Allied participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom by Stephen A Carney; Center of Military History

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48 Czech Republic Ground troops deployed (cumulative): 2,000 Peak deployment: 357 Deployment dates: April 2003–December 2008 Unit designation: Not applicable Order of battle: MND-SE Lead: United Kingdom Primary deployment location(s): Az Zubayr; Al Basrah; Baghdad Casualties (dead): 1 Casualties (wounded): Not applicable Force overview: The Czech Republic first deployed troops to Iraq in April 2003. The original Czech contingent consisted of three hundred troops and three civilians. The group established and operated the 7th Field Hospital, just outside of Al Basrah.

S. forces. Analysis For over five critical years, coalition military forces held down the southern region of Iraq, helped minimize the spread of the insurgency to that key area, and thereby protected the logistical base of the central, western, and northern multinational divisions. While the military forces of Great Britain and Poland took the lead in this area and provided command and control for MND-SE and 30 T S Y R I U R K E Y A I R A N MND-N MND-B JOR DAN MNF-W BAGHDAD MND-S OPER ATION IRAQI FR EED O M MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE–IRAQ July 2009 Military Boundary K U W A I T Military boundaries are approximate 0 0 100 Miles 100 Kilometers S A U D I A R A B I A Map 6 MND-CS, many other partners filled in with vital security forces.

OBG-W was located at Tallil Air Base to support Iraqi Security Forces. The battle group was assigned to MND-SE and grew to over five hundred personnel at the end of 2006. The force withdrew from Iraq in June 2008. Operations: The primary role of Australia’s Special Forces Task Group during Operation Falconer (the initial invasion in March 2003) was to secure an area of western Iraq to prevent possible Scud missile launches against Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, or Israel. The Australian contingent also patrolled highways in western Iraq to block the escape of members of the Hussein regime and to prevent 40 foreign enemy fighters from entering Iraq.

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