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2nd Division, Iraqi Army

In June 2014 a lightning offensive saw Al-Qaeda-inspired forces drive government security forces out of some of Northern Iraqs key cities. Four Iraqi army divisions simply disappeared. Mitchell Prothero of the McClatchy Foreign Staff reported July 14, 2014 that "The 2nd Division was routed from Mosul, Iraqs second largest city, on June 9 at the beginning of the Islamic States advance, and its four brigades have dissolved."

The 2nd Division, Iraqi Army consisted of the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Brigades, the 2nd Motorized Transportation Regiment, and a Headquarters and Service Company.

Initially the 2nd Division nominally consisted of at least the 4th and 7th Brigades of what was in 2004 a 9-brigade Iraqi infantry. The rapid force generation and revisions in the Iraqi Army's organization meant that unit nomenclature was at times unclear. As of April 2006, the unit identifications being used in the 2nd Division were the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Brigades. By 2008, the Iraqi Army as a whole had attempted to rationalize its unit designations for brigades, redesignating all 54 brigades to start in sequence starting with the 1st Brigade, 1st Division.

As of April 2006 the 2nd Division was paired with portions of the US Army's 101st Airborne Battalion and 172nd Infantry Brigade deployed in Dahuk, Irbil, and Mosul.

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