Fake Rock IEDs of Various Regions

One popular tactic used to hide IEDs out in the open is making them look like ordinary rocks. In regions where rocks or debris are plentiful, these can be a difficult threat to recognize. Disguising these deadly devices as rocks enables the terrorist to place them above the ground in plain sight and on various surfaces such as concrete or pavement. This tactic also saves the emplacement team time since digging holes to bury them is not necessary. Often there are nuances that give away their concealment, especially if personnel are aware to the possible presence of such devices in specific areas of operation and know what anomalies to look for.

The material construction of these concealment methods varies in each location but has included; spray foam, concrete, gypsum, fiberglass, resins, epoxies, and similar materials usually common within the local area.

Here is a look at what has been found in several different regions.

Stone IED in yemen 2Above: A stone IED found in Yemen

stone IED in yemenAbove: A stone IED found in Yemen

FSA Jaish Al-Thawrah dismanteld a dozen rock camouflaged #IEDs planted along roads of East #Daraa countryside.Above: FSA Jaish Al-Thawrah dismantled a dozen rock camouflaged IEDs planted along roads of East Daraa countryside.

Civil Defence members also found an IED disguised as a rock--a design used extensively by both IRGC-backed groups and IS (1)Above: Syrian Civil Defense members found this IED disguised as a rock.

Civil Defence members also found an IED disguised as a rock--a design used extensively by both IRGC-backed groups and IS (2)Above: Syrian Civil Defense members found this IED disguised as a rock.

Rock IEDs in Yeman

Above: Stone / Rock IEDs found in Yemen

IED camouflaged in Gypsum to look like a rock found in Palmyra Syria

Above: IED found in Palmyra, Syria was camouflaged with Gypsum to look like a rock.

Islamic State invention - IED disguised as a rock

Above: A Stone IED found in Iraq made by the Islamic State

rocksAbove: Stone IEDs found along the Turkish / Syrian Border.

These items in our collection, taken from Taliban fighters, fake rocks made from fibreglass to cover IED's.Above: These items were taken from Taliban fighters – fake rocks made from fiberglass to cover IED’s.

Tabqa Security Forces disarmed 500 IEDs laid by the ISIS in the city (1)Above: Tabqa Security Forces disarmed IEDs planted by ISIS in Al-Thawrah District, Syria

Several stone IEDs clearly visible (#ISIS speciality) as well as Russian cluster munition and other explosivesAbove: Several fake rock IEDs are clearly visible within this explosive collection point found in Syria.

Stone IED - rope handleAbove: Fake rock / stone IED found in Syria. (note the rope carry handle)

stone IEDs in syria 3Above: Fake rock / stone IEDs found in Syria.

Stone IEDs in Syria 2Above: Fake rock / stone IED found in Syria.

fake stone IEDs in SyriaAbove: Fake rock / stone IED found in Syria.

Yemen Houthis concealed IEDs in Taiz (2)Above: Concealed IEDs found in Taiz, Yemen

TALL AL HAJAR 8Above: Rock IEDs found in Tall al Hajar, Syria

TALL AL HAJAR 4

Above: Rock IED found in Tall al Hajar, Syria

IEDs from Al Bab (2)Above: Rock IEDs from al Bab, Syria

This tactic is not exclusive to IEDs and explosives.  The below image details what can also be used as concealment for spying devices.

A spying device concealed in what appears to be a rock is seen in the Sannine mountain that overlooks eastern Beirut and the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Above: (Not always an explosive) A spying device concealed in what appears to be a rock is seen in the Sannine mountain that overlooks eastern Beirut and the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Stay alert and stay safe.

 

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