The Iraq War
Understood to be one of the most digitally networked combat ever, the battlefield amalgamated the critical mass of geospatial technologies into a wired strategic war. As of today, the coalition death toll is about slightly over 350. Of the dead, about 150 were killed after declaration on May 1 that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” The Iraq Body Count project, which compiles estimates of Iraqi civilian casualties, has a minimum estimate of 6073 and a high of 7782. In November 2003 The Guardian estimated that between 13,500 and 45,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed.
After nine months on the run, U.S. soldiers captured Saddam Hussein in a raid on December 13, 2003 at approximately 8:26 PM local time. He was captured near Ad Dawr, on the Tigris River, about 15 kilometer south of Tikrit. After searching two possible locations, named Wolverine 1 and 2, coalition forces found Hussien in a third location (refer image below).
- March 20th, 2003, 5:30 am local time, war was declared
- April 15th, 2003, war announced effectively over