25 March 2015
Iraq's Shia militias are using improvised heavy rockets rather than equivalent Iranian systems
The Iraqi rockets prioritise warhead size over range more than their Iranian counterparts
p1631267.jpgMembers of the paramilitary wing of Iraq's Badr Organisation pose with a rocket labelled as an Al-Muntaqim. (Martyr Muhammad Baqr al-Sadr Forces)
The Iraqi Shia militias who are leading the fight back against the Islamic State militant group appear to be making extensive use of improvised rocket artillery even though they benefit from Iranian support.
Iran produces a wide range of artillery rockets and their associated launchers, most notably generic 107 mm and 122 mm systems, both of which are frequently seen in service with Iraq's Shia militias. On 16 March, the New York Times cited US officials as saying that Iran had deployed Fateh-110 tactical ballistic missiles and 333 mm Fajr-5 heavy artillery rockets - or slightly different versions - to Iraq and raised concerns that they would cause civilian casualties if used.
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