On this day in history , on December 15, 2011, during a ceremony held in Baghdad, the war in 2003 initiated by the Americans invading Iraq officially ended.

Although December 15, 2011 is considered the official end of the Iraq War, the violence continued, and in fact got worse in the years that followed.

The withdrawal of American troops had been a priority of President Barack Obama, but by the time he left office the United States would again be conducting military operations in Iraq.

Even by the lowest estimates, the Iraq War claimed more than 100,000 lives; Other estimates put the number much higher, with at least 205,000 civilians killed.

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