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01-22 Palestinians blow up border wall Gaza
C. 02-22 Turkish troops enter Iraq Northern Iraq
D. 02-28 Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip Gaza
E. 03-25 Iraq forces battle Basra militias Basra
F. 06-18 Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza Gaza
6. 07-14 President charged with genocide Sudan
H. 07-16 Israel swaps prisoners for bodies Israel
8. 09-25 Pirates seize ship carrying tanks Somalia
9. 11-17 Hijacked oil tanker nears Somalia Somalia

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Palestinians blow up border wall  Thousands of people fled after hearing explosions. Masked Palestinian gunmen blew holes in a border wall Turkish troops enter Iraq Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip Iraq forces battle Basra militias Aid workers free after Chad pardon Darfur deaths 'could be 300,000' Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May Factions sign peace deal 28 dead as fire engulfs plane   Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza  A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect at 6 a.m. local time, after both sides spent the previous day trading blows President charged with genocide Israel swaps prisoners for bodies Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger Bin Laden ex-driver found guilty Rice meets with Libya leader   Pirates seize ship carrying tanks  Ukraine: The ministry says Ukrainian-operated Faina was sailing with 21 people on board under the Belize flag, operated by Ukrainian company Kidnapped European tourists freed Hijacked oil tanker nears Somalia Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush   Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him Hamas declares Israel truce over   Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
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  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'.    Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 ot...





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January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Gunman kills U.S. diplomat, driver
Jan.12  Ban eased on Saddam-era officials
Jan.15  Israeli Gaza City raid kills 16
Jan.20  Gaza City plunged into darkness
Jan.22  
  Thousands of people fled after hearing explosions. Masked Palestinian gunmen blew holes in a border wall
 The Gazans rushed to buy food, fuel that have become scarce because of a blockade


February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1 Third undersea Internet cable cut  Female bombers kill 64 at markets Feb.2 Rebels move in on Chad capital Feb.4  Rebels withdraw from capital Feb.12  Spielberg boycotts Olympic role Feb.13 Blast kills top Hezbollah commander Feb.22     Turkish troops enter Iraq
  Turkish ground forces have crossed the border into northern Iraq to target Kurdish rebels to be sheltering there  Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire  'Surge' produces some results Feb.25  Turks claim 41 rebels killed Feb.28   Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip  Israeli forces have kept up attacks on the Strip, where they have killed at least 32 Palestinians, militants and civilians. Gazan drivers are staying at home

March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1  Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens Mar.6  Pair of bombs kills 53 Mar.13  Archbishop death condemned  Sudan and Chad strike peace deal Mar.17  Female suicide bomber kills 65 Mar.19  bin Laden message condemns Europe Mar.25   Iraq forces battle Basra militias
Map of Basra Iraq  Heavy fighting has been raging as thousands of Iraqi troops battle Shia militias in the southern city. British forces carried out air strikes Mar.27  Death toll climbs as fighting rages on Mar.31   Aid workers free after Chad pardon  6 French aid workers convicted of plotting to kidnap African children for adoption in Europe have been released from prison

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.11  Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City Apr.22   Darfur deaths 'could be 300,000'  UN head of humanitarian affairs John Holmes: An estimated 300,000 people may have died as a result of the conflict. That is an increase of 5... Apr.24 Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'
Apr.30  Air raid kills militants

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.4  Iraq First Lady survives bombing May.9 Hezbollah takes over west Beirut
May.10  Sudan cuts Chad ties over attack May.11  Hezbollah forces take revolt to mountains May.20  Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis May.25  MPs elect new president

