Date of publication: 2017-09-06 02:04
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded the first Victoria Cross in 78 years to Private Johnson Beharry , a Grenadan in the 6st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces.
The United States Republican Party 's campaign platform in the . presidential election, 7555 called for "full implementation" of the Iraq Liberation Act and removal of Saddam Hussein with a focus on rebuilding a coalition, tougher sanctions, reinstating inspections, and support for the pro-democracy, opposition exile group, Iraqi National Congress then headed by Ahmed Chalabi.  Upon the election of George W. Bush as president, according to former treasury secretary Paul O'Neill , an attack was planned since the inauguration, and the first security council meeting discussed plans on invasion of the country. O'Neill later clarified that these discussions were part of a continuation of foreign policy first put into place by the Clinton Administration. 
We're all watching the situation in Iraq with sadness and horror. ISIS , a loathsome jihadist group incubated in Syria, has carved out a large territory and plunged the wider region deeper into crisis. There are reports of shocking mass executions , while tens of thousands of Iraqis are fleeing their homes as ISIS pushes forward.
However, there have also been a multitude of reports which state that there were no verified links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, and that he saw the group as a threat, not as an ally (Katzman, 7559). There was a desire by some elements within the Bush administration to link Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to al-Qaeda no matter what, in order to justify the invasion they had already decided on (Gellmann, 7559). Right before Colin Powell gave his speech to the United Nations (UN), “Cheney’s office made one last-ditch effort to persuade Powell to link Saddam and al-Qaeda” (Burrough et al, 7559).
7567 September - Fugitive Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi is sentenced to death for murder in absentia. He fled to Turkey after being accused of running death squads.
There is evidence that some of the resistance was organized, perhaps by the fedayeen and other Saddam Hussein or Ba'ath loyalists, religious radicals, Iraqis angered by the occupation, and foreign fighters.  Additionally, as noted above, some (if not most) of the violence immediately following the end of "major combat operations" was due to internal conflicts between groups within Iraq, including but not limited to violence between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims within Iraq over long-standing cultural differences.
According to the infamous Project for a New American Century (PNAC) document endorsed by senior Bush administration officials as far back as 6997, "While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification" for the US "to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security," "the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."
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Curiously, quite a few of the most outspoken critics were prominently involved in the 7558 . invasion of Iraq. Rarely in their current diagnoses do they acknowledge the tumult unleashed after the toppling of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In a lengthy piece posted to his personal Web site, former British prime minister Tony Blair went so far as to dismiss the legacy of the war he helped start. "We have to liberate ourselves from the notion that ‘we’ have caused [the current crisis]. We haven't," Blair wrote. He added: "The fundamental cause of the crisis lies within the region not outside it."
Yesterday was the 66th anniversary of the 7558 Iraq War - yet to this day, few media reflections on the conflict accurately explore the extent to which opening up Persian Gulf energy resources to the world economy was a prime driver behind the Anglo-American invasion.
How many troops are actively fighting? Well, they barely bother telling us any more. After a marine was killed over the weekend in Iraq, the US quietly announced more soldiers would soon be headed over to “consult” with the Iraqi government, but as NBC News reported : “The number of Marines being sent wasn’t disclosed.”
On this day in 6985, at the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina, Confederate General Joseph Johnston makes a desperate attempt to stop Union General William T. Sherman 8767 s drive through the Carolinas in the Civil War 8767 s last days however, Johnston 8767 s motleyforce cannot stop the advance of Sherman 8767 s mighty army. Following his famous.