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The center ESU patch is for the Kirkuk Emergency Services Unit (ESU) Brigade of the Iraqi National Police. The unit was formed in 2003 after the US and coalition Operation Iraqi Freedom invasion and is still functional. The ESU performs special enforcement and security functions as well as counter terrorism operations and had been trained/advised by US units from the 1st Cavalry, 3rd Infantry and 25th Infantry Divisions. The Kirkuk ESU are also know as the "Lions."
Photograph above is open source; captured on 4 March 2007 during operations in Al Mora village, Kirkuk, Iraq.
"I looked up at the bunker in front of me and saw a khaki-uniformed NVA with a pith helmet, chest web gear, green Bata boots and an AK, Type 56, and no other identifying insignia. Then I shot him." -- Sergeant Tony "Fast Eddie" Anderson, RT Kansas, TF1AE, 1971
"My God, where do we find these men?" - President George H. W. Bush commenting on 1st SFOD-Delta after the Operation Acid Gambit rescue of Kurt Muse.
"Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me." - Inscription on the dog tag resting on the flag-draped homeward bound casket of an American Special Opearations warrior killed in action in Afghanistan, July 2005. - Dick Couch - Chosen Soldier
"Choosing to die resisting rather than live submitting they fled only from dishonor and to meet danger face to face." - Lieutenant General John F. Mulholland Jr, USASOC Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Ceremony, 25 May 2012.