Technical

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Technical is a form of professional wrestling popularized by Bret and Owen Hart and The Funks, Dory Jr. and Terry.

A technical is a fighting vehicle. It is an open-backed civilian pickup truck on which is mounted a recoilless rifle, heavy machine gun, mortar, or another relatively small weapons system. They are usually unarmored.

While the term "technical" appears to have originated in Mogadishu, Somalia, this type of vehicle is employed throughout the world by irregular and militia forces in urban warfare. The name is thought to have derived from use by the Red Cross there who were often forced to bribe local militias or be the victim of robbery and attacks. The money for these bribes was often written off as "technical expenses".

They are employed in two distinct modes; either while moving at high speed, indiscriminately spraying an area with fire, or approaching a fixed target rapidly, suddenly stopping, and firing aimed shots. Terrain permitting, technicals have been used to dramatic effect in a variety of third world conflicts. In 1987, technicals from Chad drove the Lybian army from the Aozou Strip and dove into Libya itself, raiding military bases over 150 km north of the border.

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