Top of page

Notice: We are making improvements in the structure of the Web Archives that may result in intermittent unavailability. Read more about these improvements.

Collection Iraq War 2003 Web Archive

About this Collection

On March 20, 2003, the United States began military action against Iraq for the stated purpose of deposing Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and preventing his use of suspected nuclear weapons (weapons of mass destruction). British, Australian, Polish, and Danish forces participated in the invasion. U.S. led forces took control of Baghdad on April 9, 2003. The war continued with the United States coalition forces facing increased insurgency from Shiite militants, Sunni militants, and terrorists aligned with Al Queda.

In the United States and abroad there was both support and opposition to this war expressed via websites. Included in the web archive are U.S. government and foreign government sites as well as sites of public policy and political advocacy groups, educational organizations, religious organizations, support groups for military personnel, anti-war groups, plus some sites for children, and selected news sources.

Collection Period: March 2003 to June 2003 and December 2004 to July 2009.

Frequency of Collection: The majority of sites in the collection were targeted for capture weekly, with fewer targeted for capture monthly or once.

Languages: Collection material in English.