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AMERICA AT WAR - 6.29.04
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July 6, 2003
Former ambassador Joseph Wilson writes an op-ed piece in the New York Times describing in detail his 2002 visit to Niger.

July 7, 2003
In a statement, the White House admits that the claim by President Bush in his State of the Union address that Iraq had attempted to obtain uranium from Africa was based on forged documents: "We now know that documents alleging a transaction between Iraq and Niger had been forgedů. The other reporting that suggested Iraq had tried to obtain uranium from Africa is not detailed or specific enough for us to be certain that such attempts were in fact made."

July 14, 2003
Journalist Robert Novak publishes an article in which he discloses that Valerie Plame, the wife of retired diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, is a CIA "operative."

July 24, 2003
The independent 9/11 commission releases the declassified portion of an 800-page report on findings stemming from its investigation of the September 11 attacks. Commissioner Max Cleland tells United Press International that the White House had delayed the publishing of the report for fear that it might undermine its case for war: "The reason this report was delayed for so long — deliberately opposed at first, then slow-walked after it was created — is that the administration wanted to get the war in Iraq in and over ... before (it) came out."

August 1, 2003
In an interview with Nancy Collins on conservative radio commentator Laura Ingraham's talk show, Assistant Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says, "I'm not sure even now that I would say Iraq had something to do with it [9/11]."

August 19, 2003
A truck bomb at the U.N. Headquarters in Baghdad kills the U.N. Special Representative to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 others.

September 25, 2003
Representatives Porter Goss (R-FL) and Jane Harman (D-CA), Chairman and Ranking Democrat of the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, send a letter to CIA Director George Tenet, criticizing the agency for providing poor intelligence on Iraq during the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq. In the letter, Goss and Harman conclude after spending "four months combing through 19 volumes of classified material, that " intelligence was too "fragmentary and sporadic" to conclude that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaeda.

September 29, 2003
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and several other Democrats call on Attorney General John Ashcroft to launch an investigation into the Bush administration's handling of the leak of CIA employee Valarie Plame's name to journalist Robert Novak.

November 1, 2003
The International Herald Tribune publishes an op-ed piece written by Youssef M. Ibrahim, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In it, Ibrahim warns: "al Qaeda, according to the CIA and the Pentagon, is reconstituting itself. In fact every Middle East and Muslim affairs expert is saying that al Qaeda's ranks will be fattened by new recruits right now and will have more of them when the United States attacks Iraq."

November 2, 2003
A U.S. Chinook helicopter is shot down by insurgents near Fallujah, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 20 — the heaviest one-day loss of coalition troops since the end of major fighting.

November 14, 2003
The Bush Administration reverses policy and in a deal with the Iraqi Governing Council, agrees to transfer power to an interim government in early 2004.

November 15, 2003
The Iraqi Governing Council unveils an accelerated timetable for transferring the country to Iraqi control.

November 21, 2003
Scott Ritter, a former U.S. Marine intelligence officer who served as U.N. chief weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991-1998, tells reporters in the U.K. House of Commons that Britain's MI6 intelligence agency had engaged in a public relations program, Operation Mass Appeal, to plant stories in the news media that exaggerated claims of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

November 27, 2003
President Bush makes a secret Thanksgiving Day visit to Baghdad in an attempt to boost morale among coalition troops.

December 13, 2003
U.S. 4th Infantry Division captures former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Adwar, a small village near Tikrit.

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