Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Political Violence By Pro-Iran Groups Continues In Iraq

(Iraq Oil Report)

Political violence is an ongoing issue in Iraq. Instead of the Islamic State it’s pro-Iran groups connected with the Coordination Framework list that are responsible. In June they have attacked both the Iraqi intelligence agency as well as a Kurdish gas field.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 28 CPA disbanded and sovereignty returned to Iraq

(USAF)

 

1914 Ottomans agreed to oil concessions for British and Germans in Mosul and Baghdad provinces Never

happened because WWI

1920 Was meeting in Mishkhab Najaf to plan for revolt against British

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1940 Italian Amb told Iraq it wanted an independent Syria Lebanon and Iraq as well Ambassador

didn’t check with foreign office beforehand

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

1946 Communist Anti-Zionist League organized march in Baghdad for Palestine Demanded UK troops

withdraw from Iraq Police fired into crowd Killed 5 PM Umari suspended opposition papers

1961 Kuwait brought up Iraq claims to Kuwait with UN Security Council

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1961 British intel concluded that Iraq was going to invade Kuwait after Qasim claimed Kuwait part of

Iraq

1969 Baath created Dohuk province as part of 1966 June Declaration on Kurdish rights

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship)

1973 Kurdish villages in Sheikhan forced to cede land to Arabs and population expelled

1981 Iraq offered Ramadan ceasefire but rejected by Iran

1982 Saddam dismissed all the members of the Revolutionary Command Council

1986 Iraqi planes attacked Sardasht Iran using mustard gas 1st civilian town attacked by WMD 133 killed

1987 Iran accused Iraq of killing and wounding 650 Kurdish civilians in mustard gas attack in northwest

Iran

1988 Iraq gained bridgehead in Iranian territory for 2nd time that year 3,000 Iranians dead 8,000

wounded 4,000 captured Defeat at Faw and Majnoon led to collapse of morale in Iran Revolutionary Guard asked govt to end war

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1991 UN inspectors denied access to Fallujah nuclear site while trucks took equipment out

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1992 Report 2 yrs before Gulf War US intel was warning about Iraq’s WMD nuclear/missile programs Jan

89 Congress got briefing on Iraq’s weapons procurement programs Spring/summer 89 intel reports warned about Iraq’s networks Nov 89 CIA told Bush White House Iraq using front companies to buy tech for nuke program Had no effect on Bush’s policy to improve relations with Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Outlaw State, Saddam Hussein’s Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis)

2004 CPA disbanded Iraqi sovereignty returned to interim govt led by Premier Allawi

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2004 Bremer said CPA accomplished almost everything it set out to do including a peaceful democratic

and pluralistic society

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

2004 US created Multi National Security Transition Command Iraq to train Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 13 The Changing Of The Guard, Again Spring-Summer 2004)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2004 Ayatollah Sistani fatwa said no guarantee US process would create constitutional convention that

represented the Iraqi people

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq)

2005 Bush speech War in Iraq about fighting terrorism creating democracy advancing freedom in Mid

East Rejected timetable for withdrawal Said when Iraqi forces stood up US forces would stand down which was a withdrawal plan

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2008 Accountability and Justice law amended to stop former ISF officers from being fired for Baathist past and those that quit could now get jobs with govt

(Musings On Iraq DeBaathification and Elections Update)

2008 PM Maliki met with Ibadah tribe Offered it limited autonomy in return for joining Tribal Support

Council to support him

2008 Baghdad-Irbil formed committee to work out oil law Nothing came of it

2008 ISF arrested head of Sadr office in Amara Maysan Part of PM Maliki’s crackdown on Sadrists

2008 Sahwa in Adhamiya Baghdad protested after army arrested their leader on kidnapping charges Part

of PM Maliki intimidation campaign vs Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2008 Female suicide bomber in Baquba killed 13 wounded 30

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2009 Battalion from Iraqi army’s 7th Div moved towards Makhmour disputed area of Ninewa

Stopped by Peshmerga Led to 24 hr standoff Ended with US mediation

2010 Protests in Diyala and Babil over electricity shortages Some called for PM Maliki to step

down

2011 Report State of Law sources said PM Maliki ordered Dawa to use Tribal Support Councils to

            suppress any protests

2012 Report Economic comm said Iran flooding Iraq with its products to get around sanctions

2012 Iraq signed deal to import 25 mil sq meters of natural gas per day from Iran to fuel power plants

            for 5 yrs

2012 Leading Sadrist assassinated in Basra 2nd of 5 murders Believed to be part of tit for tat killings

between Sadrists and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

2012 Sadrists said they never intended for a no confidence vote against PM Maliki Joined critics of

Maliki but backed him at same time

(Musings On Iraq What Does Iraq’s Sadr Want?)

