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1. 02-05 Powell made evidence presentation UN Security Council
2. 03-17 Bush: Saddam has 48 hours to leave Iraq Washington
03-19 U.S. Launches War Against Iraq Iraq
E. 04-09 Baghdad falls to US forces Baghdad
5. 04-09 Statue falls, Saddam's regime in disarray Baghdad
6. 04-30 New Mid-East peace plan launched Israel
H. 05-01 Bush calls end to 'major combat' Lincoln, USA
I. 05-16 41 die in Casablanca blasts Morocco
J. 05-21 More than 2,000 killed in 6.7 quake Algeria

Summary.     Click for More > Baghdad falls to US forces  A looting breaks out amid scenes of jubilation. U.S. troops tear down a statue of Saddam Statue falls, Saddam's regime in disarray New Mid-East peace plan launched Bush calls end to 'major combat' 41 die in Casablanca blasts More than 2,000 killed in 6.7 quake  51,000 homeless and 8,626 injured. Survivors accused the government of turning a blind eye to shoddy construction Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush Missing Iraq 'mole': Body found   Saddam's sons killed in raid  Uday and Qusay were killed by U.S. troops in the northern city of Mosul after a tipster betrayed their hideout Bomb at Jordanian Embassy Powerful bus bomb killed 21 Truck bomb kills 17 including U.N. envoy Cleric among 100 dead after mosque blast Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed 26 dead in Italy HQ blast Bush makes surprise visit Deadliest month for coalition so far Iraq tenders 'only for US allies' Saddam captured  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air Libya to dismantle WMD programs
Powell made evidence presentation Bush: Saddam has 48 hours to leave Iraq   U.S. Launches War Against Iraq
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  After air raid sirens went off across Baghdad, anti-aircraft fire and explosions were heard.    Blair ordered British forces to take part in the action to protect against a new threat of 'disorder and chaos'. Saddam that denounced the U.S.-led military campaign as...
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  Powell made evidence presentation  Britain and France were at opposite ends of Security Council reaction after presentation of Iraq's noncooperation   Bush: Saddam has 48 hours to leave Iraq  U.S. President gave Iraqi President 48 hours for him and his sons to leave Iraq before military action begins   U.S. Launches War Against Iraq


January 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jan.6  No 'smoking gun' in Iraq
Jan.16  U.N. finds empty warheads
Jan.25  12 Palestinians killed
Jan.27  Blix: Baghdad doesn't accept disarmament


February 2003 ... more > Top ^
Feb.5  
Feb.11  bin Laden tape a call to arms
Feb.14  Inspectors: No banned arms found
Feb.27  Iraq says it will destroy missiles


March 2003 ... more > Top ^
Mar.6  Plane crashes, killing 102
 Arafat chooses prime minister
Mar.17  
Mar.19  
  After air raid sirens went off across Baghdad, anti-aircraft fire and explosions were heard
 Blair ordered British forces to take part in the action to protect against a new threat of 'disorder and chaos'. Saddam that denounced the U.S.-led military campaign as 'criminal'. A convoy of U.S. tanks rolled unopposed through the desert toward the Iraqi capital. Dozens of Iraqi troops surrendered with white flags to British marines.
Mar.20  Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south Mar.21 Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher Mar.22  Soldier detained in attack on Army camp Mar.23 10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender Mar.24 U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad Mar.26  1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield Mar.28  Explosion rocks Kuwait City Mar.29  Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers Mar.31  Civilians die in checkpoint drama

April 2003 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1  Major ground offensive towards Baghdad Apr.4 U.S troops enter Baghdad
Apr.6  US troops attack central Baghdad  British found body of 'Chemical Ali' Apr.7 British taking control of Basra  Airstrike targets senior Iraqi officials Apr.9   Baghdad falls to US forces
  A looting breaks out amid scenes of jubilation. U.S. troops tear down a statue of Saddam
    Statue falls, Saddam's regime in disarray  The toppling of a giant bronze statue in Baghdad is being greeted as the symbolic crumbling of Saddam Hussein's regime Apr.11 Chaos as Mosul falls to Kurds  U.S. issues Iraqi 'most-wanted' list Apr.12  Saddam aide surrenders Apr.13 US rescues soldiers held by Iraq Apr.14 U.S. troops sweep into Tikrit Pressure mounts on Syria Apr.15  U.S. captures Abu Abbas Apr.22 Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala Apr.24 Deputy PM Tariq Aziz in custody Apr.26  14 feared dead in ammo blast Apr.29  Shootout kills 'at least 15' Apr.30     New Mid-East peace plan launched  International mediators have presented their 'roadmap' to Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas

