|U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Fire Base Bell, Iraq, |
fire an M777A2 Howitzer at an Islamic State infiltration route March 18, 2016.
(Photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/ Marine Corps)
How do you spell quagmire again?
- Stop and think! - Who is giving ISIS and the other Islamist groups a steady supply of arms and ammo resupplies for a war going on for years on end? If you can spell C-I-A you pass the test. That is why our jets took their time bombing ISIS if they were bombed at all.
- Now we see the U.S. Marines put right back in the mix to "help" save Iraq from the ISIS troops we armed. But I am just a "crazy" Blogger. What do I know?
(Washington Post) - Photographs and information released by the U.S. military provide new details about a fire base recently established by the Marine Corps in northern Iraq to target Islamic State militants, including its austere nature and how troops arrived there last week.
The base’s existence was kept secret by the Pentagon until Monday, two days after Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin was killed there by an incoming rocket. He was a member of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, an amphibious task force from Camp Lejeune, N.C., that typically travels on Navy ships and has been called on to temporarily bolster the campaign against the Islamic State. The base includes four 155mm M777A2 Howitzer cannons, and is located a few hundred yards from a larger Iraqi base outside the town of Makhmour where U.S. military advisers have been training Iraqi troops.
Information released with the photos details how the outpost was established by Marines who flew in on Army CH-47 helicopters from Camp Taji, a base on the outskirts of Baghdad. They arrived under cover of darkness March 17, and were launching artillery at Islamic State infiltration routes by the following day, the military said. The M777A2 can launch rounds at least 22 miles — well into nearby Islamic State territory, but not as far as the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul, which is about 60 miles northwest.
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Iraq War 2016
|U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit board a |
CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Taji, Iraq, before establishing Fire Base
Bell in northern Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/ Marine Corps)