"Here's the ultimate fighting machine," observed Major General Rick Lynch, chief spokesman for coalition forces in Iraq, as he showed outtakes from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's latest propaganda video. The outtakes--which were captured in a recent raid by U.S. forces--show the terrorist leader unable to clear a simple jam in his machine-gun. Zarqawi calls in one of his associates to clear the jam, but in the process, the second terrorist grabs the weapon's hot barrel, burning himself in the process.
Such incompetence underscores why the insurgents in Iraq rely so heavily on roadside bombs to attack U.S. forces. A friend of mine--a retired Special Forces NCO with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan--says poor weapons skills are not uncommon among terrorists. Regarding their marksmanship, my friend is equally derisive, saying that most insurgents use the "spray and pray" method. Looks cool on videotape, but it's not an effective way to hit a target.
Regarding Zarqawi, the best news about these recent videos is that he may have provided new clues about his whereabouts. Here's hoping that we corner Zarqawi soon--and he dies with a jammed machine gun in his hands.
More thoughts on Zarqawi the "weapons expert" at Confederate Yankee.