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In pictures: War on Iraq begins
An explosion is seen in Baghdad 20 March, 2003
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Explosions rocked Baghdad at first light, about 90 minutes after the US deadline for Saddam Hussein to go into exile.
The first Tomahawk missile to be fired into Iraq is launched from USS Bunker Hill
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More than 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from US warships in the Gulf.
US President George W Bush  seen on giant TV screen at a hockey match in Atlanta
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US President George W Bush made a live television address announcing military action.
File photo of an F-117A Nighthawk Stealth fighter
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Some bombs were dropped from F-117A stealth fighters, the US said.
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein speaking on Iraqi television
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Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein accused the US of committing a "shameful crime" by attacking Iraq.
US soldiers in the Kuwaiti desert go into full gas alert
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US soldiers in Kuwait went onto full alert amid reports of incoming Iraqi missiles.
Anti-war protesters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta
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The outbreak of hostilities prompted anti-war protests around the world.


A boy carries a portrait of Ayatollah Hakim who has returned to Iraq from exile Cleric's return
Thousands of Shias greet return of their spiritual leader on 10 May




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