Sniper threat

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Mil­i­tary of­fi­cials of­ten say the in­sur­gents in Iraq are a “learn­ing en­emy”—able­toad­apt­to­tac­tic­sand de­fens­esused­­dal­liedtroops.

As de­fenses against im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices im­prove, in­sur­gents are turn­ing to sniper at­tacks.

One tech­nique they ap­par­ently learned from the United States is the method used by mur­der­ers John Allen Muham­mad and Lee Boyd Malvo, who ter­ror­ized the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area in 2002. Muham­mad and Malvo killed 10 per­sons and wounded sev­eral oth­ers by fir­ing ri­fle shots through a hole in the trunk of their 1990 Chevro­let Caprice.

Now the in­sur­gents in Bagh­dad are us­ing the same tech­nique. Mil­i­tary of­fi­cials re­cently dis­cov­ered 40 ve­hi­cles mod­i­fied for sniper at­tacks. The ve­hi­cles had holes drilled through the sock­ets for two tail­light bulbs. “One hole was for the scope and one was for the bar­rel,” a de­fense of­fi­cial tells us, who noted that they ap­pear to have picked up the tech­nique from the D.C. snipers.

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