Friday, August 05, 2005


From The Guardian:
They have never seen Juba. They hear him, but by then it's too late: a shot rings out and another US soldier slumps dead or wounded.

There is never a follow-up shot, never a chance for US forces to identify the origin, to make the hunter the hunted. He fires once and vanishes.

Juba is the nickname given by American forces to an insurgent sniper operating in southern Baghdad. They do not know his appearance, nationality or real name, but they know and fear his skill.


He waits for soldiers to dismount, or stand up in a Humvee turret, and aims for gaps in their body armour, the lower spine, ribs or above the chest. He has killed from 200 metres away.

"It was the perfect shot," the battalion commander, Lt Col Kevin Farrell, said of one incident. "Blew out the spine.

"We have different techniques to try to lure him out, but he is very well trained and very patient. He doesn't fire a second shot."

There's more in the article. It's all scary.


At 1:46 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Jeff Huber's top sign of a military campaign that has failed:

You've defeated another country's military, and have occupied it's capital for over two years, and you still can't secure the road between the city and the airport, insurgent attacks happen in the city every day, and your "best trained, best equiped" troops are afraid of a single sniper.

Heads need to roll over this bullshit, and I'm not talking about al Qaeda heads.



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