Monday, March 27, 2017

U.S. Military Advisers Are Now Wearing Black To Blend In With Elite Iraqi Units Inside Mosul


Military Times: Inside Mosul, U.S. military advisers wear black to blend in with elite Iraqi units

WASHINGTON — U.S. military advisers in Mosul have begun wearing black uniforms similar to those preferred by Iraq's most elite troops, an attempt by the Americans to blend in as they move about the front lines in what's become an arduous block-by-block fight with Islamic State fighters who remain entrenched there.

Multiple images of black-clad troops have been shared on social media in recent weeks. And while it's common for U.S. special operations personnel to wear their partners' military uniforms, this development is unique.

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WNU Editor: I can understand their reasons for doing so. They are on the front lines .... so why stick out.

6 comments:

fred lapides said...

blend in or hide from American public that our guys are not merely advisors.

Aizino Smith said...

I bet Fast Freddie wore shiny metal butter bars, while in Nam to standout.

It is about his speed.

James said...

Aizino,
Fred served in Korea. It was during Nam that subdued became standard uniform practice.

James said...

Unless of course Fred served in Nam of which I'm not aware.

Aizino Smith said...

I read in "Company Commander" (a WW2 memoir) or some such book that people learned to muddy up their rank insignia so as to live.


Fred seems Hell bent on proving or showing or blaming American soldiers for some future 'atrocity'. That is my problem with his comment. I do not know that there was a lot of city fighting during the Korean war outside of taking Seoul and Inchon.

If it is city fighting I am sure there will be lots of civilian casualties. I thought it was SOP to toss a grenade in a room and then enter after it exploded. If not all the time then often enough.

James said...

I'm not that familiar with the Korean conflict bewond theat it was a nasty bitch, but troopies have been altering their uniforms on their own for a long time. An old timer told me that (I think) in WWII early on they put the officers insignia on the front of their helmets, which was very popular (at least for the enemy) until some genius figured out that officers should be leading and the insignia should be on the back.
ROEs are funny things, you notice that most of the time it's an air or arty event that gets everyone all upset, mainly because there is a lot of non human evidence (videos, etc). On the ground, if you can walk away then usually alls okay.