Monday, March 21, 2005


Jan. 29, 2002

In his State of the Union address, President Bush vows to prevent Iran, Iraq and North Korea from ever acquiring weapons of mass destruction. "States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil arming to threaten the peace of the world," Mr. Bush tells Congress.

March, 2002

Vice President Dick Cheney receives a public warning from Jordanian King Abdullah II that expanding the terrorism war to Iraq could destabilize the region and undermine gains in Afghanistan. Cheney receives similar cautions during this whirlwind trip of the Middle East.

May 14, 2002

In a victory for the United States, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approves an overhaul of sanctions against Iraq; the resolution aims to tighten the 11-year-old military embargo on Saddam's regime while easing the flow of civilian goods into the poverty-stricken nation.

July 5, 2002

In talks with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Iraq rejects weapons inspections proposals.

Aug. 1, 2002

In a letter to Annan, Iraq invites Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix to Iraq for technical discussions on remaining disarmament issues.

Aug. 6, 2002

Annan writes to Iraqis pointing out that what they are proposing is at odds with U.N. resolutions and asks that Iraq accept inspections.

Aug. 26, 2002

Vice President Dick Cheney warns of grave consequences from not acting quickly against Saddam. He says the logic of those who argue against a pre-emptive strike is "deeply flawed."

Sept. 12, 2002

In a major speech to the United Nations, President Bush urges world leaders to take a tough stand with Iraq on weapons inspections. Mr. Bush makes it clear that if the U.N. is unwilling to act, the United States will.

Sept. 16, 2002

In a letter to Annan, Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri says Baghdad will allow the return of weapons inspectors to "remove any doubts" it still has weapons of mass destruction. The offer is quickly dismissed by Washington as a tactical ploy.

Oct. 16, 2002

The president signs a Congressional resolution allowing the use of military force, if necessary, to compel Iraq to get rid of its biological and chemical weapons and disband its nuclear weapons program. The resolution was passed by strong margins in both the House and Senate.

Nov. 8, 2002

In a surprisingly unanimous vote, the U.N. Security Council approves a tough new resolution aimed at forcing Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences" that would almost certainly mean war.

Nov. 13, 2002

Iraq grudgingly accepts the U.N.'s demands in a bitterly worded letter to the secretary-general. The letter attacks the plan at length and reiterates that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction. A day earlier, Iraq's parliament recommended that Saddam reject the resolution.

Dec. 19, 2002

After reviewing Iraq's weapons declaration, top weapons inspectors report it contains gaps and inconsistencies. Blix said there was "relatively little given in the declaration by way of evidence concerning the programs of weapons of mass destruction."

Feb. 14, 2003

Reporting on the inspections in Iraq, Blix tells the U.N. Security Council his team has not found any weapons of mass destruction and interviews with scientists have been useful.

March 7, 2003

Addressing a pivotal meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Blix says Iraq "can be seen as active, or even proactive," in its cooperation to disarm. His presentation ushers in a final round of diplomatic activity on the road to possible war.

March 17, 2003

Facing a bitterly-divided Security Council, the U.S., Britain and Spain abandon efforts to win U.N. backing for a war. In a nationally televised address that follows, President Bush gives Saddam 48 hours to flee Iraq or face a U.S.-led invasion.

March 19-20, 2003

The opening salvos of war arrive with a series of bombs aimed at Saddam and his men in Baghdad. The attacks involve more than 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles as well as bombs dropped from two F-117A Nighthawk stealth jets, military officials said.

April 9, 2003

Without fanfare and with scarcely a shot fired, American armor rolls into the center of Baghdad, liberating the city as Iraqis celebrate in the streets. The U.S. military declares Saddam's collapsing government no longer controls the capital.

April 11, 2003

In his first comments since the fall of Baghdad, President Bush says he doesn't know if Saddam is dead or alive, "but I do know he's not in power." He stops short of declaring victory, saying there are still military objectives to be met.

May 1, 2003

President Bush, speaking on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, declares "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."

May 12, 2003

Longtime State Department official L. Paul Bremer replaces Retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner as head of the interim administration in Iraq.

