Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Dragon, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct routine maintenance on AH-64 Apache gunships in Erbil, Iraq, May 5, 2016. Task Force Dragon controls the 40th CAB’s attack helicopter fleet in Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. (Photo by Aaron DeCapua, U.S. Army)
DoDo Buzz: US Apache Gunships Back Iraqi Forces in Mosul Offensive
AH-64 Apache gunships have been supporting Iraqi Security Forces in heavy fighting to expand a foothold in eastern Mosul by destroying Islamic State car bombs and makeshift barriers, the Pentagon said Monday.
“I can confirm that Apaches have been used with significant effect,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
The Boeing Co.-made attack helicopters were using “standoff” fires to support the Iraqis, suggesting that the gunships were not flying over the city itself, he said.
“We anticipate that this nimble and precise capability will continue to enable Iraqi progress in what we expect will be tough fighting to come,” Cook said.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 8, 2016
US using Apache helicopters in the battle for Mosul -- AFP
Pentagon: US Apache helicopters having 'significant effect' in Mosul offensive -- The Hill
Pentagon still deciding whether American troops will enter Mosul -- Stars and Stripes
Turkish, U.S. military chiefs discuss Syria and Iraq operations - Turkish military -- Reuters
Russia's Aircraft Carrier Group Prepares Strike on Terrorists in Aleppo Province -- Sputnik
Iraqi militia leader says Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq -- Long War Journal
Report: Senior Russian Officials Recruited Hackers to Build ‘Cyber Army’ -- Washington Free Beacon
Report: China's Military Capabilities Are Growing at a Shocking Speed -- Bill Gertz, National Interest
Philippines scaling back, not scrapping, military work with U.S.: minister -- Reuters
German defense minister wants EU military to match NATO -- Reuters
UK, Australia Score Big F-35 Repair Work Agreements -- Defense News
US military members could be prosecuted for war crimes in Yemen -- The Guardian
Pentagon on THAAD deployment: 'We want to do this as quickly as possible' -- Business Insider
Air Force Electronic Warfare Upgrade to F-15 Designed to Help Fighter Stay in Front of Chinese J-10 -- Scout Warrior
F-22, F-35 Outsmart Test Ranges, AWACS -- Breaking Defense
US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills -- The Guardian
Army Special Forces hit hard with six deaths in three days -- Army Times
Next Job for X-37B Military Space Plane: Astronaut Ambulance? -- Space.com
Pentagon Could Look to Close Bases Without BRAC Authorization -- Defense News
New Study Ranks Best, Worst Cities for Vets -- Military.com
Scars on the Inside: Unpacking Trauma After 10 Years in the Military -- Epoch Times
A Call to Better Treat PTSD in Our Military Veterans -- US News and World Report
Navy: No Exceptions to Fitness Standards for Transgender Sailors -- Military.com
Army chow never looked like this: U.S. military chefs to compete at Las Vegas cook-off -- L.A. Times
The next president will face a cyber crisis. Here's how to handle it. -- NextGov
After a long campaign, national security watchers still left wanting more -- Military Times
What Election Will Mean For The Defense Budget -- Mackenzie Eaglen, Breaking Defense
After the Islamic State falls: America's next president will face the war's toughest decisions -- Andrew Tilghman, Military Times