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B. 01-05 Suicide bombings kill 23 Tel Aviv
2. 02-19 Military plane crash kills 302 Iran
03-19 U.S. Launches War Against Iraq Iraq
4. 04-09 Baghdad falls to US forces Baghdad
F. 04-09 Statue falls, Saddam's regime in disarray Baghdad
G. 04-30 New Mid-East peace plan launched Israel
H. 05-01 Children trapped in quake Turkey
I. 06-04 Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush Jordan
9. 07-22 Saddam's sons killed in raid Mosul

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 Children trapped in quake Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush 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 Terror blast kills 19 in Haifa Bomb attacks kill 30 Saddam captured  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air 28,000 dead after earthquake Map of Bam Iran
Suicide bombings kill 23 Military plane crash kills 302 U.S. Launches War Against Iraq
Jan.5   Tel Aviv
Jan.6  Baghdad  No 'smoking gun' in Iraq
Jan.8  Turkey  Plane crashes, 75 dead, 5 survivors
Jan.16  Iraq  U.N. finds empty warheads
Jan.25  Gaza  12 Palestinians killed
Jan.28  Jerusalem  Sharon wins election, calls for unity
Feb.11  Qatar  bin Laden tape a call to arms
Feb.19   Iran
Feb.27  Baghdad  Iraq says it will destroy missiles
Mar.1  Turkey  Turkey fails to approve US deployment
Mar.5  Northern Israel  Bomb blast kills 15
Mar.6  West Bank  Arafat chooses prime minister
Mar.9  Turkey  Erdogan set to be PM
 Iran  'Extremely advanced' nuclear program
Mar.19   Iraq
  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  Mosul  Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south
Mar.21  Baghdad  Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad
 Baghdad  U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher
Mar.22  Kuwait  Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
Mar.23  Iraq  10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender
Mar.24  Iraq  U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad
Mar.26  Kurdistan  1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield
Mar.28  Kuwait  Explosion rocks Kuwait City
Mar.29  Iraq  Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers
Mar.30  Israel  Blast wounds 49 in Netanya
Mar.31  Iraq  Civilians die in checkpoint drama
Apr.1  Iraq  Major ground offensive towards Baghdad
Apr.4  Baghdad  U.S troops enter Baghdad
Apr.6  Baghdad  US troops attack central Baghdad
 Iraq  British found body of 'Chemical Ali'
Apr.7  Basra  British taking control of Basra
 Iraq  Airstrike targets senior Iraqi officials
Apr.9   Baghdad
  Baghdad
Apr.11  Mosul  Chaos as Mosul falls to Kurds
 Baghdad  U.S. issues Iraqi 'most-wanted' list
Apr.12  Iraq  Saddam aide surrenders
Apr.13  Sunni Triangle  US rescues soldiers held by Iraq
Apr.14  Sunni Triangle  U.S. troops sweep into Tikrit
 Syria  Pressure mounts on Syria
Apr.15  Iraq  U.S. captures Abu Abbas
Apr.22  Iraq  Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala
Apr.24  Iraq  Deputy PM Tariq Aziz in custody
Apr.26  Iraq  14 feared dead in ammo blast
Apr.29  Sunni Triangle  Shootout kills 'at least 15'
 Tel Aviv  Four dead in terror bombing
Apr.30   Israel
May.1   Turkey
May.12  Saudi Arabia  al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts
May.17  Jerusalem  Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers met
 Jerusalem  8 killed in bus attack
May.23  Jerusalem  Israel ready to accept steps in 'road map'
May.25  Jerusalem  Cabinet OKs road map
Jun.4   Jordan
Jun.11  Jerusalem  Suicide blast hits bus, 17 killed
Jun.12  Gaza  Israeli attack kills 7
Jun.13  Tehran  Militia attack Tehran protesters
Jun.15  Tehran  6th night of protests
Jun.16  Iraq  U.S. begins new military operation
Jun.18  Sunni Triangle  Leading Saddam aide caught
Jun.22  Jordan  Quartet resolute on Mideast peace
Jun.24  Southern Iraq  6 British troops killed
Jun.25  West Bank  Militants offer truce
Jun.29  Gaza  Palestinian militants announce cease-fire
Jul.2  West Bank  Israel hands over Bethlehem
Jul.3  Baghdad  U.S. offers $25 million reward for Saddam
Jul.13  Iraq  Iraqi council acts for first time
Jul.22   Mosul
Jul.24  Iraq  U.S. releases sons' death photos
Jul.31  Jordan  Saddam's daughters in Jordan
Aug.1  Jordan  Daughter: Saddam 'had a big heart'
Aug.2  Iraq  Saddam's sons buried in homeland
Aug.7   Baghdad
Aug.15  Saudi Arabia  Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies
Aug.19   Jerusalem
  Baghdad
Aug.21  Iraq  'Chemical Ali' in U.S. custody
Aug.29   Iraq
Sep.2  Iraq  Thousands bid cleric farewell
Sep.6  West Bank  Abbas offers resignation
 Gaza  Hamas founder wounded in airstrike
Sep.7  West Bank  Qurei nominated as Palestinian PM
Sep.9  Tel Aviv  Suicide bombers kill 13
Sep.11  Jerusalem  Israel decided to 'remove' Arafat
Sep.12  Iraq  U.S. fire kills Iraqi police
Sep.20  Iraq  Governing council member shot
Sep.21  Baghdad  Blast near U.N. headquarters
Sep.25  Iraq  Shot politician dies from wounds
Oct.4   Northern Israel
Oct.5  Syria  Israeli strike on Syria
Oct.10  Iran  Rights activist Ebadi wins Nobel
Oct.16  Gaza  Bomb kills 3 Americans
Oct.26  Baghdad  Rockets Hit Wolfowitz's Hotel
Oct.27  Baghdad  35 killed in car bombs
Nov.2  Iraq  U.S. helicopter down, killing 15 troops
Nov.8  Saudi Arabia  Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed
Nov.12  Iraq  26 dead in Italy HQ blast
Nov.14  Baghdad  Iraqis 'to govern by next summer'
Nov.15  Mosul  2 US helicopters downed
Nov.20   Turkey
Nov.27  Baghdad  Bush makes surprise visit
Nov.29  Iraq  Deadliest month for coalition so far
Nov.30  Northern Iraq  46 ambushers killed by U.S. forces
Dec.9  Iraq  Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'
Dec.14   Sunni Triangle
Dec.18  Jerusalem  Israel warns of unilateral moves
Dec.22  Jerusalem  Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister
Dec.25  Tel Aviv  Suicide bomber kills 4
  Southern Iran
  The earthquake is destroying most of the ancient city of Bam. More than 30,000 were injured.    Aid workers caring for 100,000 survivors are calling for more help. Iran's president welcomed the US. 80% of Bam's mud...
Dec.31  Baghdad  Fatal bomb blows up restaurant



