2003 Iraq War (1/2) | Animated History

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Comments • 70

  • The Armchair Historian
    The Armchair Historian  Month ago +416

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    • Captain Car
      Captain Car 10 hours ago

      It’s pernounced EAR-ROCK

    • A Moye
      A Moye 12 days ago +1

      I hate Republicans.

    • Asim Malik
      Asim Malik 18 days ago +1

      Do the one on #Pakistan... Call it the rise & fall of dumbasses! #AllforOne

    • reaction time for you and me
      reaction time for you and me 27 days ago

      can you make philipine amerikan war pld

    • Jan Girke
      Jan Girke Month ago +1

      Chemical weapons leave residue that can be analyzed. So, if they really wanted to they could have made sure there were weapons stored. But as everybody knows, the war wasn't about freedom or chemical weapons, because if the Iraquis would have had those the US would not have attacked. Their dictator Saddam, which the CIA installed years before just wasn't taking orders anymore and attacking the wrong countries.

  • tot O'shmeeg
    tot O'shmeeg 2 hours ago

    5:27 Warzone Easter egg

  • HeyItz Hannah
    HeyItz Hannah 7 hours ago

    The war of lies

  • Sheikh Arif
    Sheikh Arif 11 hours ago

    Wow, America is really bad on pinpointing the coordinates for bombs.

  • Michal Nowak
    Michal Nowak 13 hours ago

    Shame for Poland

  • Funkeysnow
    Funkeysnow 22 hours ago

    I love the video but the lack of MOPP suits on the character models is really disturbing me, lol. I don't wanna be that guy but unless you guys omitted it on purpose, it seems like a huge oversight especially in the context of this video which is the invasion to find WMDs. But overall great video, would have liked a more in-depth analysis as you did on the western front video

  • Sean Your Hero 17
    Sean Your Hero 17 Day ago +1

    My god the quality of these videos is mind blowing...i feel like I should be paying for content like this which is a testament to this channel

  • SafSnak3 _
    SafSnak3 _ Day ago

    this is all cz of britian

  • Roberto V
    Roberto V Day ago

    Shame on the face of US government and soldiers.

  • Walter Hiebert
    Walter Hiebert Day ago

    If the US had invaded Afghanistan in the same way they did with Iraq then today the Taliban regime would have been a thing of the past🤔🤔👌👌

  • the hillbilly gamer !

    Why would the United States care about UN approval the UN is in New York which is in the United States they don't even have their own army they're not even a paper tiger

  • land Z
    land Z Day ago

    "Eyeraki "? haha

  • صغر شمر
    صغر شمر 2 days ago

    Saddam hussein wants to take on a zionist and American backlash.

  • Hannu Laamanen
    Hannu Laamanen 2 days ago

    I have come here to chew bubblegum and learn about squarespace. And what i get? BLINKIST!?!

  • Furn
    Furn 2 days ago

    US : Can I please invade Iraq
    UN : No
    US : 👀 About that.....

  • Furn
    Furn 2 days ago

    So this is really free to watch?

  • Alejandro Crespo
    Alejandro Crespo 2 days ago

    Incredible! Thank you for this video

    OUTDOOR PHESANTS 2 days ago

    U guys should have ur own netflix series of history

  • Lily /ليلي
    Lily /ليلي 2 days ago

    I was born when this started and I can honestly say I haven't seen my country in a good situation since I was born intil now ... Each time I read and do research about the iraqi history my heart shattered! It was one of the most beautiful countries, people enjoyed good life standard, They had the best education ever everything was just glorious it even has one of the seven wonders of the world... iraq is a total sad story.

    • Abbas Ali
      Abbas Ali 2 days ago

      We went out in the October demonstrations against the corrupt, puppet parties, and then we realized that the problem of Iraq is not only in its government

      But in his people because many of them are not loyal to Iraq, but The abroad

    • Abbas Ali
      Abbas Ali 2 days ago +2

      كان لدينا صدام واحد والان أصبح لدينا الف صدام قبل الغزو الأمريكي لم تكن حالة العراق جيدة بل كان العراقيين قبل تلك الفترة يعاني من حصار أممي وممنوع عنه كل شيء فضلا عن تدمير جيش العراقي في حرب الكويت حيث دمرت أمريكا جيش واغلب المعدات العسكرية و دبابات الذي حصل عليها عندما كان يحارب إيران

      كان وضع العراقيين مزري كانو الأطفال يموتون من جوع ومرض وسوء تغديه

      صدام ارعن جدا وغبي فقط جعل من العراق خراب

      الوضع في العراق حاليا ممكن ان يتحسن في حالة سقوط نظام الملالي في إيران وهذا لم يحدث

