Iraq War Timeline

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  • Sec. of State Colin Powel speech to UN

    Sec. of State Colin Powel speech to UN
    Secretary of State, Colin Powell, gave a speech to the UN about the “weapons of mass destruction” under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Powell stated that the weapons of mass destruction needed to be disarmed. The source that Colin Powell used had been flagged as false from the Defense Intelligence Agency.
  • President Bush speech, Operation Iraqi Freedom

    President Bush speech, Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Operation Iraqi Freedom was the attack declared by President bush to disarm the weapons of mass destruction and to free the innocent citizens of Iraq. The objective of Operation Iraqi Freedom was to end the regime of Saddam Hussein, eliminate Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, drive out terrorist from the country, and to help Iraq reform in a democratic way with representation.
  • Bush declares Mission Accomplished

    Bush declares Mission Accomplished
    Speech given on the USS Abraham Lincoln wile standing below a giant "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner. Bush announces that major combat operations in Iraq have ended, and that the US is victorious in the "Battle of Iraq."
  • Saddam Hussein Captured

    Saddam Hussein Captured
    The once powerful Iraqi dictator was captured from hiding in a farmhouse basement near his home town with out any shots fired. He was found only ten miles from his palace, close to were he fled previously after failing to kill the prime minister.
  • 1st Iraqi Constitution Signed

    1st Iraqi Constitution Signed
    A temporary Iraqi constitution is signed after many refusals and delays. It has its own bill of rights that supports freedoms of religion and speech as well as a ban on torture. The constitution makes an attempt at balancing military power with a civilian controlled government. Many parties believe others have to much control.
  • Abu Ghraib prison photos

    Abu Ghraib prison photos
    Prison photos are leaked to the media. Iraqi prisoners were beaten, stripped, killed, confined in small spaces, tortured, and sexually humiliated by U.S. Personnel. Abu Ghraib is a crowded prison complex near Baghdad and the largest of ten Enemy Prisoner of War Camps in Iraq . The events and photos were hidden by the U.S. Military.
  • Duelfer Report

    Duelfer Report
    On September 30th 2004, ISG released the Duelfer Report. Written by Charles Duelfer it stated that Iraq’s WMD program was destroyed in 1991 and Saddam ended Iraq’s nuclear program after the 1991 Gulf War and never it, as well as discontinuing all biological weapons research by 1996. Although it also stated that Saddam Hussein intended to resume production of WMD’s in the future, the report essentially summed up that Iraq had no WMD’s and hadn’t for quite some time.
  • Assault on Fallujah

    Assault on Fallujah
    US forces launched the largest single military offensive in more then a year in Iraq. Over 15000 American troops, as well as 2000 Iraqi troops commenced an all out assault on Fallujah which had been under the control of insurgents for months. It began with American air bombardment to soften up the targets, followed up by sporadic ground fighting. The objective of the invasion was to deny insurgents a base, keeping them on the move and vulnerable.
  • Iraqi elections

    Iraqi elections
    A general election is held to choose the first full-term parliament since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. More then 7000 Parliamentary candidates compete to fill the 275 seats in Parliament. Over 11 million Iraqis go to the polls to vote to improve their lives and the future of Iraq. Turns out to be an extremley successful and peaceful election.
  • Cindy Sheehan vigil

    Cindy Sheehan vigil
    Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq, begins a protest outside of President Bush’s ranch in Crawford Texas. She had met with the President in June of 2004, but demanded another meeting. Setting up a camp as close to the President’s ranch as possible, she was joined by peace activists to protest the war and show their support of the grieving mother. Although two of the President’s top advisors met with the group to hear their concerns, Cindy Sheehan was never granted the meeting.
  • Iraq Study Group Report

    Iraq Study Group Report
    Former Sec. of State, James Baker, and former Democratic Congressman, Lee Hamilton, personally present to President Bush a report depicting the situation in Iraq as “grave and deteriorating.” The report also states that “US forces seem to be caught in a mission that has no foreseeable end.”
  • Saddam Hussein executed

    Saddam Hussein executed
    Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator was hanged in front of a crowd of cheering people. Shiites were celebrating the death of Saddam while Sunnis lamented- this led to numerous violent conflicts in Iraq.
  • US death toll reaches 3000

    US death toll reaches 3000
    The number of US casualties since March 2003 reaches 3000, 24,682 wounded. Total Iraq coalition military fatalities 3,260. While the number of Iraqi casualties exceeds 34,000.
  • Troop surge announced

    Troop surge announced
    President Bush announces that 20,000 more soldiers will be sent to Baghdad, Iraq to stem the sectarian fighting. He also states that the Iraqi government will follow benchmarks to re-establish their control of Iraq.
  • US/Iraqi Security Pact approved

    US/Iraqi Security Pact approved
    The US and Iraqi Security Pact was an agreement to keep American soldiers in Iraq after the war was over. Iran attempted to bribe Iraqi lawmakers to deactivate and get rid of this law to have no US military forces in Iraq.
  • Obama exit plan announced

    Obama exit plan announced
    President Obama’s exit plan is the attempt to leave Afghanistan under Afghan security and to take US soldiers slowly out of the war zone.