2013 Report KRG moving ahead with independent oil pipeline to Turkey Said would allow KRG to be

paid directly Claimed it would share profits with Baghdad Didn’t happen

2013 Report Oil Min said it would earn $500 bil from natural gas by 2023 Govt planned on investing $40

bil into project Around 1000 cubic ft of gas burned a day costing around $7.3 bil/yr Project only partially completed

2014 Political financier Khamis Khanjar praised ISIS taking Mosul on Al-Arabiya TV

2014 Human Rights Watch report IS told 950 Shiite Turkmen from 2 villages in Ninewa they had to leave

Destroyed 7 Shiite shrines in Tal Afar Took 60 Turkmen hostage

2014 Report Supreme Court said oil dispute between Baghdad and Irbil had to be resolved politically

Didn’t rule on emergency injunction against independent KRG oil exports Said couldn’t ban exports until they were found illegal Oil Min sued KRG for its oil exports and contracts Went nowhere because KRG didn’t show up in court Asked for arbitration against Turkey that was helping KRG’s exports Threatened legal action against oil companies that work in KRG 2022 Supreme Court finally ruled KRG oil law and contracts unconstitutional

2014 Report Maliki govt claimed Tikrit freed Untrue Attacked Tikrit Univ Stalled due to IEDs Tikrit not

freed until Mar 2015 Maliki wanted a victory before parliament met to form new govt

2014 Latifiya south Baghdad Jurf al-Sakhr north Babil ISIS strongholds Continued fighting in Jurf al-Sakhr

despite govt claiming it was cleared twice

2015 PM Abadi said KRG not following budget Cut its oil exports for Baghdad to increase its own sales

2016 Anbar council voted to dismiss Gov Rawi from Iraqi Islamic Party Was trying to expand its

base Control reconstruction in Anbar Supported by Solution List of Karbuli Opposed by Sunni Endowment and Sheikh Abu Risha Rawi rejected dismissal

2017 KRG Pres Barzani wrote OpEd in Wash Post to lobby US to support KRG independence

referendum Said referendum would be binding Said not a threat to Mideast Would strengthen relationship between Arabs and Kurds in Iraq Went through Kurdish victimization in Iraq since its creation Said post-03 political system failed Said independence would be negotiated with Baghdad after vote

2017 Report UN began rebuilding east Mosul Had 200 projects

2019 Report US found May drone attack upon Saudi oil facility came from Iraq not Yemen

as originally believed US told PM Abdul Mahdi had to stop these attacks Govt questioned story Done by Kataib Hezbollah

2021 Electricity Min Hantoosh resigned over power outages Iran stopped electricity and natural

gas exports because Iraq owed $4 bil Led to huge drop in power output

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Electricity Grid Shuts Down During Summer Heat)

2021 Iraqi military spokesman condemned US airstrikes on Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayid al-

Shuhada Said breach of Iraqi sovereignty 4 Hashd killed Was response to Hashd attacks upon US forces in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2021 Report Pro-Iran Hashd met in Baghdad Agreed to halt attacks upon US in Iraq Didn’t happen

2021 Report 2020 KRG sold oil for $28.10 per bar vs $41.96 Brent price Paid $1.76 bil to oil

companies $1.114 bil in fees tariffs interest to pipeline operators KRG made $2.345 bil

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Security In Iraq Jun 15-22, 2022


The security situation remained stable for another week in Iraq. There were roughly the same number of incidents from the second to third week of June and those were at a very low level.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 27 Iraq’s Revoltuionary Command Council approved invasion of Kuwait

(BBC)

 

