2003

Time of the Iraq War

What was the Iraq War?

The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition. An estimated 151,000 to 600,000 or more Iraqis were killed in the first 3–4 years of conflict. The invasion began on March 20th, 2003, with the U.S. joined by the United Kingdom and several allies. Iraqi forces were quickly overwhelmed.

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein was the fifth president of Iraq. The invasion led to the collapse of the Baathist government: Saddam was captured in December. He was executed 3 years later on December 30th, 2006. However, Saddam's demise and the mismanagement of the occupation led to widespread sectarian violence between Shias and Sunnis.