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After months of secret planning, on March 20, 2003 a coalition led by the U.S. invaded Iraq. The Iraq War began. Was it worth it? The Iraq conflict was the first major combat operation of the new era. Private Military Companies became major active players along state forces, as documented by many news articles and academic papers cited in this section. This section goes beyond already documented trends and controversies by offering a snapshot of actors, key data, and pictures as they are published throughout the week.
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Cost to US of Iraq and Afghan wars could hit $6 trillion. The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could reach as high as $6 trillion dollars – or $75,000 for every household in America – a new study from Harvard University has found. By Peter Foster, The Telegraph, March 29, 2013: TEXT | PICTURES

Tony Blair: Iraq uprising would have been 'worse than Syria.' Former UK PM Tony Blair has told the BBC he has no regrets over Iraq on the 10th anniversary of the country's invasion - and said the situation otherwise would have been "a lot worse than Syria". BBC News, March 19, 2013: VIDEO

Iraq War 10th Anniversary. Los Angeles Times (Framework - the world through photography, video and multimedia), March 19, 2013: MULTIMEDIA

Deadliest attacks in Iraq since US troop pullout. — July 23, 2012: Attacks aimed largely at security forces kill 115 in the country's deadliest single day in two years. By Associated Press, Yahoo News, Tue, Mar 19, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war. At least US$138 billion were spent on private security, logistics and reconstruction contractors. There are still 14,000 contractors, including 5,500 security guards, in Iraq. By Anna Fifield, The Financial Times, March 18, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Iraq: The spies who fooled the world. The lies of two Iraqi spies were central to the claim - at the heart of the UK and US decision to go to war in Iraq - that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. But even before the fighting started, intelligence from highly-placed sources was available suggesting he did not, Panorama has learned. By Peter Taylor for Panorama, BBC News, March 18, 2013: TEXT | VIDEOS

Iraq War: Voices. Ten years ago, the U.S. and coalition forces began military action against Iraq, spurring deep divisions in the U.S. and around the world. The official end of the war came December 31, 2011, but thousands of lives have been changed. Explore some of the voices from iReporters, newsmakers, CNN correspondents and others from around the world. CNN, March 2013: MULTIMEDIA

Iraq war 10 years later: Was it worth it? A war that lasted far longer and was more costly than Americans were told to expect by their military and political leaders has led to much public questioning as well as private soul-searching. By Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor, March 17, 2013: TEXT | Iraq Timeline In Pictures

Iraq: 10 years later. A decade on from the US invasion, the country is still struggling to find its future. By Roula Khalaf, The Financial Times, March 16, 2013: TEXT | Picture Timeline

Turkey emerges as true Iraq war victor. Turkey's exports to Iraq have in the past decade soared by more than 25 per cent a year, reaching $10.8bn in 2012, making Iraq Ankara's second-most valuable export market after Germany. By Daniel Dombey and Funja Guler,, CNN reprint, March 13, 2013: TEXT | PICTURES

How the US public was defrauded by the hidden cost of the Iraq war. George Bush sold the war as quick and cheap; it was long and costly. Even now, the US is paying billions to private contractors. By Michael Boyle, The Guardian, March 11, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE



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