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Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)

Home > Conflicts > Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)

In March 2003 the United States invaded Iraq. Several Special Forces units took part in the initial invasion to include the 3rd, 5th, and 10th Special Forces Groups. The conflict would last for several years ending with the withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of 2011.

Once the invasion was over U.S. Army Special Forces continued to conduct a variety of missions. The Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF-AP) was established at RPC adjacent to Baghdad International Airport (BIAP).

One of the missions was the establishment of the first Iraqi SOF units. The Iraqi Counter Terrorist Force (ICTF) and the 36th Commando (ICDC) were trained and advised by Special Forces units.

Other Iraqi SOF units advised by U.S. SOF included the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MoI). The ERU was initially set up under a Deparment of State contract and advised by two former members of the National Guard Special Forces. Later the U.S. Navy SEALs would play a major role in training and advising the ERU.

 

 

 


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