Sunday, July 2, 2017

US Army Warns of Increased Friendly Fire Risk in Mosul

The day after the prime minister of Iraq declared the end of Daesh’s caliphate, US Army Col. Pat Work drove through western Mosul to caution Iraqi forces of another looming threat: friendly fire.

Now that the fight for Mosul has reached its final stages, the Iraqi Army, the federal police and the Iraqi Special Forces have to be very careful to make sure the country's ground troops don't get hit in the shrunken battlespace by non-precision firing.

Work visited a number of bases and command centers inside Mosul to talk to generals from the three branches of the Iraqi security forces, ahead of a major offensive on Saturday morning, AP reported.

"It's a very violent close fight," said Work, the commander of the 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which deployed to Iraq in January.

"When the bullets aren't enough the commanders want to turn to high explosives which might be mortars or artillery… so understanding where the other guy is all the time is kinda rule number one, so the lethal effect is directed at the target and not accidentally at another player that's on your team."

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