On March 17, 2003 President Bush spoke to the United States and the world from the White House on national television. On that night, President Bush gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq or face a war with the U.S. and its allies. On March 19, 2003 a multinational force led by the United States and the United Kingdom began the invasion and the Iraq War had begun. Six years later, we take a look back at the major events that shaped this war from the capture of Saddam Hussein, to the battles in Fallujah and the Protests back home. Each gallery presents the top photos of the year captured by UPI photographers beginning in March of 2003 and ending today. [Part 1 is 11 Pages - 60 Images]
WAP2003031701 - WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- President Bush speaks to the United States and the world from the White House on national television on March 17, 2003, giving Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq or face a war with the U.S. and it's allies. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- F-16 Fighting Falcons wait on the "hot ramp" at a forward-deployed location while maintenance crews ready the weapons for a night mission March 21. The F-16s are from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and they are flying Operation Iraqi Freedom missions for the 363rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen)
NAV2003032502 - USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, The Mediterranean Sea, March 23 (UPI) -- An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the "Raging Bulls" of Fighter Attack Squadron Thirty Seven (VFA-37) launches from one of four steam powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during early morning flight operations on March 23, 2003. Truman and her embarked aircraft are deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. rlw/U.S. Navy photo/Christopher B. Stoltz UPI
LON2003021503 - LONDON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- An estimated 1.5million people march down Piccadilly, on their way to congregate in Hyde Park in London on Feb. 15, 2003, to participate in an anti-war protest march, where an estimated 1.5 million people were said to have participated, the largest of it's kind in British history. The United States continues to push the option of war against Iraq, against growing global public support against any military action. rlw/STEVEN E. FRISCHLING/UPI
REX20030040208 - IRAQ, March (UPI) -- Royal Marines from 42 Cdo, continue to secure the area around Umm Qasr, Iraq, on March 29, 2003. The marines are supported by helIcopters from 845 and 847 Naval Air Squadrons, which are embarked on HMS OCEAN. rlw/ANGIE PEARCE/REX FEATURES UPI.