May 2003 ... more > Top ^
May.1     Bush calls end to 'major combat'   From the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln President delivers a nationally televised address May.12 al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts
May.16   41 die in Casablanca blasts  10 who took part in five near-simultaneous attacks also died. 4 detained. The targets included Spanish, Belgian and Jewish May.17 Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers met May.21   More than 2,000 killed in 6.7 quake
  51,000 homeless and 8,626 injured. Survivors accused the government of turning a blind eye to shoddy construction
May.22 Council lifts Iraq sanctions

June 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jun.4     Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush
  Sharon is backing the Palestinian state and says Israel will remove outposts, Abbas calls for end to intifada Jun.12  Israeli attack kills 7 Jun.16 U.S. begins new military operation
Inquiry into WMD claims Jun.18  Leading Saddam aide caught Jun.22  Quartet resolute on Mideast peace Jun.24  6 British troops killed Jun.25  Militants offer truce Jun.29 Palestinian militants announce cease-fire

July 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jul.2  Israel hands over Bethlehem Jul.3  U.S. offers $25 million reward for Saddam Jul.13 Iraqi council acts for first time
Jul.18   Missing Iraq 'mole': Body found  UK official David Kelly denied being the 'mole' in the Iraq WMD dossier row Jul.22     Saddam's sons killed in raid
  Uday and Qusay were killed by U.S. troops in the northern city of Mosul after a tipster betrayed their hideout
Jul.24 U.S. releases sons' death photos Jul.31  Saddam's daughters in Jordan

August 2003 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1  Daughter: Saddam 'had a big heart' Aug.2  Saddam's sons buried in homeland Aug.7     Bomb at Jordanian Embassy
  A car bomb has exploded killing up to 10 people -- including 5 Iraqi guards -- and injuring about 40 others Aug.15  Libya taking Lockerbie blame Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies
Aug.19   Powerful bus bomb killed 21  The bomb exploded in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The explosion damaged a second bus   Truck bomb kills 17 including U.N. envoy  The U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello died in an explosion that ripped through the U.N HQ in Baghdad Aug.21  'Chemical Ali' in U.S. custody Aug.27  Bremer: Iraq effort to cost tens of billions Aug.29   Cleric among 100 dead after mosque blast  Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim was the spiritual leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution

September 2003 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2  Thousands bid cleric farewell Sep.6 Abbas offers resignation
 Hamas founder wounded in airstrike Sep.7 Qurei nominated as Palestinian PM Bush to ask 87 billions more for Iraq Sep.11  Israel decided to 'remove' Arafat Sep.12  U.S. fire kills Iraqi police  U.N. votes to lift Libya sanctions Sep.16  U.S. vetoes Arafat vote Sep.20  Governing council member shot Sep.21  Blast near U.N. headquarters Sep.25 Shot politician dies from wounds

October 2003 ... more > Top ^
Oct.5 Israeli strike on Syria
Oct.16 Bomb kills 3 Americans Oct.26  Rockets Hit Wolfowitz's Hotel Oct.27  35 killed in car bombs

November 2003 ... more > Top ^
Nov.2  U.S. helicopter down, killing 15 troops Nov.8     Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed  3 loud explosions rocked an affluent residential neighborhood of Muhaya. As many as 100 were wounded Nov.10  King vows to crush bombers Nov.11  U.S.: Enemy attacks escalate in Iraq  Urgent Iraq talks Nov.12     26 dead in Italy HQ blast  At least 14 Italians and 8 Iraqis have been killed in a suicide bombing that leveled the Italian military headquarters Nov.14  U.S. boosts offensive  Iraqis 'to govern by next summer' Nov.15  2 US helicopters downed Nov.17  US hits targets near Saddam town Nov.27     Bush makes surprise visit  President made an unannounced visit to Baghdad to spend part of Thanksgiving Day with U.S. troops Nov.29     Deadliest month for coalition so far  98 coalition troops died in Iraq this month, according to coalition military officials, including 79 American troops  7 Spanish agents killed in ambush Nov.30  46 ambushers killed by U.S. forces

