The invasion of Iraq in 2003 began with a tremendous aerial bombardment of Baghdad and other major centers. This “shock and awe” campaign crippled the country’s already weakened military. It also wound up destroying a huge portion of country’s infrastrastructure.
We interviewed a man in October who was a college student in Baghdad when the war started. The day after the first bombing raids, he ventured out into his hometown and found his university’s library a smoldering ruins.
Initially he and his family were optimistic about the invasion and removal of Saddam Hussein. But after seeing such indiscriminate destruction and then enduring years of humiliating occupation, they came to regret their faith in the American military.
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