List/Grid Military Action

Afghan Surge

President Obama sends surge of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

US troops complete withdrawal from several Iraqi cities

U.S. troops complete their withdrawal from Iraqi cities, including Baghdad, and transfer responsibility of securing the cities to Iraqi troops.

Control of Green Zone ceded to Iraqis

US forces in Iraq hand over control of Baghdad’s Green Zone, including Saddam Hussein’s presidential palace, to the Iraqi government.

Troop Surge in Iraq

U.S. adds 21,500 troop “surge” in response to rising violence in Iraq.

Troop Withdrawal announcement

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces the first in an expected series of troop withdrawals following Iraqi elections.

US forces attack on Fallujah

U.S. forces launch a major assault on the Iraqi town of Fallujah.

NATO takes command in Afghanistan

NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year history.

Baghdad seized

Coalition troops seize control of Iraqi capital Baghdad

Air strike on Baghdad

The United States and the United Kingdom began their ‘shock and awe’ campaign with a massive air strike on military targets in Baghdad.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

U.S. bombing begins war in Iraq.

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