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PHOTOS: 15 years of war in Iraq

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Fifteen years have passed since the US.-led coalition invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein. The American-led Coalition sent 177,194 troops into Iraq during the initial invasion phase, which lasted from 20 March to 9 April 2003.

Here is a glimpse at the early stages of the war dubbed "Operation Iraqi Freedom" when US President Bush's administration stated interest in liberating Iraq.