With the first troops entering Iraq on March 19, 2003, the U.S. began what would be a tumultuous and controversial invasion of a past foe.
Debates continue to this day about the justification of the American presence in Iraq. From the alleged evidence of “weapons of mass destruction” in the country to stopping a tyrant regime under Sadaam Hussein, there’s no doubt that the U.S. presence overseas would change not only Iraq but our nation as well.
But the changes would not go without its sacrifices. Almost 4,000 U.S. servicemen and women have died in the five years of fighting. Along with that, more than 82,000 Iraqis have died — some civilians, some insurgents.
What’s ahead for Iraq? Will the U.S. withdraw from the nation well past President Bush’s term in office? Is our presence still needed there?
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