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1. 01-09 Abbas wins presidential election West Bank
C. 01-26 31 Marines killed in chopper crash Western Iraq
3. 01-30 Iraqis vote amid violence Iraq
4. 02-08 Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire Egypt
02-14 Huge blast kills ex-PM Beirut
G. 02-28 Suicide bomb kills at least 125 Hilla, Iraq
H. 03-04 U.S. wound reporter, killing bodyguard Iraq
I. 04-26 Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon Lebanon
9. 05-03 Parliament swears in partial government Baghdad

Summary.     Click for More > Suicide bomb kills at least 125 U.S. wound reporter, killing bodyguard Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon  Syria is surrendering to demands and ending its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor Parliament swears in partial government Hariri camp secured majority in parliament Ahmadinejad elected as president  The ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran has won 61% of votes of the run-off ahead of Rafsanjani on 35% Suicide bomber kills 90 near Baghdad 88 died as explosions rock resort town   Multiple explosions struck Sharm el-Sheik, targeting a hotel and killing at least 30 people King Fahd dead Israeli troops begin forced evictions Settlers leave last outpost Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution 1,000 dead in stampede  323 others injured on a bridge after a massive Shiite religious commemoration erupted into panic Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
Abbas wins presidential election 31 Marines killed in chopper crash Iraqis vote amid violence  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire Huge blast kills ex-PM
Jan.2  Iraq  Bus bombing kills 19
Jan.3  Baghdad  Baghdad governor assassinated
Jan.9   West Bank
Jan.10  West Bank  Abbas makes peace offer to Israel
Jan.12  Iraq  U.S. ends search for WMD in Iraq
Jan.13  Gaza  Bomb attack rocks crossing
Jan.15  West Bank  Mahmoud Abbas sworn in
Jan.19  Baghdad  Car bombings kill at least 25
Jan.22  Gaza  Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'
Jan.23  Iraq  'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie'
Jan.24  Iraq  Iraqi forces 'committing abuse'
Jan.26   Western Iraq
 Jerusalem  Mid-East talks raise peace hopes
Jan.30   Iraq
 Baghdad  Election declared 'success'
Feb.5  Baghdad  Shiites lead in poll results
Feb.7  Mosul  Suicide bombers kill at least 26
Feb.8   Egypt
Feb.9  Iran  Iran defiant after U.S warning
Feb.10  West Bank  Abbas sacks security commanders
Feb.13  Iraq  Shiite alliance wins plurality
Feb.14   Beirut
  Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been killed in a large-scale bomb attack on his motorcade in Beirut.    Hariri and at 9 others were killed when a massive bomb ripped through chic seafront boulevard. Members of the opposition hold Syria a...
Feb.16  Iran  Iran to aid Syria against threats
Feb.18  Iraq  Ashura marred by bombs
Feb.21  Israel  Israel frees 500 Palestinian prisoners
Feb.22  Southern Iran  500 killed in quake
 Baghdad  Shia alliance names PM candidate
Feb.25  Tel Aviv  Bomb kills clubbers
Feb.27  Syria  Syria 'gave up' brother of Saddam
Feb.28   Iraq
 Beirut  Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns
Mar.1  Iraq  Key Saddam trial judge killed
Mar.4   Iraq
Mar.5  Syria  Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops
Mar.10  Mosul  Blast hits Shia funeral. 47 killed
Mar.11  Lebanon  Syrian troops quit north Lebanon
Mar.14  Beirut  Massive protest marks Hariri death
Mar.16  Iraq  Assembly meets amid blasts
Mar.18  West Bank  Palestinian truce deal
Mar.23  Iraq  Iraqi, U.S. overrun rebel base, kill 85
Mar.26  Beirut  Bomb hits Beirut's Christian area
Mar.28  Jerusalem  Knesset rejects Gaza referendum
Apr.6  Iraq  Kurd leader Talabani named president
Apr.7  Baghdad  Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister
Apr.9  Gaza  3 teens shot
Apr.21  Iraq  6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
Apr.26   Lebanon
Apr.28  Iraq  Lawmakers approve Cabinet list
 Baghdad  Car bombs leave 24 dead
May.3   Baghdad
May.4  Iraq  Suicide bomber kills at least 47
May.10  Western Iraq  Rebels kidnap province chief
 Sunni Triangle  Suicide bombs cause carnage
May.12  Turkey  Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair'
May.23  Iraq  Insurgent attacks kill at least 34
May.25  Azerbaijan  Giant Caspian oil pipeline opens
 Turkey  Liverpool crowned over AC Milan
May.27  Saudi Arabia  King Fahd hospitalized
Jun.2  Beirut  Blast kills journalist
Jun.5  Southern Lebanon  Hezbollah set to win south Lebanon vote
Jun.9  Jerusalem  Court backs pullout plan
Jun.12  Iran  Bombs kill 8
Jun.15  Iraq  Restaurant bombing kills 23 Iraqi soldiers
 Iraq  Jubilant ex-hostage tells of rescue
Jun.18  Tehran  Hardline mayor to contest run-off
Jun.19  Baghdad  Suicide bomber kills 23 at eatery
Jun.20   Beirut
Jun.21  Jerusalem  Gloom at end of Sharon-Abbas summit
Jun.24   Tehran
Jun.26  Iraq  US holds talks with Iraq rebels
Jun.29  Israel  Gaza settler chaos strikes Israel
Jul.7  Iraq  Egypt's envoy killed
Jul.12  Israel  Suicide bomber kills two outside mall
Jul.15  Egypt  Biochemist held in London bombings
Jul.16   Iraq
Jul.17  Baghdad  First charges against Saddam Hussein
Jul.18  Israel  Israel blocks Gaza demonstrators
Jul.22   Sinai
Aug.1   Saudi Arabia
Aug.2  Saudi Arabia  Simple funeral for King Fahd
Aug.4  Israel  Israeli soldier kills 4 Arab bus passengers
Aug.5  Iran  EU puts nuclear proposals to Iran
Aug.8  Iran  Iran resumes uranium conversion
Aug.11  Iraq  Shias call for more autonomy
Aug.15  Gaza  Historic pullout has begun
 Baghdad  Constitution deadline extended
Aug.17   Gaza
Aug.18  Gaza  Largest settlement evacuated
Aug.19  Jordan  Al Qaeda claim for Red Sea attacks
Aug.21  Baghdad  Role of Islam in Iraq agreed
Aug.22   Gaza
Aug.23  West Bank  Settler eviction complete
Aug.27  Israel  21 hurt in bomb blast
Aug.28   Baghdad
Aug.31   Baghdad
Sep.1  Beirut  Hariri killing suspects charged
Sep.5  Iran  Nuclear weapons 'years away'
Sep.9  Egypt  Mubarak wins vote
 Iraq  Tal Afar drive targets insurgents
Sep.11   Gaza
  It was the end of 38 years of an occupation of the Palestinian territory 2 weeks ahead of schedule
 Israel has already removed its settlers, bulldozed their homes and demolished its military bases. 20 synagogues left intact after rabbis argued demolition went against Jewish law
Sep.13   Baghdad Wave of violence kills at least 140 Sep.16  Iraq  Suicide car bomber hits worshippers Sep.19  Iraq  British troops freed in jailbreak Sep.20  Syria  U.N. quizzes Syrians in Hariri probe Sep.24  Gaza  Israel launches strikes against Hamas Sep.26  Jerusalem  Sharon fends off leadership poll  Iraq  Al Qaeda's No. 2 in Iraq killed Sep.29  Sunni Triangle  Simultaneous car bombs kill 62 Oct.5  Baghdad  Iraq reverses vote rule change Oct.12  Syria  Minister commits suicide Oct.13  Turkey  Bird flu 'is deadly strain' Oct.17  Jerusalem  Israel suspends Palestinian talks Oct.19  Baghdad  Hussein trial adjourned until November 28 Oct.20   Lebanon U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing Oct.21  Syria  Governments deny UN murder claims Oct.24  Baghdad  3 explosions near 2 hotels Oct.25   Baghdad   Draft constitution passes  The referendum has passed, according to final provisional results issued by Iraqi election officials Oct.26  Israel  5 killed in blast   Iran Israel 'must be wiped from map' Oct.29  Iraq  Car bomb kills at least 25 Nov.9   Jordan 57 killed in 3 hotel blasts   Suicide attackers detonated nearly simultaneous explosions at hotels in downtown Amman Nov.11  Iraq  Key fugitive Saddam aide dead Nov.13  Jordan  'Failed bomber' confesses Nov.15  Baghdad  Detainees 'found starving' Nov.19  Iraq  Suicide bomber kills 35 at funeral Nov.20   Jerusalem   Sharon to quit Likud party  Prime Minister is set to quit his ruling party and run separately in next year's elections Nov.21  Jerusalem  New Sharon party 'aims for peace' Nov.25   Gaza Palestinians take over key border  Syria  Syria agrees to U.N. questioning Nov.26  Azerbaijan  Police break up mass rally Nov.27  Egypt  Muslim Brotherhood's poll success Nov.28  Baghdad  Hussein trial adjourned amid rancor Nov.29  Iraq  Video airs of purported hostages  Jerusalem  Peres to quit Labor, back Sharon Dec.2  Sunni Triangle  10 Marines killed near Falluja Dec.3  Lebanon  20 bodies found in grave Dec.5  Israel  5 die in suicide blast  Baghdad  Witness at Hussein trial describes torture Dec.6   Tehran 110 killed in plane crash  Baghdad  Suicide bombers kill 36 Dec.8  Iran  Ahmadinejad: Move Israel to Europe Dec.11   Syria New Hariri report 'blames Syria' Dec.12  Beirut  Beirut blast kills anti-Syria MP Dec.15   Iraq 'High turnout' in election Dec.18  Jerusalem  Sharon hospitalized after mild stroke Dec.19  Jerusalem  Likud picked Netanyahu as its new leader Dec.21  Baghdad  Hussein says he was beaten in custody Dec.22  Sunni Triangle  US to make Iraq troop level cuts Dec.24  Egypt  Nour jailed for 5 years Dec.27  Iraq  Ukrainian, Bulgarian troops left Iraq Dec.28  Gaza  Israel bombards no-go zone Dec.29  Baghdad  International team to review elections Dec.30   Lebanon Ex-VP: Assad threatened Lebanese PM



