US Army (USA) Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion (BN), 70th Armored Regiment (AR REGT) (2/70), 1ST Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas (KS), unpack cases of 7.62 mm AK-47 assault rifles, alleviating a critical shortage of weapons for the 1ST Presidential Iraqi Army in Mamadia Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: SPC Ronald Shaw Jr., USA
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.