"six months later the invasion of Iraq would be under way"

US Army Tanks in Baghdad
Public DomainUS Army Tanks in Baghdad - Credit: TSGT JOHN L. HOUGHTON JR., USAF
On 19th March 2003, troops from America, Britain, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq to topple the inhumanitarian regime of Saddam Hussein. The capital of Baghdad fell after three weeks of heavy fighting. The invasion was based on a controversial claim about weapons of mass destruction in the country, and also Hussein’s links to terrorist organisations. The Iraq War officially ended on 31st August 2010, but American troops remain in the country in an ‘advisory position’. Over 100,000 Iraqi civilians are estimated to have died in the conflict, from bombing, suicide bombs and other violent means. Nearly 5,000 coalition forces were killed, the majority of them American.