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February 2005
Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
Shiite alliance wins plurality
Iran to aid Syria against threats
Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns
Huge blast kills ex-PM
Ashura marred by bombs
Israel frees 500 Palestinian prisoners
Suicide bomb kills at least 125
Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
Ashura marred by bombs
Bomb kills clubbers
Suicide bomb kills at least 125
Huge blast kills ex-PM
Ashura marred by bombs
Bomb kills clubbers
Suicide bomb kills at least 125
March 2005
Massive protest marks Hariri death
Assembly meets amid blasts
Palestinian truce deal
Blast hits Shia funeral. 47 killed
U.S. wound reporter, killing bodyguard
Syrian troops quit north Lebanon
Palestinian truce deal
Blast hits Shia funeral. 47 killed
Blast hits Shia funeral. 47 killed
April 2005
Kurd leader Talabani named president
Lawmakers approve Cabinet list
Cairo tourists come under attack
6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash
Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon
Cairo tourists come under attack
Cairo tourists come under attack
May 2005
Parliament swears in partial government
Suicide bomber kills at least 47
Rebels kidnap province chief
Insurgent attacks kill at least 34
Suicide bomber kills at least 47
Suicide bomber kills at least 47
June 2005
Hariri camp secured majority in parliament
Ahmadinejad elected as president
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Suicide bomber kills 90 near Baghdad
88 died as explosions rock resort town
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88 died as explosions rock resort town
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88 died as explosions rock resort town
August 2005
King Fahd dead
Settlers leave last outpost
Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution
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Israeli troops begin forced evictions
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September 2005
Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
Wave of violence kills at least 140
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October 2005
U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
Draft constitution passes
U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
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November 2005
Sharon to quit Likud party
Palestinians take over key border
57 killed in 3 hotel blasts
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December 2005
New Hariri report 'blames Syria'
'High turnout' in election
Ex-VP: Assad threatened Lebanese PM
Soldiers kill 20 Sudanese refugees
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Bus bombing kills 19 Baghdad governor assassinated  At least 6 people have been killed and 40 others injured in a bomb explosion at a police post   Abbas wins presidential election


January 2005 ... more > Top ^
Jan.2   Iraq
Jan.3  Iraq  Insurgent attacks kill 20
  Baghdad  
Jan.7  Jerusalem  Palestinian candidate ejected
Jan.9   West Bank  
  Early results showed the moderate candidate wins 66% of vote
Jan.10  Baghdad  Baghdad's deputy police chief slain   West Bank Abbas makes peace offer to Israel
Jan.12   Iraq   U.S. ends search for WMD in Iraq  Members of the Survey Group were continuing to examine documents and would investigate any new leads Jan.13  Iraq  Aide to Shia leader killed   Gaza Bomb attack rocks crossing Jan.15   West Bank Mahmoud Abbas sworn in Jan.16  Jerusalem  Israel orders crackdown Jan.17  Mosul  Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Mosul Jan.19   Baghdad Car bombings kill at least 25 Jan.20  Gaza  Israel: Palestinians eye Gaza force Jan.21  Baghdad  Car bomb kills 14 near mosque Jan.22   Gaza     Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'  Palestinian President has secured a 30-day cease-fire with the 2 largest militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Jan.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie' Jan.24  Iraq  Bomb mastermind captured   Iraq Iraqi forces 'committing abuse' Jan.26   Western Iraq   31 Marines killed in chopper crash
  5 troops in other incidents. Number of U.S. troops killed today is 36, the deadliest day for U.S. since the start of the war
  Jerusalem Mid-East talks raise peace hopes Jan.28  Iraq  Security stepped up for poll Jan.29  Iraq  8 more Iraqis killed on election eve Jan.30   Iraq   Iraqis vote amid violence
  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence
  Baghdad Election declared 'success'  Iraq  UK troops killed in crash

