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4th 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 4th Division was routed. "Half its members have disappeared many suspect they were massacred when the Islamic State captured Tikrit and only one small unit is known to still exist, surrounded by Islamists at a one-time U.S. military base near Tikrit known as Camp Speicher."

The 4th Division, Iraqi Army was composed of the 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th Brigades, the 4th Motorized Transportation Regiment, and a Headquarters and Service Company.

On 6 January 2005, Lieutenant General Abdul Azziz Abdul Rahman Al Mufti, commander of the newly established 4th Division, Iraqi Army helped to uncase the colors of the Division. The event marked the 84th anniversary of the founding of the Iraqi Army, originally established on 6 January 1921.

In Tikrit on 9 January 2005 the new headquarters for the 30th Brigade, Iraqi Army, assigned to the 4th Division was opened. Lieutenant General Abdul Azziz Abdul Rahman Al Mufti, commander of the 4th Division, and Governor Hamad Hamood, governor of the Salah Ad Din province, marked the milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Headquarters' grand opening came only days after all of the Iraqi National Guard units in the country were absorbed into the sovereign nation's new army. The 30th Brigade, Iraqi Army, had previously been part of the Iraqi National Guard.

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. As of April 2006 the 4th Division was deployed in the Salah Ad Din, At Tamin, and Sulaymaniyah provinces. The Iraqi 4th Division was paired with parts of the US Army's 4th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Battalion.

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.

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