The Irish Anti-War Movement

Washington’s victory in Iraq did not liberate but imprisoned the country in warfare

US marines and Iraqis watch as the statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is toppled at al-Fardous Square in Baghdad in 2003. Photograph: Wathiq Khuzaie /Getty Images

Two decades after the US war on Iraq began, the disastrous consequences of the conflict are still being felt – https://www.irishtimes.com/world/middle-east/2023/03/19/washingtons-victory-in-iraq-did-not-liberate-but-imprisoned-the-country-in-warfare/

Casualties were greatly disproportionate, angering the Arabs. The US lost 4,480 soldiers and 3,400 contractors during the March 20th-May 1st war and its allies suffered 318 military deaths. Between 110,000-150,000 Iraqis were killed during the US-led attack and overall, there were one million conflict-related deaths, the US Rand organisation reported.

Many Iraqis left their country after the US occupation. Some 95 per cent remained in the region. According to the UN, 700,000 fled to Jordan and 1.2 million to Syria. Egypt, the Gulf Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon received tens of thousands. Iraq lost 40 per cent of its middle class.

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