Thursday, March 16, 2006

Iraqi / Coalition Air Assault

This story is huge:

U.S. forces and Iraqi troops launched what the military described as the largest air assault since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion Thursday, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital.

"More than 1,500 Iraqi and coalition troops [650 U.S. troops and more than 800 Iraqi soldiers], over 200 tactical vehicles, and more than 50 aircraft participated in the operation," the military statement said.

Near the end of the first day of the operation, the military said a number of weapons caches have been captured, containing artillery shells, explosives, bomb-making materials and military uniforms.

An air assault operation like this requires an immense amount of coordination and training, and the fact that Iraqi troops constitute the majority of the assault force is very impressive considering their limited training time. The Iraqi army is quickly becoming a seasoned fighting force.