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01-11 Protest as reformists blocked Iran
2. 03-21 Hamas founder killed in Israeli airstrike Gaza
3. 03-31 Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge Fallujah, Sunni Triangle
E. 06-27 US hands over sovereignty in Iraq Baghdad
F. 07-01 Defiant Saddam in court Baghdad
6. 08-11 U.S. launches offensive in Najaf Iraq
7. 09-07 U.S. death toll in Iraq passes 1,000 Iraq
I. 10-24 Massacre of 50 Iraqi army recruits Iraq

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Protest as reformists blocked Hamas founder killed in Israeli airstrike Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge US hands over sovereignty in Iraq Defiant Saddam in court U.S. launches offensive in Najaf U.S. death toll in Iraq passes 1,000 Three blasts kill 40 at tourist resorts Massacre of 50 Iraqi army recruits U.S., Iraqis enter Falluja's center   10 U.S. troops and 2 Iraqi soldiers had been killed, 22 others wounded Chaos as Arafat is buried
Jan.2  Egypt  Airliner crashes into Red Sea
Jan.3  Iran  Woman, 97, found alive in quake ruins
Jan.8  Southern Iran  Man found alive in quake rubble
Jan.11   Iran
Jan.18  Baghdad  Car bomb leaves 20 dead
Jan.21  Jerusalem  Sharon may face corruption charge
Jan.27  Iraq  Insurgents killed 6 US soldiers
Jan.28  Jerusalem  10 killed in suicide attack on bus
Feb.1  Kurdistan  At least 67 dead in suicide blasts
 Saudi Arabia  Hajj stampede: 244 pilgrims dead
Feb.2  Jerusalem  Sharon orders Gaza pullout plan
Feb.10  Iraq  Car bomb kills at least 50
 Iraq  Car bomb kills 47 Iraq army recruits
Feb.18  Iran  Train blast destroys villages, 300 killed
Feb.21  Baghdad  Red Cross visits Saddam
 Iran  'Landslide' for hard-liners
 Jerusalem  Suicide bomber kills 8
Mar.2  Baghdad  182 killed in attacks in Baghdad, Karbala
Mar.8  Iraq  Interim constitution signed
Mar.9  Iraq  Abu Abbas, Achille Lauro hijacker, dead
Mar.14  Southern Israel  Palestinian suicide bombers kill 11
Mar.21   Gaza
Mar.28  Iraq  Protests as U.S. closes Iraqi paper
Mar.31   Sunni Triangle
Apr.6  Sunni Triangle  Heavy fighting in sealed Falluja
 Iraq  Dozen U.S. Marines killed
Apr.7  Sunni Triangle  Coalition battled Shiite, Sunni insurgents
Apr.8  Iraq  Japanese, Koreans taken hostage
Apr.11  Sunni Triangle  Truce bid calms Falluja fighting
Apr.16  Iraq  Missing U.S. soldier on videotape
Apr.17  Gaza  Hamas leader killed in Israeli airstrike
Apr.20  Baghdad  Iraqi tribunal to try Saddam Hussein
Apr.21  Basra  Car bombs in Basra kill 68
 Saudi Arabia  Suicide bomb kills 9
Apr.24  Cyprus  Vote leaves island split
Apr.26  Jordan  Major al Qaeda plot disrupted
Apr.27  Iraq  U.S. forces kill 64 insurgents near Najaf
 Sunni Triangle  U.S. warplanes pound Fallujah targets
Apr.29  Sunni Triangle  Former Iraqi generals offer Fallujah plan
May.1  Saudi Arabia  6 Westerners killed in attack
May.2  Gaza  Gunmen killed pregnant and 4 children
 Jerusalem  Likud voted against withdrawal from Gaza
May.11  Gaza  6 Israeli troops die in blast
 Iraq  Video shows U.S. captive beheaded
May.14  Baghdad  Interrogation techniques banned in Iraq
May.15  Tel Aviv  Israelis call for Gaza withdrawal
May.17  Iraq  Interim council head killed in car bombing
May.20  Iraq  Chalabi angered by raid on home
May.28  Iraq  Allawi named as future prime minister
May.29  Saudi Arabia  50 foreigners held hostage
Jun.1  Baghdad  Council dissolved as new president named
Jun.8  Iraq  Kidnapped Italians, Pole freed
Jun.15  Jerusalem  Sharon won't face bribery charges
Jun.17  Baghdad  Car bomb kills 35
Jun.18  Saudi Arabia  U.S. hostage beheaded
Jun.22  Iraq  South Korean hostage beheaded
Jun.23  Iraq  'Zarqawi tape' threatens Iraq PM
Jun.24  Sunni Triangle  Multiple attacks kill 90
 Iran  70 dead in tanker horror smash
Jun.27   Baghdad
Jul.1   Baghdad
Jul.7  Iraq  Iraq adopts emergency powers law
Jul.10  Tel Aviv  Explosion at bus stop: 1 dead, 21 injured
Jul.13  Iraq  Manila begins troop pullout
Jul.15  Baghdad  Iraq to form new security force
Jul.18  Gaza  Militants protest Arafat security shakeup
Jul.23  Iraq  Militants take Egyptian diplomat hostage
Jul.24  Iraq  Militant threat to Australia and Italy
Jul.25  Jerusalem  Human chain protest at Gaza plan
Jul.28  Iraq  Day of violence leaves at least 115 dead
Aug.1  Baghdad  Bomb blasts rock churches
Aug.6  Iraq  Marines: 300 insurgents killed in Najaf
Aug.7  Baghdad  Iraq amnesty targets insurgents
Aug.11   Iraq
Aug.12  Iraq  Radical cleric wounded in Najaf
Aug.13  Iraq  Najaf truce brings calm to city
Aug.15  Baghdad  Conference on interim assembly
Aug.17  Iraq  Al-Sadr rebuffs truce delegates
Aug.19  Iraq  Fierce fighting seen in Najaf
Aug.25  Iraq  Al-Sistani returns, urges march on Najaf
 Iraq  Blast at mosque kills 74
Aug.26  Iraq  Ayatollah reaches peace deal with al-Sadr
Aug.31  Southern Israel  16 killed in bus explosions
 Iraq  Militants: 12 Nepalese 'killed'
Sep.7   Iraq
Sep.14  Baghdad  Car bomb at police station kills 47
Sep.20  Iraq  U.S. hostage beheaded
Sep.24  Baghdad  Six Egyptians taken
Sep.27  Iraq  Kidnapped Iranian diplomat freed
Sep.28  Iraq  Italians freed, Frenchmen to be released
Sep.30  Baghdad  Bombs toll hits 45
Oct.1  Sunni Triangle  109 insurgents killed in Samarra
Oct.7   Egypt
Oct.8  Iraq  Hostage Bigley killed
Oct.14  Baghdad  Green Zone blasts kill 8
 Sunni Triangle  U.S., Iraqis in Falluja assault
Oct.15  Gaza  Israeli troops pull back
Oct.19  Iraq  Agency halts aid projects after kidnap
Oct.22  Sunni Triangle  Falluja raid 'nets Zarqawi aide'
Oct.24   Iraq
Oct.25  Iraq  IAEA: Tons of Iraq explosives missing
Oct.26  Jerusalem  Parliament OKs Sharon's withdrawal plan
Oct.27  West Bank  Doctors watch over Yasser Arafat
Oct.31  Sunni Triangle  U.S. forces launch new assaults in Falluja
Nov.2  United Arab Emirates  UAE founder Nahyan dies, aged 90
Nov.7  Baghdad  Allawi declares state of emergency
 Sunni Triangle  Iraqi commandos seize Falluja hospital
Nov.9   Sunni Triangle
Nov.12   West Bank
Nov.14  Sunni Triangle  U.S.: 'Enemy is broken' in Falluja
 Gaza  Abbas unharmed in shooting spree
Nov.16  Iraq  Margaret Hassan apparently killed
Nov.17  Gaza  Israeli forces kill Egypt troops
Nov.21  Baghdad  Elections set for January 30
Dec.5  Israel  Israel, Egypt Swap Prisoners
Dec.6  Saudi Arabia  9 Killed in Attack on U.S. Mission
Dec.16  Gulf  Bin Laden tape urges oil attack
Dec.17  Turkey  'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks
Dec.19  Iraq  Bombs in Karbala, Najaf kill more than 60
Dec.21  Mosul  22 killed in attack on U.S. base
Dec.28  Sunni Triangle  Insurgents kill 23 Iraqi police, troops



