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B. 01-04 Sharon fights for life after stroke Jerusalem
2. 01-05 76 dead in Mecca hotel collapse Mecca
3. 01-12 Hajj stampede kills at least 345 Mecca
E. 01-26 Hamas won elections West Bank
5. 02-03 Ship with 1,400 sinks in Red Sea Egypt
02-04 Danish, Norwegian embassies ablaze Syria
H. 02-13 Iran restarts uranium work Iran
I. 02-21 Blast damages Shia shrine Samarra, Sunni Triangle
J. 03-14 Israelis storm Palestinian prison West Bank

Summary.     Click for More > 76 dead in Mecca hotel collapse Hajj stampede kills at least 345   People have been killed during a symbolic stoning ritual at the annual pilgrimage near Mecca   Hamas won elections
  Sharon fights for life after stroke
Jan.1  Turkey  Bird flu suspect dies
Jan.4   Jerusalem
  Prime Minister was suffering what his doctor called a 'significant' stroke. His powers were transferred to Ehud Olmert.    Doctors diagnosed a cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain. Sharon underwent 6 hours of...
Jan.5   Mecca
 Sunni Triangle  At least 134 killed in attacks across Iraq
Jan.6  Jerusalem  Sharon stable after 3rd brain operation
Jan.8  Turkey  Three new bird flu cases
Jan.9  Iran  Nuclear research resumed
Jan.12   Mecca
 Turkey  Man who shot pope freed
Jan.14  Kuwait  Emir dead
Jan.19  Qatar  'Bin Laden' audio tape broadcast
 Tel Aviv  Suicide bomber detonated sandwich shop
Jan.20  Baghdad  Shiite-led alliance wins election
Jan.26   West Bank
  Hamas and Fatah supporters scuffled outside the Palestinian parliament building.    Hamas has operated a network of social and charitable organizations for Palestinians. Mahmoud Abbas urged Hamas to keep negotiatio...
 Jerusalem  Israel rules out talks with Hamas Jan.27  Gaza  Fatah defeat sparks protest Jan.28  Gaza  Hamas leader: 'Palestinian army' possible  Iraq  Captors: Last chance for demand Feb.1  West Bank  Troops clash with Israeli settlers Feb.2  Gaza  Gunmen shut EU office over cartoons Feb.3   Egypt Ship with 1,400 sinks in Red Sea  An aging passenger ferry loaded to near capacity with dozens of vehicles sank. 100 survivors had been rescued  Egypt  Hopes dim for ferry missing Feb.4   Syria   Danish, Norwegian embassies ablaze
  Hundreds of Syrian demonstrators stormed the Danish Embassy in Damascus and set fire to the building in protest at the cartoons
 Protesters scaled the Danish mission amid chants of 'God is great', before moving on to attack the Norwegian site. Denmark and Norway urged their citizens to leave and condemned Syria for failing international obligations. Palestinians protest in Gaza and the West Bank
Feb.5  Beirut  Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze Feb.9  Kuwait  Abducted journalist makes new plea on TV Feb.11  Jerusalem  Sharon survives emergency surgery Feb.12  Baghdad  Jaafari set to stay as PM Feb.13   Iran Iran restarts uranium work Feb.14  Baghdad  Saddam in 'hunger strike' protest Feb.18  West Bank  Hamas takes power vowing no talks Feb.21   Sunni Triangle Blast damages Shia shrine   A bomb attack has damaged one of the Muslim world's holiest shrines, sparking demonstrations outside Feb.22  Iraq  Shrine blast sparks protests Feb.23  Baghdad  Curfew aims to curb violence Feb.24  Saudi Arabia  Saudis thwart oil refinery attack Feb.26  Iraq  Renewed violence amid calls for calm Mar.6  West Bank  Hamas MPs curtail Abbas's powers Mar.10  Iraq  FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found Mar.14   West Bank Israelis storm Palestinian prison  Baghdad  More than 80 dead in reprisal killings Mar.16  Sunni Triangle  Military launches largest air assault  Iraq  U.S. probes 15 Iraqi civilian deaths Mar.21  Azerbaijan  Bird flu kills five  Iran  Ayatollah Khamenei backs talks on Iraq Mar.23  Iraq  Peace group hostages freed Mar.28   Jerusalem Kadima wins at polls Mar.30  Bahrain  Ferry sinks carrying 150 people Apr.1  Baghdad  Pressure mounts on PM to go  Baghdad  Rice and Straw arrive Apr.4  Baghdad  Hussein charged with genocide Apr.5  Baghdad  Hussein grins during cross-examination Apr.6  Djibouti  69 dead as ferry capsizes Apr.7  Baghdad  80 killed in mosque attack Apr.11   Iran Iran 'advances uranium program' Apr.17  Tel Aviv  Suicide bomber kills 8 Apr.23  Qatar  Bin Laden tape denounces West Apr.24   Egypt Three bombs rip through resort May.6  Southern Iraq  UK troops attacked after copter crash May.9  Palestine  Palestinians to get interim aid May.10  Baghdad  Killings top 1,000 in April May.14  Iraq  32 killed in violence May.17  Turkey  Judge dies in court attack May.19  Gaza  Hamas official seized with $800k May.20   Baghdad Parliament approves Cabinet May.31  Basra  Basra: State of emergency declared Jun.5  Palestine  Abbas pushes for statehood poll Jun.8   Iraq   U.S. airstrike kills al-Zarqawi   Al Qaeda in Iraq leader, the coalition's most wanted man in Iraq, was killed near Baquba Jun.9  Gaza  Explosion shakes Hamas cease-fire Jun.13  Baghdad  Bush makes surprise visit Jun.16  Iran  Incentives a 'step forward' Jun.17  Baghdad  Insurgents captured U.S. soldiers Jun.25   Gaza Militants kill Israeli 2 soldiers. 1 seized  Iraq  Al Qaeda group killed 4 Russian hostages Jun.27   Gaza Israeli troops move into Gaza Jun.28  West Bank  Israel seizes Hamas legislators Jul.1  Sadr City  Car bomb slaughter 62 at market  Gaza  Israel hits Palestinian PM's office Jul.2  Baghdad  Hussein's wife, daughter on 'wanted' list Jul.9  Baghdad  Gunmen kill 40 Sunnis in rampage Jul.12   Southern Lebanon Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
  Guerrillas killed 3 Israeli soldiers and captured 2 more, prompting airstrikes and military raids inside southern Lebanon
 Israel has launched air strikes on bridges and roads in southern Lebanon to stop Hezbollah moving the soldiers. Israeli cabinet endorsed a strong response against the militants
 Southern Lebanon  Israeli troops enter Lebanon   Beirut Israeli jets strike Beirut airport Jul.13  Beirut  Israel imposes Lebanon blockade Jul.14  Southern Lebanon  4 Israelis missing after naval raid Jul.15  Northern Israel  Hezbollah rockets again hit Haifa Jul.16  Beirut  Israel pounds Beirut after Haifa hit Jul.18  Lebanon  Westerners flee Lebanon   Southern Lebanon Israeli troops enter southern Lebanon Jul.19  Beirut  PM: Lebanon 'has been torn to shreds' Jul.20  Southern Lebanon  Israel, Hezbollah clash on border Jul.21  Israel  Israel calls up army reservists Jul.22  Southern Lebanon  Israeli sends tanks to gain foothold   Southern Lebanon Thousands flee southern Lebanon  Southern Lebanon  Israeli military seizes Maroun al-Ras Jul.23  Beirut  UN appalled by Beirut devastation Jul.24  Southern Lebanon  Israel takes aim at Hezbollah stronghold Jul.25   Southern Lebanon Israeli airstrike hits U.N. observer post Jul.26  Southern Lebanon  Nine Israeli soldiers killed Jul.27  Israel  Israel to bolster troop numbers Jul.28  Israel  Israel: Hezbollah has new, powerful missile Jul.30   Southern Lebanon Israeli air attack kills 28 civilians Jul.31  Jerusalem  Israel to expand ground campaign Aug.1  Lebanon  Israel strikes deep into Lebanon Aug.2  Israel  Hezbollah launches rocket onslaught  Beirut  Israel resume airstrikes on Beirut Aug.4  Beirut  Israel's bombs cut off Beirut Aug.6  Northern Israel  12 Israelis, 8 Lebanese killed Aug.9  Southern Lebanon  Troops, tanks moved across border  Southern Lebanon  Israel seizes town of Marjayoun Aug.11  Southern Lebanon  Israel broadening ground offensive Aug.12  Southern Lebanon  Hezbollah leader agrees to cease-fire Aug.13  Jerusalem  Cabinet approves cease-fire resolution Aug.14   Southern Lebanon Israel-Hezbollah cease-fire in effect  A U.N.-brokered cease-fire took effect on the 34th day of fighting, although both sides launched final attacks  Southern Lebanon  Refugees stream back Aug.16  Southern Lebanon  Israel begun withdrawal from Lebanon  Southern Lebanon  Lebanese troops deploy Aug.19  Lebanon  Israelis carried out raid in Bekaa Valley Aug.20  Baghdad  20 pilgrims killed, hundreds wounded  Baghdad  Saddam facing poison gas charges Aug.23  Gaza  Abduction claim of Fox News journalists Aug.27  Lebanon  Nasrallah regrets triggering war Aug.29  Southern Lebanon  Annan tours devastated south Lebanon Aug.30  Iraq  At least 47 dead, 100 injured in bombings Aug.31  Iran  Sanctions loom, Iran keeps enriching Sep.12  Syria  U.S. Embassy attack foiled Sep.19  Baghdad  Judge dismissed in Hussein trial Sep.23  Baghdad  Bomb kills 35 as they shop for Ramadan Sep.29  Baghdad  Total curfew declared in capital Sep.30   Southern Lebanon Last Israeli soldier withdraws Oct.8  Southern Iraq  Hundreds of Iraqi police poisoned Oct.10  Baghdad  110 bullet-riddled bodies found Oct.15   Jerusalem Police back Katsav rape charges  Baghdad  Weekend toll in Iraq: 83 bodies Oct.19  Qatar  Opec approves cut in oil output Oct.20  Southern Iraq  Shiite militia seizes city Oct.23  Iraq  October deadliest month for U.S. troops Oct.27  Iran  Iran 'fires up nuclear processors' Nov.3   Gaza Gunmen flee in human shield  Baghdad  83 bullet-riddled bodies found in city Nov.5   Baghdad   Saddam Hussein sentenced to death   The former Iraqi leader has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging  Turkey  Ex-PM Ecevit dies at 81 Nov.8  Gaza  Israeli raid 'kills 19 civilians' Nov.10  Palestine  Palestinian PM offers to resign Nov.11  Beirut  Ministers throw government into turmoil Nov.12  Baghdad  Bombers kill 35 Iraq police recruits Nov.13  Gaza  Shabir to lead Palestinian government Nov.14   Baghdad Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute Nov.19  Baghdad  Saddam trial 'flawed and unsound' Nov.20  Baghdad  Iraqi president plans talks with Iran, Syria Nov.21   Beirut Christian politician Gemayel killed Nov.22  Gaza  Israeli troops advance into 2 towns Nov.23   Sadr City More than 200 killed in Sadr City  Beirut  Funeral for minister turns into anti-Syrian Nov.24  Baghdad  Shiite bloc's walkout threat test for PM Nov.25   Gaza Palestinians, Israel agree to cease-fire Nov.26  Jordan  King warns of civil wars Nov.27  Jerusalem  Israeli PM offers 'hand of peace' Nov.29  Turkey  Pope holds Mass at Turkish shrine Dec.1   Beirut Huge rally demands PM quit Dec.10  Beirut  Huge protest pressures government Dec.11  Gaza  Gunmen kill school children  Baghdad  Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54 Dec.12  Iran  Ahmadinejad: Israel will be 'wiped out' Dec.14  Gaza  Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza Dec.15  West Bank  Palestinian factions clash Dec.16  West Bank  President Abbas calls for early elections Dec.17  Iran  Reformist Rafsanjani regains influence  Tel Aviv  Tony on Middle East tour Dec.20  Turkmenistan  President Niyazov dies aged 66 Dec.24  Southern Iraq  UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ Dec.29   Baghdad   Saddam Hussein hanged
  The celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead. There was dancing around the body. The execution was videotaped
 He was convicted of killings in the town of Dujail 25 years ago. U.S. district judge refused a request to stay the execution. Hussein executed before Eid Al-Adha, a holiday. The law does not permit executions during religious holidays
Dec.30  Iraq  Saddam is buried in home village



