A great victory of American and Iraqi forces

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by KGB_resident, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070122/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_a_city_s_tale

    1300 reckets and 1100 RPG? There are so huge numbers. Why not to show these weapons on TV?

    Who have heard about the operation near Balad Ruz?


    It is a picture of capturesd rockets.



    I wonder, why do the insurgents still use home-made IEDs, while having such huge arsenals of sophisticated weapons?
  2. Probrobly because theres dozens if not hundreds of different Insurgent groups each with their own capabilities and how successful IEDs have been for some of these groups.
  3. OR... perhaps...

    they dont have an aircraft to fire the 57mm from :scratch:

    and after they've fired an RPG there's gonna be a lot of "incoming"!

    IEDs are used by organisations who can't afford losses (unless the relative kill rate / success is very high)
  4. As I read it, these insurgents use the payloads of sophisticated weapons systems (large warheads like artillery shells, for example are hidden in large quantites all over Iraq), and bury/conceal a cluster of them on a route usd by coalition forces. They rig them with 'improvised' systems to allow them to be detonated remotely, without the need for wires, using, for example, a cell phone as the receiver to activate the detonator.

    Thus these are 'Improvised' explosive devices, yet they are both sophisticated and powerful (some of them large enough to overturn an Abrams tank).

    They can, presumably, move all the constituent parts around in small trucks, and thus not attract the attention of overhead surveillance systems(satellite, UAV) by hauling around the associated launch systems - like Katyusha trucks, or 155mm howitzers.