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Syrian Rebels Aim Mortars With The Help Of iPads

09/17/2013 02:14 pm ET

If there was ever a time that the mind-numbing cliche "there's an app for that" was really apt, this may just be it.

Mohamed Abdellah of Reuters took an incredible photo of Free Syrian Army rebels on Sunday as they used an iPad to guide mortar fire in the country's brutal civil war outside of Damascus.

Check out the photo below:

ipad mortar

Speculation around the photo has suggested that the rebels are using an iPad app such as iHandy Level Free to aim the mortars in the absence of sights.

"It is something they have been using for a while," Eliot Higgins, a British-based weapons analyst, told the Times of London. "Some are also using smart phones. It’s quite common."

Though civilians may be surprised to see a tablet used in the context of war, Apple anticipated it. The licensing agreement all iTunes users sign reads: "You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons."

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