Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), reportedly the most dangerous of the terrorist organization’s affiliates, released a training video that provides instructions to fighters on how to create “cloaks of invisibility” to protect them from drone detection.
The 16-minute video, titled “Combatting Spy Airplanes,” demonstrates how to make a personal body shield from aluminum and tarp. The video, according to the Washington Times, is pieced together using portions of U.S. military public relations videos, with one segment showing a lab worker “heating up a frozen dinner in a microwave” to explain human heat signature.
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The instructional video outlines the cloak creation process, which starts by spreading a body-sized tarp on the ground. Next, the tarp is covered with glue and a layer of aluminum foil is applied. A second layer of glue is then spread over the foil, followed by another tarp.
“The aluminum is supposed to act like a heat barrier, keeping the fighter’s body heat from being detected by the drone camera system,” a Middle East Media Research Institute analysis explained. During the day, the cloak can also be painted with camouflage colors or covered in tree branches to provide further protection.
Whether or not the cloaks have been effective has yet to be seen, as U.S. Central command officials refused to comment on the “effectiveness or ineffectiveness of specific enemy [tactics].”
The introduction of the cloaks comes at a time when President Obama has increasingly intensified drone attacks in Yemen. According to RT.com, there have been “more strikes issued in the last few years than throughout the 2000s.”