In the last two days, the news that the top commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps's special forces, the Al-Quds Brigade, had been attacked by U.S. forces has dominated the world's media.
As Iran's most influential special forces commander, Iran has imposed the most stringent security measures against Suleimani. But what is behind America's seemingly easy decapitation of success? How did the U.S. military achieve the targeted clearance mission?
Judging by the U. S. response, the U. S. military's targeted clearance operation was well-planned and well-prepared for a long time. When Lieutenant General Sleimani entered Iraq, the U.S. military began to use its integrated intelligence network to track and locate it and obtain a lot of information related to it.
The United States now has 16 main intelligence agencies, the most famous of which is the CIA. The CIA's decades-long layout in the Middle East has so far formed a very good intelligence network, while also carrying out a large number of infiltration damage and targeted clearance operations. Hot spots such as Iraq, Syria and Iran are also the targets of their key activities. The targeted removal was carried out specifically by a CIA agency.
According to media reports, the U.S. military used satellites, drone reconnaissance and artificial intelligence networks to obtain a large number of accurate information about Suleimani. Based on its previous practice of targeting the leaders of extremist groups, the u.s. military used a database system for accurate analysis to obtain location information about the target mission.
After obtaining a lot of intelligence information, the U. S. military uses the combat information processing system to carry on the coarse extraction and the information screening work, finally obtains many beneficial information. U. S. military data processing and big data analysis system, but also to help the U. S. military from the details of the effective information, to ensure the accurate grasp of Suleimani's track of action, for fixed-point clearance laid a solid foundation.
The U. S. disclosure shows that the U. S. military has long wanted to target Suleimani targeted clearance operations, only the previous time is not very ripe. When the Iraqi embassy was attacked and the U. S. government needed to speak to the public, targeted killings against Suleimani were carried out.
The CIA, which has been in the Middle East for decades, has formed a well-established intelligence network and has carried out a lot of infiltration and targeted clearance operations. Information map. Picture: Beijing News.com
The “al-Quds Brigade is directly subordinate to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has experienced overseas operations and has been a key adviser to the Al-Quds Brigade since 1998.
Suleimani is a key protector of Iran and Iraq, and both countries have taken very tight precautions. In order to avoid leaks of operational information from Sleimani, both the Iranian and Iraqi sides have minimized radio communications in their operational arrangements, replacing them with military means of communication with strict security measures.
In fact, Iran has operated in Iraq for many years, and has supported a large number of militias in Iraq, with its own intelligence network. But Iran's security and intelligence networks are clearly not comparable. Not only does the US have more sophisticated technology, but it is also far ahead of Iran in the construction of intelligence networks.
In addition, America's military surveillance technology is also very powerful, which can be seen from its use of military satellites to monitor the world. Suleimaniburn is a military and intelligence worker, but the U. S. military has accurately grasped the operational information, the U. S. military did a lot of solid preparation.
Using its own intelligence network, the U. S. accurately grasped Mr. Suleimani's operational information, and could turn the tables on its staff. Judging by the experience of the successful killing of bin Laden, the U.S. military conducted a series of intelligence reconnaissance operations before the final attack, and did not do so until the target information was confirmed.
When russian troops targeted then chechnya's president, mr. dudayev, they paid $1 million to buy a confidant. As the usual strategy of intelligence penetration, it can be basically judged that in the process of capturing Suleimani intelligence information, the U.S. military is also likely to buy off Suleimani side personnel in advance.
Fixed-point clearance is usually after the acquisition of target information, ground special forces personnel guided artillery or air warplanes to carry out a precise strike, can also be directly used to attack the integrated drone attack. The u. s. military has rich experience in targeted clearance, and enjoys the use of drones to carry out targeted clearance, the history of targeted clearance operations, have adopted air strike mode, most are also done by drones.
More than a dozen warplanes, including attack helicopters, MJ-60 Special Warfare Black Hawk helicopters, general-purpose helicopters and armed drones, were deployed to raid Baghdadi's hideaway. Unlike previous attacks with large numbers of warplanes and precision-guided weapons, the U. S. attack was easy.
Surprisingly, the U. S. military's targeted clearance operation used an air-launched rocket. According to the usual understanding, the air-launched rocket hit accuracy is not high, hit basically rely on \"luck.\" But in the raid, the u. s.military used only three rockets to hit and completely destroy two suv SUVs, reaching the goal of a \"surgical\" type of precision strike.
In fact, the u. s. military use of rockets, and the general armed groups used a completely different traditional rockets, and may be \"nine-headed snake\" APKWS 70 mm guided rockets. The projectile, though called a rocket, is a veritable precision guided missile. The \"nine-headed snake\" APKWS guided rocket is guided by laser, the laser seeker is located between the fighting part and the engine, and the optical acquisition device is evenly distributed in the leading edge of the four control rudder surfaces. This layout can provide a large field of view for the seeker with high accuracy.
The Hydra, of course, is only an auxiliary weapon for the U.S. military's targeted clearance mission. U. S. troops targeted the use of such rockets in Suleimani, rather than the more powerful \"Haifa\" anti-tank missiles, mainly because the environment was not allowed. According to the relevant video, the scene of the attack is a road from the airport, surrounded by a large number of other vehicles driving, if the use of powerful missiles, will inevitably cause extensive collateral damage.
The use of the \"Hairefa \"missile in the flow of traffic in Iraq's capital's cities is clearly a huge collateral damage, a political risk that the United States is reluctant to assume. Public information shows that the \"nine-headed snake\" rocket's combat unit is only kg, the attack on unprotected off-road vehicles are completely no problem, more importantly, it will not cause too much collateral damage to the surrounding area. So the U. S. chose the smaller weapon, the rocket, to carry out the cleanup.