The Iraq War Timeline As Told Through Front Pages

Shock and Awe to the insurgency to the surge.

1. December 2002 - March 2003: The March To War

2. March 20, 2003: The War Begins

3. March 21, 2003: Troops Enter Iraq

4. March 22, 2003: Shock And Awe, Baghdad Burns

5. March 23, 2003: U.S. Troops Get Halfway To Baghdad

6. March 24, 2003: Five U.S. Troops Are Captured As American Forces Hit Their First Setbacks

7. March 26, 2003: A Sandstorm Slows U.S. Troops

8. April 10, 2003: Baghdad Falls

9. April 12, 2003: Security Deteriorates in Iraqi Cities As Americans Stand By

10. April 14, 2003: Captured U.S. Troops Are Freed

11. April 2003: Private Jessica Lynch, a POW, Is Reportedly Rescued By U.S. Troops, A Story Later Revealed To Be Wildly Exaggerated

12. April 2003: The Insurgency Deepens

13. May 1, 2003: George Bush Stands On An Aircraft Carrier And Declares And End To Major Combat Operations In Iraq

14. July 2003: As The War Continues, No WMDS Are Found

15. July 2003: U.S. Troop Deaths Continue To Rise As Public Approval Of The War Begins To Dip

16. October 2003: With Bush’s Approval Dipping, Americans Begins To Question Why The Intelligence Was So Wrong

17. December 15, 2003: Saddam Is Captured

18. April 2004: News of U.S. Troop Abuses Of Prisoners At Abu Ghraib Prison Comes To Light

19. April 1, 2004: The Battle For Fallujah Begins

20. June 29, 2004: The Hand Over Of Power To An Interim Iraqi Government Makes Iraq A Sovereign Nation Once More

21. November 2004: Bush Wins Reelection With Promises To Fix Iraq

22. January 31, 2005: Iraqis Vote In Free Elections

23. February 2006: More Than 140 killed in Iraq In One Day, One Of The Deadliest Days Of The War

24. November 6, 2006: Saddam Sentenced To Death

25. November 10, 2006: Bush Suffers A Massive Defeat In The 2006 Midterm Elections, The Next Day Donald Rumsfeld Is Fired

26. December 30, 2006: Saddam Is Executed

27. March 2007: Reports Show U.S. Soldiers Face Terrible Conditions At Walter Reed Hospital

28. March 19, 2007: The Iraq War Four Years Later

29. January 11, 2007: President Bush Announces His Plan To Send 20,000 More Troops Into Iraq

30. March 19, 2008: Iraq, Five, Years Later

31. April 9, 2008: General David Petraeus Says Progress Has Been Made To Curb Violence, Asks Slow Troop Withdrawal

32. August 19, 2010: The Last Combat Brigade Leaves Iraq, About 50,000 U.S. Troops Remain In The Country.

33. December 16, 2011: The Iraq War Ends

34. December 18, 2011: The Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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