23 January 2007
Iraqis use a missile to shoot down an American helicopter
Saturday saw 25 American soldiers killed in Iraq, 12 of them when a helicopter went down. It now emerges that the Iraqis may have used a shoulder fired ground to air missile, which if true would make for an interesting development in this war.
Up to now the Iraqi forces have stuck to the low-tech approach of roadside bombs and hit and run ambushes - with a dose of sniper fire just to keep the occupiers nerves on edge. Can it be that they have managed to get hold of some sophisticated equipment as well?
If they have, then the results will be interesting, because the USA uses helicopters as its transport workhorses - the roads are too dangerous by far for that kind of thing.
If the Iraqis can cut off the American air supply then they will have won a great strategic advantage, and brought the war measurably closer to its end.