Ten years ago, a crowd gathered in Firdos Square in Baghdad and pulled down a 12-metre statue of Saddam Hussein. The event provided perhaps the iconic image of the Iraq invasion, and the day – April 9 – came to mark the end of Hussein’s regime.
It also marked the beginning of the process of writing the history of Iraq under Hussein’s Baath regime. That remains a controversial undertaking. In the days and weeks after the fall of Baghdad, occupying US troops seized records from Hussein’s palaces, Iraq’s ministries of defence and intelligence, as well as Baath party institutions.
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