ISIS turning US Humvees into nightmare in Iraq

More than two-thirds of the Humvees the US supplied to Iraq to fight terrorists have ended up in the hands of Islamic State militants.

More than two-thirds of the Humvees the US supplied to Iraq to fight terrorists have ended up in the hands of Islamic State militants.

And the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh, has not wasted any time in converting those vehicles into one of its deadliest and most nightmarish tools: suicide car bombs.

According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, ISIS controls about 2,300 armored US Humvees. Most of those vehicles were seized after ISIS overran Mosul in June 2014.

In addition to being used in further attacks against Iraqi forces, these vehicles were sent over the border to Syria to help ISIS solidify its foothold there.

The Humvees were specifically created by the US to be able to carry heavy loads and to sustain small-arms fire — qualities ISIS has found make the vehicles perfect for suicide bombings.

"There's a simple reason the militants are using Humvees and other armored vehicles as rolling bombs," Sean D. Naylor reports for Foreign Policy. "Their protective armored plating prevents defenders from killing the trucks' drivers before the militants can detonate their loads, while the vehicles' capacity to carry enormous amounts of weight means the Islamic State can sometimes pack in a ton of explosives."

ISIS has used these bomb-laden Humvees in waves of suicide bombings across both Syria and Iraq, targeting strategic locations including Syrian military bases and the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi, which fell to the militants at the end of May. The Kurds are increasingly concerned that they will face a wave as well.

According to The Soufan Group, ISIS used more than 30 car bombs in its Ramadi offensive. Many of these involved armored US Humvees, and some of the bombs were large enough to level an entire city block.

"There is little defense against a multiton car bomb; there is none against multiple such car bombs ... the Islamic State is able to overwhelm once-thought-formidable static defenses through a calculated and concentrated use of suicide bombers," The Soufan Group notes. "The Islamic State has neither a shortage of such explosives nor a shortage of volunteers eager to partake in suicide attacks."
These Humvee suicide bombs are large and powerful enough to plow through static Iraqi defensive positions before detonating. Attacks such as these dramatically lower the moral of Iraqi troops and make defensive positions almost impossible to hold without specialized antitank weaponry.

And as ISIS has more than 2,000 of these Humvees in its arsenal, the nightmare of armored suicide bombings is unlikely to end soon.

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So your saying the USA supports ISIS?
Can the USA be charged with supporting terrorists? Phone Post 3.0

Fucking ridiculous Phone Post 3.0

Put breathalizers in all new Humvees that won't start if they detect goat penis.  Problem solved.

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Put breathalizers in all new Humvees that won't start if they detect goat penis.  Problem solved.

you'll cripple the Missouri National Guard.
I think you mean Arkansas Phone Post 3.0

Honesty - So your saying the USA supports ISIS?
Can the USA be charged with supporting terrorists? Phone Post 3.0
No the USA helped support groups who were fighting isis and obviously were not competent enough to keep there gear from the enemy. Phone Post 3.0

It does make you wonder why we haven't learned our lessons and incorporated kill switches or auto detonators in these. We have a long history of giving weapons to folks that end up being our enemies months or years later. Or Strong GPS tech so that we could just launch cruise missiles at any of them from ships or subs. 2000 cruise missiles at once, one for each Hummer and hopefully some are stashed in places where the missile will do even more damage to hostiles Phone Post 3.0

Wardance5 - 
Honesty - So your saying the USA supports ISIS?
Can the USA be charged with supporting terrorists? Phone Post 3.0
No the USA helped support groups who were fighting isis and obviously were not competent enough to keep there gear from the enemy. Phone Post 3.0

Uhm... No. You are a fool who's been ingesting a steady flow of shit


More than two-thirds of the Humvees the US supplied to Iraq to fight terrorists have ended up in the hands of Islamic State militants.

1.) Hack them

2.) Shut them off

3.) Bacon

4.) Profit Phone Post 3.0

This has been a pattern that's been going on for awhile now. Supply Iraqi forces with weapons and equipment, knowing full well it will be abandoned to ISIS. Then act like they didn't anticipate this happening. Then repeat the process.

Either our military leaders are the most incompetent idiots in history, or they are funding ISIS indirectly. Pretty sure it's the latter. Phone Post 3.0

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UGCTT_Fillthy -
mixedmartialfarts -


Put breathalizers in all new Humvees that won't start if they detect goat penis.  Problem solved.

you'll cripple the Missouri National Guard.
I think you mean Arkansas Phone Post 3.0
Why not both? Phone Post 3.0

Honesty - So your saying the USA supports ISIS?
Can the USA be charged with supporting terrorists? Phone Post 3.0

you're*

 

And read the fucking article you dimwit.

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2 fucking 3

Christ Phone Post 3.0

Soup and Beer - This has been a pattern that's been going on for awhile now. Supply Iraqi forces with weapons and equipment, knowing full well it will be abandoned to ISIS. Then act like they didn't anticipate this happening. Then repeat the process.

Either our military leaders are the most incompetent idiots in history, or they are funding ISIS indirectly. Pretty sure it's the latter.

The article itself says that the bulk of those Humvees were appropriated when ISIS took Mosul. That happened in June 2014. The US has been giving the Iraqi Army Humvees and other equipment since before ISIS was a thing, long before 2014.  

ISIS didn't get all of these Humvees, machine guns, artillery pieces, tanks, and other shit because the US was intentionally supplying them. They got them because the Iraqi Security Forces turned tail and ran.

My tax dollars at work. Phone Post 3.0

DrOrloff - It does make you wonder why we haven't learned our lessons and incorporated kill switches or auto detonators in these. We have a long history of giving weapons to folks that end up being our enemies months or years later. Or Strong GPS tech so that we could just launch cruise missiles at any of them from ships or subs. 2000 cruise missiles at once, one for each Hummer and hopefully some are stashed in places where the missile will do even more damage to hostiles Phone Post 3.0
You watch too much tv Phone Post 3.0

Candide - 
Soup and Beer - This has been a pattern that's been going on for awhile now. Supply Iraqi forces with weapons and equipment, knowing full well it will be abandoned to ISIS. Then act like they didn't anticipate this happening. Then repeat the process.

Either our military leaders are the most incompetent idiots in history, or they are funding ISIS indirectly. Pretty sure it's the latter.

The article itself says that the bulk of those Humvees were appropriated when ISIS took Mosul. That happened in June 2014. The US has been giving the Iraqi Army Humvees and other equipment since before ISIS was a thing, long before 2014.  

ISIS didn't get all of these Humvees, machine guns, artillery pieces, tanks, and other shit because the US was intentionally supplying them. They got them because the Iraqi Security Forces turned tail and ran.


Here we have the cover story to promote plausible deniability