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The War in Iraq: Easy to Begin, How About the End?

14 Apr

Life in Iraq ten years after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein

The Iraq War is arguably among the most significant international events of the past decade, impacting the diplomatic landscape not only in the Middle East but the entire world. It involved multibillion-dollar defence spending that weakened the US economy, civilian casualties, and prisoner abuse scandals (including Abu Ghraib) that put into question the methods with which the United States promotes democracy worldwide. First of all rhe military campaign a decade ago had an impact on the lives of 30 million Iraqis, many of them initially welcoming the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, one of the most powerful contemporary authoritarian leaders.

In March 2003 airstrikes on Baghdad were launched. Already in May the U.S. President George Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq. Years later Mohhamed Liami, 28, was preparing for his upcoming wedding when he was killed in a car bomb explosion at a market. His brother says that the family received no compensation at all. Such episodes are common in Baghdad.


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