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Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
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Danish, Norwegian embassies ablaze
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Abbas pushes for statehood poll
Palestinians, Israel agree to cease-fire
Huge rally demands PM quit
76 dead in Mecca hotel collapse
Hajj stampede kills at least 345
Ship with 1,400 sinks in Red Sea
Ferry sinks carrying 150 people
UK troops attacked after copter crash
'Bin Laden' audio tape broadcast
Blast damages Shia shrine
FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found
More than 80 dead in reprisal killings
80 killed in mosque attack
Three bombs rip through resort
U.S. airstrike kills al-Zarqawi
Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute
Christian politician Gemayel killed
More than 200 killed in Sadr City
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Blast damages Shia shrine
FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found
More than 80 dead in reprisal killings
Saddam Hussein sentenced to death
Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute
More than 200 killed in Sadr City
Saddam Hussein hanged
At least 134 killed in attacks across Iraq
Curfew aims to curb violence
Military launches largest air assault
U.S. probes 15 Iraqi civilian deaths
U.S. airstrike kills al-Zarqawi
Parliament approves Cabinet
Basra: State of emergency declared
UK troops attacked after copter crash
Blast damages Shia shrine
FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found
More than 80 dead in reprisal killings
U.S. airstrike kills al-Zarqawi
Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute
More than 200 killed in Sadr City
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Suicide bomber kills 8
Police back Katsav rape charges
Israelis storm Palestinian prison
Militants kill Israeli 2 soldiers. 1 seized
Israeli troops move into Gaza
Gunmen flee in human shield
Palestinians, Israel agree to cease-fire
Sharon fights for life after stroke
Hamas won elections
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Kadima wins at polls
Police back Katsav rape charges
Palestinians, Israel agree to cease-fire
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Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
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Huge rally demands PM quit
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Saddam Hussein sentenced to death
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Parliament approves Cabinet
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  Bird flu suspect dies  A 14-year-old boy was one of 6 people tested for bird flu, and his sister was in a critical and worsening condition   Sharon fights for life after stroke


January 2006 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Gaza  Italian hostages freed in Gaza, Yemen
  Turkey  
Jan.4  Iraq  36 killed, 40 wounded in funeral blast
 Turkey  Dead boy had bird flu
  Jerusalem  
  Prime Minister was suffering what his doctor called a 'significant' stroke. His powers were transferred to Ehud Olmert
 Doctors diagnosed a cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain. Sharon underwent 6 hours of surgery that appeared to stop the bleeding in his brain. The stroke plunged the country into political uncertainty
Jan.5   Mecca   76 dead in Mecca hotel collapse
  A hotel in Islam's holiest city collapsed as millions of Muslims arrived for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
  Sunni Triangle   At least 134 killed in attacks across Iraq  In Ramadi, 80 people were killed when a bomber detonated near an police recruitment and screening drive  Jerusalem  Sharon to remain sedated after stroke Jan.6   Jerusalem Sharon stable after 3rd brain operation Jan.7  Jerusalem  Sharon's condition critical but stable  Mecca  Pilgrims descend on Mecca for Hajj Jan.8   Turkey     Three new bird flu cases   2 children and an adult, who were hospitalized in the capital, Ankara, have tested positive  Iraq  U.S. helicopter crash kills 12 Jan.9   Iran Nuclear research resumed  Jerusalem  Sharon able to breathe alone Jan.11  Turkey  Turkish bird flu 'may be endemic' Jan.12   Mecca   Hajj stampede kills at least 345 Map of Mecca Saudi Arabia
  People have been killed during a symbolic stoning ritual at the annual pilgrimage near Mecca
  Turkey   Man who shot pope freed  A gray-haired Mehmet Ali Agca left the prison and got into a car amid a chaotic scene created by international media Jan.14   Kuwait Emir dead Jan.15  Jerusalem  Sharon tracheotomy successful Jan.17  Baghdad  Journalist's kidnappers make demands Jan.18  Iran  U.S., Europe balk at new talks with Iran Jan.19   Qatar     'Bin Laden' audio tape broadcast  al-Jazeera has broadcast a tape it says was by the al-Qaeda leader, in which offerred long-term truce to the U.S.   Tel Aviv Suicide bomber detonated sandwich shop Jan.20   Baghdad Shiite-led alliance wins election Jan.23  Baghdad  New judge to take on Saddam trial Jan.24  Gaza  Hamas campaign threatens Fatah Party Jan.26   West Bank     Hamas won elections
  Hamas and Fatah supporters scuffled outside the Palestinian parliament building
 Hamas has operated a network of social and charitable organizations for Palestinians. Mahmoud Abbas urged Hamas to keep negotiations moving forward. Israel demanded that the Palestinian Authority disarm the new ruling party and the other terrorist organizations
  Jerusalem Israel rules out talks with Hamas
Jan.27  West Bank  Abbas urges Hamas to form government   Gaza   Fatah defeat sparks protest  A mob of up to 2,000 Fatah supporters took to the streets, demanding the resignation of Abbas  Gaza  Palestinian groups clash Jan.28   Gaza Hamas leader: 'Palestinian army' possible   Iraq Captors: Last chance for demand Jan.31  Iran  Iran angry at U.N. council move

February 2006 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1   West Bank   Troops clash with Israeli settlers  Mounted troops in riot gear clashed with stone-throwing Jewish protesters as they began dismantling homes Feb.2   Gaza     Gunmen shut EU office over cartoons  Palestinian gunmen shut down the EU office, demanding an apology for German, French and Norwegian newspapers Feb.3   Egypt   Ship with 1,400 sinks in Red Sea
  An aging passenger ferry loaded to near capacity with dozens of vehicles sank. 100 survivors had been rescued
 Gaza  Muslim anger on cartoons spreads   Egypt Hopes dim for ferry missing Feb.4  Egypt  Officials: Fire made ferry sink   Syria     Danish, Norwegian embassies ablaze
  Hundreds of Syrian demonstrators stormed the Danish Embassy in Damascus and set fire to the building in protest at the cartoons
 Protesters scaled the Danish mission amid chants of 'God is great', before moving on to attack the Norwegian site. Denmark and Norway urged their citizens to leave and condemned Syria for failing international obligations. Palestinians protest in Gaza and the West Bank
 Iran  Iran to halt snap nuclear checks Feb.5   Beirut Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze Feb.9   Kuwait Abducted journalist makes new plea on TV Feb.10  Egypt  Hosts won African Nations Cup  Egypt  Pharaonic tomb find Feb.11   Jerusalem Sharon survives emergency surgery  Jerusalem  Sharon is 'critical but stable' Feb.12   Baghdad Jaafari set to stay as PM Feb.13   Iran     Iran restarts uranium work
  Iran has resumed uranium-enrichment work at its Natanz nuclear plant
 Baghdad  Screaming Hussein back in court Feb.14   Baghdad Saddam in 'hunger strike' protest Feb.16  Iraq  Iraq 'death squad caught in act' Feb.18   West Bank Hamas takes power vowing no talks Feb.19  Jerusalem  Israel PM rules out Hamas contacts Feb.21  Baghdad  Marketplace bomb kills 20   Sunni Triangle   Blast damages Shia shrine Map of Samarra Iraq
  A bomb attack has damaged one of the Muslim world's holiest shrines, sparking demonstrations outside
 Thousands have gathered at the al-Askari shrine in Samarra where 2 men blew up the famous golden dome. The shrine is one of Samarra's 2 tombs for revered Shia imams. Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani has called for a week of mourning. Shias in Baghdad attacked at least 5 Sunni mosques in a reprisal, and disturbances reported in other cities.
Feb.22   Iraq Shrine blast sparks protests  Baghdad  Gunmen strike 27 mosques, kill imams Feb.23   Baghdad     Curfew aims to curb violence  The government has put Baghdad and 3 provinces under curfew for much of Friday Feb.24   Saudi Arabia Saudis thwart oil refinery attack  Baghdad  Curfew extended to stem revenge attacks Feb.26   Iraq Renewed violence amid calls for calm Feb.28  Baghdad  Blasts kill at least 35

