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Iraq War 2003 Explained | Why Bush and Blair attacked Saddam Hussein

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What caused the Iraq War in 2003? The simple answer is 9/11.

In this episode of IWM Stories, Chris Cooper explores the timeline of events that led from the 9/11 terror attacks to US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair invading Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. From Saddam’s use of chemical and biological weapons during the Iran-Iraq War to the First Gulf War in 1991 and from the 9/11 terror attacks to UN weapons inspections the Iraq War has a long and complicated history that goes far beyond oil and weapons of mass destruction.

Find out more about the Iraq War: www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-important-facts-about-the-iraq-war

Find out more about the First Gulf War: www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-was-the-gulf-war

Find out more about Britain’s role in Afghanistan: www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-was-the-british-role-in-afghanistan

Order and license the HD clips used in this video on IWM Film’s website:
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0:00 Introduction
1:10 9/11
3:18 Saddam Hussein
4:53 UK Involvement
6:11 Intelligence Failures
7:53 War

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