03/19/2013 01:53 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2013

Iraq War 10th Anniversary Photos: Iconic Images Show Destruction, Sacrifice, Uncertainty

Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a dubious milestone for two countries whose relationship has grown even more muddled over the past decade. The $800 billion war has left Baghdad ravaged and thousands of civilians and soldiers dead, the purpose of their sacrifice as yet unclear.

A simple question is often asked with regard to both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: "What would winning look like?" Though our collective inability to answer this question -- to picture victory, so to speak -- has bred mixed success and uncertainty in the region, there is certainly no dearth of images to help us evaluate the impact of 10 years of war.

Take a look at these iconic images of the Iraq war, throughout a decade of invasion and insurgency.

Iraq War: 10 Years Later

Clarification: The day on which the invasion of Iraq is observed has been changed for consistency. The invasion took place on March 19, 2003 in the U.S., but March 20, 2003 in Iraq.