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Chronology of Key Events in Sadr City, Iraq
Region is part of the Ottoman Empire
1534 - 1918
Britain seizes Baghdad and surrounding areas during First World War
Mandate ends, Iraq becomes independent.
Saddam Hussein succeeds Al-Bakr as President
Iran - Iraq War
1980 - 1988
Iraq Invades Kuwait, prompting what becomes known as Gulf War
Southern Shia and northern Kurdish populations - encouraged by Iraq's defeat in Kuwait - rebel, prompting a brutal crackdown.
Mid March/ Early April
US extends northern limit of southern no-fly zone to latitude 33 degrees north, to Sadr City
US led invasion topples Saddam Hussein's government, marks start of years of violent conflict with different groups competing for power.
Fighting in Najaf between US forces and Shia militia of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr.
Shia militias loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr take on coalition forces.
At least 114 people are killed by a car bomb in Hilla, south of Baghdad, in the worst single such incident since the US-led invasion.
Amid escalating violence, parliament selects Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as president. Ibrahim Jaafari, a Shia, is named as prime minister.
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