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B. 01-03 Israeli ground troops enter Gaza Gaza
C. 01-09 Israel, Hamas brush off UN, keep fighting Gaza
D. 01-17 Israel declares unilateral cease-fire Jerusalem
E. 01-21 Israeli troops complete Gaza withdrawal Gaza
5. 02-02 Iran makes first satellite launch Iran
6. 06-04 Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims Egypt
7. 06-12 Ahmadinejad has large lead in election Iran
06-13 Election protests turn violent Tehran
J. 06-29 US soldiers leaving Iraq's cities Baghdad

Summary.     Click for More > US soldiers leaving Iraq's cities 168 feared dead as plane crashes Twin suicide bombings kill more than 130   520 wounded in car bombings in central Baghdad near Iraqi government buildings -- the deadliest attack on civilians in Iraq this year Car bombs killed at least 127 people
Israeli ground troops enter Gaza   Earlier, the Israelis used ground artillery for the first time in the 8-day-old conflict when tanks fired shells into Gaza Israel, Hamas brush off UN, keep fighting Israel declares unilateral cease-fire  Israel has declared a unilateral cease-fire in the fighting in Gaza beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday. Olmert: Hamas has been dealt a very serious ... Israeli troops complete Gaza withdrawal Iran makes first satellite launch   Iran has launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit from a Safir-2 rocket. Iran is subject to UN sanctions Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims Ahmadinejad has large lead in election Election protests turn violent Map of Tehran Iran
Jan.1  Gaza  Airstrike on camp kills Hamas commander
Jan.3   Gaza
Jan.4  Gaza  Israeli forces split Gaza in two
Jan.6  Gaza  10 dead as Israeli missile hits near school
Jan.7  Jerusalem  Israel accepts truce 'principles'
 Northern Israel  Rockets from Lebanon strike Israel; 2 hurt
Jan.9   Gaza
Jan.11  Gaza  Israeli reservists sent to Gaza
Jan.12  Gaza  Israelis 'edge into urban Gaza'
Jan.13  Gaza  Israelis push on into Gaza City
Jan.17   Jerusalem
Jan.18  Gaza  Hamas agrees to one-week cease-fire
Jan.21   Gaza
Jan.27  Gaza  Week-old Gaza cease-fire breached
 Gaza  Israeli jet targets Gaza tunnels
Jan.30  Iraq  Change in the air as Iraq votes
Feb.1  Gaza  Rockets wound 3 Israelis, strikes hit Gaza
Feb.2   Iran
Feb.10  Jerusalem  Rivals claim election win
Feb.20  Jerusalem  Netanyahu picked to form government
Feb.25  Southern Iran  Iran tests its first nuclear power plant
Mar.1  Egypt  Donors asked to pledge Gaza cash
Mar.10  Baghdad  Bomber kills 33 at Iraq peace conference
Mar.20  Iran  Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'
Mar.27  Turkey  Bodies found at helicopter crash site
Mar.31  Jerusalem  Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli PM
Apr.18  Iran  Iran jails journalist as US spy
Apr.24  Baghdad  Blast carnage at shrine
May.8  Jordan  Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage
May.11  Tel Aviv  Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit
 Iran  U.S. journalist freed in Iran
May.16  Kuwait  Kuwait votes for first female MPs
May.20  Iran  Iran announces new missile test
May.28  Southern Iran  Many die in Zahedan mosque bombing
Jun.4   Egypt
Jun.6  Baghdad  U.S. contractors held in Green Zone killing
Jun.7  Lebanon  Pro-West bloc retains control
Jun.10  Iran  Iran row fires campaign's end
Jun.12   Iran
Jun.13   Tehran
  Ahmadinejad declaration as the winner of presidential election brought thousands of supporters of the rival Moussavi onto the streets.    Moussavi supporters are crying foul as street clashes have erupted in the aftermath of the polls Protesters a...
Jun.14  Jerusalem  PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state
 Tehran  Hatred, chaos and savage beatings
Jun.16  Tehran  Mass opposition rally
Jun.18  Tehran  Iranians take to streets in mourning march
Jun.19  Iran  Ayatollah demands end to protests
Jun.20  Tehran  Security forces use tear gas on protesters
Jun.21  Tehran  Iran silences street protesters
Jun.22  Tehran  Hundreds protest, despite warning
Jun.24  Sadr City  62 people killed in Baghdad blast
Jun.28  Iran  British Embassy workers seized in Iran
Jun.29   Baghdad
 Iran  Council: Partial recount validates vote
Jul.12  Baghdad  6 Baghdad churches bombs in 24 hours
Jul.15   Iran
Jul.16  Egypt  Pakistan and India in terror vow
Jul.24  Iran  17 die as plane skids, bursts into flames
Jul.31  Iran  3 U.S. tourists held by Iran
Aug.1  Tel Aviv  Gunman attacks gay centre
Aug.2  Jerusalem  Palestinians evicted
Aug.3  Iran  Protests in Iran as Ahmadinejad endorsed
Aug.5  Tehran  Ahmadinejad sworn in
Aug.8  Tehran  UK, French embassy employees on trial
Aug.14  Gaza  Mosque gun battle rages
Aug.19  Baghdad  95 killed, 310 injured in Baghdad attacks
Aug.21  Iran  Defence minister-designate on Interpol list
Aug.30  Jerusalem  Olmert charged in corruption probe
Sep.18  Tehran  Protesters chant 'death to dictator'
Sep.28  Iran  Iran test-fires long-range missiles
Oct.11  Turkey  Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza
Oct.18  Southern Iran  Commanders assassinated
Oct.21  Tehran  Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed'
Oct.24  Iran  U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility
Oct.25   Baghdad
 Iran  UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'
Nov.5  West Bank  Abbas 'will not seek re-election'
Nov.17  Jerusalem  Israel approves plan to build 900 houses
Nov.27  Iran  IAEA urges Iran to scrap nuke facility
 Dubai  Dubai debt woes 'a drama, but no crisis'
Nov.29  Iran  Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants
Nov.30  Gulf  Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht
Dec.8   Baghdad
Dec.19  Iran  Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies
Dec.23  Iran  Clashes at Montazeri ceremony
Dec.27  Tehran  Several killed, 300 arrested in protests



