Is The Iraqi Air Force Using Improvised Barrel Bombs in Fallujah?
Brown Moses Blog
Fallujah, Iraq, currently under control of anti-government forces, has been the scene of recent government military operations, with the long term goal of retaking control of the town. Photographs posted by the anti-government Twitter account @Barq_iq_sy show what appear to be improvised barrel bombs reportedly dropped by the Iraqi Air Force on Fallujah
This design doesn't match any known type of conventional bomb used by the Iraqi air force, nor does it match the design of the improvised barrel bombs in Syria. While improvised barrel bomb aren't unique to the Syrian conflict (Sudan being another example), considering the media and political furore over the use of improvised barrel bombs in Syria, it will be interesting to see the reaction from those same quarters if improvised barrel bombs can be proven to be have been used by the Iraqi military in Fallujah.
Thanks to @me2455 for highlighting these images.
Update Thanks to @Azler00 for highlighting this Iraqi opposition Facebook page with more examples of improvised barrel bombs reportedly dropped by the Iraqi air force.
Update Since making this post I've discovered a number of other videos andphotographs of improvised barrel bombs used in Iraq, including this news report from May 6th discussing their use in the Anbar province (Arabic only)
I've collected all the videos I've found here.