December 2003 ... more > Top ^
Dec.2  US raid 'targets Saddam deputy' Dec.5  Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.8  Japan to send troops to Iraq Dec.9     Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'  Companies from countries opposed to the conflict will be barred from bidding for new rebuilding contracts worth $18.6bn Dec.14     Saddam captured
  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air
 20 killed by car bomb Dec.15  Bush promises Saddam fair trial Dec.16  Joint plan to relieve Iraq debt Dec.17  Saddam to stand trial in Iraq Dec.18  Israel warns of unilateral moves Dec.19     Libya to dismantle WMD programs  Bush, Blair: Gadhafi, had agreed to allow inspectors from international organizations to enter Libya Dec.20  N-watchdog meets Libyans  US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.22  Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister Dec.27  Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens Dec.31  Fatal bomb blows up restaurant


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Arab Countries, 2003 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2003
Jan.6  No 'smoking gun' in Iraq
Jan.16  U.N. finds empty warheads
Jan.25  12 Palestinians killed
Jan.27  Blix: Baghdad doesn't accept disarmament
Feb.14  Inspectors: No banned arms found
Feb.27  Iraq says it will destroy missiles
Mar.19
  After air raid sirens went off across Baghdad, anti-aircraft fire and explosions were heard
 Blair ordered British forces to take part in the action to protect against a new threat of 'disorder and chaos'. Saddam that denounced the U.S.-led military campaign as 'criminal'. A convoy of U.S. tanks rolled unopposed through the desert toward the Iraqi capital. Dozens of Iraqi troops surrendered with white flags to British marines.
Mar.20  Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south Mar.21 Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad Mar.22  Soldier detained in attack on Army camp Mar.23 10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender Mar.24 U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad Mar.26  1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield Mar.28  Explosion rocks Kuwait City Mar.29  Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers Mar.31  Civilians die in checkpoint drama Apr.1  Major ground offensive towards Baghdad Apr.4 U.S troops enter Baghdad Apr.6  US troops attack central Baghdad Apr.6  British found body of 'Chemical Ali' Apr.7 British taking control of Basra Apr.7  Airstrike targets senior Iraqi officials Apr.9 Baghdad falls to US forces
  A looting breaks out amid scenes of jubilation. U.S. troops tear down a statue of Saddam
Apr.11 Chaos as Mosul falls to Kurds Apr.12  Saddam aide surrenders Apr.13 US rescues soldiers held by Iraq Apr.14 U.S. troops sweep into Tikrit Apr.29  Shootout kills 'at least 15' May.1   Bush calls end to 'major combat'   From the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln President delivers a nationally televised address Jun.12  Israeli attack kills 7 Jun.16 U.S. begins new military operation Jun.18  Leading Saddam aide caught Jun.24  6 British troops killed Jun.25  Militants offer truce Jun.29 Palestinian militants announce cease-fire Jul.3  U.S. offers $25 million reward for Saddam Jul.18 Missing Iraq 'mole': Body found
  UK official David Kelly denied being the 'mole' in the Iraq WMD dossier row Jul.22   Saddam's sons killed in raid
  Uday and Qusay were killed by U.S. troops in the northern city of Mosul after a tipster betrayed their hideout
Aug.21  'Chemical Ali' in U.S. custody Sep.6  Hamas founder wounded in airstrike Sep.12  U.S. fire kills Iraqi police Oct.5 Israeli strike on Syria Oct.26  Rockets Hit Wolfowitz's Hotel Nov.2  U.S. helicopter down, killing 15 troops Nov.11  U.S.: Enemy attacks escalate in Iraq Nov.14  U.S. boosts offensive Nov.15  2 US helicopters downed Nov.17  US hits targets near Saddam town Nov.29   Deadliest month for coalition so far  98 coalition troops died in Iraq this month, according to coalition military officials, including 79 American troops Nov.29  7 Spanish agents killed in ambush Nov.30  46 ambushers killed by U.S. forces Dec.2  US raid 'targets Saddam deputy' Dec.5  Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.8  Japan to send troops to Iraq Dec.14   Saddam captured
  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air
Dec.17  Saddam to stand trial in Iraq Dec.19   Libya to dismantle WMD programs  Bush, Blair: Gadhafi, had agreed to allow inspectors from international organizations to enter Libya Dec.20  US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.27  Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens



Arab Countries, 2003 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2003 Mar.6  Plane crashes, killing 102 May.21 More than 2,000 killed in 6.7 quake
  51,000 homeless and 8,626 injured. Survivors accused the government of turning a blind eye to shoddy construction




