Skip to main content

Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of strength of the (a) 10th and (b) 14th divisions of the Iraqi Army; (200957)

(2) what assessment he has made of the capability of the (a) 10th and (b) 14th divisions of the Iraqi Army to conduct autonomous operations.

10th Division Iraqi Army continues to demonstrate its ability to conduct autonomous operations within Multi National Division (South East). The current strength is around 11,300 personnel.

14th Division is making good progress in strengthening its ability to operate either with or without coalition support, although further work is required to develop its capabilities, not least given that it was only formally established in September 2007. The current strength is around 8,400 personnel. UK Military Transition Teams are providing further advice and support to 14th Division to enhance their operational capability.