Last modification: 28/03/13
On March 20, 2003, the United States launched “Shock and Awe”, an unprecedented show of military firepower, as the first phase of its much-criticised invasion of Iraq. Dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled within weeks, but a dogged insurgency, bloody civil strife, and a protracted occupation were just beginning. Hussein’s sudden exit also broke a fragile balance of power in the region. Ten years on, the human and material costs of the war are immeasurable. Iraq is still struggling to find peace.