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Below is a timeline of major events of the War in Iraq from March 2003 through the present. Many of these events link to MTV News articles for additional information.
"Democrats Unveil Plan To Withdraw Troops From Iraq By 2008"
Bush spokesperson says plan is 'nonstarter' for president; U.S. commander says more troops may be needed
"War Objector's Court-Martial Ends in Mistrial"
New trial set for Army lieutenant who refused to serve in Iraq.
"What Does Senate Panel's Vote Opposing A Troop Surge in Iraq Really Mean?"
'It's an expression of opinion, but that's all,' political science professor says of nonbinding resolution.
"President Bush Pleads For War Support In State Of The Union Address"
President also focuses on domestic agenda, reiterates importance of energy independence.
"President Bush Orders 21,500 More Troops To Iraq; Democrats Blast Plan"
Bush also demands Iraqi forces take over major combat operations by November.
"Saddam Execution Spotlights How Viral Video Is Changing TV Standards"
Networks aired or linked to footage that once seemed unthinkably graphic.
"Saddam Hussein Put To Death"
Former Iraqi dictator was hanged Saturday morning in Baghdad.
"Iraq Study Group Calls For End Of U.S. Combat Role By 2008"
'We no longer can afford to stay the course,' says group co-chair James Baker.
"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Resigns; Bush Taps Successor"
Resignation comes just hours after Democrats seize House of Representatives; Bush wants former CIA head to take post.
"Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Death"
Former Iraqi president found guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity for 1982 massacre.
"Defiant Saddam Hussein Pleads Not Guilty, Slams Court"
Former Iraqi president's trial was adjourned until November 28.
"Saddam Hussein's Crimes Against Humanity Trial Begins; Lawyers Seek Delay"
Deposed Iraqi leader could face death penalty for alleged 1982 killings.
"Study Reports War Has Claimed 600,000 Iraqi Lives; Bush Rejects Findings"
Study says Iraqi mortality rate has more than doubled since U.S. invasion.
"Bush Releases Four Pages Of Controversial Intelligence Report"
Declassified section backs leaked information that Iraq war inspires new jihadists.
"White House, Rice Downplay Report That Iraq War Has Made Terrorism Worse"
Condoleezza Rice tells MTV News that terrorists have always had reasons to fight the U.S.
"Bush Addresses Nation On 9/11 Anniversary To Defend Iraq War"
"The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad," Bush says.
"Military Investigation Uncovers Evidence Tampering In Haditha Massacre"
Officials say logbook was altered and video withheld.
"Insurgent Video Claims U.S. Soldiers Were Killed To Avenge Iraqi Rape"
Authorities question timing, authenticity of clip.
"Four U.S. Soldiers Charged With Rape And Murder In Iraq"
Former soldier Steven Green pleaded not guilty last week.
"Iraq General Proposes Troop Reductions; Democrats Call Plan A Political Move"
Announcement timed for upcoming elections, Democrats charge.
"Senate Rejects Call For Withdrawal From Iraq; Cheney Slams Democrats"
Vice president says withdrawing now would be a mistake.
"Lawmakers Say WMDs Were Found In Iraq ... Kind Of "
Report reveals discovery of degraded chemical weapons likely buried in 1980s.
"Soldiers Charged With Murdering Iraqi Civilian, Could Face Death Penalty "
Soldiers also accused of kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, providing false official statements.
"Kidnapped U.S. Soldiers Found Dead, Sources Confirm"
Bodies being flown to U.S. for DNA testing.
"U.S. Marine Apologizes For Offensive 'Hadji Girl' Video"
Military investigating whether corporal broke military law by singing about killing Iraqi family.
"Bush Makes Surprise Trip To Baghdad"
Even some cabinet members didn't know about trip.
"Autopsy Finds Al-Zarqawi Died Of Internal Injuries 52 Minutes After Bombing"
U.S. releases results in response to rumors that al-Zarqawi may have been beaten or shot.
"Iraq's Most Wanted Terrorist, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Killed In Air Strike"
Seven associates of the al Qaeda leader are also believed to have been killed in Wednesday's raid.
"Report: Video Documents Another Mass Killing Of Iraqi Civilians"
Eleven killed in March raid; eight soldiers face murder charges in separate incident; Haditha bodies may be exhumed.
"Pentagon Finds Haditha Cover-Up; 'Values' Training Ordered For Troops"
Report on killings of Iraqi civilians points to flaws in military training.
"Military Inquiry Contradicts Marines Account Of Haditha Deaths"
Iraqi prime minister calls deaths unjustified; White House says evidence will be made public.
"Bush, Blair Admit Mistakes In Iraq; Report Says Marines May Have Murdered Civilians"
Investigation of unprovoked killings by Marines comes just before Bush, Blair press conference.
