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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:13 pm

    GarryB wrote:It is a bit of a case where it makes sense to send as many simple cheap drones as possible... whether they intercept them or not is irrelevant... every launch is expensive.

    It is amusing that they are using SeaRam... a naval SAM... just like AEGIS Ashore in europe as their ABM system using naval SAMs as ABM systems... because US AF and Army SAMs are shit.

    Perhaps the US military are going to find out what life has been like for the Russians in Syria defending against incoming that might or might not do serious damage. All it needs is lots of simple drones like the terrorists use in Syria.

    Once they find out for real, as opposed to in the manuals, their gear's limitations they will get real twitchy as, now so much is concentrated in so few locations, they know they are an even more attractive target than they were.

    By now the Iranians know what and how many are located where on these bases so, based on that successful 'Houti' oil attack strategy in Saudi, they know exactly what to do. In effect, the same number of missiles as last time plus the number of Patriot tubes and a few SeaRam drone bait.

    These systems have very little operational effect and seem to me to be mainly for moral purposes. For those there who can't work out my previous paragraph for themselves.

    Has anyone, anywhere had to defend against a mass incoming ballistic missile attack? The sense of helplessness when the second wave is inbound.

    Perhaps it has to happen to bring a sense of reality to US/NATO plans for their air forces. Mind you, the AShM hitting the M S Atlantic Conveyor container ship (much like a carrier) in the Falklands War did little to dent the use of carriers, so who knows?
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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:56 pm

    Elijah J. Magnier
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    Tomorrow #US forces will leave the 4th base, al-Habbaniyeh, in al-Anbar #Iraq.

    So far, US & coalition delivered Al-Qaim (Iraqi-Syrian borders), K1 (Kirkuk) & Al-Qayara (South of Mosul).

    US will leave 9 bases at the exception of Ayn al-Assad and 2 in Kurdistan.

    Sami Ramadani سامي
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    A member of #Iraq parliament has denounced the US for installing Patriot missiles at Ain alAssad military base against the instructions of the Iraqi govt.
    US behaviour is consistent with being a truculent occupying power.
    #US_HandsOffIraq
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:37 am

    "Ashab-al-Kahf releases footage of an attack on trucks transporting US military equipment in Iraq."

    https://twitter.com/Mahyar313/status/1248335603462217733
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    Post  nomadski on Sat May 23, 2020 11:34 am

    Does anyone know, what exact equipment this is. Is it Russian or Chinese or Iranian?  It claim a US Chinook shot down in Iraq, by this? The group claim responsibility is  called blood of Mohandis ( Engineer) or something, obscure group......



    https://www.mashreghnews.ir/news/1075663/%D8%AC%D8%B2%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%81-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%DA%AF%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%B9%DA%A9%D8%B3
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    Post  AlfaT8 on Sat May 23, 2020 3:38 pm

    nomadski wrote:Does anyone know, what exact equipment this is. Is it Russian or Chinese or Iranian?  It claim a US Chinook shot down in Iraq, by this? The group claim responsibility is  called blood of Mohandis ( Engineer) or something, obscure group......



    https://www.mashreghnews.ir/news/1075663/%D8%AC%D8%B2%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%81-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%DA%AF%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%B9%DA%A9%D8%B3

    Looking at the front of the guys grip, we see the Thermal Battery.
    It looks like a Strela-2 manpad.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9K32_Strela-2
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    Post  GarryB on Sun May 24, 2020 7:27 am

    It is a Soviet/Russian MANPAD design... the problem is that most of them look very similar... I can tell you it isn't the latest model Igla-S or Verba because they have missiles with aerospikes.

    Of course Iran and China and a few other countries including eastern european make copies that look very similar so it would be hard to be precise.
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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:26 am

    Another US convoy bites the dust. No casualties.

    In Iraq, unidentified persons destroyed a US logistic convoy in the Diwan area. Armed people stopped and blocked the convoy, forced drivers to get out of the cars, and then began to set fire to trucks and trailers.

    Such columns are used by the United States for the transfer of equipment and other materiel. Parts from Iraq to Syria, as well as in conditions of the redeployment of forces of the Iraqi contingent of the US Army.

    It looks like a kind of hello to the Americans from Iranian proxies in response to recent attempts by the hands of Iraqi security forces to arrest members of Kataib Hezbollah in Baghdad.

    Using fairly simple methods, Americans are shown that their logistics are vulnerable and the consequences can be much more unpleasant for them.


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    This could be a photo of it

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    Spriter
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    Iraqi media: An armed group burns 3 tankers carrying mechanisms on the Diwaniyah highway, which are Iraqi tankers carrying American goods and support, including a military hummer and light vehicles belonging to the Americans.


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    Post  Cyberspec on Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:08 am

    There's a short video of the burnt convoy that I posted on twitter
    https://twitter.com/Cyberspec1/status/1282055066824798208

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:29 am

    But hang on... they are not killing the American drivers and collecting their bounties from Putin... I don't understand... terrorists that wont kill for money... who don't even kill... maybe these people are just normal people who want the Americans out...
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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:36 am

    GarryB wrote:But hang on... they are not killing the American drivers and collecting their bounties from Putin... I don't understand... terrorists that wont kill for money... who don't even kill... maybe these people are just normal people who want the Americans out...
    Wrong country. In Iraq the Americans are like the friends that just don't want to leave at the end of a good party. No need to hurt them but they do need a bit of encouragement Laughing
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:16 pm

    But surely if Putin is offering bounties on US soldiers heads in Afghanistan the same offer should be good everywhere...

    And it is nothing to do with friends, the US were only friendly with the oil wells... killing them or costing them money is the only way to make them leave.

    It is to the credit of these people they are trying costing them money alone to get them to go... wont matter... the Americans wont hold back on any retaliation... they don't understand measured response... just better dead that red... or more accurately in this case better dead than in our way.
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    Post  JohninMK on Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:13 pm

    Numbers falling again. That's around 700 a week!

    Almost all out by the US election?

    Spriter
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    During the month, the United States decided to reduce the presence of troops in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000
    by General McKenzie

    German Ministry of Defense -Reducing the number of German forces in Iraq to 500.


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    The U.S. will send about 2,200 troops home from Iraq by the end of the month, CENTCOM Commander and Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie announced today from Baghdad.



    Also article explaining all https://www.24matins.uk/topnews/int/us-cuts-troops-in-iraq-on-trump-pledge-to-stop-endless-wars-242887

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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:34 pm

    The pressure continues.

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    Iraq: earlier today
    Targeting of two American military convoys in the Latifiya and Abu Ghraib areas, with explosive devices and extensive damage to the convoys.



    Shiite militias in Iraq are threatening to start using portable air defense systems against the Coalition’s helicopters in Iraq next week. Shiite militias are armed with Iran’s Misagх 1 and Misagх 2 transmission systems. If these threats come true, the resistance movement will move to a higher level. The recent attacks on the British diplomatic convoy in Baghdad and the American school in Najaf tell us that things are getting more serious.

    https://geopolitics.news/middle-east/shiite-militias-are-threatening-the-american-coalition-with-portable-air-defense-systems/

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