Monday, February 12, 2007
The Army is working to fill a shortfall in Iraq of thousands of advanced Humvee armor kits designed to reduce U.S. troop deaths from roadside bombs -- including a rising threat from particularly lethal weapons linked to Iran and known as "explosively formed penetrators" (EFP) -- that are now inflicting 70 percent of the American casualties in the country, according to U.S. military and civilian officials.
The additional protection is needed for thousands of U.S. reinforcement troops flowing into Baghdad, where these devastating weapons -- used primarily by Shiite fighters -- are particularly prevalent, the officials said.
U.S. Army units in Iraq and Afghanistan lack more than 4,000 of the latest Humvee armor kit, known as FRAG Kit 5, according to U.S. officials. The Army has ramped up production of the armor, giving priority to troops in Baghdad, but the upgrade is not scheduled to be completed until this summer, Army officials said. That is well into the timeline for major operations launched last week to quell violence by Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias, which the U.S. military now views as the top security threat in Iraq
Create misleading and false claims that Iran is providing the insurgents high-tech roadside bombs as if the insurgents didn't know how to make them while doing nothing to ensure our troops have the armor on the humvees that are needed to withstand these blasts.
The rule of thumb is NEVER trust anything this administration says...this administration has cried wolf too many times and unlike the story, our soldiers have died. In the original story, only sheep were eaten...this cry wolf tale has far more consequences.
Another question: JUST where the FUCK are our taxpayer dollars going to if not for body and humvee armor? War profiteering?