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01-22 Palestinians blow up border wall Gaza
2. 02-22 Turkish troops enter Iraq Northern Iraq
3. 02-28 Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip Gaza
4. 03-25 Iraq forces battle Basra militias Basra
5. 06-18 Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza Gaza
G. 07-02 Bulldozer terrorist kills 3 in rampage Jerusalem
7. 07-16 Israel swaps prisoners for bodies Israel
I. 12-14 Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush Baghdad

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Iran boats threatened US ships Palestinians blow up border wall   Thousands of people fled after hearing explosions. Masked Palestinian gunmen blew holes in a border wall Turkish troops enter Iraq Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip Iraq forces battle Basra militias   Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza  A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect at 6 a.m. local time, after both sides spent the previous day trading blows Bulldozer terrorist kills 3 in rampage Israel swaps prisoners for bodies   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush   Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him   Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
Jan.7   Iran
Jan.9  Israel  Bush in Israel amid tight security
Jan.12  Baghdad  Ban eased on Saddam-era officials
Jan.15  Gaza  Israeli Gaza City raid kills 16
Jan.20  Gaza  Gaza City plunged into darkness
Jan.22   Gaza
Jan.30  Jerusalem  War report piles pressure on Olmert
Feb.1  United Arab Emirates  Third undersea Internet cable cut
 Baghdad  Female bombers kill 64 at markets
Feb.13  Syria  Blast kills top Hezbollah commander
Feb.22   Northern Iraq
 Baghdad  Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire
 Iraq  'Surge' produces some results
Feb.25  Northern Iraq  Turks claim 41 rebels killed
Feb.28   Gaza
Mar.1  Gaza  Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens
Mar.6  Jerusalem  Gunman opens fire in Jewish seminary
 Baghdad  Pair of bombs kills 53
Mar.13  Mosul  Archbishop death condemned
Mar.15  Iran  Hardliners surge ahead in vote
Mar.17  Iraq  Female suicide bomber kills 65
Mar.25   Basra
Mar.27  Iraq  Death toll climbs as fighting rages on
Apr.11  Sadr City  Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City
Apr.24  Syria  Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'
May.8  Jerusalem  Olmert faces new corruption probe
May.9  Beirut  Hezbollah takes over west Beirut
May.20  Qatar  Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis
May.25  Beirut  MPs elect new president
May.28  Jerusalem  Call for PM to stand down
Jun.1  Iraq  Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May
 Jerusalem  Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem
Jun.5  Turkey  Court annuls Turkish scarf reform
Jun.7  Tehran  Iraqi PM arrives for talks
Jun.17  Baghdad  Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis
Jun.18  Gaza  Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce
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Jun.21  Saudi Arabia  Saudis to host oil price summit
Jun.22  Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia to increase oil output
Jun.24  Gaza  First violation of Israeli, Hamas truce
Jul.1  Egypt  African call for Zimbabwe unity
Jul.2   Jerusalem
Jul.6  Dubai  UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt
Jul.8  Iran  Iran tests new long-range missile
Jul.16   Israel
Jul.27  Tehran  29 convicts executed
Aug.2  Gaza  Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel
Aug.7  Baghdad  U.S. troops may leave by 2011
Sep.10  Lebanon  Lawmaker killed in blast
Sep.17  Yemen  Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack
Sep.21  Jerusalem  Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign
Sep.22  Jerusalem  President taps Livni to form government
Sep.29  Egypt  Kidnapped European tourists freed
Oct.5  Saudi Arabia  Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban
Nov.16  Baghdad  Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal
Nov.27  Baghdad  Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future
Dec.14   Baghdad
Dec.16  Southern Israel  Tourist bus crash kills 24
Dec.18  Gaza  Hamas declares Israel truce over
Dec.27   Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'.    Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 ot...
Dec.28  Gaza  Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels
Dec.29  Jerusalem  Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas
Dec.30  Gaza  Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire