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1   Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May  The number of deaths among Iraqi civilians, police and insurgents fell sharply, and the monthly death toll for U.S. troops hit its lowest since...  Australia ends operations in Iraq Jun.2  Syria agrees to nuclear probe Jun.7 Iraqi PM arrives for talks
Jun.9   Factions sign peace deal  The government has signed a peace deal with an opposition bloc aimed at ending 17 years of conflict in the country Jun.10   28 dead as fire engulfs plane   A jetliner burst into flames after landing. A defect the Sudan Airways plane caused it to catch fire as it touched down. Some passengers sur... Jun.15  Saudi oil output to rise in July Jun.17  Hamas sources say truce with Israel near  Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce'  Senior officer cleared in Haditha deaths Jun.18  Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce     Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza
  A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect at 6 a.m. local time, after both sides spent the previous day trading blows.    Under the terms, Israel will ease its blockade on Gaza and talks to release an Israeli sol...
Jun.21 Saudis to host oil price summit
Jun.22 Saudi Arabia to increase oil output Jun.24 First violation of Israeli, Hamas truce Jun.25  Hundreds held in Saudi terror swoop Jun.29  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1 African call for Zimbabwe unity
Jul.6 UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Jul.9  Attack kills 7 U.N. peacekeepers Jul.11 Sudanese president may be charged Jul.12 Syria, Lebanon to open embassies Jul.14     President charged with genocide   The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has filed charges against Omar Hassan al-Bashir for a campaign of violence in Darfur Jul.16     Israel swaps prisoners for bodies
  Israel identified the bodies it received from Hezbollah in a prisoner swap as those of two Israeli soldiers abducted in 2006  Militants get heroes' welcome home Jul.25  Five die in Gaza City explosion Jul.28  4 suicide bombers kill scores in Iraq Jul.31  UN extends Darfur peace mission

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.2     Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel   About 180 pro-Fatah Palestinians seeking refuge from a Hamas crackdown in Gaza City were allowed into Israel Aug.5   Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger  U.S. auditors: Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected 4-year budget surplus of up to $80 bi... Aug.6     Bin Laden ex-driver found guilty  A US military jury has convicted Salim Hamdan of supporting terrorism. The verdict is the first to be delivered in a full war crimes trial  Rengade officers stage coup Aug.7 U.S. troops may leave by 2011
Aug.23  City clears bodies after deadly clashes Aug.24  200 Palestinian prisoners to be freed Aug.26 Sudanese plane hijacked in Darfur

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.5     Rice meets with Libya leader  Secretary of State met with Moammar Gadhafi, who asked for the latest news on the hurricanes plaguing U.S. coasts in recent weeks Sep.6  Hundreds feared trapped in rockslide Sep.9 Bush reshuffles war-zone troops
Oil falls as Opec ministers meet Sep.10 Lawmaker killed in blast Sep.15  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.17 Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack  7 U.S. soldiers die in copter crash Sep.24  Deal over province elections Sep.25     Pirates seize ship carrying tanks
  Ukraine: The ministry says Ukrainian-operated Faina was sailing with 21 people on board under the Belize flag, operated by Ukrainian company
Sep.26  Damascus blast kills at least 17 Sep.29   Kidnapped European tourists freed  11 tourists and their Egyptian guides, who were kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Egypt were released unharmed

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.5 Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban Oct.11  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Oct.15  Pirates hijacked bulk carrier Oct.18  9 Chinese workers, 2 Sudanese kidnapped Oct.26  U.S. launch cross-border raid in Syria

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.10  Triple bombings kill at least 30 Nov.15  Gunmen seize cargo ship off Somalia Nov.16 Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal
Nov.17  Pirates capture Saudi oil tanker   Hijacked oil tanker nears Somalia  The Sirius Star, a giant Saudi tanker seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean, is nearing the coast of Somalia Nov.19 Pirate 'mother ship' left in flames Nov.23  Islamic fighters vow to rescue tanker Nov.27   Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future   After months of tough negotiations and intense political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers approved the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.4  Hebron settlers evicted by force Dec.5 5 Blackwater guards charged in deaths
Dec.11  Restaurant bomber kills 55 Dec.13  Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates' Dec.14     Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him.    Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after dur...
Dec.15  Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker Dec.16  Call for record Opec output cut Dec.17  UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July' Dec.18     Hamas declares Israel truce over  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday Dec.20  Iranian warships sent to Somali waters Dec.23  Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal Dec.24  Hamas launch more rockets into Israel Dec.25  German navy foils Somali pirates Dec.27     Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'
 Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 others were wounded. Gaza officials: Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, but women and children also died
Dec.28 Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels  Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day Dec.29 Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas President quits amid power struggle  Gaza death toll exceeds 375 Dec.30 Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire  Israel considers truce amid airstrikes Dec.31  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls  UN holds Gaza crisis discussion


