Iraq war timeline
|3.1.08||The BBC reports that violence against Iraqi civilians jumped in February, with at least 663 deaths.||3,973||81,538|
|3.4.08||A helicopter operated by Iraqi defense forces crashed in northern Iraq, killing the eight on board, including one U.S. service member.||3,974||81,678|
|3.7.08||68 people died in two bombings at a shopping center in central Baghdad.||3,975||81,801|
|3.10.08||Five U.S. soldiers died in a bomb blast in Baghdad.
|3.12.08||Manfred Nowak, a torture investigator for the United Nations, said that U.S. officials were denying him access to U.S. detention facilities. Both Iraqi- and British-run facilities have agreed to inspections.
|3.15.08||An interpreter was killed at a border checkpoint at Rabiya by a suicide bomber. Six others were wounded, including two U.S. soldiers.||3,989||82,171|
|3.17.08||A female suicide bomber killed at least 32 people and wounded 51 in an attack on Shiite worshippers.
||According to Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, the success of the U.S. troop “surge” is being undermined by failure to pay Sunni militia members. Members of the militias, which account for 80,000 fighters in the coalition, are threatening to strike unless their daily wages ($11.10) are paid.
|3.23.08||The Christian holiday of Easter was marked by missile attacks on Baghdad’s Green Zone, as well as the 4,000th U.S. death.
||Mortar attacks and gun battles killed 19 civilians and wounded at least 95 in various parts of Baghdad.
Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties, Iraq Body Count, Reuters, The Associated Press, The New York Times, McClatchy News Bureau.