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B. 03-01 Turkey fails to approve US deployment Turkey
2. 03-01 Top al Qaeda operative caught Pakistan
D. 03-09 'Extremely advanced' nuclear program Iran
4. 03-12 Serbian Prime Minister assassinated Belgrade
03-19 U.S. Launches War Against Iraq Iraq
G. 03-21 Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad Baghdad
H. 03-21 U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher Baghdad

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Mar.1   Turkey
  Pakistan
Mar.2  Gulf  Gulf states say Saddam should go
Mar.3  North Korea  N. Korean jets intercept U.S. plane
Mar.4  Moscow  Russia says Iraq veto possible
 Philippines  Airport bomb kills 21
Mar.5  Northern Israel  Bomb blast kills 15
Mar.6  Algeria  Plane crashes, killing 102
 West Bank  Arafat chooses prime minister
Mar.7  UN Security Council  Inspectors report
 UN  March 17 deadline proposed
Mar.8  Washington  U.S. pushes for Iraq deadline
Mar.9  Turkey  Erdogan set to be PM
  Iran
Mar.10  France  France, Russia threaten war veto
Mar.11  Washington  White House concedes U.N. defeat
Mar.12   Belgrade
  Zoran Djindjic, 50, was hit twice in the chest in front of the main government building in Belgrade
 Utah  Elizabeth Smart found alive
Mar.13   Hong Kong
  Virulent flu and pneumonia has swept through hospitals in Hong Kong and Vietnam
 Health officials have issued a global warning about the flu and pneumonia. The precise origin of the infection is unknown
 UN Security Council  Iraq vote pushed back Mar.14  Beijing  Hu Jintao elected president Mar.16  Portugal  Bush issues ultimatum on Iraq  Kuwait  U.N. halts Iraqi border mission Mar.17   Washington   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.18  Baghdad  Saddam rejects Bush ultimatum  London  Parliament backs Iraq war Mar.19  Florida  Cuban airliner lands under U.S. escort   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.
 Washington  Bush: 'No outcome except victory' 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   Baghdad U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher  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   South Africa Australia retained cricket World Cup   Iraq 10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender Mar.24   Iraq U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad Mar.25  Iraq  Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance  Iraq  Huge battle in Euphrates valley Mar.26  Pakistan  India, Pakistan test-fire missiles  Kurdistan  1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield Mar.27  Washington  Bush, Blair joint news conference  Baghdad  Bombs Target Presidential Compound Mar.28  Serbia  Ex-Serb president's body found  Kuwait  Explosion rocks Kuwait City  Athens  Turkish passenger plane hijacked 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


