Iraqi Army Soldiers, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, wait to provide security for a convoy moving voting material from Tikrit to Bayji, Iraq, for the upcoming December 15, 2005, parliamentary elections. Iraqis will elect their first permanent parliamentary government
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
State: Salah Ad Din
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Andy Dunaway, 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.