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DETAILS: Components of Syrian I.E.D.

A few minutes ago, Brown Moses, at the invaluable Brown Moses blog, asked if we had clear images of the steel cylinders used by certain fighters in the Free Syrian Army to hold the main explosive charges in truck or roadside bombs.

Brown Moses, who has done essential spadework and analysis on the weapons, tactics and daily developments of the Syrian war (for which he has not always been credited), sought the images as part of the discussion about the recent finds of apparently air-dropped barrels that have been turning up in the Syrian countryside. We’re tied up today, so for now we’ll leave the rest of that discussion to him. But above is an image he requested, made in mid-August in Tal Rifaat.

It shows the large-diameter pipes (perhaps water mains for the abundant irrigation systems in Aleppo province) that have been cut to hold home-made explosives. To these pipes are added plates at one end (to hold the blasting cap for detonation) and handles so that four men can carry them. The opposite end of the cylinders, in the cylinders we saw in use on a truck bomb, were covered with plastic but otherwise left open, apparently to direct the blast forward, toward the target. 

I owe some writing to the At War blog, beginning with an unusual post we will have up as soon as I write it. So, time to go.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH

Bomb components, awaiting their turn. Tal Rifaat, Syria. By the author. Mid-month. For Brown Moses.

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