Sunday, July 3, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 3 IS car bomb in Baghdad set off fire in mall Killed 324 Wounded 200 One of the deadliest bombings

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1923 35 clerics and religious students left Iraq for Persia to protest deportation of cleric Khalisi for his

opposition to parliamentary elections  

1946 Iraq Petroleum Company workers went on strike for higher pay led by Communists

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

1954 Regent gave into Nuri al-Said’s demands to be PM again Included new cabinet new

elections opposition parties banned Ilah gave up on his Syrian policy

1963 Communist uprising at Rasheed military camp in Baghdad against Baathists

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

1970 Kurdish meeting chose Habid Karim as Vice President under Autonomy Agreement

(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)

1977 Iraq signed $1.8 bil deal to buy 34 Mirage fighters from France Iraq believed Mirages were key to defeating Israel in next war

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

1981 Saddam offered another truce in war rejected by Iran

1986 Iranian forces recaptured Mehran Iran central front Iraq lost 1000 dead 1200 prisoners 3000

wounded Iran lost 3000 dead 9000 wounded Led to 2nd confrontation between Saddam and military leadership He finally agreed to stop interfering in war

(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)

2001 UN Res 1360 renewed Oil for Food program

2003 38,000 police came back to duty after Bremer threatened to fire them for not working after invasion

(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post

invasion Iraq) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to

develop the Iraqi police)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter 12 Reconstructing Iraqi Security Forces)

2003 Ex CIA official said White House pushed hard on CIA to find Iraq-Al Qaeda connections but didn't

            find any

2004 3 US military reviews of 2003 invasion found that logistics were lacking and military intelligence was largely useless

2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Egypt would not send another

ambassador until 2009 

2006 US Baghdad command said Natl Police were serious problem in Op Together Forward II taking part in

sectarian violence and cleansing of Sunnis Said Wolf Brigade went through neighborhoods at night kidnapping and killing Sunnis Sometimes burned homes

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 20 Baghdad Burns, Summer-Fall 2006)

2007 Cabinet passed new draft oil and gas bill Cabinet approved another oil and gas bill in February

Neither made it through parliament

2010 VP Biden made surprise visit to Iraq to try to help form new govt after elections

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush

to Barack Obama)

2010 Report US spent $104 mil on six yr sewage system in Fallujah Never finished Hadn’t been

connected to a single house Baghdad hadn’t committed to running plant Didn’t have money to complete it US didn’t have money to train Iraqis to run facility

(Musings On Iraq Fallujah’s Wastewater Plant: Symbol Of America’s Failed Reconstruction Effort)

2011 MP said $1 mil fraud case for ISF buying dogs that couldn’t detect bombs used at checkpoints Nothing happened

2011 ISF launched op in Maysan to block Iranian weapons flowing into Iraq as result of increased militia attacks on US forces

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi

militias) 

2011 Protest in Nasiriya for turning Dhi Qar into autonomous region hoping that would improve services

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq Continue Into July)

2011 Report 2004 CPA sent $1.6 bil to Kurdistan Money went unaccounted for

2012 Parliament passed $9.3 bil supplemental budget fueled by high oil prices

2012 Iranian delegation arrived in Iraq to try to improve relations between PM Maliki and Sadr

(Musings On Iraq Iran Tries To Mediate Iraq’s Political Crisis, But Can They Overcome The Deep Divisions In The Country?)

2012 Report June PM Maliki raided Trade Bank of Iraq claiming corruption Bank director said Maliki

wanted him to fund electricity deal with SKorean company Maliki also in political dispute with manager Govt investigation into bank never finished

2012 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said Kurds would sell natural gas to Turkey in 2 yrs Didn’t

happen

2012 Dep speaker from KDP said no confidence vote against PM Maliki impossible Only Kurdish coalition

and some members of Iraqiya still pushing matter

2014 ISF claimed parts of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil cleared Was still under IS control Govt claimed it was freed

2 times already

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Southern Front Babil Province Where The Islamic State Has Free Reign)

2014 Khalidiya, Anbar cleared by ISF of insurgents

2014 Report over 2,500 IS cells operating in Baghdad province

2014 Pres Barzani called on KRG parliament to create commission to create referendum on KRG independence

2014 Report After 2010 election US cmdr in Iraq Gen Odierno UK Amb Jenkins Turkish Amb Ozcelik Dep

US Amb Ford all against 2nd term for PM Maliki White House US Amb Hill for Maliki Iranian Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani told Iraqi parties to back Maliki In the end US and Iran both supported Maliki

(Musings On Iraq review The Unraveling, High Hopes And Missed Opportunity In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How Did The United States Do In Iraq? An Interview With Emma Sky)

