In November 2007, a destructive new weapon appeared on the battlefield in Iraq: the improvised rocket-assisted munition—or IRAM. They’re also often called “lob bombs” because of the way they’re launched high up into the air and onto a target, and in the first ever IRAM attack against US forces in Iraq, that target was COP Callahan, a combat outpost in northern Baghdad that housed a US Army battalion. Maj. John Chambers was a second lieutenant at the time and was part of that battalion. In this episode of The Spear, he talks us through that attack, what it was like to experience it, and what impact it had on the unit.
The articles and other content which appear on the Modern War Institute website are unofficial expressions of opinion. The views expressed are those of the authors, and do not reflect the official position of the United States Military Academy, Department of the Army, or Department of Defense.
The Modern War Institute does not screen articles to fit a particular editorial agenda, nor endorse or advocate material that is published. Rather, the Modern War Institute provides a forum for professionals to share opinions and cultivate ideas. Comments will be moderated before posting to ensure logical, professional, and courteous application to article content.
Most Popular Posts
- Not Your Grandfather’s Resistance: The Unavoidable Truths about Small States’ Best Defense Against Aggression
- The Limits of Logic: Why Narrative Thinking is Better Suited to the Demands of Modern Combat
- Escalation to Nuclear War in the Digital Age: Risk of Inadvertent Escalation in the Emerging Information Ecosystem