Iraq: Resistance may have new anti-aircraft weapon

Guardian [UK]

“American military commanders in Iraq have been forced to adopt new security tactics in the wake of a fresh threat from insurgents after it was confirmed that all four US helicopters that have crashed there in the past two weeks were brought down by ground fire. The crashes raise concerns that insurgents, who have proved highly innovative in warfare, have acquired new weaponry. Twenty Americans, including 16 soldiers and four civilians working for a security company, died in the crashes. … The confirmation that Iraqi insurgents have found a way of increasing their hit rate against helicopters poses US military strategists with a new headache just when they are under pressure to notch up successes under President Bush’s so-called surge policy.” (02/05/07),,2005877,00.html


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