Iraq, since the invasion: 2003-2018
March 20th, 2018, will mark the 15th anniversary of the American and Allied forces invading Iraq as part of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”.
Despite worldwide protests, the unfounded lies about weapons of mass destruction and the notable absence of U.N. authorization, the U.S. lead this unpresidented invasion with around 130,000 troops heading into Iraq and marking the beginning of 21 days of major combat operations. Baghdad quickly fell.
On May 1st, 2003, President George W. Bush made a speech declaring the end of hostilities and the end of this lighting “war” below an infamous “Mission Accomplished” banner.
From this point onwards, no one was prepared to live what was to come next: sectarian conflicts, extremist insurgencies, and mismanagement of the occupation. Its consequences still reverberate today, with the war against ISIS, political instability and millions of Iraqis displaced or seeking refuge abroad.