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February 2004
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Car bomb kills at least 50
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At least 67 dead in suicide blasts
Car bomb kills at least 50
Hajj stampede: 244 pilgrims dead
Train blast destroys villages, 300 killed
At least 67 dead in suicide blasts
Car bomb kills at least 50
March 2004
182 killed in attacks in Baghdad, Karbala
Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge
Hamas founder killed in Israeli airstrike
Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge
Interim constitution signed
Protests as U.S. closes Iraqi paper
182 killed in attacks in Baghdad, Karbala
Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge
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April 2004
Japanese, Koreans taken hostage
Car bombs in Basra kill 68
Heavy fighting in sealed Falluja
Hamas leader killed in Israeli airstrike
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Car bombs in Basra kill 68
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May 2004
6 Westerners killed in attack
Video shows U.S. captive beheaded
Interim council head killed in car bombing
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Allawi named as future prime minister
6 Westerners killed in attack
Video shows U.S. captive beheaded
Interim council head killed in car bombing
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Interim council head killed in car bombing
June 2004
U.S. hostage beheaded
South Korean hostage beheaded
Multiple attacks kill 90
US hands over sovereignty in Iraq
U.S. hostage beheaded
South Korean hostage beheaded
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July 2004
Defiant Saddam in court
Manila begins troop pullout
Iraq to form new security force
Militants protest Arafat security shakeup
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August 2004
16 killed in bus explosions
U.S. launches offensive in Najaf
Ayatollah reaches peace deal with al-Sadr
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16 killed in bus explosions
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September 2004
Car bomb at police station kills 47
U.S. death toll in Iraq passes 1,000
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October 2004
Three blasts kill 40 at tourist resorts
Massacre of 50 Iraqi army recruits
109 insurgents killed in Samarra
Parliament OKs Sharon's withdrawal plan
Three blasts kill 40 at tourist resorts
Massacre of 50 Iraqi army recruits
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November 2004
Margaret Hassan apparently killed
U.S., Iraqis enter Falluja's center
U.S.: 'Enemy is broken' in Falluja
Chaos as Arafat is buried
Margaret Hassan apparently killed
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December 2004
9 Killed in Attack on U.S. Mission
Bombs in Karbala, Najaf kill more than 60
22 killed in attack on U.S. base
'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks
9 Killed in Attack on U.S. Mission
Bombs in Karbala, Najaf kill more than 60
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Airliner crashes into Red Sea  No survivors likely. A charter with 152 people aboard, most of them French tourists, crashed shortly after takeoff Woman, 97, found alive in quake ruins Man found alive in quake rubble   Protest as reformists blocked


January 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Iran  Quake rescue efforts end
Jan.2   Egypt  
Jan.3   Iran
Jan.4  Basra  Blair visits Iraq, praises troops
Jan.8   Southern Iran
 Sunni Triangle  Black Hawk crash kills 9
Jan.10  Southern Iraq  6 killed in jobs protest
Jan.11   Iran  
  Reformists walked out of parliament and staged a sit-in to protest over the conservatives' rejection of election candidates
Jan.12  Iran  Cabinet may dissolve Jan.14  Israel  Hamas uses female suicide bomber Jan.15  Basra  Iraqis protest against poll plans Jan.17  Iraq  Blast kills 5. U.S. death toll tops 500 Jan.18   Baghdad Car bomb leaves 20 dead Jan.21   Jerusalem     Sharon may face corruption charge  Prosecutors are considering charging Prime Minister and his deputy in connection with a bribery scandal Jan.22  Sunni Triangle  9 dead in attacks Jan.24  Sunni Triangle  5 U.S. soldiers, 4 Iraqis killed in attacks Jan.27   Iraq Insurgents killed 6 US soldiers Jan.28   Jerusalem 10 killed in suicide attack on bus Jan.31  Mosul  2 bombings kill 12, including 3 U.S. soldiers  Iran  109 lawmakers resign

February 2004 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1   Kurdistan   At least 67 dead in suicide blasts  Nearly simultaneous bombings of the offices of 2 Kurdish parties in Erbil killed 67 people, including 5 senior Kurdish officials   Saudi Arabia Hajj stampede: 244 pilgrims dead
Feb.2   Jerusalem Sharon orders Gaza pullout plan Feb.8  Iraq  U.N. team meets with Iraq council Feb.9  Jerusalem  Court hearing on barrier Feb.10   Iraq     Car bomb kills at least 50  Massive truck bomb exploded near a police station in Iskandariyah as applicants stood in line for jobs with the police   Iraq Car bomb kills 47 Iraq army recruits Feb.12  Iraq  U.N. envoy hopeful on later vote Feb.13  Qatar  Blast kills exiled Chechen leader Feb.14  Sunni Triangle  Fallujah attack killed 20, mostly police Feb.18   Iran   Train blast destroys villages, 300 killed  A runaway train cars filled with fuel and chemicals derailed and exploded, destroying 5 nearby villages Feb.19  Iraq  UN rules out June Iraq elections  Iran  Khamenei urges Iranians to vote Feb.21   Baghdad Red Cross visits Saddam   Iran     'Landslide' for hard-liners  Conservative religious hardliners, running virtually unopposed, are set to gain control of parliament   Jerusalem Suicide bomber kills 8 Feb.28  Baghdad  Splits delay basic law deal Feb.29  Iraq  Iraqis agree draft constitution

