August 2008: Iraq War timeline
Look for SN&R’s updated timeline at the beginning of each month.
|7.31.08||A House committee passed a proposal to add $500 monthly pay to troops affected by the military’s “stop-loss” policy and required to remain in Iraq or Afghanistan past the end of their enlistment. The proposal is part of a spending bill to be considered by the full House in September.||4,127||86,255|
|8.02.08||KBR, a defense contractor, ordered its employees in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan to turn their cell phones in to human resources.||4,130||86,273|
|8.03.08||Two U.S. troops have been charged with shooting an Iraqi detainee north of Baghdad and then lying about the incident to superior officers.||4,131||86,310|
|8.09.08||A pair of Bengal tiger cubs arrived at the Baghdad Zoo today. Riley and Hope were donated by a North Carolina animal sanctuary.
|8.14.08||Six U.S. sailors working as guards in a prison camp in Iraq have been charged with abusing prisoners and will be tried in courts-martial by the Navy. Seven other sailors have received lesser punishments in the same incidents.||4,144||86,570|
|8.17.08||Six Blackwater guards have been targeted by the U.S. Justice Department’s probe of a shooting incident in Baghdad last fall that left 17 Iraqis dead.||4,145||86,608|
|8.19.08||A nationwide effort to resettle Iraqi refugees in the United States is underway, with a target of 12,000 refugees by the end of September.||4,146||86,695|
|8.25.08||Iraq is now producing as much power as it generated before the 2003 invasion; however, it is still less than 50 percent of that required for peak periods.||4,147||86,740|
Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties, Iraq Body Count, Reuters, The Associated Press, ABC News, CNN.