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Posted: 10/8/2007 9:29:25 AM EDT
online.wsj.com/article/SB119180608991151863.html



AMP TAJI, Iraq -- In this war-ravaged country, a man is often measured by the make of his gun.

When Iraqi soldier Abbas Ali Eadan picked up his brand new, U.S.-made M-16 rifle in August at this sprawling base north of Baghdad, his pride was palpable.

Iraqi soldiers practice disassembling and cleaning their newly issued M-16s.

"I can put a cigarette in an ashtray and hit it with my M-16 from far away, like a sniper," boasted the 39-year-old. "The terrorists may have rockets and grenades, but only the Iraqi army has M-16s."

This spring, after years of requests from senior Iraq politicians and generals, the U.S. began quietly converting the Iraqi army over to the M-16, the main rifle for U.S. soldiers for more than 50 years. According to the Pentagon, the Iraqis have thus far purchased about 21,000 of the rifles, worth roughly $27 million, from Colt Defense LLC. Current plans allow for the Iraqis to eventually buy 123,544 of the American-made firearms.

The shift to M-16s is stoking a debate about how the new Iraqi army should be equipped. The M-16 is a far more accurate weapon than the AK-47 assault rifle the Iraqis relied on through decades of fighting. But it's also tougher to maintain and could strain the Iraqis' supply and maintenance systems. More to the point, the Iraqi army is riven with conflicting loyalties, leading many in the U.S. military to worry that the very weapons the U.S. is supplying could be turned against them some day.
...
Having to rebuild the Iraqi army from scratch, the Americans initially equipped the country's forces with confiscated guns and tens of thousands of new AK-47s purchased from Eastern Europe.

Cheap, plentiful and easy to use, the Russian-designed AK-47 has been a staple for armies, warlords and militias of developing countries around the globe. It was the Iraqi army's primary firearm under the country's late deposed leader, Mr. Hussein. In a recent report, the World Bank found that the AKs are still the weapon of choice for poor armies and insurgents because of their "ease of operation, robustness to mistreatment and negligible failure rate."

The M-16, meanwhile, has become an important symbol of a modern Iraq.

"The M-16 elevates the morale of our soldiers before they fight the enemy, because they know it gives them strength," says Maj. Gen. Abdullah Mohammed Kahmees al-Dafaee, who commands all Iraqi ground forces. "It is a new Iraqi army, so we should have new weapons."

Low-ranking Iraqi soldiers in the field would eye their U.S. advisers' M-16s and complain that they would never be more than a second-rate army so long as they carried aging AK-47s. Senior Iraqi officials pressed top U.S. officials to let them buy M-16s, as well as a trove of other more modern equipment.
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More than anything else, the Iraqis wanted M-16s. The Iraqis received their first shipment, of 20,000 guns, earlier this year. Another 21,000 are due to arrive this fall. So far, the U.S. has distributed about 2,400 of the firearms, issuing them only after Iraqis have completed a short training course on the weapon's use and maintenance.

One sweltering afternoon this month, a few dozen Iraqi soldiers in T-shirts and mismatched uniforms made their way to a bustling warehouse here to swap their AK-47s for shrink-wrapped M-16s. The guns were so new they still had "Colt Defense LLC" stickers on their stocks.

After picking up the guns and ammunition magazines, the Iraqi soldiers ambled over to a plastic table and put their fingers on a small glass scanner connected to a Panasonic laptop, which took digital copies of their fingerprints. Iraqi attendants digitally scanned each soldier's iris, took digital recordings of his voice and photographed each soldier with his new rifle.

"My name is Wadih Mohammed. I was born in 1971," one stocky Iraqi lieutenant said into a microphone. The biometric information was burnt onto compact disks and then given to Iraqi authorities as a way of safekeeping the weapons. If one goes missing, the solider assigned the weapon will be held accountable.

The Iraqis spent a total of just three days learning how to fire the weapons, instead of the almost two weeks of training that U.S. soldiers undertake. "In a perfect world, they would get more than three days of training," says Master Sgt. Varon Martinez, a senior member of a military training team here. "But nothing in Iraq is perfect."
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Mr. Goodman, clad in olive-green pants and suspenders, told the troops that an AK round is narrow so that it typically goes straight through the enemy, limiting damage to tissue. An M-16 round spins much faster and tumbles when it makes contact with the enemy so that "it causes mass casualty in the body."

