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Is the stryker a dud?

The Stryker is the supposed saviour of the soldiers in Iraq, yet the first one is lost....

AD DULUIYAH, Iraq — Guerilla forces ambushed a Stryker patrol near here today with a homemade explosive device, destroying one Stryker reconnaissance vehicle — the first to be lost to hostile fire.

The four-soldier crew managed to escape but one soldier was injured in the attack.

It occurred about 1 p.m., as elements of the Army’s first Stryker brigade’s 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry was conducting a combat patrol near this city of about 50,000 people, said Lt. Col. Joseph Piek, spokesman for 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (SBCT).

The brigade is now under the command of the 4th Infantry Division and has been running operations out of Forward Operating Base Pacesetter after completing an 800-kilometer movement from Kuwait that began Dec. 2. Pacesetter is located about six miles northeast of here.

Brigade officials believe someone detonated an improved explosive device near the patrol, setting one Stryker on fire, Piek said, adding that the vehicle is now considered out of action. Heavy concussion caused one soldier to suffer foot and ankle injuries.

Because of operational security concerns, Army Times has agreed not to release the exact location of the ambush.

This is the second time in less than a week that the brigade has suffered casualties and lost Stryker vehicles on patrol in Iraq.

During a Dec. 8 patrol here, three soldiers were killed when two Stryker infantry carriers rolled over into a canal on their tops. The two vehicles were recovered, but it is too soon to tell if the waterlogged Strykers can be repaired, Piek said.

Strykers are also top heavy and suffer from rollover...
By netchicken: posted on 16-12-2003

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