Al-Qaeda Militants Have Taken Fallujah

May 09, 2015



Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
Cartridge
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics

FULL FN SCAR SPECS HERE

 

  Words by Warrior Actual

The people of Fallujah have fallen prisoner to Al-Qaeda backed group ISIL after a gruesome three day battle resulting in militants capturing the western city. Even though the walls of the city are still in the hands of the local police force, the center of the city, which was left entirely unguarded has been taken.

Al-Qaeda Militants Have Taken Fallujah

Photo courtesy of AP

This is the same city that U.S. troops had previously secured and occupied for two years before withdrawing, leaving it in the hands of the local authorities.  Over the past week both Fallujah and the nearby capital of Ramadi, have been taken over by the Al-Qaeda militants and have been the center of incursions by local government forces, which the militants have successfully fended off. 

In efforts to help the Iraqi people, the U.S. State Department is working closely with Iraqi authorities and the tribes allied against ISIL.  Already several people have been killed and at least a dozen injured in the joint effort between the Iraqi Army and Ramadi tribesmen on Friday to retake the city.  The terrorists group tried to gain the cooperation of the Iraqi people by broadcasting during Friday’s prayer worship that they were here to defend Sunnis from the government. 

Al-Qaeda Militants Have Taken Fallujah

Photo courtesy of AP

The already volatile state of the population with the Sunni minority showing discontent to the Shiite political domination has been a source of an increase in violence over the past year.  This takeover adds another level of complexity to the already troubling situation for the Shiite-led government.  Al-Maliki, Iraqi Prime Minister, had recently instructed the military to move out of the heavily Sunni populated Anbar cities and allow local police to assume security duties as a show of compromise to theSunni population who saw the army as a symbol of Al-Maliki’s rule. 

Soon after, the Al-Qaeda militants made their move in taking over the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi with force.