From August to February 2004, the enemy quickly recognized that they were running out of mortar systems and adapted their TTPs to keep the mortar systems they used.
In addition to the evolution of mortar sophistication, the enemy began using stolen rockets (seized from existing ammo storage sites during the early days of the war) to fire at friendly larger fixed sites
The key to success is to quickly acquire the acquisition grid, announce the grid, clear fires immediately, then fire counterfire within three to four minutes using all available indirect fire assets while simultaneously maneuvering ground forces to predetermined checkpoints To aid in more responsive fires, it is best to have battalion mortars laid on priority targets.
The keys to it all were immediate counterfire
The vegetation is very thick in central Iraq especially the areas along the banks of the Tigris River.
Firing WP in conjunction with HE rounds serves two purposes. First, it immediately marks an area and alerts aircraft and ground maneuver forces to the POO. Second, it burns a small area thus destroying the vegetation in the immediate area denying the enemy use of that firing point in the future.
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