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Coalition cuts combat brigades by half since peak of US 'surge'

The recent announcement to cut three brigades in Iraq by the summer will halve the number of brigades in Iraq since the summer of 2007, while the number Iraqi Security Forces personnel has doubled.


Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle Update: March 2009

The dramatic drop in oil prices has created a budget crunch that may impact equipment purchases for the Army and police forces.


Female suicide bomber kills 30 in Karbala, Iraq

The attack is the third targeting Shia pilgrims traveling to Karbala over the past three days.


Iraqi forces kill senior Mahdi Army operative

Tariq Azab was killed in Diwaniyah during a raid by police; he had recently returned from Iran. US warns that Iran continues to back Shia terror groups.


Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle update: February 2009

The transfer of control of provincial security will be completed by July; Diyala, Ninewa, and Baghdad are the last provinces to be transferred.


Iraqi Army Movements In Kirkuk and Salahadin

Kurdish press report Iraqi Army movements as a threat, but the purpose of these movements is to provide election support and the training of a new division headquarters and two new brigades.


Iraqi Field Artillery: The missing link

The Iraqi Army is devoid of artillery assets, a crucial element that prevents it from operating independently. This is expected to change over the next several years.


Iraqi Security Force developments and the latest congressional quarterly report

The 9010 report outlines the transition of the five remaining provinces to Iraqi control. Budget shortfalls due to falling oil prices will hamper the growth of the Iraqi Security Forces in 2009.


Iraqi forces develop engineering capabilities

The development of engineering units is crucial in allowing the Iraqi Security Forces to independently support operations and clear roadside bombs.


In eastern Mosul, veteran Iraqi unit adapts to new situation

An Iraqi battalion shifts from Baghdad to the northern city of Mosul to conduct counterinsurgency operations.


Baghdad area rocked by second large suicide attack in 3 days

An attack at a checkpoint in Baghdad comes two days after an attack at a tribal reconciliation meeting in Yusafiyah and as Iraqi security forces are asserting control.


Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle Update: January 2009

The Interior Ministry continues building a National Emergency Response Brigade while training and arming the forces continues.


The State of Jihad: 2008

LWJ-Globe.jpgThe Long War Journal's roundup of the major developments in the primary and secondary theaters during the past year.


US forces detain Iranian 'agent' near Baghdad

A "commander of Iranian special operations in Iraq" and an associate were detained in Diyala province.


Questions remain on the development of the Iraqi Security Forces

While much is known about the development of the Iraqi Security Forces, there are major gaps in the publicly available information concerning these forces.


Iraq develops the National Police mechanized forces

Iraq's National Police will begin to take over internal security as capabilities increase, freeing the Army to focus on external threats.


In Mosul, Americans felled by rogue Iraqi soldier

An Iraqi soldier who has served for four years was behind last week's shooting that killed two American soldiers and wounded six. His motive is still unclear.


Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle Update: December 2008

Iraqi forces are massing in Mosul to battle al Qaeda and the insurgency.


Coalition forces target Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades in Baghdad

Seven Hezbollah Brigades terrorists have been captured or killed during raids over the past three days.


Iraqi Army develops the heavy mechanized and armored forces

Armored and mechanized forces convert the existing, basic light infantry force into a heavier, more capable force able to deal with external threats.