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Saturday, January 08, 2005

What Does It Take To Kill Seven Soldiers in A Bradley Fighting Vehicle?

A massive explosion, that's what.

Seven U.S. soldiers were killed when a massive roadside bomb exploded under an armored vehicle in Baghdad and two Marines were killed in Anbar province on Thursday, the military said. It was the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Iraq since a suicide bomber struck a mess hall Dec. 21.

The roadside bomb exploded beneath a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, killing everyone inside the heavily armored troop carrier. The attack came in northwest Baghdad, a section of the capital that includes a Sunni Muslim neighborhood with a substantial presence of insurgents.

The hull of a Bradley is comprised of welded aluminum and spaced laminate armor, and to completely destroy one is no small feat. Where could they have obtained such weapons, you might ask?

From us.
Here's a flashback from October 25th:

Where did the al QaQaa Explosives Come From?

The current debate on the al QaQaa has centered around when the explosives were looted. As far as I'm concerned, that debate is over. Josh Marshall of talkingpointsmemo has covered that better than anyone. Please read him.

Even so, this story is just beginning to develop. The most astounding new report is an exclusive from Minneapolis news channel KSTP, who had an embedded reporter on the scene.

In one bunker, there were boxes marked with the name "Al Qaqaa", the munitions plant where tons of explosives allegedly went missing.

Once the doors to the bunkers were opened, they weren't secured. They were left open when the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew and the military went back to their base.

Read This Story, Please!

Unbelieveable! We knew there were massive stockpiles of weapons, yet we left them open for looters.

This is far more than further proof that the war is run by backseat drivers and nobody is at the wheel. Consider this photo from the KSTP article:

Don't you find it interesting that the Iraqis chose to label their explosives in English?

That got me thinking...Where did those weapons come from? I typed in the source code listed on the boxes (CNMR 8702)in several databases, and I found a match on a Defense Logistics Information Service web page. The Defense Logistics Information Service

The results seem to indicate that these explosives originated in the United States. One could assume that these munitions were originally sold to the Iraqis during the Iran/Iraq war. Now, in all likelihood, they're being used by insurgents to blow up troops in Iraq, and we could have prevented it if we had even marginally competent leadership. How could we let this happen?

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