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These pics relate to ongoing war in various parts of Africa. Of interest is how some combatants decorate themselves to enhance their fighting ability and luck - sometimes called "ju-ju".

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Drill rifles
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Old school combatants
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With logistics problematic at best, the bow & arrows makes sense.
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I don't think I'd hunt wart hogs or leopards with an AK
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I'm trying not to judge, but this is just wild.
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There are a couple I'm searching for.

One has someone wearing pajamas with pink elephants as a sort of camo and the other has a bunch of guys wearing orange life preservers as some sort of body armor.
 
Nigerian federal troops during an operation against Biafran forces near the town of Ore, Nigeria, in 1967.Credit...
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Biafran soldiers lined up for inspection by Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu, the military governor of Biafra, in 1968
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September 2017,

Before the South Sudanese rebels attacked the town of Kaya, they handed out supplies - a ragged strip of red cloth to identify themselves to each other as friendly forces, a packet of biscuits, and two precious magazines of ammunition per fighter.

But government forces counter-attacked, killing several rebels and an American journalist. The rebels ran out of ammunition after 40 minutes and had to retreat back to their base in the bush.

"We lack funds and support. The guns we have, the ammunition we have, we take from the enemy," General Matata Frank Elikana, the rebel governor for Yei River State, told Reuters during the long march through rain-soaked elephant grass to the front line.

Oil-rich South Sudan became the world's youngest nation when it won independence from neighbouring Sudan in 2011 following decades of conflict. But civil war quickly followed in 2013 after President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his deputy Riek Machar, a Nuer.

Since then the conflict has been punctuated by gruesome massacres of civilians and extreme sexual violence. Ethnic militias have divided the country into a patchwork of fiefdoms.

Before the rebels attacked Kaya, a town near the Ugandan border and one of four that were simultaneously attacked on Aug. 26, the fighters prayed together and told jokes.

Then they tied their red strips of cloth around their heads and ran forwards, firing, to positions near cement walls or corrugated iron market stalls.

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26-year-old American journalist Christopher Allen was shot dead as he reported on the fight in Kaya while embedded with the rebels.
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Good Lord. The South Sudanese do not appear a trained or disciplined group. Wonder how many fratricide cases they had.
 
Good Lord. The South Sudanese do not appear a trained or disciplined group. Wonder how many fratricide cases they had.
Like this. It's an accident waiting to happen.


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Has that baby been deployed as a UN peacekeeper?

I believe the dummy AKs are for close order drills - marching, tactical assault practice and such. There are a lot of children in these groups, and there might not be enough real guns to go around.

Also safety. They're not professional soldiers and this being Africa someone is bound to put their gun in condition 0 sooner rather than later by not (being able to) following instructions or by simply not caring.

The "homemade SMG?" is a PPS-43 "Spagin" or a Chinese copy thereof. Two magazines taped together with one pointing down and one up. Reload by removing the magazine, flipping it around and inserting the other one. Something similar is going on in the picture about it with the M16 with three mags instead of two.

Like this. It's an accident waiting to happen.

Also gotta love the Nigerian troops flagging their own pointman :D
 
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You might be surprised. If the barrel isn't blocked, and the spring is still springy, there's a substantial chance it would go bang. Use it to shoot somebody with a good one and continue to march.
 
South Africa:
Air Force "Oryx" over rebel territory in DRC
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Battalion Recon from 2 SAI on deployment in the DRC - 2020
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