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Iraq: IED Attack (XVII) Against U.S. Humvee - January 2008

 

Background

 

“A soldier killed over the weekend south of Baghdad was the first American casualty in a roadside bomb attack on a newly introduced, heavily armored vehicle, a military spokeswoman said Tuesday. The V-shaped hull of the huge MRAP - Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected - truck is designed to deflect blasts from roadside bombs, a weapon that has killed more American soldiers than any other tactic used by Sunni insurgents and militia fighters in Iraq. The soldier who died Saturday was the gunner who sits atop the MRAP vehicle. Three crew members tucked inside the cabin were wounded. The vehicle rolled over after the blast and it was not clear how the gunner died - from wounds in the explosion or in the subsequent roll-over. Maj. Alayne P. Conway […] said the attack and the death were under investigation. […]”

 

Excerpt of an Associated Press article from January 22nd, 2008.

Detonating IED

 

The Video (Silent)

 

 

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MRAPs and RGs in Iraq

MRAP after IED attack

Destroyed RG 33 after IED attack

Newly delivered MRAP

Video Credits

 

Background

 

1) The video was distributed over the Internet by the insurgent group “1920 Revolution Brigades” in late January 2008. It does not feature the attack, which is mentioned in the background article. The location and the exact date of the attack is not known.

 

MRAPs and RGs in Iraq

 

1) Destroyed MRAP in Iraq. Apparently the crew did survive the attack only slightly wounded - 2007 - Source: minstrelboy.blogspot.com;

2) “Totally destroyed RG 33 4x4 cat I with slat armor in Baghdad (from my friend unit) back in 2007 with 1 KIA, 3 WIA.” - Source: member forum of terroristmedia.com;

3) Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAP), produced by Navistar International, are loaded onto an airplane at the Charleston Air Force Base in North Charleston, S.C. The military is buying thousands of MRAPs to guard troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from deadly roadside bombs. These hulking machines - at about $ 450,000 a pop - rely on their heft and creative design to bull their way through blasts that can cripple Humvees. - November 28th, 2007 - Alice Keeney/Associated Press;

 

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