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February 2009
02/02 Iran makes first satellite launch
02/10 Rivals claim election win
02/20 Netanyahu picked to form government
02/25 Iran tests its first nuclear power plant
02/01 Rockets wound 3 Israelis, strikes hit Gaza
02/22 Cairo is hit by deadly bomb blast
March 2009
03/01 Donors asked to pledge Gaza cash
03/20 Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'
03/31 Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli PM
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April 2009
04/18 Iran jails journalist as US spy
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04/24 Blast carnage at shrine
May 2009
05/11 Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit
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06/04 Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims
06/07 Pro-West bloc retains control
06/12 Ahmadinejad has large lead in election
06/13 Election protests turn violent
06/14 PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state
06/21 Iran silences street protesters
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06/29 US soldiers leaving Iraq's cities
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08/03 Protests in Iran as Ahmadinejad endorsed
08/08 UK, French embassy employees on trial
08/21 Defence minister-designate on Interpol list
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08/01 Gunman attacks gay centre
08/19 95 killed, 310 injured in Baghdad attacks
08/21 Defence minister-designate on Interpol list
October 2009
10/11 Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza
10/25 UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'
10/11 Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza
10/18 Commanders assassinated
10/25 UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'
10/18 Commanders assassinated
10/25 Twin suicide bombings kill more than 130
November 2009
11/29 Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants
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12/19 Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies
12/27 Several killed, 300 arrested in protests
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January 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Gaza  Gaza death toll 400 as airstrikes continue
  Gaza
 Baghdad  Iraqis take control of 'Green Zone'
Jan.2  Gaza  Israel hit Hamas rocket-maker's home
Jan.3   Gaza  
  Earlier, the Israelis used ground artillery for the first time in the 8-day-old conflict when tanks fired shells into Gaza
 10 to 15 vehicles crossing the northern border. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the intention was to take control of areas from which militants have been firing rockets into Israel
Jan.4  Gaza  Israeli troops clash with Hamas   Gaza     Israeli forces split Gaza in two   Fighting is raging into the night in the Strip, where Israeli ground forces and heavy armour have effectively cut the territory in two Jan.5  Gaza  Doctor in Gaza: Patients lying everywhere  Gaza  Israeli military surrounds Gaza City Jan.6   Gaza     10 dead as Israeli missile hits near school  A missile struck near a U.N. school in northern Gaza. The school was being used as a shelter for civilians Jan.7   Jerusalem Israel accepts truce 'principles'
 Gaza  Israel halts firing to allow aid into Gaza   Northern Israel Rockets from Lebanon strike Israel; 2 hurt Jan.8  Gaza  U.N.: Israeli strike kills 1 aid worker Jan.9   Gaza     Israel, Hamas brush off UN, keep fighting
  Israel continued its offensive in Gaza, hitting more than 50 targets, despite the U.N. Security Council's call for an immediate cease-fire
Jan.10  Gaza  Hamas rocket team leader killed  Gaza  Gaza hit by new Israeli strikes Jan.11  Gaza  Israel's military 'nearing its goals' in Gaza   Gaza Israeli reservists sent to Gaza Jan.12   Gaza Israelis 'edge into urban Gaza' Jan.13   Gaza     Israelis push on into Gaza City  Israeli troops have advanced several hundred metres into several neighbourhoods and are engaged in street fighting with militants Jan.14  Gaza  Israel pursues its Gaza offensive Jan.15  Gaza  Third-ranking Hamas leader killed Jan.16  Jerusalem  Israelis edging closer to cease-fire Jan.17  Jerusalem  Israel to announce unilateral cease-fire   Jerusalem   Israel declares unilateral cease-fire
  Israel has declared a unilateral cease-fire in the fighting in Gaza beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday. Olmert: Hamas has been dealt a very serious blow
 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said troops would remain in Gaza for now. Nearly 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since December 27. 13 Israelis have died. US has welcomed the ceasefire
Jan.18   Gaza     Hamas agrees to one-week cease-fire   Palestinian militants declared that they would stop attacks on Israel for a week and demanded that Israel remove troops from Gaza within the... Jan.19  Gaza  Palestinians count toll: 1,300 killed Jan.21   Gaza   Israeli troops complete Gaza withdrawal
  Israeli troops have completed their withdrawal from Gaza after a 3-week military campaign against Hamas militants
Jan.26  Egypt  US envoy starts Middle East push Jan.27   Gaza   Week-old Gaza cease-fire breached  Palestinians activated an explosive device and a Palestinian was killed by Israeli helicopter fire   Gaza Israeli jet targets Gaza tunnels Jan.30   Iraq   Change in the air as Iraq votes  Iraq is to elect new provincial councils in the first nationwide vote in 4 years, with the Sunni minority expected to turn out in strength Jan.31  Iraq  4,000 women run for office

