Marines advancing through Ramadi, 2006

The 2003–2006 phase of the Iraqi insurgency began following the completion of the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein‘s rule in May 2003. The armed insurgent opposition to the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq and the post-2003 Iraqi government lasted until early 2006, when it escalated into a civil war, the most violent phase of the Iraq War.

Marines with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, peer over a building top to fix in enemy targets in Al Fallujah, Iraq April 7, 2004. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Apprendi

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