10th anniversary of Baghdad fall

April 9, 2013 marks 10 years since the fall of Baghdad, symbolized by the toppling of a statue of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos (Paradise) Square in 2003, following an invasion by US-led troops.


In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, a general view of Firdous Square, where the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down by U.S. forces and Iraqis on April 9, 2003, in central Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, a general view of Firdous Square, where the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down by U.S. forces and Iraqis on April 9, 2003, in central Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, a general view of Firdous Square, where the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down by U.S. forces and Iraqis on April 9, 2003, in central Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, homeless Iraqi children play in the rubble of al-Rashid military base belonging to the former Iraqi army, destroyed ten years ago during the air campaign at the beginning of the war, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, homeless Iraqi children play in the rubble of al-Rashid military base belonging to the former Iraqi army, destroyed ten years ago during the air campaign at the beginning of the war, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, homeless Iraqi children play in the rubble of al-Rashid military base belonging to the former Iraqi army, destroyed ten years ago during the air campaign at the beginning of the war, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, watches with image of the former dictator Saddam Hussein are on display at a souvenirs shop in downtown Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, watches with image of the former dictator Saddam Hussein are on display at a souvenirs shop in downtown Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Sunday, April 7, 2013 photo, watches with image of the former dictator Saddam Hussein are on display at a souvenirs shop in downtown Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Friday, March 8, 2013 photo, the empty pillar, right, where the statue of former dictator Saddam Hussein sat, was pulled down by U.S. forces in 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Friday, March 8, 2013 photo, the empty pillar, right, where the statue of former dictator Saddam Hussein sat, was pulled down by U.S. forces in 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Friday, March 8, 2013 photo, the empty pillar, right, where the statue of former dictator Saddam Hussein sat, was pulled down by U.S. forces in 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
In this Saturday, April 6, 2013 photo, Iraqi boys sit next to a mural that used to be painted with the portrait of former dictator Saddam Hussein, which turned into a mural of Shiite clerics Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, left, and Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, right, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Saturday, April 6, 2013 photo, Iraqi boys sit next to a mural that used to be painted with the portrait of former dictator Saddam Hussein, which turned into a mural of Shiite clerics Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, left, and Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, right, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Saturday, April 6, 2013 photo, Iraqi boys sit next to a mural that used to be painted with the portrait of former dictator Saddam Hussein, which turned into a mural of Shiite clerics Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, left, and Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, right, in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Saturday, April 6, 2013 photo, an Iraqi man pours water onto the grave of his father, who was killed during a fight with U.S. forces, at a cemetery in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Saturday, April 6, 2013 photo, an Iraqi man pours water onto the grave of his father, who was killed during a fight with U.S. forces, at a cemetery in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
In this Saturday, April 6, 2013 photo, an Iraqi man pours water onto the grave of his father, who was killed during a fight with U.S. forces, at a cemetery in Baghdad, Iraq. Ten years ago, a statue fell in Paradise Square. Joyful Iraqis helped by a U.S. Army tank retriever pulled down their longtime dictator, cast as 16 feet of bronze. The scene broadcast live worldwide became an icon for a war, a symbol of final victory over Saddam Hussein. But for the people of Baghdad, it was only the beginning. The toppling of the statue on April 9, 2003, remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
An orthotist looks at prosthetic legs at the prosthetic limbs hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The toppling of the longtime dictator Saddam Hussein, 16 feet bronze statue remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since: liberation for Shiites and Kurds, a loss for some Sunnis and grief among almost everybody over the years of death, destruction and occupation that followed the fall of the capital to U.S. forces on April 9, 2003. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
An orthotist looks at prosthetic legs at the prosthetic limbs hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The toppling of the longtime dictator Saddam Hussein, 16 feet bronze statue remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since: liberation for Shiites and Kurds, a loss for some Sunnis and grief among almost everybody over the years of death, destruction and occupation that followed the fall of the capital to U.S. forces on April 9, 2003. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
An orthotist looks at prosthetic legs at the prosthetic limbs hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The toppling of the longtime dictator Saddam Hussein, 16 feet bronze statue remains a potent symbol that has divided Iraqis ever since: liberation for Shiites and Kurds, a loss for some Sunnis and grief among almost everybody over the years of death, destruction and occupation that followed the fall of the capital to U.S. forces on April 9, 2003. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

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