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2008
Jan.15  Israeli Gaza City raid kills 16
Jan.22
  Thousands of people fled after hearing explosions. Masked Palestinian gunmen blew holes in a border wall
 The Gazans rushed to buy food, fuel that have become scarce because of a blockade
Feb.2 Rebels move in on Chad capital
Feb.4  Rebels withdraw from capital Feb.22   Turkish troops enter Iraq
  Turkish ground forces have crossed the border into northern Iraq to target Kurdish rebels to be sheltering there Feb.22  Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire Feb.22  'Surge' produces some results Feb.25  Turks claim 41 rebels killed Feb.28 Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip
  Israeli forces have kept up attacks on the Strip, where they have killed at least 32 Palestinians, militants and civilians. Gazan drivers are staying at home Mar.1  Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens Mar.13  Sudan and Chad strike peace deal Mar.25 Iraq forces battle Basra militias Map of Basra Iraq  Heavy fighting has been raging as thousands of Iraqi troops battle Shia militias in the southern city. British forces carried out air strikes Mar.27  Death toll climbs as fighting rages on Apr.11  Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City Apr.22 Darfur deaths 'could be 300,000'  UN head of humanitarian affairs John Holmes: An estimated 300,000 people may have died as a result of the conflict. That is an increase of 5... Apr.24 Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme' Apr.30  Air raid kills militants May.9 Hezbollah takes over west Beirut May.11  Hezbollah forces take revolt to mountains Jun.1 Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May  The number of deaths among Iraqi civilians, police and insurgents fell sharply, and the monthly death toll for U.S. troops hit its lowest since... Jun.1  Australia ends operations in Iraq Jun.2  Syria agrees to nuclear probe Jun.9 Factions sign peace deal  The government has signed a peace deal with an opposition bloc aimed at ending 17 years of conflict in the country Jun.17  Hamas sources say truce with Israel near Jun.17  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jun.17  Senior officer cleared in Haditha deaths Jun.18  Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce Jun.18   Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza
  A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect at 6 a.m. local time, after both sides spent the previous day trading blows.    Under the terms, Israel will ease its blockade on Gaza and talks to release an Israeli sol...
Jun.24 First violation of Israeli, Hamas truce
Jun.29  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal Jul.9  Attack kills 7 U.N. peacekeepers Jul.14   President charged with genocide   The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has filed charges against Omar Hassan al-Bashir for a campaign of violence in Darfur Jul.16   Israel swaps prisoners for bodies   Israel identified the bodies it received from Hezbollah in a prisoner swap as those of two Israeli soldiers abducted in 2006 Jul.31  UN extends Darfur peace mission Aug.2   Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel   About 180 pro-Fatah Palestinians seeking refuge from a Hamas crackdown in Gaza City were allowed into Israel Aug.6  Rengade officers stage coup Aug.7 U.S. troops may leave by 2011 Aug.23  City clears bodies after deadly clashes Aug.24  200 Palestinian prisoners to be freed Sep.9 Bush reshuffles war-zone troops Sep.15  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.17  7 U.S. soldiers die in copter crash Sep.25   Pirates seize ship carrying tanks
  Ukraine: The ministry says Ukrainian-operated Faina was sailing with 21 people on board under the Belize flag, operated by Ukrainian company
Oct.5 Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban
Oct.26  U.S. launch cross-border raid in Syria Nov.16 Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal Nov.19 Pirate 'mother ship' left in flames Nov.23  Islamic fighters vow to rescue tanker Dec.13  Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates' Dec.17  UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July' Dec.18   Hamas declares Israel truce over  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday Dec.20  Iranian warships sent to Somali waters Dec.24  Hamas launch more rockets into Israel Dec.25  German navy foils Somali pirates Dec.27   Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'
 Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 others were wounded. Gaza officials: Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, but women and children also died
Dec.28 Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels Dec.28  Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day Dec.29 Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas Dec.29  Gaza death toll exceeds 375 Dec.30 Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire Dec.30  Israel considers truce amid airstrikes Dec.31  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls Dec.31  UN holds Gaza crisis discussion



Arab Countries, 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.20  Gaza City plunged into darkness Feb.1 Third undersea Internet cable cut
Jun.10 28 dead as fire engulfs plane   A jetliner burst into flames after landing. A defect the Sudan Airways plane caused it to catch fire as it touched down. Some passengers sur... Sep.6  Hundreds feared trapped in rockslide Sep.17  7 U.S. soldiers die in copter crash



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2008 Feb.12  Spielberg boycotts Olympic role