1916 UK report on defeat at Kut published Led to Secretary of State for India Chamberlain to resign

Blamed India for mismanaging and never adequately funding war in Mesopotamia

1923 Persian clerics and businesses in Najaf protested deportation of cleric Khalisi for his

            opposition to parliamentary elections

1923 Clerics Isfahani and Nayini led protest to Karbala trying to get clerics and

            religious students to leave for Persia to protest deportation of cleric Khalisi

1954 New parliament suspended after only 1 meeting by Nuri al-Said Wouldn’t meet again until Nov 1954

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Under General Nuri, My Recollections of Nuri al-Said, 1954-1958)

1982 Regional Baath Party Congress concluded Saddam re-elected secretary general 7 members of Baath

Party Regional Command replaced

1983 France agreed to lend Iraq 5 Super Etendard fighter bombers that Baghdad wanted to use to attack

shipping heading towards Iran 

1988 Saddam agreed upon offensive to destroy Iranian army to prevent postwar threat

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1990 Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council meeting gave Saddam okay to use force against Kuwait

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Outlaw State, Saddam Hussein’s Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis)

2003 Cheney Chief of Staff Libby told Bob Woodward 2002 Natl Intel Estimate on Iraq included Iraq

trying to buy uranium from Africa Part of plan to counter fmr Amb Wilson who said Iraq-Niger deal didn’t happen It didn’t

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

2004 Bremer got OK from Bush to close CPA Jun 28 to try to fool insurgency

2006 Under pressure PM Maliki revised amnesty offer made 2 days before to include just those that had

not killed anyone

2007 UK intel report on ISF Maliki govt working on national security strategy but unlikely to change

situation without reconciliation Maliki govt had multiple committees on security that competed didn't cooperate and ineffective Army developing slowly Police full of insurgents and militias and probably unreformable Said ISF couldn’t operate without US support

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

2008 Chief Justice Majeed assassinated in east Baghdad during spate of attacks upon judiciary in

            capital

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Judiciary Under Attack)

2011 Sadr’s Promised Day Brigade took responsibility for 10 rocket-mortar attacks on US bases in

Baghdad Ninewa Diyala Kirkuk Basra Maysan Dhi Qar Muthanna Also IEDs vs US patrols Admitted that ISF had been killed and wounded in attacks

2011 State Dept Iraq 2nd worst rank in human trafficking Cases going up Govt doing nothing Iraq both

source and destination for sex slaves and illegal workers Iraqi women/girls sent to Syria Lebanon Jordan Kuwait UAE Turkey Iran Yemen Saudi Arabia for prostitution/slavery Women told they are getting job and then put in sex trade 1 work agency raped women on film and used it to blackmail them into prostitution Others bailed women out of prison and told them they had to work off debt via prostitution Women from Iran China Philippines being sent to Iraq as prostitutes Illegal workers came from Bangladesh Thailand Pakistan Georgia Jordan Uganda to Iraq

2012 Human Rights Min said allegations of torture didn’t prove it happened Parliament’s human rights

comm visited prison and found torture Prisoners held for yrs with no court date Prisoners whose files were lost People who were supposed to be released but still held Committee had been working on abuse for yrs with no solutions

2012 Iraq produced record high in wheat 1.5 mil tons Need was 4 mil Difference would be imported

2012 Iraqi army 10th Div arrived in Zummar Ninewa disputed area Told Peshmerga to leave but refused

Led to week standoff

2013 Report Liwa Abu Fadhl al-Abbas Brigade in Damascus had 800-2000 Iraqi fighters from Asaib Ahl

Al-Haq Kataib Hezbollah Shuhada Brigade Badr and Sadr might also be sending fighters Asaib Ahl Al-haq and Kataib Hezbollah had been sending fighters to Syria since start of civil war in 2011

(Musings On Iraq Abu Fadhl Al-Abbas Brigade From Fighting In Syria To Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2014 Amnesty Intl found 50 prisoners executed in Tal Afar 13 prisoners killed in Mosul 50 prisoners

executed in Baquba Killed by ISF and Hashd

2016 Report Homes burned and looted during end of battle for Fallujah Govt blamed IS Anbar

police blamed Hashd and Federal Police Hashd not supposed to enter city but were in Federal Police

