This is a video of the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter launching three AGM-114 Hellfire missiles at an anti-Iraqi force that was occupying a building, in support of a cavalry ground unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Operation Iraqi Freedom was one of the more substantial of several active fronts in the War on Terrorism under George W. Bush’s administration. The other fronts included Afghanistan, Philippines, and the Horn of Africa. The primary political goal of Operation Iraqi Freedom was to create a stable Iraq, with its territorial integrity intact and a broad-based government that renounces the use and development of weapons of mass destruction, and no longer supports terrorism or threatens its neighbors.
The operation began on March 3, 2003 when Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime was removed by the Coalition of the Willing. The United States Air Force command and control element for Operation Iraqi Freedom was the Combined Force Air Component Commander (CFACC), Lt. General T. Michael Moseley, who had overseen operations in Afghanistan.
The Air Force operations, although classified as security, stability, transition, and reconstruction operations, remained at a high operations tempo. They provided regular combat air patrols in support of ground forces, and as well as served for airlift, ISR, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation, as well as combat search and rescue capabilities.
The Air Force performed major combat operations and sustained logistical operations over an extended period of time and performed a wide range of missions under difficult and changing circumstances similar to what had been done in Operation Enduring Freedom. There is no doubt that the contributions of the men and women of the United States Air Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom will be told long after reaching its end.
President Barack Obama declared Operation Iraqi Freedom to be officially over on August 31, 2010 and stopped funding the War on Terror in 2009.