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March 19th, 2013
12:34 PM ET

J.R. Martinez on Iraq War anniversary: Helped us to think we there for the Iraqi people, not necessarily because of WMDs

Today marks 10 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq which led to the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. And it's been more than a year since the last company of troops left that country. Approximately 32,000 American servicemen and women suffered injuries in the war.

J.R. Martinez served in the U.S. Army, and while in Iraq he was severely injured in the first weeks of the war when the humvee he was riding in hit a roadside bomb. He has since gone on to become a motivational speaker and an actor and of course a "Dancing with the Stars" champion. He's also an author, out with a new memoir "Full of Heart."

J.R. Martinez talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning to talk about what his time serving in Iraq was like and his reflections on the war.


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March 19th, 2013
12:24 PM ET

Fmr. US admin. Bremer: Iraq will turn out OK, but there are real problems now

On this 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion, deadly proof that Iraq is still at war with itself. Nearly 50 people have been killed and scores more wounded in an outbreak of bombings and shootings. Most of the attacks have been in Baghdad and Shiite areas.

Iraq is a fragile democracy at this point, and CNN's John Berman talked about this with L. Paul Bremer, the American civilian tapped to run Iraq in the early 2003. Ambassador Bremer vividly remembers the day he arrived there, and explains what he think was the biggest success of the invasion.


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