This Week In History: Wk 12 (19 March 2003)
American-led Forces Invade Iraq
Iraq is invaded in order to destroy weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons are found.
In 2003, forces led by the USA invaded Iraq without the backing of the United Nations. The invasion was based on intelligence which supposedly indicated that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. This intelligence was later found to be inaccurate and no such weapons were ever found. Tens of thousands of Iraqis died during the invasion and subsequent occupation. In 2004 the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, declared the invasion illegal.
invade (verb): enter an area with force (usually for the purposes of taking it over)
weapons of mass destruction (noun): bombs etc that can kill hundreds of people
backing (noun): support
inaccurate (adjective): not correct; not precise
invasion (noun): forceful entry into an area
subsequent (adjective): occurring later in time; following
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey