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Backyard Battletanks

3:31 PM, Aug 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The Kurds need heavy weapons in their fight (also our fight) against ISIS. And as Mitch Swenson of War is Boring reports: 

Historically isolated from arms suppliers and outgunned by Islamic State militants, resourceful Kurdish security forces have built their own makeshift armored vehicles—all in a desperate bid to beef up their own fighting strength.

The improvised tanks in the photographs look comic. Obscenely so. They also make a strong point about the seriousness—indeed, the desperation—of the Kurds’ situation.  

As Swenson notes:

On Aug. 14, the U.S., France and the U.K. pledged to supply Kurdish forces with modern weapons to aid in their fight against Islamic State. The new hardware could kill the demand for DIY tanks.

Can’t happen soon enough.

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