A local father and members of US Armys Joint Special Operations Task Force Viking in Irbil, Iraq sit during the reopening ceremonies of Rushgar School, revamped with running water and many amenities by the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB), Fort Dix, New Jersey (NJ), during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Jerry Morrison Jr., USAF
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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.