The British special forces got the idea from a Pakistani-origin intelligence officer who suggested that Bollywood songs would annoy ISIS, who view the music as un-Islamic. The strategy has been tried out in the Libyan coastal town of Sirte, where the British troops are training Libyan forces to fight ISIS.
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According to a report in The Mirror, the team left two cars near the border of Sirte, and started blaring Bollywood songs at dawn using a remote control and two speakers.
In another incident, they intercepted ISIS' internal communications and blasted them with Bollywood tunes instead. The experiments have reportedly revealed their hiding places and weaknesses, depending on how much time it took the militants to reach the source of the music and how they complained about the music.
“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," an unnamed source said.