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Rescue workers World Trade Center, New York 19 Sept 2001 US Public Domain

What were the September 11 attacks?

On the morning of 11 September 2001, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger planes in the United States.
British soldiers in a camp in Kuwait during Operation 'TELIC', the invasion of Iraq, 2003. ©IWM (OP-TELIC 03-010-18-192)

The 2003 War in Iraq explained

Explore the events that led from the 11 September attacks to US President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair invading Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Crop of Saddam Hussein dog toy ©IWM (EPH 207)

The complex legacy of Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein led Iraq from 1979 to 2003. During his rule he projected an image of himself as Iraq’s most influential leader and a courageous moderniser, but at the same time his repressive regime killed thousands of people.