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Mar.2  Baghdad  Authorities to impose Sabbath curfew Mar.5  Iran  Iran warns on uranium enrichment Mar.6   West Bank Hamas MPs curtail Abbas's powers
Mar.7  Baghdad  18 men found strangled Mar.9  Dubai  Dubai firm to 'transfer' US ports Mar.10   Iraq   FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found  The body of Tom Fox, a Christian peace advocate, has been found  Baghdad  Talabani called parliament to meet Mar.12  Sadr City  Car bombs kill at least 36 in Sadr City Mar.14   West Bank   Israelis storm Palestinian prison
  6 inmates were holed up and vowing not to be taken alive. Palestinian guards clashed with Israelis.    An Israeli army raid on a Jericho jail holding a senior militant , Ahmed Saadat, has sparked a wave of kidnappings and protest. US and ...
  Baghdad   More than 80 dead in reprisal killings  86 bodies were found in the capital during a 30-hour period. Officials announced a vehicle curfew Mar.16   Sunni Triangle   Military launches largest air assault   50 aircraft are involved in Operation Swarmer with more than 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops near Samarra  Baghdad  First meeting for Iraq parliament   Iraq   U.S. probes 15 Iraqi civilian deaths   The U.S. military has opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of civilians in the city of Haditha Mar.21   Azerbaijan Bird flu kills five
  Iran Ayatollah Khamenei backs talks on Iraq Mar.23   Iraq Peace group hostages freed Mar.28   Jerusalem     Kadima wins at polls
  Acting Prime Minister Olmert's 4-month-old centrist party took the largest share of parliamentary seats.    The party Kadima , formed by Sharon late last year when he broke from the Likud bloc, earned 28 seats, the most seats in the 120-member Knesset. Other big winners were the Labor party wit...
Mar.30  Iraq  Journalist Carroll freed   Bahrain   Ferry sinks carrying 150 people  A total of 48 bodies have so far been recovered from the site. 52 people have been rescued  Iran  Series of earthquakes killing dozens

April 2006 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1   Baghdad Pressure mounts on PM to go   Baghdad Rice and Straw arrive Apr.2  Baghdad  Rice, Straw to Iraqis: 'The time has come'  Iran  High-speed underwater missile test-fired Apr.4   Baghdad Hussein charged with genocide Apr.5   Baghdad Hussein grins during cross-examination Apr.6   Djibouti 69 dead as ferry capsizes Apr.7   Baghdad     80 killed in mosque attack  3 suicide bombers struck a mosque affiliated with a major Shiite political party. Another 136 were wounded Apr.8  Gaza  6 dead in second day of strikes Apr.11   Iran     Iran 'advances uranium program'
  Ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: Iran has advanced its uranium enrichment program.    In a televised speech in the h oly city of Mashhad president Ahmadinejad insist...
Apr.12  Tehran  ElBaradei puts pressure on Iran Apr.14  Egypt  Attacks on churches: 1 dead Apr.16  Iraq  Bombs kill at least 34 amid deadlock Apr.17   Tel Aviv     Suicide bomber kills 8  A bomber set off a blast in a restaurant at the central bus station in the Passover attack. The bomber also died Apr.21  Baghdad  Shia bloc names PM choice Apr.22  Baghdad  Parliament elects new leaders Apr.23   Qatar Bin Laden tape denounces West Apr.24  Baghdad  Tape 'links' Hussein to attacks   Egypt   Three bombs rip through resort
  23 people, including 3 foreigners, were killed and 62 others were wounded in in the Red Sea town of Dahab.    The blasts took place about 7:15 p.m. at 2 cafeterias and a supermarket. 42 of the wounded are Egyptian and 3 are members ...
Apr.25  Iraq  Defiant al-Zarqawi shows face on video Apr.26  Iran  Iran 'will harm U.S. interests if attacked'

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May.6   Southern Iraq     UK troops attacked after copter crash  Crowds of Iraqis attacked troops with rocks and Molotov cocktail after a military helicopter crashed  Iraq  Holy city bomb kills many May.9  Sinai  Bombings 'mastermind' killed   Palestine Palestinians to get interim aid May.10   Baghdad   Killings top 1,000 in April  President Talabani has said 1,000 people were killed last month in Baghdad as a result of sectarian violence May.14   Iraq 32 killed in violence May.16  Baghdad  UAE diplomat kidnapped May.17   Turkey   Judge dies in court attack   A gunman has shot dead a prominent judge and wounded 4 others in an attack on highest court in Ankara May.18  Gaza  Rival forces exchange fire May.19   Gaza Hamas official seized with $800k May.20   Baghdad   Parliament approves Cabinet
  The new 37-minister government is including members of the main Shia, Kurd and Sunni parties.    3 crucial ministries, national security, interior and defence,have still not been agreed It's the first full-term government since the 2003 invasion PM Nouri Mal...
May.24  Baghdad  Aziz takes stand for Hussein May.25  Palestine  Abbas issues Hamas ultimatum May.31   Basra   Basra: State of emergency declared  Prime Minister declared a month-long state of emergency in the city, vowing to confront troublemakers

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Jun.2  Iraq  Troops cleared of wrongdoing Jun.3  Iran  Ahmadinejad won't give up nucl. Program Jun.5   Palestine     Abbas pushes for statehood poll  Palestinian leader will call a referendum on his plan that implicitly recognises Israel's right to exist Jun.6  Iran  Iran 'positive' on nuclear offer Jun.7  Iraq  Iraq begins releasing 592 prisoners Jun.8   Iraq     U.S. airstrike kills al-Zarqawi
Map of Baquba Iraq
  Al Qaeda in Iraq leader, the coalition's most wanted man in Iraq, was killed near Baquba
 U.S. and Iraqi officials first revealed the news to reporters. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell: two F-16s dropped two 500-pound bombs on a safe house 6 people, including and a key al-Zarqawi lieutenant, spiritual adviser Sheik Abd-al-Rahman, were killed in the strike Bush: Al-Zarqawi's death gives Iraq a chance to 'turn the tide' in the fight against the insurgency
 Iraq  Zarqawi raids uncover new leads Jun.9   Gaza     Explosion shakes Hamas cease-fire  The explosion is killing at least 7 people and prompting Hamas to call off a cease-fire with Israel Jun.12  Gaza  Palestinian security forces clash Jun.13   Baghdad     Bush makes surprise visit  The President arrived in Baghdad on a visit to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Jun.16   Iran Incentives a 'step forward' Jun.17  Baghdad  23 killed in string of attacks  Palestine  Powers agree Palestinian aid plan   Baghdad   Insurgents captured U.S. soldiers  Iraqi witnesses say they saw 2 U.S. soldiers being led away by masked insurgents to a pair of cars Jun.19  Baghdad  Prosecution demands Saddam death Jun.21  Baghdad  Lawyer for Saddam Hussein found slain Jun.25   Gaza   Militants kill Israeli 2 soldiers. 1 seized
  Israeli soldier 'seized' in raid. Israeli tanks, helicopters and ground forces have crossed into Gaza.    Israel has asked its international partners to put pressure on the Palestinians to secure the release of a soldier...
  Iraq   Al Qaeda group killed 4 Russian hostages  The statement, video on a Web site: the Mujahedeen Shura Council had beheaded 3 of the men and shot 1 to death Jun.26  Gaza  Demands set for captured Israeli  Iraq  Deadly bombs hit markets Jun.27  Hamas  Hamas 'implicitly accepts Israel'   Gaza   Israeli troops move into Gaza
  The troops crossed the border into southern Gaza to secure the return of a soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants
Jun.28  Syria  Israel warplanes over home of Assad   West Bank Israel seizes Hamas legislators  Kuwait  Women vote in poll Jun.30  Gaza  Militants demand prisoners release

