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Mission 18 - Chronology
al Qaeda: The Battle for Mosul

June 1, 2004
First Cavalry's Company C, taking fire from a mosque, calls for backup. Four more Bradleys enter and surround the mosque. Soon after, an RPG flies overhead. Another hit comes closer, rocking a Bradley, then another. But the gunner cannot find the enemies. A half-dozen more RPG hits rock the Bradleys over the next half hour, coming within yards of the massive machines. The insurgents are finally spotted behind a truck about 400 yards away and killed. The first three Bradleys move out, but the fourth waits a few seconds until a man appears from an alleyway with an AK-47A chronology of events surrounding the June 24th insurgency

May 28, 2004
The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Iyad Allawi, a former Ba'athist with CIA ties, to serve as the country's interim prime minister after the June 30th handover.

June 12, 2004
Gunmen assassinate Kamal al-Jarrah, 63, the head of the Iraqi education ministry's cultural relations department. He is shot in his garden in the suburb of Ghazaliya. His wife, who is with him at the time, is not hurt.

June 13, 2004
Over the past week, insurgents have launched a wave of attacks against Iraqi security forces and government officials, killing more than a dozen people and bombing or raiding four police stations.

June 24, 2004
With six days to go before the scheduled handover of power, insurgents launch a wave of attacks against police stations and government complexes in cities throughout the country. Baqouba and Mosul are hardest hit. 5:30 a.m. Baqouba: The coordinated attack begins when dozens of insurgents launch a volley of rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, riddling a local government building and police station. Residents report that the insurgents briefly occupied both buildings. Meanwhile, resistance fighters ambush a U.S. patrol elsewhere in the city, killing two soldiers and wounding seven. The unit calls in tank support. The terrorists also target a provincial police chief, attacking and destroying his house. By 9:30 a.m., coalition aircraft have dropped several 500-lb. bombs on three militant safehouses near a football stadium.

9:05 a.m. Mosul:
Car bombs detonate outside the Iraqi Police Academy and the Al Wakas Police Station in the western part of the city. The scene outside the academy is chaos as the explosion ignites a 20-car fire. Meanwhile, another explosion occurs near the Al Jamhori Hospital.

10:15 a.m. Mosul:
Another car bomb explodes near the Sheik Fatih Police Station in western Mosul.

11:20 a.m. Mosul:
Responding to reports of terrorists taking over the Sheikh Fatih station, Iraqi Security Forces try to secure the site but are beaten back by gunfire from a nearby mosque. Coalition forces arrive to provide support and sweep the area clean.

12:15 p.m. Baqouba:
A coalition spokesman says that, by now, order is restored to the city. Two Apache helicopters engage in strafing runs over parts of the city, and several large bomb blasts are heard at 1 p.m. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are seen watching over the area.

1 p.m. Mosul:
Iraqi Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment engage insurgents in a gun battle and take back the Sheikh Fatih police station and the nearby mosque.

8 p.m. Mosul:
The governor of Nineveh province imposes a curfew until 8 a.m. Local officials throughout the country enact a variety of emergency measures.

June 25, 2004
U.S. forces launch their third airstrike on Zarqawi forces in a week. This time they use precision weapons to destroy a suspected safehouse in Fallujah. U.S. officials estimate 20-25 Iraqi casualties.

June 28, 2004
A joint sweep by Iraqi security forces and US troops catches 27 suspected insurgents and a cache of weapons, grenades, fuses, and ID cards.

June 28, 2004
In a surprise move to preempt an insurgency attack, the Coalition Provisional Authority hands power over to the interim Iraqi government two days early.


al Qaeda: The Battle for Mosul

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