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10 years later: Iraq War and the NY National Guard


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A decade after the start of the second Gulf War, nearly 10,000 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard have been deployed in support of operations in Iraq.
National Guard officials say nearly 4,900 soldiers were deployed to Iraq and another 1,475 were sent to Kuwait. Some 3,500 airmen served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Twenty-three Army National Guard members from New York units died during deployment overseas since the U.S. launched its war on Iraq 10 years ago this week.
Every major element of the New York Army National Guard deployed forces to Iraq, including infantry and aviation battalions and military police, transportation, supply and medical companies.
The peak of New York Army National Guard troop strength in Iraq was in 2005, with more than 3,500 soldiers in the theater of war.

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