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March 13, 2007

A TIMELINE OF THE IRAQ WAR

2003March 19 — President G.W. Bush’s Invasion beginsMarch 30 — Defense Secretary D. Rumsfeld: We know location of WMDApril 1 — Pfc. J. Lynch “rescued”April 9 — S. Hussein statue fallsApril 11 — Rumsfeld: “Stuff happens.”April 16 — Bush signs $79 billion supplemental spending billMay 1 — Bush: “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”May 9 — P. Wolfowitz: WMD rationale agreed upon for bureaucratic reasonsMay 29 — Bush: “We found the (WMD).”July 2 — Bush: “Bring them on.”July 6 — J. Wilson’s op-ed runs in NY TimesJuly 14 — Bush: “The speeches I have given were backed by good intelligence.”July 22 — U. and Q. Hussein killedAug. 7 — Car bomb kills 11 at Jordanian embassy in BaghdadAug. 20 — Bomb kills 17 at U.N. headquarters in BaghdadSept. 3 — Secret report prepared for Joint Chiefs: U.S. unprepared for post-war opsNov. 6 — Bush signs $87 billion supplemental spending billNov. 20 — R. Perle: War may have been illegalNov. 28 — Bush visits Baghdad, poses with fake turkeyDec. 14 — S. Hussein captured2004Jan. 17 — Death toll of U.S. soldiers: 500Jan. 22 — CIA officers warn of civil warJan. 28 — Iraq Survey Group inspector D. Kay: “We were all wrong.”Feb. 4 — Suicide bombs kill 109 IraqisFeb. 10 — U.S. military finds letter to al-Qaeda operatives seeking help waging “sectarian war”Feb. 19 — A. Chalabi: He and Bush administration have been “heroes in error.”March 5 — U.N. weapons inspector H. Blix: War was illegalMarch 24 — At media dinner, Bush pretends to look for WMDApril 19 — B. Woodward: CIA Director G. Tenet told Bush WMD rationale was “slam dunk”April 21 — Suicide bombs kill 74 near BasraApril 28 — Abu Ghraib torture images revealedMay 5 — Bush, on Arab TV, expresses sorrow over prisoner abuseMay 11 — Video shows beheading of N. BergMay 31 — Four U.S. contractors killed, mutilated in FallujahJune 28 — Sovereignty transferred to Iraq. Bush: “Let freedom reign.”Aug. 27 — Bush admits “miscalculation of what the conditions would be” in postwar IraqSept. 7 — Death toll of U.S. soldiers: 1,000Sept. 15 — Bush asks Senate to shift $3.4 billion from reconstruction package to Iraq securitySept. 16 — NYT: National Intelligence Estimate gives dark assessment; Bush: CIA “just guessing”Sept. 16 — U.N. Secretary General K. Annan: War was illegalOct. 5 — L.P. Bremer: “We never had enough troops on the ground.”Oct. 7 — CIA report: Iraq did not have WMDOct. 25 — NYT: About 380 tons of powerful explosives disappeared after war startedNov. 2 — Bush re-electedNov. 8 — U.S. forces launch all-out assault on FallujahDec. 8 — D. Rumsfeld: “You go to war with the Army you have.”Dec. 20 — Blasts kill more than 60 in Iraq’s holy cities2005Jan. 12 — WMD search declared overJan. 27 — 30 marines, sailor die in helicopter crashJan. 30 — U.S. loses track of nearly $9 billion in Iraqi fundsJan. 30 — Iraqis vote to form Transitional National AssemblyFeb. 28 — Car bomb kills at least 114 Iraqis in HillaMarch 3 — Death toll of U.S. soldiers: 1,500March 31 — Presidential commission on WMD: Intelligence community “dead wrong” in almost all prewar judgmentsMay 1 — Downing Street memo revealed: Bush fixed intelligenceMay 11 — Bush signs $76 billion supplemental spending billMay 30 — D. Cheney: Insurgency in “last throes”June 27 — Rumsfeld: Insurgencies can last “five, six, eight, 10, 12 years.”July 18 — Suicide bomb kills 100Aug. 7 — C. Sheehan sets up camp near Bush ranchAug. 31 — Nearly 1,000 Shiites killed in stampede during religious festivalSept. 9 — C. Powell: Pre-war speech to U.N. is a “blot” on his recordOct. 7 — M. El Baradei wins Nobel Peace PrizeOct. 15 — Iraqis ratify draft constitutionOct. 26 — Death toll of U.S. soldiers: 2,000Nov. 8 — Evidence emerges that U.S. dropped phosphorous on FallujahNov. 