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© Yola Monakhov / Panos Pictures..Basra, IRAQ. 20/04/2003...A bathroom in Saddam Hussein's palace in Basra, now occupied by British forces. The ex-president's taste for opulent kitsch is in evidence..US and British troops invaded Iraq on 20th March with the aim of overthrowing the regime of Saddam Hussein. By the 9th April American troops were in central Baghdad and the regime had collapsed ending nearly 25 years of Ba'athist rule.