- /ɪrak ˈwɔ/ (say irahk 'waw)
a military conflict in Iraq, beginning with the invasion of that country by a coalition of forces led by the US and Britain in mid-2003, leading to the overthrow of the government of president Saddam Hussein, and continuing during the subsequent occupation of Iraq by a coalition of US, British and other forces which was aimed at controlling insurgency and putting in place a new government based on presidential and parliamentary elections; final US forces withdrew in 2011.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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