Iraqi FM: 'Torturous transformation to democracy'
19 March 2013 Last updated at 14:03 GMT
It is 10 years ago this week that US troops led the invasion of Iraq which toppled Saddam Hussein from his position as leader.
It is thought that at least 116,000 civilians lost their lives in the years following the invasion.
The Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, spoke to the BBC's John Simpson about how the country has changed from dictatorship to democracy.