The turret appears to be ripped from a French-made Panhard AML-90 armored car that's capable of firing D921 90 mm explosive shells at targets up to 1,500 meters away.
A Panhard AML at the Musée des Blindés in Saumur, France(Wikimedia Commons/Rama)
The operators of this battlewagon were identified by Reuters as members of militias from the western city of Misrata that, under protection of Tripoli's forces, have clashed with eastern Libyan National Army forces near the capitol in recent days in what the Washington Post characterized as "the most significant escalation of violence in the country" since the 2011 toppling of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Those militias, allied with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj against LNA leader and former Gaddafi general Khalifa Haftar, "rushed to Tripoli from Misrata in pickup trucks fitted with machine guns" to rebuff the advance of LNA forces towards the capitol, Reuters reported on Monday.
The Toyota-borne technical has become a well-documented fixture of irregular conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa, and the ingenuity that goes into them is deeply impressive. In 2014, War on the Rocks noted that Libyan engineers in particular have managed to mount even the most mismatched weapons systems on their pickups, from a Soviet BMP-1 Armored Personnel Carrier to S-5 rocket pods that were originally designed for aircraft.
But here's a question: Given that the Humvee was designed as a military-specific vechicle, does jury-rigging a 90mm cannon make it a technical, you know, technically? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment below.
A Pennsylvania man allegedly lied to Northumberland County officials about serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in order to be eligible for veterans treatment court, according to District Attorney Tony Matulewicz.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sits for an interview with Reuters in New York, New York, U.S. April 24, 2019. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif does not believe U.S. President Donald Trump wants war with Iran, but he told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump could be lured into a conflict.
"I don't think he wants war," Zarif said in an interview at the Iranian mission to the United Nations in New York. "But that doesn't exclude him being basically lured into one."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zarif's remarks.
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