February 2005 ... more > Top ^
Feb.2  Egypt  Egypt to host Middle East summit Feb.5   Baghdad Shiites lead in poll results
Feb.7   Mosul Suicide bombers kill at least 26 Feb.8   Egypt     Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
  Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon are hailing cease-fire as a new opportunity for peace after talks at their summit
 Baghdad  More than 20 killed in blast  Gaza  Hamas and Islamic Jihad disown truce Feb.9   Iran Iran defiant after U.S warning Feb.10   West Bank Abbas sacks security commanders Feb.11  Iraq  Attacks kill at least 21 in Shiite areas Feb.13   Iraq   Shiite alliance wins plurality  The United Iraq Alliance, backed by Ali al-Sistani fell short of an outright majority. Parties have 3 days to file objections Feb.14   Beirut     Huge blast kills ex-PM
  Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been killed in a large-scale bomb attack on his motorcade in Beirut
 Hariri and at 9 others were killed when a massive bomb ripped through chic seafront boulevard. Members of the opposition hold Syria and the pro-Damascus Lebanese government responsible for the death of the businessman. The government held an emergency Cabinet meeting
 Beirut  Army 'on alert' after Beirut bomb Feb.16   Iran     Iran to aid Syria against threats  Iran has vowed to back Syria against 'challenges and threat' as both countries face US pressure  Beirut  Hariri buried amid chaotic scenes Feb.17  Baghdad  Shiites win majority in assembly Feb.18   Iraq   Ashura marred by bombs  Explosions are leaving at least 27 people dead and 5 dozen wounded as Shiite Muslims observed Ashura Feb.20  Jerusalem  Cabinet OKs settlement withdrawals Feb.21   Israel   Israel frees 500 Palestinian prisoners  Convoys of buses carrying shackled inmates left prison camp of Ketziot, and arrived on the edges of the West Bank Feb.22   Southern Iran   500 killed in quake  Some 30,000 people in about 40 villages have been affected in southern Iran   Baghdad Shia alliance names PM candidate  Southern Iran  Rain slows Iran quake aid effort Feb.23  West Bank  Palestinian PM wins cabinet deal Feb.24  Sunni Triangle  16 police killed in bombings Feb.25   Tel Aviv     Bomb kills clubbers  A suicide bombing has killed 4 and injured about 30 outside a popular seafront night club. There are conflicting claims Feb.26  Egypt  Election reform announced  Israel  Israel blames Syria for bombing Feb.27   Syria Syria 'gave up' brother of Saddam Feb.28   Iraq     Suicide bomb kills at least 125 Map of Hilla Iraq
  The attack in Hilla where police recruits were waiting to get physicals wounded more than 150 others
  Beirut   Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns  The government abruptly resigned during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a roar from protesters

March 2005 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1  Lebanon  U.S. hails Lebanese democracy move   Iraq Key Saddam trial judge killed
Mar.4   Iraq     U.S. wound reporter, killing bodyguard
  U.S. soldiers attempted to warn the occupants of a car carrying a freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena
Mar.5   Syria Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops
Mar.7  Syria  Syria, Lebanon agree to troop pullback Mar.9  Iraq  26 bodies found in village Mar.10   Mosul   Blast hits Shia funeral. 47 killed  An explosion has torn through a procession at a mosque in the city of Mosul killing 47 Mar.11   Lebanon   Syrian troops quit north Lebanon  Opposition repeats refusal to join pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami unity government Mar.12  Syria  Syria 'committed to full withdrawal' Mar.14   Beirut     Massive protest marks Hariri death  Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Beirut for an opposition rally 4 weeks since Hariri was assassinated Mar.16   Iraq   Assembly meets amid blasts  The 275-member assembly was sworn in. Half a dozen explosions rattled the area around the convention center Mar.18   West Bank   Palestinian truce deal  Israel promised to hold its fire, but demanded that the Palestinians eventually dismantle the armed groups Mar.19  Qatar  Car bomb targets theatre Mar.22  Lebanon  Port blast kills three Mar.23   Iraq   Iraqi, U.S. overrun rebel base, kill 85  After a 2-hour firefight, Iraqi forces and U.S. helicopters captured an insurgent base north of Baghdad Mar.24  Lebanon  U.N. report points finger at Syria Mar.26   Beirut Bomb hits Beirut's Christian area Mar.28   Jerusalem Knesset rejects Gaza referendum

April 2005 ... more > Top ^
Apr.6   Iraq     Kurd leader Talabani named president  New transitional assembly took a historic step, electing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the nation's president Apr.7   Baghdad Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister
Apr.9   Gaza 3 teens shot Apr.13  Northern Iraq  Blast kills 12 Iraqi security guards Apr.20  Sunni Triangle  Officials: 70 killed by insurgents Apr.21   Iraq     6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash  The Russian-made MI-8 carried a crew of 3 Bulgarians and 6 Blackwater Security employees  Mecca  Militants battle in holy Mecca Apr.23  Sunni Triangle  Twin car bombs kill Tikrit police Apr.24  Baghdad  Blasts kill 15 near mosque Apr.26   Lebanon   Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon
  Syria is surrendering to demands and ending its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor
Apr.28   Iraq   Lawmakers approve Cabinet list  National Assembly approved a list for a transitional government. 3 ministries were filled with temporary appointments   Baghdad Car bombs leave 24 dead Apr.30  Iraq  4 U.S. soldiers killed

May 2005 ... more > Top ^
May.2  Baghdad  Bombs kill 12, wound 44 May.3   Baghdad   Parliament swears in partial government
  7 posts in Prime Minister Jaafari's cabinet, including the defence and oil, remain unfilled amid partisan haggling
 Iraq  U.S.: letter to al-Zarqawi cites low morale May.4   Iraq     Suicide bomber kills at least 47   A bomber attacked a crowd of recruits seeking jobs with the Kurdish police force in Erbil  Baghdad  Many killed in violence May.6  Iraq  Car bomb blows apart market May.7  Baghdad  Car bomb kills 22  Lebanon  Anti-Syrian exile back in Lebanon May.10   Western Iraq   Rebels kidnap province chief   Insurgents have abducted the governor of the western province of Anbar and called for an end to US operations   Sunni Triangle Suicide bombs cause carnage May.12   Turkey Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair' May.15  Baghdad  Rice makes surprise visit to Iraq May.19  Iraq  Gunmen kill top Shiite cleric's aide May.22  Jerusalem  Laura Bush heckled  Iraq  Romanian journalists freed May.23  Baghdad  Rebels kill security chief   Iraq     Insurgent attacks kill at least 34   2 car bombs killed at least 15 civilians and wounded at least 20 in the northern city of Tal Afar May.24  Baghdad  8 American soldiers killed May.25   Azerbaijan     Giant Caspian oil pipeline opens  Oil is set to flow from Azerbaijan direct to the Mediterranean for the first time after a $3.6bn pipeline opened   Turkey Liverpool crowned over AC Milan  Western Iraq  U.S. unleashes 'surprise' offensive May.27   Saudi Arabia   King Fahd hospitalized  King Fahd was doing 'well' after being hospitalized earlier in the day May.29  Beirut  Opposition claims Beirut election May.30  Iraq  Hilla suicide bombers kill 27

June 2005 ... more > Top ^
Jun.2   Beirut Blast kills journalist
 Iraq  Suicide car bombs kill 16 Jun.4  Beirut  Hundreds mourn Beirut journalist Jun.5   Southern Lebanon Hezbollah set to win south Lebanon vote  Iraq  Huge underground hideout uncovered Jun.9   Jerusalem Court backs pullout plan Jun.12   Iran Bombs kill 8  Lebanon  Anti-Syrians suffered losses in elections Jun.13  Baghdad  Tribunal releases Saddam video Jun.14  Northern Iraq  Attacks kill at least 24 in 2 cities Jun.15   Iraq Restaurant bombing kills 23 Iraqi soldiers   Iraq Jubilant ex-hostage tells of rescue Jun.18   Tehran     Hardline mayor to contest run-off  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mayor of Tehran is to face a veteran ex-president Rafsanjani in a run-off for presidency  West Bank  Rice demands Palestinian reform Jun.19   Baghdad Suicide bomber kills 23 at eatery  Northern Lebanon  Pro-Syrian leader defeat in North Jun.20   Beirut     Hariri camp secured majority in parliament
  The anti-Syrian opposition is breaking Damascus' long political hold on its tiny neighbor
Jun.21   Jerusalem     Gloom at end of Sharon-Abbas summit  Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian leader appear to have made little significant progress  Israel  Seven dead in train wreck Jun.24   Tehran     Ahmadinejad elected as president
  The ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran has won 61% of votes of the run-off ahead of Rafsanjani on 35%
Jun.26   Iraq US holds talks with Iraq rebels  Mosul  4 Mosul suicide attacks kill 33 Jun.29   Israel   Gaza settler chaos strikes Israel  Militant Jewish settlers have disrupted traffic on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road and clashed with troops in Gaza Jun.30  Beirut  Anti-Syrian Saniora appointed PM

