June 2008: Iraq War timeline

Look for SN&R’s updated timeline at the beginning of each month

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5.30.08 A group of Baghdad children playing soccer picked up a bomb, which then exploded, killing one and injuring two others. The children were estimated to be 5 or 6 years old. 4,062 84,948
6.01.08 Australia ends its ground-combat role in Iraq. Total Australians killed: 2. 4,064 84,963
6.04.08 U.S. soldiers uncovered a mass grave in east Baghdad, while another mass grave was discovered by locals in a village south of Baghdad. Total Iraqi dead: 23. 4,070 85,153
6.08.08 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki assured Iran that his country would not be used by the U.S. to launch attacks on its neighbor.
4,072 85,197
6.10.08 Al Qaeda’s Iraqi group claimed responsibility for a suicide truck bombing at a U.S. patrol base near Kirkuk, which killed one and injured 18. 4,074 85,254
6.17.08 The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reports that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have displaced at least 5 million people. Approximately 3 million Afghans and 2 million Iraqis have fled from the fighting.
6.20.08 A tax loophole has allowed KBR, a major contractor in Iraq, to avoid paying U.S. taxes on its workers. They were hired through subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands, which KBR claims exempts them from U.S. tax liability. 4,081 85,459
6.27.08 Iraqi Supreme Court Judge Kamil al-Showaili was shot dead as he drove home from work in Baghdad.

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties; Iraq Body Count; Reuters, The Associated Press, The New York Times, McClatchy Washington Bureau, The Washington Post, ABC News.