An Army retiree with 20-odd years in the military, Mr. Goodman demonstrated how to disassemble the weapon and clean it piece by piece, removing any rust and dirt. By the end of the second day, the Iraqis were able to take the weapon apart and reassemble it when they followed along Mr. Goodman's step-by-step demonstration. But many struggled with taking apart the M-16's firing mechanism, which contains numerous small parts.

There were other snafus. The Iraqi supply depot failed to order enough ammunition for the M-16s for all the classes. The first two groups of soldier-students also faced significant shortages of cleaning kits, essential to making the M-16s work. The M-16 is a far more complex weapon than the AK-47 -- with its many springs and pins -- and requires regular upkeep and cleaning or it will cease firing. A stockpile of spare parts must be kept on hand, adding to the strain on the Iraqi army's troubled supply system.

On the third day of training, Mr. Goodman told the Iraqis to lie flat on their stomachs, balance their M-16s on a short stack of sand bags and prepare to fire at paper targets stapled to wooden backstops a short distance away.

When he asked the Iraqi troops where they should shoot, they jubilantly yelled, "B'nose," Arabic for "in the center." Mr. Goodman directed them to open fire.

Mr. Goodman shook his head as several Iraqis gripped the M-16s as if they were AK-47s, causing their bullets to miss their targets by a long shot. "This is not a Kalashnikov!" he shouted, using the nickname for an AK-47. "You're using a precision weapon."

Some U.S. trainers say the switch to the M-16 will help improve the professionalism of the Iraqi force and its performance on the battlefield. Sgt. Martinez has noticed that Iraqi soldiers behave differently in firefights when they have the more-precise M-16. "I saw them crouch on one knee and aim the weapon rather than just spraying," he said. "It was like, 'Wait. If I aim I can actually hit something. I don't need to just spray.' "
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Ali Jassim, an Iraqi soldier who received his M-16 in August, worried that the gun's bullets, lighter than those used in AK-47s, won't be strong enough to quickly kill combatants. "To tell you the truth, I would prefer my old AK," Mr. Jassim said. "The M-16s may be better for Americans, but the AKs are better for Iraqis."

Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:36:00 AM EDT
Ali Jassim, an Iraqi soldier who received his M-16 in August, worried that the gun's bullets, lighter than those used in AK-47s, won't be strong enough to quickly kill combatants. "To tell you the truth, I would prefer my old AK," Mr. Jassim said. "The M-16s may be better for Americans, but the AKs are better for Iraqis."


I agree, AK's would be better for them. The Iraqi's will never be soldiers anyway. At best a half assed police force.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:41:38 AM EDT
OK, this M16 tumbling round myth has to be debunked. and the AK round is not narrow...it is a fat-arse
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:48:18 AM EDT
2 weeks later.

Wait a minute....you actually have to clean these!

that is the reaction we get from the IA's in our ao. Can't figure out why they have problem with reliability. Ive seen a few m-4s out and about as well. I believe deep in my heart that this isn't the rifle for the country of iraq. No discipline at all within the ranks. IA's and IP's alike do not maintain any of there gear what so ever. I love the m16 platform. I shoot my AR regularly at home. But in the hands of these soldiers who can't do even minor soldier tasks it just doesn't hold.

We regularly check the status of weapons at IP and IA checkpoints. Ammo counts ect. Generally the crew served weapons are unserviceable there side arms are horrible and the rifles are well...repulsive if they have any of them on them not laying in the dirt somewhere.

They may be able to shoot them well and do the basic tasks needed with them but after being away from the training area and loosing its cool new gear factor they will turn to junk. They will stop functioning and the armourers needed to repair them will be awol.

my .02
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:50:13 AM EDT
New M-16's for the Iraqis after they just get done crunching all the old ones up.

No wonder my taxes are so high!
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:52:22 AM EDT
I want an M-16!

I wonder if they will train, and actually get, the Iraqis to clean them. I have seen how they 'maintain' things and am not impressed.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:52:25 AM EDT
The M16 is a rifle for an army who employs US military doctrine.
The AK47 is a rifle for an army who employs Soviet military doctrine.

