According to Kyle Orton, an analyst at the British think tank Henry Jackson Society, the effect of the bombs goes beyond the material damage and casualties they cause.
“Barrel bombs in conventional military terms are not especially useful. There is little ability to direct a barrel bomb, and their use against military hardware is limited,” Mr Orton told The National. “But it is these characteristics that have proven so useful for the pro-Assad coalition: barrel bombs are used to terrorize, and the fact (that) they are indiscriminate and most useful against unarmed civilians is a feature, not a bug.”
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