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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.

An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes, March 21, 2003. (Reuters)
An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes, March 21, 2003. (Reuters)

An Iraqi girl holds her sister as she waits for her mother (R) to bring over food bought in Basra, March 29, 2003. (Reuters)
An Iraqi girl holds her sister as she waits for her mother (R) to bring over food bought in Basra, March 29, 2003. (Reuters)

A family flees past a destroyed Iraqi T-55 tank after a mortar attack on British Army positions in the southern city of Basra, March 28, 2003. (Reuters)
A family flees past a destroyed Iraqi T-55 tank after a mortar attack on British Army positions in the southern city of Basra, March 28, 2003. (Reuters)

A U.S. soldier and Iraqi policeman search a room as an Iraqi child sleeps on the bed during a joint raid. (Reuters)
A U.S. soldier and Iraqi policeman search a room as an Iraqi child sleeps on the bed during a joint raid. (Reuters)

A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003. (Reuters)
A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003. (Reuters)