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History Facts - The Iraq War

  1. The conflict in Iraq began in 2003, marked by the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces spearheaded by the US. With 189,000 casualties from almost a decade of fighting, it ended in 2011 with the withdrawal of US combat troops.
  2. One of the difficulties encountered by the US-led coalition forces during the Iraq War involved landmines in the area. In support of the war effort, Morocco supplied 2,000 monkeys, mostly from the Atlas Mountains, that were trained to detonate them.
  3. In terms of costs, it took about $350,000 for the US to deploy each soldier to the Iraq conflict. They estimated the war to cost $50-60 million. The cost, including interest accumulated in the following four decades, amounted to over $6 trillion.
  4. Roughly 1.6 million gallons of oil were used throughout the conflict. This cost $127.68 per barrel. Reports show that America barely benefited in the end. Meanwhile, Iraq's healthcare program weakened while Islamic militants were activated and incentivized by the conflict.
  5. To justify the invasion in Iraq, President George W. Bush had to convince world leaders that Iraq was concealing weapons of mass destruction. This claim turned out to be untrue, with 231 false statements attributed to then-President Bush, and 244 to Colin Powell.
  6. The war cost the US a great deal in equipment too. The government's inventory of weapons show 190,000 guns went missing in the war. That figure includes 110,000 AK47s, plus a total of $550,000 worth of stolen equipment.

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