The Baghdad Order Of Battle
By DJ Elliott, CJ Radin and Bill Roggio
A crucial component of the new Iraq security plan is securing the capital city of Baghdad. The plan is to split Baghdad into two subcommands (Divisions) east and west of the Tigris River. An Iraqi Army general has assumed command of the overall operation, with U.S. units in support. The U.S. has devoted 9 combat Battalions plus Training Teams and Quick Reaction Forces, about 17,500 troops, to augment the 10 Iraqi Army combat Brigades, 8 Iraqi National Police Brigades and local police forces. The U.S. battalions will pair up with the Iraqi Army Brigades and police units, and establish approximately 30 Joint Security Stations (JSS) within the neighborhoods. From the JSS, US, Iraqi Army and police forces will maintain a permanent presence in the neighborhoods, conduct patrols and direct reconstruction projects.
The Baghdad Order Of Battle is an attempt to determine which forces are deployed in each neighborhood. We believe we have determined where most of the the Iraqi Army Brigades will be deployed. Some of the U.S. Brigades/Battalions and all Iraqi National Police units have also been located with a lesser degree of certainty.
The information presented in the Baghdad Order Of Battle is based entirely on open source information, which includes Multinational Forces Iraq press releases and media reports. We believe this an accurate representation of the Baghdad Order Of Battle, and will update the map with any corrections or changes on a weekly basis.
See The Surge and the Baghdad Security Operation for a closer look at the security plan.