2016 Report Badr’s Amiri said 1500 Federal Police and Rapid Response Forces were Hashd and

fought in Battle of Fallujah Cmdr 4th Badr Brigade said it fought alongside Interior Min forces in city PM Abadi said Hashd not supposed to enter Fallujah Other Hashd besides Badr also said to be involved

2018 Abadi govt approved $19 mil to rebuild Mosul’s Old City Was fraction of what was needed

2018 Shell left Majnoon oil field and West Qurna 1 Said wanted to focus on gas projects

2018 Sadr said suspending his Saraya al-Salam for 2 yrs to try to stop Hashd interfering with ISF in Basra Fired his militia cmdr in Basra

2021 Biden admin carried out retaliatory strikes upon Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayid al-

Shuhada sites said to house drones in Anbar and eastern Syria 4 Shuhada fighters killed in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2021 KRG Court of Appeals upheld 6 yr sentences for 5 journalists and activist for 2nd time Were

arrested for reporting and taking part in protests Another journalist give 7 yrs in prison even though didn’t go to court Also arrested for covering protests

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 26 Iraqi intel rounded up Iraqi National Accord coup plotters backed by US Called CIA and told them to go home


1923 Leading cleric Khalisi 2 of his sons and his nephew were deported to Iran for opposing

parliamentary elections

1925 Abdul Sadoun became PM for 2nd time Would be PM 4 times Formed Al-Taqadum

Party Ordered to hold elections for new parliament

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1940 PM Gaylani asked Italy to become involved in Syria to block Turkey occupying it Came after

Syria joined Vichy France

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

1948 Muzahim al-Pachachi asked to become PM and form new govt

1954 New parliament met 1st and only time because suspended afterward by Nuri al-Said so he could

negotiate Baghdad Pact without opposition in parliament

1966 Arif govt announced amnesty for Kurds involved in revolt

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1985 Iran Op Al Quds 2 started north of Majnoon Islands in Maysan Ended with nothing gained

1988 Iraq recaptured Majnoon Islands in Basra from Iran

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1989 Iraq said it was clearing all civilians from 20 mil border area with Iran and Turkey in Kurdistan

relocated 200,000-5000,000 Kurds

1993 Pres Clinton ordered cruise missile attack on Iraq’s intel HQ in Baghdad for attempted

assassination of ex-Pres Bush in Kuwait 8 killed

1996 Iraqi govt rounded up 120 in failed CIA-Iraqi National Accord coup plot Executed most of them

Iraqi intel captured satellite phone from INA agent Uncovered plot Used captured phone to tell CIA to go home

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

1997 ABC news ran feature on Chalabi and INC Chalabi talked about his revolt plot in 1995 and

claimed CIA sabotaged it

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

1997 Jim Hoagland OpEd in Wash Post wrote about how Chalabi’s revolt in 1995 was betrayed by

CIA Hoagland was Chalabi ally

2002 Gen Franks met with commanders in Germany and told them to switch from original war plan to

new Running Start Would begin war before all forces in theater

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

2002 INC memo to Senate Approp Comm said group had led to 108 articles from Oct 01-May 02

and White House officials had received those products

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy

Tragedy)

2003 UN terrorism committee draft report found no Iraq-Al Qaeda links

2003 Report quoted State Dept memo that too early to tell whether captured Iraqi trailers were mobile

WMD labs They didn’t exist

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

2005 Def Sec Rumsfeld said US conducting secret talks to try to split Iraqis from foreign insurgents

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq robbed $7 mil from Rafidain bank branch in Ramadi

2007 US general in charge of advisers warned ISF years away from being able to handle security Warned

against early withdrawal of US forces as a result

2007 Culture Min Hashemi from Accordance Front had warrant issued for him in

connection with 05 assassination attempt on politician Hashemi went into hiding

2008 ISI suicide bomber hit tribal council meeting Killed 26 including Garma mayor and Awakening

sheikhs

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2008 Iraqi intel said Mahdi Army done after Charge of Knights and op in Maysan Said 2000 militiamen

killed 1300 fled to Iran Said in future group would only have 100-200 men Were wrong