March 2004 ... more > Top ^
Mar.2   Baghdad   182 killed in attacks in Baghdad, Karbala  Suspected insurgents made well-organized, simultaneous attacks on the holiest Shiite Muslim day of the year Mar.8   Iraq     Interim constitution signed  Governing Council members signed a constitution, laying the groundwork for future elections and a permanent constitution Mar.9   Iraq Abu Abbas, Achille Lauro hijacker, dead
Mar.14   Southern Israel Palestinian suicide bombers kill 11  Sunni Triangle  Roadside bombs kill 6 U.S. soldiers Mar.15  Iraq  Survey finds hope in occupied Iraq Mar.17  Baghdad  Blast shatters hotel, killing 7 Mar.21   Gaza     Hamas founder killed in Israeli airstrike
  Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed as he was leaving a mosque. 6 others were killed in the strike
Mar.22  Gaza  Huge crowds mourn Hamas leader Mar.27  Jerusalem  Sharon may face bribery charges Mar.28   Iraq     Protests as U.S. closes Iraqi paper  Several thousand Iraqis protested the closure of Al Hawsa for 60 days, chanting anti-U.S. slogans Mar.31   Sunni Triangle   Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge Map of Fallujah Iraq
  U.S. officials said they expect more attacks like the one that killed 4 U.S. civilian contractors in Fallujah
 Cyprus  Annan announces Cyprus plan

April 2004 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1  Baghdad  Bremer: Iraq killings will be punished Apr.2  Jerusalem  Israeli police in Mosque clash Apr.4  Iraq  Protests end in 20 deaths  Sadr City  Shias kill 7 US troops Apr.6   Sunni Triangle   Heavy fighting in sealed Falluja  Fierce clashes are between US forces and insurgents after a major US operation began against the flashpoint town   Iraq Dozen U.S. Marines killed
Apr.7   Sunni Triangle Coalition battled Shiite, Sunni insurgents Apr.8   Iraq     Japanese, Koreans taken hostage  3 Japanese citizens and 7 South Korean civilians have been taken hostage in Iraq, where fighting has escalated Apr.9  Sunni Triangle  U.S. halts Fallujah offensive Apr.10  Sunni Triangle  U.S. sends another battalion to Fallujah Apr.11   Sunni Triangle Truce bid calms Falluja fighting Apr.12  Sunni Triangle  U.S.: 23 troops die in 3 days  Iraq  Russian hostages seized Apr.13  Iraq  Foreign workers told to quit Iraq Apr.16   Iraq Missing U.S. soldier on videotape Apr.17   Gaza     Hamas leader killed in Israeli airstrike   Abdel Aziz Rantisi was killed Saturday in Gaza City by an Israeli missile. The helicopter strike also killing 2 others Apr.18  Gaza  Fury as Gaza buries Hamas leader Apr.19  Sunni Triangle  Agreement in Fallujah talks Apr.20  Baghdad  Prison attack kills 21   Baghdad Iraqi tribunal to try Saddam Hussein Apr.21   Basra     Car bombs in Basra kill 68  Several car bombings at 4 police targets killed at least 68 -- including 18 schoolchildren   Saudi Arabia Suicide bomb kills 9  Israel  Nuclear spy Vanunu released Apr.23  Jerusalem  Sharon: Arafat pledge is off Apr.24   Cyprus Vote leaves island split  Iraq  Blasts target oil terminals Apr.25  Sunni Triangle  Coalition extends Fallujah deadline Apr.26   Jordan Major al Qaeda plot disrupted Apr.27   Iraq U.S. forces kill 64 insurgents near Najaf   Sunni Triangle   U.S. warplanes pound Fallujah targets  Intense fire lit the sky where Marines have engaged in a 2-week standoff with insurgents Apr.28  Sunni Triangle  Warplane fires on Fallujah Apr.29  Iraq  10 U.S. troops killed   Sunni Triangle Former Iraqi generals offer Fallujah plan  Sunni Triangle  US forces begin Falluja pullout

May 2004 ... more > Top ^
May.1   Saudi Arabia     6 Westerners killed in attack  4 attackers entered a compound and opened fire on workers May.2   Gaza Gunmen killed pregnant and 4 children
  Jerusalem Likud voted against withdrawal from Gaza May.3  Baghdad  Reprimands for US senior officers  Turkey  NATO summit attack prevented May.4  Jerusalem  Quartet tells Israel to quit Gaza May.7  Basra  UK troops clash with Basra gunmen May.11   Gaza 6 Israeli troops die in blast   Iraq   Video shows U.S. captive beheaded  Captors say they offered exchange man, identified himself as Nicholas Berg, 26, for Abu Ghraib prisoners May.13  Baghdad  Rumsfeld visits Abu Ghraib prison May.14   Baghdad Interrogation techniques banned in Iraq May.15   Tel Aviv Israelis call for Gaza withdrawal  Jerusalem  Court approves Gaza demolitions May.16  Jerusalem  Israel 'to step up demolitions' May.17   Iraq     Interim council head killed in car bombing  Ezzedine Salim was killed as he was waiting to enter headquarters of the coalition. Several other people also died  Iraq  Coalition forces find sarin gas device May.19  Gaza  Palestinians: 9 die in airstrike May.20  Gaza  Israel presses on despite outcry   Iraq Chalabi angered by raid on home May.24  Gaza  IDF forces out of Rafah camp May.28   Iraq     Allawi named as future prime minister  Former exile Iyad Allawi has been chosen to head an interim government May.29   Saudi Arabia   50 foreigners held hostage   Security forces have surrounded an oil company housing compound in the city of Khobar. The gunmen killed 16 people  Iraq  Najaf fighting continues despite pledge  Saudi Arabia  Hostage standoff ends May.30  Saudi Arabia  Saudi blames al Qaeda for attack May.31  Saudi Arabia  Oil price surge after siege

June 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1   Baghdad Council dissolved as new president named
Jun.3  Beirut  Opec 'to increase output by 8%' Jun.7  Iraq  Deal to disband Iraq militias announced Jun.8   Iraq Kidnapped Italians, Pole freed Jun.10  Saudi Arabia  Gadhafi plot to 'kill Saudi leader' Jun.13  Iraq  Car bomb kills 12 Iraqis Jun.14  Baghdad  Iraqi officials to get Saddam in 2 weeks Jun.15   Jerusalem Sharon won't face bribery charges  Saudi Arabia  Kidnapped American threatened in video  Iraq  Oil security chief killed Jun.17   Baghdad Car bomb kills 35 Jun.18   Saudi Arabia   U.S. hostage beheaded   Decapitated body of Paul Johnson Jr. was left in Riyadh. Terrorist group leader, 3 others die in gunbattle  Saudi Arabia  Militants killed after beheading Jun.19  Sunni Triangle  Airstrike on al-Zarqawi safe house kills 18 Jun.20  Iraq  Threat to behead South Korean hostage Jun.22   Iraq   South Korean hostage beheaded  Insurgents carried out their threat to behead Kim Sun-il they were holding hostage Jun.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape' threatens Iraq PM Jun.24   Sunni Triangle   Multiple attacks kill 90   Attackers detonated bombs and launched ambushes in Baghdad, Mosul, Ba'qubah, Ramadi and Fallujah   Iran 70 dead in tanker horror smash Jun.26  Iraq  3 Turks 'face beheading' Jun.27  Gaza  Explosion hits Israeli army post   Baghdad   US hands over sovereignty in Iraq
  US administrator Paul Bremer gave legal documents to an Iraqi judge two days ahead of schedule
Jun.28  Israel  Gaza rockets kill 2 in Israel Jun.29  Jerusalem  Court orders barrier shift Jun.30  Baghdad  Iraqis given custody of Saddam

