A timeline and photos of a costly war

Sunday marks 20 years since US and coalition forces invaded Iraq on a mission to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and find weapons of mass destruction.

Former President George W. Bush and his administration bet the American public and the international community that Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. The coalition found no such weapon, and two years later the ADM Commission, established by Bush, acknowledged in a report that the “ADM” fiasco was “one of the most public intelligence failures – and most damaging – in recent American history”.

The forces succeeded in ousting Hussein from power, setting the stage for an arduous nation-building project that would span nearly a decade.


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