The real WMD in Iraq. 59 replies

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Nusentinsaino

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#1 12 years ago

Are IED's or Improvised Explosive Devices. Those are responsible for two thirds of all U.S. combat deaths in Iraq - more than any other weapon.

15 is the average numer of IED attacks per day in 2004, however it increased to 30 in 2005.

107 is the percense increase in IED-related deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq from 2004 - 2005

62% have died from IED's, 72% have been wounded from IED's. (2005)

The total deaths from IED's is 739 (As of March 18, 2006)

The military spent 150 million dollars for defenses against IED's in 2004; This year the figure is 3.3 billion dollars.

Now, this is the real WMD in Iraq, the military have deveolped high-tech methods to avoid or defend against those IED's such as Radio-Frequency jamming devices called Warlocks. Also, there is the Buffalo - a 23 ton bomb clearing machine which gets the troops out of harm's way.




Nostradamouse

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#2 12 years ago

Radio frequencies can be avoided simply by using cell phones. They'll do the same thing, but will just cost a little more. Plug the right strings (Whatever the name) to the bomb and, boom!, you got a bomb. So, those bastards will get to adapt and will still be able to kill USA troops.

At the worst, the good old fuse can still work.

When you know how to do that kind of stuff, it is actually easy to do whatever you want. No surprises that creativity can still find flaws in the best war machine.




Joe Bonham

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#3 12 years ago

Pressure sensitive IEDs are also starting to come into use. A car drives over, nothing happens. A tank drives over - boom! The beauty of this device is that you can be long gone by the time it goes off. War is Darwinian. Most of the original insurgent forces died, but the guys smart enough to survive lived to train the next generation of recruits. So the enemy is only going to get smarter and more sophisticated in his techniques.




Nostradamouse

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#4 12 years ago

The harsher it is for a group, the better this group will already get by surviving. They find tricks and have to pull touchy cards to get where they want. Once you learn those stuff, you are adapted, you control the territory. Beeing ingenius serves those guys, the bad ones are dead, the remaining are the bests of the bests.

Btw, good comparison.




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#5 12 years ago

Yep agree with your post :-) More and more people are challanging concepts of WMD, which i think is a good thing. For example, Small Arms are actually the words biggest WMD. Link http://www.iansa.org/media/wmd.htm




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#6 12 years ago

So.... the US invaded to stop Iraqi's from placing IED's in iraq to kill americans soldiers..... but no the real WMD is depleted uranium usage by coalition forces.




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#7 12 years ago

No... We didn't invade to uncover IEDs, you're mistaken Mihail.




Mihail VIP Member

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#8 12 years ago
We didn't invade to uncover IEDs

To set them off then?




Nusentinsaino

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#9 12 years ago
Machiavelli's Apprentice War is Darwinian. Most of the original insurgent forces died, but the guys smart enough to survive lived to train the next generation of recruits. So the enemy is only going to get smarter and more sophisticated in his techniques.

Yup, very true.




Komrad_B

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#10 12 years ago
MihailTo set them off then?

You missed the point of Nusent's post. He only said the most dangerous the US encountered so far were the IED. Of course I doubt anyone sane would consider an IED a mass destruction weapon, unless its a huge chemical or nuclear IED that is.