Timeline: the war

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Jan 29 2002: In his first annual State of the Union address, Bush labels Iraq, Iran and North Korea an ‘axis of evil’.

Sep 12 2002: Bush addresses UN, warning that Saddam Hussein poses a ‘grave and gathering danger’ that must be stopped.

Oct 11 2002: US Congress authorises military action in Iraq.

Nov 8 2002: UN Security Council approves Resolution 1441 giving unfettered access for UN inspectors to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Jan 28 2003: In his second annual State of the Union address, Bush announces he is prepared to attack Iraq even without a UN mandate.

Mar 19 2003: US-led forces attack Iraq.

Apr 9 2003: Baghdad falls.

Apr 29 2003: 13 Iraqi civilians killed by US forces in Falluja, marks the start of unrest in the ‘Sunni triangle’ north of Baghdad.

May 1 2003: US President George Bush declares an end to major combat in Iraq under a banner reading “Mission Accomplished” and the Coalition Provisional Authority takes over the running of Iraq.

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