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Jul.1   Sadr City     Car bomb slaughter 62 at market  The blast destroyed food and clothing stalls around 10 a.m. in the Sadr City section in the northeast of the capital   Gaza Israel hits Palestinian PM's office
Jul.2   Baghdad Hussein's wife, daughter on 'wanted' list Jul.3  Gaza  Militants' deadline expires Jul.6  Gaza  Troops, militants battle Jul.8  Gaza  Palestinian PM appeals for calm  Gaza  Israel launches new strikes Jul.9   Baghdad Gunmen kill 40 Sunnis in rampage Jul.11  Gaza  Israel army enters central Gaza Jul.12   Southern Lebanon     Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
  Guerrillas killed 3 Israeli soldiers and captured 2 more, prompting airstrikes and military raids inside southern Lebanon
 Israel has launched air strikes on bridges and roads in southern Lebanon to stop Hezbollah moving the soldiers. Israeli cabinet endorsed a strong response against the militants
  Southern Lebanon Israeli troops enter Lebanon   Beirut   Israeli jets strike Beirut airport
  Israeli fighter jets are expanding military campaign against Hezbollah holding two Israeli soldiers captive
Jul.13   Beirut   Israel imposes Lebanon blockade  The warships have blocked ports, and Lebanon international airport was closed after Israeli bombing  Beirut  Israeli warplanes hit Beirut suburb Jul.14  Southern Lebanon  Hezbollah ready for 'war on every level'   Southern Lebanon     4 Israelis missing after naval raid  4 servicemen are missing after one of its vessels was struck by a missile fired by Hezbollah militants Jul.15  Beirut  Israel hits targets along Lebanese coast  Beirut  PM Siniora: Lebanon is disaster zone   Northern Israel Hezbollah rockets again hit Haifa Jul.16   Beirut   Israel pounds Beirut after Haifa hit  Airstrikes pounded the southern suburbs of Beirut where Hezbollah members lived and worked  Northern Lebanon  Israeli raids reach north Lebanon Jul.17  Beirut  Israeli jets in new raids Jul.18   Lebanon   Westerners flee Lebanon  The governments moved to get their citizens to safety by land, sea and air  Iraq  Holy city bombing kills 45   Southern Lebanon   Israeli troops enter southern Lebanon
  The ground troops have entered Lebanon on a mission to destroy outposts of the militant group Hezbollah
Jul.19  Southern Lebanon  Israeli forces battle Hezbollah   Beirut PM: Lebanon 'has been torn to shreds' Jul.20   Southern Lebanon Israel, Hezbollah clash on border Jul.21   Israel   Israel calls up army reservists  The reservists being called up could fill in for troops in the West Bank and Gaza  Israel  Israeli troops mass on Lebanon border Jul.22   Southern Lebanon Israeli sends tanks to gain foothold   Southern Lebanon   Thousands flee southern Lebanon
  Israel issued a specific warning to civilians in 14 villages, telling them to leave
  Southern Lebanon   Israeli military seizes Maroun al-Ras  The military entered the southern Lebanese village to establish its 'first foothold' in a security buffer along the border Jul.23   Beirut UN appalled by Beirut devastation  Baghdad  Hunger-strike Hussein in hospital Jul.24   Southern Lebanon     Israel takes aim at Hezbollah stronghold  Israeli forces and militants were locked in fierce fighting in southern Lebanon around he Bint Jubeil area  Lebanon  Rice had meeting with PM Fouad Siniora Jul.25   Southern Lebanon     Israeli airstrike hits U.N. observer post
  The strike is killing at least two of the agency's observers, according to the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.    The observers were Austrian, Finnish, Canadian and Chinese UNIFIL said there had been 14 incidents of fire close to t...
Jul.26   Southern Lebanon     Nine Israeli soldiers killed  8 troops died near the town of Bint Jbeil Jul.27   Israel Israel to bolster troop numbers Jul.28   Israel Israel: Hezbollah has new, powerful missile Jul.29  Jerusalem  Israelis reject cease-fire Jul.30   Southern Lebanon   Israeli air attack kills 28 civilians
  Israel mistakenly destroyed a building near a Hezbollah rocket-launching site in Qana. Initial claim: 60 died.    The airstrikes hit a residential building that housed refugees, which was near Hezbollah rocket launching sites It was the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting between Hezbollah a...
 Southern Lebanon  Israel halts fire for Qana probe Jul.31  Jerusalem  Israel 'not ready for truce yet'   Jerusalem Israel to expand ground campaign

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Aug.1  Sunni Triangle  Car bombs kill at least 44  Southern Lebanon  Heavy fighting in town of Aita Al-Shaab   Lebanon Israel strikes deep into Lebanon
 Israel  Israel 'takes Hezbollah fighters' Aug.2   Israel   Hezbollah launches rocket onslaught  Hezbollah sent190 rockets killing one civilian and wounding more than a dozen others   Beirut Israel resume airstrikes on Beirut Aug.3  Beirut  Bombs pound Beirut for second night Aug.4  Lebanon  Israeli border strike 'kills 23'   Beirut   Israel's bombs cut off Beirut  Israel is saying the attacks were designed to thwart Syrian attempts to arm Hezbollah Aug.6   Northern Israel 12 Israelis, 8 Lebanese killed Aug.8  Southern Lebanon  Israel warns of more strikes around Tyre Aug.9  Jerusalem  Israel votes to push deeper into Lebanon   Southern Lebanon   Troops, tanks moved across border  Israel lobbed artillery rounds into southern Lebanon. A vicious battle broke out in Khiyam   Southern Lebanon Israel seizes town of Marjayoun Aug.10  Iraq  Suicide bomber kills 34 in Najaf Aug.11   Southern Lebanon Israel broadening ground offensive Aug.12   Southern Lebanon Hezbollah leader agrees to cease-fire Aug.13   Jerusalem Cabinet approves cease-fire resolution  Southern Lebanon  Missiles fly in final hours Aug.14   Southern Lebanon   Israel-Hezbollah cease-fire in effect
  A U.N.-brokered cease-fire took effect on the 34th day of fighting, although both sides launched final attacks
 4 mortar rounds were fired inside Lebanon after the cease-fire; none of them hit Israeli territory, Lebanese forces are to move into southern Lebanon to prevent a return of the violence
  Southern Lebanon Refugees stream back  Southern Lebanon  Fragile truce holding Aug.15  Syria  al-Assad hails 'a new Middle East'  Israel  Israel sets timetable for Lebanon pullout Aug.16   Southern Lebanon Israel begun withdrawal from Lebanon  Beirut  Lebanon army set to move to south   Southern Lebanon   Lebanese troops deploy  The troops have begun deploying south of the Litani River as part of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire Aug.19   Lebanon   Israelis carried out raid in Bekaa Valley  Commandos carried out a raid by an elite unit; IDF clashed with Hezbollah Aug.20   Baghdad 20 pilgrims killed, hundreds wounded   Baghdad Saddam facing poison gas charges  Egypt  Train crash kills 57 Aug.22  Baghdad  Witness tells of chemical bombs Aug.23   Gaza Abduction claim of Fox News journalists  Syria  Syria warns over UN peacekeepers Aug.26  Iran  Nuclear project forges ahead Aug.27   Lebanon Nasrallah regrets triggering war  Gaza  Kidnapped Fox journalists released  Baghdad  Prime Minister denies civil war as 50 die Aug.28  Turkey  'Two dead' in blast Aug.29   Southern Lebanon Annan tours devastated south Lebanon  Iran  Ahmadinejad in Bush TV debate call Aug.30   Iraq   At least 47 dead, 100 injured in bombings   Insurgents launched a string of bombings in Baghdad and the nearby provinces of Diyala and Babil  Jerusalem  Annan visits Olmert Aug.31   Iran     Sanctions loom, Iran keeps enriching  U.N. report: The threat of sanctions has not convinced Iran to stop enriching uranium

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Sep.1  Iran  Up to 80 killed when jetliner catches fire Sep.3  Sunni Triangle  Al Qaeda in Iraq No. 2 held Sep.7  Baghdad  US hands over Iraq army control  Lebanon  Israel eases blockade of Lebanon Sep.9  Jerusalem  Blair meets Israeli leader Sep.12   Syria     U.S. Embassy attack foiled  Syrian security forces killed 4 attackers outside the U.S. Embassy in Damascus after a car exploded Sep.19   Baghdad Judge dismissed in Hussein trial
Sep.22  Beirut  Hezbollah leader reappears at victory rally Sep.23   Baghdad   Bomb kills 35 as they shop for Ramadan   The leader of the Ansar al-Sunna network, aligned with al Qaeda, had been arrested Sep.25  Baghdad  Hussein ordered from courtroom Sep.29   Baghdad Total curfew declared in capital Sep.30   Southern Lebanon   Last Israeli soldier withdraws
  The last Israeli soldier left Lebanon, more than a month after a U.N. resolution ended the 34-day war


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Oct.1  Gaza  Protests turn deadly Oct.4  Baghdad  Iraq police brigade aided abuctors Oct.8  Iraq  30 rebels killed in mostly Shiite city   Southern Iraq Hundreds of Iraqi police poisoned Oct.10   Baghdad     110 bullet-riddled bodies found  60 bodies were found around Baghdad between on Monday morning and another 50 were found later in the day Oct.15   Jerusalem     Police back Katsav rape charges
  Israeli police believe there is enough evidence to charge President with rape and wire-tapping.    Authorities have asked Attorney Generalto charge the President with rape, indecent assault and sexual harassment. Police also have evidence that ...
  Baghdad Weekend toll in Iraq: 83 bodies Oct.18  Sunni Triangle  Attacks kill 10 U.S. troops in single day Oct.19  Mosul  Suicide bomber, clashes kill 20 in Mosul   Qatar Opec approves cut in oil output Oct.20   Southern Iraq Shiite militia seizes city Oct.23   Iraq   October deadliest month for U.S. troops  The U.S. military's death toll for October stands at 85, the highest of the year Oct.24  Baghdad  Masked men abducted U.S. soldier Oct.25  Baghdad  Iraq, U.S. forces take on militia Oct.27   Iran Iran 'fires up nuclear processors' Oct.29  Sadr City  Bomb kills 26, injures 60