  • K D
    K D 3 days ago

    who the hell says two thousand three

  • ميمة Gmhkh
    ميمة Gmhkh 3 days ago +1

    عاش العراق

  • ميمة Gmhkh
    ميمة Gmhkh 3 days ago +1

    Im from iraq اني من العراق

  • HisMajestyAli
    HisMajestyAli 3 days ago +1

    As a Tunisian citizen, as an Arab and so a second hand witness, I can tell you really, that the Beast which is haunting us both in the Arab world and in Europe/USA was born in the sands of humiliated and destroyed Iraq. Westerners often cannot imagine how that year 2003 precisely was the origin of such a humiiating feeling and resentment all over the what so called "Arab World"
    Even if I do not believe there is one Arab Nation, but multiple countries and Nations with their particularities, culture, food and History, I cannot deny the fact that everything happening in a corner of this area, will be feeled and resented in the other, what happened in Iraq was deeply felt in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, everywhere.
    This was probably one of the biggest useless and criminal mistake of the century. It destroyed the Arab World, but seriously weakened America and scattered its credibility, and by association the whole West, adding to that : the UN, which is seen as a useless puppet since that time.

    • Abdullahi Osman
      Abdullahi Osman 2 days ago

      You are very wise MashAllah. You spoke the truth. They thought they solved a problem by killing people but they made a bigger problem that is haunting the whole world now especially us in Somalia.

  • مصطفى راضي Mm

    I am from Iraq

  • Devin Massa
    Devin Massa 3 days ago

    8 year of occupation and 8 year of insurgence this video must’ve been made in 2011

  • Robert Alpy
    Robert Alpy 4 days ago

    Blinkist? So cliff notes for modern morons who can't be bothered to read a whole book?
    I went to Catholic school. Our teachers made it clear that when we were tested on a book it would mostly concern obscure facts not included in the cliff notes. In this way they forced us to read the whole book. I thank them for it now.

  • J D
    J D 4 days ago

    5:40 What was he doing in there with those sheep and goats? Oh no...

  • Mustafa Al-Saiegh
    Mustafa Al-Saiegh 4 days ago

    I stopped watching at 4 minutes when things were faked, my relative was a general in the iraqi army, when the Iraqis withdrawaled from quite they were given safety from the us. However they were mascared when they accepted the cease-fire in highway of death. From civilian prospective the didnt target military targets they actually targeted literally 90% of iraq infrastructure that was one of the top on the word, from bridges to schools hospital's electricity and uranium in farms!!!! So sad to show the criminal shamless attack is something normal in a war....

  • Anton Taylor
    Anton Taylor 4 days ago

    Protect the oil fields 😂😂😂

  • Rylos One
    Rylos One 5 days ago

    Dude, this video is so inaccurate its astounding, "Every single satellite guided cruise missile missed its target". LOL If you've seen what I've seen you would have never said that, but the entire video is slanted like the poster's opinion. So much for separating yourself from your reporting.

  • قمر الدين
    قمر الدين 5 days ago

    but gurrila warfare killed more than 70k of coalition force and wonnded a lot also some 100k get ptsd

  • abood's montages
    abood's montages 6 days ago

    Man i am from Iraq , america did us a favor by removing that guy ,we were pretty much like north korea before that

    • D1FF
      D1FF 2 days ago

      @Abdullahi Osman dude literally Germany after ww2 was so destroy ppl ate shoes...

    • Abdullahi Osman
      Abdullahi Osman 2 days ago +1

      @D1FF Germany was never as low as Iraq even when the Soviets wrecked Berlin. And Iraq was never as high as Germany even when saddam was piling up money in warehouses.

    • Abdullahi Osman
      Abdullahi Osman 2 days ago +1

      @Nazx 36 😂😂😂

    • D1FF
      D1FF 4 days ago

      @Nazx 36 give it a time Germany didn't rebuild right away after ww2

    • Nazx 36
      Nazx 36 5 days ago +1

      Now you are pretty much like south sudan how cool!

  • tim van beek
    tim van beek 6 days ago

    SAS have a strong reputation as elite force but were they ever succesfull in Irak?
    You only hear of faillures.

  • Laui Nouman
    Laui Nouman 6 days ago +5

    Fun fact . Arabs only hear those supposedly “Arab” songs when they watch westerners

  • Hoppy and His Holiday Helpers

    i'm not a troll i'm just curious,
    is that a mole or a bindi?

  • David Himmelsbach
    David Himmelsbach 6 days ago

    The UN had ALREADY established the predicate for invasion. It was on that basis that Britain, Poland, Australia and America proceeded. Do more research. Bush was just trying to get even more nations on board. But because Saddam had bought France, Canada, Russia and Kofi Annan -- such support was not forth coming. It took Volker's investigation to discover just how corrupted the key decision politicians were. Like the Biden's the graft went to (Kofi's) son. Saddam was spreading $$$$ all over Turtle Bay.

  • David Himmelsbach
    David Himmelsbach 6 days ago

    Saddam was later found to have BOUGHT France and Canada and Kofi Annan and Russia was already on his team. The Canadian connection surprised Volker, BTW. He was aghast.

