Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • President Bush announces military actions against Iraq.

    President Bush announces military actions against Iraq.
  • Members of the 507th Maintenance Company are ambushed and captured outside Nasiriyah, Iraq.

  • Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control.

  • President Bush declares that the military phase of the battle to topple Saddam Hussein's government is "one victory in a war on terror that began on Sept. 11th, 2001, and still goes on."

  • A suicide bomber drives a cement mixer full of explosives into the side of the United Nations compound in Baghdad and blows it up, killing 17 people and wounding at least 100

  • The C.I.A.'s former chief weapons inspector, David A. Kay, says American intelligence agencies failed to detect that Iraq's unconventional weapons programs were in a state of disarray.

  • Four Blackwater private security employees are killed in Falluja.

  • President Bush says he is deeply disgusted by photographs that show American soldiers smiling, laughing and holding their thumbs up as naked Iraqi.

  • Fifteen months after Saddam Hussein's removal from power, the American authorities transfer formal sovereignty of Iraq to its new leaders.

  • American military deaths in Iraq operations surpass the 1,000 mark.

  • Between 10,000 and 15,000 American soldiers and Marines backed by newly trained Iraqi forces move on Falluja.

  • Iraq begins a first free election.

  • Saddam Hussein goes on trial for the killing of 148 people in 1992.

  • United States forces declared a formal end to their operations of Iraq.

  • Saddam Hussein, once the all-powerful leader of Iraq, is arrested without a fight by American soldiers who find him crouching in an eight-foot hole at an isolated farm near Tikrit.