New York Times correspondent C.J. Chivers reports from Syria on government attempts to seed the black market with altered ammunition as an attempt to maim and kill rebel soldiers.
Called “spiked ammunition,” it features a concoction of powder inside a bullet that causes the bullet to explode once the rifle firing pin strikes the round.
As Chivers points out, it’s maiming Syrians and destroying their weapons. Not only are fighters left unable to pull a trigger, but their hard-sought after weapons are destroyed in the process.
This truly brutal tactic was used by the U.S. during World War II, reports Chivers, as well as by U.S. Blackwater contractors in Iraq.