March 20th, 2018, marks the 15th anniversary of the Iraq War. For some people this is the anniversary of an illegal war…justified by the belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. But, as of this date, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. Iraq researched and developed chemical and biological weapons from the 1960s to 1991. It also used these weapons during the Iraq/ Iran War and on its own people after the first Gulf War.
The intelligence and information that was presented to former United States President G. W. Bush, indicated that the leader of Iraq Saddam Hussein, was still developing weapons of mass destruction.
After the 9/11 attacks the United States government also believed that Iraq posed a grave threat to the United States and the American people.
On March 19, 2003, the United States and British Forces spearheaded the bombing campaign that was called “shock and awe”. This was the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
But for the men and women that served in Iraq, and to the families that lost loved ones, the anniversary is a reminder of innocence lost. It’s a reminder of the sacrifices, men and women are willing to pay to ensure the safety and security of the United States and the American people.
There were 4,424 American troops killed and 31,952 wounded in action in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Many more of died from their injuries after coming home.