Iraqi GEN. Nassir Al Abadi (2nd from right), Deputy CHIEF of STAFF, Iraqi Armed Forces, U.S. Air Force LT. GEN. Walter Buchanan (2nd left), Combined Forces Air Component Commander, Iraq MAJ. GEN. Kamal (left), Commander, Iraqi Air Force, and Brig. GEN. Schwitters (right), Commanding GEN. CMATT, salute as an Iraqi Army Honor Guard presents the new squadron flag at Ali Base, Tallil, Iraq, on Jan. 14, 2005, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by STAFF SGT. Angelique Perez) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Ali Base, Tallil
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Angelique, 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.