- March 19, 2003 - President Bush ordered U.S. troops into Iraq after months of warnings that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was concealing stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and efforts to build a nuclear bomb
- U.N. weapons inspectors found no sign of banned weapons before the invasion, and the CIA later concluded that
had dismantled its weapons programs in the 1990s Iraq
- early April 2003 - Hussein's government fell
- December 2006 -
's new government executed Hussein Iraq
- Late March 2008 - the 4000th American death in Iraq
- 3,263 have been killed in attacks and fighting
- 737 in non-hostile incidents, such as traffic accidents and suicides
- from about 80,000 to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead (20 times more than the number of American deaths)
- Another 2 million Iraqis have been forced to leave the country
- 2.5 million Iraqis are displaced within
- Nearly 160,000
U.S.troops remain in Iraq
- $600 billion - cost to
taxpayers (source: the House Budget Committee) U.S.
- The conflict is now widely unpopular among Americans:
- Only 32 percent of Americans support the conflict.
- 61 percent said they want the next president to remove most
troops within a few months of taking office (source: a recent CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll) U.S.