U.S. Sending Iraq Antitank Weapons to Thwart Militants’ Bombings
The U.S. is sending Iraq’s military 1,000 antitank weapons to defend against armored vehicles jury-rigged by Islamic State into otherwise unstoppable suicide bombs like those it used to capture Ramadi.
The weapons, due for delivery by mid-June under plans that already were under way, will give Iraqi forces a defense against the type of assaults that drove them from Ramadi, the regional capital of Anbar Province, according to a U.S. State Department official who briefed reporters Wednesday under ground rules requiring anonymity.
Islamic State used about 30 vehicle-bombs driven by suicide drivers in the group’s successful effort to seize the government-controlled portion of the city and achieve a major tactical victory. Those heavily armored vehicles included a bulldozer, a dump truck and some Humvees that were essentially impervious to weapons fired by Iraqi forces, who retreated in the face of the assault, according to the official.
Murdoc would think maybe M72s would be a better choice for this. Cheaper and less of a threat if/when they fall into enemy hands.