18 — Rep. J. Murtha: Get U.S. troops outNov. 30 — White House releases National Strategy for Victory in IraqDec. 14 — Iraqis elect members of assemblyDec. 7 — Sen. J. Lieberman: Bush has turned corner in IraqDec. 18 — Bush: “Much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong.”2006Jan. 24 — Pentagon study: Army a “thin green line.”Feb. 2 — Rumsfeld: War won’t be a long oneFeb. 3 — Bush requests $70 billion for Iraq, AfghanistanFeb. 22 — Bomb attack on Golden Mosque fuels sectarian tensionsMarch 19 — Bush promises “complete victory”March 19 — Time magazine: U.S. marines killed unarmed Iraqi civiliansMarch 21 — Bush: Troops to remain until at least 2009March 30 — Journalist J. Carroll freed by captorsApril 12 — Washington Post: Officials knew mobile “labs” had no WMDApril 21 — J. al-Maliki replaces I. al-Jaafari as prime ministerApril 23 — Former top CIA official says Bush knew Iraq had no WMDApril 30 — Powell: Not enough troopsMay 25 — Maliki: Iraqi troops will handle security by end of ’07June 8 — A.M. al-Zarqawi killedJune 15 — Death toll of U.S. soldiers: 2,500June 20 — Two kidnapped U.S. soldiers found dead, mutilatedJuly 3 — Pfc. Steven Green charged with rape, murder of young Iraqi girlJuly 8 — Four other soldiers charged in rape, murderJuly 12 — White House budget document: Administration will request another $110 billionJuly 13 — More than 140 killed in BaghdadAug. 3 — CentCom Gen. J. Abizaid: Civil war “possible”Aug. 7 — Gen. G. Casey: Civil war a “significant threat”Aug. 19 — War hits 1,249th day, surpassing WWIIAug. 21 — Bush: Iraq had “nothing” to do with 9/11Aug. 22 — Marines begin ordering inactive members back to dutyAug. 28 — Suicide bomb, clashes between Shiite militia and Iraqi security forces kill at least 50 Aug. 29 — Rumsfeld: War critics are “quitters”Aug. 30 — Rumsfeld: Critics are like those who thought Hitler could be “appeased”Sept. 10 — Secretary of State C. Rice: There were ties between Saddam, al QaedaSept. 11 — Sen. J. McCain: Iraq critics “schizophrenics”Sept. 11 — Cheney: Critics abet terroristsSept. 20 — White House releases “fact sheet” on “Iraq’s links to al Qaeda”Oct. 4 — C. Powell: “Staying the course” not good enoughOct. 4 — NYT: Military spending bill included $20 million for celebration of success; money not spentOct. 6 — Sen. J. Warner: government should determine if “change of course” necessaryOct. 11 — Washington Post: Johns Hopkins study estimates 655,000 Iraqi deaths since 2003Oct. 12 — British Army chief: “We must quit Iraq soon.”Oct. 15 — Sen. C. Hagel: Find a new way out of IraqOct. 16 — Bush disapproval rating reaches 61 percentOct. 18 — Ten U.S. soldiers killedOct. 18 — Brookings Institution: Baghdad residents receiving 2.4 hours of electricity per monthOct. 19 — House Veterans Affairs Committee: Number of Iraq, Afghanistan vets seeking PTSD treatment has doubled since 2005Oct. 23 — Sen. A. Specter: Face the fact of civil warNov. 1 — NYT: Classified briefing says Iraq “edging toward chaos”Nov. 5 — S. Hussein sentenced to die by hangingNov. 8 — Rumsfeld: I quitNov. 16 — Bush: Let’s surgeNov. 23 — Suicide bombs kill 145 in Sadr CityNov. 25 — NYT: Iraq insurgency now self-sustaining financiallyNov. 28 — Former Rep. N. Gingrich: War a “failure”Nov. 28 — Powell: It’s a civil warDec. 5 — NPR: U.S. soldiers punished for having PTSDDec. 6 — Iraq Study Group report releasedDec. 6 — Senate confirms R. Gates as Defense SecretaryDec. 19 — Washington Post: White House plans to send 15,000 to 30,000 more troopsDec. 26 — Death toll of U.S. soldiers: 2,977 (more deaths than 9/11)Dec. 30 — Saddam hanged2007Jan. 2 — Military Times: Barely one-third of troops approve of Bush’s handling of warJan. 16 — Bush: Saddam hanging looked like “revenge killing”Jan. 22 — Sen. J. Warner introduces resolution opposing escalationJan. 26 — R. Gates: Senate’s proposed resolution emboldens enemy