Obama Administration Rebrands Iraq War

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“Operation Iraqi Freedom” is so last decade. In an attempt to reflect the reduced role of American troops in Iraq this coming year, President Obama’s administration has given the war in Iraq a new name: “Operation New Dawn.” The change - which will take effect in September - aims to “recognize our evolving relationship with the Government of Iraq,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wrote in a memo. The switch is not without its detractors: Military Families United, a Washington-based advocacy group, called it a “public relations tactic.” [Washington Post]