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K. contingent, still some 3,300 strong, withdrew by the end of May 2009, with the last British forces leaving the country on 28 July. S. S. ) remained in theater at the request of the Kuwaiti government. As a result of the British withdrawal, MND-SE was dissolved and replaced with a new Multi-National Division–South (MND-S), which was created by merging MND-CS and MNDSE. S. forces. Analysis For over five critical years, coalition military forces held down the southern region of Iraq, helped minimize the spread of the insurgency to that key area, and thereby protected the logistical base of the central, western, and northern multinational divisions.
First arriving in August 2003, Dutch troops served in Al Muthanna Province with the explicit task of reconstructing the province and returning it to sovereign Iraqi control. Only in March 2005, after nineteen months of operations in the province and after Al Muthanna was judged “pacified” and under Iraqi authority, did the Dutch forces withdraw. There were other reasons allied partners withdrew. Nicaragua, for example, ran out of funds to continue its overseas deployment. The Philippines pulled its forces out after insurgents threatened to kill a Filipino hostage.
Armenia provided extensive assistance between 2005 and 2008. In 2007, for example, the contingent performed 211 surgeries and provided ambulatory care for 680 civilians and 420 military personnel, while running 45 convoys and removing about 9,000 rounds of unexploded ordnance. 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.
Allied participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom by Stephen A Carney; Center of Military History