June 2008: Iraq War timeline
Look for SN&R’s updated timeline at the beginning of each month
|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.
|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.