Ten years ago tomorrow, the US invaded Iraq. We begin a two-part series on the war and its aftermath. Today, the human cost to American veterans and their families – and the many Iraqis now desperately to leave a ruined country.
Tomorrow we'll look at the intelligence failures, the military miscalculations and the impact on America's role in the world.
Banner image: "Coffins," one for each of the soldier's killed in Iraq surrounded the end of the Reflecting Pool and the names of the dead were being read aloud during an Iraq War protest, October 23, 2004. Photo by kevinthoule