The Iraq war began on March 20, 2003, to rid Iraq of a dictator and eliminate his weapons of mass destruction. The images remain fresh even as the memories fade - the blinding flash of "shock and awe" bombing, the square-jawed confidence of an American president leading his people into war, the cowering prisoner trembling on the ground in the face of a small piece of American power.
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2008 file photo, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, an Iraqi journalist, throws a shoe at U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Zeidi was discharged from prison on Sept. 14, 2009 after getting early release for good behavior, his lawyer said Saturday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)