Michael Gilbert’s got a great story about some heavy combat on Friday in Mosul involving the 1-24 INF:
The fighting in Mosul started about 11 a.m. local time when insurgents attacked a Stryker patrol from the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment with rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and eight to 10 roadside bombs, said Lt. Col. Paul Hastings, a spokesman for the Fort Lewis-based Task Force Olympia.
The estimated 35 to 40 insurgents opened fire from both sides of a mile-long stretch of the road, which the military calls Main Supply Route Tampa.
The patrol fought its way through the ambush, then another one, on its way back to base. Then the 1-24 headed back out to clear Tampa north to the Yarmouk traffic circle, a major crossroads, Hastings said.
The Strykers were fired on again by 30 to 35 insurgents, including some who were shooting from a mosque along the route, as they made their way north, Hastings said.
Iraqi troops cleared the mosque and found RPGs, assault rifles and machine guns, he said.
The pictures I posted yesterday were from Wednesday. Here are some from yesterday, probably the same fight covered in Gilbert’s article:
These are from today’s Frontline Photos. And once again we see Iraqi troops heading into mosques with apparently little hesitation.