Operation Northern Delay
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|Operation Northern Delay|
|Part of the invasion of Iraq|
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|Template:Country data Iraq Iraqi Republican Guard|
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. 996 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.
Task Force Viking - 'Joint Special Operations Task Force - North'
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