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March 20, 2003: The United States of America launches its first series of air strikes on Baghdad, described by the military as the “Decapitation Attack.”

March 21, 2003: Beginning of operation “Shock and Awe.”

May 1, 2003: President Bush addresses the nation from aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, with a banner in the background that says “Mission Accomplished.”

October 22, 2003: The Washington Post reports that the Bush administration had ordered the Pentagon to prevent any news coverage of the bodies of US troops being sent home from Iraq.

October 26, 2005: American military casualties reach 2000.

Today, the number of American military fatalities is and the number of wounded is . The civilian Iraqi casualties ranges from 20,000 to over 100,000 depending on the source of information.