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February 2008
Third undersea Internet cable cut
Female bombers kill 64 at markets
Blast kills top Hezbollah commander
Turkish troops enter Iraq
Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip
Third undersea Internet cable cut
Female bombers kill 64 at markets
Blast kills top Hezbollah commander
Turkish troops enter Iraq
Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip
Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip
Female bombers kill 64 at markets
Turkish troops enter Iraq
Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire
'Surge' produces some results
Female bombers kill 64 at markets
Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire
March 2008
Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens
Gunman opens fire in Jewish seminary
Pair of bombs kills 53
Archbishop death condemned
Iraq forces battle Basra militias
Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens
Pair of bombs kills 53
Archbishop death condemned
Iraq forces battle Basra militias
Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens
Gunman opens fire in Jewish seminary
Pair of bombs kills 53
Archbishop death condemned
Female suicide bomber kills 65
Iraq forces battle Basra militias
Pair of bombs kills 53
April 2008
Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City
Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'
Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City
Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'
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Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City
Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City
May 2008
Olmert faces new corruption probe
Hezbollah takes over west Beirut
Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis
MPs elect new president
Hezbollah takes over west Beirut
Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis
MPs elect new president
Olmert faces new corruption probe
Call for PM to stand down
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June 2008
Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May
Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem
Iraqi PM arrives for talks
Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis
Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza
Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce
Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May
Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis
Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza
Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce
Saudis to host oil price summit
Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem
Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza
Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce
First violation of Israeli, Hamas truce
Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May
Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis
Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis
July 2008
African call for Zimbabwe unity
Bulldozer terrorist kills 3 in rampage
Iran tests new long-range missile
Israel swaps prisoners for bodies
African call for Zimbabwe unity
UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt
Bulldozer terrorist kills 3 in rampage
Israel swaps prisoners for bodies
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August 2008
Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel
U.S. troops may leave by 2011
Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel
U.S. troops may leave by 2011
Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel
U.S. troops may leave by 2011
U.S. troops may leave by 2011
September 2008
Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign
Kidnapped European tourists freed
Kidnapped European tourists freed
Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign
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November 2008
Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future
Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future
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Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future
December 2008
Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
Hamas declares Israel truce over
Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
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January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.7   Iran  
  5 speedboats harassed 3 US navy ships, approaching them and radioing a threat to blow them up.    The video and audio recordings shot from one of the three US ships, shows several small ...
Jan.9   Israel Bush in Israel amid tight security Jan.10  Jerusalem  Bush predicts 'state of Palestine' Jan.12   Baghdad Ban eased on Saddam-era officials Jan.13  United Arab Emirates  Bush: Iran threatens world security Jan.15   Gaza Israeli Gaza City raid kills 16 Jan.18  Gaza  Israeli attack levels Hamas building  Iraq  Iraq on alert for Shia festival Jan.20   Gaza Gaza City plunged into darkness Jan.22   Gaza   Palestinians blow up border wall
  Thousands of people fled after hearing explosions. Masked Palestinian gunmen blew holes in a border wall
 The Gazans rushed to buy food, fuel that have become scarce because of a blockade
Jan.25  Gaza  Egyptians retreat from Gaza fence Jan.26  Gaza  'Dozens hurt' in Gaza border clashes Jan.30   Jerusalem     War report piles pressure on Olmert  A report about inconclusive war in Lebanon could determine whether PM holds onto his job long enough to try to make peace with the Palestini...

February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1   United Arab Emirates   Third undersea Internet cable cut  A cable was cut off the emirate of Duba, the third loss of a line carrying Internet and telephone traffic in three days.   Baghdad Female bombers kill 64 at markets
Feb.6  Iraq  Video claims to show al Qaeda kid camp Feb.8  Turkey  Turks set to ease headscarf ban Feb.13   Syria     Blast kills top Hezbollah commander   Imad Mughniyeh, suspected in some of the deadliest terrorist attacks of the last 25 years, has been killed in Syria Feb.14  Beirut  Hezbollah chief: Israel faces 'open war' Feb.17  Cyprus  President ousted in poll Feb.22   Northern Iraq     Turkish troops enter Iraq
  Turkish ground forces have crossed the border into northern Iraq to target Kurdish rebels to be sheltering there.    The raid began after an ai...
  Baghdad Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire  Iran  Iran 'nuclear questions remain'   Iraq 'Surge' produces some results Feb.23  Northern Iraq  PKK 'shoots down Turkish chopper' Feb.24  Iraq  Bombers, gunmen attack Shiite pilgrimage Feb.25   Northern Iraq Turks claim 41 rebels killed Feb.28   Gaza   Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip
  Israeli forces have kept up attacks on the Strip, where they have killed at least 32 Palestinians, militants and civilians. Gazan drivers are staying at home
Feb.29  Northern Iraq  Turkish troops pull out of Iraq

March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1   Gaza Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens  Armenia  President declares state of emergency  Baghdad  Iranian President arrives in Iraq Mar.2  West Bank  Palestinians suspend talks with Israel  Gaza  Israel begins Gaza withdrawal Mar.5  Jerusalem  Rice talks with top Israeli officials  Gaza  Life in Gaza cited worst since 1967 Mar.6   Jerusalem   Gunman opens fire in Jewish seminary   Palestinian gunman infiltrated Mercaz Harav in West Jerusalem in the Kiryat Moshe quarter and opened fire. He was shot dead by an Israeli army...   Baghdad Pair of bombs kills 53 Mar.13   Mosul Archbishop death condemned Mar.15   Iran Hardliners surge ahead in vote Mar.17  Jerusalem  Historic agreement for Israel, Germany   Iraq Female suicide bomber kills 65 Mar.22  Jerusalem  Cheney backs Israel over security Mar.23  Baghdad  U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit 4,000 Mar.25   Basra   Iraq forces battle Basra militias Map of Basra Iraq
  Heavy fighting has been raging as thousands of Iraqi troops battle Shia militias in the southern city. British forces carried out air strikes.    Clashes have spread to Baghdad's Sadr City. 3 Iraqi army brigades were deployed to Basra as back-up for the offensive. Up...
 Iraq  Unrest spreads around Shia Iraq Mar.26  Baghdad  Ultimatum as cease-fire in jeopardy Mar.27   Iraq Death toll climbs as fighting rages on  Baghdad  Baghdad under curfew amid clashes Mar.28  Basra  Iraqis' Basra fight not going well Mar.30  Basra  Moqtada Sadr calls off militias

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.7  Iraq  Religious leaders want militia intact Apr.11   Sadr City Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City
Apr.15  Iraq  Bombings kill at least 60 Apr.22  Egypt  al-Zawahiri: Attacks on West works Apr.23  Gaza  Fuel embargo blocks UN aid Apr.24   Syria     Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'   The United States has accused N. Korea of helping Syria build a nuclear reactor that 'was not intended for peaceful purposes' Apr.26  Iran  Conservatives claim election win Apr.30  Iran  Iran dumps U.S. dollar for oil trades

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.4  Baghdad  Iraq First Lady survives bombing May.7  Jerusalem  Israel marks its 60th anniversary May.8   Jerusalem     Olmert faces new corruption probe  Prime Minister is suspected of illicitly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars before becoming PM May.9   Beirut     Hezbollah takes over west Beirut  Gunmen from the Shia militant group have seized most of western Beirut, driving out supporters of the Western-backed government May.11  Beirut  Hezbollah forces take revolt to mountains May.20   Qatar Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis
May.25   Beirut MPs elect new president May.26  Iran  Iran 'withholds nuclear details' May.28   Jerusalem Call for PM to stand down

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1   Iraq   Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May  The number of deaths among Iraqi civilians, police and insurgents fell sharply, and the monthly death toll for U.S. troops hit its lowest since...   Jerusalem Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem
Jun.2  Syria  Syria agrees to nuclear probe Jun.5   Turkey Court annuls Turkish scarf reform Jun.6  Jerusalem  Israel threatens Iran with attack Jun.7   Tehran Iraqi PM arrives for talks Jun.15  Saudi Arabia  Saudi oil output to rise in July Jun.17  Hamas  Hamas sources say truce with Israel near   Baghdad Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis  Israel  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jun.18   Gaza Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce   Gaza     Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza
  A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect at 6 a.m. local time, after both sides spent the previous day trading blows
 Under the terms, Israel will ease its blockade on Gaza and talks to release an Israeli soldier held by Hamas are expected to resume. Olmert has warned that the truce will be fragile
Jun.21   Saudi Arabia Saudis to host oil price summit
Jun.22   Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia to increase oil output Jun.24   Gaza First violation of Israeli, Hamas truce  Tel Aviv  Suicide sparks Sarkozy scare Jun.25  Saudi Arabia  Hundreds held in Saudi terror swoop Jun.29  Jerusalem  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1   Egypt African call for Zimbabwe unity
Jul.2   Jerusalem   Bulldozer terrorist kills 3 in rampage
  30-year-old Palestinian resident rammed his bulldozer into several cars and buses, killing 3 people before Israeli police shot him dead.    Dozens of people were hurt, at least 7 critically, in the rampage on Jaffa Road. The m...
Jul.6   Dubai UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Jul.8   Iran   Iran tests new long-range missile   The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have successfully test-fired a Shahab-3, whose range puts it within reach of Israel Jul.10  Tel Aviv  Israel 'ready to act' over Iran Jul.11  Jerusalem  Olmert corruption probe widened Jul.14  Turkey  86 indicted on terror charges Jul.16   Israel     Israel swaps prisoners for bodies
  Israel identified the bodies it received from Hezbollah in a prisoner swap as those of two Israeli soldiers abducted in 2006.    Israel has handed over 5 Lebanese prisoners and is releasing the remains of 200 Lebanese and other fighters. El...
 Beirut  Militants get heroes' welcome home Jul.17  Israel  Israel buries remains of returned soldier Jul.24  Baghdad  Iraq banned from Summer Olympics Jul.25  Gaza  Five die in Gaza City explosion Jul.27   Tehran 29 convicts executed Jul.28  Baghdad  4 suicide bombers kill scores in Iraq Jul.29  Iraq  Iraq cleared to compete in Olympics

