• CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Policemen assigned to 3rd Federal Police Division, practice techniques for crowd control during a training course at Contingency Operating Site Marez, May 2, 2011. Throughout June, policemen from 3rd FP Div., are scheduled to join several other Iraqi Security Forces agencies during Operation Iron Lion, an ongoing series of exercises demonstrating interagency cooperation and capabilities.

    ISF work together to protect Iraq

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Policemen assigned to 3rd Federal Police Division, practice techniques for crowd control during a training course at Contingency Operating Site Marez, May 2, 2011. Throughout June, policemen from 3rd FP Div...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Iraqi soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, advance from fighting positions along a ditch to assault an objective during training at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, April 19, 2011. Iraqi soldiers are preparing for Operation Iron Lion, a training exercise that showcases the capabilities of Iraqi Security Forces and their readiness to secure Ninewa Province.

    ISF work together to protect Iraq

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Iraqi soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, advance from fighting positions along a ditch to assault an objective during training at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, prepare to clear simulated enemy fighters from a building during urban operations training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center. Iraqi soldiers are scheduled to begin Operation Iron Lion, an ongoing series of exercises designed to showcase cooperative abilities of several Iraqi Security Forces agencies in Ninewa province.

    ISF work together to protect Iraq

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq – Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, prepare to clear simulated enemy fighters from a building during urban operations training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center. Iraqi...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq " Following the end of combat operations across Iraq late last year, U.S. troops began the mission of advising and training Iraqi Security Forces during Operation New Dawn.
U.S. Soldiers assigned to 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, spent the past eight months training their Iraqi counterparts throughout Ninewa province to build a sustainable security force for the country.
ISF in Ninewa province now plan to participate in Operation Iron Lion, a series of exercises showcasing interoperability between the agencies, throughout the month of June.
The purpose of Operation Iron Lion is to demonstrate to the local populace that Iraqi forces are capable of independently providing security from both internal and external threats, said Lt. Col. Phillip Gage, operations officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th AAB.
Soldiers of 2nd and 3rd Iraqi Army Divisions, policemen from 3rd Federal Police Division, and local police units are each slated to play a role in a culminating training exercise to display their ability to eliminate threats, investigate crime scenes and perform basic urban operations to enhance public safety.
The operation will be conducted at multiple locations throughout Ninewa province.
“This exercise shows that the ISF are trained and ready to protect the people of Ninewa province and the country of Iraq,” said Gage, a native of Diboll, Texas.
“(Operation Iron Lion) is important to the local population so they are confident once U.S. forces leave, the Iraqi Security Forces can protect them and enable their government to continue to grow into a stable democracy,” Gage added.
Iraqi forces are scheduled to conduct several exercises during the operation, including police raids of suspected violent extremist networks, crime scene investigations, and a large-scale live fire exercise.
Following the conclusion of the operation, Iraqi and U.S. forces plan to assess strengths and weaknesses observed throughout the individual exercises.
“This is their opportunity to demonstrate what they are capable of and show the (federal) government, the provincial government and the general population, ‘we are capable of performing operations, and performing them together,’” said Lt. Col. James Adams, operations officer assigned to Task Force Spear, 4th AAB, and a native of Alexandria, La. “In the end, they’ll be one of the best military forces in the Middle East.”

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