Ministry of Defence

Iraq

In April 2003, the first contingent of the AAF was engaged as part of coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The contingent was sent based on the Law No.9025, dated 13.03.2003, “For the approval of normative act, based on the Law No. 1, dated 09.03. 2003, of the Council of Ministers, “For making availablethe Albanian land, air and navy area and sending Albanian military forces to the Region of Persian Gulf (Iraq), in the framework of the International coalition against terrorism”, DCM No.172, dated 25.02.2005, “For the reformation of the Commando Company of the AAF of the Republic of Albania together with the supporting structures of the Persian Gulf region, in the framework against terrorism”.

The 1st-4th contingent was composed of one company with seventy military men, whereas the other contingents with 120 military men, who are contingent of Commando Regiment. Except for the contingent of 120 military men in September 2008, AAF of the RA increased their level of engagement in Iraq by sending another contingent of 95 military men. 

Financial support of this contingent is given by the Albanian side, but the logistic support including the strategic transportation for sending troops in the operation region is done by the U.S. side.
The AAF withdrew from Iraq, Mosul region on December 23rd, 2008, and from Baghdad region on December 20th, 2008 as a result of the completion of Operation Iraq Freedom.

After March 2010, the AAF was engaged within the NATO Training Mission (NTM-Iraq) with two military (1 officer and 1 NCO). This engagement ended in December 2011 with the conclusion of the NATI mission in Iraq.

1377 military men were engaged by the AAF in Iraq.

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