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Thread by @pritheworld: "1/ This week marked the 15th anniversary of the fall of . The ground invasion, toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein and the outb […]" #Baghdad #Iraq #IraqWar

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1/ This week marked the 15th anniversary of the fall of #Baghdad. The ground invasion, toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein and the outbreak of lawlessness all happened in the space of three days. From our archives, this is what those 3 days sounded like.
2/ Journalist and Iraqi Kurd @ayubnuri recalls the initial days of jubilation after the removal of Saddam Hussein. bit.ly/2quEY0G
3/ As we know, the celebration in #Iraq didn’t last. Journalists @maassp and @EllenKnickmeyer both went into the war zone without being embedded or protected by US forces. They witnessed the ongoing violence that followed the toppling of the capitol. bit.ly/2EK8gwt
4/ .@maassp who reported on the Iraq War for the @nytimes, says despite the lives lost and the years spent in turmoil, the #IraqWar is already being forgotten.
5/ The country has seen some success within the past 15 years. Iraq has declared victory over ISIS and with elections set for May, Baghdad is experiencing a peaceful streak. pri.org/stories/2018-0…
6/ .@maassp says there’s a lesson the US should learn from Iraq: “Don’t invade a foreign country unless you really, really have to. Because no matter how careful you think you are, you are going to kill a tremendous number of civilians. And there’s no forgiveness for that."
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