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Iraqi Army

Military unit
Founded1921 - present
CountryIraq
BranchArmy
Sizesome 770,000 (2011 est.)
Part ofMinistry of Defence
Garrison/HQBaghdad
AnniversariesJanuary 6
EngagementsAnglo-Iraqi War, 1948 Arab Israeli War, Six Day War, Yom Kippur War, Iran-Iraq War, Gulf War, Iraq War
Commanders
Commander of the ArmyLieutenant General Ali Ghaidan Majid

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The Iraqi Army is the land component of the Iraqi military, active in various forms since being formed by the British during their mandate over the country after World War I.

Today, it is tasked with assuming responsibility for all Iraqi land-based military operations following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Army was rebuilt along U.S. lines with enormous amounts of United States Army assistance at every level. Because of the low-level ongoing Iraqi insurgency, as of 2006, the Iraqi Army was designed to be an objective counter-insurgency force for a period of time until the insurgency is diminished to a level that the police can handle. Thereafter, the Iraqi Army will undergo a modernisation plan which includes purchasing more heavy equipment.


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