About 100 Hellfire missiles were sent by the United States to Iraq in order to help its armed forces fight the relentless battle against terrorists. The shipment included other forms of ammunition as well. And the announcement of this lending hand by the lone superpower was made by the US embassy in Iraq.
The arms were meant to beef up the Iraqi Security Forces. They have a formidable opponent in the form of the ISIL or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. This is an Al-Qaeda splinter group that is fighting a guerrilla war with the Iraqi forces.
The United States furthermore wants to send more weapons in the coming weeks to the troubled region. Already, containers of thousands of assault rifles, hand grenades, machine guns, sniper rifles and more than ten million ammunition rounds have reached the nation which Saddam once ruled.
One of the key regions where the terrorist base camps are located is the Al-Anbar province. Iraqi fighter jets often use Hellfire missiles on the dissident elements concentrated there.
Then there is the city of Fallujah which too remains occupied by Al-Qaeda sympathizers. The nation is one large terrorist hangout where life remains a precarious affair.
Extremely brutal clashes between those forces that want stability and modernity and those that want to go back to a fundamentalist past are extant. And the suicide bombers are not showing any signs of backing off from their rigid stance of killing themselves and taking others along with them.
According to FAS, "The Hellfire Air-to-Ground Missile System (AGMS) provides heavy anti-armor capability for attack helicopters. The first three generations of HELLFIRE missiles use a laser seeker. The fourth generation, Longbow HELLFIRE, uses a radar frequency seeker. The first generation of Laser HELLFIRE presently is used as the main armament of the U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache and U.S. Marine Corps' AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters. The second generation currently is available for deployment."
The Hellfire missiles consist of a series of smart and sophisticated weapons that come under the air-to-ground missile system. They are sharpshooting targeted tools of the trade that is war. Ad they will hopefully wipe out the scourge of terrorism from the heart of the Middle East.