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Operation Iraqi Freedom I

Alerted in January 2003 to attack Iraq through Turkey, the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse, was frustrated as government indecisions left them sitting in the United States as the war in Iraq began. When the Turkish plan was canceled, the 173rd Airborne Brigade became the first TF Ironhorse Soldiers to enter the battle as they made a night parachute drop into northern Iraq on March 25, 2003. Within three weeks the remainder of the 4ID and TF Ironhorse was rerouted through Kuwait and attacked into the Sunni Triangle, Saddam Hussein’s home area.

For the next twelve months, the over 32,000 troops of the 4ID and TF Ironhorse, led by then MG Raymond Odierno, fought in places like Tikrit, Bayji, Samarra, Balad, Taji, Kirkuk, Baqubah and other places that would become engraved in the history of America’s military. A full chapter describes the historic capture of Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003.

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