Timeline: Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Investigations

Early February: The Army inspector general begins an investigation of "what we were doing throughout the AOR [area of responsibility]," not including Abu Ghraib, but including Kandahar, Bagram, and other facilities in Iraq. (ABCNEWS)

Early February: In the midst of three investigations, the chief of the Army Reserves decides to conduct an internal review and assessment of how reservists are prepared for these missions. (ABCNEWS)

Early February: ICRC issues report on "brutal treatment" in interrogations in Iraq and delivers it to the Bush administration. (Wall Street Journal, 5/7/2004)

Feb. 10, 2004: Human Rights Watch writes to Rumsfeld, expressing concern about the treatment of detainees in Iraq and urges the administration to publicly clarify the status of the detainees and to make public the numbers of detainees being held. (Human Rights Watch)

Feb. 23, 2004: U.S. forces investigation of mistreatment of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison results in the suspension of 17 soldiers, including a battalion commander and a company commander, pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of abuse of detainees. (Reuters)

Feb. 23, 2004: CNN learns an investigation of Abu Ghraib prison abuse is under way.

March 3, 2004: Taguba finishes his preliminary assessment and presents it to Lt. Gen. David D.McKiernan. (ABCNEWS)

March 15, 2004: Army Criminal Investigation Division issues a preliminary assessment re: criminal investigation. (ABCNEWS)

March 20, 2004: Charges are preferred against six U.S. military personnel. Kimmit briefs on the matter in Baghdad, as some have already had their Article 32 hearings. (ABCNEWS)

April 6, 2004: McKiernan approves the findings of the Taguba Report, which leads to at least six letters of reprimand and two soldiers being released for cause (reassigned to other jobs). All of the soldiers are from the 800th MP Unit.

April 9, 2004: Article 32 proceedings are held for Staff Sgt. Ivan L. Frederick. The abuses become public at this hearing due to the outrage of Spc. Joseph M. Darby, an MP. He received a CD of photos from Cpl. Charles A. Graner, one of the accused, and Darby then submitted the photos along with a sworn statement to the Army's Criminal Investigation Division. (New Yorker, May 10, 2004)

April 22, 2004: In a press release, Human Rights Watch says: "The United States has failed to provide clear or consistent information on its treatment of some 10,000 civilians detained in Iraq".

April 23, 2004: Gen. George Fay, deputy chief of staff for Army intelligence, initiates an investigation of military intelligence gathering practices inside Iraq. Fay is on the ground in Iraq. (ABCNEWS)

April 28, 2004: CBS' 60 Minutes II airs segment showing pictures of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib prison.

April 28, 2004: Sen.Tom Daschle says he and other congressional leaders met with Rumsfeld and other Pentagon leadership on this date, but they were not told about the abuses.

Around April 30, 2004: Seymour Hersh writes a New Yorker article detailing abuses at Abu Ghraib.

May 2, 2004: Myers admits to not having read Taguba report. (ABC, "This Week," 5/2/04)

May 3, 2004: Pentagon announces that six soldiers in supervisory positions have received letters of reprimand and a milder letter of admonishment to a seventh. Six in subordinate positions have already been charged. (NYT, 5/3/2004)

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