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Iraqi Insurgents Once Mounted Rockets On Their Heads

 Some enterprising militants home-brewed their own rocket launchers — and some even mounted them on their heads.

That’s what Matt Schroeder learned from a recent Freedom of Information Act request he filed. A weapons researcher with the Federation of American Scientists, Schroeder was at work on a joint project into illicit weaponry with the Small Arms Survey when he heard rumors of Iraqi insurgents putting together rocket launchers using spare parts. The last thing he expected to see was a Russian air-to-ground rocket getting fired off someone’s head using “tape and a plexiglass visor,” Schroeder says.

The previously-unseen photo Schroeder received from the Army in January isn’t dated, but Schroeder believes it’s from around 2009 or maybe a little earlier.

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