Iraq war: timeline of last nine years

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Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last US troops from Iraq on Wednesday, marking a symbolic end to a damaging war. US President Barack Obama speaks at Fort Bragg Photo: GETTY 6:04PM GMT 14 Dec 2011 Oct. 11, 2002 – The US Congress votes overwhelmingly to authorise President George W. Bush to use force against Iraq, giving him a broad mandate to act against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The Bush administration had argued that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction posed an immediate threat to US and global security. Bush said that “the gathering threat of Iraq must be confronted fully and finally.” Feb. 6, 2003 – US Secretary of State Colin Powell sought international backing for…

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