Flying kites, mannequins, and pigeons are among the latest tricks pulled out of the insurgent hat. The indigenous fighters of Iraq are using
patience, careful study, and psychological ruses to inflict harm on Coalition Forces.
"They're crafty, I'll give 'em that," said Marine Cpl. John Strobridge, 20, of Orlando, Fla., as his Humvee passed the mannequin along one of
the most bomb-infested roads in town, a street Americans call Route Michigan.
"Gun it! Gun it!" he screamed to his driver as the vehicle crossed a frequently targeted intersection.
The mannequin first popped up a few weeks ago in the courtyard of a secondary school near a collapsed building. The simple figure appears to be made
of wood, with a white shirt and blue plants painted on. Two white arms hang down, carrying a briefcase.
"We kind of laugh at it. We don't know why they do it," Strobridge said. "But I think the idea is, we get used to looking at the mannequin, and
then one day there's a real person standing there" — with an AK-47 or a rocket launcher.
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When an army or opposing force is pitted with a technologically superior foe, it will evolve its technique of attack. Like a species of plant that
develops resistance to chemicals or parasites. I believe the longer coalition forces occupy the land of Iraq, the tougher their mission will become.
I cannot imagine what it must be like to patrol the streets of Ramadi. I would think that out of the instinct of self -preservation I would shoot
anything that moves or looks like it wants to move. Court Marshall? Ok fine with me.
God Bless Our Troops.
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