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Carbondale in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Iraq Wars

 
 
Iraq Wars Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
1. Iraq Wars Marker
Inscription.  When Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq, invaded and seized Kuwait in August 1990, the UN and the US took it as an act of aggression. With UN sanction, a coalition of 24 nations led by President George Bush deployed half a million troops in the Persian Gulf region. On January 17, 1991 they began Operation Desert Storm with precision bombing of military targets and a ground war. They freed Kuwait and entered southern Iraq, quickly defeating the Iraqi army and forcing surrender under terms that required elimination of weapons of mass destruction. In 2002, President George W. Bush became convinced that Iraq still had such weapons and posed a threat to national security. He formed another coalition that as Operation Iraqi Freedom attacked Iraq on March 20, 2003. The Iraqi army collapsed after brief fighting; US and British forces occupied the entire country and eventually captured and jailed Saddam. Coalition troops fought to restore order and worked to rebuild the country but encountered increasing resistance. The coalition returned sovereignty to Iraq on June 28, 2004 but continued to maintain troops there. US losses: 998 KIA; 87 POW and MIA.
Iraq Wars Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
2. Iraq Wars Marker
Marker with other war-related markers at Veterans Memorial Plaza

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, 2nd Iraq.
 
Location. 37° 43.63′ N, 89° 12.933′ W. Marker is in Carbondale, Illinois, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Washington Street and East Main Street (Illinois Route 13). Marker is located at Veterans Memorial Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8701 S Washington St, Carbondale IL 62901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam War (here, next to this marker); Korean War (here, next to this marker); World War II (here, next to this marker); World War I (here, next to this marker); Station #2 (a few steps from this marker); Station #3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Station #4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Station #1 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carbondale.
 
Veterans Memorial Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
3. Veterans Memorial Plaza
As seen from the intersection of East Main and Washington Streets
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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