SAS forces have come up with an offbeat tactic of using Bollywood songs to fight ISIS in Libya after a suggestion by a Pakistani-born army intelligence officer. The officer said that ISIS call the music un-Islamic against their religion.
In the fight to chuck out ISIS from Sirte, special forces are training the local Libyan forces to use military tactics judiciously. And Bollywood songs are one of them.
According to Mirror, a psychological operations unit,JSOC – Joint Special Operations Command, used Bollywood songs and cut off the communication of militants.
In an incident,with the help of Libyan forces, the team left two cars with heavy speakers at a checkpoint near Sirte and turned up the volume high. They were controlled b a remote.
The move was against their Sharia law which bans everything influencing the western interests and others, while tunes of Bollywood music is another blasphemy against the extremely conservative Muslim ideologies.
“We needed to unnerve militants and at the same time use some sort of passive measure to gauge their force strength in the area we are working and it went well,” said a senior source.
Colonel Bashir Buthefira said the forces are now moving towards Harawa; a place 75 kilometer east of Sirte.
ISIS formed its new branch in Libya November 2014. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi , the ISIS leader, then divided the militants into three branches: Cyrenaica in the east, Fezzan in the south, and Tripolitania (or Tarabulus) in the west.
Last year, the group took over Sirte and since then have been using the place as a recruitment and training cell. Some western countries are concerned about the fact that “ISIS could use airport and Sirte’s port as a launchpad of extremism in Europe,”according to Daily Mail.