July 2005 ... more > Top ^
Jul.3  Baghdad  Egypt ambassador to Iraq kidnapped Jul.7   Iraq   Egypt's envoy killed  Egypt confirmed that Dr. Ihab al-Sherif, its top envoy to Iraq, has been killed Jul.9  Baghdad  22 dead in suicide blast Jul.12   Israel Suicide bomber kills two outside mall
Jul.13  Baghdad  27, most children, killed in suicide blast Jul.14  Gaza  Rockets trigger Israeli raid Jul.15   Egypt Biochemist held in London bombings Jul.16  Turkey  Resort blast kills four   Iraq     Suicide bomber kills 90 near Baghdad
  A bomber detonated his explosives near a propane fuel tanker parked near a gas station in the center of Musayyib
Jul.17   Baghdad First charges against Saddam Hussein  Gaza  Abbas pledges end to Gaza attacks Jul.18   Israel Israel blocks Gaza demonstrators Jul.19  Israel  Police try to head off Gaza protests Jul.21  Baghdad  Algerian diplomats kidnapped Jul.22   Sinai   88 died as explosions rock resort town
Map of Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt
  Multiple explosions struck Sharm el-Sheik, targeting a hotel and killing at least 30 people
Jul.28  Egypt  Mubarak seeks fifth term

August 2005 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1   Saudi Arabia   King Fahd dead
  The former Crown Prince Abdullah has been named the new king and Defense Minister has replaced Abdullah
Aug.2   Saudi Arabia Simple funeral for King Fahd
Aug.3  Iraq  14 Marines, civilian killed in bombing Aug.4   Israel   Israeli soldier kills 4 Arab bus passengers  An angry mob in the predominantly Israeli Arab town of Shfaram surrounded the bus and killed the gunman Aug.5   Iran   EU puts nuclear proposals to Iran  The European Union has submitted a set of proposals aimed at ending the crisis over nuclear program Aug.8   Iran     Iran resumes uranium conversion   Tehran is saying the process at the Isfahan facility is for producing nuclear fuel Aug.10  Iran  Iran breaks seals at nuclear plant  Iran  Iran warns US, EU over nuclear impasse Aug.11   Iraq   Shias call for more autonomy  A senior Shia leader: Shia majority should be granted an autonomous federal state in the south Aug.13  Gaza  Security alert for withdrawal Aug.15   Gaza Historic pullout has begun   Baghdad Constitution deadline extended Aug.16  Gaza  Deadline for pullout expires  Baghdad  Triple explosions Aug.17   Gaza     Israeli troops begin forced evictions
  The troops entered the settlement of Neveh Dekalim, to evacuate as many as 4,000 people
 Gaza  Israeli troops move into Kfar Darom Aug.18  Gaza  Israeli troops enter synagogue   Gaza   Largest settlement evacuated  In Neve Dekalim police and soldiers had to forcibly remove hundreds of protesters holed up inside a synagogue Aug.19   Jordan     Al Qaeda claim for Red Sea attacks  The Martyr Abdallah Azzam Brigades has claimed rocket attacks that targeted but missed 2 U.S. military ships  Gaza  Abbas voices joy at pullout Aug.20  Gaza  Settlers ready for Israeli troops Aug.21   Baghdad Role of Islam in Iraq agreed Aug.22   Gaza   Settlers leave last outpost
  All walking peacefully, the final group of the settlers in Gaza boarded buses
 Baghdad  Iraq delays vote on draft constitution Aug.23   West Bank Settler eviction complete Aug.26  Baghdad  No agreement yet on constitution Aug.27   Israel 21 hurt in bomb blast Aug.28   Baghdad   Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution
  The constitutional committee approved a final draft and put it before the National Assembly, despite the Sunni rejection
Aug.30  Jerusalem  Netanyahu to challenge Sharon leadership Aug.31   Baghdad   1,000 dead in stampede
  323 others injured on a bridge after a massive Shiite religious commemoration erupted into panic


September 2005 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1   Beirut     Hariri killing suspects charged  The prosecutor has charged four pro-Syrian generals in connection with the murder of former Prime Minister Sep.5   Iran Nuclear weapons 'years away' Sep.6  Baghdad  Talabani: Saddam confesses Sep.9   Egypt     Mubarak wins vote  President has won a fifth six-year term, taking more than 80% of the vote in a low turnout   Iraq Tal Afar drive targets insurgents Sep.11   Gaza   Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
  It was the end of 38 years of an occupation of the Palestinian territory 2 weeks ahead of schedule
 Israel has already removed its settlers, bulldozed their homes and demolished its military bases. 20 synagogues left intact after rabbis argued demolition went against Jewish law
Sep.13   Baghdad     Wave of violence kills at least 140
  A suicide car bomb exploded near a gathering of laborers. A second bomb detonated near a U.S. Army convoy
Sep.16   Iraq Suicide car bomber hits worshippers Sep.17  Baghdad  Car bomb kills 30 Sep.19   Iraq   British troops freed in jailbreak  A British armored vehicle and a tank crashed into a detention center and rescued 2 undercover troops held by police Sep.20  Sunni Triangle  Bombs kill 8 Americans   Syria U.N. quizzes Syrians in Hariri probe Sep.24   Gaza Israel launches strikes against Hamas Sep.25  Gaza  Hamas pledges end to Gaza rockets Sep.26   Jerusalem Sharon fends off leadership poll   Iraq     Al Qaeda's No. 2 in Iraq killed  Abu Azzam was a 'significant' figure in the network in Iraq Sep.27  Gaza  Israelis launch air strikes Sep.28  Iraq  Woman bomber kills 5 in Tal Afar Sep.29   Sunni Triangle Simultaneous car bombs kill 62

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Oct.1  Western Iraq  U.S. launches Operation Iron Fist Oct.5   Baghdad Iraq reverses vote rule change
Oct.12   Syria Minister commits suicide Oct.13   Turkey Bird flu 'is deadly strain' Oct.15  Iraq  Polls open for historic vote Oct.17   Jerusalem Israel suspends Palestinian talks Oct.19   Baghdad Hussein trial adjourned until November 28 Oct.20   Lebanon     U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
  The investigators have found 'converging evidence' of Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the killing of ex-Prime Minister
Oct.21   Syria Governments deny UN murder claims  Baghdad  Hussein co-defendant's lawyer dead Oct.22  Lebanon  Hariri's son calls for justice Oct.24   Baghdad 3 explosions near 2 hotels Oct.25   Baghdad     Draft constitution passes
  The referendum has passed, according to final provisional results issued by Iraqi election officials
Oct.26   Israel   5 killed in blast   An explosion in the coastal city of Hadera killed at least 4 people and wounded 30 others   Iran     Israel 'must be wiped from map'
  President Ahmadinejad is insisting that a new series of attacks will destroy the Jewish state
Oct.27  Israel  Sharon OKs campaign against targets  Gaza  Israeli strike kills 7 Oct.28  Iran  Thousands in anti-Israel demonstrations Oct.29   Iraq Car bomb kills at least 25

