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Eyewitness Iraq
First broadcast March 2007

Former petrol station attendant Riath Hussein with his daughter

Only seven days after the defeat of Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraqis who had welcomed the end of his brutal time as the country's leader, took to the streets to protest at the disappearance of their security.

It had taken just a week for hope and delight to turn to confusion and anger.

BBC Correspondent Hugh Sykes has been reporting from Iraq since a few days after American troops tore down the statue of Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad.

In this special two-part series, Hugh gives an intimate account of what day-to-day life is like for Iraqis today.

Part one: no electricity, no education, no safety

Hugh hears of Iraqis' anxiety, exhaustion and anger that the liberation of their country has delivered so much crime and insecurity.

He travels with American troops who speak of their belief that what they are doing is right and just, but who also feel remorse that their presence has caused such extreme violence.

In an Iraq where death for civilians can come from suicide bomb, car bomb, truck bomb, American or British bullet, sniper, execution squad, mortar rounds, rocket attack or ambush at fake check points, can the occupation be deemed to have failed the Iraqi people by not providing them with either power or security?


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