(Musings On Iraq Former Ambassador Robert Ford Reflects On U.S. Policy Towards Iraq And Syria)

2016 Karrada Baghdad car bomb set off fire in mall killing 324 wounding 200

2016 PM Abadi ordered withdrawal of fake bomb detectors at checkpoints in Baghdad Said he would re-open investigation into their purchases Didn’t happen

2017 Protest in Baghdad and Najaf over lack of electricity Night march in Karbala demanding services

2017 Hashd leader Abu Muhandis said those that criticized Hashd were aligned with US Said Hashd

would take part in elections

2017 Canadian court issued order to seize oil tanker with KRG oil off its coast Was due to lawsuit

filed by Iraq against KRG for independent exports being illegal

2019 IMF said Iraq had failed to spend money on development for decades due to war bad

governance corruption Resulted in poor services bad health and education levels poverty little per capita GDP growth for years Govt doesn’t plan for changes in oil prices Has refused structural reforms Not rebuilding after war with IS 2018 only spent 0.5% of est damage costs

2019 Protests in Diwaniya and Dhi Qar over lack of services

2020 PM Kazemi said he would diversify economy away from oil Didn’t happen

2021 Lukoil told Baghdad it wanted to sell its stake in West Qurna 2 Part of move of major oil

companies out of Iraq frustrated by red tape payment issues

2021 Report Oil Min Jabbar said BP thinking about withdrawing from Iraq

2021 Protests in Diyala Karbala Basra and Maysan over electricity 1 killed by police in Maysan

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

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2021 Badr’s Amiri called for Kazemi govt to end US presence in Iraq

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 2 ISIS leader Baghdadi declared caliphate established

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1922 Law passed to establish political parties in Iraq

1923 9 leading Iranian clerics left Iraq for Iran to protest coming parliamentary elections 

1975 Iraq and Saudi Arabia agreed to divide neutral zone set up between two countries by British

after WWI to set new border

1982 Iran attacked Penjwin Sulaymaniya Was stopped

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

1983 Iran began Op Wa al-Fajr 2 towards Rawanduz Valley Irbil KDP Dawa Badr Brigade

took part Goal was to seize Haj Omran which was KDPI HQ

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Lowy Institution’s Shanahan on history of the Dawa Party)

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’ite Movement in Iraq)

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

(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)

1992 Govt began draining southern marshes to force out rebels and displaced

2001 US intel report on confiscated aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Said did not fit rocket launchers

Did match 1950s German centrifuge design Was untrue

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2002 UK Def Min secretary told PM Blair’s foreign policy adviser Manning US working on military

plans to remove Saddam with no post-war plan and no overall strategy behind it

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002)

2002 UK Def Min Hoon told PM Blair he had to push US to think about postwar Iraq planning

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

2003 Bush said “Bring em on” when talking about insurgency in Iraq

2003 UK ForSec Straw said political and security situation in Iraq was improving

2003 Baroness Amos wrote report on her Jun 03 trip to Iraq Baghdad on edge Daily attacks on US

Things getting worse UN was going to cut 1/3 of its staff over lack of security CPA didn’t have staff experienced in nation building in post-conflict societies Said Iraqis needed to be convinced that sovereignty would be returned soon Bremer said he had no set timetable for his political plan

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

2003 UK intel report on Iraq Various groups competing for power Some using violence Security and

living conditions top priorities for Iraqis Differences could escalate

2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey extended tour of 172nd Stryker Brigade because violence too high in

Baghdad Casey’s plan was to withdraw US forces

2007 US general accused Iran Quds Force Hezbollah of instigating attacks Said that Iran behind Jan 07

attack on Karbala operations center that killed 4 US soldiers Ran training camps in Iran for militiamen supplied weapons and up to $3 mil a month

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2007 Mahdi Army fired more than 70 rockets at Coalition Base Echo in Diwaniya

2008 ISF arrested Maysan Gov Muhoder head of provincial council and 2 other councilmen for connection

to Mahdi Army Police chief was detained for being a Special Groups leader

2008 Jordan said it would send ambassador to Baghdad Withdrew ambassador in 2003 after embassy

bombed

2009 State Dept listed Abu Muhandis and Kataib Hezbollah as global terrorists

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

2009 Report FBI interview with Saddam from 06 released Saddam said Al Qaeda were zealots he

would never work with Said Iran main threat Reason why he never fully cooperated with UN inspectors because had to maintain image Iraq had WMD to deter Iran

2009 Baghdad Ops Command issued order restricting US movement in Baghdad Said no joint

patrols with US

2009 French PM FIllon visited Iraq Tried to renew arms sales

2011 Report Iranian Rev Guard delivering weapons to militias to attack US before withdrawal Delivering

more rockets that have killed US troops 15 US soldiers killed in Jun by militia attacks Kataib Hezbollah blamed for most attacks

2012 Kurdish Brotherhood list returned to Ninewa council 09 boycotted after victorious al-Hadbaa party

took all govt positions Kurds got dep governor and dep head of council 1 party left al-Hadbaa for making deal with Kurds

2012 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq member killed in Najaf likely by Sadrists Part of 5 killings between two groups

during summer

2012 Group of reporters judges police and politicians said KRG had to stop violations against media

Reporters intimidated harassed by security forces 359 violations in 2011 No one ever punished for violations

2013 PM Maliki met with CEO of Gazprom Asked it stop work in KRG It didn’t

2013 Report KDP and PUK agreed to postpone presidential election until Aug Pres Barzani could only

serve 2 terms Barzani couldn’t amend law and couldn’t get constitution passed to run for 3rd term Got election delayed instead

2013 PUK politburo said it only agreed to extend Barzani’s term if he didn’t nominate himself again

2014 IS head Baghdadi said the caliphate had been established after the humiliation of Muslims

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2014 Report Iranian Rev Guards flying Su-25s in Iraq against IS Planes were from Iraq Flown to Iran during

Gulf War and never returned

2014 Russia delivered 7 attack helicopters to Iraq Supposed to supply total of 33 helicopters

2014 Human Rights Watch Communication Comm claimed some media supported insurgency and

promoted sectarianism Warned couldn’t report stories detrimental to ISF Said media should report victories by ISF Said couldn’t’ investigate security situation

2014 Salahaddin governor claimed Tikrit would be freed in days Wouldn’t be freed until 2015

2015 Report Hashd said more planning needed to retake Ramadi Hashd stopped Ramadi op and

shifted to other parts of Anbar IS imposing dress code Set up TV screens in public square Showed videos of its victories Executed govt supporters Took control of mosques Told govt workers to go back to jobs

2015 Report UN said IS looting artifacts on industrial scale to sell items on black market

2015 Peshmerga Min said 1212 Peshmerga killed 7000 wounded fighting IS

2015 Human Rights Min said 4772 people killed 28575 wounded since Jun 2014

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Authorities Continue To Underreport Casualties In War Against Islamic State)

2016 Interior Min Ghabban said several police in Basra under investigation for taking part in Quds

Day put on by pro-Iran Hashd

2017 Report US cmdrs knew IS would be defeated soon Trump admin had no plans for afterward

Talks were happening within govt over what to do Final plan was to do nothing after war vs IS

2017 Protest in Karbala Demanded Electricity Min Fahadawi be dismissed for shortages

2017 Dep Cmdr in chief of Iranian arm Gen Pudestan said IS operating in Diyala Said if got within

40km of Iranian border Tehran would attack them Said Iranian troops were in Diyala Had been there since 2014

2017 Hashd leader said US helicopters constantly seen of IS areas and probably helping them Part

of pro-Iran Hashd propaganda

2017 Anbar councilman said Hashd humiliating people of Anbar Said carried out collective

punishment

2017 Report Golden Div officer said called around 20 airstrikes/day in Mosul Human rights groups

and UN warned of high civilian casualties from airstrikes and artillery used in city Airwars est 900-1200 civilians killed by airstrikes and artillery during battle of Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 259 Jul 2 2017)

2018 Protest outside West Qurna 2 oil field demanding jobs from oil companies

2018 Report Iraq facing another water crisis Since 1980s Turkey Syria Iran built several dams

across Tigris and Euphrates Jul Turkey started filling new dam on Tigris Water Min said would cut Iraq’s water by 50% Some small rivers disappeared due to dams

2018 Report People in Qaim Anbar claimed pro-Iran Hashd constantly crossed into Syria and ISF did nothing

2020 PM Kazemi met with investors who complained about paying bribes and extortion Members of

Iraqi Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative said tribes claimed companies took their land and demanded compensation Others blocked businesses from operating Demanded their hire tribal businesses as subcontractors and tribesmen Some businesses were leaving Iraq as a result

2020 Report Displacement Min said it wanted to close displacement file Wanted voluntary returns          Would eventually close camps and force people out

2021 Iraq lost 99% of its electricity production Most provinces went without power Were protests in

Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar Maysan Muthanna Wasit over power outages

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

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Friday, July 1, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 1 IS released recording declaring a new caliphate

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1920 British army facing revolt in Rumaitha told no reinforcements coming because railways

destroyed Railway fixed and reinforcements arrived later that day

(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)

1920 Gertrude Bell wrote Cmdr in Iraq Gen Haldane that support for Iraqi independence had fallen

Off She didn’t know 1920 Revolt had started

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1940 UK Cabinet decided to send division from India to Basra to pressure PM Gaylani who refused

to break relations with Italy and demanded changes to Anglo-Iraq Treaty UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell opposed idea saying it would make situation worse Cabinet cancelled deployment

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

1943 Mustafa Barzani led rebellion against govt Iraqi troops backed by British airplanes suppressed

revolt by Oct 1945

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Explaining Kurdish Nationalism Interview With Teen Tech Univ Prof Michael Gunter)

1961 UK and Saudi Arabia sent troops to Kuwait after Qasim claimed country as part of Iraq

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

1962 National Democratic Party suspended activities to protest govt repression of Communists and

            political freedoms Had originally been behind crackdown on Communists

1964 KDP congress called by Barzani and excluded Ibrahim Ahmad and Jalal Talabani faction

Ahmad-Talabani sent delegates who were arrested Solidified Barzani’s control of KPD and Kurdish movement

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

1964 Foreign Affairs Min Hamid appeared on TV to explain plans to unify Iraq and Egypt

1965 National Guidance Minister Farham removed and other Nasserite ministers resigned

from Arif govt

1985 Def Dept official said that US should watch technology exports to Iraq because they could be used

for its nuclear weapons program

1986 Iraq escalated air strikes on Iran’s economic infrastructure

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

1986 Iran Op Karbala 1 pushed Iraqi forces almost back to Iraqi border central front

1988 Iraq Foreign Min Aziz admitted that Baghdad used chemical weapons in the Iran-Iraq War but said

Iran started using them first

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

(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)

1995 Iraq told UN inspectors it had a biological weapons program and made anthrax and botulinum

1989-90 Denied it weaponized agents Seemed like Iraq had finally come clean about all its weapons programs to inspectors

(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 Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1996 Richard Butler became head UN weapons inspector replacing Rolf Ekeus Butler was more

confrontational with Iraqis

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

2002 Pentagon memo said US should organize Iraqi opposition to help with regime change and fill

vacuum after Saddam Said exiles would help ensure no chaos after invasion Said if US tried to run Iraq without opposition leaders would backfire

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

2003 Mosque in Fallujah bombed killing 5 wounding 4

2004 CIA official said agency was constantly told to re-do assessments that said no Iraq-Al Qaeda

connection by White House 

2004 Saddam and 11 senior Baathists appeared in court for first time

2005 Insurgents killed senior aide to Sistani in Baghdad Car bomb hit PM Jaafari’s offices Mortars

shut down power station that cut water supply to much of Baghdad

2006 Truck bomb Sadr City killed 62 wounded 120

2006 Sunni female parliamentarian and 8 bodyguards kidnapped in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2006 PM Maliki visited Saudi Arabia then went to UAE and Kuwait to try to re-integrate Iraq into Arab

world

(Musings On Iraq review A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, The Saudi Struggle For Iraq)

2007 Iraqi govt announced 1,227 civilian deaths in June lowest monthly total in 2007

2008 Report US didn’t have people or plans for postwar Iraq Chaos that ensued set conditions for

insurgency Were many groups working on postwar Iraq but few made it into the war plans Top officials had best case scenario for postwar Iraq which overrode plans for bad situations Almost all planning went to war as a result Gen Franks only cared about war which made accomplishing postwar goals harder NSC had no strategy despite multiple requests Left each agency to carry out individual plans Meant no coordination of planning NSC never mediated between Defense and State Pentagon given control of postwar plans but cared about war more Created ORHA to run Iraq only 8 weeks before invasion but didn’t have expertise or personnel to run it Problems lasted postwar State Dept’s Future of Iraq Project was not a postwar plan

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2008 KRG released report that its oil deals were far superior and Baghdad’s oil plan would be disastrous

for the country

2008 2 Sadrist politicians and Iraqi army officers said Hezbollah ran two training camps in Basra

since 2006 Up to 10 Hezbollah operatives trained Special Groups there Closed during Charge of Knights Said Hezbollah involved in Jan 07 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq raid on Karbala that killed US soldiers and involved in AAH kidnapping of 5 Britons from Finance Min in Baghdad May 07

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

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

2009 Report After 1st auction of Iraq’s oil and gas fields only got 1 winning bid Asian oil company

official said contracts offered were bad Said companies only interested because of amount of oil in Iraq

