U.S. Army Spc checks through his rifle scope for any suspicious activity at an observation point in Diyarah, Iraq, March 19, 2007, during a reconnaissance mission. The mission is to intercept the placing of improvised explosive devices on Main Supply Route Tampa. Goble is a forward observer with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Olanrewaju Akinwunmi) (Released)
The Iraq War began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that toppled the government of Saddam Hussein. The conflict continued for much- of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government. An estimated 151,000 to 600,000 or more Iraqis were killed in the first years of conflict. The invasion occurred under the administration of US President George W. Bush following the September 11 terror attacks.