The direction the Iraqi's choose to go in will (should) dictate their choice in rifle.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:54:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
The M16 is a rifle for an army who employs US military doctrine.
The AK47 is a rifle for an army who employs Soviet military doctrine.

The direction the Iraqi's choose to go in will (should) dictate their choice in rifle.


could you explain?
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:54:44 AM EDT
"If its Allah's will, then the M-16 will fire..."

That sums up arab maintance right there...
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:55:11 AM EDT
"Only the Iraqi Army has M-16's"

Yeah until they sell them to the terrorists...
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 9:59:21 AM EDT
This has nothing to do with soviet/american.

It has to do with straight money. Iraqis are cheap. They are stingy and they don't have the same value system as we do. They will shoot there brother in the back if they will gain from it. They will not clean there rifle untill it is completely inoperable and will still not clean it if someone will give them a new one instead.

This is the middle east doctrine. Its new its frightening. A region where no one will do anything for themselves unless they see an isnstant reward in pocket, not for the community or country for the individuals at hand only. The comment above about a police force at best is too true. It is all they need. A major and strong arm police force that will keep the people in check. Anyone who believes the country will roll over and take care of themselves while american boots and bankrolls are in place is mistaken.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:01:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NevisRuprecht:
Ali Jassim, an Iraqi soldier who received his M-16 in August, worried that the gun's bullets, lighter than those used in AK-47s, won't be strong enough to quickly kill combatants. "To tell you the truth, I would prefer my old AK," Mr. Jassim said. "The M-16s may be better for Americans, but the AKs are better for Iraqis."


I agree, AK's would be better for them. The Iraqi's will never be soldiers anyway. At best a half assed police force.


What are you basing this on? I found many of the Iraqi ministry of interior and 4th brigade to be highly professional. Many of the older soldiers had fought against the Iranians. The younger guys were gung ho and wanted to learn. They looked up to us and put out during the training and on missions. As with most soldiers if they are led, trained, properly motivated and equipped they will accomplish the mission.

This is the same rubbish Euros use to spew about their colonial forces. It has been proven untrue throughout history, and it is untrue now.

I am guessing you aren't a trigger puller at all.



Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:04:52 AM EDT
So if Colt is supplying all these M16s, it probably means civilian LE6920s will be even harder to get.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:10:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 10:10:49 AM EDT by TGMoore]

Originally Posted By Mazeman:
So if Colt is supplying all these M16s, it probably means civilian LE6920s will be even harder to get.


FN and Bushmaster make a lot of the M16A4s and A2s. The video footage I have seen of Iraqi forces being issued M16s that is what was being issued.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:13:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:13:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Mazeman:
So if Colt is supplying all these M16s, it probably means civilian LE6920s will be even harder to get.



I noticed that too. Will any of the Iraqi M-16's be FN made or are they all coming from Colt?

-K
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:14:33 AM EDT
Perhapes you are lucky enough to be around a more professional version of the otherwise lacking iraqis I deal with. At besamyah(spelling on that) training facility I was in contact with alot of there soldiers as well as there iraqi instructors. We ran a BD6 run through with them showing what not to do. The attention span started off great and they were picking up some basics. But they had no hold of the walk to run method and if they couldn't sprint through the house they didn't want to do it. They would wander off for smoke breaks or break off for there own "horseplay" or conversations there leaders would come in start smacking around and we would have there attention back for a while.

Ive been on joint raids with IA's to find them sleeping in OP's or lacking essential gear like...say magazines.

I was in karballa after my brothers and friends were slaughtered there by men dressed as soldiers...allowed in by iraqi army and iraqi police claiming to be the jewel karballa. Gov. Palace guards.

My blackfoot company was in fallujah on one of the outer patrol bases for several months and my friends there reported friendly yet still unreliable soldiers.

Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:14:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 1911greg:
"Only the Iraqi Army has M-16's"

Yeah until they sell them to the terrorists...


As an Army officer you ought to inform yourself a little more and not just jump on the internet bandwagon.

These weapons have been bio-metrically matched to the people they have been issued to.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:32:00 AM EDT
What difference does it make? They never aim the damn things, just spray and pray.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:35:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By nickforney:
Perhapes you are lucky enough to be around a more professional version of the otherwise lacking iraqis I deal with. At besamyah(spelling on that) training facility I was in contact with alot of there soldiers as well as there iraqi instructors. We ran a BD6 run through with them showing what not to do. The attention span started off great and they were picking up some basics. But they had no hold of the walk to run method and if they couldn't sprint through the house they didn't want to do it. They would wander off for smoke breaks or break off for there own "horseplay" or conversations there leaders would come in start smacking around and we would have there attention back for a while.

