Who is supplying the Mahdi army now?

#2
Could be a photo of anyone.

msr
 
#3
It's an Associated Press photograph, (google "Mahdi Army fighters celebrate the withdrawal of British troops from Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq") so I would be inclined to accept the alleged location and context.
 
#4
#6
Ask Ollie North. The M4 was on issue in the '80s, the add-ons could be bought over t'internet from Cletus's Guns'n'Gas.
 
#7
I was under the impression that the longarms the US had lost were AK types. If this is so then Rumps post would be misleading. My guess is that it has been recovered from a wounded or dead US soldier
 
#8
I think you will find that the weapons supplied by the US to Iraqi forces are predominatly AK's.
 
#10
If its looted, what are they going to do about resupplying it with ammo and general bits'n'bobs. There can't be that much 5.56 ammo to fit it rolling around and even less spare parts.
Or do the Madhi army have thier on A* logistics dept?
 
#11
Iraq Adopts the M16 and M4
May 17, 2007: The Iraqi army is switching from the AK-47 assault rifle, to the U.S. M16 and M4. Iraqi officers and some NCOs will get the shorter M4, while everyone else will get the M16. The first classes of Iraqi army recruits are already training with the M16. There are several reasons for the switch. For one thing, the M16 is two pounds lighter than the AK-47, and more accurate. It simplifies ammo supply, especially with all the U.S. and Iraqi units working together. There is also a morale factor. Many Iraqis may not like American troops, but they certainly respect their military skills. That respect extends to the weapons, and Iraqi troops see their AK-47s as something losers use, while M16s and M4s are the weapons of winners. You get the idea, so do the Iraqis.
http://209.85.135.104/search?q=cach...ied+m4+rifles+iraqi&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=uk
 
#12
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2f0_1181102884

http://www.afji.com/2007/08/3003985

The wrong weapon
TO THE PENTAGON for its decision to replace the Iraqi military's AK47 assault rifle with the M16 and M4. The stated reason is that the switch came at the request of the Iraqis. But there's a logic gap here. The M16 and M4 are more complex weapons that require additional training and maintenance. The AK, though a simpler weapon, is more reliable in conditions where training, care and maintenance might be less than ideal. Moreover, parts and ammunition for the ubiquitous AK are far more easily available. But it's the AK's ubiquity that may point to the Pentagon's true reasoning for the switch. An M16 is far easier to spot if it gets in the wrong hands. With the Government Accountability Office's recent report highlighting that the Pentagon has lost track of more than 100,000 US-supplied AKs meant for Iraqi security forces, the swap to a more traceable rifle might have seemed smart. But the fledgling Iraqi military lacks the discipline to effectively maintain these weapons."
 
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smartascarrots said:
Ask Ollie North. The M4 was on issue in the '80s, the add-ons could be bought over t'internet from Cletus's Guns'n'Gas.
Hmm, perhaps not.

 
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sandmanfez said:
smartascarrots said:
Ask Ollie North. The M4 was on issue in the '80s, the add-ons could be bought over t'internet from Cletus's Guns'n'Gas.
Hmm, perhaps not.

Perhaps the Iranians kept the good stuff and passed on their own knackered old sh1te? They were fighting (and IMO losing) a war.

It'd be a touch of poetic irony if the darling of the US right was responsible for US guns getting into the hands of the killers of US soldiers. I'd dearly love to hear Rove spin that one.
 

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