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February 2003
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March 2003
Turkey fails to approve US deployment
'Extremely advanced' nuclear program
U.S. Launches War Against Iraq
Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad
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Turkey fails to approve US deployment
U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher
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April 2003
U.S troops enter Baghdad
British taking control of Basra
Baghdad falls to US forces
Chaos as Mosul falls to Kurds
US rescues soldiers held by Iraq
Deputy PM Tariq Aziz in custody
Statue falls, Saddam's regime in disarray
Pressure mounts on Syria
Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala
New Mid-East peace plan launched
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al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts
Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers met
Cabinet OKs road map
al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts
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June 2003
U.S. begins new military operation
Palestinian militants announce cease-fire
Suicide blast hits bus, 17 killed
Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush
Militia attack Tehran protesters
Suicide blast hits bus, 17 killed
Suicide blast hits bus, 17 killed
July 2003
Saddam's sons killed in raid
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Iraqi council acts for first time
U.S. releases sons' death photos
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Bomb at Jordanian Embassy
Powerful bus bomb killed 21
Truck bomb kills 17 including U.N. envoy
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies
Bomb at Jordanian Embassy
Powerful bus bomb killed 21
Truck bomb kills 17 including U.N. envoy
Bomb at Jordanian Embassy
Powerful bus bomb killed 21
Truck bomb kills 17 including U.N. envoy
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Shot politician dies from wounds
Abbas offers resignation
Qurei nominated as Palestinian PM
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October 2003
Israeli strike on Syria
Terror blast kills 19 in Haifa
Bomb kills 3 Americans
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Bomb kills 3 Americans
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Bomb kills 3 Americans
November 2003
Deadliest month for coalition so far
Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed
26 dead in Italy HQ blast
Bomb attacks kill 30
Bush makes surprise visit
Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed
26 dead in Italy HQ blast
Bomb attacks kill 30
Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed
26 dead in Italy HQ blast
Bomb attacks kill 30
December 2003
Saddam captured
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January 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jan.5   Tel Aviv  
  2 nearly simultaneous suicide bombings rocked central Tel Aviv. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility
Jan.6   Baghdad No 'smoking gun' in Iraq
Jan.8  Jerusalem  Sharon rejects corruption charge   Turkey Plane crashes, 75 dead, 5 survivors Jan.16   Iraq   U.N. finds empty warheads  One team discovered empty chemical warheads. Inspectors paid visit to the private homes of Iraqi scientists Jan.17  Baghdad  Saddam: 'New Mongols' face defeat Jan.25  Baghdad  Scientists refuse U.N. talks   Gaza 12 Palestinians killed Jan.26  Israel  Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel Jan.28   Jerusalem     Sharon wins election, calls for unity  Prime Minister has hailed Likud Party's triumph as 'historic' and said he will seek to create a broad-based government

February 2003 ... more > Top ^
Feb.8  Baghdad  Blix hails 'useful' Baghdad talks Feb.10  West Bank  Israel shuts West Bank, Gaza Feb.11   Qatar bin Laden tape a call to arms
Feb.12  Iraq  UN report: Iraq's missiles fly too far Feb.15  Gaza  Bomb kills 4 Israeli soldiers Feb.19   Iran   Military plane crash kills 302
  The plane was carrying 284 members of Islamic Revolutionary Guard and 18 crew members
Feb.25  Baghdad  Saddam: I will die in Iraq Feb.27   Baghdad Iraq says it will destroy missiles


