Paul Bremer On The Fight For Mosul And The Iraq War's Legacy

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U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, center, is received off a C-130 transport plane by Paul Bremer, right, the chief of the U.S.-led coalition authority in Iraq, on Feb. 23, 2004 at the Baghdad International Airport. (Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images)
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As Iraqi and Kurdish forces engage in the offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS, we hear from the man who led the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Diplomat Paul Bremer held that position until June 2004, when he turned power over to an interim Iraqi government. Bremer was much criticized for some of the decisions he made in that position, including the disbanding of the Iraqi Army.

More than a decade later, he says the fall of Mosul would be key to defeating ISIS. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Bremer about the offensive, and the Iraq War’s legacy.

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Paul Bremer, diplomat who was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein.

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