• Iraqi Special Forces commandos with the 6th Regional Commando Battalion prepare to assault an objective during Operation Lion's Leap at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province April 28, after being inserted by Iraqi Air Force helicopters. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.

    Air Insertion

    Iraqi Special Forces commandos with the 6th Regional Commando Battalion prepare to assault an objective during Operation Lion's Leap at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province April 28, after being inserted by Iraqi Air Force helicopters. The exercise...

  • An Iraqi Air Force helicopter launches flares during Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise held at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.

    Flares

    An Iraqi Air Force helicopter launches flares during Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise held at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by...

  • From left to right, Staff Lt. Gen. Muhammad Jawwad Howeidi, commander of the Basrah Operations Center; Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, U.S. Forces - Iraq deputy commanding general for advising and training; and Maj. Gen. Eddy M. Spurgin, commander of U.S. Division - South and the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, wait for Operation's Lion Leap to begin. The combined-arms, live-fire exercise, held at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011, marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.

    Generals

    From left to right, Staff Lt. Gen. Muhammad Jawwad Howeidi, commander of the Basrah Operations Center; Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, U.S. Forces - Iraq deputy commanding general for advising and training; and Maj. Gen. Eddy M. Spurgin, commander of U.S...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, the U.S. Forces - Iraq Deputy Commanding General for Operations Command Sergeant Major, meets with Iraqi Navy divers prior to Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.

    Iraqi Navy Divers

    Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, the U.S. Forces - Iraq Deputy Commanding General for Operations Command Sergeant Major, meets with Iraqi Navy divers prior to Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's...

  • An Iraqi Army band plays prior to Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.

    Band

    An Iraqi Army band plays prior to Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers...

  • Iraqi helicopters provide air support while Iraqi soldiers and sailors assault the far shore in Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.

    Lion's Leap

    Iraqi helicopters provide air support while Iraqi soldiers and sailors assault the far shore in Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the...

  • Iraqi Navy boats join the fray in Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted by the Iraqi Security Forces at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with advise and assistance from Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division.

    Boats to the Rescue

    Iraqi Navy boats join the fray in Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted by the Iraqi Security Forces at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. The exercise marked the culmination of months of collective...

  • Soldiers of Iraq's 14th Army Division celebrate after the successful conclusion of Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. It marked the culmination of months of collective training by Iraqi soldiers, sailors, and airmen, with Texas National Guardsmen of the 36th Infantry Division in an advise-and-assist role.

    Celebration

    Soldiers of Iraq's 14th Army Division celebrate after the successful conclusion of Operation Lion's Leap, a combined-arms, live-fire exercise conducted at Khor az-Zubayr in Iraq's Basrah Province, Apr. 28, 2011. It marked the culmination of months of...

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