Dr. Jabir Khalil Ibrahim (left), State Board of Antiquities and Colonel (COL) Safa Adeen Mahdi Salih, Iraqi Police, hold the Warka Mask a marble sculpture dating from circa 3100 BC. The Warka Mask was missing from the Iraqi Museum since the liberation of Iraq. The Al Qanot Police station of the Iraqi Police service and the 812th Military Police Company (MP CO), 519th Military Police Battalion (MP BN), 18th Military Police Brigade (MP BDE), in a joint investigation recovered the Warka Mask during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Major Command Shown: AMC
Scene Camera Operator: MSGT James M. Bowman, 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.