Timeline of the Iraq War


The following is a timeline of major events during the Iraq War, following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

M1A1 Abrams pose for a photo under the "Hands of Victory" in Grand Festivities Square, Baghdad, Iraq.

2003


March

April

May

June

July

  • July 2: U.S. President George W. Bush challenges those attacking U.S. troops to "bring 'em on!".[6]
  • July 13: The Iraqi Governing Council is established under the authority of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
  • July 22: Uday and Qusay Hussein, Saddam Hussein's sons, are killed in Mosul during a raid by Task Force 20.[7]

August

September

  • September 3: First post-Saddam government.
  • September 23: Gallup poll shows majority of Iraqis expect better life in 5 years. Around two-thirds of Baghdad residents state the Iraqi dictator's removal was worth the hardships they've been forced to endure.

October

November

December

2004


January

February

  • February 1: Two suicide bombers strike Kurdish political offices in the northern city of Erbil, killing 117 and injuring 133.
  • February 21: U.S. permits Red Cross to visit Saddam Hussein for first time since his capture in December.

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

  • September 14: The Haifa Street helicopter incident kills 13 Iraqis and is televised around the world.
  • September 30: A car strikes an American officer handing out candy to children, killing up to 35 children.

October

November

December

2005


January

February

  • February 28: 2005 Al Hillah bombing: In the deadliest single blast up to that time, a car bomb kills 127 in Hillah; the identity of the bomber as a Jordanian caused a diplomatic row between Iraq and Jordan.

March

April

May

  • May 8: Battle of Al Qaim, US aiming to stop the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq.
  • May 15 Formation of the parliamentary commission charged of the draft of the new Constitution.

July

August

  • August 1–4: Battle of Haditha
  • August 15: Unable to find a consensus between the main political leaders, the Parliament postpones for a week the transmission of the draft constitution to its members.
  • August 22: The constitution's draft is presented to the Iraqi Parliament.
  • August 28: The constitution is presented to parliament.
  • August 31: 2005 Baghdad bridge stampede: Rumors of a suicide bomber lead to a stampede on the Al-Aaimmah bridge; about 1,000 people died.

September

October

November

December

  • December 14 - U.S. President George W. Bush says that the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was the result of faulty intelligence, and accepts responsibility for that decision. He maintains that his decision was still justified.
  • December 15 December 2005 Iraqi legislative election

2006


February

March

April

  • April 24: Hamdania incident. Marines allegedly abduct an Iraqi civilian from a house, kill him, and place components and spent AK-47 cartridges near his body to make it appear he was planting an IED.

May

June

July

August

October

November

December

2007


January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

2008


January

February

March

July

October

November

2009


January

May

July 25

August

October

December

2010


March

April

August

September

  • September 30: 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a Transition of Authority with 3rd BDE, 3rd ID and assumed responsibility for the five northern Provinces of United States Division-South under MG Vincent Brooks and the 1st Infantry Division.[26]

References


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  14. "Iraqis mourn Shia massacre dead". BBC News. March 3, 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  15. Report to the President of the United States : March 31, 2005. Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. c. 2005. ISBN 0160724767. OCLC 449221385.
  16. (Washington Post)
  17. (Reuters)
  18. (BBC)
  19. Baker, Peter (2006-10-24). "Bush's New Tack Steers Clear of 'Stay the Course'". The Washington Post.
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  23. Iraq coalition casualty count Archived February 11, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  24. "2 Most Wanted Al Qaeda Leaders in Iraq Killed by U.S., Iraqi Forces" Fox News, 19 April 2010.
  25. "Last US combat brigade leaves Iraq". Al Jazeera English. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  26. 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment