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Bella Vista in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Operation Iraqi Freedom

 
 
Operation Iraqi Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2015
1. Operation Iraqi Freedom Marker
Inscription.

After Iraq's defeat in the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi dictator ignored numerous United Nations Resolutions which resulted in America declaring a "regime change" as an official goal of U.S. policy. In the context of the new terrorist threat after 9/11, the Bush administration accused the Iraqi regime of gross wrongdoing: oppressing its own people, frustrating the U.N. weapons inspectors, developing weapons of mass destruction, and supporting terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda. Majorities in both houses of Congress passed a resolution in 2002 which authorized the president to employ armed forces against Iraq.

The long-anticipated invasion of Iraq began on March 19, 2003, and the once-vaunted Iraqi military machine collapsed immediately. Iraqi factions jockeyed for political position in the post-dictator era. Insurgents, aided by militants drawn from other Islamic nations, repeatedly attacked American troops. Even though, sectarian violence has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Iraqi', democratic elections have taken place, a Prime Minister has been installed, and a Constitution has been ratified.

"A Democratic Hope in the Middle East" [map]
 
Erected 2012 by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas and Many Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2015
2. Operation Iraqi Freedom Marker
"Iraq"
36° 26.012′ N, 94° 13.799′ W. Marker is in Bella Vista, Arkansas, in Benton County. Click for map. Marker is at the Veterans Wall of Honor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Veterans Way, Bella Vista AR 72714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cold War (here, next to this marker); Korea (here, next to this marker); Vietnam (here, next to this marker); Persian Gulf War (here, next to this marker); War on Terrorism (here, next to this marker); The War in Afghanistan (here, next to this marker); Victory in the Pacific (here, next to this marker); Veterans Wall of Honor (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bella Vista.
 
Also see . . .
1. Operation Iraqi Freedom Fact Sheet. (Submitted on January 23, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. March 19, 2003: Bush announces the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Submitted on January 23, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. CIA Support to Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Submitted on January 23, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Allied Participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Large file, please be patient
(Submitted on January 23, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

5. Operation Iraqi Freedom: Strategies, Approaches, Results, and Issues for Congress. (Submitted on January 23, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR

6. The End of Operation Iraqi Freedom and DoD's Future in Iraq (2010). (Submitted on January 23, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, 2nd Iraq
 
Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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