November 2007

Syria agrees to grant visas to Homeland Security officials. The Iraqi embassy in Damascus organizes bus trips back to Baghdad for several hundred refugee families. Hundreds of thousands more remain in exile.

Dec. 31, 2007

With 899 deaths, 2007 is the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Iraq.

Jan. 9, 2008

The World Health Organization estimates civilian deaths from the invasion through mid-2006 at 151,000.

Jan. 28, 2008

Bush signs the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which includes the Kennedy-Smith legislation requiring in-country processing for refugees and expanding visas for Iraqi employees from 500 to 5,000 per year.

March 4, 2008

After meeting King Abdullah of Jordan, Bush makes his only public comments on the refugee crisis. He says Abdullah "pointed out something which I knew, but I wasn't exactly sure how it was affecting his country, that there are roughly three-quarters of a million Iraqi citizens who have moved to Jordan. And we talked about a common strategy about how to make sure that those citizens ended up hopefully going home to Iraq as the security situation improved, but also, while they're in Jordan, not create terrible issues for the government."

March 23, 2008

The U.S. military death toll reaches 4,000.

June 2008

Bombings in Baghdad and Diyala kill more than 75.

Sept. 11, 2008

The United States admits the 12,000th Iraqi of the fiscal year, meeting the goal for the first time. The final number for fiscal 2008 is 13,823. Foley and Scialabba say they expect the United States to admit at least 17,000 by the end of fiscal 2009.

Sources: State Department, Department of Homeland Security, The New York Times, Human Rights First, the List Project