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Iraq

Ten Years Since 'Fall Of Baghdad'

WATCH: April 9 marks the 10th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to U.S.-led forces in 2003. As tanks rolled in to the Iraqi capital, U.S. troops and crowds of Iraqis pulled down a huge statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square. (Reuters video)

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April 09, 2013
April 9 marks the 10th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to U.S.-led forces in 2003. As tanks rolled in to the Iraqi capital, U.S. troops and crowds of Iraqis pulled down a huge statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square. (Reuters video)

WATCH: April 9 marks the 10th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to U.S.-led forces in 2003. As tanks rolled in to the Iraqi capital, U.S. troops and crowds of Iraqis pulled down a huge statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square. (Reuters video)

It has been 10 years since U.S.-led forces took control of Baghdad, signaling the eventual fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

The event is remembered the world over for the images of Iraqis pulling down a statue of Saddam in a central Baghdad square.

The anniversary comes at a key moment in Iraq.

In less than two weeks, the country will hold its first local elections since the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces at the end of 2011.

But a decade after the U.S.-led invasion, Iraq is still struggling with political instability and violence that in recent weeks has killed at least 10 candidates who had planned to run in those elections.