Difference between revisions of "Operation Iraqi Freedom"

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'''2003 Iraq War''' (3/20/2003-) is presently the largest war operation in the world, started when [[United States|U.S.]] president [[George W Bush]] launched a combat operation against [[Iraq]], with the stated goal of deposing dictator [[Saddam Hussein]], finding [[Weapons of Mass Destruction]] and liberating the Iraqi people. Currently the outcome of the war is unknown, and there exists a large debate over topics such as withdrawal of American forces and the role of nations in the region. The Bush administration champions the war as part of the larger U.S. led [[War on Terrorism]], although the topic is up for debate.  The Administration has been widely criticized for numerous strategic blunders in the execution of the war, including the failure to have a post-invasion plan.
 
'''2003 Iraq War''' (3/20/2003-) is presently the largest war operation in the world, started when [[United States|U.S.]] president [[George W Bush]] launched a combat operation against [[Iraq]], with the stated goal of deposing dictator [[Saddam Hussein]], finding [[Weapons of Mass Destruction]] and liberating the Iraqi people. Currently the outcome of the war is unknown, and there exists a large debate over topics such as withdrawal of American forces and the role of nations in the region. The Bush administration champions the war as part of the larger U.S. led [[War on Terrorism]], although the topic is up for debate.  The Administration has been widely criticized for numerous strategic blunders in the execution of the war, including the failure to have a post-invasion plan.
  
Research using robust surveying techniques has estimated that under 65,000 Iraqis have died<ref>[http://www.iraqbodycount.org/], ''[[iraqbodycount.org]]''</ref> as a result of the war.  
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===Iraqi Resistance===
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Iraqi resistance to the American invasion began almost immediately after the American invasion in 2003, and has steadily increased since that date, as has the Iraqi peoples' opposition to the American presence. A secret British Ministry of Defence poll conducted in late 2005 found that 82 percent of Iraqis were "strongly opposed" to the presence of Coalition soldiers in Iraq[http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_bartlett/bartlett200310290853.asp]. The same poll found support for Iraqi rebels at 45%, rising to 65% in Maysan province. A poll commissioned by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes in the autumn of 2006 found that Iraqi support for anti-Coalition violence had risen to 61%[http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-09-27-iraqi-opinion_x.htm]. Similarly, a [[U.S. State Department]] poll conducted in 2006 found that "two-thirds of Iraqis in Baghdad favor an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces"[http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-09-27-iraqi-opinion_x.htm]. The popularity of the Iraqi Resistance is rarely mentioned in the American press.
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===Iraqi Casualties===
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On-the-ground academic research in Iraq has determined that approxiamtely 600,000 mopre Iraqis have died since March 2003 than would have otherwise died in taht time frame if the war was not raging[http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/world/middleeast/11casualties.html?ex=1318219200&en=516b1d070ff83c15&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss].  
  
 
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled to neighboring [[Jordan]] and [[Syria]] since the 2003 invasion.
 
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled to neighboring [[Jordan]] and [[Syria]] since the 2003 invasion.

Revision as of 03:28, 14 March 2007

2003 Iraq War (3/20/2003-) is presently the largest war operation in the world, started when U.S. president George W Bush launched a combat operation against Iraq, with the stated goal of deposing dictator Saddam Hussein, finding Weapons of Mass Destruction and liberating the Iraqi people. Currently the outcome of the war is unknown, and there exists a large debate over topics such as withdrawal of American forces and the role of nations in the region. The Bush administration champions the war as part of the larger U.S. led War on Terrorism, although the topic is up for debate. The Administration has been widely criticized for numerous strategic blunders in the execution of the war, including the failure to have a post-invasion plan.

Iraqi Resistance

Iraqi resistance to the American invasion began almost immediately after the American invasion in 2003, and has steadily increased since that date, as has the Iraqi peoples' opposition to the American presence. A secret British Ministry of Defence poll conducted in late 2005 found that 82 percent of Iraqis were "strongly opposed" to the presence of Coalition soldiers in Iraq[1]. The same poll found support for Iraqi rebels at 45%, rising to 65% in Maysan province. A poll commissioned by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes in the autumn of 2006 found that Iraqi support for anti-Coalition violence had risen to 61%[2]. Similarly, a U.S. State Department poll conducted in 2006 found that "two-thirds of Iraqis in Baghdad favor an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces"[3]. The popularity of the Iraqi Resistance is rarely mentioned in the American press.


Iraqi Casualties

On-the-ground academic research in Iraq has determined that approxiamtely 600,000 mopre Iraqis have died since March 2003 than would have otherwise died in taht time frame if the war was not raging[4].

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled to neighboring Jordan and Syria since the 2003 invasion.

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