A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq looks at why the United States invaded Iraq in 2003?
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A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

U.S. Invastion of Iraq

Why did the United States invade Iraq in 2003?

Perhaps no governmental decision requires more public scrutiny than the decision to go to war. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 had monumental effects on both countries and fundamentally altered the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.

In the years since the invasion, the cost in lives and dollars has been higher than expected, the initial justifications for the invasion have been found false, and the future of Iraq remains uncertain. In this new curriculum students use readings, primary sources, and videos to analyze the decision to invade and assess the impacts of the war on the people of Iraq, the United States, and international politics.

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A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq
Let students hear from scholars and political figures about Iraqi history and the United States' decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

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A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq
Graphic organizers, PowerPoint maps and photographs, online lessons to accompany the printed unit, links to resources on other sites, and a list of recommended print resources.

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