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OIF to Become OND

by Greg on February 18, 2010

Here is the memo from SecDef Robert Gates to CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus agreeing to a requested name change from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn” on 1 September 2010 to reflect the change in mission there.

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Solomon February 19, 2010 at 3:07 am

I wonder if this isn't a disguised financing measure. By changing the 'mission' it will be easier to declare that Iraq is no longer a combat zone and will mean that almost 100,000 Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen will no longer be tax exempt and will no longer (potentially) receive combat pay. I'd imagine they'd still qualify for hazardous duty but the difference over that many service members can be huge.

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FormerDirtDart February 19, 2010 at 3:37 am

The following areas qualify for Imminent Danger Pay. Do you really expect Iraq to suddenly be removed from the list because the changed the operational name? That is a rather absurd notion.
2009 Combat Zones
CountryArea
Afghanistanland and airspace
Algerialand
Azerbaijanland
Bahrainland and airspace
Djiboutiland
East Timorland
Egyptland
Eritrealand
Ethiopialand
Greeceland (within 20k radius from center of Athens)
Haitiland
Indonesialand
Iranland
Iraqland and airspace
Israelland
Ivory Coastland
Jordanland
Kenyaland
Kosovoland and airspace
Kuwaitland and airspace
Kyrgystanland
Lebanonland
Liberialand
Malaysialand
Montenegroland and airspace
Omanland
Pakistanland
Phillipinesland
Qatarland and airspace
Rwandaland
Saudi Arabialand and airspace
Serbialand and airspace
Somolialand and airspace
Sudanland and airspace
Syrialand
Tajikistanland
Turkeyland
Ugandaland
United Arab Emiratesland
Uzbekistanland
Yemenland
Arabian Seanorth of 10 deg north lat, west of 68 deg east long.
Gulf of Adensea
Fulf of Omansea
Persian Gulfsea and airspace
Somalia Basinsea

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FormerDirtDart February 19, 2010 at 3:48 am

Also included:
Sudan land
Syria land and airspace
Tajikistan land
Turkey land sea and airspace
Uganda land
United Arab Emirates (UAE) land
Uzbekistan land

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TMB February 19, 2010 at 4:41 am

We rename operations all the time. Operation Desert Shield became Desert Storm became Northern Watch became Provide Comfort based on the situation on the ground. In September of this year we basically stop doing combat operations in Iraq and concentrate on training and packing up.

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AMMO February 19, 2010 at 2:49 am

^^I thought that was already happening…Oh yeah, I forgot. Go team america.

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@E_L_P February 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

Operation: USELESS DIRT 2 will always be Operations USELESS DIRT 2.

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Pete February 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

Its amazing. There really was no 'Iraqi war' . When the US stopped 'fighting', the war also ended. Its like 'what was that all about'? The US invaded the country illegally, stayed with the 'permission' of the Iraqi Government (if only to stabilize what they un-stabilized), and then quietly left hoping that things more or less as they were before they invaded..

So with 360,000 dead Iraqis, 4000-5000 dead Americans, just on a $$$TRILLION spent using their Chinese Credit card and taking the whole world to the brink of a huge depression, WHAT was it all about and what was achieved. What is different in Iraqi today from that before 9/11 (which it had nothing to do with).

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Miguel Pineda September 12, 2010 at 2:48 am

Just a fact,Operation Iraqi freedom was not a reaction to 9/11… Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan was a consequence of 9/11

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Jesse May 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

You might also have heard that Osama has been killed as well. Go back to whatever socialist country you came from and keep your filthy mouth shut about matters you know nothing of.

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eric February 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

well pete, saddam is dead. that is nice. oh and al quaida got its ass kicked.

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Pete February 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

So it was just an assasination mission, and Al Quaida was never even in Iraqi at the time of the illegal invasion. Saddam hated Bin Laden. I think that the facts clearly show that the US "got its ass kicked", in fact the so called "insurgents" that resisted the invasion (they certainly were not all Al Quadia) more than bitch slapped the US Army. They never stopped fighting until the US withdrew from the cities into thier protected bases, Why fight an enemy that is retreating?

The US can beleive what it wants, but the rest of the world holds a different view.

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PWN December 24, 2010 at 4:10 am

And you can believe whatever you want too.

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Eric April 20, 2011 at 10:50 am

What part of the world are you from?

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River Rat February 23, 2010 at 7:33 am

Iraq was done when we rolled into Baghdad. We just mopped up Iraqi version of the Cryps and Bloods..Back into your liberal bottle and join the 290 million head-in-the-sand Americans. Electing a Chicago gangster Socialist was our darkest hour. Serving the USA for 20+ years and I am repaid by a Socialist regime of the Clintons and Now Obama. At least Bush cared about the troops. Obama is just looking for the right time to betray us. He already has the country in hock because of his socialist plans… Oh, yeah, Saddam=Dead, Al Queda=Bitch slapped, Taliban=on extinction list.

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brandon April 5, 2011 at 4:20 am

i so agree with this post

thanks,
US SOLDIER

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SSG S October 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

Sounds like you who agree with any policy as long as your killing any no whites for any reason……try killing the KKK (Cryps) and the skinheads (Bloods)….bet you would NEVER to that to those TERRORISTS

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joedoe April 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Don't agree. US Airmen deployed right now.