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Location War & Army Politics Crime & Justice
Arab Countries
03/01 Arab League opposes war in Iraq
03/16 U.N. halts Iraqi border mission
03/19 U.S. Launches War Against Iraq
03/20 Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south
03/20 U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed
03/21 Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad
03/21 Thousands of Iraqi Soldiers Surrender
03/22 Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
03/22 Coalition forces securing south
03/22 RAF aircraft 'hit by US missile'
03/23 10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender
03/24 U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad
03/25 Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance
03/25 Huge battle in Euphrates valley
03/27 Bombs Target Presidential Compound
03/28 Explosion rocks Kuwait City
03/29 Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers
03/30 Iraq war 'on track'
03/31 Civilians die in checkpoint drama
03/02 Gulf states say Saddam should go
03/06 Arafat chooses prime minister
03/08 Saddam attacks U.S., UK as 'liars'
03/18 Saddam rejects Bush ultimatum
03/21 U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher
03/22 Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
03/29 Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers
Iraq
03/19 U.S. Launches War Against Iraq
03/20 Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south
03/21 Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad
03/21 Thousands of Iraqi Soldiers Surrender
03/22 Coalition forces securing south
03/22 RAF aircraft 'hit by US missile'
03/23 10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender
03/24 U.S.-led coalition pushes toward Baghdad
03/25 Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance
03/25 Huge battle in Euphrates valley
03/29 Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers
03/31 Civilians die in checkpoint drama
03/08 Saddam attacks U.S., UK as 'liars'
03/18 Saddam rejects Bush ultimatum
03/21 U.S. Official: Saddam Seen on Stretcher
03/29 Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers
USA
03/03 US mulls alternate war plans
03/03 U.S. orders another 60,000 to Gulf
03/04 U.S. orders 24 bombers to Guam
03/04 U.S.: N. Korea plane intercept 'reckless'
03/08 U.S. pushes for Iraq deadline
03/11 White House concedes U.N. defeat
03/17 Bush: Saddam has 48 hours to leave Iraq
03/19 Bush: 'No outcome except victory'
03/27 Bush, Blair joint news conference
03/01 US jubilant over al-Qaeda arrest
03/12 Elizabeth Smart found alive
03/19 Cuban airliner lands under U.S. escort
Washington
03/03 US mulls alternate war plans
03/03 U.S. orders another 60,000 to Gulf
03/04 U.S.: N. Korea plane intercept 'reckless'
03/08 U.S. pushes for Iraq deadline
03/11 White House concedes U.N. defeat
03/17 Bush: Saddam has 48 hours to leave Iraq
03/19 Bush: 'No outcome except victory'
03/27 Bush, Blair joint news conference
03/01 US jubilant over al-Qaeda arrest
Gulf
03/16 U.N. halts Iraqi border mission
03/20 U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed
03/22 Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
03/28 Explosion rocks Kuwait City
03/30 Iraq war 'on track'
03/02 Gulf states say Saddam should go
03/22 Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
European Union
03/06 U.S. reviews Korean, German bases
03/18 Parliament backs Iraq war
03/06 Britain 'seeks U.N. compromise'
03/10 France, Russia threaten war veto
03/16 Bush issues ultimatum on Iraq
03/18 Parliament backs Iraq war
03/28 Turkish passenger plane hijacked
Israel
03/02 10 reported dead in clashes
03/05 Israel moves into Gaza, 11 killed
03/07 3 killed in rocket attack
03/06 Arafat chooses prime minister
03/05 Bomb blast kills 15
03/30 Blast wounds 49 in Netanya
Kuwait
03/16 U.N. halts Iraqi border mission
03/20 U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed
03/22 Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
03/28 Explosion rocks Kuwait City
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03/22 Soldier detained in attack on Army camp
UN
03/07 Inspectors report
03/05 Powell urges UN to confront Saddam
03/07 March 17 deadline proposed
03/07 Inspectors report
03/13 Iraq vote pushed back
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  Turkey fails to approve US deployment


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March 1 ... more > Top ^

Mar.1   Turkey  
  Parliament voted 264-250 in favour of the deployment, but the motion required more than half of those present
 Egypt  Arab League opposes war in Iraq   Pakistan     Top al Qaeda operative caught
  Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is believed to be the key planner of the 9/11 and several al Qaeda attacks in the last 10 years
 New Zealand  Swiss win America's Cup  Washington  US jubilant over al-Qaeda arrest

March 2 ... more > Top ^

Mar.2  Pakistan  Sheikh Mohammed interrogated  Iraq  Iraq destroying more missiles   Gulf Gulf states say Saddam should go  Gaza  10 reported dead in clashes

March 3 ... more > Top ^

Mar.3  Iraq  Iraq destroys 6 more missiles   North Korea   N. Korean jets intercept U.S. plane  4 armed jets intercepted an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan  Washington  US mulls alternate war plans  Washington  U.S. orders another 60,000 to Gulf

March 4 ... more > Top ^

Mar.4   Moscow Russia says Iraq veto possible
  Philippines Airport bomb kills 21  Washington  U.S.: N. Korea plane intercept 'reckless'  Guam  U.S. orders 24 bombers to Guam  Beijing  Legislature session to anoint new leaders

March 5 ... more > Top ^

Mar.5   Northern Israel   Bomb blast kills 15   A powerful bomb destroyed a suburban bus in the city of Haifa. Many of the passengers were students  UN  Powell urges UN to confront Saddam  Southern Iraq  Increased flights  Gaza  Israel moves into Gaza, 11 killed

