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7th Division, Iraqi Army

The 7th Division, Iraqi Army is composed of the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th Brigades, the 7th 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 7th Division was deployed in the Western region of the Al Anbar province. The 7th Division, Iraqi Army was paired with parts of the US 2nd Marines.

By 2008, the Iraqi Army as a whole attempted to rationalize its unit designations for brigades, redesignating all 54 brigades to start in sequence starting with the 1st Brigade, 1st Division.

In late 2014 US troops started to train Iraqi security forces at a base in volatile Anbar province despite regular harassment fire from Islamic State militants. In January 2015 Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said about 320 US service members were stationed at Anbar's al-Asad base. They provide advice and planning assistance to Iraqi security forces as mortar fire from Islamic State militants rains down regularly near the base. But Warren said the enemy fire attacks were merely a nuisance.

"They have thus far been wholly ineffective. No US personnel, no US equipment has been impacted in any way, he said. Warren said US training of Iraq's 7th Division started at al-Asad base on 20 December 2014. The mission is focused on mission support planning, information and intelligence fusion, close air support coordination operations and overall development of security strategies, he said.

Elsewhere in Iraq, about 170 US military personnel were training four Iraqi security force battalions at Camp Taji, about 30 kilometers outside Baghdad. Two other training sites are developing in Irbil and Besmaya, although the Pentagon says neither of these are expected to be up and running for several more weeks.

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