2013 Ninewa Gov Nujafi escaped another assassination attempt Also assassination attempt on

Salahaddin governor

2014 Report US deployed armed drones out of Kuwait to attack ISIS in Iraq PM Maliki later denied this

2014 Report KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami claimed KRG oil exports would reach 1 mil/bar/day in

2015 Would require deal with Baghdad Said KRG would share revenue None of that happened

2014 ISF said Tikrit Univ Alam Salahaddin Latifiya Baghdad Mansuriya Diyala all freed Latifiya not

freed PM Maliki wanted victories before parliament met to form new govt

2016 Fallujah finally freed of insurgents 

2017 Report Abadi govt planning 10 yr $100 bil rebuilding plan Wanted to counter IS ideology

Wanted to rebuild Mosul Set up education and religious program Set up security in Ninewa  Govt never implemented plan Never allocated much money

2017 Badr’s Amiri said PM Abadi had double standards Disrupted Hashd by not allowing it to

operate

2018 PM Abadi promised to rebuild everything destroyed during war vs IS Didn’t have plan Mostly locals provincial govts and NGOs did reconstruction

2018 KDP MP said 200 families fled Daquq dist south Kirkuk over 2 weeks due to IS attacks Diyala councilman said 14 families fled Khanaqin dist in Diyala

2020 Detained Kataib Hezbollah members turned over to Hashd Security Directorate after

political negotiations Kataib Hezbollah threatened to punish PM Kazemi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

2020 Pro-Iran Hashd attacked PM Kazemi as a US puppet Spread rumors that US forces helped

during raid to arrest Kataib Hezbollah members and they were given to Americans Said Kazemi involved in deaths of Abu Muhandis and Iran’s Gen Suleimani

2021 Report ISF in Interior and Defense Ministries would use their positions to support candidates

in 2022 elections in exchange for favors Happened every election

2021 Report 1 day after protests started Oct 2019 Iran’s Gen Suleimani arrived in Baghdad Told

Abdul Mahdi govt needed to deal with demonstrations Led campaign by Hashd vs activists Many people fled to Turkey and KRG as a result

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 25 Gen Qasim claimed Kuwait as part of Iraq

(Wikipedia)

1915 British troops took Nasiriya Ottomans had 200 casualties British 500

1915 UK cmdr Gen Nixon wrote India Said Kut had to be seized Would be gateway to Baghdad but more

importantly could control Bani Lam tribe by separating it from Ottomans

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1920 Tribe in Rumaitha called for revolt against British

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1922 Iraqi cabinet accepted draft of Anglo-Iraq Treaty and passed it on to parliament to pass

1923 Leading cleric Khalisi arrested for opposing parliamentary elections Some Shiite clergy

were calling for boycott

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’is Of Iraq)

1933 Iraqi army sent to Dohuk in show of force against armed followers of Assyrian leader Mar Shimun

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1961 Qasim said Kuwait part of Iraq and he would protect it from imperialists and deploy troops to

liberate it Egypt said it was opposed because Nasser against Qasim

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1961 Qasim ordered military to come up with Kuwait invasion plan Was going to stage coup in

            Kuwait that would call in Iraqi forces

1961 London believed that Qasim’s comments about Kuwait being part of Iraq could lead to an invasion

1968 2 Kurdish ministers resigned over PM Yahya’s Kurdish policy

1988 2nd Op Tawakal ala Allah using chemical weapons Iraq attacked and retook Majnoon Islands in

Basra

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1991 Iraqis fired on UN weapons inspectors at suspected nuke site

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1993 White House announced FBI investigation found Iraq tried to assassinate fmr Pres

            Bush in Kuwait

2003 Report Captured Zarqawi operative in Germany said Zarqawi independent terrorist not part of Al

Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

2003 Report State Dept WMD analyst told Congressional hearing he felt pressured to tailor intel to fit

Bush admin agenda on Iraq

2003 UN Sec Gen Annan met with PM Blair Annan said UN pushing Bremer to transition to Iraqi control

as quickly as possible Said Bremer good at making fast decisions but that meant he didn’t talk to others Complained deBaathification had gone too far

