The United States officially hands over security responsibility of the Green Zone to Iraqi security forces.
Barack Obama assumes office of the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African-American and the first born in Hawaii to serve in this office.Read More about President Barack Obama
Iraq provincial elections are held. Voter turnout fails to meet expectations and is the lowest on record in Iraq. Some provincial candidates and those close to them face political assassinations and attempted assassination.
Up to 20 NATO countries pledge to increase military and other commitments after the United States announces plans to add 17,000 additional troops.
Afghanistan presidential elections are held, but tainted by Taliban attacks at polling centers, low turnout and accusations of fraud.Read More about the Afghan Presidential election
Staff Sgt. Jared C. Monti is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, on Jun. 21, 2006.Read More about Staff Sgt. Monti
After Abdullah Abdullah withdraws from the Afghanistan presidential election, Hamid Karzai wins with 55 percent of the votes and is sworn in for a second term.
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The 'Underwear Bomber,' Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tries to ignite an improvised explosive on Northwest Airlines Flight 253.