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Nov.6  Azerbaijan  Ruling party 'wins' polls Nov.8  Baghdad  Hussein co-defendant's lawyer killed Nov.9   Jordan   57 killed in 3 hotel blasts
Map of Amman Jordan
  Suicide attackers detonated nearly simultaneous explosions at hotels in downtown Amman
 Jerusalem  Peres ousted as Labor Party chief Nov.10  Jordan  Al-Zarqawi's group claims terror blasts  Mosul  Rice on surprise visit Nov.11   Iraq Key fugitive Saddam aide dead Nov.12  Baghdad  Annan calls for Iraq reconciliation  Tel Aviv  Decade after murder, Israel mourn Rabin Nov.13   Jordan   'Failed bomber' confesses   An Iraqi woman in custody has said she tried to blow herself up with her husband in an Amman hotel Nov.15  Jerusalem  Israelis, Palestinians reach deal on Gaza   Baghdad   Detainees 'found starving'  The government begun an investigation into the abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi forces Nov.18  Iraq  Suicide bombers kill dozens in 2 cities  Jordan  Zarqawi: Jordanians not targeted Nov.19   Iraq Suicide bomber kills 35 at funeral Nov.20  Iran  Iran to block U.N. nuclear inspections   Jerusalem     Sharon to quit Likud party
  Prime Minister is set to quit his ruling party and run separately in next year's elections
Nov.21   Jerusalem     New Sharon party 'aims for peace'  PM aims to 'lay the foundations for a peace settlement' with the Palestinians via his new political party Nov.25   Gaza   Palestinians take over key border
  Abbas has presided over a ceremony marking the official re-opening of the border between the Strip and Egypt
  Syria Syria agrees to U.N. questioning Nov.26   Azerbaijan Police break up mass rally Nov.27  Iraq  Ex-PM: Abuse as bad as Saddam era   Egypt   Muslim Brotherhood's poll success  The Brotherhood is winning 28 seats in legislative elections despite restrictions on voting Nov.28   Baghdad Hussein trial adjourned amid rancor Nov.29   Iraq   Video airs of purported hostages  Al-Jazeera broadcast a video issued by an unknown group showing what it claimed were 4 hostages   Jerusalem     Peres to quit Labor, back Sharon  Israeli Channel 10: Former Israeli Prime Minister will resign from the Labor Party

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Dec.2   Sunni Triangle 10 Marines killed near Falluja
Dec.3   Lebanon 20 bodies found in grave Dec.4  Iraq  Allawi chased from mosque Dec.5   Israel     5 die in suicide blast   A Palestinian bomber has killed 5 and injured dozens in the coastal town of Netanya at the Sharon shopping center   Baghdad     Witness at Hussein trial describes torture  The witness is describing the torture of man from a Shiite village in 1982: 'They broke all his body parts' Dec.6   Tehran   110 killed in plane crash
  The air force C-130 -- carrying more than 90 people has crashed near Tehran after hitting a 10-story apartment building
  Baghdad Suicide bombers kill 36  Baghdad  Saddam witness tells of abuse Dec.8  Baghdad  Bomber kills 30 on bus   Iran     Ahmadinejad: Move Israel to Europe  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred Dec.11   Syria     New Hariri report 'blames Syria'
  UN Secretary General has received the second report into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister
Dec.12   Beirut     Beirut blast kills anti-Syria MP  Gebran Tueni, a journalist, was killed when a massive car bomb exploded in an eastern Beirut suburb Dec.15  Sunni Triangle  Polls open in historic election   Iraq   'High turnout' in election
  Voting was extended by an hour in some areas because of the high turnout
Dec.18   Jerusalem     Sharon hospitalized after mild stroke  Israeli Prime Minister was expected to remain in the hospital briefly for observation. He had difficulty speaking Dec.19   Jerusalem Likud picked Netanyahu as its new leader Dec.21   Baghdad Hussein says he was beaten in custody Dec.22  Baghdad  Hussein: 'White House lies'   Sunni Triangle US to make Iraq troop level cuts Dec.23  Azerbaijan  Plane crash along Caspian shore kills 23 Dec.24   Egypt   Nour jailed for 5 years  A court sentenced leading government opponent for forgery at the end of a year-long judicial process  West Bank  Holiday spirit returns to Bethlehem Dec.27   Iraq Ukrainian, Bulgarian troops left Iraq Dec.28   Gaza Israel bombards no-go zone Dec.29   Baghdad International team to review elections  Northern Iraq  Death threats cut oil flow Dec.30  Gaza  British hostages freed, say Palestinians   Lebanon     Ex-VP: Assad threatened Lebanese PM
  Former Syrian Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam said that Rafik Hariri was threatened by Syria
Dec.31  Yemen  Landslide toll climbs to 56


Abbas makes peace offer to Israel U.S. ends search for WMD in Iraq  Members of the Survey Group were continuing to examine documents and would investigate any new leads   Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'  Palestinian President has secured a 30-day cease-fire with the 2 largest militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Iraqi forces 'committing abuse' 31 Marines killed in chopper crash




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2005
Jan.3  Iraq  Insurgent attacks kill 20
Jan.10  Baghdad  Baghdad's deputy police chief slain
Jan.10   West Bank
Jan.12   Iraq
Jan.16  Jerusalem  Israel orders crackdown
Jan.20  Gaza  Israel: Palestinians eye Gaza force
Jan.22   Gaza
Jan.24   Iraq
Jan.26   Western Iraq
  5 troops in other incidents. Number of U.S. troops killed today is 36, the deadliest day for U.S. since the start of the war
Jan.29  Iraq  8 more Iraqis killed on election eve Jan.30   Iraq Iraqis vote amid violence
  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence
Jan.30  Iraq  UK troops killed in crash Feb.7   Mosul Suicide bombers kill at least 26 Feb.8   Egypt   Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
  Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon are hailing cease-fire as a new opportunity for peace after talks at their summit
Feb.14  Beirut  Army 'on alert' after Beirut bomb Feb.27   Syria Syria 'gave up' brother of Saddam Mar.4   Iraq   U.S. wound reporter, killing bodyguard
  U.S. soldiers attempted to warn the occupants of a car carrying a freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena
Mar.5   Syria Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops Mar.11   Lebanon Syrian troops quit north Lebanon  Opposition repeats refusal to join pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami unity government Mar.12  Syria  Syria 'committed to full withdrawal' Mar.18   West Bank Palestinian truce deal  Israel promised to hold its fire, but demanded that the Palestinians eventually dismantle the armed groups Mar.23   Iraq Iraqi, U.S. overrun rebel base, kill 85  After a 2-hour firefight, Iraqi forces and U.S. helicopters captured an insurgent base north of Baghdad Apr.9   Gaza 3 teens shot Apr.20  Sunni Triangle  Officials: 70 killed by insurgents Apr.21   Iraq   6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash  The Russian-made MI-8 carried a crew of 3 Bulgarians and 6 Blackwater Security employees Apr.21  Mecca  Militants battle in holy Mecca Apr.23  Sunni Triangle  Twin car bombs kill Tikrit police Apr.26   Lebanon Last Syrian soldiers left Lebanon
  Syria is surrendering to demands and ending its 29-year military presence in its smaller neighbor
Apr.28   Baghdad Car bombs leave 24 dead Apr.30  Iraq  4 U.S. soldiers killed May.3  Iraq  U.S.: letter to al-Zarqawi cites low morale May.4  Baghdad  Many killed in violence May.10   Western Iraq Rebels kidnap province chief   Insurgents have abducted the governor of the western province of Anbar and called for an end to US operations May.10   Sunni Triangle Suicide bombs cause carnage May.23  Baghdad  Rebels kill security chief May.23   Iraq   Insurgent attacks kill at least 34   2 car bombs killed at least 15 civilians and wounded at least 20 in the northern city of Tal Afar May.24  Baghdad  8 American soldiers killed May.25  Western Iraq  U.S. unleashes 'surprise' offensive Jun.5  Iraq  Huge underground hideout uncovered Jun.14  Northern Iraq  Attacks kill at least 24 in 2 cities Jun.15   Iraq Restaurant bombing kills 23 Iraqi soldiers Jun.15   Iraq Jubilant ex-hostage tells of rescue Jun.26   Iraq US holds talks with Iraq rebels Jun.26  Mosul  4 Mosul suicide attacks kill 33 Jul.14  Gaza  Rockets trigger Israeli raid Aug.3  Iraq  14 Marines, civilian killed in bombing Aug.8   Iran   Iran resumes uranium conversion   Tehran is saying the process at the Isfahan facility is for producing nuclear fuel Aug.10  Iran  Iran breaks seals at nuclear plant Aug.13  Gaza  Security alert for withdrawal Aug.17   Gaza   Israeli troops begin forced evictions
  The troops entered the settlement of Neveh Dekalim, to evacuate as many as 4,000 people
Aug.17  Gaza  Israeli troops move into Kfar Darom Aug.18  Gaza  Israeli troops enter synagogue Aug.18   Gaza Largest settlement evacuated  In Neve Dekalim police and soldiers had to forcibly remove hundreds of protesters holed up inside a synagogue Aug.19   Jordan   Al Qaeda claim for Red Sea attacks  The Martyr Abdallah Azzam Brigades has claimed rocket attacks that targeted but missed 2 U.S. military ships Aug.20  Gaza  Settlers ready for Israeli troops Sep.5   Iran Nuclear weapons 'years away' Sep.9   Iraq Tal Afar drive targets insurgents Sep.19   Iraq British troops freed in jailbreak  A British armored vehicle and a tank crashed into a detention center and rescued 2 undercover troops held by police Sep.20  Sunni Triangle  Bombs kill 8 Americans Sep.24   Gaza Israel launches strikes against Hamas Sep.25  Gaza  Hamas pledges end to Gaza rockets Sep.26   Iraq   Al Qaeda's No. 2 in Iraq killed  Abu Azzam was a 'significant' figure in the network in Iraq Sep.27  Gaza  Israelis launch air strikes Oct.1  Western Iraq  U.S. launches Operation Iron Fist Oct.27  Israel  Sharon OKs campaign against targets Oct.27  Gaza  Israeli strike kills 7 Nov.12  Baghdad  Annan calls for Iraq reconciliation Nov.20  Iran  Iran to block U.N. nuclear inspections Dec.2   Sunni Triangle 10 Marines killed near Falluja Dec.3   Lebanon 20 bodies found in grave Dec.22   Sunni Triangle US to make Iraq troop level cuts Dec.27   Iraq Ukrainian, Bulgarian troops left Iraq Dec.28   Gaza Israel bombards no-go zone



