2003 invasion of Iraq

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The famous statue of Saddam Hussein being knocked down by US forces

The 2003 invasion of Iraq (March 20, 2003 - December 18, 2011) was the war fought by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and some other countries against Iraq, to end the rule of Saddam Hussein.[1] The main reason that the war started was the United States thought that Iraq had dangerous weapons of mass destruction that they were not telling the truth about.[2] That turned out not to be true. Many people thought that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda, was hiding in Iraq after the September 11, 2001 attacks.[3] Though Saddam Hussein was not involved in the planning of the September 11 attacks, many people accused him of giving Al-Qaeda a safe place to hide from the United States. However that was not true since only few low level Al qaeda members were found hiding in Iraq before the invasion, all were of lower standings. 4,734 Nato soldiers were killed in Iraq war including 4,416 US soldiers,[4][5] 179 UK soldiers and 139 Other NATO soldiers. 31,882 US soldiers and over 3,600 UK soldiers were wounded in Iraq.[6][7][8] More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians who were not soldiers were also killed.[9]

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