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This Happened - March 20: Invasion Of Iraq

The United States invaded Iraq on this day in 2003 under the pretext of Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). The Bush administration argued that Saddam Hussein's regime posed a threat to U.S. national security and to the stability of the Middle East. However, no WMDs were found after the invasion.

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Did the invasion of Iraq violate International law?

The Bush administration argued that the invasion was authorized by previous UN resolutions and that it was necessary to defend the United States against the threat of WMDs. However, other countries and legal experts argued that the invasion was not authorized by the UN and therefore violated international law.

How many innocent civilians died in the Iraq War?

Estimates of the number of people who died as a result of the Iraq War vary. According to the Iraq Body Count project, which tracks civilian deaths, between 182,000 and 204,000 civilians were killed from the start of the war until the end of 2021.

Did the United States achieve its goals in Iraq?

The United States did not achieve its primary goals in Iraq, which were to eliminate the threat of WMDs and to establish a stable democracy in the country. The absence of WMDs undermined the credibility of the Bush administration and the rationale for the war, while the U.S. occupation of Iraq was marked by violence, sectarian conflict, and political instability.

What was the impact of the Iraq invasion?

The invasion of Iraq had significant consequences for Iraq, the United States, and the Middle East. The war led to the displacement of millions of Iraqis and the destruction of infrastructure and institutions. The United States suffered significant financial costs and loss of credibility in the international community.

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