On March 20, 2003, the United States, Britain, and an assortment of allies invaded Iraq ostensibly to destroy weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein’s regime, which many Americans believed played a role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and to establish a democratic political system. However, the support of the American people for the invasion was based largely on false justifications. Saddam’s regime was removed, but no WMD and no link between Iraq and 9/11 were found. Furthermore, instead of leaving the Iraqis free to determine their own future without outside interference, the US-led coalition settled in for a lengthy occupation in the face of armed resistance by anti -occupation forces, consisting of Iraqi insurgents as well as an influx of foreign militants.