March 2009: Iraq War timeline

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DATE EVENT U.S. DEAD Iraqi civilian dead 03.13.09 Amnesty International calls on Iraq to halt the scheduled executions of 128 prisoners on the grounds that their trials did not meet international standards for justice. 4,255 89,727 03.15.09 Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki told The Associated Press that U.S. troops will remain in unstable areas of Iraq during the planned American pullback from cities in June. 4,255 89,744 03.19.09 Thousands of Iraqis detained by U.S. forces are being released as the detention system is turned over to Iraq. The releases are the result of insufficient evidence to charge the detainees. 4,257 89,774 03.22.09 The Washington Post reports that the closure of the U.S. detention facility at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq has resulted in a revival among Shiite and Sunni militias. 4,257 89,787 03.23.09 A wave of bombings in Iraq resulted in 34 deaths today. 4,257 89,836 03.25.09 Maj. Gen. David Perkins told reporters in Baghdad that insurgent attacks in the past two months have fallen to the lowest frequency in almost six years. 4,258 89,849 03.27.09 Baghdad’s water supply continues to be troubled by contamination of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. 4,258 89,889 03.31.09 Troops from the U.K. have begun their withdrawal from southern Iraq. 4,260 89,935

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties, Iraq Body Count, The Associated Press, CNN, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian (London).