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March 22, 2013

10th Anniversary of the Iraq Invasion

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March 20, 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but was also the bloodiest day of this year as insurgents staged multiple attacks, assassinating a high-level minister and killing dozens more.

Although President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq in May 2003, U.S. military troops were there until December 2011.

Nearly 4,500 Americans were killed alongside more than 100,000 Iraqis.

To commemorate the beginning of the invasion, San Francisco PBS station KQED compiled a list of multimedia graphics and video that visualize the chronology and the expense of the war, including this image of those lives lost to the violence:



“When we made the decision to go into Iraq, many intelligence agencies around the world judged that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. This judgment was shared by the intelligence agencies of governments who didn’t support my decision to remove Saddam. And it is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong,” President George W. Bush.

Warm up

1. Where is Iraq? What do you know about the country?

2. What do you know about the War in Iraq?

3. Who was Saddam Hussein?


1. Do you think the invasion of Iraq was the correct action? Why or why not?

2. What facts struck you the most, either in the video or in the visualizations?

3. How do you think the world has changed since the invasion of Iraq?

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