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Al Nida Division (Armored)

In early October 1994 the Al Nida (the Call) Division of the Republican Guard [also known as the Anedaa Division] began moving from the Mosul rail yard and the Baghdad area to positions in southern Iraq. These elements of the al Nida Division left the northern region where Kurdish activity had previously been a problem. All these units were fully equipped with ammunition, food, and fuel, leading the United States to conclude that this was no mere exercise. The CINCENT assessment that the crisis was not past was confirmed on the afternoon of 13 October when brigades of the al Nida division halted their northward movement near the city of An Nasiryah. This halt quelled any talk of canceling US force deployments into the AOR. The UN Security Council unanimously passed resolution 949 on 15 October. It limited Iraqi military strength near the Kuwaiti border to those forces present before the RGFC movements. By 18 October, the al Nida was moving north again.

As of early 1997 it was reported that the Republican Guard Al-Nida'a Armored Division had deployed at Qal'at Saleh in Amara Governorate, towards the Iranian border.

As of early 1999 the "Al-Nida' Forces" Command (Quwat Al-Nida' Hares Jimhouri), under the command of Al-Fathul Mubeen Forces-Southern Corps, was headquartered at Ba'quba and Al-Kut.

Opposition sources claimed in January 1999 that the losses inflicted on Saddam's regime during Operation "Desert Fox" included 147 killed among officers and other ranks with 227 wounded, including 4 officers. 23 field artillery canons of varying ranges were destroyed. The armory belonging to the "Al-Nida' Forces" was destroyed including 470 assault rifles, 4500 hand grenades, 2650 crates of ammunition, 98 cases of land mines, 62 mortar canons. 27 tanks and armored vehicles were destroyed and 9 others were damaged. An anti-aircraft battery containing 18 anti-aircraft guns and missiles was destroyed. 14 batches of ammunition were also destroyed.

As of March 1999 it was noted that the number of Tikriti officers who occupied important positions had increased, which negatively affected other commanders and senior officers, because the situation minimized the chances of their promotion. In the Republican Guard Takritis were commanders of the Adnan Division and the armored Nida Division.

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