February 2009 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1  Jerusalem  Israel vows tough rocket response   Gaza Rockets wound 3 Israelis, strikes hit Gaza
Feb.2   Iran   Iran makes first satellite launch
  Iran has launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit from a Safir-2 rocket. Iran is subject to UN sanctions
 President Ahmadinejad said that with it Iran had 'officially achieved a presence in space'. A US state department said the launch was of 'great concern' and could lead to ballistic missile development
Feb.10   Jerusalem Rivals claim election win Feb.17  Qatar  Sudan, rebels sign prisoner release deal Feb.20   Jerusalem     Netanyahu picked to form government  President Shimon Peres: Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the conservative Likud Party, has been chosen to form Israel's next government  Baghdad  New jail opens at Abu Ghraib site Feb.25   Southern Iran Iran tests its first nuclear power plant

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Mar.1   Egypt Donors asked to pledge Gaza cash
Mar.10   Baghdad Bomber kills 33 at Iraq peace conference Mar.12  Baghdad  Iraqi jailed for Bush shoe attack Mar.15  West Bank  Police officers shot dead Mar.20   Iran     Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'   US President has offered 'a new beginning' of engagement with Tehran in an unprecedented direct video message to the Iranian people Mar.21  Iran  Ali Khamenei: Obama rhetoric not enough Mar.26  Turkey  Ultra-nationalist in chopper crash Mar.27   Turkey Bodies found at helicopter crash site Mar.31   Jerusalem Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli PM

April 2009 ... more > Top ^
Apr.18   Iran   Iran jails journalist as US spy  Roxana Saberi, 31, an Iranian-American journalist has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors Apr.24   Baghdad Blast carnage at shrine
Apr.29  Baghdad  Car bombings over 4 hours kill 48 Apr.30  Basra  UK combat operations end in Iraq

May 2009 ... more > Top ^
May.4  Turkey  45 killed in attack on wedding party May.8   Jordan Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage
May.11   Tel Aviv     Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit  Benedict XVI started his visit by acknowledging the millions killed in the Holocaust and endorsing a two-state solution to the Palestinian c...   Iran U.S. journalist freed in Iran May.12  Jerusalem  Pope visits holy sites May.16   Kuwait Kuwait votes for first female MPs May.20   Iran Iran announces new missile test May.21  Egypt  Death for killers of Lebanese star May.28   Southern Iran Many die in Zahedan mosque bombing May.29  Iran  Iran executes trio for mosque bombing May.31  Israel  Israel stages biggest-ever war drill

