It was 10 years ago this Wednesday that 200,000 U.S. and British troops invaded Iraq as coalition war planes swarmed over Baghdad at the same moment in a lethal display of “shock and awe.”
As the only Canadian journalist embedded with a combat unit for Operation Iraqi Freedom, very early that morning I was with the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, a few hundred metres south of the Iraqi border in Kuwait. Once combat engineers breached Iraqi border defences, the battalion, known as the Wolfpack, was to be “the tip of the tip of the spear,” launching with great speed across the Line of Departure and pushing north as quickly as possible.
Well, it didn’t quite work out that way.
The Wolfpack’s 125 Canadian-built wheeled Light Armoured Vehicles were no match for Iraqi tanks that appeared on the far side of the border. The battalion was ordered…
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