March 2003 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1   Turkey     Turkey fails to approve US deployment  Parliament voted 264-250 in favour of the deployment, but the motion required more than half of those present Mar.2  Gulf  Gulf states say Saddam should go Mar.5   Northern Israel Bomb blast kills 15
Mar.6   West Bank Arafat chooses prime minister Mar.9   Turkey Erdogan set to be PM   Iran     'Extremely advanced' nuclear program  U.N. inspectors have discovered that uranium-enrichment facility violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Mar.16  Kuwait  U.N. halts Iraqi border mission Mar.18  Baghdad  Saddam rejects Bush ultimatum Mar.19   Iraq     U.S. Launches War Against Iraq
  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   Mosul Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south  Kuwait  U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed Mar.21   Baghdad   Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad  Thunderous explosions are setting buildings ablaze and shooting clouds of smoke into the sky   Baghdad     U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher  Saddam Hussein is seen being placed into an ambulance in photographs showing 'panicked digging' at the bunker  Iraq  Thousands of Iraqi Soldiers Surrender Mar.22  Iraq  Coalition forces securing south   Kuwait Soldier detained in attack on Army camp  Iraq  RAF aircraft 'hit by US missile' Mar.23   Iraq   10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender  Pentagon: A group of fewer than 10 soldiers have been captured or killed by Iraqi military forces Mar.24   Iraq   U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad  Ground troops moving from the north, south, and west; precision-guided bombs are reducing key targets into rubble Mar.25  Iraq  Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance  Iraq  Huge battle in Euphrates valley Mar.26   Kurdistan 1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield Mar.27  Baghdad  Bombs Target Presidential Compound Mar.28   Kuwait Explosion rocks Kuwait City Mar.29   Iraq Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers Mar.30   Israel Blast wounds 49 in Netanya  Qatar  Iraq war 'on track' Mar.31   Iraq Civilians die in checkpoint drama

April 2003 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1   Iraq Major ground offensive towards Baghdad
 Iraq  Saddam a no-show for address Apr.2  Baghdad  U.S. forces within 25 miles of Baghdad  Iraq  2 US aircraft downed over Iraq Apr.4   Baghdad   U.S troops enter Baghdad  U.S. soldiers and tanks are operating inside the city on a reconnaissance mission Apr.5  Baghdad  U.S. troops fighting in Baghdad Apr.6  Kurdistan  Friendly fire attack kills 18   Baghdad US troops attack central Baghdad   Iraq British found body of 'Chemical Ali' Apr.7   Basra   British taking control of Basra  British forces are setting up a base inside Iraq's second-largest city. 3 British soldiers were killed   Iraq Airstrike targets senior Iraqi officials Apr.8  Baghdad  Fierce battles erupt in Baghdad  Baghdad  U.S. says Baghdad resistance crumbling Apr.9   Baghdad   Baghdad falls to US forces
  A looting breaks out amid scenes of jubilation. U.S. troops tear down a statue of Saddam
  Baghdad     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.10  Iraq  Clerics killed at Shiite shrine Apr.11   Mosul   Chaos as Mosul falls to Kurds  Widespread looting has broken out, after the Iraqi army abandoned the city. People picking up banknotes from the street   Baghdad U.S. issues Iraqi 'most-wanted' list  Yemen  Cole bomb suspects in jailbreak  Baghdad  Baghdad descends into chaos Apr.12   Iraq Saddam aide surrenders  Baghdad  US pledges to control looters Apr.13   Sunni Triangle   US rescues soldiers held by Iraq   Marines came across the prisoners near the town of Samarra while moving up the highway towards Tikrit Apr.14   Sunni Triangle   U.S. troops sweep into Tikrit  The fight over Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit was the only 'significant' combat action going on   Syria     Pressure mounts on Syria  U.S. and British are accusing Syria of developing chemical weapons and warning not to harbor members of Saddam's regime Apr.15  Baghdad  Meeting for new civil authority   Iraq U.S. captures Abu Abbas Apr.17  Sunni Triangle  Saddam's half-brother 'captured' Apr.20  Iraq  Saddam son-in-law surrenders Apr.21  Iraq  U.S. arrests former Iraq PM  Iraq  Clerics challenge US rule Apr.22   Iraq   Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala  Exuberant Shiite Muslims are reviving a religious tradition that was not allowed under Saddam Hussein Apr.24   Iraq   Deputy PM Tariq Aziz in custody  Aziz was often the public face of the regime on the international stage. He was No. 43 on the list of the most-wanted Iraqis Apr.26   Iraq 14 feared dead in ammo blast Apr.28  Baghdad  Interim government to start within month  Iraq  Ex-oil minister gives up Apr.29   Sunni Triangle Shootout kills 'at least 15'   Tel Aviv Four dead in terror bombing Apr.30   Israel     New Mid-East peace plan launched
  International mediators have presented their 'roadmap' to Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas
 Turkey  Scores dead in quake

May 2003 ... more > Top ^
May.1   Turkey   Children trapped in quake
  A frantic search is continuing for 200 children trapped under the debris of their school dormitory
May.2  Turkey  Hopes fade for pupils May.5  Iraq  Iraqi woman biologist held May.11  Jerusalem  Powell meets Sharon and Abbas May.12   Saudi Arabia   al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts  As result of vehicles detonating blasts tore through at least 3 compounds housing Americans May.17   Jerusalem   Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers met   A suicide bomber killed 2 Jewish settlers in the city of Hebron   Jerusalem 8 killed in bus attack May.19  Northern Israel  Suicide bombing kills 3 in shopping mall May.23   Jerusalem Israel ready to accept steps in 'road map' May.25   Jerusalem   Cabinet OKs road map  The 12-7 vote, with 4 abstentions, is the first time the government has accepted the principle of a Palestinian state  Turkey  Spanish troops killed in crash May.26  Jerusalem  Sharon signals 'occupation' end May.27  Iran  US steps up pressure on Iran May.29  Jerusalem  Sharon-Abbas meeting candid, beneficial

