Four days after the 10-year anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday is a reminder of the challenges the country still faces.
Euronews gathered figures and statistics, most coming from the latest studies, on the human, economical and ecological consequences of the Iraq War.
It is in no way exhaustive but it draws a one-of-a-kind portrait of a conflict that still claims lives to this day. After the relatively rapid success of the US-led, March 2003 invasion of Iraq (the invasion phase was over by the end of April 2003), the country was plunged into sectarian violence that peaked in 2006-2007.
The Shi’ite-led Iraqi government still faces a Sunni insurgency that has been re-invigorated by the instability in nearby Syria.