July 10, 2008

Never Too Late to Spread a Little Fear

You have to give credit where credit is due: the Washington Post isn't quite ready to surrender to victory in Iraq, and they're not above hyping a desperate bid for relevance by waning Shia militias as a significant tactical adaptation.

U.S. Troops in Iraq Face A Powerful New Weapon by Ernesto Londoņo of the Washington Post Foreign Service was a much better article the first time I read it over a month ago in Bill Roggio's far more useful Long War Journal article, which the Post mentions but doesn't link. I can only assume that the Post failed to link Roggio's article because is so much more competently written.

While Londoņo seems intent on describing a weapon system that is a an improvement over past improvised devices in describing a weapon that has killed at least 21 people, he buries the fact that 18 of those 21 (16 civilians, two Madhi Army militiamen) were killed as a result of the jury-rigged bombs failing, and detonating in their launchers.

The so-called IRAM is a crude, desperate weapon apparently designed by the Judean People's Front.

I'm not surprised that the Post would try to hype potential bad news in Iraq, but a crude weapon that has killed six times more people on the launching end than the receiving end seems more ripe for mocking than fear.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 10, 2008 08:50 AM

Nonsense! It was designed by the People's Front of Judea!

Posted by: Will T. Power at July 10, 2008 10:03 AM

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Posted by: Stan at July 10, 2008 01:08 PM

It's a home-made katyusha, and those have been around for about 65 years.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at July 10, 2008 02:43 PM

Something like this was used against US Forces in Japan in the mid 1980's, fired against Yokota AFB while we were stationed there, but with a single rocket. The launch truck was burned out to destroy identification/evidence. I've got to say, the Japanese Red Army Faction did a better job of design...the rocket flew right down the airfield and "detonated" (not much warhead, they primarily wanted to show what they could have done) between the runway and a housing area....where we lived.

Posted by: doug in Colorado at July 11, 2008 06:49 PM