Stryker soldiers and Iraqi troops


U.S. and Iraqi Army Soldiers prepare to enter a home during a foot patrol in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2006. The U.S. Soldiers are assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. John M. Foster, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Super large version at JCCC.

Three Iraqis, then two Americans (plus a third almost totally obscured by the second). But who is that last guy? The one on the far left of the pic with what appears to be a very well-used short SAW? The SAW makes me think he’s US, but why is he in that uniform?

The second Iraqi has an interesting hat and an AK held together with green tape. Sorta makes you wonder.

The second US soldier sports a Screaming Eagle combat patch and a low-vis US flag.

Incidentally, the pic I posted earlier of the Short SAW is also 2-1 INF.

Comments

  1. Interesting picture although not real clear. This looks more like training than a real entry. The guy on the far right is certainly American – the helmet with night vision mount is a give away. The old BDU’s are still authorized. His new ones may be in the laundry or just fell apart. If it were real, I would assume he is rear security or at least not part of the initial entry team. The Americans are trying to get the Iraqis to ‘stack’ up before the entry. The Iraqi with the helmet understands and has his hand on the soldier in front of him to stay in contact. The fat one in the middle doesn’t look like he has a clue and is out of contact with the lead man. I’m surprised that the front two Iraqis are not wearing helmets. They don’t even have the old Iraqi Army steel pots? I can’t tell if they are wearing body armor or not. Now I really think it’s training exercise. The tall American to the left looks like he’s watching the mess and about to tell them what they are doing wrong.

  2. During a PX Trip to Leavenworth Tuesday, there were a number of soldiers walkin round in the uniform that that guy in back has on. They still wear it. The answer to the short SAW thingie must revolve around the Stryker, specifically concerning gettin and out of smalish doors. I would either guess it’s training, or the Soldiers are working with whoever they were assigned to work with on an op. Tape? Maybe it’s holding a cracked stock together, it’s waaaaaaaay too much to just mark the rifle (or should I say loosey goosey bullet squirter carbine thing).

  3. I hope it’s training! That guy looks like a recruit during the first week of Basic. He doesn’t know how to wear his uniform – unbloused boots, unzipped field jacket, silly hat. No trained soldier would leave the barracks looking that slovenly. He also looks like he just picked up that rifle for the first time and isn’t sure which end the bullets come out. His finger is in the trigger well while behind another soldier – very bad form – I hope that thing isn’t loaded! Where’s his web belt and canteens? That body fat he’s carrying is not that of someone who has been doing physical training for very long. The guy behind him looks fairly locked on – maybe he is an Iraqi trainer. Either that or the Americans and the experienced Iraqi soldier are herding cannon fodder into the house to see if bad guys are there. If the bad guys shoot them, they’ll know and blow up the building.

  4. Notice how the one guy on the left has his kneepads on right, and one has one kneepad on right. Whats up with that? Notice how the US guys are appreciably bigger then their IRaqi counterparts- from substantially bigger body armor… The horizontal stripe on the middle Iraqi’s shirt suggests a bullet proof vest…Could he be a cop? he doesnt look like he has on web gear, and that thing on his belt reminds me of a hand cuff case….Also- he has the worst uniform discipline. I see at least one of them (the Iraqi’s) has a decent helmet. Is this an op? Cause if it is, it looks like the photographer is standing in front of the entry point…though the right side of the pic isnt definitive.

  5. Notice how the one guy on the left has his kneepads on right, and one has one kneepad on right. Whats up with that?’ Kneepads can get annoying, generally you don’t go prone with IBA, so you often simply wear the kneepad on the knee you…’take a knee’ on. ‘Notice how the US guys are appreciably bigger then their IRaqi counterparts- from substantially bigger body armor…’ No. The average size of an Iraqi is substantially smaller than an American joe. It’s obvious from the pics that some of the Americans are 100 pounds or more heavier. Further, the fat Iraqi looks chubby and has almost the girth of the GIs. ‘The horizontal stripe on the middle Iraqi’s shirt suggests a bullet proof vest…Could he be a cop? he doesnt look like he has on web gear, and that thing on his belt reminds me of a hand cuff case….Also- he has the worst uniform discipline.’ That ‘horizontal stripe’ is actually the flap where you insert the ceramic plate. ‘The guy on the far right is certainly American – the helmet with night vision mount is a give away. The old BDU’s are still authorized. His new ones may be in the laundry or just fell apart. If it were real, I would assume he is rear security or at least not part of the initial entry team.’ He is not an American-no way you’d mix chocolate chips and DCUs. Further-all the Iraqs have chocolate chips these days-it’s dangerous for the Americans to wear it.