June 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jun.3  Saudi Arabia  Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia Jun.4   Egypt     Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims
  President Obama is offering a hand of friendship to Islam and addressing an array of quandaries and conflicts dividing the two cultures.    At Cairo University, Obama delivered his long-awaited and wide-ranging speech on American and Muslim relations, the rights of Israel and the Pal...
Jun.6   Baghdad U.S. contractors held in Green Zone killing Jun.7   Lebanon   Pro-West bloc retains control  Saad Hariri, the leader of Sunni-dominated 'March 14 coalition,' claimed victory hours after the polls closed in Sunday's crucial election Jun.10   Iran Iran row fires campaign's end Jun.12  Iran  Huge turnout in presidential poll   Iran     Ahmadinejad has large lead in election
  Defying many predictions, Iranian President held a commanding lead in the presidential vote. With 70% of votes counted, Ahmadinejad has 66%
Jun.13   Tehran   Election protests turn violent Map of Tehran Iran
  Ahmadinejad declaration as the winner of presidential election brought thousands of supporters of the rival Moussavi onto the streets
 Moussavi supporters are crying foul as street clashes have erupted in the aftermath of the polls Protesters and riot police engaged in running battles, with stones thrown, and people shouting 'death to the dictatorship'
 Iran  Ahmadinejad defiant on 'free' Iran poll Jun.14   Jerusalem     PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state   Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to a peace agreement with Palestinians under which there would be a 'demilitarized Palestinian state'   Tehran Hatred, chaos and savage beatings Jun.15  Tehran  Shots fired at huge protest Jun.16   Tehran Mass opposition rally Jun.18   Tehran Iranians take to streets in mourning march Jun.19   Iran Ayatollah demands end to protests Jun.20   Tehran Security forces use tear gas on protesters  Northern Iraq  Truck suicide bombing kills dozens  Tehran  Chaos prevails as protesters, police clash Jun.21   Tehran   Iran silences street protesters   Iranian authorities have deployed thousands of security officers on the streets, after a week of mass protests over a disputed election  Iran  Council rejects voting irregularities Jun.22   Tehran   Hundreds protest, despite warning   Hundreds of demonstrators angry over recent presidential election results gathered in a public square, despite a stern warning by Revolutionary...  Tehran  Police break up new rally Jun.24   Sadr City 62 people killed in Baghdad blast Jun.25  Iran  Opposition delays rally after crackdown  Iran  Moussavi maintains defiant stance Jun.28   Iran   British Embassy workers seized in Iran  Foreign Secretary David Miliband: The arrest of staff members at the Embassy is 'harassment and intimidation of a kind which is quite unacce... Jun.29   Baghdad   US soldiers leaving Iraq's cities
  US troops are withdrawing to base in Iraq, handing control of cities and towns to Iraq's new security forces.    National Sovereignty Day declared a publi...
  Iran Council: Partial recount validates vote


July 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jul.3  Tehran  UK embassy staff in Iran 'face trial' Jul.4  Iran  Ahmadinejad wants talk with Obama Jul.6  Tehran  Khamenei blames 'enemies' for unrest Jul.12   Baghdad 6 Baghdad churches bombs in 24 hours
Jul.15   Iran   168 feared dead as plane crashes Map of Qazvin Iran
  An Iranian airliner en route to Armenia crashed killing all passengers and crew plunged into the ground and disintegrated on impact.    10 members of the country's youth judo team were aboard the Caspian Airlines plane. A ...
 Iran  Plane black boxes 'damaged' Jul.16   Egypt Pakistan and India in terror vow Jul.17  Iran  Rafsanjani calls for protesters' release Jul.21  Tehran  Arrests at new protests Jul.24   Iran 17 die as plane skids, bursts into flames Jul.26  Syria  US urges Syria on Mid-East peace  Iran  Ahmadinejad may face confidence vote Jul.28  Iran  Iran 'releases 140 demonstrators' Jul.30  Iran  Police clash with mourners Jul.31   Iran 3 U.S. tourists held by Iran  Iran  Poll protests trial begins

August 2009 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1  Iran  Reformers slate trial 'sham'   Tel Aviv   Gunman attacks gay centre  A lone black-clad gunman killed 2 people and wounded at least 10 at a gay support centre before escaping Aug.2   Jerusalem Palestinians evicted
 Iran  Torture claim against trial Aug.3   Iran     Protests in Iran as Ahmadinejad endorsed   Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets, hours after the country's supreme leader endorsed President Ahmadinejad for a second term in offic... Aug.5   Tehran Ahmadinejad sworn in Aug.8   Tehran     UK, French embassy employees on trial  A mass trial of Iranians and others arrested in post-election demonstrations resumed, with about 100 defendants in Tehran's Revolutionary Co... Aug.9  Mosul  Dozens killed by car bombs Aug.14   Gaza Mosque gun battle rages Aug.17  Iraq  Gay men 'attacked, executed in Iraq' Aug.19   Baghdad   95 killed, 310 injured in Baghdad attacks   A series of bombings rocked Iraq's capital within one hour. The six explosions marked the country's deadliest day since U.S. handover Aug.21   Iran   Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina Aug.25  Iraq  Iraq and Syria recall ambassadors Aug.27  Iran  Mourning in Iran and Iraq for Shiite leader Aug.30   Jerusalem Olmert charged in corruption probe

September 2009 ... more > Top ^
Sep.7  Jerusalem  Israel approved homes in W. Bank Sep.18   Tehran Protesters chant 'death to dictator'
 Iran  Anger at Iranian Holocaust denial Sep.26  Iran  Iran nuclear chief: U.N. can inspect plant  Iran  Iran tests short-range missiles Sep.28   Iran Iran test-fires long-range missiles