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.2   Gaza     Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel   About 180 pro-Fatah Palestinians seeking refuge from a Hamas crackdown in Gaza City were allowed into Israel Aug.7   Baghdad U.S. troops may leave by 2011
Aug.24  Jerusalem  200 Palestinian prisoners to be freed

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.7  Jerusalem  Olmert 'should be indicted' Sep.10   Lebanon Lawmaker killed in blast
Sep.15  Baghdad  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.17   Yemen Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack  Jerusalem  Livni claims win in Kadima vote  Southern Iraq  7 U.S. soldiers die in copter crash Sep.21   Jerusalem     Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, dogged by allegations of corruption, formally announced his intention to resign at a Cabinet meeting Sep.22   Jerusalem President taps Livni to form government Sep.24  Baghdad  Deal over province elections Sep.26  Syria  Damascus blast kills at least 17 Sep.29   Egypt   Kidnapped European tourists freed  11 tourists and their Egyptian guides, who were kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Egypt were released unharmed

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.5   Saudi Arabia Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban
Oct.11  Mosul  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Oct.16  Azerbaijan  Ilham Aliyev wins landslide victory Oct.26  Northern Syria  U.S. launch cross-border raid in Syria

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.10  Baghdad  Triple bombings kill at least 30 Nov.16   Baghdad Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal
Nov.27   Baghdad   Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future   After months of tough negotiations and intense political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers approved the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.4  West Bank  Hebron settlers evicted by force Dec.11  Northern Iraq  Restaurant bomber kills 55 Dec.14   Baghdad     Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him
 Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after during a news conference he called Bush 'a dog' and threw his footwear, just missing the president
Dec.15  Sadr City  Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker Dec.16   Southern Israel Tourist bus crash kills 24 Dec.17  Baghdad  UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July' Dec.18   Gaza     Hamas declares Israel truce over  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday Dec.23  Baghdad  Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal Dec.24  Gaza  Hamas launch more rockets into Israel Dec.27   Gaza     Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'
 Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 others were wounded. Gaza officials: Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, but women and children also died
Dec.28   Gaza Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels  Gaza  Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day Dec.29   Jerusalem Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas  Gaza  Gaza death toll exceeds 375 Dec.30   Gaza Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire  Gaza  Israel considers truce amid airstrikes Dec.31  Jerusalem  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls


