Nightly News   |  April 09, 2013

Remembering Baghdad’s fall, a decade later

When the statue of Saddam Hussein came down in Iraq, many Americans took that as a sign of a successful invasion. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> a lot of noise and light in the distance. this will be slow going mile by mile.

>> that's where we were at this very moment ten years ago tonight reporting by flashlight. our first broadcast from baghdad during the invasion crouched down next to an army vehicle in what was still called saddam hussein international airport while the fighting and the invasion went on. we were not supposed to be the first team into baghdad for nbc news. that was supposed to be our friend david blume who died three days earlier of deep vein thrombosis due to living in the confined space during the convoy. while the fighting was still going on around us when we arrived at the airport that night, that was the day american tv viewers saw the statue come down in baghdad on live tv . it looked joyous. a lot of people took it as a sign of a successful invasion. a