This probably isnt even a game, but im interested in ISIS's artillery capability as in most other games they dont have artillery.
This item reflects an ISIS/Shiite artillery exchange South of Kurkuk at Taza which I think is controlled by Shiite Militia whilst the Kurds hold most of everything else.
I will also link to a report that ISIS captured 52 big artillery pieces a few years ago, but I imagine they have been either destoyed or they dont have the ammunition for them or cant move them.
However, I see artillery being one of he most powerful features in the Iraq situation and worth considering which this item is aiming to do.
The Aljazeera article details the Kurds taking Kirkuk in June 2014 and so im assuming they still hold it.
The Rudaw article details ISIS and Shiite militia firing artiller at each other.
The Washington Times refferes to the capture of the 52 artillery pieces worth $600k each.
The video shows an ISIS artillery piece being blown up. Makes you wonder why they were filming that as though they were waiting for it to happen?
Either way, I think artillery is significant in all areas and where ISIS have artillery they are much stronger, but I imagine that most of it has been targetted in air strikes. As such, I dont really think they have any. Other than this account I dont see much ISIS artillrty happening. Reffering to the M198 howitzers ISIS captured, they are all use GPS targetting which I imagine they cant use. I dont think they have the logistics to support that type of armourment, repairs, transport etc, but they might have smaller things, but even then they need ammunition. I think they pretty much favour rockets that I think they can make, like Hammas do in Gazza. the Military Factory article details what weapons ISIS theoretically have. My question would be what out of all that could they manage, maintain and operate and also get ammunition for.
In short whilst im just focussing on the significance of artillery in this region, the Rudaw article does suggest that ISIS are building up and their use of artillery, which might be a rare resource is itself significant.
Another point of interest here is that the Kurds and the Shiite Militia are allied. The Shiite Militia are Iranian backed essentially. Also, the Voice Of America details the new Iranian Culture Center that they have just opened in Kirkuk, which seems odd for a country supposedly in the midst of a civil war.
see Washington Times
see Military Factory
see Voice Of America