Iran boats threatened US ships Map of Strait of Hormuz Iran




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2008
Jan.7   Iran
  5 speedboats harassed 3 US navy ships, approaching them and radioing a threat to blow them up.    The video and audio recordings shot from one of the three US ships, shows several small ...
Jan.15   Gaza Israeli Gaza City raid kills 16 Jan.18  Gaza  Israeli attack levels Hamas building Jan.22   Gaza Palestinians blow up border wall
  Thousands of people fled after hearing explosions. Masked Palestinian gunmen blew holes in a border wall
 The Gazans rushed to buy food, fuel that have become scarce because of a blockade
Jan.25  Gaza  Egyptians retreat from Gaza fence Jan.30   Jerusalem   War report piles pressure on Olmert  A report about inconclusive war in Lebanon could determine whether PM holds onto his job long enough to try to make peace with the Palestini... Feb.6  Iraq  Video claims to show al Qaeda kid camp Feb.14  Beirut  Hezbollah chief: Israel faces 'open war' Feb.22   Northern Iraq   Turkish troops enter Iraq
  Turkish ground forces have crossed the border into northern Iraq to target Kurdish rebels to be sheltering there.    The raid began after an ai...
Feb.22   Baghdad Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire Feb.22  Iran  Iran 'nuclear questions remain' Feb.22   Iraq 'Surge' produces some results Feb.23  Northern Iraq  PKK 'shoots down Turkish chopper' Feb.25   Northern Iraq Turks claim 41 rebels killed Feb.28   Gaza Israeli forces pound Gaza Strip
  Israeli forces have kept up attacks on the Strip, where they have killed at least 32 Palestinians, militants and civilians. Gazan drivers are staying at home
Feb.29  Northern Iraq  Turkish troops pull out of Iraq Mar.1   Gaza Palestinians: Israel attacks kill dozens Mar.2  Gaza  Israel begins Gaza withdrawal Mar.23  Baghdad  U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit 4,000 Mar.25   Basra Iraq forces battle Basra militias Map of Basra Iraq
  Heavy fighting has been raging as thousands of Iraqi troops battle Shia militias in the southern city. British forces carried out air strikes.    Clashes have spread to Baghdad's Sadr City. 3 Iraqi army brigades were deployed to Basra as back-up for the offensive. Up...
Mar.25  Iraq  Unrest spreads around Shia Iraq Mar.26  Baghdad  Ultimatum as cease-fire in jeopardy Mar.27   Iraq Death toll climbs as fighting rages on Mar.27  Baghdad  Baghdad under curfew amid clashes Mar.28  Basra  Iraqis' Basra fight not going well Mar.30  Basra  Moqtada Sadr calls off militias Apr.7  Iraq  Religious leaders want militia intact Apr.11   Sadr City Iraq sends tanks into Sadr City Apr.24   Syria   Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'   The United States has accused N. Korea of helping Syria build a nuclear reactor that 'was not intended for peaceful purposes' May.9   Beirut   Hezbollah takes over west Beirut  Gunmen from the Shia militant group have seized most of western Beirut, driving out supporters of the Western-backed government May.11  Beirut  Hezbollah forces take revolt to mountains May.26  Iran  Iran 'withholds nuclear details' Jun.1   Iraq Iraqi, American death tolls drop in May  The number of deaths among Iraqi civilians, police and insurgents fell sharply, and the monthly death toll for U.S. troops hit its lowest since... Jun.2  Syria  Syria agrees to nuclear probe Jun.6  Jerusalem  Israel threatens Iran with attack Jun.17  Hamas  Hamas sources say truce with Israel near Jun.17  Israel  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jun.18   Gaza Israelis, Palestinians battle before truce Jun.18   Gaza   Israel, Hamas begin truce in Gaza
  A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect at 6 a.m. local time, after both sides spent the previous day trading blows
 Under the terms, Israel will ease its blockade on Gaza and talks to release an Israeli soldier held by Hamas are expected to resume. Olmert has warned that the truce will be fragile
Jun.24   Gaza First violation of Israeli, Hamas truce
Jun.29  Jerusalem  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal Jul.8   Iran Iran tests new long-range missile   The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have successfully test-fired a Shahab-3, whose range puts it within reach of Israel Jul.16   Israel   Israel swaps prisoners for bodies
  Israel identified the bodies it received from Hezbollah in a prisoner swap as those of two Israeli soldiers abducted in 2006.    Israel has handed over 5 Lebanese prisoners and is releasing the remains of 200 Lebanese and other fighters. El...
Jul.17  Israel  Israel buries remains of returned soldier Aug.2   Gaza   Fleeing Fatah supporters enter Israel   About 180 pro-Fatah Palestinians seeking refuge from a Hamas crackdown in Gaza City were allowed into Israel Aug.7   Baghdad U.S. troops may leave by 2011 Aug.24  Jerusalem  200 Palestinian prisoners to be freed Sep.15  Baghdad  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.17  Southern Iraq  7 U.S. soldiers die in copter crash Oct.5   Saudi Arabia Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban Oct.26  Northern Syria  U.S. launch cross-border raid in Syria Nov.16   Baghdad Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal Dec.17  Baghdad  UK troops to leave Iraq 'by July' Dec.18   Gaza   Hamas declares Israel truce over  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday Dec.24  Gaza  Hamas launch more rockets into Israel Dec.27   Gaza   Airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza
  At least 225 killed in Israeli attacks. An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks 'as long as it takes'
 Israel was responding to an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. Missiles struck security compounds and militant bases. About 700 others were wounded. Gaza officials: Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement, but women and children also died
Dec.28   Gaza Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels Dec.28  Gaza  Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day Dec.29   Jerusalem Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas Dec.29  Gaza  Gaza death toll exceeds 375 Dec.30   Gaza Growing calls for Gaza ceasefire Dec.30  Gaza  Israel considers truce amid airstrikes Dec.31  Jerusalem  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls



