By: MOS Fitness Team — Sunny
On March 20, 2003, the Iraq War broke out when the United States, UK, and other countries jointly launched military operations in Iraq.
On September 11, 2001, the United States was hit by a series of terrorist attacks. The former U.S. President George W. Bush declared war against “terrorism” and designated Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries as “axis of evil.”
The United States and other countries condemned Iraq of continuing to possess and manufacture weapons of mass destruction and of supporting terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaeda. On March 17, 2003, former President Bush announced the severance of diplomatic relations and issued an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq within 48 hours, which Saddam refused. About 90 minutes after the deadline passed, coalition forces launched attack against Iraq on March 20. Three weeks later, Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers toppled a statue of Saddam in Baghdad’s Firdos Square. Coalition forces overthrew Saddam’s dictatorship and occupied Iraq’s major cities in just three weeks. The war was fought with few casualties. Former President Bush announced the end of major combat operations on May 1, 2003, and Saddam was arrested on December 14, and later was trialed and executed.
In June 2004, the Iraqi regime was handed over to the Iraqi Interim Government. In January 2005, the Iraqi people elected the Iraqi National Assembly. The country’s new constitution was approved in October of the same year.
Article: Today in History (March 20)
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