NATO and the 2003 campaign against Iraq (Archived)

  • Last updated: 01 Sep. 2015 16:14

The March 2003 campaign against Iraq was conducted by a coalition of forces from different countries, some of which were NATO member countries and some were not. NATO as an organization had no role in the decision to undertake the campaign or to conduct it.


  • NATO as an organisation had no role in the 2003 campaign since opinions among members were divided, as they were in the United Nations.
  • Iraq was suspected of possessing weapons of mass destruction and was requested to comply with its disarmament obligations.
  • The US-led coalition, Operation Iraqi Freedom, ousted the Saddam Hussein regime.
  • Prior to the campaign and at the request of Turkey, NATO undertook precautionary defensive