The longer we stay, the more sophisticated the insurgents get at attacking us:
Insurgent groups have prepared instructional manuals and videos to train more snipers. Training materials obtained by U.S. intelligence show that snipers are urged to single out medics, engineers and chaplains for attacks on the theory that those casualties will demoralize entire units.
The manuals have been posted on the Internet. U.S. Central Command has verified the authenticity of at least one such training guide.
One recently captured insurgent sniper had a hole in the trunk of his car, which allowed him to fire at U.S. and Iraqi troops while hidden in the vehicle, said Brig Gen. David Halverson, deputy commander of U.S. forces in and around Baghdad. The sniper also mounted a video camera on his car’s rear window.
Enemy snipers in Iraq have improved their skills, and their attacks have become “well-aimed and well-disciplined,” said Col. Michael Beech, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team in central Baghdad. His brigade has lost two soldiers to sniper fire since September, he said.