REVISITED Iraq, 20 years on: Fallujah bears brunt of legacy of a brutal conflict

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Fallujah is without doubt one of the cities that has paid the best worth for the US-led invasion of Iraq twenty years in the past. A stronghold of help for former dictator Saddam Hussein, it rapidly grew to become the scene of brutal guerrilla warfare. The instability created by the battle produced long-lasting results. Specifically, it laid the foundations for jihadism, giving start to al Qaeda in Iraq, which later advanced into the Islamic State group. FRANCE 24’s Lucile Wassermann stories.

On March 20, 2003, then-US president George W. Bush launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, geared toward bringing down the regime of Saddam Hussein. The invasion was deemed unlawful by the United Nations, and as we all know immediately, was based mostly on a lie: Iraq’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons have been by no means discovered. Supposed to final only a few months, the conflict finally dragged on till 2011, leaving a whole lot of hundreds of Iraqis useless.