Apaches enter fight for Mosul, top US general says

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An AH-64 Apache helicopter patrols the skies over eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 16, 2014. Kap Kim/U.S. Army
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An AH-64 Apache helicopter patrols the skies over eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 16, 2014. Kap Kim/U.S. Army

Apaches enter fight for Mosul, top US general says

by: Tara Copp | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Apache helicopters have joined the battle for Mosul, launching night attacks against Islamic State fighters defending their last major stronghold in Iraq, a U.S. general said Wednesday

The Apaches can “see a long range at night” and strike targets from a great distance, which is helping Iraqi forces advance on the city, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky told reporters at the Pentagon.

“That’s what they’re doing,” said Volesky, commander of 101st Airborne Division and U.S. and coalition land forces in Iraq. “We get into situations where we expect enemy activity to be … and that’s what we focus them on.”

There are an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 Islamic State fighters defending Mosul, which has roughly 1 million residents.

The Islamic State group has controlled Mosul for two years and has established layers of defenses, Volesky said.

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