US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine assigned to I/Battery, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1ST Marine Division, prepare to fire their M198 155mm Howitzers against possible enemy targets in Iraq. The Marines of Regimental Combat Team 5 moved north from Kuwait in to Iraq in the first phase of operations to disarm the government of Iraq with other elements of the American and British forces in the Southern deserts of Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: SGT Kevin R. Reed, USMC
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.