July 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1   Baghdad     Defiant Saddam in court
  Saddam Hussein is hearing preliminary charges against him that included the gassing of Kurds and the invasion of Kuwait
Jul.7   Iraq Iraq adopts emergency powers law Jul.8  Beirut  Missing US marine free in Beirut Jul.10   Tel Aviv Explosion at bus stop: 1 dead, 21 injured Jul.13  Iraq  Bulgarian hostage killed   Iraq   Manila begins troop pullout  A move is being made to satisfy demands by kidnappers of a Filipino hostage Jul.15   Baghdad   Iraq to form new security force  Attacks by insurgents continued as the government is establishing an intelligence service to 'annihilate' terrorist groups Jul.17  West Bank  Arafat rejected government resignation Jul.18   Gaza   Militants protest Arafat security shakeup  Members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades burned down offices of the Palestinian intelligence services in southern Gaza Jul.21  Saudi Arabia  Saudis find U.S. hostage's head Jul.23   Iraq Militants take Egyptian diplomat hostage Jul.24   Iraq Militant threat to Australia and Italy Jul.25   Jerusalem Human chain protest at Gaza plan Jul.28   Iraq   Day of violence leaves at least 115 dead   68 killed in a Baquba suicide bombing and 42 in fighting in south-central Iraq. Militants claim to kill 2 Pakistanis

August 2004 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1   Baghdad Bomb blasts rock churches
Aug.4  Mosul  Fighting in Mosul leaves 12 dead Aug.5  Iraq  U.S. helicopter downed in Najaf Aug.6   Iraq Marines: 300 insurgents killed in Najaf Aug.7   Baghdad Iraq amnesty targets insurgents Aug.8  Iraq  Allawi in surprise Najaf visit  Iraq  Iranian consul abducted Aug.9  Iraq  Marines take lead in Najaf Aug.11   Iraq   U.S. launches offensive in Najaf
  The military launched a major offensive against militants loyal to renegade Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
Aug.12   Iraq Radical cleric wounded in Najaf Aug.13   Iraq Najaf truce brings calm to city Aug.14  Iraq  Peace talks fail in Najaf Aug.15   Baghdad Conference on interim assembly  Iraq  Najaf mosque under threat Aug.17   Iraq Al-Sadr rebuffs truce delegates Aug.18  Iraq  Al-Sadr agrees to disband militia Aug.19   Iraq Fierce fighting seen in Najaf Aug.20  Iraq  Rebels 'leave Najaf shrine'  Iraq  Combat halted near Imam Ali Mosque Aug.21  Iraq  US warplane attacks Najaf rebels Aug.25   Iraq Al-Sistani returns, urges march on Najaf   Iraq Blast at mosque kills 74 Aug.26   Iraq   Ayatollah reaches peace deal with al-Sadr   Al-Sadr has reached an agreement with al-Sistani that grants his freedom from murder charges and secures peace in Najaf  Iraq  Shiites stream into Najaf mosque Aug.28  Iraq  Rebels Leave Najaf Shrine Aug.31   Southern Israel     16 killed in bus explosions   The Hamas claimed responsibility for the near-simultaneous explosions on 2 buses in the southern city of Beer Sheva   Iraq Militants: 12 Nepalese 'killed'

September 2004 ... more > Top ^
Sep.7   Iraq   U.S. death toll in Iraq passes 1,000
  More than three-quarters have died in combat, and 647 of have been killed since Bush declared an end to major combat
Sep.12  Jerusalem  Settlers protest Israeli withdrawal plan Sep.14   Baghdad     Car bomb at police station kills 47  Assailants launched two deadly assaults at police targets. 12 police officers killed in a drive-by shooting in Baquba Sep.16  Baghdad  2 Americans, Briton kidnapped Sep.17  Baghdad  8 killed in car bombing Sep.18  Iran  Iran given new nuclear 'deadline'  Northern Iraq  Kirkuk bombing attacks Iraqi forces Sep.20   Iraq U.S. hostage beheaded Sep.22  Iraq  British hostage pleads for life on video Sep.24   Baghdad Six Egyptians taken Sep.26  Syria  Hamas leader killed Sep.27   Iraq Kidnapped Iranian diplomat freed  Jordan  Jordan king doubts Iraq elections Sep.28   Iraq Italians freed, Frenchmen to be released Sep.29  Iraq  Hostage Bigley shown in new video  Israel  Rocket kills two Israeli children Sep.30   Baghdad Bombs toll hits 45

October 2004 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1   Sunni Triangle   109 insurgents killed in Samarra   3,000 U.S. troops moved into Samarra. One American soldier was killed Oct.2  Gaza  Israelis secure Gaza buffer zone Oct.3  Gaza  3 Israeli attacks killed 6 Palestinians Oct.4  Baghdad  Bomb blasts leave 16 dead Oct.5  Iran  Iran 'increases missile range' Oct.7   Egypt     Three blasts kill 40 at tourist resorts
  Blasts rocked the resorts where Israelis were vacationing. The most powerful explosion ripped through the 400-room Hilton
Oct.8   Iraq Hostage Bigley killed Oct.10  Sadr City  Weapons handover in Sadr City Oct.11  Iraq  Nuclear assets 'vanish' Oct.12  Iraq  Babies found in mass grave Oct.14   Baghdad Green Zone blasts kill 8   Sunni Triangle U.S., Iraqis in Falluja assault Oct.15   Gaza Israeli troops pull back  Baghdad  Blasts at churches Oct.16  Sunni Triangle  US bombers strike at Falluja Oct.18  Sunni Triangle  U.S. bombs targets linked to al-Zarqawi Oct.19   Iraq Agency halts aid projects after kidnap Oct.20  Baghdad  Abu Ghraib guard pleads guilty Oct.21  Gaza  Israeli airstrike kills top Hamas leader Oct.22   Sunni Triangle Falluja raid 'nets Zarqawi aide' Oct.24   Iraq   Massacre of 50 Iraqi army recruits
  The bodies of recruits have been found following an ambush near the Iranian border
Oct.25   Iraq IAEA: Tons of Iraq explosives missing Oct.26   Jerusalem     Parliament OKs Sharon's withdrawal plan  Knesset has backed the plan to pull troops and settlements out of Gaza and part of the West Bank by 67 for, 45 against Oct.27  Southern Iraq  British troops move toward Baghdad   West Bank Doctors watch over Yasser Arafat Oct.28  Iraq  Militants claim killings of 11 Iraqis Oct.30  Sunni Triangle  Eight U.S. Marines killed Oct.31   Sunni Triangle U.S. forces launch new assaults in Falluja