March 6 ... more > Top ^

Mar.6   Algeria   Plane crashes, killing 102  Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff in southern Algeria. At least one person survived  England  Britain 'seeks U.N. compromise'  Beijing  China rallies behind war opponents  Afghanistan  Captive: Bin Laden dead AND alive   West Bank     Arafat chooses prime minister  Palestinian leader has chosen Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's second-in-command  Tribal Areas  Search for bin Laden tightens  Washington  Bush: Iraq is playing 'willful charade'  Germany  U.S. reviews Korean, German bases

March 7 ... more > Top ^

Mar.7   UN Security Council Inspectors report
 Afghanistan  Report: bin Laden's sons arrested  North Korea  N. Korea hints at 2nd missile test   UN     March 17 deadline proposed  A version of the resolution by Britain would set a deadline for Iraqi compliance with the council's demand for disarmament  UN Security Council  U.N. told to be ready for possible vote  Gaza  3 killed in rocket attack

March 8 ... more > Top ^

Mar.8  Iraq  Saddam attacks U.S., UK as 'liars'  Kuwait  U.N. evacuates from Iraq-Kuwait border   Washington U.S. pushes for Iraq deadline


March 9 ... more > Top ^

Mar.9   Turkey     Erdogan set to be PM  Governing party leader has won a seat in parliament, opening the way for him to take over as prime minister  Washington  Powell: 'Progress' on deadline  Melbourne  Coulthard wins thrilling Grand Prix  Ivory Coast  French confirm Ivory Coast killings   Iran     'Extremely advanced' nuclear program
  U.N. inspectors have discovered that uranium-enrichment facility violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
 North Korea  New test missile fired

March 10 ... more > Top ^

Mar.10  Pakistan  Al Qaeda chiefs 'met in December'  Moscow  Russia ready for Iraq veto  Iraq  U.S.: Iraq has illegal drone aircraft   France     France, Russia threaten war veto  Chirac says France, like Russia, will vote against a second resolution that could lead to war against Iraq  England  UK pushes new Iraq initiative

March 11 ... more > Top ^

Mar.11  UN Security Council  Clash over Iraq looms  Austria  U.S., Russia confront dirty bombs   Washington White House concedes U.N. defeat  Iraq  Iraq pleads for support

March 12 ... more > Top ^

Mar.12   Belgrade   Serbian Prime Minister assassinated
Map of Belgrade Serbia
  Zoran Djindjic, 50, was hit twice in the chest in front of the main government building in Belgrade
 UN  Chile, Mexico are holdouts on Iraq   Utah Elizabeth Smart found alive  Serbia  Crime gang blamed for PM killing

March 13 ... more > Top ^

Mar.13  North Korea  Nuclear NK 'within months'   Hong Kong     First alert over SARS
  Virulent flu and pneumonia has swept through hospitals in Hong Kong and Vietnam
 Health officials have issued a global warning about the flu and pneumonia. The precise origin of the infection is unknown
  UN Security Council Iraq vote pushed back
 West Bank  Israeli troops raid Jenin camp, 5 killed

March 14 ... more > Top ^

Mar.14  Washington  U.S., Britain, Spain plan Iraq summit  Turkey  Erdogan forms new government  Washington  U.S. dismisses Chile's Iraq proposal   Beijing Hu Jintao elected president


March 15 ... more > Top ^

Mar.15  England  Antiwar rallies across the world  Belgrade  Serbia bids farewell to Djindjic  Southeast Asia  Alert issued as flu fears grow  Iraq  Hussein put country on war footing

March 16 ... more > Top ^

Mar.16   Portugal Bush issues ultimatum on Iraq
 Serbia  Zivkovic nominated as Serb PM  Gaza  US peace activist killed   Kuwait U.N. halts Iraqi border mission  Finland  Finns choose first female leader

March 17 ... more > Top ^

Mar.17  Gaza  Palestinians say 9 dead in clashes   Washington     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
 Australia  Canberra commits troops to action

