Stryker Zone

By Marjorie Censer, Zachary M. Peterson / December 2, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Strykers work very well in Iraq but are not as effective in Afghanistan, House Appropriations defense subcommittee chairman John Murtha (D-PA) told reporters during a briefing today on Capitol Hill.

He said he has spoken with a British general who said he plans to change the way Strykers operate in the country, but Murtha did not provide further details.

Strykers have been criticized as ineffective and unsafe in Afghanistan, most notably in a Washington Times article published last month. That piece quoted one soldier who called the Stryker "the most dangerous ride of my life."

"Equipment is a big worry," Murtha said today.