Documents: US Military storyboards on seized arms caches containing IEDs
Source: U.S. Department of Defense
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.
8 January 2009
9 January 2009
20 January 2009
24 January 2009 (shoe IEDs)
25 January 2009 Continue reading “IEDs in Iraq after the Surge – Part II”
Document: Iraq: Use of Air to Ground Rockets as Improvised RPGs Grows
Source: U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center
Publication Date: 14 July 2004
Notes: Obtained by Small Arms Survey under the US Freedom of Information Act. Posted as received from the responding agency.
For more information on air-to-ground rockets fired from improvised launchers, see Rogue Rocketeers: Artillery Rockets and Armed Groups, Small Arms Survey Working Paper 19 and Improvised Employment of S-5 Air-to-Surface Rockets in Land Warfare: A brief history and technical appraisal, ARES Research Report No. 1.
Below are higher quality color copies of photos used in the NGIC report (acquired from the US Defense Department via FOIA):
Continue reading “Insurgent innovation: Air-to-ground rockets as improvised rocket-propelled grenades”