July 13, 2003

A U.S.-appointed 25-member national governing council of prominent Iraqis from diverse political and religious backgrounds takes office.

July 22, 2003

Qusai Hussein, Saddam's son and heir apparent, is killed along with older brother Odai in a gunbattle with U.S. troops.

Aug. 7, 2003

A bomb explodes outside the Jordanian Embassy, throwing cars onto rooftops and killing 19 people.

Aug. 19, 2003

A truck bomb hits U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. The U.N. mission subsequently quits Iraq.

Aug. 29, 2003

A car bomb explodes at Iraq's holiest shrine during Friday prayers, killing top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim.

Sept. 3, 2003

Military control of a huge swath of Iraq is handed over to Polish forces; members of Iraq's new Cabinet are sworn in.

Oct. 27, 2003

Four suicide bombers target Red Cross headquarters and four Iraqi police stations in Baghdad, killing 40.

Nov. 12, 2003

A suicide bomber attacks the headquarters of Italy's paramilitary police in the southern city of Nasiriyah, killing more than 30.

Nov. 15, 2003

Paul Bremer and the Iraqi Governing Council agree on a plan to transfer power to a provisional Iraqi government on July 1, 2004.

Dec. 13, 2003

U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein hiding in a "spider hole" in Adwar, 10 miles south of Tikrit.

Jan. 28, 2004

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, dogged by failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, is cleared of wrongdoing in the suicide of British weapons inspector David Kelly.

Feb. 1, 2004

Twin suicide bombers kill 109 at two Kurdish party offices in the northern city of Irbil.

Feb. 2-3, 2004

President Bush and the British government order separate investigations into intelligence failures in Iraq.

Feb. 10, 2004

A truck bomb explodes outside a police station in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Baghdad, killing 53.

Feb. 11, 2004

A car bomb blows up amid a crowd of Iraqis waiting outside an army recruiting center in Baghdad, killing 47.

March 2, 2004

A series of coordinated blasts kill 181 people at shrines in Karbala and Baghdad, as thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gather for a religious festival.

March 8, 2004

The Iraqi Governing Council signs an interim constitution for the country.

June 17, 2004

The commission investigating 9/11 says there was no evidence of a "collaborative relationship" between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, a conclusion that runs counter to repeated assertions by President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials.

June 18, 2004

Russian president Vladimir Putin says Russia gave the Bush administration intelligence indicating Saddam's regime was plotting terror attacks on the U.S. at home and abroad. But a U.S. official says the information did not add to already existing information.

June 28, 2004

The U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority transfers control to an interim Iraqi government, two days earlier than expected. The new leaders are to run most day-to-day activities and plan for January 2005 elections. The United States remains in control of Iraqi security.

Jan. 30, 2005

Iraq's holds its first free elections in more than 50 years. The voting is hailed as a success around the globe, and the Iraqi electoral commission says national turnout is about 60 percent.

Feb. 17, 2005

Iraq's electoral commission certifies the election results, allocating 140 seats to the clergy-backed United Iraqi Alliance, giving them a majority in the new parliament. It sets the stage for the new National Assembly, which will be in power for 10 months and draft a new constitution.

March 16, 2005

Iraq's first freely elected parliament in half a century holds its opening session, meeting under tight security and despite nearby explosions targeting the gathering. Interim President Ghazi al-Yawer, a Sunni Arab, urges members to unify, saying "We either all win or we all lose."

Collected by me....


Blogger membrain said...

Excellent post Saleem. Good to see you back blogging. Step by step Iraq is on the march to freedom

23/3/05 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saleem, great post. Thanks for the time you spend doing this. We all enjoy reading. Hope school is going well for you,

24/3/05 11:00 PM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...


That's a great timetable you put for us.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

25/3/05 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Don Cox said...

Thanks for the research.

Do you have any figures for deaths and injuries in traffic accidents before and after the invasion?

Not injuries caused by bombs etc but ordinary accidents.

The number of cars on the road is said to have increased greatly.

1/4/05 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Bill Hedrick said...

The last quote remindsme of Benjamin Franklin, "We must all hang together or we will hang separately."

2/4/05 12:06 PM  

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