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Iraq: IED Attack (XII) Against U.S. Nyala Minesweeper Vehicle - April 25th, 2007




“Iraqi insurgents are continuing their claims of being able to beat American bomb-fighting gear. The latest: a video from the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), announcing ‘the first use of a new IED designed to target minesweepers in Iraq,’ IntelCenter reveals. ‘The group’s al-Furqan Media released a written statement, dated 25 Apr. 2007, and a 1'36" video showing the first use of the device against a US RG-31 Nyala minesweeper. The IED has been dubbed by the ISI, ‘The Sweeper of Minesweepers.’’ […]

“Mostly likely, ISI’s ‘special explosives’ which targeted the Nyala are ‘explosively-formed projectiles.’ Those are the ‘superbombs’ which the Pentagon has been claiming are Iranian-made - but many, including DANGER ROOM’s David Hambling, believe are being constructed in Iraq. […]”

Excerpt of a Wired News article from April 30th, 2007.

IED destroying U.S. minesweeper vehicle


The Video



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Screenshots & Background Photo

Before the attack

After the attack

U.S. Nyala minesweeper vehicle

Video & Photo Credits


The Video


1) The featured video has been produced and distributed via the Internet by the Iraqi insurgent group “Islamic State of Iraq” (ISI). The exact date and the location of the attack are not known, but it probably happened shortly before the video was released over the Internet on April 25th, 2007.


Background Photo


1) A US Army (USA) RG-31 Mine Protected Armored Personnel Carrier (MPAPC) prepares to move through an Iraqi Army (IA) Traffic Control Point (TCP) on the road to Mahmudiyah, Baghdad Province, Iraq (IRQ), during Operation Iraqi Freedom. - April 13th, 2006 - SFC David D. Isakson/ PD-USGov-Military-DVIC;


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