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    Surprised this wasn't already up here:

    US accuses Russians of aiding Iraqi defence
    The United States believes Russian technicians are helping Iraq jam crucial satellite signals needed to guide bombs and military aircraft as US, British and Australian troops advance on Baghdad, a senior US official said.

    The official says Washington has evidence personnel from a Russian firm are in Iraq attempting to help set up and operate a sophisticated system that interferes with the US global positioning technology.

    "The system is complex and there is evidence that they (Russian technicians) have been trying to bring this system online and help the Iraqis operate it," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    "We are extremely upset and have raised this at very senior levels with the Russians."

    The official stressed there is no indication the Russian Government was involved in the efforts but said Moscow had been "extremely unhelpful" in addressing the US concerns.

    The official confirmed a report in The Washington Post newspaper that said complaints about the sales of the jamming devices by the Moscow-based firm, Aviaconversiya, began in June 2002.

    At the time, the official said, the Russians denied the company even existed despite the fact it maintained an Internet site and was the subject of extensive media coverage in Russia.

    "It was ridiculous but now it's gone beyond that," the official said. "It is grotesque."
    Maybe it explains those cruise missiles flying into Iran?
    "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

    – Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead vs. United States.

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    Re: Russians Aiding Iraq

    Originally posted by MikeJ
    Maybe it explains those cruise missiles flying into Iran?
    The United States and Britian are not taking any chances. GPS is great, but there are accuracy problems. Things like orbital shift can throw off calculations by at least several feet. To increase accuracy, missile programmers are likely employing the old technique of terrain matching. Basically you digitize an image of the ground, and program it into the missile guidance system. During flight, the system uses the digital image as a reference. It scans the terrain below and around it to confirm a match and determine course alterations.

    Southern Iraq doesn't have many distinguishable terrain features. So, we program the missiles to fly over the mountains of Iran to turn west once the Iraqi terrain becomes more easy to identify.

    It's nothing new. We've been doing it since the first Gulf War. When I first heard the report, I thought they should check the version to make sure it wasn't a Tomahawk from 1991!
    "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."-Christopher Dawson - The Judgement of Nations, 1942

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    • #3
      How 'bout those anti-tank missiles the Russians sold to Iraq? I think the Chechnians are looking less like terrorist every day...
      "There is no great genius without some touch of madness."

      Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

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      • #4
        The US can't lose now!

        http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=...4-064259-1443r

        RABAT, D.C., Morocco, March 24 (UPI) -- A Moroccan publication accused the government Monday of providing unusual assistance to U.S. troops fighting in Iraq by offering them 2,000 monkeys trained in detonating land mines.

        The weekly al-Usbu' al-Siyassi reported that Morocco offered the U.S. forces a large number of monkeys, some from Morocco's Atlas Mountains and others imported, to use them for detonating land mines planted by the Iraqis.

        The publication quoted a highly-informed source as saying, "that is not a scientific illusion but a well-known military tactic."


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        "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

        – Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead vs. United States.

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        • #5
          Monkeys kick ass.

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          • #6
            A MJ. General on MSNBC just said they destroyed a GPS jammer in Iraq.

            Also, BBC is reporting an uprising in Basra. They are reporting that Iraqi troops in the city are firing mortars at targets inside the city.
            "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

            – Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead vs. United States.

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