted by the Daily Mail, noted that “among the neutralized bandits was the head of the Caucasus region’s branch of the Islamic State Rustam Aselderov, and four of his close associates.”
Aselderov, who also goes by the name of Sheikh al-Qadari, was named by ISIS as the governor of a new Caucasus province of the caliphate of the Islamic State. Once the leader of the local Caucasus Emirate insurgent group, he swore allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in December, 2014. The North Caucasus is a major source for foreign jihadists that have been fighting in Syria and Iraq, and Rustam Aselderov was the first major warlord in the area to ally himself with ISIS.
Since then, Aselderov’s group has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on police in Dagestan.
Prior to his affiliation with ISIS, the FSB, the Russian Federation’s interior counter-intelligence and counter-terrorist agency, said that Aselderov masterminded the foiled attack that was set to take place in Moscow’s Red Square on New Year’s Eve, 2010, involving two female suicide bombers. He was also involved in bombings in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, where 34 people were killed in 2013. The year before, he was linked to a couple of car bombings in Dagestan that resulted in the death of 14 people, with at least another 120 injured, accord to the security service.
The U.S. Department of State labeled Aselderov a “foreign terrorist fighter” in 2015 shortly after his appointment as an ISIS governor, and Russia itself offered a 5 million ruble ($78,000) reward for information on Aselderov’s whereabouts in October. Atlhough it is unclear if information concerning Aselderov being in Makhachkala led Russian special forces there, but the FSB said a joint operation with the interior ministry had ran Aselderov to ground in the Dagestan city. The ISIS emir and his fellow extremists were surrounded and eventually killed inside a private house, where “automatic weapons and a large amount of ammunition and explosives” were found.
The FSB’s killer robot is just the latest technological innovation to be introduced to its modern paramilitary and military forces. According to Sputnik News, in March, the military revealed that it had added an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to its modernized arsenal which could carry anti-tank rocket launchers and flamethrowers in addition to being able to fly reconnaissance missions, transport cargo, and coordinate artillery fire during an engagement.
As for Russia’s war on terrorism, the country has been fighting ISIS alongside Syria outside its borders in the Middle East since Syrian president Bashar al-Asad requested its presence in late 2015. Coordinated efforts to fight ISIS in partnership with the United States has been a topic broached by both countries, although, to date, as has been reported by the Inquisitr, the two nations have found themselves in situations that have been dangerously confrontational.
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