March 18 ... more > Top ^

Mar.18   Baghdad Saddam rejects Bush ultimatum  South Africa  Rampant Australia through to final   London Parliament backs Iraq war  Washington  Pentagon: U.S. troops ready to attack

March 19 ... more > Top ^

Mar.19   Florida Cuban airliner lands under U.S. escort
  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.
  Washington Bush: 'No outcome except victory'  Kandahar  U.S. Troops Raid Villages

March 20 ... more > Top ^

Mar.20  Iraq  Strikes to pave way for full-fledged attack   Mosul   Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south   Coalition forces bombed city of Mosul. A convoy of U.S. tanks rolled unopposed through the desert toward Baghdad   Kuwait U.S. Marine Chopper Down, 12 killed
 Paris  Deadly ricin at rail station  South Africa  India defeats Kenya to make Cup final

March 21 ... more > Top ^

Mar.21   Baghdad   Firestorm of airstrikes rocked Baghdad
  Thunderous explosions are setting buildings ablaze and shooting clouds of smoke into the sky
 Southern Iraq  Coalition forces seize airfields and port  Yemen  Deaths as anti-war protests spread  Iraq  Massive firestorm targets Iraqi leadership   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  Turkey  Turkish troops cross Iraqi border  Baghdad  Missiles struck central Baghdad

March 22 ... more > Top ^

Mar.22   Iraq Coalition forces securing south
 Gulf  7 killed as UK helicopters collide  Arab Countries  Anger grows in Arab World   Kuwait   Soldier detained in attack on Army camp   U.S. soldier is being questioned in connection with a grenade and small arms attack on one of the division's camps  Iraq  US-led forces sweep towards Baghdad   Iraq RAF aircraft 'hit by US missile'  Southern China  Babies found in suitcases  Southern Iraq  US-led forces face stiff resistance

March 23 ... more > Top ^

Mar.23   South Africa   Australia retained cricket World Cup
  Australia win with a 125-run over India. Ponting scored an unbeaten 140 off 121 as Australia compiled 359 for 2
  Iraq   10 Marines Killed in Faked Surrender
  Pentagon: A group of fewer than 10 soldiers have been captured or killed by Iraqi military forces
 Iran  Missile was Iraqi, not U.S.  Southern California  'Chicago' triumphs at Oscars  Iraq  Helicopters attack Republican Guard

March 24 ... more > Top ^

Mar.24  Iraq  US claims 'rapid' war progress  Baghdad  Apache missing after fight near Baghdad  Iraq  Saddam goes on TV to rally troops   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


March 25 ... more > Top ^

Mar.25   Iraq Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance  Basra  Basra now military target, says UK   Iraq Huge battle in Euphrates valley  Basra  Uprising reported in Basra  Serbia  Djindjic sniper suspect arrested  Baghdad  Dawn raids target Baghdad

March 26 ... more > Top ^

Mar.26   Pakistan   India, Pakistan test-fire missiles  Tit-for-tat test-firings of short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missiles were conducted  Iraq  Stiff resistance in war's first week  Baghdad  'Many dead' after shops hit  Southern China  34 killed by virus   Kurdistan   1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield  Baghdad continued to come under air attack from the U.S.-led coalition

March 27 ... more > Top ^

Mar.27   Washington Bush, Blair joint news conference
 Iraq  U.S. airlifts troops for northern front   Baghdad Bombs Target Presidential Compound  USA  120,000 more troops sent to Iraq  USA  Mystery illness spreads

March 28 ... more > Top ^

Mar.28   Serbia Ex-Serb president's body found
 Iraq  U.S. battles paramilitaries   Kuwait   Explosion rocks Kuwait City  An explosion struck a shopping mall. Some reports from officials indicated the explosion may have been from a missile   Athens Turkish passenger plane hijacked  Iraq  Iraqi Officials: Dozens Killed by Bombing  Baghdad  Fresh strikes pound Baghdad

March 29 ... more > Top ^

Mar.29   Iraq     Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers  Two people dressed in civilian clothes set off the explosion. Iraq's vice president warns of more suicide bombers  Baghdad  B-52s targeting Rep. Guard in Baghdad  Baghdad  Baghdad officials targeted

