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.