CH-47 Chinook helicopters land outside of the village of Abd al Hasan, Iraq, to take U.S. and Iraqi Army Soldiers back to Forward Operating Base McHenry, Iraq, after the completion of their part in a combat operation June 16, 2007. During the operation, U.S. and Iraqi Army soldiers deliver humanitarian relief supplies and search houses to clear the area for future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards) (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.