Iraq War retrospective

A visual chronology of the war in Iraq.

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An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes March 21, 2003. U.S.-led forces unleashed a devastating blitz on Baghdad on Friday night, triggering giant fireballs and deafening explosions and sending huge mushroom clouds above the city centre. Missiles slammed into the main palace complex of President Saddam Hussein on the bank of the Tigris River, and key government buildings, in an onslaught that far exceeded strikes that launched the war on Thursday, Reuters correspondents said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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An Iraqi girl holds her sister as she waits for her mother (R) to bring over food bought in Basra March 29, 2003. Iraqi forces still hold the centre of Iraq's second city Basra and British troops fighting for control of the country's southeast do not plan to rush in, a British army spokesman said on Saturday. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad April 9, 2003. U.S. troops pulled down a 20-foot (six metre) high statue of President Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad on Wednesday and Iraqis danced on it in contempt for the man who ruled them with an iron grip for 24 years. [In scenes reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Iraqis earlier took a sledgehammer to the marble plinth under the statue of Saddam. Youths had placed a noose around the statue's neck and attached the rope to a U.S. armoured recovery vehicle.]

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US Marines kick in a door while securing a building next to the main hospital in central Baghdad April 15, 2003, which will be used as a temporary Iraqi police headquarters. Thousands of guerrillas, including Iraqis loyal to Saddam Hussein and foreign fighters, pose a threat to U.S. troops and complicate efforts to bring stability to postwar Iraq, defense officials said on Tuesday. "There are still hazards lingering throughout the country of Iraq," Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks told a briefing in Qatar. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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A frame grab taken from website video footage May 11, 2004, shows a man, who identified himself as Nick Berg of Philadelphia (C) seated in front of his five masked captors moments before he was executed. Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, an Islamist Web site said on Tuesday. After one of the masked men read out a statement, they pushed Berg to the floor and shouted "God is greatest" above his screams as one of them sawed his head off with a large knife then held it aloft for the camera. It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the tape carried on the Muntada al-Ansar Islamist Web site.

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An Iraqi detainee gestures toward U.S. soldiers through bars of his cell at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad May 17, 2004. [Security concerns and outrage at the treatment of Iraqi prisoners at a jail west of Baghdad have piled the pressure on the U.S.-led occupiers and threatened President Bush's bid for re-election in November.]

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An Iraqi man suspected of having explosives in his car is held after being arrested by the U.S army near Baquba, Iraq, October 15, 2005. [Iraqis headed to the polls in an historic referendum on Saturday, with up to 15 million eligible voters deciding on a controversial new post-Saddam Hussein constitution that its backers hope will unite the torn country. Amid intense security, including a ban on all traffic, voters flowed on foot to polling stations across Baghdad. ]

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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein argues with prosecutors while testifying during cross-examination at his trial in Baghdad's Green Zone April 5, 2006. Hussein returned to court on Wednesday and, in remarks likely to inflame sectarian tensions, immediately accused the Iraqi Interior Ministry of killing and torturing thousands of Iraqis. REUTERS/David Furst/Pool

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A man looks at the shattered windshield of a car after a bomb attack outside a Sunni mosque in Baghdad July 7, 2006. Bomb blasts rocked two Sunni mosques in Baghdad shortly after Friday noon prayers, killing at least five people and wounding nine, police said. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

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Men try to push a vehicle away from the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad, April 5, 2007. A Baghdad satellite television station run by Iraq's biggest Sunni political party briefly went off the air on Thursday after a suicide truck bomb exploded nearby, killing one person and wounding three. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ)

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U.S. soldiers pray during a memorial service for late PFC Allen Brenton Jaynes from Texas, in the U.S. forces army camp in Baghdad, January 26, 2007. Jaynes was killed last week by a roadside bomb while four of his colleagues were wounded. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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A U.S. flag with greetings from home is decorated in an emergency room of the 28th Combat Support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad August 18, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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The grandmother (L) and other relatives mourn during a funeral for a neighbourhood patrol member in a dust storm in northern Baghdad September 16, 2008. A member of a neighbourhood patrol was killed and his companion was left wounded after a bomb planted on their car exploded while they were driving on Monday in Adhamiya district, police said REUTERS/Omar Obeidi (IRAQ)

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Sgt. Joseph Crandell of the U.S. 1st Armored Divison holds his seven month old daughter Lena for the first time as he hugs his wife Layla during a welcome home ceremony at the home base in Wiesbaden, Germany, November 25, 2008. The soldiers of the 1st AD returned on Tuesday from a 15month deployment to Iraq. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY)

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A line of Strykers convoy in the early hours of August 16, 2010 as part of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center?s last patrol through Iraq as they leave for Kuwait. Picture taken August 16, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Sgt. Kimberly Johnson/Handout (IRAQ - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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U.S. Air Force Major Stacie Shafran carries her luggage to a loading paddock while waiting for her departure from Iraq at the former U.S. Sather Air Base near Baghdad, Iraq December 14, 2011. The former base that is currently still operational was handed over to the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center run by the State Department on December 1st. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (IRAQ - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT SOCIETY)

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