"Sometime in 2002, I pitched an idea for a year-end news review and began charting news events the following year, continuing through 2006.

I had no idea that I'd be chronicling America's current "war years." Many of us who opposed the war from the beginning at least felt hopeful in the first few weeks that the conflict would be resolved quickly. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Here is a recap of news related to Iraq taken from the past four years of general news coverage — from "shock and awe" to shocking and awful. Click here to view the timeline.

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