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It has been exactly 15 years since the start of one of the most fateful episodes of the early 21st century: the Iraq War.U.S. President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq in March 2003 blew that prospect to smithereens.After winning the presidency in 2000, Bush declared Iraq one of his top two security priorities.It is generally agreed that the war in Iraq caused many more problems than it resolved. Prominent U.S. politicians who supported the 2003 invasion – including many Republicans – now admit that it was a mistake, as do the majority of Americans.Iraq is a Shiite-majority country, but Saddam's political apparatus was dominated by Sunnis, many of whom had acquired deep religious convictions during a period of Islamization in the 1990s.Less than three years later, the U.S. was forced to return to Iraq; soon thereafter, it also launched an intervention in Syria.
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