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Nov.3   Gaza   Gunmen flee in human shield
  Militants escaped, slipping away in a crowd of women who had come to protest the Israeli action
  Baghdad 83 bullet-riddled bodies found in city Nov.5   Baghdad     Saddam Hussein sentenced to death
  The former Iraqi leader has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging
 Saddam was convicted over the killing of 148 people in the Shia town of Dujail in 1982. His half-brother and former chief judge were also sentenced to death. Former ViP Ramadan got life in jail. 3 others received 15-year prison terms. Baath party official Mohammed Azawi Ali was acquitted. The verdict sparked celebration in Baghdad and protests in Tikrit
  Turkey   Ex-PM Ecevit dies at 81  5-time premier and socialist leader ordered the invasion of Cyprus and pushed his country towards the West Nov.6  Baghdad  Capital on lockdown after Hussein verdict Nov.8   Gaza   Israeli raid 'kills 19 civilians'  Palestinian sources: At least 18 Palestinians have been killed by tank fire in the town of Beit Hanoun by tank shells Nov.10   Palestine Palestinian PM offers to resign Nov.11  Turkey  Ecevit buried amid secularist chants   Beirut Ministers throw government into turmoil Nov.12   Baghdad Bombers kill 35 Iraq police recruits Nov.13  Beirut  Lebanon approves court amid crisis   Gaza   Shabir to lead Palestinian government  Mohammed Shabir, 60, a U.S.-educated university professor, has been named to lead a future unity government Nov.14   Baghdad   Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute
  The minister of higher education ordered universities closed until security improves.    80 gunmen were clad in Iraqi National Police uniforms and targeted the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research-Scholars...
 Israel  Palestinian rockets kill Israeli  Baghdad  Most hostages freed after kidnapping Nov.19  Baghdad  Iraq's deputy health minister kidnapped   Baghdad Saddam trial 'flawed and unsound' Nov.20   Baghdad Iraqi president plans talks with Iran, Syria Nov.21   Beirut   Christian politician Gemayel killed
  Cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel has been shot dead. He was a member of the Christian Phalange party.    A gunman ran up to the car he was riding in and opened fire. Gemayel was supporter of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority. Saad Hariri is sa...
Nov.22   Gaza Israeli troops advance into 2 towns Nov.23   Sadr City   More than 200 killed in Sadr City
  A string of apparently coordinated bombings erupted in a Shiite slum. the death toll was expected to rise.    Bombs and mortar shells struck at 15-minute intervals. 206 wounded. Shiites responded, firing 10 mortar rounds at the Sunni shrine...
  Beirut Funeral for minister turns into anti-Syrian Nov.24   Baghdad Shiite bloc's walkout threat test for PM  Baghdad  Shiites torch Sunni people, mosques Nov.25  Iraq  21 Shiites gunned down in front of families   Gaza   Palestinians, Israel agree to cease-fire
  All Palestinian factions have agreed to stop firing rockets into Israel . Israel has agreed to withdraw troops from Gaza.    Abbas has won a commitment from all militant groups and phoned Olmert to say he had agreement from ...
Nov.26   Jordan   King warns of civil wars   Abdullah has warned that 3 civil wars could break out unless the international community takes urgent action  Tehran  Military plane crashes in Tehran Nov.27   Jerusalem Israeli PM offers 'hand of peace'  Iran  Iraqi president seeks Iran's help Nov.28  Turkey  Pope calls for Christian-Muslim dialogue Nov.29   Turkey Pope holds Mass at Turkish shrine  Jordan  Bush begins delayed talks on Iraq

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Dec.1   Beirut   Huge rally demands PM quit
  200,000 people packed the streets, as Christian opposition leader called for Fouad Siniora to step down.    Demonstrators pitched tents outside the office of Siniora....
Dec.2  Saudi Arabia  Saudis arrest 139 'sleeper cell' suspects Dec.7  Baghdad  Iraq plans international, regional summits Dec.8  Iraq  Coalition: crackdown kills 20 insurgents Dec.9  Southern Iraq  Blast shakes Shiite holy city Dec.10   Beirut Huge protest pressures government Dec.11   Gaza   Gunmen kill school children   Gunmen have shot dead the 3 sons of Baha Balousheh, an intelligence chief linked to the Palestinian party Fatah   Baghdad Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54 Dec.12   Iran Ahmadinejad: Israel will be 'wiped out' Dec.13  Baghdad  Bombers strike workers for second day Dec.14   Gaza Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza  Baghdad  Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30 Dec.15   West Bank Palestinian factions clash Dec.16   West Bank     President Abbas calls for early elections   Palestinian President called for presidential and legislative elections to end the stalemate between Fatah and the Hamas  Baghdad  PM reaches out to Baathists Dec.17  Gaza  Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes   Iran   Reformist Rafsanjani regains influence  Moderate former president has won election to powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts   Tel Aviv Tony on Middle East tour Dec.18  Gaza  New clash outside hospital Dec.20   Turkmenistan   President Niyazov dies aged 66  The authoritarian president Saparmurat Niyazov, who ruled the country for 21 years. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest Dec.23  Jerusalem  Olmert frees $100 million to Palestinians Dec.24  Iran  Ahmadinejad: U.N. will regret sanctions   Southern Iraq   UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ  More than 1,000 troops demolished the Jamiat police station to rescue 178 prisoners Dec.27  Mecca  Muslims begin the Hajj pilgrimage Dec.29  Baghdad  'No delays' to Hussein execution   Baghdad     Saddam Hussein hanged
  The celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead. There was dancing around the body. The execution was videotaped
 He was convicted of killings in the town of Dujail 25 years ago. U.S. district judge refused a request to stay the execution. Hussein executed before Eid Al-Adha, a holiday. The law does not permit executions during religious holidays
Dec.30   Iraq Saddam is buried in home village


At least 134 killed in attacks across Iraq  In Ramadi, 80 people were killed when a bomber detonated near an police recruitment and screening drive Hamas leader: 'Palestinian army' possible Troops clash with Israeli settlers  Mounted troops in riot gear clashed with stone-throwing Jewish protesters as they began dismantling homes   Gunmen shut EU office over cartoons  Palestinian gunmen shut down the EU office, demanding an apology for German, French and Norwegian newspapers   Iran restarts uranium work




