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Iraq History Timeline

2000s
  • (2012) Shia Muslims targeted by waves of bombings
  • (2012) Arab League summit met in Baghdad, the first major summit to be held since fall of Saddam Hussein
  • (2012) Arguments between central government and foreign firms over contracts halted oil exports
  • (2012) Iraq canceled $4.2 billion agreement with Russia for the purchase of arms due to concerns of Iraqi government alleged corruption
  • (2012) President Talabani suffered stroke, received treatment in Germany
  • (2012) Sunni Muslims held mass protests against Shia-led government across the country
  • (2013) Sunni anti-government camp near Kirkuk stormed by troops, 50 killed
  • (2013) Violence intensified, became a full-blown country-wide sectarian war zone
  • (2013) Nearly 500 senior al-Qaeda members escaped from jails in Taji and Abu Ghraib
  • (2013) Mass killing of Iranian exiles took place at Camp Ashraf
  • (2013) Kurdistan Democratic Party won regional parliamentary elections in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • (2013) Kurdistan capital, Irbil, hit with series of bombings
  • (2013) 35 people were killed in twin church bombings in Baghdad on Christmas Day
  • (2013) United Nations said 2013 was deadliest year in Iraq since 2008 with nearly 8,000 killed
  • (2014) Sunni militants, aligned with Al Qaeda, set fire to police stations, freed prisoners from jail, occupied mosques in Falluja and Ramadi, declared Falluja to be new independent state
  • (2014) Militants staged car bombings in Baghdad, killed truck drivers, detonated explosive at funeral tent in a village, 64 people killed
  • (2014) Shiite cleric, Moktada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most powerful leaders, announced his withdrawal from politics
  • (2014) More than 400,000 people displaced by violence in Anbar Province
  • (2014) Iraqi security forces thwarted attack by al-Qaeda group on Yusufiya military base, 40 gunmen killed

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