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Progress in Iraqi Government

U.S. embassy in Iraq states that 15 of the 18 goals set for the Iraqi government have been met.

Supreme Court ruling on right of Guantanamo prisoners to challenge their detention in federal court

Supreme Court rules 5 to 4 that prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have a right to challenge their detention in federal court. It is the third decision against the Bush administration’s policy on such detainees.

Al Qaeda detainees face tribunal

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others involved in the planning face a tribunal for the first time at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. All five defendants say they will defend themselves.

Senate Select Committee report on overstated evidence of WMDs in Iraq

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report states that President Bush and his staff repeatedly overstated evidence that Saddam Hussein possessed nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and misled the public about ties between Iraq and al-Qaeda.

US troop death toll rises

.S. troop death toll in Iraq reaches 4,000.

Harsh Methods of Interrogation ban vetoed by President Bush

President Bush vetoes Senate bill outlawing all methods of interrogation that are banned in the Army Field Manual.

Harsh Methods of Interrogation banned by Senate

Senate bill outlaws all methods of interrogation that are banned in the Army Field Manual, which prohibits water boarding and other harsh techniques that have been used by the CIA.

Al-Qaeda detainees charged

Former al-Qaeda operations chief, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and five other Guantanamo detainees, who are thought to have played a supporting role in the September 11 attacks, are charged with conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, terrorism, and providing material support for terrorism. If convicted by military tribunals that will hear their cases, they could face the death penalty.

Padilla civilian trial

In a civilian trial, Jose Padilla is convicted of conspiracy to commit terror overseas and giving material support to al-Qaeda and sentenced to 17 years and 4 months in jail.

Journalism Study finds Bush and other officials issued false statements

A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations finds that President Bush and top administration officials issued 935 false statements in the two years following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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