Leaving Iraq

About this series

As he launched the U.S. invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush laid out America’s goals: “to disarm Iraq, to free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger.” More than seven years later, whether the mission has finally been accomplished is far less clear. In this series, Stars and Stripes looks at the costs of the war through the eyes of Iraqis and Americans and asks: What difference did we really make?

The stories

DAY 1: The soldiers

DAY 2: The wounded

DAY 3: The politicians

DAY 4: The widows

DAY 5: The hometowns

From the archives

Read Stripes' award-winning series, "Ground Truth" and "Coming Home," as well as PDF pages of special sections from the Iraq war, and view selected videos.


By the numbers

Check out important figures from Operation Iraqi Freedom


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