Last week we marked the 10 year anniversary of the U.S. and its allies’ invasion of Iraq, based on the premise that the country was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Despite worldwide protest, 200,000 thousand troops deployed into Iraq in March 2003, following massive airstrikes. For years after, the war raged on – and a decade after U.S. and Western troops swept into Iraq, the country still struggles with a stubborn insurgency, sectarian friction and political instability.
Here’s a look back on this long road embedded within world history:
BEARING WITNESS: Five years of the Iraq War 2003-2008. Published to mark the 5 year anniversary on March 2008, and produced in collaboration with MediaStorm, this 2009 Emmy nominated multimedia project was dedicated to the 127 journalists killed in the Iraq war. Through five years of conflict a team of 100 Reuters correspondents, photographers, cameramen and support staff strove to bring the world news from the most dangerous country for the press. These are their personal stories – their first-hand experiences and perspectives – bearing witness through half a decade of conflict which has taken the life of seven colleagues.
This multimedia piece combines images, video, audio and interactivity for rich visual storytelling, including:
- A short introduction to set the scene of five year of war
- Reflections from journalists who have witnessed each phase of the conflict
- Interactive visual timeline charting the major events and turning points
- Map illustrating the factions, security, resources and quality of life across Iraq
- Data and trends over five years including casualties, troop levels and economics
50 Killed in Bomb Blast in Baghdad on the 10 year anniversary (VIDEO). On March 19th, 2013, a series of coordinated blasts hit Shi’ite districts across Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people. Another 160 people or more were wounded, according to hospital officials. Tuesday’s car bombs exploded near a busy Baghdad market, close to the heavily-fortified Green Zone, and in other districts across the city.
Photographer’s notebook: Iraq war (SLIDESHOW). To mark the ten year anniversary, Reuters presented a selection of the most iconic images from our photographers over the course of the war. In this collection of some of Reuters iconic images from the conflict, the photographers provide a personal account of the events they captured. As a generation of war-scarred Iraqis face their country’s future without U.S. involvement, the number of images reaching an international audience will undoubtedly decline. These photographs serve as a testament to the legacy of the decade of U.S. intervention.