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6th Division, Iraqi Army

The 6th Division, Iraqi Army is composed of the 22nd, 24th, 54th and 56th Brigades, the 6th Motorized Transportation Regiment, and a Headquarters and Service Company.

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 6th Division was deployed in Baghdad. The 6th Division, Iraqi Army was paired with parts of the US Army's 4th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division.

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. In July 2008, this was complicated by the decision to activate another division. The 6th Infantry Division supplied 2 brigades to help form the 17th Division, Iraqi Army. The loss of the 23rd and 25th Brigades (at that time still designated as the 2nd and 4th Brigades, 6th Division, Iraqi Army) was made up to a degree by the addition of the 54th Brigade.

In 2009 the Baghdad Brigade, officially responsible for International Zone (IZ) security, had been reflagged as the 56th Brigade of the 6th Division, Iraqi Army for administrative purposes, although it continued to serve under the operational control of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office of the Commander in Chief (OCINC).

In March 2009, Soldiers from the 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad and Military Transition Team Soldiers provided Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 22nd Brigade, 6th IA Division, necessary skills to evaluate and treat a variety of battlefield injuries.

By July 2014 insurgents linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had taken over much of northern and western Iraq, although analysts say Baghdad is in no immediate danger of falling to the rebels. As fighting continued, a senior Iraqi army commander was killed west of the capital. Al-Maliki's office identified him as Major General Negm Abdullah Ali, commander of Iraq's sixth division. The statement said he was hit by shelling in Ibrahim bin Ali, an area that is about halfway between Baghdad and the western city of rebel-controlled Fallujah.

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