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)

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IEDs in Iraq after the Surge – Part II

Newly released report provides details on US arms exports to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

Document: Section 655 report on US arms exports and military aid 

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Date: January 2013FY12_655_report

Notes: The Section 655 report is a detailed summary of US arms exports and military aid that is compiled annually for Congress by the US Departments of Defense and State. The State Department posts its section of the report on the department’s website shortly after it is delivered to Congress. The Defense Department’s section is obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Continue reading “Newly released report provides details on US arms exports to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere”

Newly released report provides details on US arms exports to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

MANPADS collection program netted hundreds of missiles in Iraq, documents reveal

Documents: Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) collection program weekly summaries

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Publication Dates: 5 December 2003 through 2 April 2004

The following tables and analysis are derived from documents* on a MANPADS collection program established by the US military following the looting of Iraqi military facilities in 2003. The documents, which consist of weekly progress reports, provide detailed data on the types and quantities of MANPADS and key components (missiles and launchers) recovered through the program, the value of payments for these items, and the quantity of MANPADS and components captured by coalition forces during the time period studied.

The data reveals that, despite repeated claims to the contrary, MANPADS collection programs can be effective in certain circumstances. In less than a year, Iraqi citizens turned in 934 MANPADS missiles and 277 launchers in exchange for a combined total of just $424,000. While most of the items collected were first generation SA-7-pattern systems and components, several dozen missiles and launchers for second-generation SA-14 and SA-16 MANPADS were also turned in, along with a smaller number of unspecified ‘other’ MANPADS. This data is summarized in Table 1.

MANPADS_collection_program_Table_1

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MANPADS collection program netted hundreds of missiles in Iraq, documents reveal

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

QW-1 MANPADS in Iraq

Documents: Summaries of seized arms caches containing QW-1 MANPADS

Source: U.S. Department of DefenseUSF-I_Storyboard_9_Jan_09

Publication Dates: See below

Notes: As part of a study on illicit weapons in Iraq, Small Arms Survey acquired storyboards (succinct summaries) of arms caches recovered by US and Iraqi forces that contained components for Chinese-designed QW-1 (or QW-1 pattern) MANPADS. Additional QW-pattern MANPADS have been spotted in videos of Iraqi armed groups, including groups with alleged ties to Iran. 

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.

1) Weapons seized in Basrah Province, March-May 2008

2) Seized Weapons cache,  9 January 2009

For more information, see

1) ‘Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia’ in Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets

 

QW-1 MANPADS in Iraq

Small Arms Used by Anti-coalition Insurgency in Iraq

Document: Iraq: UPDATE – Small Arms (Infantry Weapons) Used by the Anti-Coalition InsurgencyIraq_seized_cache_Oct_07

Source: U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center

Publication Date: 17 December 2004

Notes: Obtained by Small Arms Survey under the US Freedom of Information Act. Posted as received from the responding agency.

Full Document

For more information on small arms and light weapons acquired by armed groups in iraq, see ‘Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia’ in Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets. Oxford University Press.

Photo: weapons cache found in a vacant house in Iraq, 28 October 2007

Small Arms Used by Anti-coalition Insurgency in Iraq

Small Arms Ammunition Identification Guide for Iraq and Afghanistan

Document Name: Small Arms Ammunition Identification – OEF and OIF
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Source:
US Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center

Publication Date: 4 March 2005

Notes: Obtained by Small Arms Survey and the Federation of American Scientists under the US Freedom of Information Act. Posted as received from the responding agency.

Full Report

Small Arms Ammunition Identification Guide for Iraq and Afghanistan