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2006
Jan.5   Sunni Triangle
Jan.8  Iraq  U.S. helicopter crash kills 12
Jan.27  Gaza  Palestinian groups clash
Jan.28   Gaza
Feb.1   West Bank
Feb.2   Gaza
Feb.4  Iran  Iran to halt snap nuclear checks
Feb.13   Iran
  Iran has resumed uranium-enrichment work at its Natanz nuclear plant
Feb.16  Iraq  Iraq 'death squad caught in act' Feb.23   Baghdad   Curfew aims to curb violence  The government has put Baghdad and 3 provinces under curfew for much of Friday Feb.24  Baghdad  Curfew extended to stem revenge attacks Feb.26   Iraq Renewed violence amid calls for calm
Feb.28  Baghdad  Blasts kill at least 35 Mar.2  Baghdad  Authorities to impose Sabbath curfew Mar.14   West Bank Israelis storm Palestinian prison
  6 inmates were holed up and vowing not to be taken alive. Palestinian guards clashed with Israelis.    An Israeli army raid on a Jericho jail holding a senior militant , Ahmed Saadat, has sparked a wave of kidnappings and protest. US and ...
Mar.16   Sunni Triangle Military launches largest air assault   50 aircraft are involved in Operation Swarmer with more than 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops near Samarra Mar.16   Iraq U.S. probes 15 Iraqi civilian deaths   The U.S. military has opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of civilians in the city of Haditha Mar.23   Iraq Peace group hostages freed Apr.2  Iran  High-speed underwater missile test-fired Apr.8  Gaza  6 dead in second day of strikes Apr.11   Iran   Iran 'advances uranium program'
  Ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: Iran has advanced its uranium enrichment program.    In a televised speech in the h oly city of Mashhad president Ahmadinejad insist...
May.6   Southern Iraq   UK troops attacked after copter crash  Crowds of Iraqis attacked troops with rocks and Molotov cocktail after a military helicopter crashed May.18  Gaza  Rival forces exchange fire Jun.2  Iraq  Troops cleared of wrongdoing Jun.8   Iraq   U.S. airstrike kills al-Zarqawi
Map of Baquba Iraq
  Al Qaeda in Iraq leader, the coalition's most wanted man in Iraq, was killed near Baquba
 U.S. and Iraqi officials first revealed the news to reporters. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell: two F-16s dropped two 500-pound bombs on a safe house 6 people, including and a key al-Zarqawi lieutenant, spiritual adviser Sheik Abd-al-Rahman, were killed in the strike Bush: Al-Zarqawi's death gives Iraq a chance to 'turn the tide' in the fight against the insurgency
Jun.8  Iraq  Zarqawi raids uncover new leads Jun.9   Gaza   Explosion shakes Hamas cease-fire  The explosion is killing at least 7 people and prompting Hamas to call off a cease-fire with Israel Jun.12  Gaza  Palestinian security forces clash Jun.17  Baghdad  23 killed in string of attacks Jun.17   Baghdad Insurgents captured U.S. soldiers  Iraqi witnesses say they saw 2 U.S. soldiers being led away by masked insurgents to a pair of cars Jun.25   Gaza Militants kill Israeli 2 soldiers. 1 seized
  Israeli soldier 'seized' in raid. Israeli tanks, helicopters and ground forces have crossed into Gaza.    Israel has asked its international partners to put pressure on the Palestinians to secure the release of a soldier...
Jun.26  Gaza  Demands set for captured Israeli Jun.27   Gaza Israeli troops move into Gaza
  The troops crossed the border into southern Gaza to secure the return of a soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants
Jun.28  Syria  Israel warplanes over home of Assad Jun.28   West Bank Israel seizes Hamas legislators Jun.30  Gaza  Militants demand prisoners release Jul.1   Gaza Israel hits Palestinian PM's office Jul.6  Gaza  Troops, militants battle Jul.8  Gaza  Palestinian PM appeals for calm Jul.8  Gaza  Israel launches new strikes Jul.11  Gaza  Israel army enters central Gaza Jul.12   Southern Lebanon   Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
  Guerrillas killed 3 Israeli soldiers and captured 2 more, prompting airstrikes and military raids inside southern Lebanon
 Israel has launched air strikes on bridges and roads in southern Lebanon to stop Hezbollah moving the soldiers. Israeli cabinet endorsed a strong response against the militants
Jul.12   Southern Lebanon Israeli troops enter Lebanon Jul.12   Beirut Israeli jets strike Beirut airport
  Israeli fighter jets are expanding military campaign against Hezbollah holding two Israeli soldiers captive
Jul.13   Beirut Israel imposes Lebanon blockade  The warships have blocked ports, and Lebanon international airport was closed after Israeli bombing Jul.13  Beirut  Israeli warplanes hit Beirut suburb Jul.14  Southern Lebanon  Hezbollah ready for 'war on every level' Jul.14   Southern Lebanon   4 Israelis missing after naval raid  4 servicemen are missing after one of its vessels was struck by a missile fired by Hezbollah militants Jul.15  Beirut  Israel hits targets along Lebanese coast Jul.15  Beirut  PM Siniora: Lebanon is disaster zone Jul.15   Northern Israel Hezbollah rockets again hit Haifa Jul.16   Beirut Israel pounds Beirut after Haifa hit  Airstrikes pounded the southern suburbs of Beirut where Hezbollah members lived and worked Jul.16  Northern Lebanon  Israeli raids reach north Lebanon Jul.17  Beirut  Israeli jets in new raids Jul.18   Lebanon Westerners flee Lebanon  The governments moved to get their citizens to safety by land, sea and air Jul.18   Southern Lebanon Israeli troops enter southern Lebanon
  The ground troops have entered Lebanon on a mission to destroy outposts of the militant group Hezbollah
Jul.19  Southern Lebanon  Israeli forces battle Hezbollah Jul.19   Beirut PM: Lebanon 'has been torn to shreds' Jul.20   Southern Lebanon Israel, Hezbollah clash on border Jul.21   Israel Israel calls up army reservists  The reservists being called up could fill in for troops in the West Bank and Gaza Jul.21  Israel  Israeli troops mass on Lebanon border Jul.22   Southern Lebanon Israeli sends tanks to gain foothold Jul.22   Southern Lebanon Thousands flee southern Lebanon
  Israel issued a specific warning to civilians in 14 villages, telling them to leave
Jul.22   Southern Lebanon Israeli military seizes Maroun al-Ras  The military entered the southern Lebanese village to establish its 'first foothold' in a security buffer along the border Jul.23   Beirut UN appalled by Beirut devastation Jul.24   Southern Lebanon   Israel takes aim at Hezbollah stronghold  Israeli forces and militants were locked in fierce fighting in southern Lebanon around he Bint Jubeil area Jul.25   Southern Lebanon   Israeli airstrike hits U.N. observer post
  The strike is killing at least two of the agency's observers, according to the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.    The observers were Austrian, Finnish, Canadian and Chinese UNIFIL said there had been 14 incidents of fire close to t...
Jul.26   Southern Lebanon   Nine Israeli soldiers killed  8 troops died near the town of Bint Jbeil Jul.27   Israel Israel to bolster troop numbers Jul.28   Israel Israel: Hezbollah has new, powerful missile Jul.29  Jerusalem  Israelis reject cease-fire Jul.30   Southern Lebanon Israeli air attack kills 28 civilians
  Israel mistakenly destroyed a building near a Hezbollah rocket-launching site in Qana. Initial claim: 60 died.    The airstrikes hit a residential building that housed refugees, which was near Hezbollah rocket launching sites It was the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting between Hezbollah a...
Jul.30  Southern Lebanon  Israel halts fire for Qana probe Jul.31  Jerusalem  Israel 'not ready for truce yet' Jul.31   Jerusalem Israel to expand ground campaign Aug.1  Sunni Triangle  Car bombs kill at least 44 Aug.1  Southern Lebanon  Heavy fighting in town of Aita Al-Shaab Aug.1   Lebanon Israel strikes deep into Lebanon Aug.1  Israel  Israel 'takes Hezbollah fighters' Aug.2   Israel Hezbollah launches rocket onslaught  Hezbollah sent190 rockets killing one civilian and wounding more than a dozen others Aug.2   Beirut Israel resume airstrikes on Beirut Aug.3  Beirut  Bombs pound Beirut for second night Aug.4  Lebanon  Israeli border strike 'kills 23' Aug.4   Beirut Israel's bombs cut off Beirut  Israel is saying the attacks were designed to thwart Syrian attempts to arm Hezbollah Aug.6   Northern Israel 12 Israelis, 8 Lebanese killed Aug.8  Southern Lebanon  Israel warns of more strikes around Tyre Aug.9  Jerusalem  Israel votes to push deeper into Lebanon Aug.9   Southern Lebanon Troops, tanks moved across border  Israel lobbed artillery rounds into southern Lebanon. A vicious battle broke out in Khiyam Aug.9   Southern Lebanon Israel seizes town of Marjayoun Aug.11   Southern Lebanon Israel broadening ground offensive Aug.12   Southern Lebanon Hezbollah leader agrees to cease-fire Aug.13   Jerusalem Cabinet approves cease-fire resolution Aug.13  Southern Lebanon  Missiles fly in final hours Aug.14   Southern Lebanon Israel-Hezbollah cease-fire in effect
  A U.N.-brokered cease-fire took effect on the 34th day of fighting, although both sides launched final attacks
 4 mortar rounds were fired inside Lebanon after the cease-fire; none of them hit Israeli territory, Lebanese forces are to move into southern Lebanon to prevent a return of the violence
Aug.14   Southern Lebanon Refugees stream back Aug.14  Southern Lebanon  Fragile truce holding Aug.15  Israel  Israel sets timetable for Lebanon pullout Aug.16   Southern Lebanon Israel begun withdrawal from Lebanon Aug.16  Beirut  Lebanon army set to move to south Aug.16   Southern Lebanon Lebanese troops deploy  The troops have begun deploying south of the Litani River as part of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire Aug.19   Lebanon Israelis carried out raid in Bekaa Valley  Commandos carried out a raid by an elite unit; IDF clashed with Hezbollah Aug.22  Baghdad  Witness tells of chemical bombs Aug.27   Lebanon Nasrallah regrets triggering war Aug.27  Baghdad  Prime Minister denies civil war as 50 die Sep.3  Sunni Triangle  Al Qaeda in Iraq No. 2 held Sep.7  Baghdad  US hands over Iraq army control Sep.7  Lebanon  Israel eases blockade of Lebanon Sep.22  Beirut  Hezbollah leader reappears at victory rally Sep.29   Baghdad Total curfew declared in capital Sep.30   Southern Lebanon Last Israeli soldier withdraws
  The last Israeli soldier left Lebanon, more than a month after a U.N. resolution ended the 34-day war
Oct.8  Iraq  30 rebels killed in mostly Shiite city Oct.18  Sunni Triangle  Attacks kill 10 U.S. troops in single day Oct.19  Mosul  Suicide bomber, clashes kill 20 in Mosul Oct.20   Southern Iraq Shiite militia seizes city Oct.23   Iraq October deadliest month for U.S. troops  The U.S. military's death toll for October stands at 85, the highest of the year Oct.24  Baghdad  Masked men abducted U.S. soldier Oct.25  Baghdad  Iraq, U.S. forces take on militia Oct.27   Iran Iran 'fires up nuclear processors' Nov.3   Gaza Gunmen flee in human shield
  Militants escaped, slipping away in a crowd of women who had come to protest the Israeli action
Nov.3   Baghdad 83 bullet-riddled bodies found in city Nov.6  Baghdad  Capital on lockdown after Hussein verdict Nov.8   Gaza Israeli raid 'kills 19 civilians'  Palestinian sources: At least 18 Palestinians have been killed by tank fire in the town of Beit Hanoun by tank shells Nov.12   Baghdad Bombers kill 35 Iraq police recruits Nov.14  Israel  Palestinian rockets kill Israeli Nov.22   Gaza Israeli troops advance into 2 towns Nov.25   Gaza Palestinians, Israel agree to cease-fire
  All Palestinian factions have agreed to stop firing rockets into Israel . Israel has agreed to withdraw troops from Gaza.    Abbas has won a commitment from all militant groups and phoned Olmert to say he had agreement from ...
Nov.26   Jordan King warns of civil wars   Abdullah has warned that 3 civil wars could break out unless the international community takes urgent action Nov.26  Tehran  Military plane crashes in Tehran Dec.8  Iraq  Coalition: crackdown kills 20 insurgents Dec.17  Gaza  Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes Dec.18  Gaza  New clash outside hospital Dec.24   Southern Iraq UK troops storm Iraqi police HQ  More than 1,000 troops demolished the Jamiat police station to rescue 178 prisoners



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2006 Jan.1   Turkey   Bird flu suspect dies  A 14-year-old boy was one of 6 people tested for bird flu, and his sister was in a critical and worsening condition Jan.4  Turkey  Dead boy had bird flu Jan.5   Mecca 76 dead in Mecca hotel collapse
  A hotel in Islam's holiest city collapsed as millions of Muslims arrived for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Jan.8   Turkey   Three new bird flu cases   2 children and an adult, who were hospitalized in the capital, Ankara, have tested positive Jan.8  Iraq  U.S. helicopter crash kills 12 Jan.11  Turkey  Turkish bird flu 'may be endemic' Jan.12   Mecca Hajj stampede kills at least 345
Map of Mecca Saudi Arabia
  People have been killed during a symbolic stoning ritual at the annual pilgrimage near Mecca
Jan.15  Jerusalem  Sharon tracheotomy successful Feb.3   Egypt Ship with 1,400 sinks in Red Sea
  An aging passenger ferry loaded to near capacity with dozens of vehicles sank. 100 survivors had been rescued
Feb.3   Egypt Hopes dim for ferry missing
Feb.4  Egypt  Officials: Fire made ferry sink Mar.21   Azerbaijan Bird flu kills five Mar.30   Bahrain Ferry sinks carrying 150 people  A total of 48 bodies have so far been recovered from the site. 52 people have been rescued Mar.30  Iran  Series of earthquakes killing dozens Apr.6   Djibouti 69 dead as ferry capsizes May.6   Southern Iraq   UK troops attacked after copter crash  Crowds of Iraqis attacked troops with rocks and Molotov cocktail after a military helicopter crashed Aug.20  Egypt  Train crash kills 57 Sep.1  Iran  Up to 80 killed when jetliner catches fire Nov.26  Tehran  Military plane crashes in Tehran



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2006 Mar.9  Dubai  Dubai firm to 'transfer' US ports Oct.19   Qatar Opec approves cut in oil output




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2006 Feb.10  Egypt  Hosts won African Nations Cup



