The Iraq War: Southern California looks back after a decade

Ten years after coalition forces began a campaign to remove Saddam Hussein from power and rebuild the nation of Iraq, the U.S. and Iraq are markedly different counties. The war may have officially come to a close in 2011, but those who served or lived in the aftermath of the invasion are only beginning to cope with the changes. KPCC looks back at the war and its affect on the world and Southern California, a decade later.

Timeline

A look back at the Iraq War, 2003-2011

A decade ago this month, the United States and coalition forces invaded Baghdad and continued their military presence in Iraq until the end of 2011. As KPCC reflects on this eight-year occupation of the country, we track the major milestones of the combat, the capture and trial of Saddam Hussein and restoration of Iraqi power.

Where veterans served

Help us gather stories from Iraq War veterans

Tuesday, March 19 marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War that resulted in the downfall of Saddam Hussein and the beginning of a prolonged military engagement from which the United States has not yet fully withdrawn. We'd love to pay tribute to the men and women who served by collecting some of their stories. Are you a vet? Did someone in your family serve? What do you know of their service? Tell us their story on this short form, and read other stories submitted by our audience below.

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