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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel marks Ten Year Anniversary of the Iraq War


This news story was published on March 19, 2013.
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Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, briefs the press, in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. UPI/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/DOD

Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, briefs the press, in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2013. UPI/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/DOD

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel –

This week marks the ten year anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. While that conflict has been brought to an end, we must never lose sight of the tremendous sacrifices our brave men and women in uniform made during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Every one of the more than one million service members that deployed to Iraq, often for multiple tours of duty, deserves our highest praise and deepest debt of gratitude. They served with valor and met every challenge — from the streets of Fallujah and Sadr City to outposts in Ramadi and Mosul — always watching out for their brothers and sisters in arms.

The American people will always honor the sacrifices of the 4,475 U.S. service members who died in Iraq, and the more than 32,000 who came home wounded. Every man and woman who served in Iraq carries with them the scars of war. As we remember these quiet heroes this week we are also reminded of their families and their sacrifices, as we also honor and thank them.

Our reflections include the Iraqi people — the Iraqi soldiers and police officers who died alongside our own, the men and women who were caught in the crossfire, and those who still struggle today to secure and govern their nation. The Iraqi people will determine the future of Iraq and the United States will continue to support their efforts for a peaceful, secure, free, and prosperous nation.

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5 Responses to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel marks Ten Year Anniversary of the Iraq War

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    badpontiac Reply Report comment

    March 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Coprocephalic – This war is nothing to brag about – next to affyland it sucks and both are bankrupting the US and making some people rich .

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 20, 2013 at 3:00 am

    You know what’s funny is that I remember asking why we were blaming Iraq for 9/11 and I remember being shouted down by EVERYONE! I was called a worthless traitor, I was even threatened. I was un-american! I should move!

    Look at me now…

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 20, 2013 at 2:57 am

    You guys will fall for the FEAR trick every time.

    The bad man has big bad weapons and I’m scared!

    I have to do something stupid because I’m scared. I’m not a man, I’m a mouse. I have fear of weapons of mass destruction. Please help me! I’m filled with fear!

    Must spend tax money…

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    casper Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    ten years of a bullshit war. congrats mr bush for defending your daddys legacy.

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      John Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Casper,
      I would also thank the House and the Senate for approving the war. Enough said.