Major events in Iraq since the war started:

March 20 -- U.S. forces launch early morning airstrikes at sites near Baghdad where Saddam Hussein (search) and top aides are believed to be sleeping. Ground war begins in afternoon near Kuwaiti border.

March 21 -- Ground troops reach one-third of the way to Baghdad. Airstrikes on Baghdad leave government buildings ablaze.

March 23 -- Twelve U.S. soldiers, including Army supply clerk Jessica Lynch, 19, go missing after Iraqis ambush convoy near Nasiriyah (search). Iraqi TV airs footage of five captured U.S. soldiers and shows bodies of at least five others.

March 24 -- Two U.S. soldiers captured after their helicopter crashes, then put on Iraqi TV.

March 26 -- Two missiles hit Baghdad neighborhood, killing 14 and injuring 30, according to Iraq. Northern front opened as 1,000 Army troops parachute into Kurdish-controlled enclave.

March 28 -- With port of Umm Qasr (search) finally cleared of mines, British ship makes first sizable humanitarian delivery.

March 29 -- Suicide attacker pretending to be a taxi driver needing help kills four U.S. soldiers.

April 1 -- Lynch rescued from hospital by U.S. special operations forces. Eight bodies buried nearby later identified as members of her unit.

April 4 -- Soldiers seize Saddam International Airport, rename it Baghdad International.

April 7 -- U.S. tanks rumble through downtown Baghdad. Bunker-buster bomb hits buildings where Saddam and other officials are believed to be. British forces take Basra.

April 9 -- American commanders declare Saddam's regime no longer rules Baghdad. Jubilant crowds greet troops, go on looting rampages, topple a 40-foot statue of Saddam.

April 11 -- "The Saddam regime has ended," U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks says. At the White House, spokesman Ari Fleischer adds: "The regime is gone."

April 12 -- Looters ransack government offices, embassies, hospitals, businesses and the Iraq National Museum. Saddam's science adviser surrenders, insists Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.

April 13 -- Iraqi troops release seven U.S. POWs.

April 15 -- U.S.-sponsored forum in biblical city of Ur brings Iraqi opposition leaders together to shape the country's postwar government. American commandos in Baghdad capture the Palestinian terrorist who masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship.

April 16 -- Seventeen Iraqis killed in clashes between U.S. troops and locals in Mosul.

April 18 -- Several most-wanted Iraqis are captured, including the mastermind of Iraq's nerve agent program. Video and audio recordings of Saddam surface, purportedly made April 9.

April 19 -- Seven ex-POWs return to home bases in Texas.

April 21 -- Retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, Iraq's postwar administrator, arrives in Baghdad. Two more top members of Saddam's regime, including his son-in-law, in custody.

April 23 -- Restoration of electricity in Baghdad begins; oil flows in southern Iraq.

April 24 -- Tariq Aziz, former deputy prime minister, taken into U.S. custody.

April 25 -- U.S. forces capture Farouk Hijazi, an Iraqi intelligence official accused of links to Al Qaeda, who reportedly met with Usama bin Laden in 1998.

April 28 -- Delegates from inside and outside Iraq meet in Baghdad and agree to hold a third meeting in May to fashion a government. Saddam's 66th birthday passes without major incident.

April 29 -- Sixteen Iraqis killed, 75 wounded by U.S. soldiers after the troops come under fire during protest in Saddam stronghold of Fallujah, near Baghdad.

April 30 -- Two people killed, 14 wounded in another confrontation with U.S. soldiers. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visits Baghdad.

May 1 -- President Bush, speaking on the deck of the returning USS Abraham Lincoln, which sent thousands of jets into war, declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."