Monday 5 December 2016

The true cost of Iraq war

Published 16/12/2011 | 05:00

Smoke rises from one of Saddam
Hussein's palaces in Baghdad at the start of the
war
Smoke rises from one of Saddam Hussein's palaces in Baghdad at the start of the war

THERE was no 'mission accomplished' banner and no victory parade down the centre of this capital that has been scarred and rearranged by nearly nine years of war. Nor were there any crowds of cheering Iraqis grateful for liberation from Saddam Hussein.

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Instead, the US military officially declared an end to its mission in Iraq yesterday with a businesslike closing ceremony behind blast walls in a fortified compound at Baghdad airport.

The flag used by US forces in Iraq was lowered and boxed up in a 45-minute ceremony. No senior Iraqi political figures attended.

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