October 2009 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1  Iran  Iran to invite nuclear inspectors 'soon' Oct.4  Iran  U.N. to inspect Iran plant this month Oct.5  Jerusalem  Police guard holy site after riots Oct.11  Iran  'Election protestors' sentenced to death   Turkey   Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza  Turkey excluded Israel from a planned NATO military exercise partly because of Turkey's criticism of Gaza offensive nearly a year ago Oct.18   Southern Iran   Commanders assassinated   Several top commanders in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed in a suicide bombing in the south-east of the country Oct.21   Tehran Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed'
Oct.24   Iran U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility Oct.25   Baghdad   Twin suicide bombings kill more than 130
  520 wounded in car bombings in central Baghdad near Iraqi government buildings -- the deadliest attack on civilians in Iraq this year
 One of the bombs exploded outside Baghdad's governorate building. The second was outside the Justice Ministry, about 500 meters away. Al Qaeda in Iraq ally claims bombings
  Iran   UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'   A team from the nuclear watchdog has inspected a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, near the holy city of Qom Oct.31  Jerusalem  Clinton urges new Mid-East talks

November 2009 ... more > Top ^
Nov.4  Israel  Israelis seize Iran arms ship Nov.5   West Bank Abbas 'will not seek re-election'
Nov.8  Baghdad  Iraq MPs approve election reform Nov.9  Iran  Iran to charge U.S. hikers with espionage Nov.17   Jerusalem Israel approves plan to build 900 houses Nov.22  Iran  War games to defend nuclear sites  Gaza  Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza Nov.27   Iran IAEA urges Iran to scrap nuke facility   Dubai   Dubai debt woes 'a drama, but no crisis'  Market experts say the debt revelations will not lead the global economy back into recession, but have seriously damaged the Emirate's stand... Nov.29   Iran   Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants  Iran's Cabinet has authorized the construction of another 10 uranium enrichment plants, further defying international calls Nov.30   Gulf Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht

December 2009 ... more > Top ^
Dec.8   Baghdad   Car bombs killed at least 127 people
  A series of bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital.    The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora distri...
Dec.13  Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts Dec.19   Iran   Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies   87-year-old theologian was based in the holy city Qom. He was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution and a critic of President Ahmadinejad Dec.20  Iran  Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri Dec.21  Lebanon  UN ends search for ship survivors Dec.23   Iran Clashes at Montazeri ceremony Dec.24  Iraq  Blast kills 25 Shiite pilgrims Dec.26  Tehran  Renewed clashes reported Dec.27   Tehran   Several killed, 300 arrested in protests   The clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces as large crowds gathered for Ashura, a major religious observance


Airstrike on camp kills Hamas commander   Israeli ground troops enter Gaza




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Jan.1  Gaza  Gaza death toll 400 as airstrikes continue
Jan.1   Gaza
Jan.2  Gaza  Israel hit Hamas rocket-maker's home
Jan.3   Gaza
  Earlier, the Israelis used ground artillery for the first time in the 8-day-old conflict when tanks fired shells into Gaza
 10 to 15 vehicles crossing the northern border. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the intention was to take control of areas from which militants have been firing rockets into Israel
Jan.4  Gaza  Israeli troops clash with Hamas Jan.4   Gaza   Israeli forces split Gaza in two   Fighting is raging into the night in the Strip, where Israeli ground forces and heavy armour have effectively cut the territory in two Jan.5  Gaza  Israeli military surrounds Gaza City Jan.6   Gaza   10 dead as Israeli missile hits near school  A missile struck near a U.N. school in northern Gaza. The school was being used as a shelter for civilians Jan.7   Jerusalem Israel accepts truce 'principles'
Jan.7  Gaza  Israel halts firing to allow aid into Gaza Jan.7   Northern Israel Rockets from Lebanon strike Israel; 2 hurt Jan.8  Gaza  U.N.: Israeli strike kills 1 aid worker Jan.9   Gaza   Israel, Hamas brush off UN, keep fighting
  Israel continued its offensive in Gaza, hitting more than 50 targets, despite the U.N. Security Council's call for an immediate cease-fire
Jan.10  Gaza  Hamas rocket team leader killed Jan.10  Gaza  Gaza hit by new Israeli strikes Jan.11  Gaza  Israel's military 'nearing its goals' in Gaza Jan.11   Gaza Israeli reservists sent to Gaza Jan.12   Gaza Israelis 'edge into urban Gaza' Jan.13   Gaza   Israelis push on into Gaza City  Israeli troops have advanced several hundred metres into several neighbourhoods and are engaged in street fighting with militants Jan.14  Gaza  Israel pursues its Gaza offensive Jan.15  Gaza  Third-ranking Hamas leader killed Jan.16  Jerusalem  Israelis edging closer to cease-fire Jan.17  Jerusalem  Israel to announce unilateral cease-fire Jan.17   Jerusalem Israel declares unilateral cease-fire
  Israel has declared a unilateral cease-fire in the fighting in Gaza beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday. Olmert: Hamas has been dealt a very serious blow
 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said troops would remain in Gaza for now. Nearly 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since December 27. 13 Israelis have died. US has welcomed the ceasefire
Jan.18   Gaza   Hamas agrees to one-week cease-fire   Palestinian militants declared that they would stop attacks on Israel for a week and demanded that Israel remove troops from Gaza within the... Jan.19  Gaza  Palestinians count toll: 1,300 killed Jan.21   Gaza Israeli troops complete Gaza withdrawal
  Israeli troops have completed their withdrawal from Gaza after a 3-week military campaign against Hamas militants
Jan.27   Gaza Week-old Gaza cease-fire breached  Palestinians activated an explosive device and a Palestinian was killed by Israeli helicopter fire Jan.27   Gaza Israeli jet targets Gaza tunnels Feb.1  Jerusalem  Israel vows tough rocket response Feb.1   Gaza Rockets wound 3 Israelis, strikes hit Gaza Feb.17  Qatar  Sudan, rebels sign prisoner release deal Apr.30  Basra  UK combat operations end in Iraq May.20   Iran Iran announces new missile test May.31  Israel  Israel stages biggest-ever war drill Jun.6   Baghdad U.S. contractors held in Green Zone killing Jun.14   Jerusalem   PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state   Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to a peace agreement with Palestinians under which there would be a 'demilitarized Palestinian state' Jun.29   Baghdad US soldiers leaving Iraq's cities
  US troops are withdrawing to base in Iraq, handing control of cities and towns to Iraq's new security forces.    National Sovereignty Day declared a publi...
Aug.14   Gaza Mosque gun battle rages Aug.21   Iran Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina Sep.26  Iran  Iran nuclear chief: U.N. can inspect plant Sep.26  Iran  Iran tests short-range missiles Sep.28   Iran Iran test-fires long-range missiles Oct.1  Iran  Iran to invite nuclear inspectors 'soon' Oct.11   Turkey Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza  Turkey excluded Israel from a planned NATO military exercise partly because of Turkey's criticism of Gaza offensive nearly a year ago Oct.18   Southern Iran Commanders assassinated   Several top commanders in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed in a suicide bombing in the south-east of the country Oct.24   Iran U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility Oct.25   Iran UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'   A team from the nuclear watchdog has inspected a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, near the holy city of Qom Oct.31  Jerusalem  Clinton urges new Mid-East talks Nov.4  Israel  Israelis seize Iran arms ship Nov.22  Iran  War games to defend nuclear sites Nov.22  Gaza  Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza Nov.29   Iran Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants  Iran's Cabinet has authorized the construction of another 10 uranium enrichment plants, further defying international calls Nov.30   Gulf Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht



