the Iraqi Armed Forces


The Iraqi Armed Forces are the military forces of the Iraqi government.

Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west.

The military, also called the armed forces, are forces authorized to use deadly force, and weapons, to support the interests of the state and some or all of its citizens.

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They consist of the Iraqi Army, the Iraqi Air Force, and the Iraqi Navy.

The Iraqi Army, officially the Iraqi Ground Forces, is the ground force component of the Iraqi military, having been active in various incarnations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Iraqi Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the Iraqi Armed Forces, responsible for the policing of international borders and surveillance of national assets.

A navy or maritime force is a fleet of waterborne military vessels and its associated naval aviation, both sea-based and land-based.

Iraqi Armed Forces in Action 2016 by Hussain Nas


They were initially formed in the early 1920s.


Six military Coup d'Ă©tats were mounted by the Army between 1936 and 1941.

A coup d'état, sometimes translated as "blow of state" or "hit of state", but the literal translation is "stroke of the state" – as in the swiping or stroke of a sword; plural: coups d'état,, also known simply as a coup, putsch, or an overthrow, is the illegal and overt seizure of a state by the military or other elites within the state apparatus.


The armed forces first saw combat in the Anglo-Iraqi War of 1941.

The Anglo–Iraqi War was a British military campaign against the rebel government of Rashid Ali in the Kingdom of Iraq during the Second World War.


They fought against Israel in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, in the 1967 Six Day War, and in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

The Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War, or October War, also known as the 1973 Arab–Israeli War, was a war fought by the coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria against Israel from October 6 to 25, 1973.

The Six-Day War, also known as the June War, 1967 Arab–Israeli War, or Third Arab–Israeli War, was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.

The 1948 Arab–Israeli War or the First Arab–Israeli War was fought between the State of Israel and a military coalition of Arab states, forming the second stage of the 1948 Palestine war.


Two wars with the Kurds were fought in 1961–70 and 1974–75.


A much larger conflict was the Iran–Iraq War, initiated by the Iraqis in 1980, which continued until 1988.

The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that toppled the government of Saddam Hussein.

The Iran–Iraq War was an armed conflict between Iran and Iraq lasting from 22 September 1980, when Iraq invaded Iran, to August 1988.


Thereafter Iraq began the Invasion of Kuwait, which led to the Persian Gulf War of 1991, which led in turn to confrontations over the Iraqi no-fly zones during the 1990s, and finally the Iraq War of 2003.

The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Shield for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.

The Iraqi no-fly zones were a set of two separate no-fly zones, and were proclaimed by the United States, United Kingdom, and France after the Gulf War of 1991 to protect the Kurds in northern Iraq and Shiite Muslims in the south.

The Invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990 was a 2-day operation conducted by Iraq against the neighboring state of Kuwait, which resulted in the seven-month-long Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.


The Iraqi armed forces have had mixed success at the strategic level but consistently poor tactical performance during most of their history.


Iraq had one of the largest and strongest militaries in the world in 1990, before the Persian Gulf War of 1991.


The armed forces are administered by the Ministry of Defence.


Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which toppled the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi Armed Forces have been rebuilt with substantial assistance from the United States Armed Forces.

An invasion is a military offensive in which large parts of combatants of one geopolitical entity aggressively enter territory controlled by another such entity, generally with the objective of either conquering, liberating or re-establishing control or authority over a territory, forcing the partition of a country, altering the established government or gaining concessions from said government, or a combination thereof.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 20 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United States.


Since the implementation of the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement on January 1, 2009, the Iraqi Armed Forces and the forces of the Interior Ministry are responsible for providing security and upholding law and order throughout Iraq.

The U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement was a status of forces agreement between Iraq and the United States, signed by President George W. Bush in 2008.


The Iraqi Army, in particular, is one of the most trusted national institutions of Iraq.


Iraqi Armed Forces deficiencies have been identified in enabling functions, such as, e.g., logistics and military intelligence.

Military intelligence is a military discipline that uses information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to commanders in support of their decisions.

Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation.


In high-end conventional operations, Iraqi capabilities are currently limited by lack of artillery and air power.

Artillery is a class of large military weapons built to fire munitions far beyond the range and power of infantry's small arms.

Airpower or air power comprises the application of military strategy and strategic theory to the realm of aerial warfare.


There are also concerns regarding corruption and sectarian agendas within the force.

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