Looking Back: Iraq Invasion 2003
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U.S. Marine in Iraq invasion( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times / March 20, 2003 )
On the first day of the invasion, after U.S. forces launched a thundering bomb and missile attack on Baghdad at dawn, in neighboring Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Philip Sturm hunkers down amid reports of Iraqi missile attacks and artillery fire. U.S. ground forces are stationed there as they await orders to deploy.
See 'Sirens, Booms, a Call to Prayer' for a Times' report on the first moments of the invasion from the ground in Baghdad.
How did the U.S. get to this point? Read the Times' 'Iraq Demystified: a Primer on Politics, History' for a quick tutorial.