Timeline: Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Investigations

Late October: Lt. Col. Jerry L. Phillabaum, the 320th battalion commander, briefs the senior American general in Iraq on the deteriorating conditions in Abu Ghraib. (NYT, 5/9/2004)

October - December 2003: A number of "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses [are] inflicted on several detainees" in Tier 1-A of the Abu Ghraib prison. "Almost every witness testified that the serious criminal abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib occurred in late October to early November 2003." (Taguba Report)

Early November 2003: Two weeks after the end of the Abu Ghraib visit, the ICRC presents a "working paper" to Karpinski outlining their concerns in writing. Karpinski responds in writing shortly after. (ABCNEWS)

Nov. 4, 2003: Iraqi prisoner is killed in detention while under interrogation by CIA employee.

November 5-8, 2003: Detainees escape from Abu Ghraib prison and Camp Ganci (NYT, 5/9/2004, quoting military investigations which have been made public.)

November 8, 2003: The worst abuses at Abu Ghraib prison take place on or around this date, principally in Cellblock 1-A, the group of cells set aside for high risk prisoners. (Taguba Report)

November 19, 2003: Command of the Abu Ghraib prison is switched to the 205th military intelligence brigade, putting Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the brigade's commander, in charge of the military police. (NYT, 5/9/2004)

November 24, 2003: Prison riot breaks out at Abu Ghraib; 12 detainees are shot, 3 killed, after military police battalion opens fire. (NYT, 5/9/2004, quoting military investigation report.)

Nov. 26, 2003: A former Iraqi air defense commander dies while under interrogation. U.S. military says he died of "natural causes."

December 2003: 372nd MP Company learns that their tour could be extended to June. (NYT, 5/9/2004)

December 6, 2003: Photo of naked Iraqi prisoner with dog handlers is allegedly taken. (New Yorker, 5/17/04)

January 6, 2004: The U.S. Army discharges three reservists and orders them to forfeit two months' salary for abusing prisoners at a detention center in Iraq. (AP, 1/6/2004)

Jan. 13, 2004: A soldier of the 800th military police brigade at Abu Ghraib reports allegations through chain of command.

January 14 or 15, 2004: Rumsfeld learns about prisoner abuse and informs Bush. (Wash Post, 5/7/2004)

Jan. 14, 2004: Combined Joint Task Force-7 criminal investigation is initiated

Mid January 2004: According to a military official: General John Abizaid is first made aware of the abuse. (ABCNEWS)

January 15, 2004: ICRC president meets with Rice and Powell and briefs them on Abu Ghraib abuses. He briefs Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz a day later. (ABCNEWS)

Jan. 16, 2004: U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt holds briefing on criminal investigation. CENTCOM issues press release to publicly acknowledge the investigation.

Jan. 17, 2004: Karpinski is formally admonished and suspended from her duties in writing by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez regarding the "serious deficiencies in her Brigade." (Taguba Report) Col. Phillabaum is suspended. (NYT, 5/9/2004)

January 19, 2004: Sanchez requests senior level investigation of procedures at the prison. Five days later, Abizaid directs the Coalition Forces Land Component Command to conduct the investigation requested by Sanchez. (ABCNEWS)

Jan. 30, 2004: Taguba is appointed to conduct an investigation in Iraq concerning allegations of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, as ordered by CENTCOM at the request of Sanchez (Taguba Report)

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