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Iraq War

Iraq War aka Operation IRAQI FREEDOM was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by U.S. Army General Tommy Franks, under the code-name "Operation Iraqi Freedom". 248,000 soldiers from the United States, 45,000 British soldiers, 2,000 Australian soldiers and 194 Polish soldiers from Special Forces unit GROM sent to Kuwait for the invasion. The invasion force was also supported by Iraqi Kurdish militia troops, estimated to number upwards of 70,000.
US Marine Corps (USMC) M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBT) with Charlie Company 1ST Tank Battalion, Twentynine Palms, California, line up and prepare to meet the enemy near Safwan Hill, Iraq during the opening shots of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. IRAQI FREEDOM is the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein
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Stand-Up Comedian Thomas Dreesen performs for US Army (USA) Soldiers, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, and US Navy (USN) Sailors as part of David Letterman's 2004 Happy Holidays visit to Taqaddum, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, to entertain US military service members stationed in Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Taqaddum State: Al Anbar Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Jessica Richards, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milit... more