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The Iraq War: Five Years Later

This month marks five years since the US invaded Iraq. The anniversary is a perfect opportunity for Americans to reflect, and thank the men and women serving our country in the armed forces for their selfless dedication. Thank you.

The current situation in Iraq has been a military, political, and humanitarian roller coaster since the US decided to take military action against Saddam Hussein's regime. I've put together a detailed look at some key events — seeing them in sequence really made the sheer scope of everything that's happened, come into focus. Take a minute to remember everything that has happened in these five years with these powerful images and the accompanying captions.


Sec. of State Powell holds a viral of anthrax while telling the UN that Iraq is hiding WMD. Feb 5, 2003.

Explosions during the first few minutes of a massive air attack on March 21, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqis watch a statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein falling in Baghdad. April 9, 2003.

Restaurant owner changed name of French fries, to Freedom Fries to show his disgust with the French government's Iraq policy.

May 1, 2003, Bush lands on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

Bush speaks beneath a banner reading "Mission Accomplished" on the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003.

An Iraqi woman displays her inked fingers after voting on December 15, 2005.

A boy rides his bicycle past US soldiers, March 6, 2008.

Children look out from a gate in Baghdad's Doura neighborhood March 7, 2008.

Staff Sgt. Shelby Dreier, from Fawcett, Missouri plays a game of pool at the Doura Guys Cafe while on patrol, March 7, 2008.

US soldier searches a man during an Iraqi Police recruitment drive March 9, 2008 in Baghdad.

A woman walks past a group of US soldiers in the war ravaged Hadar neighborhood March 10, 2008 in Baghdad.

Saddam Hussein argues with prosecutors while testifying during  his trial on April 5, 2006.

Iraqi youths gather around the wreckage of a car at the scene of an explosion in Baghdad's Al-Shaab neighborhood on Mar 10, 2007

A US Army Honor Guard Casket Team carry the body of US Army Cpl. during funeral services in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Tinseltoe Tinseltoe 9 years
You have to also remember that the Iraqis had a tyrrant/dictator as their leader who slaughtered millions of his own people and because of our troops, the Iraqis are starting to see a future without tyranny and with democracy -the freedom to choose-. I appreciate every effort our brave troops have made in an effort to bring peace in this world.:)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
regabi - totally. i was wondering if anyone else was thinking of them.
regabi regabi 9 years
And on top of the harsh conditions American troops are enduring, let's not forget the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who died since the conflict started and the millions who are suffering daily with very little hope to ever get their lives back.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
i pray for all soldiers and their families every night except for my ex husband thats another story, btw thank you for being strong and allowing your loved ones to be strong, they made a choice to leave for our freedom, thanks to every other pop poster in the armed forces or with a loved one in, me myself dont have any loved ones over there other than my ex
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Wow, 5 years already. The war started 2 days before my 21st birthday and I had so many friends that were in line to go over there. It's weird to think that I really grew up on the shadow of this war like my parents grew up in the shadow of Vietnam.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Awwww. GREAT pixs. :NINJA:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Thanks troops! Special thanks to our army families for remaining strong and keeping our troops moral up! Hey Foxie! Thanks a bunch! :hug: And thanks to you Liberty!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Ooops sorry Liberty! Props to you!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Hey cabaker! Your group sounds great--what an awesome idea! Liberty put together this amazing group of pictures today, and I absolutely and wholeheartedly second her gratitude.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
Thank you to the the troops and their families for making this huge sacrifice
Re88 Re88 9 years
Big thanks to the men and women of our military services. Hopefully we can figure out a way to bring them home safely
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Hey Citizen, thanks for the thanks! I've started a new group called CammieSugar, if you are a military spouse of gf/bf or have family or friends in the military, come on by and check us out!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
wow, i feel for those kids who have to grow up in a situation like this. the kids in Iraq and the kids whose parents are fighting in iraq, fought in iraq and those kids whose parents never came back. Props to the soldiers but props to their families and to their wives and girlfriends,husbands and boyfriends who have to hold it together everyday.
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