ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL REPORT
GNS correspondent John Yaukey and photo chief Jeff Franko traveled to Iraq in March. Browse their word and photo journals.
Glimpses of life in a war-torn country by GNS national security correspondent John Yaukey and photo director Jeff Franko.
Recall key dates, browse defining photos from six weeks of combat in Iraq. (Requires Flash)
January 26, 2005
January 25, 2005
January 25, 2005
January 20, 2005
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Saddam’s political, military history
By Gannett News Service
Saddam Hussein’s iron-fisted rule as president of
1956: Joins the Baath Arab Socialist Party.
1959: Participates in attempted assassination of Iraqi leader Abdul Karim Kassem.
1968: Organizes militia that helps bring Baath Party to power in bloodless coup.
1979: Becomes chairman and president of
August 1990: Invades
Jan. 15, 1991: Ignores United Nations deadline to withdraw from
Jan. 17, 1991: Says “mother of all battles” has begun in
January 2002: President Bush declares
Oct. 10-11, 2002: Congress gives Bush authority to use force against
March 17, 2003: Bush gives Saddam and his sons 48 hours to leave
March 18, 2003: Iraqi leadership rejects Bush’s ultimatum.
March 19, 2003:
April 9, 2003:
April 14, 2003:
July 22, 2003: Saddam’s sons, Odai and Qusai, are killed by
Dec. 13, 2003: Saddam is captured by U.S.-led forces during a raid in Adwar, near Tikrit. The deposed Iraqi leader was found in a “spider hole” and gave up peacefully.