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Ryu June 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

We went into Iraq because the U.S. was told Saddam had WMD's. He didn't, I was there. I was part of the illegal invasion of a country. Something I am not proud of. I did it because I sign the contract. We had no right to be in Iraq, Saddam was not bothering anyone outside of Iraq. The real fight was up north.

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Scott February 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Oh to extend on 'River Brat''s point, FDR, TEDDY Roosevelt a REPUBLICAN, and many other presidents were socialist. Socialism is the alternative to conservatism with liberalism in the center. The largest political organisation in the world is Socialist International. And just to scare the bajeezes out of you, the govt of Britain is *gasp* socialist and has been since 1997!

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River Brat February 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

"Serving the USA for 20+ years and I am repaid by a Socialist regime of the Clintons and Now Obama."

With this attitude, why did you serve? You clearly have no interest in preserving democracy/the constitution. Maybe it was because you were a backwaters hick with no other options. That sounds about right.

Lets here it now how much of a liberal moonbat I am.

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Eric April 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

You sound like Pete.

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john doe April 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm

He's Pete 2.0

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Jesse May 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Obviously you never served Pete the Second.

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CavRider February 24, 2010 at 12:03 am

Hey, it just means I get another service star added to my campaign ribbon the next time I deploy, Hooah!

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Ginsu Cunningham September 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm

No, r-tard, it's not the same campaign anymore. As of 1 September, nobody will ever again be awarded the OIF ribbon, which means no more stars for it. You, if you were in the Army, would know this, and would get the OND ribbon were you to put boots to that sand.

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Candy Man April 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Whoever "River Brat" is…..he needs to shut the fu@k up! I hate bastards who don't know what the fu@k they are talking about!

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Sarge September 4, 2010 at 3:39 am

Ginsu – you call people a retard when actually its not the OIF ribbon its the Iraqi Campaign Medal and this all still falls under the Iraqi Campaign no matter what the name is. If i had to take an educated guess this new operation would just be another campaign star on the Iraqi Campaign Medal. But what the hell do I know im just an NCO serving in the 1 Brigade Combat Team that is still in Iraq after the 1 Sep deadline.

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just a lil e-4 January 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

get em big sarge!

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brandon April 5, 2011 at 4:22 am

rgr that sarge

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PMI October 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Spot on.

Three service stars on my Southwest Asia Medal (Desert Shield, Desert Storm & Desert whatever they called it after the ceasefire) and that was for anyone there just from Jan-April 91.

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JOE January 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

Pete, Istead of spewing useless jabber on here why dont you deploy in the U.S. armed forces to Iraq and ask the locals who are now able to live there lives with out fear of being kiddnapped or murdered. Maybe if you took the time and found the courage to come over and have a word with a few of them you might see what we did here. I think the US troops that died with honor here would be proud to know that we HAVE made a better life for the inocent locals here and changed the ways of thier corrupt military. If you would rather just talk a big game from your desk thats fine…not everyone can make a change in the world.

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psyoper37F April 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm

ummm im in the army too, and glad to be serving. however, iraqi's are getting kidnapped and murdered more than ever right now. there are so many revenge killings going on because of sunni and shi'a differences. what sucks is we have to sit by and watch it happen because of ROEs. but it is what it is

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Ryu June 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

I agree. After Baghdad, we sat on our six waiting for the Bush Administration to figure out what to do next. Pawns in someone's game.

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1172 February 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm

First off as a soldier id have to say im disappointed in all these ‘americans’ that do not support their troops. I don’t give a **** if you don’t support the war. But if you don’t have the balls to fight for your **** country you better support the ones that do. Otherwise I say get out of america and go live in the middle east and try using your freedom of speech.

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Ryu June 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

Those fighting volunteered. Wanted to be in the military of just didn't pay attention in school to earn that scholarship. It doesn't matter if someone fights for this or that. It is about respect and agree to disagree. I am a vet. I joined when I was 17. First in the Army then in the Navy as a corpsman with the Marines.
You talk about supporting the troops. I agree, support those troops who need jobs now. Education paid for for those with Honorable Discharge. You want people to support those overseas, sure, I will go out and spend a dollar on a magnet yellow ribbon for the car. Wow, I feel so much better.

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cager21 May 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

Can we end Desert Storm while we're at it? I served through that war and there's never been an end declared there. Way overdue.

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Mikko March 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

Don't forget the Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq were the nail in the coffin to create AFRICOM and thus the illegal invasions of Lybia, and currently Syria. But way before this was the Latin invasions of Panama, Hondura, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia that put in practice what we all are aware today. In the horizant, Uganda is on the agenda (KONY 2012 propaganda). If you believe all this wars are about FREEDOM, you have been sadly misseducated in the U.S.A.
I am an Army Veteran of Yogoslavia, Serbia, Kosovar, Iraq.

MIKKO

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richard c December 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

i should have been a pog

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SSG S October 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

Yes you did yuor part, Hailburtion is thanking you all the way to the bank. I have served this useless war twice and will not was my time again givin our :freedom" to say anything in the Army.

SSG S

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