Arab Countries, 2008 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.1 Third undersea Internet cable cut
Jun.15  Saudi oil output to rise in July Jun.21 Saudis to host oil price summit Jun.22 Saudi Arabia to increase oil output Jul.6 UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Aug.5 Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger  U.S. auditors: Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected 4-year budget surplus of up to $80 bi... Sep.9 Oil falls as Opec ministers meet Nov.17  Pirates capture Saudi oil tanker Dec.16  Call for record Opec output cut



Arab Countries, 2008 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.1  Gunman kills U.S. diplomat, driver Feb.1  Female bombers kill 64 at markets Feb.13 Blast kills top Hezbollah commander
Mar.6  Pair of bombs kills 53 Mar.13  Archbishop death condemned Mar.17  Female suicide bomber kills 65 Mar.19  bin Laden message condemns Europe Mar.31 Aid workers free after Chad pardon  6 French aid workers convicted of plotting to kidnap African children for adoption in Europe have been released from prison May.4  Iraq First Lady survives bombing Jun.17  Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis Jun.17  Senior officer cleared in Haditha deaths Jun.25  Hundreds held in Saudi terror swoop Jul.11 Sudanese president may be charged Jul.14   President charged with genocide   The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has filed charges against Omar Hassan al-Bashir for a campaign of violence in Darfur Jul.25  Five die in Gaza City explosion Jul.28  4 suicide bombers kill scores in Iraq Aug.6   Bin Laden ex-driver found guilty  A US military jury has convicted Salim Hamdan of supporting terrorism. The verdict is the first to be delivered in a full war crimes trial Aug.26 Sudanese plane hijacked in Darfur Sep.10 Lawmaker killed in blast Sep.17 Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack Sep.25   Pirates seize ship carrying tanks
  Ukraine: The ministry says Ukrainian-operated Faina was sailing with 21 people on board under the Belize flag, operated by Ukrainian company
Sep.26  Damascus blast kills at least 17 Sep.29 Kidnapped European tourists freed  11 tourists and their Egyptian guides, who were kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Egypt were released unharmed Oct.11  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Oct.15  Pirates hijacked bulk carrier Oct.18  9 Chinese workers, 2 Sudanese kidnapped Nov.10  Triple bombings kill at least 30 Nov.15  Gunmen seize cargo ship off Somalia Nov.17  Pirates capture Saudi oil tanker Nov.17 Hijacked oil tanker nears Somalia
  The Sirius Star, a giant Saudi tanker seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean, is nearing the coast of Somalia Nov.19 Pirate 'mother ship' left in flames Nov.23  Islamic fighters vow to rescue tanker Dec.5 5 Blackwater guards charged in deaths Dec.11  Restaurant bomber kills 55 Dec.13  Indian navy 'captures 23 pirates' Dec.18   Hamas declares Israel truce over  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday Dec.20  Iranian warships sent to Somali waters Dec.24  Hamas launch more rockets into Israel Dec.25  German navy foils Somali pirates



Arab Countries, 2008 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.12  Ban eased on Saddam-era officials Feb.12  Spielberg boycotts Olympic role Feb.22  Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire Mar.13  Archbishop death condemned Mar.13  Sudan and Chad strike peace deal Apr.24 Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'
May.10  Sudan cuts Chad ties over attack May.20  Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis May.25  MPs elect new president Jun.2  Syria agrees to nuclear probe Jun.7 Iraqi PM arrives for talks Jun.9 Factions sign peace deal  The government has signed a peace deal with an opposition bloc aimed at ending 17 years of conflict in the country Jun.17  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jun.21 Saudis to host oil price summit Jun.29  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal Jul.1 African call for Zimbabwe unity Jul.6 UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Jul.12 Syria, Lebanon to open embassies Jul.16  Militants get heroes' welcome home Jul.31  UN extends Darfur peace mission Aug.5 Iraq's projected $80b surplus stirs anger  U.S. auditors: Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected 4-year budget surplus of up to $80 bi... Sep.5   Rice meets with Libya leader  Secretary of State met with Moammar Gadhafi, who asked for the latest news on the hurricanes plaguing U.S. coasts in recent weeks Sep.15  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.24  Deal over province elections Oct.5 Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban Oct.11  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Nov.16 Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal Nov.27 Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future   After months of tough negotiations and intense political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers approved the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement Dec.4  Hebron settlers evicted by force Dec.14   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him.    Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after dur...
Dec.15  Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker Dec.23  Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal Dec.29 President quits amid power struggle Dec.31  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls Dec.31  UN holds Gaza crisis discussion