Global Politics

Iraq Ten Years Later: Violence and Instability Still the Norm

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Residents shop for fruits and vegetables at a market in Baghdad's Karrada district August 14, 2012. Iraq relies on imports from neighbours like Syria, Turkey and Iran for 95 percent of its consumer goods. Syria in particular is a key supplier of manufactured goods, fresh vegetables and fruit. But as an uprising there against President Bashar al-Assad grinds through its 17th month, the supply of Syrian goods to Iraq is slowly drying up as Syrian businesses are forced to close and trucks struggle to cross borders that have sometimes become frontlines. Picture taken August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST FOOD CONFLICT BUSINESS) - RTR36UUS

It's been 10 years since American-led troops entered Iraq and helped topple Saddam Hussein.

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Years of fighting produced a fragile peace and though the last US troops left in 2011, the country is still the scene of daily sectarian violence.

Marco Werman speaks with veteran Middle East reporter Jane Arraf on what life is like for Iraqis a decade since the US-led invasion.

Arraf reported from Baghdad before, during, and after the war.

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