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Iraq: IED Attack (XVIII) Against U.S. Humvee - December 2008  

 

Background

 

“[…] Military leaders knew the dangers posed by roadside bombs before the start of the Iraq war but did little to develop vehicles that were known to better protect forces from what proved to be the conflict’s deadliest weapon, a report by the Pentagon inspector general says. The Pentagon ‘was aware of the threat posed by mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) & and of the availability of mine resistant vehicles years before insurgent actions began in Iraq in 2003,’ says the 72-page report […]. Marine Corps leaders ‘stopped processing’ an urgent request in February 2005 for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles from combat commanders in Iraq's Anbar province after declaring that a more heavily armored version of existing Humvee vehicles was the ‘best available’ option for protecting troops, the report says. […]” - Excerpt of an ABC News article from December 9th, 2008.

IED explosion

 

The Video

 

 

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Scenes from Baghdad in December 2008

Car bombing (I)

Car bombing (II)

Flag burning

Video & Photo Credits

 

The Video

 

The video has been attributed to the Iraqi insurgent group “1920 Revolution Brigades”, who has claimed responsibility for the attack. It apparently took place south of Baghdad on December 22nd, 2008. The publication of the video was accompanied by the following statement from the insurgent group:

 

“The name of God the Merciful - Fight them with your hands and God will punish them and helps you Ikhozhm them and recovered the people believing - Repentance: 14

 

“Thank God initiated recruited for jihad, memory and symptoms of religion and the country and prayed for Mustafa chosen from among the subjects and his family and companions initial guidance and direction

 

“After: God has supported the brothers were in the twenty Revolution Brigades categorically south of Baghdad, to be able to destroy armored Stryker of the American occupation forces detonated an explosive device, resulting in the destruction of the wheel to fall of its crew dead and injured … Thank God

 

“Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar

The Glory to God, His Prophet and the believers

Tnsuna not in the interest of Daikm

 

“Jihad and Change Front, Brigades, Information Office, Monday, the argument is 24, 1429, 22/12/2008”

 

Scenes from Baghdad

 

1) Iraqis stand at the site of a car bombing in the northern Baghdad Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah. At least 18 people were killed and 25 were wounded in the blast, the U.S. military said. - December 27th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/Associated Press;

2) Iraqis stand at the site of a car bombing in the northern Baghdad Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah. - December 27th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/Associated Press;

3) Demonstrators burn mock U.S. flags during an anti-U.S. military rally after Friday prayers in Baghdad's eastern Sadr city. -  December 26th, 2008 - Sattar al-Rubaie/Reuters;

 

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