A comprehensive BDA of the southeastern battlespace confirms that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) 4 RGB has effectively been destroyed. Although PKK remains active in Turkey, Syria, and elsewhere in Iraq, their general uprising has been a failure due in large part to Alpha Company’s steady hammering of enemy targets through Phase 3. However, new targets are presenting multiple dilemmas to NATO and specifically to us.
Following a meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Union parliamentarians, and subsequent NATO consultations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps has been ordered to prepare for military operations on the Iraq-Iran border. With the advantage of being pre-deployed, 3rd Infantry Division is at the tip of the spear.
Alpha Company “War Eagles” is ordered to prepare for Phase 4 of the operation by seizing an Iranian-held airstrip and several villages in northeast Uzbin Valley. An Iranian Quds Force “brigade” has put the ethnic Iranian Iraqi militia Ashab al-Kahf on its payroll and effectively seized control of the northern AO. We must capture this zone in order 1) to halt further ingress of Iranian forces into Iraq, and 2) disrupt enemy operations in preparation of a NATO cross-border attack.
OBJ Rodeo is the COP Rocco airstrip, which was seized by Quds Force special forces units. The base is heavily fortified and well-defended overall. A hybrid force equivalent to 1x understrength mechanized infantry company with T-72 section and affiliated militia squads holds this target.
OBJ Saloon is a Quds Force logistics center and resupply point. This objective is occupied by militia; Quds Force fighters traveling north to south into the AO dump materiel on the way.
OBJ Innkeeper is a Quds Force barracks and weigh station on the border. This area is defended by a mechanized special forces detachment.
POI Madrassa is an ethnic Iranian village that has seen multiple visits by Quds Force units at markets. S-2 has HUMINT stating they Iranians militants are actively recruiting local civilians into support roles. Armed civilians are presumed hostile in this objective.
Second Platoon “Griffins” is tasked with conducting a force-oriented zone reconnaissance of 1) OBJ Rodeo, 2) OBJ Saloon, and 3) POI Madrassa. Track and report enemy movements into and out of the battlespace. Engage and destroy AA and heavy armor whenever found. Support infantry elements during the assault phase.
First Platoon “Widowmakers” is tasked with assaulting each of the objectives 1, 2, 3, and possibly assaulting POI Madrassa if deemed hostile.
Third Combat Aviation Brigade “Falcons” is tasked with reconnaissance of the northern AO and support of ground movements onto the objectives, including transport, medevac, resupply, CAS, etc.
ROE: Military age male in non-NATO uniform with a weapon.
(a) SPECIAL TEAMS/TASK ORG
COMMAND ELEMENT - WAR EAGLE
1ST PLATOON, WIDOWMAKER
1ST SQUAD, SCORPION
2ND SQUAD, GHOST
3RD SQUAD, SPARTAN
4TH SQUAD, PHOENIX
5TH SQUAD, REAPER
2ND PLATOON, GRIFFIN
1ST SQUAD, WARLOCK
2ND SQUAD, WIZARD
3RD COMBAT AVIATION BRIGADE, FALCON
(b) COMMON EQUIPMENT
STANDARD KIT AND LOADOUT
(c) SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
AH-64 APACHE x 4
UH-60 BLACKHAWK x 3
CH-47F CHINOOK x 2
(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 110/120/130/140/150/210/220
(e) CONVOY NET: FREQ LR CH 33/34
Map of the AO: