Highs and lows of the US War on Terror

May 2, 2011: U.S. Marines watch as President Obama announces the killing of Osama bin Laden.

From George W. Bush’s first mention of WMDs to the triumphant killing of Osama bin Laden:

Sept. 11, 2001:
Terrorist attacks against the United States: Two planes crash into the twin towers and one hits the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Oct. 7, 2001:
The U.S. and the U.K. begin war in Afghanistan with Operation Enduring Freedom, launching ground forces in Kabul to oust the Taliban from power.

Jan. 29, 2002:
In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush says that Iraq is part of the “axis of evil,” and the nation is allied with terrorists and poses a serious threat to the U.S. Bush would later say Iraq was harboring weapons of mass destruction.

March 19, 2003:
Bush leads U.S. invasion of Iraq. Some countries decry the invasion as unilateral and       argue that the threat of weapons of mass destruction is unfounded and misrepresented.

April 9, 2003:
Baghdad falls under America’s control, overthrowing Saddam Hussein’s rule inside the capital. In a symbolic moment, U.S. troops topple a statue of Hussein.

Dec. 13, 2003:

Saddam Hussein is found by U.S. military personnel and is sentenced to death by hanging.

March 31, 2004:
Four mercenary soldiers, working with a company called Blackwater as private security guards, are brutally killed in  Fallujah. Their bodies are beaten, dragged through the streets, and hung — the images of their deaths puts a spotlight on the  controversial U.S.  decision to use privately paid military contractors in Iraq.

Sept. 7, 2004:
By this point, 1,000 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq.

April 2005:
The CIA’s top weapons
inspector announced that after an exhaustive search, they found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Dec. 15, 2005:

The first parliamentary elections in Iraq are being held since the capture of Hussein.

Nov. 8, 2006:
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld resigns from his      position after reports break that Iraqi detainees were being abused at Abu Ghraib prison. Public outrage followed after photos were leaked that showed prisoners subject to torture and forced into
humiliating positions.

June 7, 2007:
The al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is killed in an airstrike.

Feb. 27, 2009:
President Barack Obama vows that all the U.S. combat soldiers in Iraq, except for a transitional force of 35,000 to 50,000 troops, will be withdrawn by Aug. 31, 2010.

May 2, 2011:
9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden is killed by Navy SEALs in a compound where he had been hiding in Abbott­abad, Pakistan. U.S. citizens triumphant with glee.

June 22, 2011:
Obama announces that 10,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 in Afghanistan and an additional 23,000 troops would leave the country by the summer of 2012.

Aug. 6, 2011:
Taliban fighters in Afghanistan shoot down a CH-47 Chinook, killing 30 Navy SEALs — some belonging to the same raid that killed bin Laden. The      incident marks the deadliest single loss for American forces in the war.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

National

Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Local

NYPD: Stroller carrying 2-year-old rolls onto Queens subway…

A 2-year-old girl in a stroller rolled onto subway tracks in Queens on Monday morning, police said.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

Movies

Benedict Cumberbatch plays a different kind of genius…

The man known worldwide for his portrayal of London's eccentric private detective Sherlock Holmes is trading his Belstaff coat for tweed this fall. Benedict Cumberbatch…

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.