11 Remarkable Before-And-After Photos Of Iraq

On March 19, 2003, U.S. soldiers invaded Iraq. How things have changed in 10 years.

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1. On April 9, 2003, Firdous Square was where the Soviet-style statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down live on television. Today it's empty, and only bent iron beams remain where the statue once stood.

2. Another photo near the site of the statue. Posters of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in military fatigues are pasted on the sides of the pedestal.

3. In 2006 this Baghdad square was the site of a checkpoint to prevent suicide car bombs. Today candidates in the upcoming election display their campaign posters.

9. In May 2003, the U.S. Army was protecting the Iraqi National Museum after tens of thousands of artifacts chronicling about 7,000 years of Mesopotamian history were believed to be looted. Today it's guarded by Iraqis.

11. In 2008 U.S. soldiers patrolled by the cross-sword archways Saddam Hussein commissioned during Iraq's war with Iran. Today the monument site is free of U.S. soldiers.

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