By Stephen A Carney; Center of Military History
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Armenia withdrew its troops in October 2008. 38 Australia Ground troops deployed (cumulative): 2,400 Peak deployment: 515 Deployment dates: March–May 2003; June 2005–July 2009 Unit designation: Special Forces Task Group; Al Muthanna Task Group; Overwatch Battle Group–West Order of battle: MND-SE Lead: United Kingdom Primary deployment location(s): Al Muthanna; Tallil Casualties (dead): 2 Casualties (wounded): 27 Force overview: Australia contributed forces to several phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After the closure of the police academy at Az Zubayr, followon Czech contingents provided traffic control into and out of the Shaibah Base, force protection of that base, and mentoring to the Iraqi police staff in Al Basrah. The contingent was embedded with the British Royal Air Force–Force Protection Wing at Contingency Operating Base Al Basrah. During the nearly six years of their deployment, the Czech medics and military police sought to ensure Iraqi police were ready to handle their country’s security.
On 25 April 2003, for example, the initial force provided security for four convoys of the 101st Airborne Division headquarters, containing 318 vehicles. The forces also conducted numerous urban patrols to locate weapons and ammunition, apprehended persons possessing weapons caches, maintained order, and secured fuel stations and other critical infrastructure such as railroads. While Albania committed to maintaining troops in Iraq for as long as the United States maintained a presence there, it withdrew in December 2008 at the expiration of the UN mandate.
Allied participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom by Stephen A Carney; Center of Military History