Saturday, November 29, 2008

US Training Iraqis To Defeat Deadly Roadside Bombs

An instructor talks about various explosive devices during a for bomb disposal training for the Iraqi security forces at a Besmaya range complex just outside Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

From Yahoo News/AP:

BESMAYA RANGE COMPLEX, Iraq – Two Iraqi soldiers acting as insurgents hook up a cellular phone detonator to a 155mm artillery shell with a coiled red wire, bury the mock bomb in a pile of dirt next to a rusty electricity pole and then disappear down the street.

Minutes later, an Iraqi army patrol in Humvees and an armored vehicle with radio-jamming equipment speed into the dusty intersection and disable the bomb remotely with a robot, as U.S. and Iraqi generals observe the training drill from the shade of a tent.

The exercise at this sandy, wind-swept Iraqi military base south of Baghdad is part of U.S. efforts to pass on hard-learned lessons to Iraq's army on how to combat what has long been the insurgent weapon of choice — roadside bombs.

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My Comment: This is a problem that will be with the Iraqis for a very very long time.

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