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The tragic Bush, Blair and Howard legacy in Iraq

Yes, Hussein was a dictator of sorts, but his people basically lived in peace, Iraqis had a decent education system and women pretty-well had equal rights to men.  

All too sadly the Shock and Awe war unleashed on Iraq by Messrs Bush, Blair and Howard - who, many would say, should be indicted as war-criminals - continues to this day.    

"The conflict in Iraq has taken a terrible toll on civilians with nearly 15,000 killed and 30,000 wounded during a 16-month period ending on April 30, by the Islamic State group, Iraqi security forces and others, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

The U.N. mission in Iraq and the U.N. human rights office said in the report that violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights abuses by the Islamic State group, which controls large swaths of Iraq's north and west, may in some cases amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide.

Iraq is going through its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops. The IS group captured Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul and the majority of western Anbar province last year and still holds large parts of the country though Iraqi forces have been making steady progress against the extremists in recent months with the help of a U.S.-led air campaign.

During the 16-month period, the report said more than 2.8 million people fled their homes and remain displaced in the country, including an estimated 1.3 million children."

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