Pentagon ditches onerous rules of engagement, gives Mosul troops quicker firepower
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    Pentagon ditches onerous rules of engagement, gives Mosul troops quicker firepower

    Pentagon ditches onerous rules of engagement, gives Mosul troops quicker firepower access.
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    By Douglas Ernst
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    Iraqi forces and U.S. coalition troops are no longer burdened by strict rules of engagement, which some say have turned firepower requests into bureaucratic nightmares.
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    U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning, commander of 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, recently spoke with reporters about a Dec. 26 directive that streamlined the process of delivering aid. The order, attributed to U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, was confirmed on Thursday by Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the U.S.-led coalition’s spokesman.
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    “It changed the relationship [between forces],” Lt. Col. Browning told The Associated Press about increased flexibility on the battlefield. “It gives me a better understanding of how I can bring to bear the limited capabilities I have.”
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    The new rules, which were supplemented with more directives weeks ago, allow U.S. personnel to better assist — physically and logistically — the Iraqi army’s 9th Division. Advisers are increasingly embedded with Iraqis and they can avoid cumbersome requests through a joint command center.
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    “[We previously] would have gone through a whole bureaucracy and through Baghdad,” the officer told AP by phone.
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    Military operations to dislodge the Islamic State group from Iraq’s second-largest city have seen a string of success in recent weeks. The eastern half of the city is under the control of coalition forces and its airport in the west was recaptured on Thursday.
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    Roughly 100,000 Iraqis are fighting to retake Mosul for the first time since June 2014. The United Nations has warned that up to 400,000 civilians could be displaced before the offensive ends.
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    Pentagon ditches onerous rules of engagement in Iraq, gives Mosul troops quicker firepower access - Washington Times
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    My Thoughts:
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    Our troops have been curtailed for the last 8 years with massive restricted ROE’s by Obama that not only were damned stupid, they were putting our troop’s lives in jeopardy. This revision to the ROE’s has been needed for a long time. It’s great that President Trump and SOD Mattis have changed them.
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    I suspect that DJT had something to do with this.

    It is probably related to his campaign promise to "wipe ISIS off the face of this Earth."

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