Middle East, 2009 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.5  Gaza  Doctor in Gaza: Patients lying everywhere Mar.26  Turkey  Ultra-nationalist in chopper crash Mar.27   Turkey Bodies found at helicopter crash site
Jul.15   Iran 168 feared dead as plane crashes Map of Qazvin Iran
  An Iranian airliner en route to Armenia crashed killing all passengers and crew plunged into the ground and disintegrated on impact.    10 members of the country's youth judo team were aboard the Caspian Airlines plane. A ...
Jul.15  Iran  Plane black boxes 'damaged' Jul.24   Iran 17 die as plane skids, bursts into flames Dec.21  Lebanon  UN ends search for ship survivors



Middle East, 2009 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2009 Feb.25   Southern Iran Iran tests its first nuclear power plant
Nov.17   Jerusalem Israel approves plan to build 900 houses Nov.27   Dubai Dubai debt woes 'a drama, but no crisis'  Market experts say the debt revelations will not lead the global economy back into recession, but have seriously damaged the Emirate's stand... Dec.13  Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts



Middle East, 2009 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2009 Feb.20  Baghdad  New jail opens at Abu Ghraib site Mar.10   Baghdad Bomber kills 33 at Iraq peace conference
Mar.12  Baghdad  Iraqi jailed for Bush shoe attack Mar.15  West Bank  Police officers shot dead Apr.18   Iran Iran jails journalist as US spy  Roxana Saberi, 31, an Iranian-American journalist has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors Apr.24   Baghdad Blast carnage at shrine Apr.29  Baghdad  Car bombings over 4 hours kill 48 May.4  Turkey  45 killed in attack on wedding party May.11   Iran U.S. journalist freed in Iran May.21  Egypt  Death for killers of Lebanese star May.28   Southern Iran Many die in Zahedan mosque bombing May.29  Iran  Iran executes trio for mosque bombing Jun.6   Baghdad U.S. contractors held in Green Zone killing Jun.20  Northern Iraq  Truck suicide bombing kills dozens Jun.24   Sadr City 62 people killed in Baghdad blast Jul.12   Baghdad 6 Baghdad churches bombs in 24 hours Jul.16   Egypt Pakistan and India in terror vow Jul.31   Iran 3 U.S. tourists held by Iran Jul.31  Iran  Poll protests trial begins Aug.1  Iran  Reformers slate trial 'sham' Aug.1   Tel Aviv Gunman attacks gay centre  A lone black-clad gunman killed 2 people and wounded at least 10 at a gay support centre before escaping Aug.2  Iran  Torture claim against trial Aug.8   Tehran   UK, French embassy employees on trial  A mass trial of Iranians and others arrested in post-election demonstrations resumed, with about 100 defendants in Tehran's Revolutionary Co... Aug.9  Mosul  Dozens killed by car bombs Aug.17  Iraq  Gay men 'attacked, executed in Iraq' Aug.19   Baghdad 95 killed, 310 injured in Baghdad attacks   A series of bombings rocked Iraq's capital within one hour. The six explosions marked the country's deadliest day since U.S. handover Aug.21   Iran Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina Aug.30   Jerusalem Olmert charged in corruption probe Sep.18  Iran  Anger at Iranian Holocaust denial Oct.5  Jerusalem  Police guard holy site after riots Oct.11  Iran  'Election protestors' sentenced to death Oct.18   Southern Iran Commanders assassinated   Several top commanders in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed in a suicide bombing in the south-east of the country Oct.25   Baghdad Twin suicide bombings kill more than 130
  520 wounded in car bombings in central Baghdad near Iraqi government buildings -- the deadliest attack on civilians in Iraq this year
 One of the bombs exploded outside Baghdad's governorate building. The second was outside the Justice Ministry, about 500 meters away. Al Qaeda in Iraq ally claims bombings
Nov.9  Iran  Iran to charge U.S. hikers with espionage Dec.8   Baghdad Car bombs killed at least 127 people
  A series of bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital.    The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora distri...
Dec.24  Iraq  Blast kills 25 Shiite pilgrims



