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3rd 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 Iraqs 3rd Divisions "6th and 9th Brigades fled the Islamic States advance in the north, and the status of its 11th Brigade is unknown. A small unit of its 10th Brigade is still in Tal Afar, but it is trapped by Islamic State forces."

The 3rd Division, Iraqi Army was composed of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Brigades, the 3rd Motorized Transportation Regiment, and a Headquarters and Service Company.

Initially comprised of the 4th, 5th, and 8th Brigades, Iraqi Army, the Division was reorganized with the rest of the Iraqi Army in 2006, with its brigades being redesignated as 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 3rd Division was paired with portions of the US Army's 4th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division and deployed in Ninawa.

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