June 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jun.3  Egypt  Bush meets Arab leaders Jun.4   Jordan     Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush
  Sharon is backing the Palestinian state and says Israel will remove outposts, Abbas calls for end to intifada
Jun.7  Gaza  7 dead in gun battle Jun.10  Gaza  Israeli gunships fire at vehicle Jun.11   Jerusalem     Suicide blast hits bus, 17 killed  Dozens of people were injured during rush-hour. Hamas said it carried out the bombing  Gaza  Helicopter gunship killed 6 Jun.12   Gaza Israeli attack kills 7 Jun.13   Tehran   Militia attack Tehran protesters  Security forces and hardliners have clashed with large crowds who were protesting against clerical rule Jun.14  Israel  Israelis, Palestinians hold 'positive' meeting  Sunni Triangle  US forces 'storm flashpoint town' Jun.15   Tehran 6th night of protests Jun.16   Iraq     U.S. begins new military operation  Troops target Baath party loyalists, terrorists and criminals and delivers humanitarian aid outside Baghdad Jun.18   Sunni Triangle Leading Saddam aide caught Jun.19  West Bank  Israel takes on Jewish settlers Jun.20  Jerusalem  Powell: Hamas 'enemy of peace'  Baghdad  Captive: Saddam survived bombings Jun.21  West Bank  Israelis kill a Hamas leader Jun.22   Jordan Quartet resolute on Mideast peace Jun.23  West Bank  100 Hamas members arrested in Hebron Jun.24   Southern Iraq 6 British troops killed Jun.25   West Bank Militants offer truce Jun.26  Iraq  'Comical Ali' resurfaces Jun.27  Gaza  Hamas leader signals truce Jun.28  Israel  Israelis, Palestinians invited to DC by Rice Jun.29   Gaza     Palestinian militants announce cease-fire  Hamas and Islamic Jihad have agreed to a 3-month cessation of violence against Israelis  Gaza  Palestinians take charge

July 2003 ... more > Top ^
Jul.2   West Bank Israel hands over Bethlehem
Jul.3   Baghdad U.S. offers $25 million reward for Saddam Jul.4  Iraq  Purported Saddam tape urges resistance Jul.6  Baghdad  2 US soldiers killed Jul.13   Iraq   Iraqi council acts for first time  New governing council cancels all holidays 'linked to the old dictatorial regime' and name April 9, as a new national holiday Jul.22   Mosul     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   Iraq   U.S. releases sons' death photos  The provisional authority has released photographs it said were of Uday and Qusay, aimed at convincing skeptical Iraqis  Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia denies terror links Jul.26  Iraq  Attack kills 3 US troops Jul.27  Sunni Triangle  U.S.: Military closing in on Saddam Jul.29  Iraq  Purported voice of Saddam mourns sons Jul.31   Jordan Saddam's daughters in Jordan

August 2003 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1   Jordan Daughter: Saddam 'had a big heart'
Aug.2   Iraq Saddam's sons buried in homeland  West Bank  Palestinians arrest Arafat HQ militants Aug.7   Baghdad     Bomb at Jordanian Embassy
  A car bomb has exploded killing up to 10 people -- including 5 Iraqi guards -- and injuring about 40 others
Aug.10  Southern Lebanon  Israelis retaliate in south Lebanon Aug.15   Saudi Arabia   Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies  Idi Amin, who had lived for years in exile, is blamed for the murders of tens of thousands of Ugandans in the 1970s Aug.16  Iraq  Fire halts flow of oil Aug.19  Kurdistan  Saddam deputy captured   Jerusalem   Powerful bus bomb killed 21
  The bomb exploded in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The explosion damaged a second bus
  Baghdad   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.20  West Bank  Israel raids West Bank cities Aug.21   Iraq 'Chemical Ali' in U.S. custody  Gaza  Hamas ends cease-fire Aug.22  Gaza  Palestinians protest leader's death  Basra  3 British soldiers killed in Basra Aug.24  Iraq  Bomb kills 3 bodyguards of Shiite leader  Gaza  Israeli attack kills 4 Hamas members Aug.29   Iraq   Cleric among 100 dead after mosque blast
  Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim was the spiritual leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution
Aug.30  Iraq  4 arrested over Najaf bombing

September 2003 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1  Iraq  Najaf braces for ayatollah's funeral Sep.2   Iraq Thousands bid cleric farewell Sep.6   West Bank     Abbas offers resignation  Arafat told Palestinian legislators he had accepted Prime Minister offer to resign   Gaza Hamas founder wounded in airstrike Sep.7   West Bank   Qurei nominated as Palestinian PM  The nominee, proposed by Arafat, is the parliamentary speaker Sep.9   Tel Aviv Suicide bombers kill 13 Sep.10  Qatar  Bin Laden tape raises fear of new attacks Sep.11   Jerusalem Israel decided to 'remove' Arafat Sep.12   Iraq U.S. fire kills Iraqi police Sep.13  Sunni Triangle  Anti-U.S. chants, gunshots mark funerals Sep.15  Saudi Arabia  Prison fire kills 67 inmates Sep.18  Iraq  3 US troops 'killed in Iraq attack' Sep.19  Mosul  Former defense minister surrenders Sep.20   Iraq Governing council member shot Sep.21   Baghdad Blast near U.N. headquarters Sep.25   Iraq     Shot politician dies from wounds  Iraqi Governing Council member Akila al-Hashimi died 5 days after an attack on her convoy