Ive been on joint raids with IA's to find them sleeping in OP's or lacking essential gear like...say magazines.

I was in karballa after my brothers and friends were slaughtered there by men dressed as soldiers...allowed in by iraqi army and iraqi police claiming to be the jewel karballa. Gov. Palace guards.

My blackfoot company was in fallujah on one of the outer patrol bases for several months and my friends there reported friendly yet still unreliable soldiers.



I will be the first to agree with you there are shitty Iraqi forces. But they are not all pathetic and there is no such thing as a untrainable force. Not when you are talking about thousands of soldiers.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:50:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Renn:
OK, this M16 tumbling round myth has to be debunked. and the AK round is not narrow...it is a fat-arse



I was thinking the same thing. Next thing you know the WSJ reporter will say "Hey if you just file down the firing pin it will shoot automatic"
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:52:00 AM EDT
Gee whiz. I thought PBS said the M-16 sucked and the AK hit twice as hard. Now I'm confused.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:55:21 AM EDT

Mr. Goodman shook his head as several Iraqis gripped the M-16s as if they were AK-47s, causing their bullets to miss their targets by a long shot. "This is not a Kalashnikov!" he shouted, using the nickname for an AK-47. "You're using a precision weapon."


Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:00:05 AM EDT
Gotta start somewhere I guess....


Still, I think I would have given them our A-1's that did not make it to Demil first..
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:04:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:27:40 AM EDT
Great, there goes even more freaking ammo. Let em use up all the spam cans of 762x39 still being dug up all over the place.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:36:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sms5183:

Originally Posted By 1911greg:
"Only the Iraqi Army has M-16's"

Yeah until they sell them to the terrorists...


As an Army officer you ought to inform yourself a little more and not just jump on the internet bandwagon.

These weapons have been bio-metrically matched to the people they have been issued to.


Bio-metrically matched? You mean like "smart guns" that can only be fired by a person matched to the gun?
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:44:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Alien:

Originally Posted By sms5183:

Originally Posted By 1911greg:
"Only the Iraqi Army has M-16's"

Yeah until they sell them to the terrorists...


As an Army officer you ought to inform yourself a little more and not just jump on the internet bandwagon.

These weapons have been bio-metrically matched to the people they have been issued to.


Bio-metrically matched? You mean like "smart guns" that can only be fired by a person matched to the gun?


No he means fingerprints, "old school" biometrics. So when they come up missing there is hell to pay. I know two former Iraqi Air Force members who are rotting away in a shitty little jail right now (no heat, no AC, no showers or shitter, nice place) for stealing some guns.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:51:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By nickforney:
2 weeks later.

Wait a minute....you actually have to clean these!

that is the reaction we get from the IA's in our ao. Can't figure out why they have problem with reliability. Ive seen a few m-4s out and about as well. I believe deep in my heart that this isn't the rifle for the country of iraq. No discipline at all within the ranks. IA's and IP's alike do not maintain any of there gear what so ever. I love the m16 platform. I shoot my AR regularly at home. But in the hands of these soldiers who can't do even minor soldier tasks it just doesn't hold.

We regularly check the status of weapons at IP and IA checkpoints. Ammo counts ect. Generally the crew served weapons are unserviceable there side arms are horrible and the rifles are well...repulsive if they have any of them on them not laying in the dirt somewhere.

They may be able to shoot them well and do the basic tasks needed with them but after being away from the training area and loosing its cool new gear factor they will turn to junk. They will stop functioning and the armourers needed to repair them will be awol.

my .02


Interesting, I wonder if they will clean their new M16s with gasoline or diesel like they do their AKs?

This is a mistake.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:58:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By M14chud:
Great, there goes even more freaking ammo. Let em use up all the spam cans of 762x39 still being dug up all over the place.


As if the Iraqis buying M16s from us will impact the supply of Wolf 5.56 or the old M193 that some of you folks swear by?