Middle East, 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.20   Gaza Gaza City plunged into darkness
Feb.1   United Arab Emirates Third undersea Internet cable cut  A cable was cut off the emirate of Duba, the third loss of a line carrying Internet and telephone traffic in three days. Sep.17  Southern Iraq  7 U.S. soldiers die in copter crash Dec.16   Southern Israel Tourist bus crash kills 24



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2008 Jul.24  Baghdad  Iraq banned from Summer Olympics Jul.29  Iraq  Iraq cleared to compete in Olympics



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2008 Feb.1   United Arab Emirates Third undersea Internet cable cut  A cable was cut off the emirate of Duba, the third loss of a line carrying Internet and telephone traffic in three days. Apr.30  Iran  Iran dumps U.S. dollar for oil trades Jun.1   Jerusalem Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem
Jun.15  Saudi Arabia  Saudi oil output to rise in July Jun.21   Saudi Arabia Saudis to host oil price summit Jun.22   Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia to increase oil output Jul.6   Dubai UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Dec.16   Southern Israel Tourist bus crash kills 24



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2008 Jan.26  Gaza  'Dozens hurt' in Gaza border clashes Feb.1   Baghdad Female bombers kill 64 at markets
Feb.13   Syria   Blast kills top Hezbollah commander   Imad Mughniyeh, suspected in some of the deadliest terrorist attacks of the last 25 years, has been killed in Syria Feb.24  Iraq  Bombers, gunmen attack Shiite pilgrimage Mar.6   Jerusalem Gunman opens fire in Jewish seminary   Palestinian gunman infiltrated Mercaz Harav in West Jerusalem in the Kiryat Moshe quarter and opened fire. He was shot dead by an Israeli army... Mar.6   Baghdad Pair of bombs kills 53 Mar.13   Mosul Archbishop death condemned Mar.17   Iraq Female suicide bomber kills 65 Apr.15  Iraq  Bombings kill at least 60 Apr.22  Egypt  al-Zawahiri: Attacks on West works May.4  Baghdad  Iraq First Lady survives bombing May.8   Jerusalem   Olmert faces new corruption probe  Prime Minister is suspected of illicitly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars before becoming PM Jun.17   Baghdad Car bomb kills at least 51 Iraqis Jun.25  Saudi Arabia  Hundreds held in Saudi terror swoop Jul.2   Jerusalem Bulldozer terrorist kills 3 in rampage
  30-year-old Palestinian resident rammed his bulldozer into several cars and buses, killing 3 people before Israeli police shot him dead.    Dozens of people were hurt, at least 7 critically, in the rampage on Jaffa Road. The m...
Jul.11  Jerusalem  Olmert corruption probe widened Jul.14  Turkey  86 indicted on terror charges Jul.25  Gaza  Five die in Gaza City explosion Jul.27   Tehran 29 convicts executed Jul.28  Baghdad  4 suicide bombers kill scores in Iraq Sep.7  Jerusalem  Olmert 'should be indicted' Sep.10   Lebanon Lawmaker killed in blast Sep.17   Yemen Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack Sep.26  Syria  Damascus blast kills at least 17 Sep.29   Egypt Kidnapped European tourists freed  11 tourists and their Egyptian guides, who were kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Egypt were released unharmed Oct.11  Mosul  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Nov.10  Baghdad  Triple bombings kill at least 30 Dec.11  Northern Iraq  Restaurant bomber kills 55 Dec.18   Gaza   Hamas declares Israel truce over  The Islamist militant group says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. It expired at 0400 GMT on Friday Dec.24  Gaza  Hamas launch more rockets into Israel