October 2003 ... more > Top ^
Oct.4   Northern Israel     Terror blast kills 19 in Haifa
Map of Haifa Israel
  More than 50 people were wounded in suicide bombing at a crowded Arab-owned Maxim restaurant
Oct.5   Syria     Israeli strike on Syria  Concern is growing that the air strike on a Palestinian training camp could heighten already-strained tensions Oct.6  Turkey  Cabinet backs Iraq troops Oct.8  Iraq  2,000 Shiites protest cleric's arrest  Sadr City  Blast hits police station, killing 8 Oct.9  West Bank  New Palestinian cabinet in crisis Oct.10   Iran Rights activist Ebadi wins Nobel Oct.12  Baghdad  2-Car Suicide Bombing Kills 6 Oct.16   Gaza   Bomb kills 3 Americans  A roadside bomb went off beneath a convoy carrying U.S. diplomats, killing 3 American members of a security  Iraq  4 Jordanians Killed at U.S. Checkpoint Oct.20  Jordan  PM Resigns Oct.26   Baghdad Rockets Hit Wolfowitz's Hotel Oct.27   Baghdad 35 killed in car bombs Oct.28  Iran  Iran 'won't extradite terrorists' Oct.29  Baghdad  Red Cross to reduce Iraq staff Oct.31  Iraq  U.S. warns of 'day of resistance' in Iraq

November 2003 ... more > Top ^
Nov.2   Iraq U.S. helicopter down, killing 15 troops
Nov.3  Baghdad  Blasts hit 'Green Zone' Nov.6  Sunni Triangle  6 killed in U.S. helicopter crash near Tikrit Nov.8  Baghdad  Red Cross pulling out of Baghdad   Saudi Arabia     Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed  3 loud explosions rocked an affluent residential neighborhood of Muhaya. As many as 100 were wounded Nov.10  Saudi Arabia  King vows to crush bombers Nov.12   Iraq     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  Sunni Triangle  U.S. boosts offensive   Baghdad Iraqis 'to govern by next summer' Nov.15   Mosul 2 US helicopters downed Nov.17  Sunni Triangle  US hits targets near Saddam town Nov.20   Turkey   Bomb attacks kill 30
  The bombings on the British consulate and a London-based bank coincided with a visit to Britain by Bush and were blamed on al Qaeda
Nov.27   Baghdad     Bush makes surprise visit  President made an unannounced visit to Baghdad to spend part of Thanksgiving Day with U.S. troops Nov.29   Iraq     Deadliest month for coalition so far  98 coalition troops died in Iraq this month, according to coalition military officials, including 79 American troops  Iraq  7 Spanish agents killed in ambush Nov.30   Northern Iraq 46 ambushers killed by U.S. forces


December 2003 ... more > Top ^
Dec.2  Northern Iraq  US raid 'targets Saddam deputy' Dec.5  Northern Iraq  Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.9   Iraq   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   Sunni Triangle     Saddam captured
  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air
 Sunni Triangle  20 killed by car bomb Dec.17  Baghdad  Saddam to stand trial in Iraq Dec.18   Jerusalem Israel warns of unilateral moves Dec.20  Gulf  US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.22   Jerusalem Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister Dec.25   Tel Aviv Suicide bomber kills 4   Southern Iran   28,000 dead after earthquake Map of Bam Iran
  The earthquake is destroying most of the ancient city of Bam. More than 30,000 were injured
 Aid workers caring for 100,000 survivors are calling for more help. Iran's president welcomed the US. 80% of Bam's mud-brick buildings were flattened. President Khatami pledged to rebuild Bam's 2,000-year-old citadel ''whatever the cost'
Dec.27  Iraq  Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens  Southern Iran  Hopes of finding quake survivors fade Dec.29  Southern Iran  Khamenei pledges to rebuild quake city Dec.30  Iran  Quake toll rises to 30,000 Dec.31   Baghdad Fatal bomb blows up restaurant


No 'smoking gun' in Iraq U.N. finds empty warheads  One team discovered empty chemical warheads. Inspectors paid visit to the private homes of Iraqi scientists 12 Palestinians killed Military plane crash kills 302




