An Iraqi Army tanker with the 9th Armored Division drives an M1A1 Abrams tank under the instruction of Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center Jan. 16 at Camp Taji, Iraq. The IA tankers are preparing for a 45-day New Equipment Operatorís Course this spring at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Chad Menegay, 196th MPAD, 25th Inf. Div., USD-C)
The photo complements a story run a few days back:
The M1A1s purchased by the Iraqi Army are downgraded from standard US issue. Most important of the downgrades is the lack of depleted uranium armor.