In 2003, a U.S.-led force blasted through Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein, setting off a firestorm that still rages. How much do you know about the Iraq War?
When did the Iraq War begin?
Under what pretense did the United States and its allies invade Iraq?
- Iraq had illegal weapons of mass destruction.
- Saddam Hussein assisted the 9/11 attackers.
- Iraqi spies stole data regarding U.S. nuclear bomb technology.
When did the Iraq War end?
In February 2003, how many people around the world protested impending military action against Iraq?
- 2 to 3 million
- 6 to 10 million
- 12 to 16 million
About how many protests were held between January and April 2003?
The Iraq Body Count project found that 174,000 people were killed during the war. How many of those people were civilians?
- at least 112,000
- at least 85,000
- at least 45,000
How many days did major combat operations last during the invasion?
In what year did the U.S. respond to the growing insurgency by implementing a "surge" of troops?
President Bush gave Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq. After Hussein missed the deadline, how long did it take the U.S. to begin the invasion?
- one day
- 90 minutes
- about five minutes
Between 2003 and 2014, how many U.S. service members were killed in Iraq?
Following the invasion, how long did it take coalition forces to capture Saddam Hussein?
- about 3 months
- about 9 months
- about a year
Which country didn't participate in the invasion but did assist the U.S. coalition after the initial incursion?
How did many citizens of the Sunni Triangle react to Saddam Hussein's capture?
- They had already forgotten about him.
- They were disappointed.
- They were glad he was captured.
About how many U.S. service members were wounded in action?
- about 56,000
- about 32,000
- about 12,000
Most attacks in the so-called Triangle of Death target which group?
- British infantry
- U.S. warplanes
What was the purpose of the Iraq Survey Group?
- to find Iraq's weapons of mass destruction
- to track and analyze casualties of the war
- to perform a census and help spark the country's political process
Who was Private Lori Piestewa?
- She was the first female soldier killed during the Iraq War.
- She helped topple a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
- She found Saddam Hussein hiding in a "spider hole."
Why did coalition forces move to occupy the Al-Faw peninsula at the beginning of the war?
- because some of Iraq's most elite forces were stationed there
- to begin pumping oil from the fields there
- to take control of vital ports
How was Saddam Hussein executed after being found guilty of crimes against humanity?
- lethal injection
Before the invasion a CBS poll showed that what percentage of Americans thought that an invasion of Iraq would only lead to more terrorism?
- about 40%
- about 60%
- about 80%
How long did Saddam Hussein rule over (and sometimes kill) the Iraq people before he was ousted?
- 33 years
- 24 years
- 18 years
In hindsight, what was the result of the 2007 troop surge?
- The results were very unclear.
- It was a waste of effort and money.
- It worked.
About how many U.S. service members took part in the 2003 invasion?
Who massacred 17 Iraqis in Baghdad in September 2007?
- a privately-owned military company
- a Polish marine unit
- rogue Iraqi soldiers
In 2009, why were all charges stemming from the Blackwater massacre dismissed?
- Blackwater threatened to murder the judge.
- Prosecutors screwed up the case.
- Blackwater paid off the judge.
According to Gen. Tommy Franks, the first goal of the invasion was to do what?
- capture and kill terrorists
- end Saddam's reign
- find WMDs
How long was Pfc. Jessica Lynch held captive after her unit became lost during the invasion?
- six months
- three months
- a week
The acronym ISIL is short for what?
- Islamic Soldiers in Iran and Lesser Asia
- Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
- Islamic Sunshine and Israel's Lovefest
Which major Iraqi city did ISIL take under its control in June 2014?
Before the start of the war, what did President Bush say to U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair?
- that he didn't think different religious and ethnic groups in Iraq would battle each other following an invasion
- that he wasn't sure the invasion would do any good
- that he really liked his haircut