Unintended outcomes of Iraq War discussed

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The unintended consequences of events during the last dozen years will be the topic of this month's military history talk.

Dan Sockle, a retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer 3, will look at the span from 9/11 through the period known as the Arab Spring. His primary focus will be on Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the 40 et 8 Chateau, 7607 N.E. 26th Ave., in Hazel Dell.

Sockle will examine how the United States and its coalition began a security mission in late May 2003 and lasted nearly a decade.

In the years after the invasion of Iraq, the coalition strategies did not go as planned either inside of Iraq or outside. In part, this was due to a lack of understanding of the peoples of Southwest Asia, their religion and customs, Sockle said.

Sockle spent a year in Iraq as part of a Defense Department program to reach out to the civilian populations of countries where U.S. forces are fighting insurgencies.

The free talk, sponsored by the Vancouver Barracks Military Association, will be in the Boxcar Room at the 40 et 8 Chateau, on the south side of Northeast 78th Street.