March 30 ... more > Top ^

Mar.30   Israel     Blast wounds 49 in Netanya  A suicide bomb was 'a gift to the Iraqi people,' according to Islamic Jihad that claimed responsibility for the attack   Qatar Iraq war 'on track'
 Ireland  England secures Grand Slam over Ireland  Iraq  US forces target Nasiriya  Hong Kong  Deadly virus flats quarantined

March 31 ... more > Top ^

Mar.31  Iraq  U.S. targets 'Chemical Ali'  Baghdad  U.S. hammers Baghdad defences   Iraq   Civilians die in checkpoint drama  U.S. soldiers have fired on a van carrying 13 women and children when it failed to stop, killing seven people  Bolivia  Landslide buries homes


  Turkey fails to approve US deployment




World, March 2003 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2003
Mar.1   Turkey
  Parliament voted 264-250 in favour of the deployment, but the motion required more than half of those present
Mar.1  Egypt  Arab League opposes war in Iraq Mar.2  Iraq  Iraq destroying more missiles Mar.2  Gaza  10 reported dead in clashes Mar.3  Iraq  Iraq destroys 6 more missiles Mar.3   North Korea N. Korean jets intercept U.S. plane  4 armed jets intercepted an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan Mar.3  Washington  US mulls alternate war plans Mar.3  Washington  U.S. orders another 60,000 to Gulf Mar.4  Guam  U.S. orders 24 bombers to Guam Mar.5  Southern Iraq  Increased flights Mar.5  Gaza  Israel moves into Gaza, 11 killed Mar.6  Beijing  China rallies behind war opponents Mar.6  Germany  U.S. reviews Korean, German bases Mar.7   UN Security Council Inspectors report
Mar.7  North Korea  N. Korea hints at 2nd missile test Mar.7  Gaza  3 killed in rocket attack Mar.8  Kuwait  U.N. evacuates from Iraq-Kuwait border Mar.9  Ivory Coast  French confirm Ivory Coast killings Mar.9   Iran   'Extremely advanced' nuclear program
  U.N. inspectors have discovered that uranium-enrichment facility violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Mar.9  North Korea  New test missile fired Mar.10  Iraq  U.S.: Iraq has illegal drone aircraft Mar.13  North Korea  Nuclear NK 'within months' Mar.13  West Bank  Israeli troops raid Jenin camp, 5 killed Mar.15  England  Antiwar rallies across the world Mar.15  Iraq  Hussein put country on war footing Mar.16   Kuwait U.N. halts Iraqi border mission Mar.17  Gaza  Palestinians say 9 dead in clashes Mar.17  Australia  Canberra commits troops to action Mar.18   London Parliament backs Iraq war Mar.18  Washington  Pentagon: U.S. troops ready to attack 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.19  Kandahar  U.S. Troops Raid Villages Mar.20  Iraq  Strikes to pave way for full-fledged attack Mar.20   Mosul Airstrike hits north as tanks roll from south   Coalition forces bombed city of Mosul. A convoy of U.S. tanks rolled unopposed through the desert toward Baghdad 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  Southern Iraq  Coalition forces seize airfields and port Mar.21  Yemen  Deaths as anti-war protests spread Mar.21  Iraq  Massive firestorm targets Iraqi leadership Mar.21   Iraq Thousands of Iraqi Soldiers Surrender Mar.21  Turkey  Turkish troops cross Iraqi border Mar.21  Baghdad  Missiles struck central Baghdad Mar.22   Iraq Coalition forces securing south Mar.22  Gulf  7 killed as UK helicopters collide Mar.22   Kuwait Soldier detained in attack on Army camp   U.S. soldier is being questioned in connection with a grenade and small arms attack on one of the division's camps Mar.22  Iraq  US-led forces sweep towards Baghdad Mar.22   Iraq RAF aircraft 'hit by US missile' Mar.22  Southern Iraq  US-led forces face stiff resistance 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.23  Iran  Missile was Iraqi, not U.S. Mar.23  Iraq  Helicopters attack Republican Guard Mar.24  Iraq  US claims 'rapid' war progress Mar.24  Baghdad  Apache missing after fight near Baghdad Mar.24  Iraq  Saddam goes on TV to rally troops 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  Basra  Basra now military target, says UK Mar.25   Iraq Huge battle in Euphrates valley Mar.25  Basra  Uprising reported in Basra Mar.25  Baghdad  Dawn raids target Baghdad Mar.26   Pakistan India, Pakistan test-fire missiles  Tit-for-tat test-firings of short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missiles were conducted Mar.26  Iraq  Stiff resistance in war's first week Mar.26  Baghdad  'Many dead' after shops hit Mar.26   Kurdistan 1,000 U.S. paratroopers secure airfield  Baghdad continued to come under air attack from the U.S.-led coalition Mar.27  Iraq  U.S. airlifts troops for northern front Mar.27   Baghdad Bombs Target Presidential Compound Mar.27  USA  120,000 more troops sent to Iraq Mar.28  Iraq  U.S. battles paramilitaries Mar.28   Kuwait Explosion rocks Kuwait City  An explosion struck a shopping mall. Some reports from officials indicated the explosion may have been from a missile Mar.28  Iraq  Iraqi Officials: Dozens Killed by Bombing Mar.28  Baghdad  Fresh strikes pound Baghdad Mar.29   Iraq   Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers  Two people dressed in civilian clothes set off the explosion. Iraq's vice president warns of more suicide bombers Mar.29  Baghdad  B-52s targeting Rep. Guard in Baghdad Mar.29  Baghdad  Baghdad officials targeted Mar.30   Qatar Iraq war 'on track' Mar.30  Iraq  US forces target Nasiriya Mar.31  Iraq  U.S. targets 'Chemical Ali' Mar.31  Baghdad  U.S. hammers Baghdad defences Mar.31   Iraq Civilians die in checkpoint drama  U.S. soldiers have fired on a van carrying 13 women and children when it failed to stop, killing seven people



