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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Coalition forces invaded Iraq
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On March 20, 2003, the US, and a coalition including the UK and 39 other countries, began the ground-force invasion of Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. From its outset, the war raised questions concerning the legal use of force by the US against Iraq, with many countries immediately condemning the military action as inconsistent with international law. Operation Iraqi Freedom officially concluded on August 31, 2010 when American involvement in Iraq was operationally renamed "Operation New Dawn." However, the continuing actions in Iraq have raised numerous legal questions, including the legitimacy of convictions rendered against Saddam Hussein and former members of his government, the problems associated with implementing democratic elections and a stable government against the backdrop allegations of war crimes by military personnel and continuing unrest in the region.

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