MIL-OSI Translation: CHAMMAL: Review of the Monsabert Task Force formations for the benefit of the Iraqi army

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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from English to French –

The Task Force (TF) Monsabert is leading a mission of assistance and advice to the staff of the 6th Iraqi Division, in charge of securing the west of the Baghdad region. The TF has about a hundred soldiers including experts from different specialties: infantry, engineering, artillery, maintenance, etc.

With its Iraqi partners, the TF Monsabert acts as an adviser, and also carries out operations instruction. To best carry out its mission, TF Monsabert is fully integrated into the division’s headquarters. Since October, about 240 Iraqi trainees, mostly cadres, have been trained. Thirteen training sessions were conducted by French specialists. These courses, lasting from a few days to several weeks, are primarily aimed at future instructors of the division to promote the autonomy of the Iraqi army.

During the last two months, several important courses have been proposed in close coordination with the Iraqi staff in very different disciplines:

Two three-week training courses dedicated to the training of first aid actions in combat for the benefit of some forty soldiers;
Several counter-IED formations (improvised explosive devices) for the benefit of the engineering battalion for more than twenty Iraqi soldiers;
Two training courses of physical and sports training instructor scheduled and conducted between November and December for a total of eighty executives;
An internship on combat techniques in urban areas to improve units in this area (about thirty Iraqi infantrymen);

Other activities were also carried out in areas such as maintenance or topography.

TF Monsabert is also leading an artillery operational training detachment (DIO) for the Iraqi artillery school. This area is essential in the fight against Daesh and more broadly to increase the autonomy of the Iraqi army. The DIO artillery thus instructed and trained 75 executives of the Iraqi school for more than one month. The purpose of this training was to give more knowledge to the artillery school trainers in order to implement firing more quickly.

In parallel, the TF Monsabert officers are in constant contact with their Iraqi counterparts to advise them in their daily work. Assistance is provided in many areas, from planning, which remains one of the TF’s focus, to the digitization of command posts and the preparation of a major inspection to be conducted. February 9, 2019. For the coming months, many activities are already in preparation. A refresher training course in combat is expected to further raise the level of knowledge of Iraqis. A more technical artillery course this time will address the training of observers forward. Elements of the French genius, specialized in explosives and destruction, will accompany the Iraqi sappers to improve their methods of intervention on the ground, in the fight against Daesh as in time of peace.

The close ties maintained between the command of the 6th Iraqi Division or the artillery school and the Monsabert Task Force play a decisive role in the success of the mission.

Launched since 19 September 2014, the Chammal operation represents the French participation in the OIR (Operation Inherent Resolve) and today mobilizes nearly 1,100 soldiers. At the request of the Iraqi government and in coordination with France’s allies present in the region, Operation Chammal is based on two complementary pillars: a “training” pillar for Iraqi national security units and a “support” pillar. to support the action of local forces engaged on the ground against Daesh and to strike the military capabilities of the terrorist group.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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