Indirect fire is one of the most effective and reliable ways to support ground assault troops in the execution of their mission. There’s no one better at this than U.S. troops. Equipped with potent M777 howitzers and M142 HIMARS, U.S. Army Soldiers conduct fire support missions during operations to support the Iraqi security forces in the Battle of Mosul.
Given the restraints and constraints put on U.S. military forces because of the long and costly involvement of the U.S. during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, the U.S. decided not to commit any ground troops to the direct assault aimed to retake the City of Mosul back from ISIS. Therefore, fire missions, along with in the ground advisors and air support runs, are one of the ways the coalition enables the Iraqi security forces to defeat the Islamic State. It looks like 4th of July fireworks when these workhorses unload their thunder upon the enemy.