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Iraq: A First-Hand Look at the War and Occupation
Released: March 31, 2005

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Karen Grava EMail
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STORRS, Conn.— The University of Connecticut Alumni Association will host a presentation entitled “Iraq: A First-Hand Look at the War and Occupation,” by UConn alumni M. Scott Holcomb and Brett H. McGurk, who together worked on Iraq for nearly two years, on Thursday, April 14, from 5-7 p.m.

John Feudo, executive director of alumni relations, says presenters will speak candidly about their experiences, which together span the full period from before, during, and after the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.

“The alumni association is proud to sponsor this program,” says Feudo. “This program not only gives us an opportunity to showcase two outstanding young alums, but it allows us to bring to the local members of the UConn family a first-hand look at an important, worldly topic.”

Holcomb, '94, served as a legal adviser to the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, which was a subordinate command to U.S. Central Command responsible for all land forces in Iraq. Holcomb advised the planning cell that drafted the campaign plan for Iraq from February 2002 until the start of the war on March 19, 2003. During the conflict, he provided guidance on international law and reviewed all potential targets for law of war compliance.

McGurk, '96, served with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then the U.S. Embassy from January until October 2004. He worked on a number of high-level projects, including Iraq's interim constitution, the legal framework for nationwide elections, and the transfer of authority to the Iraqi interim government. After the transfer of authority from the United States to the Iraqis, McGurk worked as a legal advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where he advised officials on issues of international law and assisted United Nations staffers to prepare for upcoming elections.

The event is co-sponsored by the UConn Alumni Association and the association’s Greater University Chapter.

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