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2005 Jan.26   Western Iraq 31 Marines killed in chopper crash
  5 troops in other incidents. Number of U.S. troops killed today is 36, the deadliest day for U.S. since the start of the war
Feb.22   Southern Iran 500 killed in quake  Some 30,000 people in about 40 villages have been affected in southern Iran Feb.22  Southern Iran  Rain slows Iran quake aid effort Apr.21   Iraq   6 Americans among 11 dead in copter crash  The Russian-made MI-8 carried a crew of 3 Bulgarians and 6 Blackwater Security employees Jun.21  Israel  Seven dead in train wreck Aug.31   Baghdad 1,000 dead in stampede
  323 others injured on a bridge after a massive Shiite religious commemoration erupted into panic
Oct.12   Syria Minister commits suicide Oct.13   Turkey Bird flu 'is deadly strain' Dec.6   Tehran 110 killed in plane crash
  The air force C-130 -- carrying more than 90 people has crashed near Tehran after hitting a 10-story apartment building
Dec.23  Azerbaijan  Plane crash along Caspian shore kills 23 Dec.31  Yemen  Landslide toll climbs to 56



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2005 May.25   Turkey Liverpool crowned over AC Milan



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2005 May.25   Azerbaijan   Giant Caspian oil pipeline opens  Oil is set to flow from Azerbaijan direct to the Mediterranean for the first time after a $3.6bn pipeline opened Dec.29  Northern Iraq  Death threats cut oil flow