Middle East, 2009 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.1  Baghdad  Iraqis take control of 'Green Zone' Jan.26  Egypt  US envoy starts Middle East push Jan.30   Iraq Change in the air as Iraq votes  Iraq is to elect new provincial councils in the first nationwide vote in 4 years, with the Sunni minority expected to turn out in strength Jan.31  Iraq  4,000 women run for office Feb.1  Jerusalem  Israel vows tough rocket response Feb.2   Iran Iran makes first satellite launch
  Iran has launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit from a Safir-2 rocket. Iran is subject to UN sanctions
 President Ahmadinejad said that with it Iran had 'officially achieved a presence in space'. A US state department said the launch was of 'great concern' and could lead to ballistic missile development
Feb.10   Jerusalem Rivals claim election win Feb.17  Qatar  Sudan, rebels sign prisoner release deal Feb.20   Jerusalem   Netanyahu picked to form government  President Shimon Peres: Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the conservative Likud Party, has been chosen to form Israel's next government Feb.25   Southern Iran Iran tests its first nuclear power plant Mar.1   Egypt Donors asked to pledge Gaza cash Mar.20   Iran   Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'   US President has offered 'a new beginning' of engagement with Tehran in an unprecedented direct video message to the Iranian people Mar.21  Iran  Ali Khamenei: Obama rhetoric not enough Mar.31   Jerusalem Netanyahu sworn in as Israeli PM Apr.18   Iran Iran jails journalist as US spy  Roxana Saberi, 31, an Iranian-American journalist has been jailed for eight years by Iran after a brief trial held behind closed doors May.8   Jordan Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage May.11   Tel Aviv   Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit  Benedict XVI started his visit by acknowledging the millions killed in the Holocaust and endorsing a two-state solution to the Palestinian c... May.11   Iran U.S. journalist freed in Iran May.12  Jerusalem  Pope visits holy sites May.16   Kuwait Kuwait votes for first female MPs Jun.3  Saudi Arabia  Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia Jun.4   Egypt   Obama speaks of tensions with Muslims
  President Obama is offering a hand of friendship to Islam and addressing an array of quandaries and conflicts dividing the two cultures.    At Cairo University, Obama delivered his long-awaited and wide-ranging speech on American and Muslim relations, the rights of Israel and the Pal...
Jun.7   Lebanon Pro-West bloc retains control  Saad Hariri, the leader of Sunni-dominated 'March 14 coalition,' claimed victory hours after the polls closed in Sunday's crucial election Jun.10   Iran Iran row fires campaign's end Jun.12  Iran  Huge turnout in presidential poll Jun.12   Iran   Ahmadinejad has large lead in election
  Defying many predictions, Iranian President held a commanding lead in the presidential vote. With 70% of votes counted, Ahmadinejad has 66%
Jun.13   Tehran Election protests turn violent Map of Tehran Iran
  Ahmadinejad declaration as the winner of presidential election brought thousands of supporters of the rival Moussavi onto the streets
 Moussavi supporters are crying foul as street clashes have erupted in the aftermath of the polls Protesters and riot police engaged in running battles, with stones thrown, and people shouting 'death to the dictatorship'
Jun.13  Iran  Ahmadinejad defiant on 'free' Iran poll Jun.14   Jerusalem   PM calls for demilitarized Palestinian state   Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to a peace agreement with Palestinians under which there would be a 'demilitarized Palestinian state' Jun.14   Tehran Hatred, chaos and savage beatings Jun.15  Tehran  Shots fired at huge protest Jun.16   Tehran Mass opposition rally Jun.18   Tehran Iranians take to streets in mourning march Jun.19   Iran Ayatollah demands end to protests Jun.20   Tehran Security forces use tear gas on protesters Jun.20  Tehran  Chaos prevails as protesters, police clash Jun.21   Tehran Iran silences street protesters   Iranian authorities have deployed thousands of security officers on the streets, after a week of mass protests over a disputed election