This post was written by Connor Balough

ISIS has announced through its Amaq Agency that an elderly “touched one” was used for a suicide bombing against the Syrian Army in eastern Aleppo countryside. The suicide bomber was identified as Abul-‘Alaa Ash Shami.

Amaq claimed that the suicide bomber killed 11 Syrian Army soldiers including one officer. They also claimed that a tank and 23mm gun cannon near Makhum (Maamoura) frontline village were also destroyed.

Last month, careful research by Al-Masdar’s Ibrahim Joudeh, discovered that in recent months around 80% of suicide bomber from ISIS have been elderly men and children.

The lack of manpower for ISIS has become increasingly desperate as they now mostly send elderly men and children to conduct suicide missions, to preserve younger and fitter fighters.

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