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Iraq: Car Bomb Attack (III) At Baghdad Checkpoint - April 10th, 2005




“[…] Now, if you read the literature on warfare today, this is what the Pentagon’s really capitalizing on: they’re using the American inner city as a kind of combat laboratory, in addition to these urban test ranges they’ve built to study their new technologies.


“The slum dwellers’ response to this, and it’s a response that has yet to be answered – and maybe it’s unanswerable – is the poor man’s Air Force: the car bomb. […]


“That has to be one of the most decisive military innovations of the late twentieth century. If you look at what’s happening in Iraq, it may be the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that are killing Americans, but what’s just ripping that country apart is these fortified car bomb attacks.


“The car bomb has given poor people in slums – small groups and networks – a new, extremely traumatic kind of geopolitical leverage.


“What’s happened, I think, at the end of the 20th century – and at the beginning of the 21st – is that the outcasts have discovered these extraordinarily cheap and horrific weapons. That's why I argue, in Planet of Slums, that they have ‘the gods of chaos’ on their side. […]”


Excerpt of an interview (May 2006) with Mike Davis, author of the book “Planet of Slums”.

The “poor man’s air force” in action


The Video



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Car Bomb Scenes from Iraq

Scene 1 - Baquba

Scene 2 - Baghdad

Scene 3 - Baghdad

Video & Photo Credits


The video


1) Footage from a car bomb attack apparently in Baghdad on April 10th, 2005. It was recorded by a security camera;


Car Bomb Scenes from Iraq


1) U.S. and Iraqi soldiers gather around a crater left in front of an Iraqi Army base near Baqouba, Iraq, Monday, March 21, 2005, after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives Sunday night. Twelve Iraqi soldiers and two civilians were wounded in the blast, and four insurgents were killed in ensuing clashes. - March 21st, 2005 - Mohammed Adnan/Associated Press;

2) An injured Iraqi boy stands at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq Wednesday. A suicide car bomber sped to American soldiers as they distributed candy to children and detonated his vehicle Wednesday, killing up to 27 other people, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. One U.S. soldier and about a dozen children were among the dead. - July 13th, 2005 - Hadi Mizban/Associated Press;

3) A man holds his baby who was injured by a car bomb which exploded near a restaurant in eastern Baghdad, Iraq. The blast killed four people and wounded seven others, including two children playing on the street, police said. The attack appeared to be aimed at a group of policemen having breakfast. - November 15th, 2005 - Khalid Mohammed/Associated Press;

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