The Army has issues a new shoulder patch to troops in Iraq engaged in the fight against ISIS – But it isn’t going over well with all of them.
The patch features twin scimitars, a palm wreath, and 3 stars. The scimitars stand for the twin mission of the forces: defeating ISIS and bringing stability to the area. The wreath is a symbol of honor, while the stars represent the three-star command and air, land and sea forces involved in the fight.
However, the striking similarity to the symbol of the Muslim Brotherhood and other enemy forces has many of the troops outrages to be wearing the same thing.
Take a look for yourself:
From the Military Times:
WASHINGTON — Soldiers in Iraq will soon have a new shoulder sleeve patch to signify their service in the fight against the Islamic State.
All told, there are about 3,335 troops in the region training Iraqi troops, providing security and conducing bombing missions on Islamic State targets in Iraq and neighboring Syria.
The Army’s patch features crossed scimitars, a palm wreath and stars. The scimitars, short swords with curved blades, are meant to symbolize the twin goals of the U.S.-led coalition: to defeat the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIL, and to restore stability in the region, according to Army documents.
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