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Jan.6   Baghdad
Jan.16   Iraq
Jan.25  Baghdad  Scientists refuse U.N. talks
Jan.25   Gaza
Jan.26  Israel  Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel
Feb.12  Iraq  UN report: Iraq's missiles fly too far
Feb.15  Gaza  Bomb kills 4 Israeli soldiers
Feb.19   Iran
  The plane was carrying 284 members of Islamic Revolutionary Guard and 18 crew members
Feb.27   Baghdad Iraq says it will destroy missiles
Mar.1   Turkey   Turkey fails to approve US deployment  Parliament voted 264-250 in favour of the deployment, but the motion required more than half of those present Mar.9   Iran   'Extremely advanced' nuclear program  U.N. inspectors have discovered that uranium-enrichment facility violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Mar.16  Kuwait  U.N. halts Iraqi border mission Mar.19   Iraq   U.S. Launches War Against Iraq
  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   Mosul Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south
Mar.20  Kuwait  U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed Mar.21   Baghdad Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad  Thunderous explosions are setting buildings ablaze and shooting clouds of smoke into the sky Mar.21  Iraq  Thousands of Iraqi Soldiers Surrender Mar.22  Iraq  Coalition forces securing south Mar.22   Kuwait Soldier detained in attack on Army camp Mar.22  Iraq  RAF aircraft 'hit by US missile' Mar.23   Iraq 10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender  Pentagon: A group of fewer than 10 soldiers have been captured or killed by Iraqi military forces Mar.24   Iraq U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad  Ground troops moving from the north, south, and west; precision-guided bombs are reducing key targets into rubble Mar.25  Iraq  Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance Mar.25  Iraq  Huge battle in Euphrates valley Mar.26   Kurdistan 1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield Mar.27  Baghdad  Bombs Target Presidential Compound Mar.28   Kuwait Explosion rocks Kuwait City Mar.29   Iraq Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers Mar.30  Qatar  Iraq war 'on track' Mar.31   Iraq Civilians die in checkpoint drama Apr.1   Iraq Major ground offensive towards Baghdad Apr.2  Baghdad  U.S. forces within 25 miles of Baghdad Apr.2  Iraq  2 US aircraft downed over Iraq Apr.4   Baghdad U.S troops enter Baghdad  U.S. soldiers and tanks are operating inside the city on a reconnaissance mission Apr.5  Baghdad  U.S. troops fighting in Baghdad Apr.6  Kurdistan  Friendly fire attack kills 18 Apr.6   Baghdad US troops attack central Baghdad Apr.6   Iraq British found body of 'Chemical Ali' Apr.7   Basra British taking control of Basra  British forces are setting up a base inside Iraq's second-largest city. 3 British soldiers were killed Apr.7   Iraq Airstrike targets senior Iraqi officials Apr.8  Baghdad  Fierce battles erupt in Baghdad Apr.8  Baghdad  U.S. says Baghdad resistance crumbling Apr.9   Baghdad Baghdad falls to US forces
  A looting breaks out amid scenes of jubilation. U.S. troops tear down a statue of Saddam
Apr.11   Mosul Chaos as Mosul falls to Kurds  Widespread looting has broken out, after the Iraqi army abandoned the city. People picking up banknotes from the street Apr.12   Iraq Saddam aide surrenders Apr.13   Sunni Triangle US rescues soldiers held by Iraq   Marines came across the prisoners near the town of Samarra while moving up the highway towards Tikrit Apr.14   Sunni Triangle U.S. troops sweep into Tikrit  The fight over Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit was the only 'significant' combat action going on Apr.17  Sunni Triangle  Saddam's half-brother 'captured' Apr.20  Iraq  Saddam son-in-law surrenders Apr.29   Sunni Triangle Shootout kills 'at least 15' May.5  Iraq  Iraqi woman biologist held May.25   Jerusalem Cabinet OKs road map  The 12-7 vote, with 4 abstentions, is the first time the government has accepted the principle of a Palestinian state Jun.7  Gaza  7 dead in gun battle Jun.10  Gaza  Israeli gunships fire at vehicle Jun.11  Gaza  Helicopter gunship killed 6 Jun.12   Gaza Israeli attack kills 7 Jun.14  Sunni Triangle  US forces 'storm flashpoint town' Jun.16   Iraq   U.S. begins new military operation  Troops target Baath party loyalists, terrorists and criminals and delivers humanitarian aid outside Baghdad Jun.18   Sunni Triangle Leading Saddam aide caught Jun.20  Baghdad  Captive: Saddam survived bombings Jun.21  West Bank  Israelis kill a Hamas leader Jun.24   Southern Iraq 6 British troops killed Jun.25   West Bank Militants offer truce Jun.27  Gaza  Hamas leader signals truce Jun.29   Gaza   Palestinian militants announce cease-fire  Hamas and Islamic Jihad have agreed to a 3-month cessation of violence against Israelis Jul.3   Baghdad U.S. offers $25 million reward for Saddam Jul.4  Iraq  Purported Saddam tape urges resistance Jul.6  Baghdad  2 US soldiers killed Jul.22   Mosul   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.26  Iraq  Attack kills 3 US troops Jul.27  Sunni Triangle  U.S.: Military closing in on Saddam Aug.10  Southern Lebanon  Israelis retaliate in south Lebanon Aug.20  West Bank  Israel raids West Bank cities Aug.21   Iraq 'Chemical Ali' in U.S. custody Aug.21  Gaza  Hamas ends cease-fire Aug.22  Basra  3 British soldiers killed in Basra Aug.24  Gaza  Israeli attack kills 4 Hamas members Sep.6   Gaza Hamas founder wounded in airstrike Sep.12   Iraq U.S. fire kills Iraqi police Sep.18  Iraq  3 US troops 'killed in Iraq attack' Sep.19  Mosul  Former defense minister surrenders Oct.5   Syria   Israeli strike on Syria  Concern is growing that the air strike on a Palestinian training camp could heighten already-strained tensions Oct.6  Turkey  Cabinet backs Iraq troops Oct.10   Iran Rights activist Ebadi wins Nobel Oct.12  Baghdad  2-Car Suicide Bombing Kills 6 Oct.16  Iraq  4 Jordanians Killed at U.S. Checkpoint Oct.26   Baghdad Rockets Hit Wolfowitz's Hotel Oct.31  Iraq  U.S. warns of 'day of resistance' in Iraq Nov.2   Iraq U.S. helicopter down, killing 15 troops Nov.3  Baghdad  Blasts hit 'Green Zone' Nov.6  Sunni Triangle  6 killed in U.S. helicopter crash near Tikrit Nov.8  Baghdad  Red Cross pulling out of Baghdad Nov.14  Sunni Triangle  U.S. boosts offensive Nov.15   Mosul 2 US helicopters downed Nov.17  Sunni Triangle  US hits targets near Saddam town Nov.29   Iraq   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  Iraq  7 Spanish agents killed in ambush Nov.30   Northern Iraq 46 ambushers killed by U.S. forces Dec.2  Northern Iraq  US raid 'targets Saddam deputy' Dec.5  Northern Iraq  Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.14   Sunni Triangle   Saddam captured
  Hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air
Dec.17  Baghdad  Saddam to stand trial in Iraq Dec.20  Gulf  US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.27  Iraq  Karbala attacks kill 12, wound dozens



