chapter  6
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The Iraq War in context

On 1 May 2003, speaking from aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush announced that major combat operations in Iraq had ended. “In the battle of Iraq,” Bush proclaimed, “the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.”717 This announcement came just 41 days after the commencement of Operation: Iraqi Freedom (OIF), a politically contentious military campaign of which the declared aims were “to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.”718 These aims reflected the White House’s interpretation of a law enacted some five months prior, which authorised the President to use military force in order to “(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.”719