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Iraq War

The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began with the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition, joined by the United Kingdom and several coalitions allies. The invasion regime toppled the government of Saddam Hussein. However, the conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government. The United States officially withdrew from the country in 2011 but became re-involved in 2014 at the head of a new coalition; the insurgency and many dimensions of the civil armed conflict continue.

The invasion began on 20 March 2003, with the coalition allies launching a “shock and awe” bombing campaign. Iraqi forces were quickly overwhelmed as U.S. forces swept through the country. The invasion led to the collapse of the Ba’athist government; Saddam was captured on December 2003 in Operation Red Dawn and executed by a military court three years later. However, the power vacuum following Saddam’s demise and the mismanagement of the occupation led to widespread sectarian violence between Shias and Sunnis as well as a lengthy insurgency against U.S. and coalition forces. The United States responded with a troop surge in 2007 to attempt to reduce the violence. The U.S. began withdrawing its troops in the winter of 2007–08. The winding down of U.S. involvement in Iraq accelerated under President Barack Obama. The U.S. formally withdrew all combat troops from Iraq by December 2011.

Source: Wikipedia

Daniel’s Iraq War Ancestors





Bridgette Yvette Mihm


Bridgette Y. Mihm

     Bridgette (wife of James Earl) enlisted in 2001 and served in the U.S. Army until 2005 as Sergeant (E5). She was in the Army Reserves from 2008-2011. After basic training Bridgette was assigned to the 101st Air Borne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, KY. In 2003 she deployed with the division to Iraq as a part of the invading force. After the initial push north the battalion moved to Qayyarah Airfield West (Q-west) where they stayed until redeployment in January 2004, In February 2005 she received an honorable discharge from active duty.
     In 2008 she joined the Army Reserves and was assigned to the 334th Medical Group in Grand Rapids, MI, then later reclassified to a chaplain’s assistance and served until 2011.


Debbie’s Iraq War Ancestors





David Strauss Markus


David S. Markus

     Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989 (reserves) and has been on active duty since 1996. He holds the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7) and is currently assigned to Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.
     In 1999 Dave was part of Operation Joint Forge with the 1st Cavalry Division in Bosnia. In 2006 he was in Kirkuk and Umm Qasr, Iraq with the 508th MP Battalion (Internment/Resettlement). In 2009 Dave was with a Military Transition Team (MiTT) in Al Fadhil, Iraq on the edge of Sadr City. His team lived on an Iraqi base with the HQ of the 11th Iraq Army.


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