IEDs in Iraq after the Surge – Part II

Documents: US Military storyboards on seized arms caches containing IEDs

Source: U.S. Department of Defenseefp

Publication Dates: January through March, 2009

Notes: As part of ongoing efforts to improve understanding of illicit small arms, Small Arms Survey has acquired dozens of US government storyboards (succinct summaries) on arms caches seized in Iraq. The following is the second installment of a multi-post collection of documents on seizures of IEDs and components. The IEDs were found in and around Baghdad, Iraq, from January through March 2009.

The documents were obtained by Small Arms Survey  and the Federation of American Scientists under the US Freedom of Information Act. They are posted as received from the responding agency.

Part one of this series is available here.

For a recent assessment of IEDs in Iraq and Syria, see Tracing the Supply of Components Used in Islamic State IEDs by Conflict Armament Research.

DOCUMENTS:

8 January 2009IED

9 January 2009

20 January 2009

24 January 2009 (shoe IEDs)

25 January 2009 Continue reading “IEDs in Iraq after the Surge – Part II”

IEDs in Iraq after the Surge – Part II

IEDs disguised as rocks

Documents: Arms caches seized in Iraq, September 2008

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Publication Dates: September 2008USF-I_Storyboard_Sep_2008_IED

Notes: The documents contain several summaries of arms caches seized in Iraq, including caches with IEDs disguised as boulders and rocks.  The documents were obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act. They are posted as received from the responding agency.

For more data and information on illicit weapons in Iraq, see Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.

1) Arms caches seized in Iraq, 2-27 September 2008.

IEDs disguised as rocks

Newly released documents on weapons recovered in Afghanistan

Documents: Arms caches seized in Afghanistan, April through June 2011

Source: U.S. Department of Defense RPG_markings

Publication Dates: See below

Notes: As part ongoing efforts to better understand the weapons acquired and used by armed groups and other unauthorized end-users, Small Arms Surve submitted a request to US Central Command (CENTCOM) for documents and photos of arms caches recovered in Afghanistan from April through June 2011. In respoRPG_launchernse to this request, CENTCOM provided the following storyboards (succinct summaries of cache seizures and other events).  Many of the documents include photos of the markings on one or more of the seized items. The items consist primarily of older generation Chinese and Soviet-designed small arms, light weapons, and ammunition, along with large quantities of IED components and explosives. The items are consistent with those recovered from caches previously studied by Small Arms Survey. 

The documents were obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act. They are posted as received from the responding agency. For more data and information on illicit weapons in Afghanistan, see the links at the bottom of the post.

1) ERW – Weapons Cache, Kandahar, 2 April 2011. Items: Recoilless rifle rounds, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) rounds and components, hand grenades, small arms ammunition. Includes photos of markings.

2) Cache – Complex Cache, Helmand, 3 June 2011. Items: Artillery rocket, landmine, IED components, explosives, small arms ammunition. Continue reading “Newly released documents on weapons recovered in Afghanistan”

Newly released documents on weapons recovered in Afghanistan