15 Years After Invading Iraq

Monday marks 15 years since President George W. Bush announced the start of the Iraq war, followed by a ‘decapitation' air strike on Baghdad meant to target Saddam Hussein. After a 48-hour deadline for Saddam to leave Iraq expired, ground troops from the U.S., UK, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq from Kuwait, launching a war that lasted from 2003 to 2011.

The Cipher Brief asked its experts in the intelligence, diplomatic and military to assess the war's impact. Their conversations are adapted for print below.

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