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6 Years in Iraq: A Timeline in Images

March 19, 2003:March 19, 2003: In a televised address to the nation, President Bush announces that the U.S. attack on Iraq has begun.
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March 21, 2003: After two days of limited bombing, Coalition forces launched a massive air bombing campaign over Baghdad self-described as "Shock and Awe."
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March 30, 2003: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declares in an interview on ABC that the U.S. knows where the weapons of mass destruction are: "They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."
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April 9, 2003: Iraqi civilians topple a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, an event that the Los Angeles Times later revealed to be stage-managed by the U.S. Army.
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May 1, 2003: President Bush lands on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln wearing a flight suit. In front of a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner he declares, "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
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December 14, 2003: Saddam Hussein is captured in an underground hole near Tikrit. Taking a victory lap, U.S. Administrator in Iraq L. Paul Bremer announced, "The tyrant is a prisoner."
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April 28, 2004: Images of torture at Abu Ghraib detention facility come to light. The images show multiple officers forcing detainees into compromising positions and gloating over a corpse. President Bush apologized for the ill-treatment but did not ask Donald Rumsfeld to resign, saying he was "a really good Secretary of Defense."
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June 28, 2004: Lewis Paul Bremer III leaves Iraq.
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January 12, 2005: The search for WMD in Iraq ends, and Rumsfeld backtracks accordingly: "I said I knew where 'suspect' sites were."
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Jan 30, 2005: Iraqi civilians vote in the first multi-party election since 1954. To prevent political violence, polling locations were kept secret until hours before the vote. Still, more than eight and a half million civilians voted for the first time.
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February 22, 2006: One of Shia Islam's holiest sites, the al-Askari Mosque, is bombed adding to a week rife with deadly attacks.
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February 22, 2006: Shiite Muslims protest a car bombing the day before, which killed 21.
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May 9, 2006: Iraqi Army soldiers killed one insurgent and captured twenty after a four-hour battle in a Baghdad suburb during the peak of the insurgency.
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June 8, 2006: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is killed in an air strike in north Baghdad. Al-Zarqawi was the top al Qaeda leader in Iraq and led a brutal insurgency against the American military. President Bush said this was a "a significant victory in the war on terror."
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December 30, 2006: Saddam Hussein is hanged after being convicted of killing 148 civilians in the northern town Dujai in 2008. In a written statement, President Bush said that Hussein "was executed after receiving a fair trial -- the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime."
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January 10, 2007: The Surge begins as 21,500 new troops are deployed in Iraq.
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January 26, 2007: David Petraeus becomes U.S. Commander in Iraq.
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February 16, 2007: Grasping control of both chambers of congress, newly elected Democrats vote in support of troops but criticize President Bush's troops surge. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that the measure indicated a change that "will end the fighting and bring our troops home safely and soon."
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Nov 16, 2008: The Iraqi cabinet passes a status of forces agreement that calls for the withdrawal of troops by December 31, 2011. The vote was called a victory for Shiites and Kurds in the political majority.
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February 27, 2009: President Barack Obama declares that the U.S. will end its combat mission in Iraq by December 31, 2010. Speaking to the troops, President Obama said "We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein's regime and you got the job done."
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