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The Iraq War began on March 19, 2003 with an invasion by US-led forces and ended on December 18, 2011 when the last US combat forces left the country. Although the eight-and-a-half year war was successful in dismantling the regime of Saddam Hussein, it has produced a host of legal issues in its wake. The legitimacy of the initial invasion, the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, the myriad problems associated with facilitating democratic elections and a stable government, accusations of war crimes against all sides in the conflict and continuing unrest in the region all played a role in the legal implications of the Iraq War. Another facet of this conflict was its enormous human and economic cost. As of November 30, 2011, the Brookings Institute estimated that 4,486 American troops were killed, 32,226 American troops were wounded and 179 British troops died. Estimates of Iraqi civilian death tolls

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Timeline

2/09/12: Human Rights Watch troubled by Iraq execution figures

1/26/12: Iraq Prime Minister pledged action on behalf of victims of Haditha killings

1/24/12: UN Rights chief condemned Iraq's execution of 34 individuals in one day

1/24/12: Final Marine charged in Haditha killings pleaded guilty

1/9/12: Trial began for last US Marine charged in Haditha killings

12/18/11: US transferred final detainee to Iraq government

12/26/11: Iraq Vice President refused to return to Baghdad to stand trial

12/18/11: Final US combat troops left Iraq

12/15/11: US declared Iraq War over

11/22/11: UK appeals court ruled Iraq abuse probe lacks independence

11/19/11: Malaysia rights group held symbolic war crimes trial for former US, UK leaders

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