November 2004 ... more > Top ^
Nov.2   United Arab Emirates UAE founder Nahyan dies, aged 90
Nov.3  Iraq  Three Iraqi guards 'beheaded' Nov.5  Sunni Triangle  US military 'seals off Falluja' Nov.6  Gaza  Palestinians ponder end to Arafat era  Sunni Triangle  Rebel attacks in Samarra kill 33 Nov.7   Baghdad Allawi declares state of emergency   Sunni Triangle Iraqi commandos seize Falluja hospital Nov.8  Sunni Triangle  Battle for Falluja under way  Sunni Triangle  Soldiers advanced into Falluja Nov.9   Sunni Triangle   U.S., Iraqis enter Falluja's center Map of Fallujah Iraq
  10 U.S. troops and 2 Iraqi soldiers had been killed, 22 others wounded
 West Bank  Aide: Arafat suffers brain hemorrhage Nov.10  Sunni Triangle  Troops find hostage 'slaughterhouses' Nov.11  Baghdad  At least 19 die in car bombing Nov.12   West Bank     Chaos as Arafat is buried Map of Ramallah Israel
  Amid chaotic and highly emotional scenes, Palestinian leader has been buried at the Ramallah compound
 Sunni Triangle  U.S. troops push into south Falluja Nov.13  Sunni Triangle  '1,000 Falluja insurgents killed' Nov.14   Sunni Triangle   U.S.: 'Enemy is broken' in Falluja  Marines spread through the deserted streets, kicking in doors during a dangerous house-to-house search   Gaza Abbas unharmed in shooting spree Nov.15  Iran  U.N.: No proof of Iran N-bomb work Nov.16   Iraq   Margaret Hassan apparently killed  The director of CARE International in Iraq was kidnapped on October 19. Videotapes showing her killing Nov.17   Gaza Israeli forces kill Egypt troops Nov.18  Sunni Triangle  Falluja assault 'breaks' rebels Nov.21   Baghdad Elections set for January 30 Nov.22  Iran  Iran to halt nuclear enrichment Nov.29  Qatar  al-Zawahiri vows to continue U.S. fight Nov.30  Iran  Nuclear freeze 'temporary'

December 2004 ... more > Top ^
Dec.1  Iraq  U.S. Troop Numbers in Iraq to Hit 150,000 Dec.3  Baghdad  Violence Kills at Least 25 Iraqis Dec.5   Israel Israel, Egypt Swap Prisoners
 Iraq  Insurgents Kill 23 Iraqis Countrywide Dec.6   Saudi Arabia   9 Killed in Attack on U.S. Mission   Militants stormed the heavily fortified consulate in Jeddah in a brazen raid before security forces regained control Dec.12  Jerusalem  Likud, Labour Begin Coalition Talks  Israel  Barghouthi Drops Out Dec.15  Iraq  Shi'ites Bombed as Poll Campaign Begins Dec.16   Gulf Bin Laden tape urges oil attack Dec.17   Turkey     'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks  A compromise formula had been agreed in which Turkey to recognise Cyprus by next October  Jerusalem  Sharon strikes coalition deal with Labor Dec.19   Iraq   Bombs in Karbala, Najaf kill more than 60   In Najaf, a suicide car bomber plowed his vehicle into a funeral procession just yards from Imam Ali shrine, killing 48 Dec.20  Iraq  Police arrest 50 after bombings Dec.21   Mosul   22 killed in attack on U.S. base  Multiple rounds hit a dining hall near Mosul, killing U.S. troops, members of the Iraqi national guard, and Iraqi civilians Dec.22  Jerusalem  Blair begins Mideast peace push Dec.23  Mosul  Security review after Mosul attack  Iraq  Rumsfeld arrives for surprise visit Dec.27  United Arab Emirates  bin Laden tape endorses al-Zarqawi Dec.28   Sunni Triangle Insurgents kill 23 Iraqi police, troops Dec.29  Saudi Arabia  Blasts rock Saudi capital


Insurgents killed 6 US soldiers Sharon orders Gaza pullout plan   Hamas founder killed in Israeli airstrike




