Insurgents Recycle Iran-Iraq War Weapons

March 21st, 2005  
Duty Honor Country

Topic: Insurgents Recycle Iran-Iraq War Weapons

By ANTONIO CASTANEDA, Associated Press Writer

MANDALI, Iraq - Hundreds of thousands of rusty munitions leftovers from the Iran-Iraq war are scattered across the green fields and gentle hills of the two countries' common border. Long ignored, they are now being harvested by insurgents who recycle them into crude but highly deadly bombs to use against U.S. and Iraqi troops.

Saddam-era ordnance, repackaged as roadside bombs or bundled together to use in car bomb attacks, has been the leading killer of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Concerned about the growing trend, the military is paying Iraqis thousands of dollars for information about weapons caches...
March 21st, 2005  
Charge 7
I'm not surprised they've turned to that source for their munitions. It could also prove a deadly choice for the insurgents as well. These aren't the recent duds picked up like the VC did in Vietnam. 20 year old rusted out armatures have a nasty way of cooking off at the slightest touch.