Middle East, 2003 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2003 Jan.8   Turkey Plane crashes, 75 dead, 5 survivors Feb.19   Iran Military plane crash kills 302
  The plane was carrying 284 members of Islamic Revolutionary Guard and 18 crew members
Mar.25  Iraq  Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance Apr.30  Turkey  Scores dead in quake May.1   Turkey Children trapped in quake
  A frantic search is continuing for 200 children trapped under the debris of their school dormitory
May.2  Turkey  Hopes fade for pupils May.25  Turkey  Spanish troops killed in crash Aug.16  Iraq  Fire halts flow of oil Sep.15  Saudi Arabia  Prison fire kills 67 inmates Dec.25   Southern Iran 28,000 dead after earthquake Map of Bam Iran
  The earthquake is destroying most of the ancient city of Bam. More than 30,000 were injured
 Aid workers caring for 100,000 survivors are calling for more help. Iran's president welcomed the US. 80% of Bam's mud-brick buildings were flattened. President Khatami pledged to rebuild Bam's 2,000-year-old citadel ''whatever the cost'
Dec.27  Southern Iran  Hopes of finding quake survivors fade Dec.29  Southern Iran  Khamenei pledges to rebuild quake city Dec.30  Iran  Quake toll rises to 30,000



Middle East, 2003 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2003 Apr.28  Iraq  Ex-oil minister gives up Aug.16  Iraq  Fire halts flow of oil Dec.9   Iraq 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



Middle East, 2003 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2003 Jan.5   Tel Aviv   Suicide bombings kill 23
  2 nearly simultaneous suicide bombings rocked central Tel Aviv. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility
Jan.8  Jerusalem  Sharon rejects corruption charge Jan.26  Israel  Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel Feb.10  West Bank  Israel shuts West Bank, Gaza Feb.11   Qatar bin Laden tape a call to arms
Mar.5   Northern Israel Bomb blast kills 15 Mar.22   Kuwait Soldier detained in attack on Army camp Mar.29   Iraq Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers Mar.30   Israel Blast wounds 49 in Netanya Apr.10  Iraq  Clerics killed at Shiite shrine Apr.11  Yemen  Cole bomb suspects in jailbreak Apr.11  Baghdad  Baghdad descends into chaos Apr.12  Baghdad  US pledges to control looters Apr.15   Iraq U.S. captures Abu Abbas Apr.21  Iraq  U.S. arrests former Iraq PM Apr.24   Iraq Deputy PM Tariq Aziz in custody  Aziz was often the public face of the regime on the international stage. He was No. 43 on the list of the most-wanted Iraqis Apr.26   Iraq 14 feared dead in ammo blast Apr.29   Tel Aviv Four dead in terror bombing May.12   Saudi Arabia al Qaeda suspected in Riyadh blasts  As result of vehicles detonating blasts tore through at least 3 compounds housing Americans May.17   Jerusalem 8 killed in bus attack May.19  Northern Israel  Suicide bombing kills 3 in shopping mall Jun.11   Jerusalem   Suicide blast hits bus, 17 killed  Dozens of people were injured during rush-hour. Hamas said it carried out the bombing Jun.20  Jerusalem  Powell: Hamas 'enemy of peace' Jun.23  West Bank  100 Hamas members arrested in Hebron Jun.25   West Bank Militants offer truce Jun.27  Gaza  Hamas leader signals truce Jul.24  Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia denies terror links Aug.2  West Bank  Palestinians arrest Arafat HQ militants Aug.7   Baghdad   Bomb at Jordanian Embassy
  A car bomb has exploded killing up to 10 people -- including 5 Iraqi guards -- and injuring about 40 others
Aug.16  Iraq  Fire halts flow of oil Aug.19  Kurdistan  Saddam deputy captured Aug.19   Jerusalem Powerful bus bomb killed 21
  The bomb exploded in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The explosion damaged a second bus
Aug.19   Baghdad 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  Gaza  Hamas ends cease-fire Aug.24  Iraq  Bomb kills 3 bodyguards of Shiite leader Aug.29   Iraq Cleric among 100 dead after mosque blast
  Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim was the spiritual leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution
Aug.30  Iraq  4 arrested over Najaf bombing Sep.6   Gaza Hamas founder wounded in airstrike Sep.9   Tel Aviv Suicide bombers kill 13 Sep.10  Qatar  Bin Laden tape raises fear of new attacks Sep.15  Saudi Arabia  Prison fire kills 67 inmates Sep.20   Iraq Governing council member shot Sep.21   Baghdad Blast near U.N. headquarters Sep.25   Iraq   Shot politician dies from wounds  Iraqi Governing Council member Akila al-Hashimi died 5 days after an attack on her convoy Oct.4   Northern Israel   Terror blast kills 19 in Haifa Map of Haifa Israel
  More than 50 people were wounded in suicide bombing at a crowded Arab-owned Maxim restaurant
Oct.8  Sadr City  Blast hits police station, killing 8 Oct.12  Baghdad  2-Car Suicide Bombing Kills 6 Oct.16   Gaza Bomb kills 3 Americans  A roadside bomb went off beneath a convoy carrying U.S. diplomats, killing 3 American members of a security Oct.27   Baghdad 35 killed in car bombs Oct.28  Iran  Iran 'won't extradite terrorists' Nov.8   Saudi Arabia   Explosions rock Riyadh, 17 killed  3 loud explosions rocked an affluent residential neighborhood of Muhaya. As many as 100 were wounded Nov.10  Saudi Arabia  King vows to crush bombers Nov.12   Iraq   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.20   Turkey Bomb attacks kill 30
  The bombings on the British consulate and a London-based bank coincided with a visit to Britain by Bush and were blamed on al Qaeda
Dec.14  Sunni Triangle  20 killed by car bomb Dec.17  Baghdad  Saddam to stand trial in Iraq Dec.20  Gulf  US stops 'al-Qaeda drugs boats' Dec.22   Jerusalem Muslims attack Egyptian foreign minister
Dec.25   Tel Aviv Suicide bomber kills 4 Dec.31   Baghdad Fatal bomb blows up restaurant



