May 2008: Iraq War timeline

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

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5.04.08 Iraqi government minister Ali al-Dabbagh told the press that there was no “hard evidence” of Iranian involvement with Shi’ite militiamen in Iraq. 4,044 84,365
5.10.08 The Washington Post reported that a facility for animal cremation was used to cremate remains of some U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon banned the practice one day before the report was published. 4,048 84,468
5.15.08 IDocuments from a California lawsuit brought by veterans indicated that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had deliberately hidden the high rate of suicide risk for returning vets. 4,051 84,581
5.19.08 A U.S. sniper was removed from Iraq after using a copy of the Quran for target practice.
4,053 84,678
5.20.08 Eleven Iraqi police recruits died in a single attack. 4,053 84,699
5.24.08 A surge of violence against women in Kurdistan, including “honor killings,” left 14 women dead in the first 10 days of May.
5.26.08 MEMORIAL DAY. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate IED attacks. 4,057 84,828
5.29.08 A U.S. Marine who was passing out commemorative coins with verses from the New Testament in Arabic to Sunni Muslims in Fallujah was reassigned after complaints about his proselytizing.

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.