"Bush's 2003 Claim of WMDs In Iraq Had Been Proven False Days Before, Report Says"
Before Bush claimed, 'We have found the weapons,' Pentagon knew they had not.
"President Bush Admits Declassifying Iraq Intelligence"
Bush said he took action to counter critics of administration.
"Former Cheney Aide Says Bush OK'd Iraq Intelligence Leak"
Scooter Libby testifies he was told to reveal details to reporter to help justify war.
"Bush says U.S. Troops Will Be In Iraq Past His Presidency"
"Future presidents," will decide to withdraw all troops Bush said.
"With Poll Numbers At An All-Time Low, Bush Offers Iraq Transition Timetable"
Bush admits Iraq war has been more brutal and longer-lasting than envisioned.
"Civil War Fears Persist In Iraq After Bombing Of Shiite Holy Site"
Sunnis may rejoin talks on forming new government with Shiite rivals.
"Saddam Hussein Prepares to Sue President Bush for War Crimes"
As Hussein awaits resumption of his trial, he accuses Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair of committing war crimes by using weapons of mass destruction.
"Human-Rights Investigator Says U.S. 'Outsourced' Torture of Terror Suspects"
"Individuals have been abducted… and transported to different destinations in Europe," investigator says.
"Bin Laden Makes Truce Offering on Latest Terror Tape"
Bin Laden, most wanted terrorist in the world, offers a threat against the United States and its allies and a truce on a tape authenticated by the CIA. Until now Bin Laden has not been heard from since December, 2004.
"Amid Sporadic Violence, Iraqis go to Polls for Historic Vote"
Despite shelling in Baghdad, 10 million Iraqis are expected to vote to choose the country's new parliament
"Iraqi Leaders Request Timetable for U.S. Withdrawal"
Iraqi leaders said those who oppose the war have a legitimate right to resist.
"Democrats Shut Down Senate for Rare Closed-Door Session on Iraq Intelligence"
Democrats invoke secret Senate session to discuss prewar intelligence, stunning Republicans.
"Almost 70 Percent of U.S. Casualties in Iraq Under Age 30"
Military casualties amount to 2,000; 21-year-olds account for highest troop fatality rate.
"Iraq Constitution Narrowly Approved by Voters"
Despite a near-unanimous 'no' vote in two Sunni provinces, constitution passes.
"Defiant Saddam Hussein Pleads Not Guilty, Slams Court"
Trial adjourned until November 28, mainly because many witnesses were to afraid to come to court despite protection.
"Saddam Hussein Reportedly Confesses To Ordering Executions"
Hussein admits role in the 1980's massacre of the Kurds.
"U.S. Sending 1,500 More Troops To Iraq This Fall"
Troops will depart in mid-September to increase security.
"Bush's Approval Rating Down, Concern Over Iraq Rising, Poll Shows"
Some 45 percent doubt the President's word as Iraq replaces the economy as main concern.
"U.S. Army Misses Enlistment Goal, Counter-Recruitment Efforts Rise"
Fear of Middle East deployment, campaigns against recruiting affect potential enlisters.
"Search for Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Officially Over"
After a two-year search, U.S. investigator's find no evidence of arms or their shipment to Syria, and wrap-up report.
"Optimism, Excitement at Iraqi Voting Center in Southern California"
Iraqi citizens in 14 countries vote in anticipated first Iraqi election.
"More Than One Million Mark War's Anniversary With Protests"
People articulate their opposition to U.S. involvement in Iraq in peaceful demonstrations held in Rome, New York, Barcelona, and elsewhere.
"Al Qaeda's Number-Two Man Surrounded, Close to Being Captured"
After heavy fighting near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Pakistani forces apparently surrounded Ayman al-Zawahiri, allegedly Osama's deputy and doctor.
Sadaam Hussein is captured while hiding underground in a "spider hole" just outside his hometown of Tikrit.
"Saddam Hussein's Sons killed in Raid"
Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, are killed during a battle with U.S. troops.
President Bush announces the end to major combat in Iraq.
"Iraqis Celebrate, Loot Now that Hussein's Regime Appears to be Over"
U.S. forces enter central Baghdad and declare that Hussein's government is no longer in control of the capital.
"Rumsfeld Says Weapons of Mass Destruction Near Baghdad"
U.S. forces raid, destroy what is described as 'massive' terrorist facility in Northern Iraq.
"Bush to Saddam -'Leave Within 48 Hours"
President Bush gives Saddam Hussein and his sons 48 hours to leave Iraq or face war.
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Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait
Size: Slightly more than twice the size of Idaho
Climate: Mostly desert; mild to cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers
Natural hazards: Dust storms, sandstorms, floods
Median age: 19
Ethnic makeup: Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian or other 5%
Religions: Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%
Languages: Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Assyrian, Armenian
Source: CIA/The World Factbook