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At Least in Western Iraq, Marines Have Apparently Found the Mighty
Humvee to Be Inferior to the Humble Donkey.
U.S. Forces Trade Humvees for Donkeys
According to Iraqi sheep smugglers, U.S. forces operating in the deserts of Al-Anbar Province have decided to eschew their Humvees for the humble pack-animals, because they are more able to 'sense danger before it occurs, and they are not easily spotted by attackers.'
Edited By Rob Gibran
Islamic Memo - Saudi Arabia - Original
Article (Arabic) Translation
August 18, 2005
Islamic Memo Exclusive: Eyewitnesses in
northwestern Iraq have reported that United States Marines have been using donkeys and
mules to travel through the western Iraqi desert for fear of resistance ambushes.
Map of Iraq. Al-Anbar Province is in the West
The area in question lies within Al-Anbar Province, and is known as the Euphrates Highlands. American occupation forces
have been targeted in that area by roadside bomb missile attacks, especially
in the Qua’im and Hasibi Hills regions, and regions with phosphate mines close
to the Syrian Iraqi border.
Our Islam Memo correspondent’s eyewitnesses
in Qua’im have reported that U.S. troops are carrying their equipment and provisions
on the backs of these mules and donkeys over long distances. The troops are
leaving their vehicles in specially-built barracks set up beforehand on the
outskirts of the desert.
A number of Iraqi sheep smugglers, who
had seen the American soldiers riding the donkeys and mules, had thought that
the Americans were conducting some kind of new military operation. One of
the Egyptian translators who works as a mercenary for the occupation forces
informed them of the real reason for this latest U.S. travel method: The pack-animals
can sense danger before it occurs, and they are not easily spotted by attackers.
This eyewitness report confirms what is
already known of the damage that the resistance is inflicting on the American
occupation. U.S. armored vehicles and Humvees have failed to survive
the powerful roadside explosives, even though they are reinforced with extra
protection and sensors.
During the second battle of Fallujah, an
American official admitted that the explosives used by the resistance are
ripping U.S. vehicles to shreds. This can be seen in the many
photos of destroyed American vehicles, made public by the resistance every
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