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2004 INC turned over captured Iraqi doc Iraq intel and bin Laden met in 90s Iraq agreed to air anti-Saudi

tapes but request for joints ops unanswered by Iraq

2006 PM Maliki announced national reconciliation program Included Reconciliation Council National

Dialogue Plan fighting terrorism Reviewing Debaathification Commission Amnesty for prisoners not involved in terrorism Compensation for terrorism and Saddam victims and IDPs Improving services Dealing with militias Fighting poverty and joblessness Nothing came of it

2006 Health Ministry recorded over 50,000 Iraqi deaths since 2003 from terrorism and military clashes

2006 Report CIA officer Drumheller warned CIA before Bush’s Jan 03 State of the Union and Sec

State Powell’s Feb 03 UN speech not to use story Iraq had mobile WMD labs Didn’t exist

2006 Report CIA officer warned that source of mobile labs story Iraqi named CURVEBALL held by

Germans was unstable and story not verified Labs didn’t exist Germans warned CIA CURVEBALL unreliable and refused to allow CIA access to him

2006 Report CIA Dir Tenet told Sec State Powell it had multiple sources confirming Iraq mobile lab story

while preparing Powell’s UN speech CURVEBALL was only real source Labs didn’t exist

2006 Report Right before Sec State Powell’s UN speech CIA Dir called CIA officer Drumheller to fact

check speech Told Tenet not to use mobile labs claim They didn’t exist

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claim That Iraq Had WMD)

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

(Musings On Iraq review Curveball, Spies, Lies, And The Con Man Who Caused A War)

2007 ISI suicide bomber killed Sheikh Gaood of Albu Nimr tribe Sheikh Rifai al-Fahdawai of Albu

Fahad Sheikh Azziz al-Fahadawi Sheikh al-Assafir head of the Albu Assaf tribe in Baghdad hotel before meeting with US officials Were all Awakening members

(Musings On Iraq Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2007 US cmdr Op Arrowhead Ripper in Baquba said ISF not capable of holding areas cleared by US

General in southern Baghdad said same thing

2008 KRG signed oil deals with 2 Canadian firms to work in disputed areas of Kirkuk

2008 Spokesman for Baghdad security plan said 9,000 Sahwa had joined city’s police and more would

be integrated in future

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2009 Report PM Maliki used ISF against his opponents Arrested Diyala councilman in May

Arrested 6 candidates right before Jan 09 election US cmdr in Iraq Gen Odierno tried to get Maliki to stop After Jan vote Sadrists complained 70 of their members arrested  

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Inside Iraqi Politics’ Sowell on whether Maliki became a dictator)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Maliki with MP Said)

2010 Interior Min issued new rules to limit protests during demonstrations against electricity

shortages

2010 Ammar Hakim blamed PM Maliki for lack of electricity and said he should resign

(Musings On Iraq Supreme Islamic Iraqi Party Comes Out Against Maliki)

2010 Report Pres Obama focused on Afghanistan Ignored Iraq Iraqi officials and US military

officers said White House only cared about 2011 withdrawal VP Biden in charge of Iraq policy Had monthly meetings Obama only had 1 meeting since 09

2010 Report PM Maliki’s son head of govt procurement office Used it to enrich himself Invested

in real estate in foreign countries

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2012 Upon request of US Hezbollah operative Daqduq tried again and found innocent for lack of

evidence

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2014 Al-Nusra commander on Syrian-Iraq border gave allegiance to ISIS

2014 Ishaqi Salahaddin declared freed from insurgents for 3rd time in just a few days

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

2014 2 teams of US Special Forces arrived in Baghdad to set up ops center to help with war vs IS 

Worked with Golden Div PM Maliki later denied this

2014 3 ISIS killed by IED laid by Naqshibandi in Riyad Kirkuk ISIS fought Naqshibandi in Sadiya Diyala

Pushed Ansar al-Sunna out of Ajeel Salahaddin

2014 Report After Mosul fell Hezbollah’s Nasrallah offered to send fighters Jun Nasrallah talked about

defending Shiite shrines in Iraq Hezbollah sent fighters to Iraq in 03 to support Iranian Rev Guard and militias

