Friday, June 06, 2008

Mahdi Army uses “flying IEDs” in Baghdad

This is a nasty development! When Iran starts to use Iraq for testing new terrorist weapons, this is getting too far out of control. When is it time to bomb IRG bases?

Mahdi Army uses “flying IEDs” in Baghdad - The Long War Journal: "'There has been a lot of misreporting on yesterday’s event in the Sha’ab neighborhood of Adhamiyah, a district in northeast Baghdad,” said Lieutenant Colonel Steven Stover, the chief Public Affairs Officer for Multinational Division Baghdad, in an e-mail to The Long War Journal. 'What I find disconcerting is there have been few corrections. This was not an engagement and these were not Special Groups transporting missiles and mortars in a bongo truck.'

The bongo truck was actually the 'launch vehicle,' according to bomb experts who surveyed the scene. 'This was a crude rocket launching system we call an IRAM [improvised rocket assisted mortars] that prematurely detonated causing the other rockets in the truck to catastrophically exploded,' Stover said. Two Mahdi Army Special Groups fighters were killed in the subsequent explosions, as well as 16 civilians. Twenty-nine civilians were wounded and 15 buildings were severely damaged."

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