Current status::Iraqi Army


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Current status In summer 2014, large elements of the Iraqi army were routed by a much smaller and less well-equipped force from the Islamic State. That was mainly due to few corrupt generals ordering their soldiers to retreat and leave their positions.

Budget problems continued to hinder the manning of combat support and combat service support units. The lack of soldiers entering boot camp is forcing Iraqi leaders at all levels to face the dual challenge of manning and training enabler units out of existing manpower. In the 2015 Pentagon budget, a further $1.3billion has been requested to provide weapons for the Iraqi Army.<ref name="The New York Times"/> However, the New York Times reported that "some of the weaponry recently supplied by the army has already ended up on the black market and in the hands of Islamic State fighters". The same November 2014 article contended that corruption is endemic in the Iraqi Army. It quoted Col. Shaaban al-Obeidi of the internal security forces, who told the paper's David D Kirkpatrick: “Corruption is everywhere." The article claimed that one Iraqi general is known as “chicken guy” because of his reputation for selling the soldiers’ poultry provisions.<ref name="The New York Times"/>

Divisions are forming engineer, logistics, mortar, and other units by identifying over-strength units, such as the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) battalions and other headquarters elements, and then transferring them as needed.

Problems include infiltration and an insufficient US advisory effort. The new army aimed to exclude recruits that are former regime security and intelligence organizations members, personnel of the Special Republican Guard, top-level Ba'ath Party members, and Ba'ath Party security and militia organizations.<ref name="New Iraqi Army NIA">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} </ref> However the Army is widely known to have been infiltrated by a multitude of groups ranging from local militias to foreign insurgents. This has led to highly publicized deaths and compromised operations.

The Iraqi Special Operations Forces are a Ministry of Defence (Iraq) funded component that reports directly to the Prime Minister of Iraq.<ref name="New Iraqi Army NIA"/>

An Iraqi soldier standing on a turret of a T-72 tank in March 2006.
The Iraqi Army Band performs during a ceremony at Camp Taji in May 2006.

Structure as of August 2009

Each of the JOINT Operational commands also include DBE, Federal Police, Emergency Police, Oil Police, FPS, etc. in their command as well as Iraqi Army.

As of the Fall of 2012, the Iraqi Army is organized as follows:

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    • Anbar Operational Command – Ramadi
      • شعار اللواء الاول تدخل سريع copy.jpg1st Infantry Division – Fallujah
      • 7th Infantry Division – Ramadi, West Al Anbar Province – transferred to Iraqi Ground Forces Command on November 1, 2007.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation

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