AUGUST 2009: Iraq War timeline

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DATE EVENT U.S. DEAD IRAQI CIVILIAN DEAD 08.01.09 The 44 U.S. soldiers who died in Afghanistan in July made it the deadliest month there since the fighting began. 4,239 91,700 08.07.09 Bomb attacks on Shiites in northern Iraq kill at least 37 4,240 91,828 08.12.09 An investigation reveals major problems with a U.S. contract for Arabic-language interpreter services in Iraq. 4,241 91,925 08.17.09 Gen. Ray Odierno, U.S. commander in Iraq, is proposing sending U.S. forces to northern Iraq to assist with peacekeeping in disputed areas. 4,242 92,001 08.19.09 Bomb attacks in Baghdad kill more than 100 people. 4,243 92,112 08.20.09 The Washington Post reports that the CIA subcontracted assassinations of top Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq to Blackwater (now Xe). 4,243 92,132 08.24.09 Iraqi Shiite groups have formed an election coalition that includes followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and excludes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. 4,244 92,175 08.26.09 44 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far in August, matching the number killed in July. 4,244 92,188

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties, Iraq Body Count, The Associated Press, BBC, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post.