Two AH-64E Apache helicopters prepare to land at Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho, Sept. 29, 2016. Army photo by Capt. Brian Harris
DoD Buzz: Apache Helicopters Go into Action in Mosul Offensive
AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships have been flying combat missions in support of the Iraqi security forces in the advance from the south on Mosul, a U.S. general said Wednesday.
“They’ve been flying at night, supporting any nighttime operations that the Iraqis are doing” since the Mosul offensive started Monday, Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky said of the Boeing Co.-made helicopters in a video briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon.
“That platform has a lot of capability to see a long range at night and use its weapons system in a stand-off capacity to strike targets, and that’s what they’re doing,” said Volesky, commander of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve, as well as commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
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Update #1: US Army Apache helicopters enter Mosul battle, military says -- FOX News
Update #2: Apache Helicopters Begin Supporting Counter-Daesh Operation in Mosul -- Sputnik
WNU Editor: Another sign that resistance by the Islamic State Mosul is very strong, and that it is now forcing the U.S. to become more actively involved.