Iraq timeline: July 16 1979 to January 31 2004 (above)
Iraq timeline: February 1 2004 to present
February 23 2004
At least 13 people are killed when a suicide bomber rams an explosives-laden car into a police station in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, in the Kurdish district of the city.
Suicide bomb kills 10 in Kirkuk
February 19 2004
Two US soldiers and one Iraqi are killed by a roadside bomb attack on a military convoy in Khalidiyah, which is 60km (38 miles) west of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, the UN endorses Washington's timetable for the transfer of power, saying that elections should wait until after the handover on June 30.
Three killed in Iraqi roadside bombing
United Nations backs US date for handover in Baghdad
February 18 2004
Thirteen Iraqis are killed, and many civilians and coalition troops injured, in an apparent suicide attack when two explosive-laden trucks drive towards a Polish military camp in Hilla, a town south of Baghdad.
13 killed in Hilla military camp blast
February 16 2004
Saddam Hussein is unlikely to stand trial for another two years, the Guardian reports. Salem Chalabi, a senior Iraqi official involved in setting up the court which will try the former dictator, claims that a need to guarantee "due process of law" will delay the beginning of any trial.
Two-year wait for Saddam trial
February 15 2004
Two US soldiers are killed during a late night raid in Baghdad, hours after troops arrest a senior member of Saddam Hussein's former Ba'ath party regime at his home in western Baghdad. Mohammed Zimam Abdul Razaq was number 41 on the US most wanted list.
Two US soldiers killed in Iraq
February 14 2004
Iraqi insurgents launch an organised raid on a police station in Fallujah, killing 23 fellow Iraqis seen as collaborators with the US occupation. The police compound comes under attack by around 25 heavily-armed Iraqi fighters but provoked little immediate response from US troops.
23 killed as Iraqi rebels overrun police station
February 13 2004
Following the talks with Iraq's leading Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, the UN indicates its support in principle for early elections but concedes that they are unlikely to happen in the current climate.
UN says early elections unlikely
February 12 2004
Insurgents in Fallujah open fire on a convoy carrying the US senior commander in Iraq, General John Abizaid. The attack comes as Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani holds talks with senior UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi at his home in Najaf.
Grenade attack on US general as UN consults Iraqis on elections
February 11 2004
At least 36 Iraqis are killed in a suicide car bomb attack on an army recruitment centre in Baghdad.
36 dead in Baghdad suicide bombing
February 10 2004
A car bomb by a police station in the central Iraqi town of Iskandariya kills around 50 people and injures dozens more.
50 die as bombers target police
February 9 2004
The US releases a letter it says is from an anti-US fighter to al-Qaida's leadership asking for help in launching attacks against the Shia Muslims to undermine the future Iraqi government.
US claims to uncover war plot
February 8 2004
Prince Charles makes a surprise visit to British troops stationed in Basra, meeting 200 soldiers at one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces, now a coalition headquarters.In London, it is revealed that British intelligence staff 'spied' on members of the UN security council in the run-up to the crucial vote on a second resolution last spring.
Prince Charles seeks to boost troop morale in Basra
Britain spied on UN allies over war vote
February 5 2004
Iraq's leading Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, survives an assassination attempt near his office in the central Iraqi city of Najaf. In London, Tory leader Michael Howard calls for Tony Blair to resign over his admission that he did not know whether the controversial '45-minute' claim publicised in September 2002 referred to battlefield weapons or long-range missiles.
Cleric 'survives assassination bid'
Blair should resign over WMD claim: Howard
February 4 2004
Dr Brian Jones, a former branch head at the Defence Intelligence Staff, admits that intelligence chiefs ignored warnings that they could not be certain whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to war.
Intelligence chiefs 'ignored WMD warnings'
February 3 2004
Tony Blair bows to intense pressure to agree to set up an inquiry to establish why Iraq appears to be devoid of weapons of mass destruction
Iraq's missing weapons: an inquiry is forced upon Blair
February 2 2004
The failure to find WMDs in Iraq has damaged the credibility of Britain and the US in their battle against terrorism, a committee of MPs warn.
MPs say credibility of war on terror has been damaged
February 1 2004
At least 67 are killed and 247 wounded when two suicide bombers blow themselves up at the offices in Irbil of the two main Kurdish factions in northern Iraq. In Washington, the White House announces an inquiry into the use of intelligence before the war.
They came to celebrate. Minutes later, 70 were dead
Bush yields to pressure for independent WMD inquiry