In the early morning hours of March 20, 2003 (at night on March 19th Eastern Time), under orders that President George W. Bush announced in a televised address to the nation, U.S. forces launched the opening salvo of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy looks back on the events that happened 10 years ago today:
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Soon after President Bush's announcement, the U.S.-led coalition's "Shock & Awe" campaign started bombarding Baghdad.
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Less than two months later, President Bush declared the mission accomplished, but the war dragged on for years. It was discovered that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction, but by then the U.S. military was firmly committed.
The Iraqi battlefield cost the lives of nearly 4,500 U.S. troops, injured 32,000 U.S. service members and left more than an estimated 100,000 Iraqis dead and displaced millions of Iraqi civilians.
Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.
Ten years later - and two years since U.S. forces officially pulled out of the country - Iraq remains a country entrenched in turmoil.
FOX News Radio's Emily Wither reports from our Middle East bureau:
Tensions remain in Iraq, not only on the streets, but also in the power-sharing government between Shi'ite, Kurdish and Sunni factions.
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In recent months, the members of the Sunni minority have taken to the streets to protest against the Shi'ite-led government.
Roadside bombs and suicide attacks are still a reality for many. Sunni militants - some with links to al-Qaeda - often target the Shi'ite majority and government buildings. Nearly four-and-a-half thousand civilians died in 2012, the first annual climb in the death toll in three years.
In Jerusalem, Emily Wither, FOX News Radio.
WATCH more on the start of the Iraq War from FOX's Rick Leventhal, who was embedded with troops at the start of the war: