This latest piece of combat footage took place in Iraq. As a convoy of MRAP vehicles of the Iraqi Army move down the road, an ISIS insurgent fires an RPG round that hits the bulletproof windshield of one of the MRAP vehicles. It’s unclear how many died in the incident, but I would expect some serious casualties.
MRAP stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected and is used to describe United States military light tactical vehicles produced as part of the MRAP program which are is designed to withstand improvised explosive devices (IED) attacks and ambushes. Fitted with substantial armor plate and a bulletproof windshield, the United States Department of Defense MRAP program began in 2007 as a response to the increased threat of IEDs during the Iraq War. From 2007 until 2012, the MRAP program deployed more than 12,000 vehicles in the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan.
Who is who in the video?
Iraqi Army – in its modern form, the Iraqi Army was first created by the British during the inter-war period of de facto British control of Mandatory Iraq. Following the invasion of Iraq by U.S. forces in 2003, the Iraqi Army was rebuilt along American lines with enormous amounts of U.S. military assistance at every level. Because of the Iraqi insurgency that began shortly after the invasion, the Iraqi Army was later designed to initially be a counter-insurgency force. With the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2010, Iraqi forces have assumed full responsibility for their own security.
Between 2004 and 2014, the U.S. had provided the Iraqi Army with $25 billion in training and equipment in addition to an even larger sum from the Iraqi treasury. During the ISIS rampage through Iraq in 2014, large amounts of this equipment fell into the hands of the terror group and were subsequently used against the Iraqi and coalition forces. The Iraqi Army extensively collaborated with Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces during operations against ISIS.
ISIS needs little introduction. It stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officially known as the Islamic State and also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh. ISIS is a militant group and a formerly unrecognized proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi jihadist doctrine of Sunni Islam. Its followers have carried out a range of horrifying crimes against humanity during war and peace.
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