Two companies apparently scratched from what appears to be Iraqi Army 9th Armored Division (QRF) order of battle, as result of successful ambush by Islamic State irregulars. Action appears to have taken place 09JUL14 at al-Khalidiyah area in Anbar Province. Companies appear to have been advancing in column on narrow, unpaved road parallel with local canal, when attacked, with scores of lost AFVs, associated vehicles and equipment.
Burning Iraqi Army M1A1M Abrams main battle tank, apparently IA 9th AD
Knocked out Iraqi Army M1A1M Abrams main battle tank export variant, indicative of successful close combat tactics.
Apparent IED detonation targeting Iraqi Army M1A1M Abrams main battle tank
Iraqi Army M1A1M Abrams main battle tank immobilized by hostile action, possibly IED
Sustained battle damage on M113A2 APCs suggestive of successful RPG hits by Islamic State irregulars
M113A2 armored personnel carriers captured intact by Islamic State irregulars
Commentary: Such losses in American-manufactured heavy weapons unlikely to be made good through replacement by United States any time in foreseeable future, given U.S. political terms so far resisted by the Baghdad government, as well as apparent unsuitability based on below acceptable levels of leadership, tactical proficiency and will to fight.
Such conditions may further Iraqi-perceived necessity for IRGC-QF direction of war, to the extent it has in adjoining Syrian conflict.