Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
International Operation Name: Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
International Mission Name: Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
Canadian Operation: No Canadian operation name
Mandating Organization: United States
Region Name: Middle East
Mission Date: 19 March 2003 - 1 May 2003
Mission/Operation Notes: In the early hours of 19 March 2003, United States Special Operations Forces entered Iraq, thereby commencing Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Eleven Canadians serving with the Canadian Contingent, 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, participated through the deployment of AWACS aircraft to the operation. Canadian CC-130 Hercules, deployed in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation APOLLO were temporarily diverted from supporting that operation to supporting Operation IRIS in Iraq.
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