  • Mahfug Haque
    Mahfug Haque 7 days ago +5

    USA and its friends just destroy Iraq without any evidence. Killed lots of Iraqi people and History will never forget this. God gifted punishment is waiting for them who did this.

  • Grabacr 1
    Grabacr 1 7 days ago

    I thought Iraq was invaded because of NAMBLA.

  • Jacob L
    Jacob L 7 days ago

    Saddam Hussein was such a fascinating character

  • Khairul fadhlan F2038

    United nations lol

  • Syed Anwar Ahmed
    Syed Anwar Ahmed 7 days ago

    800 pounds of ordinance and only one killed satellite guided 40 missile who would said that is a lie

  • Wild Stallion
    Wild Stallion 7 days ago

    What a waste of money.

  • Alvaro Lubis
    Alvaro Lubis 7 days ago

    these videos are so high quality

  • Thomas ABABA
    Thomas ABABA 8 days ago

    Iran 🇮🇷 did some say my name.
    🇺🇸 US: sorry I meant IRAQ 🇮🇶
    IRAQ 🇮🇶 what 😳.
    US: IRAQ 💥💣💢👊🦴❣. History of iraq by emoji. Hope peace ✌ comes soon 2m death.

  • auras A
    auras A 8 days ago

    Saddam was better than the current regime the us installed, can you Imagine????

  • Girish Shenoy
    Girish Shenoy 8 days ago

    USA:- how about I do it anyway

  • Sergei
    Sergei 8 days ago +1

    The Iraq War is a war crime and nobody was prosecuted to this day. 1 million Iraqis were killed.

  • مروحه fin
    مروحه fin 9 days ago


  • Kapitananime
    Kapitananime 9 days ago

    This is a Harley incompetent and overwhelmingly political opinion of History.

  • Secko 75
    Secko 75 9 days ago

    Sadam husaan is like a Rip off version of hitler

  • Milo Schwartz
    Milo Schwartz 9 days ago

    There is no good in war, only evil.

  • ميمز القائد_BOOS mems

    Amirecan just whant oil.

  • Aldo 18
    Aldo 18 9 days ago

    6:23 why did the UN approve it in the 90s but not in 2003?

  • R-Truth Assyrien-Irak-Mésopotamie

    He Destroy my Country 😓 Rip Saddam

  • TheHeartlessFour
    TheHeartlessFour 10 days ago

    GW Bush wanted to finish what his dad didn't.

  • KingBoxNugget 777
    KingBoxNugget 777 10 days ago

    I got a tiger 1 tank model today its palm size and his name is Tim

  • DrBigfootMcGee
    DrBigfootMcGee 10 days ago

    8:50 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment)*

  • profesercreeper
    profesercreeper 10 days ago

    Love how well animated your videos are now!

  • S Dot
    S Dot 11 days ago

    so bias

  • Path Crosser
    Path Crosser 11 days ago

    Your soldiers cry like women here:

  • azhar shaikh
    azhar shaikh 11 days ago +1

    Were any wmd found? How much gold/oil was taken from Iraq by the Brits/Americans?
    Pretty obvious bias and prejudices dude. Didn't expect this from you.

  • R. M.
    R. M. 11 days ago


  • Obi Wan Kenobi
    Obi Wan Kenobi 11 days ago

    imma start a chain: UNDER THE SUN NO SHADDOWS WILL FALL

  • Izzat Omar
    Izzat Omar 12 days ago +9

    The weapon of mass distruction is just a toyota with an ak47 sticked on the roof...

    • Unknown Unknow
      Unknown Unknow 2 days ago

      @Izzat Omar they did find chemical weapons factory but they blew it up

    • Izzat Omar
      Izzat Omar 3 days ago

      Unknown Unknow Lmao do some research on how the us lied on the wmd

    • Unknown Unknow
      Unknown Unknow 3 days ago +1

      Lmao that’s a millitais weapon, do some research

  • Sarfaraz Erahdun
    Sarfaraz Erahdun 12 days ago

    Fact : they(usa) claimed that Iraq had WMD
    Fact : Iraq had zero WMD
    Fact : Iraq is not a US puppet under Saddam Huseyn

  • Richard Lucas
    Richard Lucas 12 days ago

    A two-pronged attack, from both Kuwait and Turkey is what was planned. Turkey's refusal to cooperate merely blocked one division from crossing their border. The attacking forces were not switched from Turkey to Kuwait. Instead of a division, the 173rd Airborne Brigade was dropped into a northern Iraqi airport and the rest of the brigade was flown in.

  • Luis Vilca
    Luis Vilca 12 days ago

    Whn you learn more I'm honestly glad that the US army got scammed by the corporations, wardogs and other suppliers

  • Razvan Dobos
    Razvan Dobos 12 days ago

    Saddam Hussein was a rockstar. He looked so badass.

  • سالم محمد المهري

    صدام حسين شجاع