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2008 Jan.9   Israel Bush in Israel amid tight security
Jan.10  Jerusalem  Bush predicts 'state of Palestine' Jan.12   Baghdad Ban eased on Saddam-era officials Jan.13  United Arab Emirates  Bush: Iran threatens world security Jan.18  Iraq  Iraq on alert for Shia festival Feb.8  Turkey  Turks set to ease headscarf ban Feb.14  Beirut  Hezbollah chief: Israel faces 'open war' Feb.17  Cyprus  President ousted in poll Feb.22   Baghdad Al-Sadr extends Mehdi Army cease-fire Feb.22  Iran  Iran 'nuclear questions remain' Mar.1  Armenia  President declares state of emergency Mar.1  Baghdad  Iranian President arrives in Iraq Mar.2  West Bank  Palestinians suspend talks with Israel Mar.5  Jerusalem  Rice talks with top Israeli officials Mar.5  Gaza  Life in Gaza cited worst since 1967 Mar.13   Mosul Archbishop death condemned Mar.15   Iran Hardliners surge ahead in vote Mar.17  Jerusalem  Historic agreement for Israel, Germany Mar.22  Jerusalem  Cheney backs Israel over security Mar.26  Baghdad  Ultimatum as cease-fire in jeopardy Apr.7  Iraq  Religious leaders want militia intact Apr.23  Gaza  Fuel embargo blocks UN aid Apr.24   Syria   Syria 'had covert nuclear scheme'   The United States has accused N. Korea of helping Syria build a nuclear reactor that 'was not intended for peaceful purposes' Apr.26  Iran  Conservatives claim election win May.7  Jerusalem  Israel marks its 60th anniversary May.8   Jerusalem   Olmert faces new corruption probe  Prime Minister is suspected of illicitly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars before becoming PM May.20   Qatar Deal agreed on Lebanon crisis May.25   Beirut MPs elect new president May.28   Jerusalem Call for PM to stand down Jun.1   Jerusalem Israel to build 884 homes in East Jerusalem Jun.2  Syria  Syria agrees to nuclear probe Jun.5   Turkey Court annuls Turkish scarf reform Jun.6  Jerusalem  Israel threatens Iran with attack Jun.7   Tehran Iraqi PM arrives for talks Jun.17  Israel  Israel and Hamas 'agree truce' Jun.21   Saudi Arabia Saudis to host oil price summit Jun.24  Tel Aviv  Suicide sparks Sarkozy scare Jun.29  Jerusalem  Israel OKs Hezbollah prisoner deal Jul.1   Egypt African call for Zimbabwe unity Jul.6   Dubai UAE to cancel all of Iraq's $7B debt Jul.10  Tel Aviv  Israel 'ready to act' over Iran Jul.16  Beirut  Militants get heroes' welcome home Jul.17  Israel  Israel buries remains of returned soldier Sep.15  Baghdad  Gates arrives to oversee command change Sep.17  Jerusalem  Livni claims win in Kadima vote Sep.21   Jerusalem   Israeli PM Olmert declares intent to resign  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, dogged by allegations of corruption, formally announced his intention to resign at a Cabinet meeting Sep.22   Jerusalem President taps Livni to form government Sep.24  Baghdad  Deal over province elections Oct.5   Saudi Arabia Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks w. Taliban Oct.11  Mosul  Threatened Christians flee Mosul Oct.16  Azerbaijan  Ilham Aliyev wins landslide victory Nov.16   Baghdad Iraq cabinet backs US troops deal Nov.27   Baghdad Parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future   After months of tough negotiations and intense political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers approved the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement Dec.4  West Bank  Hebron settlers evicted by force Dec.14   Baghdad   Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush
  Bush made a farewell visit, where he met with Iraqi leaders, talked to the media and joked after a man threw shoes at him
 Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, was wrestled to the floor by security guards after during a news conference he called Bush 'a dog' and threw his footwear, just missing the president
Dec.15  Sadr City  Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker Dec.23  Baghdad  Iraqi MPs back foreign troop deal Dec.31  Jerusalem  Israel rejects Gaza truce calls