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    The Best Way to Defeat Russian Airstrikes: Blow 'Em Up With... Condoms?

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    Left with little recourse in the face of relentless Russian airstrikes, the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group has apparently resorted to a fairly unique defensive strategy. According to a video that surfaced online on Wednesday, the group has begun launching homemade condom bombs, hoping they’ll somehow veer into a Russian bomber.

    While Sputnik cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video, which was originally found on LiveLeak by Russia Insider, it appears to show IS militants creating aerial mines out of condoms, which are then released into the skies over Idlib.

    The entire arts-and-crafts project is shown, scored to look like some kind of bizarre extremist music video.

    In a desperate move, the contraceptive contraptions are seemingly meant to drift into Russian bombers as they fly overhead. A clever – if fairly ineffective – strategy.

    Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time IS has found creative uses for condoms. An e-book allegedly spread through IS twitter accounts back in May. Labeled “How to Survive in the West,” the book made a number of recommendations for what to include in any jihadist survival kit.

    Among those items: flexible straws, fishing hooks, wire, surgical blades, and – surprise – condoms. According to Express, the book suggested that latex contraceptives could be used as water-storage containers in a pinch.

    Even if this video turns out to be a hoax, it’s still pretty funny. Why IS prefers condoms to simple, run-of-the-mill balloons, is unclear. But if they think a bunch of exploding rubbers are going to scare off the military, they’ve clearly never been to Fleet Week.


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