Arab Countries, 2003 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2003 Aug.27  Bremer: Iraq effort to cost tens of billions Sep.7 Bush to ask 87 billions more for Iraq Dec.9   Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'  Companies from countries opposed to the conflict will be barred from bidding for new rebuilding contracts worth $18.6bn Dec.16  Joint plan to relieve Iraq debt



Arab Countries, 2003 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2003 Feb.11  bin Laden tape a call to arms Mar.22  Soldier detained in attack on Army camp Mar.29  Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers Apr.15  U.S. captures Abu Abbas Apr.24 Deputy PM Tariq Aziz in custody
Apr.26  14 feared dead in ammo blast May.12 al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts May.16 41 die in Casablanca blasts  10 who took part in five near-simultaneous attacks also died. 4 detained. The targets included Spanish, Belgian and Jewish Jun.25  Militants offer truce Aug.7   Bomb at Jordanian Embassy  A car bomb has exploded killing up to 10 people -- including 5 Iraqi guards -- and injuring about 40 others Aug.19 Powerful bus bomb killed 21  The bomb exploded in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The explosion damaged a second bus Aug.19 Truck bomb kills 17 including U.N. envoy  The U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello died in an explosion that ripped through the U.N HQ in Baghdad Aug.29 Cleric among 100 dead after mosque blast  Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim was the spiritual leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution Sep.6  Hamas founder wounded in airstrike Sep.20  Governing council member shot Sep.21  Blast near U.N. headquarters Sep.25 Shot politician dies from wounds Oct.16 Bomb kills 3 Americans Oct.27  35 killed in car bombs Nov.8   Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed  3 loud explosions rocked an affluent residential neighborhood of Muhaya. As many as 100 were wounded Nov.10  King vows to crush bombers Nov.12   26 dead in Italy HQ blast  At least 14 Italians and 8 Iraqis have been killed in a suicide bombing that leveled the Italian military headquarters Dec.14  20 killed by car bomb Dec.17  Saddam to stand trial in Iraq Dec.20  US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.22  Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister Dec.31  Fatal bomb blows up restaurant



Arab Countries, 2003 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2003 Feb.5   Powell made evidence presentation  Britain and France were at opposite ends of Security Council reaction after presentation of Iraq's noncooperation Mar.6  Arafat chooses prime minister Mar.17   Bush: Saddam has 48 hours to leave Iraq  U.S. President gave Iraqi President 48 hours for him and his sons to leave Iraq before military action begins Mar.21 U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher
Apr.9   Statue falls, Saddam's regime in disarray  The toppling of a giant bronze statue in Baghdad is being greeted as the symbolic crumbling of Saddam Hussein's regime Apr.11  U.S. issues Iraqi 'most-wanted' list Apr.14 Pressure mounts on Syria Apr.22 Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala Apr.30   New Mid-East peace plan launched  International mediators have presented their 'roadmap' to Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas May.17 Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers met May.22 Council lifts Iraq sanctions Jun.4   Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush  Sharon is backing the Palestinian state and says Israel will remove outposts, Abbas calls for end to intifada Jun.16 Inquiry into WMD claims Jun.22  Quartet resolute on Mideast peace Jul.2  Israel hands over Bethlehem Jul.13 Iraqi council acts for first time Jul.24 U.S. releases sons' death photos Jul.31  Saddam's daughters in Jordan Aug.1  Daughter: Saddam 'had a big heart' Aug.2  Saddam's sons buried in homeland Aug.15  Libya taking Lockerbie blame Aug.15 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies Sep.2  Thousands bid cleric farewell Sep.6 Abbas offers resignation Sep.7 Qurei nominated as Palestinian PM Sep.7 Bush to ask 87 billions more for Iraq Sep.11  Israel decided to 'remove' Arafat Sep.12  U.N. votes to lift Libya sanctions Sep.16  U.S. vetoes Arafat vote Sep.25 Shot politician dies from wounds Nov.11  Urgent Iraq talks Nov.14  Iraqis 'to govern by next summer' Nov.27   Bush makes surprise visit  President made an unannounced visit to Baghdad to spend part of Thanksgiving Day with U.S. troops Dec.5  Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.9   Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'  Companies from countries opposed to the conflict will be barred from bidding for new rebuilding contracts worth $18.6bn Dec.15  Bush promises Saddam fair trial Dec.18  Israel warns of unilateral moves Dec.20  N-watchdog meets Libyans