World, March 2003 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2003 Mar.6   Algeria Plane crashes, killing 102  Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff in southern Algeria. At least one person survived Mar.13   Hong Kong   First alert over SARS
  Virulent flu and pneumonia has swept through hospitals in Hong Kong and Vietnam
 Health officials have issued a global warning about the flu and pneumonia. The precise origin of the infection is unknown
Mar.15  Southeast Asia  Alert issued as flu fears grow Mar.16  Gaza  US peace activist killed Mar.19   Florida Cuban airliner lands under U.S. escort Mar.25   Iraq Sandstorms slow Baghdad advance Mar.26  Southern China  34 killed by virus Mar.27  USA  Mystery illness spreads Mar.30  Hong Kong  Deadly virus flats quarantined Mar.31  Bolivia  Landslide buries homes



World, March 2003 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2003 Mar.23  Southern California  'Chicago' triumphs at Oscars



World, March 2003 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2003 Mar.1  New Zealand  Swiss win America's Cup Mar.9  Melbourne  Coulthard wins thrilling Grand Prix Mar.18  South Africa  Rampant Australia through to final Mar.20  South Africa  India defeats Kenya to make Cup final Mar.23   South Africa Australia retained cricket World Cup
  Australia win with a 125-run over India. Ponting scored an unbeaten 140 off 121 as Australia compiled 359 for 2
Mar.30  Ireland  England secures Grand Slam over Ireland



