The Iraq War - "The Iraq War to present sometimes known as...

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“The Iraq War (March 20, 2003 to present), sometimes known as the Second Gulf War, is an ongoing war that began with the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003” (Whitcomb, 2005). “The rational for the war was offered by the Bush administration at the time of invasion was that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction which posed an "imminent threat" to the United States and the world community. This claim has since been found to be false based on the work of the Iraq Survey Group Other reasons for the invasion stated by officials have included concerns about terrorism, the abuse of Iraqis by their own government, and oil deposits” (Wright, 2004). The war started in March 2003 when a US-led coalition overthrew Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and occupied Iraq in an attempt to establish a new governmental regime. “However, the coalition was unsuccessful at restoring order to the entire country, leading to asymmetric warfare with the Iraqi insurgency, civil warfare between Sunni and Shia Iraqis, and al Qaeda operations in Iraq. Despite this failure to restore order, a growing number of coalition nations have decided to withdraw troops from Iraq. The causes and consequences of the war remain controversial” (Griffis, 2003). United States military operations were conducted under the codename Operation Iraqi Freedom . The United Kingdom military operation was named Operation Telic. “Approximately 120,000 soldiers and Marines from the United States, and 45,000 from the United Kingdom, as well as smaller forces from other nations, collectively called the "Coalition of the Willing", were deployed prior
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to the invasion primarily to several staging areas in Kuwait. (The numbers when naval, logistics, intelligence, and air force personnel are included were approximately 248,000 American, 45,000 British, 2,000 Australians, 300 Danish, and 200 Polish personnel. Plans for opening a second front in the north were abandoned when Turkey officially refused the use of its territory for such purposes” (Balci, 2006). Forces also supported Iraqi Kurdish militia troops, estimated to number upwards of 50,000. “Despite the refusal of Turkey, the Coalition conducted parachute operations in the north and dropped the 173rd Airborne Brigade, thereby removing the necessity of any approval from Turkey” (Balci, 2006). The number of personnel in the Iraqi military prior to the war was
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