• Date : March 20, 2003 – Present
• Location : Iraq
• Status : Conflict ongoing
– Invasion of Iraq
– Overthrow of Baath Party government and execution
of Saddam Hussein
– Occupation of Iraq
– Iraqi insurgency and outbreak of sectarian violence.
– Foreign terrorist operations in Iraq
– Elections held in Iraq
– Status of Forces Agreement and Strategic Framework
• Location : Iraq is between Iran and Syria.
• Religion : Muslim.
• Capital: Baghdad.
• Official languages: Arabic, Kurdish
• Currency: Dinar iraquià (IQD)
• began on March 20, 2003, with the invasion of Iraq by a
multinational force led by troops from the United States
and the United Kingdom.
• was marked by a relative lull in violence. Insurgent forces
reorganised during this time, studying the multinational
forces' tactics and planning a renewed offensive.
• The most serious fighting of the war so far began on
March 31, 2004, when Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah
ambushed a Blackwater USA convoy led by four US
private military contractors who were providing security
for food caterers Eurest Support Services.
• The summer of 2005 saw fighting around Baghdad and
at Tall Afar in northwestern Iraq as US forces tried to
seal off the Syrian border.
• The beginning of 2006 was marked by government
creation talks, growing sectarian violence, and
continuous anti-coalition attacks. Sectarian violence
expanded to a new level of intensity following the al-
Askari Mosque bombing in the Iraqi city of Samarra.
• Saddam Hussein was hanged on December 30, 2006
after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by an
Iraqi court after a year-long trial.
• According to the US Defense Department, in December
2008 the "overall level of violence" in the country had
dropped 80% since before the surge began in January
2007, and the country's murder rate had dropped to pre-
• The number of Iraqi security forces killed was under 100
per month in the second half of 2008, from a high of 200
to 300 in summer 2007.