John Simpson doing a piece to camera describing events in the friendly fire incident
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Simpson's Iraq memories

A decade after the start of the conflict which toppled Saddam Hussein, the BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson reflects on the personal impact of the war and its aftermath.

"I've spent more than a year of my life here out of the last ten and I'm still surprised and delighted to be able to wander round the streets talking to people heading into tea houses or coffee shops without worrying about being kidnapped or blown up."

"You can't yet say this country is booming. Instead it is frozen in time".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 19 March 2013.