The Iraq War began on March 20, 2003 with an invasion by US-led forces and will end December 31, 2011 when the last US forces are scheduled to leave the country. Although the eight-and-a-half year the war was successful in dismantling the regime of Saddam Hussein, it has produced a host of legal issues in its wake. The legitimacy of the initial invasion, the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, the myriad of problems associated with facilitating democratic elections and a stable government, accusations of war crimes against all sides in the conflict and continuing unrest in the region have all played a role in the legal implications of the Iraq War. Another facet of this conflict is its enormous human and economic cost. As of November 30, 2011, the Brookings Institute estimates that 4,486 American troops have died, 32,226 American troops have been wounded, 179 British troops have died,

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