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.
In this March 7, 2013 photo, an Iraqi soldier stands guard at the crossed-swords monument in Baghdad, Iraq. nside the fortified Green Zone that is home to the sprawling U.S. Embassy and several government offices, the crossed-sword archways Saddam commissioned during Iraq�s nearly 8-year fight with Iran ground stand defiantly on a little-used parade ground. Iraqi officials began tearing them down in 2007, but quickly halted those plans and then started restoring the monument two years ago.(AP Photo/Kari