Middle East, 2004 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2004
Jan.4  Basra  Blair visits Iraq, praises troops
Jan.8  Sunni Triangle  Black Hawk crash kills 9
Jan.17  Iraq  Blast kills 5. U.S. death toll tops 500
Jan.22  Sunni Triangle  9 dead in attacks
Jan.24  Sunni Triangle  5 U.S. soldiers, 4 Iraqis killed in attacks
Jan.27   Iraq
Jan.31  Mosul  2 bombings kill 12, including 3 U.S. soldiers
Feb.2   Jerusalem
Feb.14  Sunni Triangle  Fallujah attack killed 20, mostly police
Mar.14  Sunni Triangle  Roadside bombs kill 6 U.S. soldiers
Mar.21   Gaza
  Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed as he was leaving a mosque. 6 others were killed in the strike
Mar.31   Sunni Triangle Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge
Map of Fallujah Iraq
  U.S. officials said they expect more attacks like the one that killed 4 U.S. civilian contractors in Fallujah
Apr.1  Baghdad  Bremer: Iraq killings will be punished Apr.4  Sadr City  Shias kill 7 US troops Apr.6   Sunni Triangle Heavy fighting in sealed Falluja  Fierce clashes are between US forces and insurgents after a major US operation began against the flashpoint town Apr.6   Iraq Dozen U.S. Marines killed Apr.7   Sunni Triangle Coalition battled Shiite, Sunni insurgents Apr.9  Sunni Triangle  U.S. halts Fallujah offensive Apr.10  Sunni Triangle  U.S. sends another battalion to Fallujah Apr.11   Sunni Triangle Truce bid calms Falluja fighting Apr.12  Sunni Triangle  U.S.: 23 troops die in 3 days Apr.16   Iraq Missing U.S. soldier on videotape Apr.17   Gaza   Hamas leader killed in Israeli airstrike   Abdel Aziz Rantisi was killed Saturday in Gaza City by an Israeli missile. The helicopter strike also killing 2 others Apr.20  Baghdad  Prison attack kills 21 Apr.24  Iraq  Blasts target oil terminals Apr.25  Sunni Triangle  Coalition extends Fallujah deadline Apr.27   Iraq U.S. forces kill 64 insurgents near Najaf Apr.27   Sunni Triangle U.S. warplanes pound Fallujah targets  Intense fire lit the sky where Marines have engaged in a 2-week standoff with insurgents Apr.28  Sunni Triangle  Warplane fires on Fallujah Apr.29  Iraq  10 U.S. troops killed Apr.29   Sunni Triangle Former Iraqi generals offer Fallujah plan Apr.29  Sunni Triangle  US forces begin Falluja pullout May.2   Gaza Gunmen killed pregnant and 4 children May.3  Baghdad  Reprimands for US senior officers May.7  Basra  UK troops clash with Basra gunmen May.11   Gaza 6 Israeli troops die in blast May.13  Baghdad  Rumsfeld visits Abu Ghraib prison May.15   Tel Aviv Israelis call for Gaza withdrawal May.16  Jerusalem  Israel 'to step up demolitions' May.17  Iraq  Coalition forces find sarin gas device May.19  Gaza  Palestinians: 9 die in airstrike May.20  Gaza  Israel presses on despite outcry May.24  Gaza  IDF forces out of Rafah camp May.29  Iraq  Najaf fighting continues despite pledge May.29  Saudi Arabia  Hostage standoff ends Jun.7  Iraq  Deal to disband Iraq militias announced Jun.8   Iraq Kidnapped Italians, Pole freed Jun.13  Iraq  Car bomb kills 12 Iraqis Jun.18  Saudi Arabia  Militants killed after beheading Jun.19  Sunni Triangle  Airstrike on al-Zarqawi safe house kills 18 Jun.24   Sunni Triangle Multiple attacks kill 90   Attackers detonated bombs and launched ambushes in Baghdad, Mosul, Ba'qubah, Ramadi and Fallujah Jun.27  Gaza  Explosion hits Israeli army post Jul.8  Beirut  Missing US marine free in Beirut Jul.13   Iraq Manila begins troop pullout  A move is being made to satisfy demands by kidnappers of a Filipino hostage Jul.15   Baghdad Iraq to form new security force  Attacks by insurgents continued as the government is establishing an intelligence service to 'annihilate' terrorist groups Jul.18   Gaza Militants protest Arafat security shakeup  Members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades burned down offices of the Palestinian intelligence services in southern Gaza Jul.28   Iraq Day of violence leaves at least 115 dead   68 killed in a Baquba suicide bombing and 42 in fighting in south-central Iraq. Militants claim to kill 2 Pakistanis Aug.4  Mosul  Fighting in Mosul leaves 12 dead Aug.5  Iraq  U.S. helicopter downed in Najaf Aug.6   Iraq Marines: 300 insurgents killed in Najaf Aug.7   Baghdad Iraq amnesty targets insurgents Aug.9  Iraq  Marines take lead in Najaf Aug.11   Iraq U.S. launches offensive in Najaf
  The military launched a major offensive against militants loyal to renegade Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
Aug.12   Iraq Radical cleric wounded in Najaf
Aug.13   Iraq Najaf truce brings calm to city Aug.14  Iraq  Peace talks fail in Najaf Aug.18  Iraq  Al-Sadr agrees to disband militia Aug.19   Iraq Fierce fighting seen in Najaf Aug.20  Iraq  Rebels 'leave Najaf shrine' Aug.20  Iraq  Combat halted near Imam Ali Mosque Aug.21  Iraq  US warplane attacks Najaf rebels Aug.26   Iraq Ayatollah reaches peace deal with al-Sadr   Al-Sadr has reached an agreement with al-Sistani that grants his freedom from murder charges and secures peace in Najaf Aug.28  Iraq  Rebels Leave Najaf Shrine Aug.31   Iraq Militants: 12 Nepalese 'killed' Sep.7   Iraq U.S. death toll in Iraq passes 1,000
  More than three-quarters have died in combat, and 647 of have been killed since Bush declared an end to major combat
Sep.17  Baghdad  8 killed in car bombing Sep.18  Northern Iraq  Kirkuk bombing attacks Iraqi forces Sep.29  Israel  Rocket kills two Israeli children Oct.1   Sunni Triangle 109 insurgents killed in Samarra   3,000 U.S. troops moved into Samarra. One American soldier was killed Oct.2  Gaza  Israelis secure Gaza buffer zone Oct.3  Gaza  3 Israeli attacks killed 6 Palestinians Oct.5  Iran  Iran 'increases missile range' Oct.10  Sadr City  Weapons handover in Sadr City Oct.11  Iraq  Nuclear assets 'vanish' Oct.12  Iraq  Babies found in mass grave Oct.14   Baghdad Green Zone blasts kill 8 Oct.14   Sunni Triangle U.S., Iraqis in Falluja assault Oct.15   Gaza Israeli troops pull back Oct.16  Sunni Triangle  US bombers strike at Falluja Oct.18  Sunni Triangle  U.S. bombs targets linked to al-Zarqawi Oct.20  Baghdad  Abu Ghraib guard pleads guilty Oct.21  Gaza  Israeli airstrike kills top Hamas leader Oct.22   Sunni Triangle Falluja raid 'nets Zarqawi aide' Oct.27  Southern Iraq  British troops move toward Baghdad Oct.30  Sunni Triangle  Eight U.S. Marines killed Oct.31   Sunni Triangle U.S. forces launch new assaults in Falluja Nov.3  Iraq  Three Iraqi guards 'beheaded' Nov.5  Sunni Triangle  US military 'seals off Falluja' Nov.6  Sunni Triangle  Rebel attacks in Samarra kill 33 Nov.7   Baghdad Allawi declares state of emergency Nov.7   Sunni Triangle Iraqi commandos seize Falluja hospital Nov.8  Sunni Triangle  Battle for Falluja under way Nov.8  Sunni Triangle  Soldiers advanced into Falluja Nov.9   Sunni Triangle U.S., Iraqis enter Falluja's center
Map of Fallujah Iraq
  10 U.S. troops and 2 Iraqi soldiers had been killed, 22 others wounded
Nov.10  Sunni Triangle  Troops find hostage 'slaughterhouses' Nov.12  Sunni Triangle  U.S. troops push into south Falluja Nov.13  Sunni Triangle  '1,000 Falluja insurgents killed' Nov.14   Sunni Triangle U.S.: 'Enemy is broken' in Falluja  Marines spread through the deserted streets, kicking in doors during a dangerous house-to-house search Nov.15  Iran  U.N.: No proof of Iran N-bomb work Nov.17   Gaza Israeli forces kill Egypt troops Nov.18  Sunni Triangle  Falluja assault 'breaks' rebels Nov.22  Iran  Iran to halt nuclear enrichment Nov.30  Iran  Nuclear freeze 'temporary' Dec.1  Iraq  U.S. Troop Numbers in Iraq to Hit 150,000 Dec.3  Baghdad  Violence Kills at Least 25 Iraqis Dec.5   Israel Israel, Egypt Swap Prisoners Dec.5  Iraq  Insurgents Kill 23 Iraqis Countrywide Dec.21   Mosul 22 killed in attack on U.S. base  Multiple rounds hit a dining hall near Mosul, killing U.S. troops, members of the Iraqi national guard, and Iraqi civilians Dec.23  Mosul  Security review after Mosul attack Dec.23  Iraq  Rumsfeld arrives for surprise visit Dec.28   Sunni Triangle Insurgents kill 23 Iraqi police, troops



Middle East, 2004 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.1  Iran  Quake rescue efforts end Jan.2   Egypt Airliner crashes into Red Sea  No survivors likely. A charter with 152 people aboard, most of them French tourists, crashed shortly after takeoff Jan.3   Iran Woman, 97, found alive in quake ruins
Jan.8   Southern Iran Man found alive in quake rubble Feb.1   Saudi Arabia Hajj stampede: 244 pilgrims dead Feb.18   Iran Train blast destroys villages, 300 killed  A runaway train cars filled with fuel and chemicals derailed and exploded, destroying 5 nearby villages Jun.24   Iran 70 dead in tanker horror smash Oct.27   West Bank Doctors watch over Yasser Arafat