2014 Report Iran flew drones out of Baghdad Airport Set up control center at air base in Baghdad Helped

intercept ISIS communications Supplied military equipment Iranian planes landed twice a day in Baghdad with equipment Advised and planned military ops Supported Hashd Mobilized up to 10 divisions along Iraqi border

2014 Report Sunnis afraid Hashd acting like death squads People disappeared at checkpoints UN said 3rd

wk of Jun 21 bodies found dumped in Baghdad Said number of bodies going up

2014 Allawi called on PM Maliki to step down for national salvation govt Maliki said that was

unconstitutional

2014 ISIS began destroying 7 Shiite shrines in Tal Afar

2015 Member of Kataib Hezbollah leadership said group should enter politics Said politicians had

failed Said Hashd success on battlefield would translate to victory in politics

2015 Report 13,000 registered for Ninewa Hashd Dep Governor said only 2,000 really existed

Rest ghost Hashd used to steal salaries

2016 Sadr’s Saraya al-Salam accused Badr of following Iran to control Samarra Salahaddin

2016 PUK politburo said it supported KRG independence referendum but needed consensus of

            all Kurdish parties

2016 Hashd said it and Federal Police attacking north Fallujah neighborhood Deputy head of

Anbar council accused Hashd of looting homes and destroying mosques in Fallujah Hashd not supposed to enter city PM Abadi called in Hashd help

2017 ISF claimed it would liberate all of Mosul by this day but didn’t

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 252 Jun 25 2017)

2017 IS attacked three neighborhoods of Mosul that had been freed Set cars and buildings on fire

Civilians fled Army withdrew Golden Div stopped attack

2019 Mosul residents sent letter to Ayatollah Sistani calling on him to limit Shiite

Endowment’s moves in city Was buying up property Taking over mosques

2020 Counter Terror Service raided Kataib Hezbollah HQ in Baghdad and arrested members for rocket

attacks in Baghdad Dep head of Hashd Comm Abu Fadak organized protest into Green Zone to demand their release

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

2020 Iraqi politician told Green Zone security chief Khiqani not to stop Hashd march into zone

           PM Kazemi fired Khiqani afterward

2020 Diyala official warned new wave of displacement from Abu Said subdist in central Diyala

due to IS attacks

2021 PM Kazemi said he would not send budget payments to KRG Then said he was sending

advance to KRG to pay for govt workers Made deal for Kurdish support

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1933 Interior Minister would not let Assyrian leader Mar Shimun leave Baghdad after being in

capital for nearly a month

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1940 Iraqi delegation of Foreign Min Said and Justice Min Naji Shawkat went to Turkey to discuss how to

deal with Axis and Syria controlled by Vichy France

1979 After army killed scores and arrested 3,000 protesting house arrest of Ayatollah Sadiq

al-Sadr Iran’s Arabic radio service called Sadr the Khomeini of Iraq and called on Shiites to replace the tyrants in Baghdad

1981 UK signed trade pact with Baghdad that would expand trade to more than $2 bil/yr

1982 9th Regional Baath Party Congress Saddam said party infiltrated by enemies and made bad decisions

to get rid of dissenters Health Min Hussein who said Saddam might step down was executed Saddam changed party leadership to ensure his control

1984 Iraq air raids resumed on Iranian oil infrastructure with attack on Kharg Island Iran’s main oil

terminal Destroyed docking bay but operating again in 5 days

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1991 CIA Dir Webster told US defense and national security officials Iraq’s WMD had to

be taken seriously

1991 Inspectors tried to enter Abu Ghraib base but were turned back by Iraqis

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

1994 SCIRI claimed govt building new canal to drain southern marshes and drive out displaced and

rebels

1998 Chief UN inspector Butler briefed Security Council Said Iraq had put anthrax into missile

warheads Iraq said that was a lie

1998 Iraq Dep Prime Minister Aziz said if US maintained sanctions there might be another crisis

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld said Iraq had chemical weapons but not nuclear weapons

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

2003 UN head inspector Blix said inspectors were not impressed with Sec State Powell’s Feb 03 speech

to UN on Iraq’s WMD

2003 Weapons search in Maysan led to shootout and death of 6 British soldiers UK intel report believed

Iran backed Mujahedeen for Islamic Revolution in Iraq responsible

2003 Fallujah’s mayor’s office hit by RPG for working with US

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq carried out multiple car bombs and attacks on police in Baghdad Baquba Fallujah