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2006 Jan.1  Gaza  Italian hostages freed in Gaza, Yemen Jan.4  Iraq  36 killed, 40 wounded in funeral blast Jan.12   Turkey Man who shot pope freed  A gray-haired Mehmet Ali Agca left the prison and got into a car amid a chaotic scene created by international media Jan.17  Baghdad  Journalist's kidnappers make demands Jan.19   Qatar   'Bin Laden' audio tape broadcast  al-Jazeera has broadcast a tape it says was by the al-Qaeda leader, in which offerred long-term truce to the U.S. Jan.19   Tel Aviv Suicide bomber detonated sandwich shop
Jan.23  Baghdad  New judge to take on Saddam trial Jan.28   Iraq Captors: Last chance for demand Feb.4   Syria   Danish, Norwegian embassies ablaze
  Hundreds of Syrian demonstrators stormed the Danish Embassy in Damascus and set fire to the building in protest at the cartoons
 Protesters scaled the Danish mission amid chants of 'God is great', before moving on to attack the Norwegian site. Denmark and Norway urged their citizens to leave and condemned Syria for failing international obligations. Palestinians protest in Gaza and the West Bank
Feb.5   Beirut Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze Feb.9   Kuwait Abducted journalist makes new plea on TV Feb.13  Baghdad  Screaming Hussein back in court Feb.14   Baghdad Saddam in 'hunger strike' protest Feb.21  Baghdad  Marketplace bomb kills 20 Feb.21   Sunni Triangle Blast damages Shia shrine Map of Samarra Iraq
  A bomb attack has damaged one of the Muslim world's holiest shrines, sparking demonstrations outside
 Thousands have gathered at the al-Askari shrine in Samarra where 2 men blew up the famous golden dome. The shrine is one of Samarra's 2 tombs for revered Shia imams. Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani has called for a week of mourning. Shias in Baghdad attacked at least 5 Sunni mosques in a reprisal, and disturbances reported in other cities.
Feb.22  Baghdad  Gunmen strike 27 mosques, kill imams Feb.24   Saudi Arabia Saudis thwart oil refinery attack Feb.28  Baghdad  Blasts kill at least 35 Mar.7  Baghdad  18 men found strangled Mar.10   Iraq FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found  The body of Tom Fox, a Christian peace advocate, has been found Mar.12  Sadr City  Car bombs kill at least 36 in Sadr City Mar.14   Baghdad More than 80 dead in reprisal killings  86 bodies were found in the capital during a 30-hour period. Officials announced a vehicle curfew Mar.16   Iraq U.S. probes 15 Iraqi civilian deaths   The U.S. military has opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of civilians in the city of Haditha Mar.30  Iraq  Journalist Carroll freed Apr.4   Baghdad Hussein charged with genocide Apr.5   Baghdad Hussein grins during cross-examination Apr.7   Baghdad   80 killed in mosque attack  3 suicide bombers struck a mosque affiliated with a major Shiite political party. Another 136 were wounded Apr.14  Egypt  Attacks on churches: 1 dead Apr.16  Iraq  Bombs kill at least 34 amid deadlock Apr.17   Tel Aviv   Suicide bomber kills 8  A bomber set off a blast in a restaurant at the central bus station in the Passover attack. The bomber also died Apr.23   Qatar Bin Laden tape denounces West Apr.24  Baghdad  Tape 'links' Hussein to attacks Apr.24   Egypt Three bombs rip through resort
  23 people, including 3 foreigners, were killed and 62 others were wounded in in the Red Sea town of Dahab.    The blasts took place about 7:15 p.m. at 2 cafeterias and a supermarket. 42 of the wounded are Egyptian and 3 are members ...
Apr.25  Iraq  Defiant al-Zarqawi shows face on video May.6  Iraq  Holy city bomb kills many May.9  Sinai  Bombings 'mastermind' killed May.10   Baghdad Killings top 1,000 in April  President Talabani has said 1,000 people were killed last month in Baghdad as a result of sectarian violence May.14   Iraq 32 killed in violence
May.16  Baghdad  UAE diplomat kidnapped May.17   Turkey Judge dies in court attack   A gunman has shot dead a prominent judge and wounded 4 others in an attack on highest court in Ankara May.19   Gaza Hamas official seized with $800k May.24  Baghdad  Aziz takes stand for Hussein Jun.2  Iraq  Troops cleared of wrongdoing Jun.7  Iraq  Iraq begins releasing 592 prisoners Jun.8   Iraq   U.S. airstrike kills al-Zarqawi Map of Baquba Iraq
  Al Qaeda in Iraq leader, the coalition's most wanted man in Iraq, was killed near Baquba
 U.S. and Iraqi officials first revealed the news to reporters. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell: two F-16s dropped two 500-pound bombs on a safe house 6 people, including and a key al-Zarqawi lieutenant, spiritual adviser Sheik Abd-al-Rahman, were killed in the strike Bush: Al-Zarqawi's death gives Iraq a chance to 'turn the tide' in the fight against the insurgency
Jun.17  Baghdad  23 killed in string of attacks Jun.17   Baghdad Insurgents captured U.S. soldiers  Iraqi witnesses say they saw 2 U.S. soldiers being led away by masked insurgents to a pair of cars Jun.19  Baghdad  Prosecution demands Saddam death Jun.21  Baghdad  Lawyer for Saddam Hussein found slain Jun.25   Iraq Al Qaeda group killed 4 Russian hostages  The statement, video on a Web site: the Mujahedeen Shura Council had beheaded 3 of the men and shot 1 to death Jun.26  Iraq  Deadly bombs hit markets Jul.1   Sadr City   Car bomb slaughter 62 at market  The blast destroyed food and clothing stalls around 10 a.m. in the Sadr City section in the northeast of the capital Jul.2   Baghdad Hussein's wife, daughter on 'wanted' list Jul.3  Gaza  Militants' deadline expires Jul.9   Baghdad Gunmen kill 40 Sunnis in rampage Jul.12   Southern Lebanon   Hezbollah kidnapping prompts war
  Guerrillas killed 3 Israeli soldiers and captured 2 more, prompting airstrikes and military raids inside southern Lebanon
 Israel has launched air strikes on bridges and roads in southern Lebanon to stop Hezbollah moving the soldiers. Israeli cabinet endorsed a strong response against the militants
Jul.14  Southern Lebanon  Hezbollah ready for 'war on every level' Jul.15   Northern Israel Hezbollah rockets again hit Haifa
Jul.18  Iraq  Holy city bombing kills 45 Aug.10  Iraq  Suicide bomber kills 34 in Najaf Aug.20   Baghdad 20 pilgrims killed, hundreds wounded Aug.20   Baghdad Saddam facing poison gas charges Aug.22  Baghdad  Witness tells of chemical bombs Aug.23   Gaza Abduction claim of Fox News journalists Aug.27  Gaza  Kidnapped Fox journalists released Aug.28  Turkey  'Two dead' in blast Aug.30   Iraq At least 47 dead, 100 injured in bombings   Insurgents launched a string of bombings in Baghdad and the nearby provinces of Diyala and Babil Sep.3  Sunni Triangle  Al Qaeda in Iraq No. 2 held Sep.12   Syria   U.S. Embassy attack foiled  Syrian security forces killed 4 attackers outside the U.S. Embassy in Damascus after a car exploded Sep.19   Baghdad Judge dismissed in Hussein trial Sep.23   Baghdad Bomb kills 35 as they shop for Ramadan   The leader of the Ansar al-Sunna network, aligned with al Qaeda, had been arrested Sep.25  Baghdad  Hussein ordered from courtroom Oct.4  Baghdad  Iraq police brigade aided abuctors Oct.8   Southern Iraq Hundreds of Iraqi police poisoned Oct.10   Baghdad   110 bullet-riddled bodies found  60 bodies were found around Baghdad between on Monday morning and another 50 were found later in the day Oct.15   Jerusalem   Police back Katsav rape charges
  Israeli police believe there is enough evidence to charge President with rape and wire-tapping.    Authorities have asked Attorney Generalto charge the President with rape, indecent assault and sexual harassment. Police also have evidence that ...
Oct.15   Baghdad Weekend toll in Iraq: 83 bodies Oct.24  Baghdad  Masked men abducted U.S. soldier Oct.29  Sadr City  Bomb kills 26, injures 60 Nov.5   Baghdad   Saddam Hussein sentenced to death
  The former Iraqi leader has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging
 Saddam was convicted over the killing of 148 people in the Shia town of Dujail in 1982. His half-brother and former chief judge were also sentenced to death. Former ViP Ramadan got life in jail. 3 others received 15-year prison terms. Baath party official Mohammed Azawi Ali was acquitted. The verdict sparked celebration in Baghdad and protests in Tikrit
Nov.14   Baghdad Gunmen grab up to 100 from institute
  The minister of higher education ordered universities closed until security improves.    80 gunmen were clad in Iraqi National Police uniforms and targeted the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research-Scholars...
Nov.14  Israel  Palestinian rockets kill Israeli Nov.14  Baghdad  Most hostages freed after kidnapping Nov.19  Baghdad  Iraq's deputy health minister kidnapped Nov.19   Baghdad Saddam trial 'flawed and unsound' Nov.21   Beirut Christian politician Gemayel killed
  Cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel has been shot dead. He was a member of the Christian Phalange party.    A gunman ran up to the car he was riding in and opened fire. Gemayel was supporter of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority. Saad Hariri is sa...
Nov.23   Sadr City More than 200 killed in Sadr City
  A string of apparently coordinated bombings erupted in a Shiite slum. the death toll was expected to rise.    Bombs and mortar shells struck at 15-minute intervals. 206 wounded. Shiites responded, firing 10 mortar rounds at the Sunni shrine...
Nov.24  Baghdad  Shiites torch Sunni people, mosques Nov.25  Iraq  21 Shiites gunned down in front of families Dec.2  Saudi Arabia  Saudis arrest 139 'sleeper cell' suspects Dec.9  Southern Iraq  Blast shakes Shiite holy city Dec.11   Gaza Gunmen kill school children   Gunmen have shot dead the 3 sons of Baha Balousheh, an intelligence chief linked to the Palestinian party Fatah Dec.11   Baghdad Suicide truck bomb kills at least 54 Dec.12   Iran Ahmadinejad: Israel will be 'wiped out' Dec.13  Baghdad  Bombers strike workers for second day Dec.14  Baghdad  Gunmen in uniforms kidnap 20-30 Dec.29  Baghdad  'No delays' to Hussein execution Dec.29   Baghdad   Saddam Hussein hanged
  The celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead. There was dancing around the body. The execution was videotaped
 He was convicted of killings in the town of Dujail 25 years ago. U.S. district judge refused a request to stay the execution. Hussein executed before Eid Al-Adha, a holiday. The law does not permit executions during religious holidays




