When the Pentagon was asked about claims that Iran’s military was able to hack and even control U.S. drones, a spokesperson simply said that they are aware of the report and have nothing else to add.
But now an investigator from the British think tank Bellingcat is speaking out and claiming that he can verify the videos. He claims he was able to use the buildings and the landmarks in the area to pinpoint the footage to the city of al-Haditha in Iraq.
This is an area that was known to have an ISIS stronghold, and because they used the landmarks and the buildings nearby, the investigator estimated that the footage was captured between 2016 and 2018.
We have actually found more footage since yesterday that was released within the last year. Now, these videos were released by Iran’s military and they claim that this is just a fraction of what they have hacked from U.S. drones.[
This footage includes video of what appears to be militants burying bombs in the ground near the road. This is notable because it shows that the drone was following and monitoring these individuals, but was not striking them.[
Then we get video that shows what Iran believes is a major compound where ISIS was housed. We see what looks like members of ISIS transporting barrels of oil. This is notable because, as we know, ISIS made its money off of participating in the illegal oil trade. So they are alleging that the U.S. was actively monitoring ISIS members while they were illegally transporting oil and making a hefty profit.[
The most gruesome part of the footage comes when we see ISIS members transporting a captive to their compound where dozens of militants gather around to watch his execution. As we know, we have seen a number of ISIS execution videos over the years, and the claim that the U.S. was actively monitoring those events while they were happening is a bold accusation, and it raises a lot of questions.
Now, it’s important to note that Iran’s military had claimed that this is just a fraction of the footage they have stolen from U.S. drones, and the United States has yet to confirm or deny the reports.