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===An ongoing conflict, which has been termed as the Iraq War, "Gulf War II", the "Second Persian Gulf War", or "Operation Iraqi Freedom," began on March 20, 2003 with the United States-led invasion of Iraq by a multinational coalition composed of U.S. and United Kingdom troops supported by smaller contingents from Australia, Denmark, Poland, and other nations.At the start of the war, U.S. officials argued that Iraq and its possession and further pursuit of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) posed an imminent threat to the security and interests of the United States, Europe and the other nations of the Middle East No militarily significant WMDs have been found in Iraq since the invasion, although several degraded chemical munitions dating to before 1991 have been.===

Is invasion to iraq in the name of terrorism justified


The invasion of Iraq was legal Greg Hunt. "Yes, this war is legal". The Age (Aus). March 19 2003 - "There are three requirements if Security Council members the United States, Britain and Spain are to lead an international coalition to enforce the council's resolutions on Iraq. First, there must be a clear and unequivocal duty on Iraq to comply with council resolutions. Second, there must be a clear and unequivocal breach of that duty. Third, there must be a legitimate and continuing authority for enforcing those actions. All are present."


The Iraq War will be illegal after UN authorizations expire on January 1, 2009 The UN has authorized the continued presence of coalition forces in Iraq. But, if it lets its current authorization expire on January 1, 2009 - as it is scheduled to - than it will have fully lost authorization and international legal legitimacy in Iraq, and should leave.

Will be positive effects of withdrawal


Withdrawing from Iraq would remove the rallying cause of the insurgency An insurgency exists in Iraq, in large part, to expel "occupying" US forces. This cause is supported by roughly half the Iraqi population. If the US withdrew from Iraq, the insurgency would have no cause and basis for existing nor for perpetrating its violent acts. The Iraqi population would withdraw support for any continued violence waged on their behalf, and the insurgency would effectively fade away.


An early US exit might cause Iraqi troops to defect to the insurgency If a US exit subjects Iraqi troops to greater risk, it is likely that many of them will simply quite or join with the insurgency.

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