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The history of Iraq from 2003 to 2011 began with the U.S.-led invasion of the country in March 2003 which overthrew the Ba'ath Party government of Saddam Hussein. This was followed by a war that lasted from 2003 to 2011, and ended when U.S. troops left the country. In April 2003, the Coalition Provisional Authority, a transitional government, was established. It was replaced in June 2004 by a caretaker government – the Iraqi Interim Government. Following parliamentary elections in January 2005, this administration was replaced in May by the Iraqi Transitional Government. A year later, the Al Maliki I Government, took office. (via Freebase)