Why Blair and Bush attacked Saddam Hussein

In this episode of IWM Stories, Chris Cooper explores the timeline of events that led from the 9/11 terror attacks to US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair invading Saddam Hussein's Iraq. From Saddam's use of chemical and biological weapons during the Iran-Iraq War to the First Gulf War in 1991 and from the 9/11 terror attacks to UN weapons inspections the Iraq War has a long and complicated history that goes far beyond oil and weapons of mass destruction.

More Contemporary Conflict

Lt Col Tim Collins, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment Battle Group, addresses his troops about the forthcoming campaign, 5 March 2003.
Contemporary conflict

The Important Facts about the Iraq War

On 20 March 2003, a United States-led international coalition - which included Britain - launched an invasion of Iraq.
Afghanistan

What Was the British Role in Afghanistan?

In 2014, British combat troops left Afghanistan. British forces had been in the country since 2001 when they were sent as part of a coalition tasked with intervening in Afghanistan to find the leaders of al-Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Fusilier Spencer Cameron-Waller in front his Land Rover
Contemporary conflict

Iraq War: Reservist

Discover the story of Fusilier Spencer Cameron-Waller, a reservist who served in Iraq after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.