As long as the Army has enough M855 to go around (and we do) there's nothing to worry about there....
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 12:45:52 PM EDT
Same thing happened to the Cambodians way back when

The troops were thrilled to receive the M16
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 12:58:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JackBurton:


Interesting, I wonder if they will clean their new M16s with gasoline or diesel like they do their AKs?

This is a mistake.


Why is it a mistake? The M-16 is gas-operated.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:02:28 PM EDT
At least that is one country that we don't have to worry about buying up all the IMI M855.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:03:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By brasidas:
At least that is one country that we don't have to worry about buying up all the IMI M855.


I think you'd be surprised.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:10:22 PM EDT
Sell our M16's, buy XM8's...now that would be just about perfect.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:49:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rem700PSS:
Sell our M16's, buy XM8's...now that would be just about perfect.


I'll stick with the M16/M4 thanks.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:52:23 PM EDT

M-16s for Iraqi Army


The Iraqi Army lost how many thousands of AK's recently?

How long will it take to "lose" thousands of M-16"?
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:55:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1911greg:

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
The M16 is a rifle for an army who employs US military doctrine.
The AK47 is a rifle for an army who employs Soviet military doctrine.

The direction the Iraqi's choose to go in will (should) dictate their choice in rifle.


could you explain?


American tactics require marksmanship from all riflemen.

Soviet tactics require short range marksmanship, with an SVD for longer range combat.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:34:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TGMoore:

Originally Posted By NevisRuprecht:
Ali Jassim, an Iraqi soldier who received his M-16 in August, worried that the gun's bullets, lighter than those used in AK-47s, won't be strong enough to quickly kill combatants. "To tell you the truth, I would prefer my old AK," Mr. Jassim said. "The M-16s may be better for Americans, but the AKs are better for Iraqis."


I agree, AK's would be better for them. The Iraqi's will never be soldiers anyway. At best a half assed police force.


What are you basing this on? I found many of the Iraqi ministry of interior and 4th brigade to be highly professional. Many of the older soldiers had fought against the Iranians. The younger guys were gung ho and wanted to learn. They looked up to us and put out during the training and on missions. As with most soldiers if they are led, trained, properly motivated and equipped they will accomplish the mission.

This is the same rubbish Euros use to spew about their colonial forces. It has been proven untrue throughout history, and it is untrue now.

I am guessing you aren't a trigger puller at all.


Let's not throw insults.

I base this on Iraqi: loyalties, culture, peer pressure, need, and leadership.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:11:48 PM EDT
I have to agree, the AK is best for the Iraqi Police and Army. I currently advise the Iraqi police on a daily basis and see the kind of maintance, or lack of maintance of Iraqi small arms. One thing I love about the AK, the PKC machine gun and even the glock 19's issued to the police is the amount of abuse they will take and still function. These are weapons designed for the primitive third world armies of the eastern block, tough, easy to use, and simple to repair. Even the ammo is packaged for untrained soldiers to easily load empty mags. These AK's use ammo from China, Russia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, you name it.

Standard Iraqi practice to clean all small arms is to simply dunk the weapon in a can of deisel fuel and then wipe it off. No lube no bore cleaning, no nothing. I provided sewing machine oil obtained in northern Iraq for lube, bore patches, cleaning rods and then a barrel of simple green to degrease new weapons. And they still used that damn diesel.

As good as the M16 is, without regular cleaning it simply will not function.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:37:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 3:40:58 PM EDT by TGMoore]

Originally Posted By NevisRuprecht:

Originally Posted By TGMoore:

Originally Posted By NevisRuprecht:
Ali Jassim, an Iraqi soldier who received his M-16 in August, worried that the gun's bullets, lighter than those used in AK-47s, won't be strong enough to quickly kill combatants. "To tell you the truth, I would prefer my old AK," Mr. Jassim said. "The M-16s may be better for Americans, but the AKs are better for Iraqis."


I agree, AK's would be better for them. The Iraqi's will never be soldiers anyway. At best a half assed police force.


What are you basing this on? I found many of the Iraqi ministry of interior and 4th brigade to be highly professional. Many of the older soldiers had fought against the Iranians. The younger guys were gung ho and wanted to learn. They looked up to us and put out during the training and on missions. As with most soldiers if they are led, trained, properly motivated and equipped they will accomplish the mission.

