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March 2013

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in March 2013.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative).

But much more happened on March 2013: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2013?


  • 01 Mar 2013 2013 Bangladesh protests:: The death toll in Bangladesh rises to 44 as protests continue following the sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayeedi. (The New York Times)
  • 02 Mar 2013 2013 Bangladesh protests:: The death toll in Bangladesh rises to at least 50 as protests continue following the sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayeedi. (Xinhua)
  • 03 Mar 2013 2013 Lahad Datu standoff:: Fighting erupts in Sabah, Malaysia, leaving seven dead, including five policemen. Four people are taken hostage. In response, the Malaysian Military doubles their troop presence in the area. (BBC) (Reuters) (The New York Times)
  • 04 Mar 2013 Northern Mali conflict:: French officials announce that a soldier was killed in action during contact with Islamic militants over the weekend. It is France's third casualty since operations began in Operation Serval. (BBC)France claims that it is "probable" that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb chief Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in Mali in late February. (AP via Navy Times)
  • 05 Mar 2013 2013 Lahad Datu standoff:: The Malaysian Army launches an attack on an armed Filipino group on the island of Borneo in an effort to end the standoff. (BBC)
  • 06 Mar 2013 Battle of Ar-Raqqah: Syrian rebels capture Ar-Raqqah, the first major city to be under rebel control in the Syrian civil war. (AP via Fox News)
  • 07 Mar 2013 2013 Lahad Datu standoff:: The death toll rises to at least 60 persons in the conflict between the Sultanate of Sulu and Malaysian Armed Forces. (The New York Times)
  • 08 Mar 2013 Piracy in Somalia:: The Greek-owned oil tanker MT Smyrni is released along with its 26 crew members for a reported ransom of $9.5 million after being held hostage for 10 months. (Reuters)
  • 10 Mar 2013 War in Afghanistan:: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai alleges that the U.S. armed forces are collaborating in some way with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to ensure that some troops remain after the scheduled 2014 pullout. (AP via MSN News)
  • 11 Mar 2013 War in Afghanistan (2001–present):: Two US and three Afghan soldiers are killed in Wardak Province in the latest insider attack against coalition forces. In a separate incident, two Afghan civilians are shot dead by American soldiers after failing to stop at a checkpoint near Kabul. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Mar 2013 Syrian civil war:: Syrian Army forces kill 30 army deserters in an ambush on the Damascus Airport road. (Reuters)The Syrian army launches intensive air strikes on Homs following the rebel's capture of the Baba Amr district. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 13 Mar 2013 2013 Srinagar attack:: Five Indian paramilitary soldiers are killed and three civilians injured by two militants near a school in Bemina area of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, later two militants being killed by CRPF. (BBC)
  • 14 Mar 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A string of coordinated car bombs and suicide bombers strike central Baghdad, followed by a militant attack on the Justice Ministry building. At least 25 people are killed, including 7 police officers and 3 militants, along with 50 wounded. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 15 Mar 2013 American rapper Lil Wayne has a seizure in Los Angeles, United States. (CNN)
  • 16 Mar 2013 British Lance Corporal James Ashworth, who died in southern Afghanistan in 2012 while protecting his colleagues from a grenade blast, is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. (BBC) (The Telegraph)
  • 17 Mar 2013 Iraqi insurgency (post-U.S. withdrawal):: A car bombing near a bus station in Garmat Ali near the Iraqi city of Basra kills at least 10 people. (BBC)
  • 18 Mar 2013 Syrian civil war:: Fighter jets from the Syrian Air Force fire rockets into northern Lebanon with no casualties reported. (CNN)The Syrian Opposition claims that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in an attack on their forces in Aleppo. (US News & World Report)
  • 19 Mar 2013 19 March 2013 Iraq attacks:: A series of bombings and shootings kills at least 98 people and injures 240 others across Iraq. (BBC) (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 20 Mar 2013 British horror writer James Herbert dies at the age of 69 in Sussex, England. (BBC) (The Bookseller) (The Guardian)
  • 21 Mar 2013 Gaza–Israel conflict:: Two rockets fired from Gaza strip land in Sderot, Israel, in violation of the ceasefire brokered after the eight-day conflict in November 2012. (ABC News)
  • 22 Mar 2013 Drone attacks in Pakistan:: Pakistan officials say that a US drone strike has killed 4 suspected insurgents in a car in Datta Khel in North Waziristan. (The New York Times) (PressTV) (The Hindu)
  • 23 Mar 2013 War on Terror:: Pakistani Taliban threaten to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf if he returns to the country. (CNN)An Australian man kidnapped in the Philippines by an al-Qaeda-linked group for ransom has been freed following "joint efforts" by the two countries. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Mar 2013 War on Terror:: A suicide bomber strikes a Pakistani military checkpoint in the tribal district of North Waziristan, killing at least 17 soldiers. (Al Jazeera)
  • 25 Mar 2013 2012–13 Central African Republic conflict:: Seleka chief Michel Djotodia declares himself President of the Central African Republic and promises to retain power-sharing government as part of peace deal and put end to looting. (Al Jazeera)South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says that thirteen of the country's soldiers were killed in the Central African Republic as rebels seized the capital, Bangui. (BBC)
  • 26 Mar 2013 Australia announces that it will be closing its base in Tarinkot in Urozgan Province, with the majority of troops returning home by the end of this year. (ABC News Australia)
  • 27 Mar 2013 South Thailand insurgency:: The Thailand government prepares for peace talks with Muslim separatist groups with the hope of ending a decade-long insurgency. (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera)
  • 28 Mar 2013 Terrorism in Kenya:: Six gunmen (presumed to be of the Mombasa Republican Council) and one policeman die during an attack on a casino in coastal town of Malindi, Kenya. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Mar 2013 Terrorism in Pakistan:: A blast near the United States Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, kills 10 people and wounds at least 31 others. (CNN)
  • 30 Mar 2013 Musical innovator and fourteen-time Grammy Award winning producer Phil Ramone dies at the age of 79. (The Washington Post)
  • 31 Mar 2013 Terrorism in Pakistan:: A bomb kills two people and injures six others, including Adnan Wazir, a former Member of Parliament of the Awami National Party, in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. (AFP via Channel NewsAsia)

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