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Al-Abed Division (Motorized Infantry)

The Republican Guard includes at least one mechanised division - the Al-Abed (al-Abid) Motorized Infantry Division.

In January 1991 the formation of five new Republican Guard divisions was announced all motorized infantry. The names of only three of them were known to Central Command at that time: the Al-Abed, Al-Mustafa, and Al-Nidala Divisions. The name of this division is sometimes reported as "Al Abel" though this is apparently in error.

In November 1996 a large number of troops, reinforced by T-72 tanks, were deployed around the Altun Kupri area, 30 km to the south of Arbil. These forces were affiliated with the Republican Guard's Abid Forces.

As of February 1997 it was reported that the Republican Guard Al-Abed Division was at its base in Kirkuk and had not deployed, though it was under alert to deploy. By early March 1997 the Al-Abed and Hammurabi Divisions of the Republican Guard, as well as the 2nd Division and the 10th Armored Brigade had concentrated along various axes towards Sulaimaniya. The Republican Guard's Al-Abed Forces Command of the Northern Corps (Allahu-Akbar Forces Command) which is based in Kirkuk, moved to the area of Nahiyat Al-Rabee' (Qara Hanjeer), joined by the 2nd Division which is based in that area.

As of late 2002, the Al Abed Division had been disbanded.



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