1 The Long War Journal: In Pictures: The Spear Brigade

Written by Bill Roggio on March 21, 2008 4:15 PM to 1 The Long War Journal

Available online at: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/03/in_pictures_the_spea.php


Click the image to view the slideshow of the Spear Brigade in western Mosul.

MOSUL, IRAQ: Some of the heaviest fighting in Mosul has occurred in the western neighborhoods of the city. Al Qaeda in Iraq and its terrorist allies fought pitched battles with Iraqi and US forces earlier this year in an attempt to prevent the security forces from establishing security outposts in the city. Al Qaeda conducted attacks using suicide car and vest bombs as well as rocket-propelled grenades and small arms as the troops attempted to build the bases and checkpoints. The soldiers of the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Iraqi Army Division, led by Brigadier General Taha Askar, the Iraqi police, and the US soldiers of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment fought through the attacks and have established a foothold in the neighborhoods. Multiple clear-and-hold operations are being conducted as the Iraqi and US security forces are working to consolidate their gains. But reconstruction in the western part of the city is lagging. This slideshow looks at the Spear Brigade and their US advisers in action in western Mosul.