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4th Al-Faw Division (Motorized Infantry)

The heroic names of some of the Republican Guard units underscores their elite character. Faw lies in the far south-east of Basra province, and is considered the key to Shat Al Arab, about 90 Km from Basra. The oil facilities made it one of Iraq's major oil-exporting ports before the war. Because of its strategic and geographical importance, it became a target for Iran. In February 1986, Iranian units captured the port of Al Faw. Saddam Hussein vowed to eliminate the bridgehead "at all costs," and in April 1988 the Iraqis succeeded in regaining the Al Faw peninsula.

During the Gulf War, the 1st Subcorps Group, deployed in southern Iraq and northern Kuwait, consisted of two armored units, the Hammurabi and Madina Divisions; one mechanized infantry unit, the Tawakalua Division; and a motorized infantry unit the Al-Faw Division.

On 27 February 1991 (C+204; D+41; G+3) the 24th Infantry Division G-2 assessed Al Faw Infantry Division as combat ineffective.

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

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