The Iraq War is an ongoing conflict which began on March 20, 2003 with the United States-led invasion of Iraq by a multinational coalition composed of U.S. and U.K. troops supported by smaller contingents from Australia, Denmark, Poland, and other nations.The Iraq War is also known as Operation Iraqi Liberation and Operation Iraqi Freedom (U.S). The War has also been termed the "Second Persian Gulf War" or "Gulf War II.
At the start of the war, U.S. officials argued that Iraq and its alleged possessions and further pursuit of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) posed an imminent threat to the security and interests of the United States, Europe and the other nations of the Middle East. The intelligence was supported by British intelligence, as well as given tacit support by Russian and German intelligence.
The false statements dramatically increased in August 2002, with congressional consideration of a war resolution, then escalated through the mid-term elections and spiked even higher from January 2003 to the eve of the invasion.