Jun.21  Iran  Council rejects voting irregularities Jun.22   Tehran Hundreds protest, despite warning   Hundreds of demonstrators angry over recent presidential election results gathered in a public square, despite a stern warning by Revolutionary... Jun.22  Tehran  Police break up new rally Jun.25  Iran  Opposition delays rally after crackdown Jun.25  Iran  Moussavi maintains defiant stance Jun.28   Iran British Embassy workers seized in Iran  Foreign Secretary David Miliband: The arrest of staff members at the Embassy is 'harassment and intimidation of a kind which is quite unacce... Jun.29   Iran Council: Partial recount validates vote Jul.3  Tehran  UK embassy staff in Iran 'face trial' Jul.4  Iran  Ahmadinejad wants talk with Obama Jul.6  Tehran  Khamenei blames 'enemies' for unrest Jul.16   Egypt Pakistan and India in terror vow Jul.17  Iran  Rafsanjani calls for protesters' release Jul.21  Tehran  Arrests at new protests Jul.26  Syria  US urges Syria on Mid-East peace Jul.26  Iran  Ahmadinejad may face confidence vote Jul.28  Iran  Iran 'releases 140 demonstrators' Jul.30  Iran  Police clash with mourners Jul.31  Iran  Poll protests trial begins Aug.1  Iran  Reformers slate trial 'sham' Aug.1   Tel Aviv Gunman attacks gay centre  A lone black-clad gunman killed 2 people and wounded at least 10 at a gay support centre before escaping Aug.2   Jerusalem Palestinians evicted Aug.2  Iran  Torture claim against trial Aug.3   Iran   Protests in Iran as Ahmadinejad endorsed   Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets, hours after the country's supreme leader endorsed President Ahmadinejad for a second term in offic... Aug.5   Tehran Ahmadinejad sworn in Aug.8   Tehran   UK, French embassy employees on trial  A mass trial of Iranians and others arrested in post-election demonstrations resumed, with about 100 defendants in Tehran's Revolutionary Co... Aug.17  Iraq  Gay men 'attacked, executed in Iraq' Aug.21   Iran Defence minister-designate on Interpol list  Iran's defence minister-designate Vahidi is on an Interpol 'wanted' list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina Aug.25  Iraq  Iraq and Syria recall ambassadors Aug.27  Iran  Mourning in Iran and Iraq for Shiite leader Aug.30   Jerusalem Olmert charged in corruption probe Sep.7  Jerusalem  Israel approved homes in W. Bank Sep.18   Tehran Protesters chant 'death to dictator' Sep.26  Iran  Iran nuclear chief: U.N. can inspect plant Oct.1  Iran  Iran to invite nuclear inspectors 'soon' Oct.4  Iran  U.N. to inspect Iran plant this month Oct.11  Iran  'Election protestors' sentenced to death Oct.11   Turkey Israel out of NATO event because of Gaza  Turkey excluded Israel from a planned NATO military exercise partly because of Turkey's criticism of Gaza offensive nearly a year ago Oct.21   Tehran Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed' Oct.24   Iran U.N. in Iran to inspect nuke facility Oct.25   Iran UN team 'visit Iran nuclear site'   A team from the nuclear watchdog has inspected a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, near the holy city of Qom Oct.31  Jerusalem  Clinton urges new Mid-East talks Nov.5   West Bank Abbas 'will not seek re-election' Nov.8  Baghdad  Iraq MPs approve election reform Nov.9  Iran  Iran to charge U.S. hikers with espionage Nov.17   Jerusalem Israel approves plan to build 900 houses Nov.27   Iran IAEA urges Iran to scrap nuke facility Nov.29   Iran Iran authorizes 10 new nuke plants  Iran's Cabinet has authorized the construction of another 10 uranium enrichment plants, further defying international calls Nov.30   Gulf Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht Dec.13  Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to pay debts Dec.19   Iran Dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies   87-year-old theologian was based in the holy city Qom. He was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution and a critic of President Ahmadinejad Dec.20  Iran  Crowds mourn reformist cleric Montazeri Dec.23   Iran Clashes at Montazeri ceremony Dec.26  Tehran  Renewed clashes reported Dec.27   Tehran Several killed, 300 arrested in protests   The clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces as large crowds gathered for Ashura, a major religious observance