Friday, March 18, 2016

Distribution Of Iraqi Forces Along The Frontline


Dr. Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy recently released a new report, “The Future of Iraq’s Armed Forces,” for the Bayan Center for Planning and Studies. The paper broke down the distribution of Iraq’s forces along the frontline. A plurality, 48% of the total, is in the Baghdad belts stretching from the capital to Fallujah in the west and Taji in the north. 20,000 of those are holding the perimeter around Fallujah and in western Baghdad in places like Abu Ghraib. 14 army and Federal Police Brigades, around 28,000 are in Baghdad itself providing security for the city itself.



Total on duty
Army
Federal Police &
Interior Min  combat units
Counter Terrorism
Forces
Hashd
Sunni and Tribal forces
Baghdad Operations
(Baghdad,
Fallujah,
Taji)
83,150
(48.1%)
50,000
22,000
3,000
5,500
650
Anbar Operations
(Ramadi)
29,750
(16.8%)
13,000
6,500
3,000
250
500
Samarra
Operations
(Samarra,
Tikrit,
Baiji)
21,700
(12.2%)
4,000
8,000
2,000
5,200
500
Tigris Operations
(Diyala,
Hamrin,
Tuz Kharmato)
22,000
(12.4%)
6,000
4,500

8,500

Jazeera and
Baida
Operations
(Haditha,
Assad,
Barwana)

7,750
(4.3%)
4,000
500
500
250
2,000
All Iraq
177,000
(100%)







SOURCES

Knights, Dr. Michael, “The Future of Iraq’s Armed Forces,” Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, 3/9/16

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