World, March 2003 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2003 Mar.1   Pakistan   Top al Qaeda operative caught
  Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is believed to be the key planner of the 9/11 and several al Qaeda attacks in the last 10 years
Mar.1  Washington  US jubilant over al-Qaeda arrest Mar.2  Pakistan  Sheikh Mohammed interrogated Mar.4   Philippines Airport bomb kills 21 Mar.5   Northern Israel Bomb blast kills 15   A powerful bomb destroyed a suburban bus in the city of Haifa. Many of the passengers were students Mar.6  Afghanistan  Captive: Bin Laden dead AND alive Mar.6  Tribal Areas  Search for bin Laden tightens Mar.7  Afghanistan  Report: bin Laden's sons arrested Mar.9  Ivory Coast  French confirm Ivory Coast killings Mar.10  Pakistan  Al Qaeda chiefs 'met in December' Mar.12   Belgrade Serbian Prime Minister assassinated Map of Belgrade Serbia
  Zoran Djindjic, 50, was hit twice in the chest in front of the main government building in Belgrade
Mar.12   Utah Elizabeth Smart found alive Mar.12  Serbia  Crime gang blamed for PM killing Mar.19   Florida Cuban airliner lands under U.S. escort Mar.20  Paris  Deadly ricin at rail station Mar.22   Kuwait Soldier detained in attack on Army camp   U.S. soldier is being questioned in connection with a grenade and small arms attack on one of the division's camps Mar.22  Southern China  Babies found in suitcases Mar.25  Serbia  Djindjic sniper suspect arrested Mar.28   Serbia Ex-Serb president's body found Mar.28   Athens Turkish passenger plane hijacked Mar.29   Iraq   Suicide bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers  Two people dressed in civilian clothes set off the explosion. Iraq's vice president warns of more suicide bombers Mar.30   Israel   Blast wounds 49 in Netanya  A suicide bomb was 'a gift to the Iraqi people,' according to Islamic Jihad that claimed responsibility for the attack



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2003 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.4   Moscow Russia says Iraq veto possible Mar.4  Washington  U.S.: N. Korea plane intercept 'reckless' Mar.4  Beijing  Legislature session to anoint new leaders Mar.5  UN  Powell urges UN to confront Saddam Mar.6  England  Britain 'seeks U.N. compromise' Mar.6   West Bank   Arafat chooses prime minister  Palestinian leader has chosen Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's second-in-command Mar.6  Washington  Bush: Iraq is playing 'willful charade' Mar.7   UN Security Council Inspectors report Mar.7   UN   March 17 deadline proposed  A version of the resolution by Britain would set a deadline for Iraqi compliance with the council's demand for disarmament Mar.7  UN Security Council  U.N. told to be ready for possible vote Mar.8  Iraq  Saddam attacks U.S., UK as 'liars' Mar.8   Washington U.S. pushes for Iraq deadline Mar.9   Turkey   Erdogan set to be PM  Governing party leader has won a seat in parliament, opening the way for him to take over as prime minister Mar.9  Washington  Powell: 'Progress' on deadline Mar.10  Moscow  Russia ready for Iraq veto Mar.10   France   France, Russia threaten war veto  Chirac says France, like Russia, will vote against a second resolution that could lead to war against Iraq Mar.10  England  UK pushes new Iraq initiative Mar.11  UN Security Council  Clash over Iraq looms Mar.11  Austria  U.S., Russia confront dirty bombs Mar.11   Washington White House concedes U.N. defeat Mar.11  Iraq  Iraq pleads for support Mar.12  UN  Chile, Mexico are holdouts on Iraq Mar.13   UN Security Council Iraq vote pushed back Mar.14  Washington  U.S., Britain, Spain plan Iraq summit Mar.14  Turkey  Erdogan forms new government Mar.14  Washington  U.S. dismisses Chile's Iraq proposal Mar.14   Beijing Hu Jintao elected president Mar.15  England  Antiwar rallies across the world Mar.15  Belgrade  Serbia bids farewell to Djindjic Mar.16   Portugal Bush issues ultimatum on Iraq Mar.16  Serbia  Zivkovic nominated as Serb PM Mar.16  Finland  Finns choose first female leader Mar.17   Washington   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.18   Baghdad Saddam rejects Bush ultimatum Mar.18   London Parliament backs Iraq war Mar.19   Washington Bush: 'No outcome except victory' Mar.21  Yemen  Deaths as anti-war protests spread 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
Mar.22  Arab Countries  Anger grows in Arab World Mar.24  Iraq  Saddam goes on TV to rally troops Mar.27   Washington Bush, Blair joint news conference