The recent action by the United States to pull its military troops from Iraq was a culmination of a war that has rocked the Middle Eastern state for almost a decade. What started as threats by the United States to invade Iraq and an incursion of the U.S. military resulted to a war that saw the televised execution of Saddam Hussein in 2006 and a new start for the war-torn country.

The fact that Saddam Hussein did not yield when faced with clear U.S. threats and the massive build-up of the U.S. military on his border is a central issue that seeks understanding of the functions of military force. The following paper is based on various theories on force that seek to explore the behavior of state leaders and how they use military force.

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