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Guerrilla Trucks

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks & SUVs' started by Packman73, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Oct 14, 2010 at 2:58 PM
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    Packman73

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    Pics of the enemies trucks; http://www.newsweek.com/photo/2010/10/14/toyota-trucks.html

    Why rebels and insurgent groups the world over love the Toyota Hilux pickup as much as their AK-47s.

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    [​IMG] David Guttenfelder / AP Photos: Pickup Trucks From War Zones Across the Globe
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    As the war in Afghanistan escalated several years ago, counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, a member of the team that designed the Iraq surge for Gen. David Petraeus, began to notice a new tattoo on some insurgent Afghan fighters. It wasn’t a Taliban tattoo. It wasn’t even Afghan. It was a Canadian maple leaf.


    When a perplexed Kilcullen began to investigate, he says, he discovered that the incongruous flags were linked to what he says is one of the most important, and unnoticed, weapons of guerrilla war in Afghanistan and across the world: the lightweight, virtually indestructible Toyota Hilux truck.



    “In Afghanistan in particular,” he says, “[the trucks are] incredibly well respected.” So well respected, in fact, that some enterprising fraudsters thought them worthy of ripping off. The imitations, Kilcullen says, had flooded the market, leaving disappointed fighters in their wake. But then “a shipment of high-quality [real] Hiluxes arrived, courtesy of the Canadian government,” he explains. “They had little Canadian flags on the back. Because they were the real deal, and because of how the Hilux is seen, over time, strangely, the Canadian flag has become a symbol of high quality across the country. Hence the tattoos.”



    It’s not just rebels in Afghanistan that love the Hilux. “The Toyota Hilux is everywhere,” says Andrew Exum, a former Army Ranger and now a fellow of the Center for a New American Security. “It’s the vehicular equivalent of the AK-47. It’s ubiquitous to insurgent warfare. And actually, recently, also counterinsurgent warfare. It kicks the hell out of the Humvee.” Anecdotally, a scan of pictures from the last four decades of guerrilla and insurgent warfare around the world—the first iteration of the Hilux appeared in the late ’60s—reveals the Toyota’s wide-ranging influence. Somali pirates bristling with guns hang out of them on the streets of Mogadishu. The New York Times has reported that the Hilux is the pirates’ “ride of choice.” A ragtag bunch of 20 or so Sudanese fighters raise their arms aloft in the back of a Hilux in 2004. Pakistani militants drive through a crowd, guns high, in 2000. It goes on. Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq—U.S. Special Forces even drive Toyota Tacomas (the chunkier, U.S. version of the Hilux) on some of their deployments.


    Continued here;
    http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/14/why-rebel-groups-love-the-toyota-hilux.html
     
  2. Oct 14, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    Great article thanks for the link. I hate that we can't get them here. Pretty much sums up everything that is wrong in the US.
     
  3. Oct 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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    Snowman

    Snowman I have a problem for your solution…

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  4. Oct 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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    Packman73

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    I'm late to the party again.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2010 at 6:05 AM
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    Rattler

    Rattler Wandering But Not Lost

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    I like the "rebels" driving the very-sexy dark red Taco in the gallery.
     
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