October 1, 2014
Seven corps, 25 divisions, 7 independent brigades. About 85 combat brigades total.
City unit is stationed in shown in (parenthesis, along with number of troops).
2nd Infantry Division (Alrabee), 5th Mechanized Division (Shuwan), 8th Infantry Division (Shuwan), 38th Infantry Division (Quader Karam)
3rd Armored Division (Jalawia), 15th Infantry Division (Amerli), 34th Infantry Division (Khanaqin).
6th Armored Division (Majnoon), 11th Infantry Division (Al Nasseria), 51st Mechanized Division (Zubair).
10th Armored Division (Al Teab), 14th Infantry Division (Al Amara), 18th Infantry Division (Al Musharah).
1st Mechanized Division (Makhmur), 4th Infantry Division (Bashiqa), 7th Infantry Division (Alton Kopri Castle), 16th Infantry Division (Saddam Dam).
1st Adnan Mechanized Division (Mosul), al Nida Armored Division (Bagubah), 2nd Baghdad Infantry Division (Maqloob Maontin-Mosul), Al Abed (Infantry Division (Kirkuk).
Al Madina Armored Division (As Suwayrah), Nebuchadnezzer Infantry Division (Al Husseinia-al Kutt), Hamurabi Mechanized Division (Al Taji).
Special Republican Guard Division
Four motorized infantry brigades
(14 battalions), an armored brigade and an air defense brigade (Baghdad, 20,000
Special Forces Command
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 33rd, 65th, 66th and 68th Special Forces Brigades. Each of these brigades has about a thousand well trained light infantry. These men are used for protecting senior government officials and "special weapons (chemical and nuclear), terrorizing civilians suspected of disloyalty and commando type operations. These troops did not perform particularly well in 1991, but have been reorganized and retrained since then.
Iraq is thought to have some 140 SA-2 launchers, 100 SA-3 launchers, 100 SA-6s,
5 KDP brigades
3 PUK brigades
Shia Forces (southern Iraq)
Anywhere from 3-20 brigades
depending on negotiations with
One or two brigades armed by the Turks.
3rd Infantry Division (4 brigades), 101st Airmobile Division (3 brigades), 1st Marine Division (4 brigades), 82nd Airborne Division (one brigade), 173rd Airborne Brigade, and Maring 15th MEU is embedded with the British 16th Air Assault
British 7th Armored Brigade, Royal Marine Commando Brigade, 16th Air Assault Brigade.
Several thousand Special Forces and commando troops.
Over 900 warplanes, with the final number being close to 1,000 (on land and aboard carriers.)
|Notes on Combat Power: Although the US and British brigades only have
4-5,000 troops each, they have the best equipment, training, leadership and air
support. As a result, two or three of these brigades could fight, and probably
defeat, an Iraqi army corps (which have 9-15 or more brigades.) The Republican
Guard units are twice as good as the army units, and the Special Republican
Guard at bit better, but, more importantly, more likely to be loyal to Saddam.
The Kurd, Shia and Turkomen can, if provided with US air support successfully
stop two or three times as many Iraqi brigades for days, or even
The coalition force massing in the Persian Gulf as of mid March comprises over 250,000 troops. France has alerted forces, probably a brigade or two, for service in the Gulf. Meanwhile, secret defection negotiations go on with Iraqi military officers and government officials. During the 1991 war, the US force consisted of eight US divisions (including three armored divisions), two US Marine divisions, a British division, a French division and four Arab divisions. In addition there were 5,000 Special Forces troops and over 2,000 warplanes.
Iraq's army is, on paper, a formidable force. They have 25 combat divisions, and seven independent brigades. Nine of the divisions are armored or mechanized. But Iraq only has about 1,800 tanks in working order, and most of these are 1950s and 60s designs. They can be dangerous to American IFVs (M-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles), but are otherwise just targets to American tanks and anti-tank weapons. The four mechanized divisions probably have fewer than a hundred tanks each. The two Republican Guard tank divisions probably have about 250 tanks each, and the two Republican Guard mechanized infantry divisions about half as many. Some infantry divisions have tank battalions, as does the Special Republican Guard division. This leaves the regular army tank and mechanized divisions with about two thirds as many tanks as the Republican Guard units. Moreover, the Republican Guard has the more modern tanks (T-72s, a 1970s design). The Iraqis also have about 2,000 lighter armored vehicles, and nearly a thousand ATGM (anti-tank guided missile launchers) of various models. The infantry divisions get most of the ATGMs, which did little damage to U.S. forces in 1991. The Iraqis also have about 2200 artillery, which are evenly distributed among the divisions, with the Republican Guard getting the 150 self propelled guns and most of the 200 rocket launchers. Iraqi artillery did not perform well in 1991.
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SOURCES: We use open sources and educated guesses as to were units are to be placed. As soon as we receive information we update the map. You'll probably notice that several US forces and British forces are not listed on the map. This because we have seen no open source reports on them. The assumption is they are being used in special operations or being held in reserve.
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