Danger Room: Moga’s Wheeled Battlecruisers

29.11.07

Categorie: Africa, U.N. Peacekeeping, Vehicles |

Armored_vehicle_from_the_ugandan_afSuper-tough, nearly bomb-proof trucks are all the rage in Iraq these days.  But in Africa, these “Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected” vehicles, or MRAPs, have been standard for thirty years. The armored rides with the v-shaped hulls first hit the road in the 1970s during a brutal war in what is now Zimbabwe. Today, they’re the truck of choice for another bloody conflict: the 17-year-old series of civil wars and invasions and insurgencies in Somalia.

I went riding with the Ugandans today. Fifteen hundred of them deployed to Mogadishu eight months ago under an African Union banner, and with U.S. funding, in a bid to seize and hold the key infrastructure that some future international force would need to begin stabilizing the embattled city.

Read the whole post over at Danger Room.

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