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2005 Jan.2   Iraq Bus bombing kills 19
Jan.3   Baghdad Baghdad governor assassinated  At least 6 people have been killed and 40 others injured in a bomb explosion at a police post Jan.13  Iraq  Aide to Shia leader killed Jan.13   Gaza Bomb attack rocks crossing Jan.17  Mosul  Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Mosul Jan.19   Baghdad Car bombings kill at least 25 Jan.21  Baghdad  Car bomb kills 14 near mosque Jan.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie' Jan.24  Iraq  Bomb mastermind captured Jan.24   Iraq Iraqi forces 'committing abuse' Feb.8  Baghdad  More than 20 killed in blast Feb.8  Gaza  Hamas and Islamic Jihad disown truce Feb.11  Iraq  Attacks kill at least 21 in Shiite areas Feb.14   Beirut   Huge blast kills ex-PM
  Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been killed in a large-scale bomb attack on his motorcade in Beirut
 Hariri and at 9 others were killed when a massive bomb ripped through chic seafront boulevard. Members of the opposition hold Syria and the pro-Damascus Lebanese government responsible for the death of the businessman. The government held an emergency Cabinet meeting
Feb.18   Iraq Ashura marred by bombs  Explosions are leaving at least 27 people dead and 5 dozen wounded as Shiite Muslims observed Ashura Feb.21   Israel Israel frees 500 Palestinian prisoners  Convoys of buses carrying shackled inmates left prison camp of Ketziot, and arrived on the edges of the West Bank Feb.24  Sunni Triangle  16 police killed in bombings Feb.25   Tel Aviv   Bomb kills clubbers  A suicide bombing has killed 4 and injured about 30 outside a popular seafront night club. There are conflicting claims Feb.26  Israel  Israel blames Syria for bombing Feb.28   Iraq   Suicide bomb kills at least 125 Map of Hilla Iraq
  The attack in Hilla where police recruits were waiting to get physicals wounded more than 150 others
Mar.1   Iraq Key Saddam trial judge killed Mar.9  Iraq  26 bodies found in village Mar.10   Mosul Blast hits Shia funeral. 47 killed  An explosion has torn through a procession at a mosque in the city of Mosul killing 47 Mar.19  Qatar  Car bomb targets theatre Mar.22  Lebanon  Port blast kills three Mar.26   Beirut Bomb hits Beirut's Christian area Apr.13  Northern Iraq  Blast kills 12 Iraqi security guards Apr.21  Mecca  Militants battle in holy Mecca Apr.24  Baghdad  Blasts kill 15 near mosque May.2  Baghdad  Bombs kill 12, wound 44 May.3  Iraq  U.S.: letter to al-Zarqawi cites low morale May.4   Iraq   Suicide bomber kills at least 47   A bomber attacked a crowd of recruits seeking jobs with the Kurdish police force in Erbil May.6  Iraq  Car bomb blows apart market May.7  Baghdad  Car bomb kills 22 May.10   Sunni Triangle Suicide bombs cause carnage May.12   Turkey Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair' May.19  Iraq  Gunmen kill top Shiite cleric's aide May.22  Iraq  Romanian journalists freed May.23  Baghdad  Rebels kill security chief May.30  Iraq  Hilla suicide bombers kill 27 Jun.2   Beirut Blast kills journalist Jun.2  Iraq  Suicide car bombs kill 16 Jun.12   Iran Bombs kill 8 Jun.13  Baghdad  Tribunal releases Saddam video Jun.15   Iraq Jubilant ex-hostage tells of rescue Jun.19   Baghdad Suicide bomber kills 23 at eatery Jul.3  Baghdad  Egypt ambassador to Iraq kidnapped Jul.7   Iraq Egypt's envoy killed  Egypt confirmed that Dr. Ihab al-Sherif, its top envoy to Iraq, has been killed Jul.9  Baghdad  22 dead in suicide blast Jul.12   Israel Suicide bomber kills two outside mall Jul.13  Baghdad  27, most children, killed in suicide blast Jul.14  Gaza  Rockets trigger Israeli raid Jul.15   Egypt Biochemist held in London bombings Jul.16  Turkey  Resort blast kills four Jul.16   Iraq   Suicide bomber kills 90 near Baghdad
  A bomber detonated his explosives near a propane fuel tanker parked near a gas station in the center of Musayyib
Jul.17   Baghdad First charges against Saddam Hussein
Jul.21  Baghdad  Algerian diplomats kidnapped Jul.22   Sinai 88 died as explosions rock resort town Map of Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt
  Multiple explosions struck Sharm el-Sheik, targeting a hotel and killing at least 30 people
Aug.4   Israel Israeli soldier kills 4 Arab bus passengers  An angry mob in the predominantly Israeli Arab town of Shfaram surrounded the bus and killed the gunman Aug.16  Baghdad  Triple explosions Aug.19   Jordan   Al Qaeda claim for Red Sea attacks  The Martyr Abdallah Azzam Brigades has claimed rocket attacks that targeted but missed 2 U.S. military ships Aug.27   Israel 21 hurt in bomb blast Sep.1   Beirut   Hariri killing suspects charged  The prosecutor has charged four pro-Syrian generals in connection with the murder of former Prime Minister Sep.6  Baghdad  Talabani: Saddam confesses Sep.13   Baghdad   Wave of violence kills at least 140
  A suicide car bomb exploded near a gathering of laborers. A second bomb detonated near a U.S. Army convoy
Sep.16   Iraq Suicide car bomber hits worshippers
Sep.17  Baghdad  Car bomb kills 30 Sep.25  Gaza  Hamas pledges end to Gaza rockets Sep.26   Iraq   Al Qaeda's No. 2 in Iraq killed  Abu Azzam was a 'significant' figure in the network in Iraq Sep.28  Iraq  Woman bomber kills 5 in Tal Afar Sep.29   Sunni Triangle Simultaneous car bombs kill 62 Oct.19   Baghdad Hussein trial adjourned until November 28 Oct.20   Lebanon   U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
  The investigators have found 'converging evidence' of Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the killing of ex-Prime Minister
Oct.21  Baghdad  Hussein co-defendant's lawyer dead Oct.22  Lebanon  Hariri's son calls for justice Oct.24   Baghdad 3 explosions near 2 hotels Oct.26   Israel 5 killed in blast   An explosion in the coastal city of Hadera killed at least 4 people and wounded 30 others Oct.29   Iraq Car bomb kills at least 25 Nov.8  Baghdad  Hussein co-defendant's lawyer killed Nov.9   Jordan 57 killed in 3 hotel blasts Map of Amman Jordan
  Suicide attackers detonated nearly simultaneous explosions at hotels in downtown Amman
Nov.10  Jordan  Al-Zarqawi's group claims terror blasts Nov.11   Iraq Key fugitive Saddam aide dead Nov.13   Jordan 'Failed bomber' confesses   An Iraqi woman in custody has said she tried to blow herself up with her husband in an Amman hotel Nov.15   Baghdad Detainees 'found starving'  The government begun an investigation into the abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi forces Nov.18  Iraq  Suicide bombers kill dozens in 2 cities Nov.18  Jordan  Zarqawi: Jordanians not targeted Nov.19   Iraq Suicide bomber kills 35 at funeral Nov.28   Baghdad Hussein trial adjourned amid rancor Nov.29   Iraq Video airs of purported hostages  Al-Jazeera broadcast a video issued by an unknown group showing what it claimed were 4 hostages Dec.3   Lebanon 20 bodies found in grave Dec.5   Israel   5 die in suicide blast   A Palestinian bomber has killed 5 and injured dozens in the coastal town of Netanya at the Sharon shopping center Dec.5   Baghdad   Witness at Hussein trial describes torture  The witness is describing the torture of man from a Shiite village in 1982: 'They broke all his body parts' Dec.6   Baghdad Suicide bombers kill 36 Dec.6  Baghdad  Saddam witness tells of abuse Dec.8  Baghdad  Bomber kills 30 on bus Dec.12   Beirut   Beirut blast kills anti-Syria MP  Gebran Tueni, a journalist, was killed when a massive car bomb exploded in an eastern Beirut suburb Dec.21   Baghdad Hussein says he was beaten in custody Dec.22  Baghdad  Hussein: 'White House lies' Dec.24   Egypt Nour jailed for 5 years  A court sentenced leading government opponent for forgery at the end of a year-long judicial process Dec.29  Northern Iraq  Death threats cut oil flow Dec.30  Gaza  British hostages freed, say Palestinians