Middle East, 2003 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2003 Jan.17  Baghdad  Saddam: 'New Mongols' face defeat Jan.28   Jerusalem   Sharon wins election, calls for unity  Prime Minister has hailed Likud Party's triumph as 'historic' and said he will seek to create a broad-based government Feb.8  Baghdad  Blix hails 'useful' Baghdad talks Feb.25  Baghdad  Saddam: I will die in Iraq Mar.1   Turkey   Turkey fails to approve US deployment  Parliament voted 264-250 in favour of the deployment, but the motion required more than half of those present Mar.2  Gulf  Gulf states say Saddam should go Mar.6   West Bank Arafat chooses prime minister
Mar.9   Turkey Erdogan set to be PM Mar.18  Baghdad  Saddam rejects Bush ultimatum Mar.21   Baghdad   U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher  Saddam Hussein is seen being placed into an ambulance in photographs showing 'panicked digging' at the bunker Apr.1  Iraq  Saddam a no-show for address Apr.9   Baghdad   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   Baghdad U.S. issues Iraqi 'most-wanted' list Apr.14   Syria   Pressure mounts on Syria  U.S. and British are accusing Syria of developing chemical weapons and warning not to harbor members of Saddam's regime Apr.15  Baghdad  Meeting for new civil authority Apr.21  Iraq  Clerics challenge US rule Apr.22   Iraq Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala  Exuberant Shiite Muslims are reviving a religious tradition that was not allowed under Saddam Hussein Apr.28  Baghdad  Interim government to start within month Apr.28  Iraq  Ex-oil minister gives up Apr.30   Israel   New Mid-East peace plan launched
  International mediators have presented their 'roadmap' to Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas
May.5  Iraq  Iraqi woman biologist held May.11  Jerusalem  Powell meets Sharon and Abbas May.17   Jerusalem Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers met   A suicide bomber killed 2 Jewish settlers in the city of Hebron May.23   Jerusalem Israel ready to accept steps in 'road map' May.25   Jerusalem Cabinet OKs road map  The 12-7 vote, with 4 abstentions, is the first time the government has accepted the principle of a Palestinian state May.26  Jerusalem  Sharon signals 'occupation' end May.27  Iran  US steps up pressure on Iran May.29  Jerusalem  Sharon-Abbas meeting candid, beneficial Jun.3  Egypt  Bush meets Arab leaders Jun.4   Jordan   Summit with Sharon, Abbas, Bush
  Sharon is backing the Palestinian state and says Israel will remove outposts, Abbas calls for end to intifada
Jun.13   Tehran Militia attack Tehran protesters  Security forces and hardliners have clashed with large crowds who were protesting against clerical rule Jun.14  Israel  Israelis, Palestinians hold 'positive' meeting Jun.15   Tehran 6th night of protests Jun.19  West Bank  Israel takes on Jewish settlers Jun.20  Jerusalem  Powell: Hamas 'enemy of peace' Jun.22   Jordan Quartet resolute on Mideast peace Jun.26  Iraq  'Comical Ali' resurfaces Jun.28  Israel  Israelis, Palestinians invited to DC by Rice Jun.29  Gaza  Palestinians take charge Jul.2   West Bank Israel hands over Bethlehem Jul.4  Iraq  Purported Saddam tape urges resistance Jul.13   Iraq Iraqi council acts for first time  New governing council cancels all holidays 'linked to the old dictatorial regime' and name April 9, as a new national holiday Jul.24   Iraq U.S. releases sons' death photos  The provisional authority has released photographs it said were of Uday and Qusay, aimed at convincing skeptical Iraqis Jul.29  Iraq  Purported voice of Saddam mourns sons Jul.31   Jordan Saddam's daughters in Jordan Aug.1   Jordan Daughter: Saddam 'had a big heart' Aug.2   Iraq Saddam's sons buried in homeland Aug.15   Saudi Arabia Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies  Idi Amin, who had lived for years in exile, is blamed for the murders of tens of thousands of Ugandans in the 1970s Aug.22  Gaza  Palestinians protest leader's death Sep.1  Iraq  Najaf braces for ayatollah's funeral Sep.2   Iraq Thousands bid cleric farewell Sep.6   West Bank   Abbas offers resignation  Arafat told Palestinian legislators he had accepted Prime Minister offer to resign Sep.7   West Bank Qurei nominated as Palestinian PM  The nominee, proposed by Arafat, is the parliamentary speaker Sep.11   Jerusalem Israel decided to 'remove' Arafat Sep.13  Sunni Triangle  Anti-U.S. chants, gunshots mark funerals Sep.25   Iraq   Shot politician dies from wounds  Iraqi Governing Council member Akila al-Hashimi died 5 days after an attack on her convoy Oct.6  Turkey  Cabinet backs Iraq troops Oct.8  Iraq  2,000 Shiites protest cleric's arrest Oct.9  West Bank  New Palestinian cabinet in crisis Oct.10   Iran Rights activist Ebadi wins Nobel Oct.20  Jordan  PM Resigns Oct.29  Baghdad  Red Cross to reduce Iraq staff Nov.14   Baghdad Iraqis 'to govern by next summer' Nov.27   Baghdad   Bush makes surprise visit  President made an unannounced visit to Baghdad to spend part of Thanksgiving Day with U.S. troops Dec.5  Northern Iraq  Rumsfeld visits troops Dec.9   Iraq 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.18   Jerusalem Israel warns of unilateral moves Dec.29  Southern Iran  Khamenei pledges to rebuild quake city