On April 9, 2003, just three weeks into Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S.-led coalition forces entered Baghdad and quickly set about bringing down the statue of deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein that stood in the city’s main square. Footage and photos of the event were beamed around the world, signifying the fall of Baghdad and encouraging Americans that the conflict would be swift and successful.

On April 9, 2003, just three weeks into Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S.-led coalition forces entered Baghdad and quickly set about bringing down the statue of deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein that stood in the city’s main square. Footage and photos of the event were beamed around the world, signifying the fall of Baghdad and encouraging Americans that the conflict would be swift and successful.

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 9: (FILE PHOTO) U.S marines climb up to topple a statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on April 9, 2003 at al-Fardous square in Baghdad, Iraq..

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 9: (FILE PHOTO) U.S marines climb up to topple a statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on April 9, 2003 at al-Fardous square in Baghdad, Iraq..

US Marines Corps (USMC) Marines from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7), Charlie Company, Twentynine Palms, California (CA), cover each other with 5.56 mm M16A2 assault rifles as they prepare to enter one of Saddam Husseins palaces in Baghdad as they takeover the complex during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 9 April 2003

US Marines Corps (USMC) Marines from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7), Charlie Company, Twentynine Palms, California (CA), cover each other with 5.56 mm M16A2 assault rifles as they prepare to enter one of Saddam Husseins palaces in Baghdad as they takeover the complex during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 9 April 2003

U.S. Marines from Task Force Tarawa battled with Iraqi troops March 24, 2003 in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. The Marines had running gun battles over the past two days with a stubborn resistance within and around the city. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

U.S. Marines from Task Force Tarawa battled with Iraqi troops March 24, 2003 in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. The Marines had running gun battles over the past two days with a stubborn resistance within and around the city. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Second Gulf War - Saddam Hussein at the moment of capture by US troops, December…

Second Gulf War - Saddam Hussein at the moment of capture by US troops, December…

April 14, 2003: A Marine tries the banister at a palace in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit. Ashley Gilbertson/VII

April 14, 2003: A Marine tries the banister at a palace in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit. Ashley Gilbertson/VII

A U.S. Marine of the 1st. Marine Division conducts a search operation while columns of smoke rise after engagements in the in the war-torn city of Falluja, November 16, 2004. The U.S. military has begun an investigation into possible war crimes after a television pool report by NBC showed a Marine shooting dead a wounded and unarmed Iraqi in a Falluja mosque, officials said.

A U.S. Marine of the 1st. Marine Division conducts a search operation while columns of smoke rise after engagements in the in the war-torn city of Falluja, November 16, 2004. The U.S. military has begun an investigation into possible war crimes after a television pool report by NBC showed a Marine shooting dead a wounded and unarmed Iraqi in a Falluja mosque, officials said.

(Video) Yes, that idiot actually Joe Biden actually said abandoning Iraq was one of the "great achievements" of the Obama presidency... http://kevinwhiteman.com/2014/01/biden-touts-obama-withdrawal-from-iraq-as-greatest-achievement/

(Video) Yes, that idiot actually Joe Biden actually said abandoning Iraq was one of the "great achievements" of the Obama presidency... http://kevinwhiteman.com/2014/01/biden-touts-obama-withdrawal-from-iraq-as-greatest-achievement/

CAMP TAJI, IQ - An Excalibur explodes out of am M777 howitzer on Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, April 26. The Excalibur fired was the first round of this type fired by Soldiers from Battery A, 2nd Battalion 11th Field Artillery Regiment 'On-Time,' 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Derek Miller)

CAMP TAJI, IQ - An Excalibur explodes out of am M777 howitzer on Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, April 26. The Excalibur fired was the first round of this type fired by Soldiers from Battery A, 2nd Battalion 11th Field Artillery Regiment 'On-Time,' 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Derek Miller)

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