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Operation Northern Delay
Part of 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Date26 March 2003
LocationBashur Airfield, Iraq
United States
 United Kingdom
Iraq Iraqi Republican Guard
United States 1,000+
United Kingdom less than 40

On 26 March 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, C-17s of the 62d Airlift Wing, 315th Airlift Wing, 437th Airlift Wing, and 446th Airlift Wing dropped SETAF's 173rd Airborne Brigade into Northern Iraq. More than 1,000 paratroopers jumped into Bashur Airfield. The operation forced the Iraqi Army to maintain approximately six divisions in the area to protect its northern flank, providing strategic relief for Coalition Forces advancing on Baghdad from the south.

See also

Task Force Viking - 'Joint Special Operations Task Force - North'

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