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17th Division, Iraqi Army

The 17th Division, Iraqi Army is composed of the 23rd, 25th, and 55th Brigades, the 17th Motorized Transportation Regiment, and a Headquarters and Service Company.

The 17th Division, Iraqi Army was formed in July 2008 from the personnel of what had been the 4th Brigade, 6th Division, Iraqi Army. Led by Iraqi Staff Major General Ali Jassim Muhammed Hassen al-Frejee, the Division grew grew from 3,700 soldiers to 12,000 between July and October 2008. General Ali was an extremely competent leader, and his Division was highly capable of gathering intelligence against any activities, and planning and executing operations autonomously. To a large extent, they were much better suited for the situation in Iraq than the coalition forces, in that they understood the people, the tribal differences, the language and common habits much better.

At a transition ceremony near Radwaniyah on 6 September 2008, the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, Iraqi Army took control of a patrol base from Coalition forces. Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment transferred Patrol Base Lion's Den, approximately 15 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, to 2nd Battalion, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, Iraqi Army.

Iraqi Army and US Army soldiers carried out Operation Eagle North Point, a combined air assault in the Abu Osage Village of the Sa'id Abdullah Corridor, on 8 October 2008. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 17th Division, Iraqi Army were joined by Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for the operation.

Members of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry and Iraqi Soldiers of the Commando Battalion, 17th Iraqi Army Brigade, teamed up on 12 April 2009 for a combined counterinsurgency mission in the Owesate area southwest of Baghdad. Multi-National Division - Baghdad (MND-B) officials said the purpose of the operation was to clear weapons and explosives caches, capture insurgents and establish security in the area.

The joint task force began the operation with an air-assault insertion to secure and defend the objective in the Owesat area. During the mission the joint task forces cleared a total of 6 square kilometers and found one cache of 5 152mm rounds and detained several individuals.

Between 11 and 14 April 2009, US soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division conducted a combined operation called Operation Bein Al-Nahrein, with elements of the 17th Division, Iraqi Army, this time in the Qarghuli Village area of the Mahmudiyah Qada. During that mission, US troops of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor, and Company A, 40th Engineers, partnered with Iraqi Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division. MNDB officials said the purpose of the mission was to clear weapons caches, disrupt al-Qaeda attacks and demonstrate to area residents that the Iraqi forces are capable of providing a stable and secure environment in an area that has a history of smuggling and stockpiling of weapons and explosives.

In July 2009, US Army soldiers of A Troop, 1st Battalion, 150th Armor Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team conducted a mission in the village of Arab Jasim and linked up with Iraqi Army Soldiers of 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Brigade, 17th Division, Iraqi Army, to conduct a sweep of the area for weapons caches.

In August 2009, the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, teamed up with the 150th Armed Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, MND-B, to train Iraqi soldiers from the 17th Iraqi Army Division in procedures dealing with helicopters for air assaults.

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