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10 Years On Early missteps in Iraq War led to new ideas on how to define, defeat enemy. In the moonless dark of the Kuwaiti desert, U.S. Army troops cut eight lanes through sand-hill berms built along the Iraq border.More than 100,000 American and coalition troops amassed on the Kuwaiti side March 20, 2003, with more than 150,000 others on the ground, in the air and at sea surrounding the country, including those aboard five aircraft carriers.Counting on speedU.S. took Baghdad quickly but lost hearts, minds with lack of planning Before the fall of Baghdad, the explosion in sectarian violence in Iraq's cities and the capture and execution of Saddam Hussein, uncertainty reigned supreme for the tens of thousands of U.S. troops waiting for war in Kuwait's desert.U.S. forces crossing the berm north into Iraq as part of the ground invasion March 20, 2003, knew Saddam's military had a muscular arsenal of tanks and artillery but also worried about biological attacks and other weapons of mass destruction.A new 'greatest generation'
Iraq heroes emerge, determined to share stories of the fallen The Iraq War gave birth to a new generation of American heroes who battled a long and bloody insurgency and pulled that nation back from the brink of civil war.UThey are the newest "greatest generation" — their stories told in basic training, their names emblazoned on ships, buildings, memorials, highways and bridges.
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