Operation Iraqi Freedom
    An overview of Iraq
  and a soldier's perspective

     Christopher Harris
Outline
Profile of Iraq
  Geography
  People
  History
My involvement in O.I.F.
Geography
Bordered by Kuwait, Iran, Turkey, Syria,
Jordan, and Saudi Arabia
Mountains over 10,000 ft above sea level
in th...
Geography
Area: 168,927 sq. km. (size of California)
Arable land: 12%
Coastline: 36 miles
Rainfall
  December through Apri...
Geography
Major Cities
  Baghdad
    Capital on the Tigris River
    6.5 million people
  Basrah
    1.3 million people
  ...
People
Total est. population: 26 million
Literacy rate: 40.4%
  Male 56%
  Female 25%
Languages: Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian...
People (cont.)
Religions
  Muslim 97%
    Shi’a 65%
    Sunni 35%
  Christian or other 3%
Ethnic groups
  Arab 75%-80%
  K...
History
Mesopotamia
  Land between the rivers
“Cradle of Civilization”
  Ur of Sumer (3,700 yrs)
  Babylon, capital of Bab...
History
October 3rd, 1932 – Independence Day
February 8th, 1963 – Ba’th Party
June, 1979 – Saddam Hussein
September, 1980 ...
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  1. 1. Operation Iraqi Freedom An overview of Iraq and a soldier's perspective Christopher Harris
  2. 2. Outline Profile of Iraq Geography People History My involvement in O.I.F.
  3. 3. Geography Bordered by Kuwait, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia Mountains over 10,000 ft above sea level in the north, northeast Desert in the west, southwest Reedy marshes at sea level in the southeast
  4. 4. Geography Area: 168,927 sq. km. (size of California) Arable land: 12% Coastline: 36 miles Rainfall December through April 4 – 7 inches Temperatures OVER 120 degrees in July and August BELOW freezing in January
  5. 5. Geography Major Cities Baghdad Capital on the Tigris River 6.5 million people Basrah 1.3 million people Mosul 1.8 million people
  6. 6. People Total est. population: 26 million Literacy rate: 40.4% Male 56% Female 25% Languages: Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian, Armenian
  7. 7. People (cont.) Religions Muslim 97% Shi’a 65% Sunni 35% Christian or other 3% Ethnic groups Arab 75%-80% Kurdish 15%-20% Turkoman, Assyrian or other 5%
  8. 8. History Mesopotamia Land between the rivers “Cradle of Civilization” Ur of Sumer (3,700 yrs) Babylon, capital of Babylonia (2,200 yrs) 1533 - Ottoman Turks 1914 – British forces take southern Iraq
  9. 9. History October 3rd, 1932 – Independence Day February 8th, 1963 – Ba’th Party June, 1979 – Saddam Hussein September, 1980 – Iran/Iraq War August 1990 – Kuwait invasion January 16th, 1991 – Persian Gulf War March 20th, 2003 – O.I.F.

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