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Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby Lucian-2nr » October 15th, 2010, 10:49 am

Why rebels and insurgent groups the world over love the Toyota Hilux pickup as much as their AK-47s.

As the war in Afghanistan escalated several years ago, counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, a member of the team that designed the Iraq surge for Gen. David Petraeus, began to notice a new tattoo on some insurgent Afghan fighters. It wasn’t a Taliban tattoo. It wasn’t even Afghan. It was a Canadian maple leaf.

When a perplexed Kilcullen began to investigate, he says, he discovered that the incongruous flags were linked to what he says is one of the most important, and unnoticed, weapons of guerrilla war in Afghanistan and across the world: the lightweight, virtually indestructible Toyota Hilux truck.

“In Afghanistan in particular,” he says, “[the trucks are] incredibly well respected.” So well respected, in fact, that some enterprising fraudsters thought them worthy of ripping off. The imitations, Kilcullen says, had flooded the market, leaving disappointed fighters in their wake. But then “a shipment of high-quality [real] Hiluxes arrived, courtesy of the Canadian government,” he explains. “They had little Canadian flags on the back. Because they were the real deal, and because of how the Hilux is seen, over time, strangely, the Canadian flag has become a symbol of high quality across the country. Hence the tattoos.”

It’s not just rebels in Afghanistan that love the Hilux. “The Toyota Hilux is everywhere,” says Andrew Exum, a former Army Ranger and now a fellow of the Center for a New American Security. “It’s the vehicular equivalent of the AK-47. It’s ubiquitous to insurgent warfare. And actually, recently, also counterinsurgent warfare. It kicks the hell out of the Humvee.” Anecdotally, a scan of pictures from the last four decades of guerrilla and insurgent warfare around the world—the first iteration of the Hilux appeared in the late ’60s—reveals the Toyota’s wide-ranging influence. Somali pirates bristling with guns hang out of them on the streets of Mogadishu. The New York Times has reported that the Hilux is the pirates’ “ride of choice.” A ragtag bunch of 20 or so Sudanese fighters raise their arms aloft in the back of a Hilux in 2004. Pakistani militants drive through a crowd, guns high, in 2000. It goes on. Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq—U.S. Special Forces even drive Toyota Tacomas (the chunkier, U.S. version of the Hilux) on some of their deployments. (Click here for a gallery of Toyota trucks in conflict-torn regions.)


Rest of the article: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/14/why-rebel-groups-love-the-toyota-hilux.html?GT1=43002

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Nicaragua, 1979

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

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Oh Canada Our home and native land..

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby rollingstock » October 15th, 2010, 10:56 am

Real deal right here
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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

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musss!

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby RBphoto » October 15th, 2010, 11:07 am

Old TAY 4X4, original engine smoking, rust dong, men calling all 60 gran and ting. They could export that to Afghanistan and sell it for all I care.

*chupes*

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

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Lemme help you out there


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only the best.......

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby TrinbagoMan » October 15th, 2010, 2:07 pm

Hilux ftw

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby nareshseep » October 15th, 2010, 3:52 pm

the old hilux not the new though

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby Lucian-2nr » October 15th, 2010, 5:21 pm



This? :

pugboy wrote:Toyota hilux,
vehicle of choice for guerillas in Afghanistan, Somalia and all them other wartorn places, Paramin also.


:lol: :lol:

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby rollingstock » October 15th, 2010, 7:29 pm

nareshseep wrote:the old hilux not the new though


So true





older models ftw


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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby aidan » October 16th, 2010, 12:44 am

old skool toyota ftw.

2005+ hilux = not as awesome.

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby ray_S.T.R.A_man » October 16th, 2010, 4:53 am

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby foss » October 16th, 2010, 12:03 pm

aidan wrote:old skool toyota ftw.

2005+ hilux = not as awesome.


This.

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They sure don't make em' like they used to.

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby sweeks » October 16th, 2010, 8:18 pm

Men selling off Vigos and IMVs to buy back SR5s.

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

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Take in the dude with da pistol
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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby sweeks » March 25th, 2011, 9:23 pm

This thread is like an old Hilux... It just won't die.

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby brams112 » March 25th, 2011, 9:31 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^lol lol lol lol,,,,sweeks,,,,,,,the ultimate terrorist vehicle,,,

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby tarzan » March 25th, 2011, 9:46 pm

proud owner of an LN166 :)

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby brams112 » March 25th, 2011, 9:57 pm

wait nah yuh sell the tree to tree?

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby brams112 » March 25th, 2011, 9:58 pm

wait nah yuh sell the tree to tree?

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby rollingstock » March 25th, 2011, 10:31 pm

I had to look up :lol:

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby tarzan » March 25th, 2011, 10:34 pm

yup....hilux way more capable than the tree to tree

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby horsepwrjunki » March 26th, 2011, 12:35 am

TAILI WAGONS>>> WOOOOT!

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby xtech » March 26th, 2011, 1:11 pm

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So we sould take notes from the Guerrilla an them an save money

dont let our PM see this thread

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Re: Guerrilla Trucks - Toyota Hilux

Postby rollingstock » March 26th, 2011, 3:54 pm

^^^ Aye tha was your legnum wagon i saw on the beetham h/way last night?

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