Middle East, 2004 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2004 Apr.24  Iraq  Blasts target oil terminals May.31  Saudi Arabia  Oil price surge after siege Jun.3  Beirut  Opec 'to increase output by 8%' Dec.16   Gulf Bin Laden tape urges oil attack




Middle East, 2004 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.14  Israel  Hamas uses female suicide bomber Jan.18   Baghdad Car bomb leaves 20 dead
Jan.21   Jerusalem   Sharon may face corruption charge  Prosecutors are considering charging Prime Minister and his deputy in connection with a bribery scandal Jan.28   Jerusalem 10 killed in suicide attack on bus Feb.1   Kurdistan At least 67 dead in suicide blasts  Nearly simultaneous bombings of the offices of 2 Kurdish parties in Erbil killed 67 people, including 5 senior Kurdish officials Feb.10   Iraq   Car bomb kills at least 50  Massive truck bomb exploded near a police station in Iskandariyah as applicants stood in line for jobs with the police Feb.10   Iraq Car bomb kills 47 Iraq army recruits Feb.13  Qatar  Blast kills exiled Chechen leader Feb.14  Sunni Triangle  Fallujah attack killed 20, mostly police Feb.21   Baghdad Red Cross visits Saddam Feb.21   Jerusalem Suicide bomber kills 8 Mar.2   Baghdad 182 killed in attacks in Baghdad, Karbala  Suspected insurgents made well-organized, simultaneous attacks on the holiest Shiite Muslim day of the year Mar.9   Iraq Abu Abbas, Achille Lauro hijacker, dead Mar.14   Southern Israel Palestinian suicide bombers kill 11 Mar.17  Baghdad  Blast shatters hotel, killing 7 Mar.27  Jerusalem  Sharon may face bribery charges Mar.31   Sunni Triangle Iraqis hang U.S. bodies off bridge Map of Fallujah Iraq
  U.S. officials said they expect more attacks like the one that killed 4 U.S. civilian contractors in Fallujah
Apr.8   Iraq   Japanese, Koreans taken hostage  3 Japanese citizens and 7 South Korean civilians have been taken hostage in Iraq, where fighting has escalated Apr.12  Iraq  Russian hostages seized Apr.13  Iraq  Foreign workers told to quit Iraq Apr.20   Baghdad Iraqi tribunal to try Saddam Hussein Apr.21   Basra   Car bombs in Basra kill 68  Several car bombings at 4 police targets killed at least 68 -- including 18 schoolchildren Apr.21   Saudi Arabia Suicide bomb kills 9 Apr.21  Israel  Nuclear spy Vanunu released Apr.26   Jordan Major al Qaeda plot disrupted May.1   Saudi Arabia   6 Westerners killed in attack  4 attackers entered a compound and opened fire on workers May.2   Gaza Gunmen killed pregnant and 4 children May.3  Turkey  NATO summit attack prevented May.11   Iraq Video shows U.S. captive beheaded  Captors say they offered exchange man, identified himself as Nicholas Berg, 26, for Abu Ghraib prisoners May.14   Baghdad Interrogation techniques banned in Iraq May.17   Iraq   Interim council head killed in car bombing  Ezzedine Salim was killed as he was waiting to enter headquarters of the coalition. Several other people also died May.29   Saudi Arabia 50 foreigners held hostage   Security forces have surrounded an oil company housing compound in the city of Khobar. The gunmen killed 16 people May.30  Saudi Arabia  Saudi blames al Qaeda for attack Jun.8   Iraq Kidnapped Italians, Pole freed Jun.10  Saudi Arabia  Gadhafi plot to 'kill Saudi leader' Jun.14  Baghdad  Iraqi officials to get Saddam in 2 weeks Jun.15   Jerusalem Sharon won't face bribery charges Jun.15  Saudi Arabia  Kidnapped American threatened in video Jun.15  Iraq  Oil security chief killed Jun.17   Baghdad Car bomb kills 35 Jun.18   Saudi Arabia U.S. hostage beheaded   Decapitated body of Paul Johnson Jr. was left in Riyadh. Terrorist group leader, 3 others die in gunbattle Jun.20  Iraq  Threat to behead South Korean hostage Jun.22   Iraq South Korean hostage beheaded  Insurgents carried out their threat to behead Kim Sun-il they were holding hostage Jun.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape' threatens Iraq PM Jun.26  Iraq  3 Turks 'face beheading' Jun.28  Israel  Gaza rockets kill 2 in Israel Jun.30  Baghdad  Iraqis given custody of Saddam Jul.1   Baghdad   Defiant Saddam in court
  Saddam Hussein is hearing preliminary charges against him that included the gassing of Kurds and the invasion of Kuwait
Jul.10   Tel Aviv Explosion at bus stop: 1 dead, 21 injured
Jul.13  Iraq  Bulgarian hostage killed Jul.21  Saudi Arabia  Saudis find U.S. hostage's head Jul.23   Iraq Militants take Egyptian diplomat hostage Jul.24   Iraq Militant threat to Australia and Italy Aug.1   Baghdad Bomb blasts rock churches Aug.8  Iraq  Iranian consul abducted Aug.15  Iraq  Najaf mosque under threat Aug.25   Iraq Blast at mosque kills 74 Aug.31   Southern Israel   16 killed in bus explosions   The Hamas claimed responsibility for the near-simultaneous explosions on 2 buses in the southern city of Beer Sheva Aug.31   Iraq Militants: 12 Nepalese 'killed' Sep.14   Baghdad   Car bomb at police station kills 47  Assailants launched two deadly assaults at police targets. 12 police officers killed in a drive-by shooting in Baquba Sep.16  Baghdad  2 Americans, Briton kidnapped Sep.17  Baghdad  8 killed in car bombing Sep.18  Northern Iraq  Kirkuk bombing attacks Iraqi forces Sep.20   Iraq U.S. hostage beheaded Sep.22  Iraq  British hostage pleads for life on video Sep.24   Baghdad Six Egyptians taken Sep.26  Syria  Hamas leader killed Sep.27   Iraq Kidnapped Iranian diplomat freed Sep.28   Iraq Italians freed, Frenchmen to be released Sep.29  Iraq  Hostage Bigley shown in new video Sep.29  Israel  Rocket kills two Israeli children Sep.30   Baghdad Bombs toll hits 45 Oct.4  Baghdad  Bomb blasts leave 16 dead Oct.7   Egypt   Three blasts kill 40 at tourist resorts
  Blasts rocked the resorts where Israelis were vacationing. The most powerful explosion ripped through the 400-room Hilton
Oct.8   Iraq Hostage Bigley killed
Oct.12  Iraq  Babies found in mass grave Oct.15  Baghdad  Blasts at churches Oct.19   Iraq Agency halts aid projects after kidnap Oct.20  Baghdad  Abu Ghraib guard pleads guilty Oct.24   Iraq Massacre of 50 Iraqi army recruits
  The bodies of recruits have been found following an ambush near the Iranian border
Oct.25   Iraq IAEA: Tons of Iraq explosives missing
Oct.28  Iraq  Militants claim killings of 11 Iraqis Nov.3  Iraq  Three Iraqi guards 'beheaded' Nov.10  Sunni Triangle  Troops find hostage 'slaughterhouses' Nov.11  Baghdad  At least 19 die in car bombing Nov.14   Gaza Abbas unharmed in shooting spree Nov.16   Iraq Margaret Hassan apparently killed  The director of CARE International in Iraq was kidnapped on October 19. Videotapes showing her killing Nov.29  Qatar  al-Zawahiri vows to continue U.S. fight Dec.6   Saudi Arabia 9 Killed in Attack on U.S. Mission   Militants stormed the heavily fortified consulate in Jeddah in a brazen raid before security forces regained control Dec.15  Iraq  Shi'ites Bombed as Poll Campaign Begins Dec.16   Gulf Bin Laden tape urges oil attack Dec.19   Iraq Bombs in Karbala, Najaf kill more than 60   In Najaf, a suicide car bomber plowed his vehicle into a funeral procession just yards from Imam Ali shrine, killing 48 Dec.20  Iraq  Police arrest 50 after bombings Dec.27  United Arab Emirates  bin Laden tape endorses al-Zarqawi Dec.29  Saudi Arabia  Blasts rock Saudi capital



