Sabotaging ammunition for the jihadi enemy. Given the enemy's quality control, this is just raising the odds of a mishap.
It's not a new tactic. We did it in lots of different conflicts - even some we were not officially a party to.
And yes, it is extremely effective - one or two rounds can make everything suspect.
I am wondering if this is just something someone caught on to, as opposed to being "breaking news".
Posted by: skidmark at November 8, 2012 05:16 AM
I knew it was done in VietNam, and given the Soviet propensity to drop booby trapped toys and pens in afghanistan during their occupation, it would only be logical they had booby trapped ammo, rockets, grenades, etc.
Don't accept candy from strangers, or rounds you don't know the source of, or found rounds in the dirt at the range...obviously.
Be cautious about rounds reloaded by other individuals unless you know they are careful and consistent...
It's all obvious until someone loses a thumb.
Posted by: kalashnikat at November 8, 2012 09:50 AM
David, Google "Operation Eldest Son" or "Pole Bean". SOG/SEALs did it in Vietnam. The Brits did it in Africa and Southwest Asia.
Posted by: Shootin' Buddy at November 9, 2012 08:02 AM