This is the same rubbish Euros use to spew about their colonial forces. It has been proven untrue throughout history, and it is untrue now.

I am guessing you aren't a trigger puller at all.


Let's not throw insults.

I base this on Iraqi: loyalties, culture, peer pressure, need, and leadership.


That is a weak argument if ever I have heard one. The Iraqis won't clean their weapons because of their culture and peer pressure? Then they need better leadership to force them to do their bloody job. The Iraqis I worked with sure as hell didn't want to piss me off. I found that a strong, firm unyielding hand or power is what they respected most. I always treated them fairly and without the usually bullshit favoritism they are use to. Guess what, they didn't rebel, or try to sabotage my directives. They did what good soldiers do and followed orders.

Maybe my experiences were an anomaly but personally I get sick of hearing people who have never been to Iraq much less worked with Iraqi security forces telling me what a bunch of stupid, second rate retards the Iraqis soldiers are. If you say something long enough you will start making it your reality. By interacting with the Iraqis like I would training day 1 recruits I saw them in my 13 months mold themselves into a decent unit that I was proud to go on patrol with. Guys in my platoon spent plenty of their personal funds buying them ammo pouches and shit for their AKs we couldn't get through the supply system.

The Iraqi national police are crap because of a concerned effort by insurgent groups to infiltrate and demoralize the police force which worked I believe because they do not use the Armys relocation policy. i.e. If you enlist in the Iraqi army you never stay in your hometown. The police recruit locally and don't move people around.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:56:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 3:56:23 PM EDT by m193]
In service for over 50 years?
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 4:00:41 PM EDT
I betcha AK47s with some gadgets hanging off them would impress them equally as much as an M16 AND would cost less.

What's a Bulgy AK47 with a reddot going to cost compared to a #%$@ing Colt?


- BG
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 5:04:15 PM EDT
Hmmm, I ought to start up a company that subcontracts rifle cleaning services for Iraq.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 12:52:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TGMoore:

The Iraqi national police are crap because of a concerned effort by insurgent groups to infiltrate and demoralize the police force which worked I believe because they do not use the Armys relocation policy. i.e. If you enlist in the Iraqi army you never stay in your hometown. The police recruit locally and don't move people around.


I couldn't agree more. The IP's are so dirty and so quick to do the wrong thing because they are too close to home and to there families. They are too close to the threat/home. When they are too afraid to snatch up a known and deadly terrorist because they fear for themselves and there families it is a problem. I have seen a major iraqi police firgure south of baghdad sweep up a certain HVT and treat him as he was a bad guy. Without fear or worry about the result. I cited this to the fact that his american allies would have his back and we did. That is the right way to do things. But it is the exception not the rule.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 1:06:27 AM EDT
IA= mostly decent and depends on the unit.

IP= can go to hell. It was estimated in our AO 75% of the IA's were militia members attacking us even in uniform at times.


Our IA's we mentored...

Link Posted: 10/11/2007 3:42:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 3:43:05 AM EDT by ffemt11b]
Sooo lemme get this straight they get brand new M16s but when I got deployed my Infantry Battalion wasn't issued M4s like we were promised, but M16s that already had at least 2 deployments on them, why the fuck do they get new rifles, and I'm using hand-me-downs.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:02:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rem700PSS:
Sell our M16's, buy XM8's...now that would be just about perfect.

Wow, I haven't seen you bring up that XM8 shit in a while.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:03:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 4:37:07 AM EDT by doggbert556]
This may be a stupid question, but why are we paying to they re-arming when they just recently had ..oh say fortyleven gazillion AKs an enough ammo for them to last 2 life times?

'jus wondering, cus I really don't know whats behind the switch...besides the money.

ETA 'cus now I know. Why did they want to change?
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:04:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By doggbert556:
This may be a stupid question, but why are we paying to re-arm a nation that just recently had ..oh say fortyleven gazillion AKs an enough ammo for them to last 2 life times?

'jus wondering, cus I really don't know whats behind the switch...besides the money.


You answered your own question.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:06:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ffemt11b:
Sooo lemme get this straight they get brand new M16s but when I got deployed my Infantry Battalion wasn't issued M4s like we were promised, but M16s that already had at least 2 deployments on them, why the fuck do they get new rifles, and I'm using hand-me-downs.

because they bought and paid for them. That's why.
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