Ramadi and Mosul killing 92 wounding 285 Took over police station and city hall in Baquba and held city center for 6 hours

2004 Sadr announced unilateral ceasefire with US in Sadr City

2006 US military noted Sunni citizens feared Interior Min Mahdi Army Badr death squads

2008 PM Maliki promised $100 mil for reconstruction in Maysan after Op Promise of Peace went after

Sadrists there

2008 Interior Min declared Amarah Maysan free of militias after Op Promise of Peace went after Sadrists

2008 Special Groups bombed Sadr City council building killing 2 councilmen 10 wounded because

meeting with Americans

2009 KRG passed draft constitution Said disputed areas of Kirkuk Ninewa and Diyala were part of

Kurdistan and peshmerga had right to operate in districts UN US and Iraqi parliament all objected to constitution

2010 Report Resigned Electricity Minister Hassan claimed demonstrations over power shortages

had been politicized PM Maliki thought his opponents were behind the protests to remove him

2011 100s protested in Baghdad demanding officials be fired technocratic govt end to sectarianism

better services release of prisoners Met by 100s of tribesmen and Dawa counter-protesters organized by PM Maliki Also protest in Nasiriya for services

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Protest Movement Sputters)

2011 Report Diesel fuel used for power stations regularly stolen by contractors and Electricity Min

officials 120 tankers left Baiji refinery and never showed up 250 tankers went missing in Baghdad No way to stop because corrupt officials

2012 Report Dep PM Shahristani visited foreign diplomats warning them not to have their oil companies

sign deals with KRG Said any company that worked in KRG would be blacklisted

2012 Sadr accused PM Maliki of backing Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and increasing its power

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

2012 Sadr said Maliki govt failing Said he would support no confidence vote against PM

2013 Report Disagreements within PUK High officials complained Pres Talabani controlled everything

Barham Salah threatened to resign with 4 others if reforms not started

2014 Operation to try to free Tal Afar of insurgents launched and failed

2015 RAND report Iraqi army had 14 divisions US est only ½ that strength Iraqi units sent for US

training were 40-70% below strength Many officers didn’t show up Many officers bad More than 40% of ISF units in Baghdad fearing IS attack on capital Counter Terror Unit best but suffered heavy casualties

2015 Report KRG est of reaching 1 mil/bar/day in oil exports not realized KRG independent

pipeline to Turkey opened year ago KRG not making enough to pay oil companies Also had large bills for govt workers and war vs IS Oil companies turned to selling oil to KRG domestic market but didn’t make enough Companies stopped plans for new investment Cut staff

2015 Report Jurf al-Sakhr in Babil Jalawla and Sadiya in Diyala Albu Ajeel in Salahaddin empty

of people Babil govt said IEDs reason why no returns to Jurf al-Sakhr Sheikh said was lie Said govt didn’t trust people

2016 Report 85,000 fled Fallujah Overwhelmed govt and aid agencies Blocked from entering Baghdad out

of fear of IS infiltration Hashd detained men for up to 3 weeks to interrogate them ISF blocked aid from going from Baghdad to Anbar

2017 Parliament’s integrity comm said courts suffered blackmail threats political pressure to stop

corruption cases

2017 Report Oil Min filing lawsuits against KRG independent oil exports

2018 Protest in Diyala over electricity cuts Province had not received 35% of its power

2018 Human Rights Watch accused army of collective punishment Tribe accused of helping IS got military permission to return to homes freed in Feb 2015 Stopped at checkpoints and put into camps

2019 Najah al-Shammari approved as Defense Min Yassin Taha al-Yassri as Interior Min Farouq Amin al-

Shawani as Justice Min 9 months after govt formed Still no Education Min Abdul Mahdi govt formed Oct 2018

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Finally Has Defense Interior Justice Ministers)

2021 Report More than 70 power towers blown up in last 18 mo by IS across 5 provinces

2021 Nasiriya court issued warrants against families who protested about their relatives killed in

protests

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Political Violence By Pro-Iran Groups Continues In Iraq

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