Middle East, 2004 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.4  Basra  Blair visits Iraq, praises troops Jan.10  Southern Iraq  6 killed in jobs protest Jan.11   Iran   Protest as reformists blocked
  Reformists walked out of parliament and staged a sit-in to protest over the conservatives' rejection of election candidates
Jan.12  Iran  Cabinet may dissolve Jan.15  Basra  Iraqis protest against poll plans Jan.31  Iran  109 lawmakers resign Feb.1   Saudi Arabia Hajj stampede: 244 pilgrims dead
Feb.2   Jerusalem Sharon orders Gaza pullout plan Feb.8  Iraq  U.N. team meets with Iraq council Feb.9  Jerusalem  Court hearing on barrier Feb.12  Iraq  U.N. envoy hopeful on later vote Feb.19  Iraq  UN rules out June Iraq elections Feb.19  Iran  Khamenei urges Iranians to vote Feb.21   Baghdad Red Cross visits Saddam Feb.21   Iran   'Landslide' for hard-liners  Conservative religious hardliners, running virtually unopposed, are set to gain control of parliament Feb.28  Baghdad  Splits delay basic law deal Feb.29  Iraq  Iraqis agree draft constitution Mar.8   Iraq   Interim constitution signed  Governing Council members signed a constitution, laying the groundwork for future elections and a permanent constitution Mar.15  Iraq  Survey finds hope in occupied Iraq Mar.22  Gaza  Huge crowds mourn Hamas leader Mar.27  Jerusalem  Sharon may face bribery charges Mar.28   Iraq   Protests as U.S. closes Iraqi paper  Several thousand Iraqis protested the closure of Al Hawsa for 60 days, chanting anti-U.S. slogans Mar.31  Cyprus  Annan announces Cyprus plan Apr.2  Jerusalem  Israeli police in Mosque clash Apr.4  Iraq  Protests end in 20 deaths Apr.18  Gaza  Fury as Gaza buries Hamas leader Apr.19  Sunni Triangle  Agreement in Fallujah talks Apr.23  Jerusalem  Sharon: Arafat pledge is off Apr.24   Cyprus Vote leaves island split May.2   Jerusalem Likud voted against withdrawal from Gaza May.4  Jerusalem  Quartet tells Israel to quit Gaza May.13  Baghdad  Rumsfeld visits Abu Ghraib prison May.15   Tel Aviv Israelis call for Gaza withdrawal May.15  Jerusalem  Court approves Gaza demolitions May.16  Jerusalem  Israel 'to step up demolitions' May.20   Iraq Chalabi angered by raid on home May.28   Iraq   Allawi named as future prime minister  Former exile Iyad Allawi has been chosen to head an interim government Jun.1   Baghdad Council dissolved as new president named Jun.7  Iraq  Deal to disband Iraq militias announced Jun.27   Baghdad US hands over sovereignty in Iraq
  US administrator Paul Bremer gave legal documents to an Iraqi judge two days ahead of schedule
Jun.29  Jerusalem  Court orders barrier shift Jun.30  Baghdad  Iraqis given custody of Saddam Jul.7   Iraq Iraq adopts emergency powers law Jul.15   Baghdad Iraq to form new security force  Attacks by insurgents continued as the government is establishing an intelligence service to 'annihilate' terrorist groups Jul.17  West Bank  Arafat rejected government resignation Jul.18   Gaza Militants protest Arafat security shakeup  Members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades burned down offices of the Palestinian intelligence services in southern Gaza Jul.25   Jerusalem Human chain protest at Gaza plan Aug.7   Baghdad Iraq amnesty targets insurgents Aug.8  Iraq  Allawi in surprise Najaf visit Aug.14  Iraq  Peace talks fail in Najaf Aug.15   Baghdad Conference on interim assembly Aug.17   Iraq Al-Sadr rebuffs truce delegates Aug.25   Iraq Al-Sistani returns, urges march on Najaf Aug.26   Iraq Ayatollah reaches peace deal with al-Sadr   Al-Sadr has reached an agreement with al-Sistani that grants his freedom from murder charges and secures peace in Najaf Aug.26  Iraq  Shiites stream into Najaf mosque Sep.12  Jerusalem  Settlers protest Israeli withdrawal plan Sep.18  Iran  Iran given new nuclear 'deadline' Sep.27  Jordan  Jordan king doubts Iraq elections Sep.29  Iraq  Hostage Bigley shown in new video Oct.19   Iraq Agency halts aid projects after kidnap Oct.26   Jerusalem   Parliament OKs Sharon's withdrawal plan  Knesset has backed the plan to pull troops and settlements out of Gaza and part of the West Bank by 67 for, 45 against Nov.2   United Arab Emirates UAE founder Nahyan dies, aged 90 Nov.6  Gaza  Palestinians ponder end to Arafat era Nov.7   Baghdad Allawi declares state of emergency Nov.9  West Bank  Aide: Arafat suffers brain hemorrhage Nov.12   West Bank   Chaos as Arafat is buried Map of Ramallah Israel
  Amid chaotic and highly emotional scenes, Palestinian leader has been buried at the Ramallah compound
Nov.15  Iran  U.N.: No proof of Iran N-bomb work Nov.21   Baghdad Elections set for January 30 Nov.22  Iran  Iran to halt nuclear enrichment Nov.30  Iran  Nuclear freeze 'temporary' Dec.5   Israel Israel, Egypt Swap Prisoners Dec.12  Jerusalem  Likud, Labour Begin Coalition Talks Dec.12  Israel  Barghouthi Drops Out Dec.15  Iraq  Shi'ites Bombed as Poll Campaign Begins Dec.17   Turkey   'Deal struck' in Turkey-EU talks  A compromise formula had been agreed in which Turkey to recognise Cyprus by next October Dec.17  Jerusalem  Sharon strikes coalition deal with Labor Dec.22  Jerusalem  Blair begins Mideast peace push Dec.23  Iraq  Rumsfeld arrives for surprise visit