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2005 Jan.7  Jerusalem  Palestinian candidate ejected Jan.9   West Bank   Abbas wins presidential election
  Early results showed the moderate candidate wins 66% of vote
Jan.10   West Bank Abbas makes peace offer to Israel
Jan.15   West Bank Mahmoud Abbas sworn in Jan.22   Gaza   Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'  Palestinian President has secured a 30-day cease-fire with the 2 largest militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Jan.23   Iraq 'Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie' Jan.26   Jerusalem Mid-East talks raise peace hopes Jan.28  Iraq  Security stepped up for poll Jan.30   Iraq Iraqis vote amid violence
  In a first free election in a half century, there is a higher than expected turnout amid attacks and threats of violence
Jan.30   Baghdad Election declared 'success' Feb.2  Egypt  Egypt to host Middle East summit Feb.5   Baghdad Shiites lead in poll results Feb.8   Egypt   Palestinians, Israel announce cease-fire
  Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon are hailing cease-fire as a new opportunity for peace after talks at their summit
Feb.9   Iran Iran defiant after U.S warning Feb.10   West Bank Abbas sacks security commanders Feb.13   Iraq Shiite alliance wins plurality  The United Iraq Alliance, backed by Ali al-Sistani fell short of an outright majority. Parties have 3 days to file objections Feb.16   Iran   Iran to aid Syria against threats  Iran has vowed to back Syria against 'challenges and threat' as both countries face US pressure Feb.16  Beirut  Hariri buried amid chaotic scenes Feb.17  Baghdad  Shiites win majority in assembly Feb.20  Jerusalem  Cabinet OKs settlement withdrawals Feb.22   Baghdad Shia alliance names PM candidate Feb.23  West Bank  Palestinian PM wins cabinet deal Feb.26  Egypt  Election reform announced Feb.26  Israel  Israel blames Syria for bombing Feb.28   Beirut Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resigns  The government abruptly resigned during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a roar from protesters Mar.1  Lebanon  U.S. hails Lebanese democracy move Mar.5   Syria Assad: Syria to redeploy Lebanon troops Mar.7  Syria  Syria, Lebanon agree to troop pullback Mar.14   Beirut   Massive protest marks Hariri death  Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Beirut for an opposition rally 4 weeks since Hariri was assassinated Mar.16   Iraq Assembly meets amid blasts  The 275-member assembly was sworn in. Half a dozen explosions rattled the area around the convention center Mar.18   West Bank Palestinian truce deal  Israel promised to hold its fire, but demanded that the Palestinians eventually dismantle the armed groups Mar.24  Lebanon  U.N. report points finger at Syria Mar.28   Jerusalem Knesset rejects Gaza referendum Apr.6   Iraq   Kurd leader Talabani named president  New transitional assembly took a historic step, electing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the nation's president Apr.7   Baghdad Shia leader Jaafari named prime minister Apr.28   Iraq Lawmakers approve Cabinet list  National Assembly approved a list for a transitional government. 3 ministries were filled with temporary appointments May.3   Baghdad Parliament swears in partial government
  7 posts in Prime Minister Jaafari's cabinet, including the defence and oil, remain unfilled amid partisan haggling
May.7  Lebanon  Anti-Syrian exile back in Lebanon May.12   Turkey Trial of Kurdish leader 'unfair' May.15  Baghdad  Rice makes surprise visit to Iraq May.22  Jerusalem  Laura Bush heckled May.27   Saudi Arabia King Fahd hospitalized  King Fahd was doing 'well' after being hospitalized earlier in the day May.29  Beirut  Opposition claims Beirut election Jun.2   Beirut Blast kills journalist Jun.4  Beirut  Hundreds mourn Beirut journalist Jun.5   Southern Lebanon Hezbollah set to win south Lebanon vote Jun.9   Jerusalem Court backs pullout plan Jun.12  Lebanon  Anti-Syrians suffered losses in elections Jun.18   Tehran   Hardline mayor to contest run-off  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mayor of Tehran is to face a veteran ex-president Rafsanjani in a run-off for presidency Jun.18  West Bank  Rice demands Palestinian reform Jun.19  Northern Lebanon  Pro-Syrian leader defeat in North Jun.20   Beirut   Hariri camp secured majority in parliament
  The anti-Syrian opposition is breaking Damascus' long political hold on its tiny neighbor
Jun.21   Jerusalem   Gloom at end of Sharon-Abbas summit  Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian leader appear to have made little significant progress Jun.24   Tehran   Ahmadinejad elected as president
  The ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran has won 61% of votes of the run-off ahead of Rafsanjani on 35%
Jun.26   Iraq US holds talks with Iraq rebels Jun.29   Israel Gaza settler chaos strikes Israel  Militant Jewish settlers have disrupted traffic on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road and clashed with troops in Gaza Jun.30  Beirut  Anti-Syrian Saniora appointed PM Jul.17  Gaza  Abbas pledges end to Gaza attacks Jul.18   Israel Israel blocks Gaza demonstrators Jul.19  Israel  Police try to head off Gaza protests Jul.28  Egypt  Mubarak seeks fifth term Aug.1   Saudi Arabia King Fahd dead
  The former Crown Prince Abdullah has been named the new king and Defense Minister has replaced Abdullah
Aug.2   Saudi Arabia Simple funeral for King Fahd Aug.5   Iran EU puts nuclear proposals to Iran  The European Union has submitted a set of proposals aimed at ending the crisis over nuclear program Aug.10  Iran  Iran warns US, EU over nuclear impasse Aug.11   Iraq Shias call for more autonomy  A senior Shia leader: Shia majority should be granted an autonomous federal state in the south Aug.15   Gaza Historic pullout has begun Aug.15   Baghdad Constitution deadline extended Aug.16  Gaza  Deadline for pullout expires Aug.18  Gaza  Israeli troops enter synagogue Aug.19  Gaza  Abbas voices joy at pullout Aug.21   Baghdad Role of Islam in Iraq agreed Aug.22   Gaza Settlers leave last outpost
  All walking peacefully, the final group of the settlers in Gaza boarded buses
Aug.22  Baghdad  Iraq delays vote on draft constitution Aug.23   West Bank Settler eviction complete Aug.26  Baghdad  No agreement yet on constitution Aug.28   Baghdad Committee signs Iraq's draft constitution
  The constitutional committee approved a final draft and put it before the National Assembly, despite the Sunni rejection
Aug.30  Jerusalem  Netanyahu to challenge Sharon leadership Sep.9   Egypt   Mubarak wins vote  President has won a fifth six-year term, taking more than 80% of the vote in a low turnout Sep.11   Gaza Israeli flag lowered over Gaza
  It was the end of 38 years of an occupation of the Palestinian territory 2 weeks ahead of schedule
 Israel has already removed its settlers, bulldozed their homes and demolished its military bases. 20 synagogues left intact after rabbis argued demolition went against Jewish law
Sep.20   Syria U.N. quizzes Syrians in Hariri probe Sep.26   Jerusalem Sharon fends off leadership poll Oct.5   Baghdad Iraq reverses vote rule change Oct.12   Syria Minister commits suicide Oct.15  Iraq  Polls open for historic vote Oct.17   Jerusalem Israel suspends Palestinian talks Oct.20   Lebanon   U.N. probe links Syria to Hariri killing
  The investigators have found 'converging evidence' of Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the killing of ex-Prime Minister
Oct.21   Syria Governments deny UN murder claims Oct.25   Baghdad   Draft constitution passes
  The referendum has passed, according to final provisional results issued by Iraqi election officials
Oct.26   Iran   Israel 'must be wiped from map'
  President Ahmadinejad is insisting that a new series of attacks will destroy the Jewish state
Oct.28  Iran  Thousands in anti-Israel demonstrations Nov.6  Azerbaijan  Ruling party 'wins' polls Nov.9  Jerusalem  Peres ousted as Labor Party chief Nov.10  Mosul  Rice on surprise visit Nov.12  Baghdad  Annan calls for Iraq reconciliation Nov.12  Tel Aviv  Decade after murder, Israel mourn Rabin Nov.15  Jerusalem  Israelis, Palestinians reach deal on Gaza Nov.15   Baghdad Detainees 'found starving'  The government begun an investigation into the abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi forces Nov.20   Jerusalem   Sharon to quit Likud party
  Prime Minister is set to quit his ruling party and run separately in next year's elections
Nov.21   Jerusalem   New Sharon party 'aims for peace'  PM aims to 'lay the foundations for a peace settlement' with the Palestinians via his new political party Nov.25   Gaza Palestinians take over key border
  Abbas has presided over a ceremony marking the official re-opening of the border between the Strip and Egypt
Nov.25   Syria Syria agrees to U.N. questioning Nov.26   Azerbaijan Police break up mass rally Nov.27  Iraq  Ex-PM: Abuse as bad as Saddam era Nov.27   Egypt Muslim Brotherhood's poll success  The Brotherhood is winning 28 seats in legislative elections despite restrictions on voting Nov.29   Jerusalem   Peres to quit Labor, back Sharon  Israeli Channel 10: Former Israeli Prime Minister will resign from the Labor Party Dec.4  Iraq  Allawi chased from mosque Dec.5   Baghdad   Witness at Hussein trial describes torture  The witness is describing the torture of man from a Shiite village in 1982: 'They broke all his body parts' Dec.8   Iran   Ahmadinejad: Move Israel to Europe  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred Dec.11   Syria   New Hariri report 'blames Syria'
  UN Secretary General has received the second report into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister
Dec.15  Sunni Triangle  Polls open in historic election Dec.15   Iraq 'High turnout' in election
  Voting was extended by an hour in some areas because of the high turnout
Dec.18   Jerusalem   Sharon hospitalized after mild stroke  Israeli Prime Minister was expected to remain in the hospital briefly for observation. He had difficulty speaking Dec.19   Jerusalem Likud picked Netanyahu as its new leader Dec.24   Egypt Nour jailed for 5 years  A court sentenced leading government opponent for forgery at the end of a year-long judicial process Dec.24  West Bank  Holiday spirit returns to Bethlehem Dec.29   Baghdad International team to review elections Dec.30   Lebanon   Ex-VP: Assad threatened Lebanese PM
  Former Syrian Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam said that Rafik Hariri was threatened by Syria