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2006 Jan.4   Jerusalem   Sharon fights for life after stroke
  Prime Minister was suffering what his doctor called a 'significant' stroke. His powers were transferred to Ehud Olmert
 Doctors diagnosed a cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain. Sharon underwent 6 hours of surgery that appeared to stop the bleeding in his brain. The stroke plunged the country into political uncertainty
Jan.5  Jerusalem  Sharon to remain sedated after stroke Jan.6   Jerusalem Sharon stable after 3rd brain operation Jan.7  Jerusalem  Sharon's condition critical but stable Jan.7  Mecca  Pilgrims descend on Mecca for Hajj Jan.9   Iran Nuclear research resumed Jan.9  Jerusalem  Sharon able to breathe alone Jan.14   Kuwait Emir dead Jan.18  Iran  U.S., Europe balk at new talks with Iran Jan.20   Baghdad Shiite-led alliance wins election Jan.24  Gaza  Hamas campaign threatens Fatah Party Jan.26   West Bank   Hamas won elections
  Hamas and Fatah supporters scuffled outside the Palestinian parliament building
 Hamas has operated a network of social and charitable organizations for Palestinians. Mahmoud Abbas urged Hamas to keep negotiations moving forward. Israel demanded that the Palestinian Authority disarm the new ruling party and the other terrorist organizations
Jan.26   Jerusalem Israel rules out talks with Hamas Jan.27  West Bank  Abbas urges Hamas to form government Jan.27   Gaza Fatah defeat sparks protest  A mob of up to 2,000 Fatah supporters took to the streets, demanding the resignation of Abbas Jan.28   Gaza Hamas leader: 'Palestinian army' possible Jan.31  Iran  Iran angry at U.N. council move Feb.1   West Bank Troops clash with Israeli settlers  Mounted troops in riot gear clashed with stone-throwing Jewish protesters as they began dismantling homes Feb.3  Gaza  Muslim anger on cartoons spreads Feb.4   Syria   Danish, Norwegian embassies ablaze
  Hundreds of Syrian demonstrators stormed the Danish Embassy in Damascus and set fire to the building in protest at the cartoons
 Protesters scaled the Danish mission amid chants of 'God is great', before moving on to attack the Norwegian site. Denmark and Norway urged their citizens to leave and condemned Syria for failing international obligations. Palestinians protest in Gaza and the West Bank
Feb.5   Beirut Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze Feb.10  Egypt  Pharaonic tomb find Feb.11   Jerusalem Sharon survives emergency surgery Feb.11  Jerusalem  Sharon is 'critical but stable' Feb.12   Baghdad Jaafari set to stay as PM Feb.18   West Bank Hamas takes power vowing no talks Feb.19  Jerusalem  Israel PM rules out Hamas contacts Feb.22   Iraq Shrine blast sparks protests Mar.5  Iran  Iran warns on uranium enrichment Mar.6   West Bank Hamas MPs curtail Abbas's powers Mar.10  Baghdad  Talabani called parliament to meet Mar.16  Baghdad  First meeting for Iraq parliament Mar.21   Iran Ayatollah Khamenei backs talks on Iraq Mar.28   Jerusalem   Kadima wins at polls
  Acting Prime Minister Olmert's 4-month-old centrist party took the largest share of parliamentary seats.    The party Kadima , formed by Sharon late last year when he broke from the Likud bloc, earned 28 seats, the most seats in the 120-member Knesset. Other big winners were the Labor party wit...
Apr.1   Baghdad Pressure mounts on PM to go Apr.1   Baghdad Rice and Straw arrive Apr.2  Baghdad  Rice, Straw to Iraqis: 'The time has come' Apr.11   Iran   Iran 'advances uranium program'
  Ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: Iran has advanced its uranium enrichment program.    In a televised speech in the h oly city of Mashhad president Ahmadinejad insist...
Apr.12  Tehran  ElBaradei puts pressure on Iran Apr.16  Iraq  Bombs kill at least 34 amid deadlock Apr.21  Baghdad  Shia bloc names PM choice Apr.22  Baghdad  Parliament elects new leaders Apr.23   Qatar Bin Laden tape denounces West Apr.26  Iran  Iran 'will harm U.S. interests if attacked' May.9   Palestine Palestinians to get interim aid May.20   Baghdad Parliament approves Cabinet
  The new 37-minister government is including members of the main Shia, Kurd and Sunni parties.    3 crucial ministries, national security, interior and defence,have still not been agreed It's the first full-term government since the 2003 invasion PM Nouri Mal...
May.25  Palestine  Abbas issues Hamas ultimatum May.31   Basra Basra: State of emergency declared  Prime Minister declared a month-long state of emergency in the city, vowing to confront troublemakers Jun.3  Iran  Ahmadinejad won't give up nucl. Program Jun.5   Palestine   Abbas pushes for statehood poll  Palestinian leader will call a referendum on his plan that implicitly recognises Israel's right to exist Jun.6  Iran  Iran 'positive' on nuclear offer Jun.13   Baghdad   Bush makes surprise visit  The President arrived in Baghdad on a visit to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Jun.16   Iran Incentives a 'step forward' Jun.17  Palestine  Powers agree Palestinian aid plan Jun.26  Gaza  Demands set for captured Israeli Jun.27  Hamas  Hamas 'implicitly accepts Israel' Jun.28  Kuwait  Women vote in poll Jul.8  Gaza  Palestinian PM appeals for calm Jul.15  Beirut  PM Siniora: Lebanon is disaster zone Jul.23   Beirut UN appalled by Beirut devastation Jul.23  Baghdad  Hunger-strike Hussein in hospital Jul.24  Lebanon  Rice had meeting with PM Fouad Siniora Jul.31  Jerusalem  Israel 'not ready for truce yet' Aug.9  Jerusalem  Israel votes to push deeper into Lebanon Aug.13   Jerusalem Cabinet approves cease-fire resolution Aug.15  Syria  al-Assad hails 'a new Middle East' Aug.15  Israel  Israel sets timetable for Lebanon pullout Aug.20   Baghdad Saddam facing poison gas charges Aug.23  Syria  Syria warns over UN peacekeepers Aug.26  Iran  Nuclear project forges ahead Aug.27   Lebanon Nasrallah regrets triggering war Aug.27  Baghdad  Prime Minister denies civil war as 50 die Aug.29   Southern Lebanon Annan tours devastated south Lebanon Aug.29  Iran  Ahmadinejad in Bush TV debate call Aug.30  Jerusalem  Annan visits Olmert Aug.31   Iran   Sanctions loom, Iran keeps enriching  U.N. report: The threat of sanctions has not convinced Iran to stop enriching uranium Sep.7  Lebanon  Israel eases blockade of Lebanon Sep.9  Jerusalem  Blair meets Israeli leader Sep.22  Beirut  Hezbollah leader reappears at victory rally Oct.1  Gaza  Protests turn deadly Oct.15   Jerusalem   Police back Katsav rape charges
  Israeli police believe there is enough evidence to charge President with rape and wire-tapping.    Authorities have asked Attorney Generalto charge the President with rape, indecent assault and sexual harassment. Police also have evidence that ...
Oct.19   Qatar Opec approves cut in oil output Nov.5   Turkey Ex-PM Ecevit dies at 81  5-time premier and socialist leader ordered the invasion of Cyprus and pushed his country towards the West Nov.10   Palestine Palestinian PM offers to resign Nov.11  Turkey  Ecevit buried amid secularist chants Nov.11   Beirut Ministers throw government into turmoil Nov.13  Beirut  Lebanon approves court amid crisis Nov.13   Gaza Shabir to lead Palestinian government  Mohammed Shabir, 60, a U.S.-educated university professor, has been named to lead a future unity government Nov.19   Baghdad Saddam trial 'flawed and unsound' Nov.20   Baghdad Iraqi president plans talks with Iran, Syria Nov.23   Beirut Funeral for minister turns into anti-Syrian Nov.24   Baghdad Shiite bloc's walkout threat test for PM Nov.25   Gaza Palestinians, Israel agree to cease-fire
  All Palestinian factions have agreed to stop firing rockets into Israel . Israel has agreed to withdraw troops from Gaza.    Abbas has won a commitment from all militant groups and phoned Olmert to say he had agreement from ...
Nov.26   Jordan King warns of civil wars   Abdullah has warned that 3 civil wars could break out unless the international community takes urgent action Nov.27   Jerusalem Israeli PM offers 'hand of peace' Nov.27  Iran  Iraqi president seeks Iran's help Nov.28  Turkey  Pope calls for Christian-Muslim dialogue Nov.29   Turkey Pope holds Mass at Turkish shrine Nov.29  Jordan  Bush begins delayed talks on Iraq Dec.1   Beirut Huge rally demands PM quit
  200,000 people packed the streets, as Christian opposition leader called for Fouad Siniora to step down.    Demonstrators pitched tents outside the office of Siniora....
Dec.7  Baghdad  Iraq plans international, regional summits Dec.10   Beirut Huge protest pressures government Dec.14   Gaza Israel blocks PM's return to Gaza Dec.15   West Bank Palestinian factions clash Dec.16   West Bank   President Abbas calls for early elections   Palestinian President called for presidential and legislative elections to end the stalemate between Fatah and the Hamas Dec.16  Baghdad  PM reaches out to Baathists Dec.17  Gaza  Hamas rejects early elections amid clashes Dec.17   Iran Reformist Rafsanjani regains influence  Moderate former president has won election to powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts Dec.17   Tel Aviv Tony on Middle East tour Dec.20   Turkmenistan President Niyazov dies aged 66  The authoritarian president Saparmurat Niyazov, who ruled the country for 21 years. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest Dec.23  Jerusalem  Olmert frees $100 million to Palestinians Dec.24  Iran  Ahmadinejad: U.N. will regret sanctions Dec.27  Mecca  Muslims begin the Hajj pilgrimage Dec.30   Iraq Saddam is buried in home village