Bridge to the 21st Centur5

Bridge to the 21st Centur5 - Groups airlifted into the...

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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years The American plans for war with Iraq encountered unusually strong opposition in much  of Europe. France, Russia, and Germany all were against the use of force. Even in  those nations whose governments supported the United States, there was strong  popular hostility to cooperation. Britain became the major U.S. ally in the war that  followed; most of the newly independent Eastern European nations contributed  assistance. The governments of Italy and (for a time) Spain also lent their backing.  Turkey, long a reliable American ally, declined to do so. Nevertheless, on March 19, 2003, American and British troops, supported by small  contingents from several other countries, began an invasion of Iraq from the South. 
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Unformatted text preview: Groups airlifted into the North coordinated with Kurdish militia. On both fronts, resistance was occasionally fierce, but usually melted away. Baghdad fell on April 8. On April 14, the military campaign in Iraq was declared over. Taking Iraq turned out to be far easier than administering it. In the first days after the end of major combat, the country experienced pervasive looting. Hit-and-run attacks on allied troops followed and became increasingly organized, despite the capture of Saddam Hussein and the deaths of his two sons and heirs. Different Iraqi factions seemed on the verge of war with each other....
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