Over the past two months, Alpha Company has completed its primary objectives in Çukurca. Following ISIS regional commander Tariq Bakkal’s capture in Musul last week, HUMINT and SIGINT show the few surviving fighters loyal to him have fled back into Syria. Enemy BDA is an estimated 1,090 ISIS fighters killed, an estimated 200 wounded, 18 enemy personnel captured, 115 enemy armored vehicles destroyed, and 139 soft-skinned vehicles destroyed, with significant loss of additional weapons, ammunition, and materiel.
Bakkal, who had initially threatened to blow himself and Musul up, broke under approximately 12 minutes of interrogation. He admits defeat, stating that he has lost track of how many of his men have been martyred since he took command. He also stated that Hurras al-Din militants had attacked one of his camps and threatened to wipe ISIS out in Turkey. HAD engaged ISIS forces in the east side of Musul prior to Alpha Company’s assault, later attacking us as we completed our push.
Bakkal considers HAD commander Khalid al-Aruri a challenger to ISIS leader Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi and thinks he wants to establish themselves as the premier jihadist army in the region. S-2 estimates that there are some 120 HAD fighters and growing in the district. He also said that Iranian smugglers were increasingly present in Southeastern Anatolia, selling drugs, weapons, and equipment to militants.
The Turkish 3rd Special Forces Division, suffering very heavy losses, has been moved from Çukurca to Diyarbakır for reorganization. In their place, 4/7 Infantry from the 34th Border Brigade has taken over security in the district and is moving into the AO.
Alpha Company “War Eagles” is ordered to ensure security in the eastern Musul Valley in order to facilitate a smooth hand over of the district to the Turkish 34th Border Brigade.
First Platoon “Widowmakers” is task with patrolling OBJ Hearts (town of Erbil) and OBJ Minds (village of Altun Köprü) for ISIS/HAD forces and to distribute humanitarian aid to local civilians. Widowmakers will also assist with establishment of checkpoints on the two roads going in and out of the patrol area.
Second Platoon “Griffin” is tasked with target scouting and identification (friendly, enemy, civilian, unknown) in support of the patrol. In addition, Griffin may also be tasked with checkpoint duty, etc., as needed.
3CAB “Falcons” is tasked with recon of the patrol area, reinsert, resupply, and CAS as needed. Eagle should scan the mountains surrounding the area for possible HAD and Kurdish militant forces.
(a) SPECIAL TEAMS/TASK ORG
1. COMMAND ELEMENT - WAR EAGLE
2. 1ST PLATOON, WIDOWMAKER
3. 1ST SQUAD, SCORPION
4. 2ND SQUAD, GHOST
5. 3RD SQUAD, SPARTAN
6. 4RD SQUAD, PHOENIX
7. 5TH SQUAD, WIZARD
8. 3RD COMBAT AVIATION BRIGADE, FALCON
(b) COMMON EQUIPMENT
1. STANDARD KIT AND LOADOUT
(c) SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
1. AH-64 APACHE x 2
2. UH-60 BLACKHAWK x 2
3. CH-47F CHINOOK x 2
4. AH-6 LITTLE BIRD x 2
5. MINE DETECTORS
6. DEFUSAL KITS
7. DEMOLITION CHARGES
8. FIM-92 STINGERS
9. FGM-148 JAVELINS
(a) MINE DETECTORS: Squad and Fireteam Leaders should use mine detectors at all times due to the risk of anti-personnel mines and IED.
(b) DEFUSAL KITS: For defusing explosives noted above (Rangers only).
(c) DEMOLITION CHARGES: M112 Demolition Blocks for destroying enemy caches and other targets as needed (Rangers only).
(d) FIM-92 STINGERS: For destroying enemy aircraft.
(e) FGM-148 JAVELINS: For destroying enemy armor.
Chain Of Command
(a) MISSION: WAREAGLE 6 / WAREAGLE 5
(b) GROUND ELEMENTS: WIDOWMAKER 7 / GRIFFIN 6
(c) CLOSE AIR SUPPORT: WAREAGLE 6 / WIDOWMAKER 6 / GRIFFIN 6
(d) AIR ELEMENTS : FALCON 6 / FALCON 7
(a) GROUND-TO-AIR: FREQ LR CH 60/61/62
(b) COMPANY NET: 152 CH 30
(c) PLATOON NET: 152 CH 31/32
(d) SQUAD NET: 152 CH 110/120/130/140/210/220
(e) CONVOY NET: FREQ LR CH 33/34/35
(a) Maps of the AO: