Iraqi soldiers conducted mortar live fire exercise with US soldiers preparation Iron Lion Operation
United States US Army News
Monday, June 27, 2011, 02:00 PM
Iraqi soldiers conducted mortar live fire exercise with U.S. soldiers in preparation Iron Lion Operation.
Iraqi Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, conducted a mortar live fire exercise at Destiny Range in Ninewa province with the supervision of United States Army soldiers , Iraq, June 16, 2011, in preparation for Operation Iron Lion.
Iraqi soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, lean away from a mortar tube as a 60mm round blasts into the air during a live-fire exercise at Destiny Range in Ninewa province, Iraq, June 16, 2011.
Iron Lion is a series of exercises demonstrating cooperative abilities between Iraqi Security Forces as U.S. forces continue the advise, train and assist mission of Operation New Dawn.
Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, supervised as Iraqi crews performed mortar live-fire exercises, which included emplacement of the mortar system, ammunition preparation and firing.
United States army Soldiers train the Iraqi mortar crews during four-week courses at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center as part of Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for All-Inclusive Training.
Currently on the second week of training, the sixth monthly rotation of Iraqi Army, or IA, soldiers applied the fundamentals of the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center course to the live-fire exercise at nearby Destiny Range.
The cavalry troopers of U.S. Army provided assistance to Iraqi soldiers as the students prepared the rounds and adjusted their mortar systems to accurately hit targets more than 1,000 meters away using 60mm and 81mm mortar systems.
Later this month, the mortar crews and the remainder of 1st Bn. are slated to join Iraqi Police and 3rd Federal Police Division members during a series of events supporting Operation Iron Lion.
During the partnered exercise, Iraqi Security Forces plan to demonstrate their ability to collectively secure Ninewa province from internal and external threats independent of outside assistance.
Iraqi Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, adjust their 81mm mortar system during a company live-fire exercise at Destiny Range in Ninewa province, Iraq, June 16, 2011.