March 15th, 2007 05:22 PM
Iranian bombs in Iraq? No way!!
I know it's just "believed to be" an Iranian bomb, but is anyone really surprised at all?
Bomb Believed to Be From Iran Found at Site Where 4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Baghdad
BAGHDAD — A roadside bomb exploded Thursday in eastern Baghdad, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding two others, the U.S. military said, and an undetonated device believed to be from Iran was found at the site.
The attack began when one bomb went off as a U.S. unit was returning from a search operation in the mostly Shiite area, the military said. Moments later, a second bomb exploded, killing and wounding the soldiers.
A demolition team that searched the site after the attack found an explosively formed projectile, a type of high-tech bomb which the U.S. military believes comes from Iran. The device was detonated by the team.
Earlier Thursday, the military said a U.S. soldier was killed the day before in combat in Anbar province, west of Baghdad.
In addition, a Marine assigned to Multi-National Force-West also died Wednesday in a non-combat related incident in Anbar, the military said in a separate statement. It did not give more details, saying the incident is under investigation.
Identities were not released pending notification of relatives.
March 15th, 2007 10:33 PM
A bomb element of the type used by Iran was found. That's a highly-qualified statement that is really only saying: they don't know who made or supplied the munitions in question, so they'd like to harp on the fact that Iran is known to manufacture munitions of the same style. What's not said, of course, is that the U.S., the U.K. and a small number of other countries do so, as well.
Of course, saying things that way wouldn't serve the larger purpose of the vilification of Iran ahead of military action based on such "justifications." Whatever the truth is, what can be said is this: the Bush Administration will use the incident to "advantage" if it's able. True or not.
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March 16th, 2007 11:47 AM
true, that's a good point. I suppose these things don't exactly have a "made in Iran" stamp on them, so we can't be certain. All the same, it wouldn't be a huge shock to learn that it or other munitions were coming from Iran.
March 16th, 2007 12:57 PM
Even then I wouldn't be 100% sure.
Originally Posted by Bob The Great
As an example, a lot of ordnance used in the mid-East is of Russian design, and has been made in many other (usually East European) countries...... The only difference is the paint job (i.e., markings). Give someone the ordnance, and a can of paint and he can provide you a round from any country that has been known to use that type of ordnance.
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March 16th, 2007 02:26 PM
I was using that as something of a tongue-in-cheek example of "indisputable proof", but thanks for the fun fact.
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