On #ThisDayinHistory 2003, the U.S., along with coalition forces primarily from the U.K., initiates war on I raq: Just after explosions began to rock Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, U.S. President George W. Bush anno unced in a televised address, “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages o f military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger #AceHisto ryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – Mar.19: President Bush and his advisors built much of their case for war on the idea that Iraq, under dictator Saddam Hussein, possessed or was building weapons of mass destruction: Hostilities began about 90 minutes after the U.S.-imposed deadline for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face war passed #AceHistoryDesk reports

In response to the attacks, Republic of Iraq radio in Baghdad announced, “the evil ones, the enemies of God, the homeland and humanity, have committed the stupidity of aggression against our homeland and people.” Though Saddam Hussein had declared in early March 2003 that, “it is without doubt that the faithful will be victorious against aggression,” he went into hiding soon after the American invasion. Coalition forces were able to topple his regime and capture Iraq’s major cities in just three weeks, sustaining few casualties: President Bush declared the end of major combat operations on May 1, 2003: Despite the defeat of conventional military forces in Iraq, an insurgency has continued an intense guerrilla war in the nation in the years since military victory was announced, resulting in thousands of deaths: In June 2004, the provisional government in place since soon after Saddam’s ouster transferred power to the Iraqi Interim Government. In January 2005, the Iraqi people elected a 275-member Iraqi National Assembly…………A new constitution for the country was ratified that October………….. No weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. #Iraq #War #History #USHistory #Gulf #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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