2009 Report Energy Intelligence group said Iraq’s 1st auction of oil and gas fields was a disaster Iraq

didn’t understand business realities when offered contracts

2010 Report Transportation hindered by checkpoints Baghdad to Tikrit has more than 40

checkpoints ISF demand bribes at each one Checkpoints business for officers Sell checkpoints Checkpoint with Jordan could be bought for $20,000

2011 100s protested in Baghdad for political reforms end of US occupation Burned US flat Demanded PM

Maliki to step down

(Musings On Iraq July 1, 2011 Protests In Iraq’s Tahrir Square, Baghdad)

2012 Sadr said PM Maliki should not be questioned by parliament because would harm political system

Before Sadr was pushing to remove Maliki Now supported him

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sadrist Back Off Attacks Upon Prime Minister Maliki For Now)

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

2013 ISIS began Soldiers’ Harvest campaign

2013 Adv to PM Maliki said electricity problems wouldn’t be solved until 2015 In Jan Maliki said would

be fixed by end of 2013

(Musings On Iraq Iraq No Closer To Solving Its Electricity Problems)

(Musings On Iraq More Hollow Promises By Iraq’s Electricity Ministry)

2013 Report Chevon would invest in 3rd oil block in KRG Total bought into 3rd bloc in KRG

2013 Report Oil and Electricity Mins didn’t cooperate on delivery of fuel for power stations Some stations

shut down for lack of fuel

2014 IS released recording of its leader Baghdadi declaring a new caliphate

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2014 IS and Naqshibandi fought in Hamrin Mts Diyala leaving 4 dead

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2014 Iran sent 7 Su-25 ground attack planes and drones plus ground crews to Iraq to help with war vs IS

Planes were Iraqi that Saddam sent to Iran during Gulf War and Tehran kept Also sent drones with pilots and air controllers for them

2014 Pres Barzani said there would be a referendum on Kurdish independence soon

2014 Report Interviewed soldiers from Iraqi army brigade that collapsed during fall of Qaim Anbar Said

never got food or water Cmdr went to ask for supplies but never returned Told to retreat but got lost and ambushed Division cmdr accused of wanting publicity more than leading unit

2014 Report on Iraqi army 2nd Div that collapsed in Mosul Only manned checkpoints and did arrests

Extorted money from businesses Took bribes to release prisoners Officers stole money meant to buy food for troops Sold fuel on black market Officers took part of salaries PM Maliki created patronage network within officer corps Meant unqualified officers got positions Was undermanned underequipped undertrained New cmdr named but didn’t pay bribe to get position Insurgents carried out assassinations of soldiers and their families

2015 Fall of Ramadi in May hurt PM Abadi Hashd took lead in fighting in Anbar Before it was ISF

Hashd changed emphasis from retaking Ramadi to Fallujah Different Hashd brigades have their own operations and argued with each other over victories Before Ramadi Anbar council asked Hashd for help Abadi tried to keep Hashd out but then had to ask for their help Badr’s Amiri blamed Abadi for fall of Ramadi Abadi said Hashd non-sectarian and were under his command Same day Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali said Hashd part of pro-Iran Resistance that would fight US

2016 Report Badr’s Amiri claimed Hashd formed by PM Maliki before Sistani’s fatwa calling for

men to defend Iraq Apr 2014 meeting of Natl Alliance where Maliki talked about creating militias to help with security Maliki said Sunni-Turkish conspiracy against Shiites Said if Syria fell to Sunni-Turkish conspiracy Iraq would be next Maliki said US refused to help Led him towards Iran Quds Force Gen Suleimani came up with militia plan PM said ISF unreliable because had Sunnis Shiites Kurds Said 20 militias were operating in Baghdad Babil Salahaddin Karbala already

2017 Report Trump admin deployed US forward observers with ISF in Mosul Tried to coordinate

different ISF units Called in air strikes

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 259 Jul 1 2017)

2017 Gorran MP accused Pres Barzani and KDP of monopolizing KRG independence referendum

for their political gain

2017 Hashd leader said 6500 Hashd died last 3 yrs fighting IS

2017 Report Salahaddin Gov Jabouri asked PM Abadi to deploy pro-Sistani Abbas Combat Brigade

Most of Salaahddin had pro-Iran Hashd accused of abuses Blocking returns of displaced

2017 Hashd cmdr said Mukhaisa Qara Tapa Hamrin Mts IS bases in Diyala Said ISF submitted false

reports claiming things secure

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi executive order Hashd part of the security forces Had to follow its rules and

orders of the commander in chief Individual names of brigades could no longer be used Could not be linked to political parties Those that did not comply by Jul 31 could no longer carry weapons Came after 7 attacks by pro-Iran groups due to US-Iran tensions and Hashd drone attack upon Saudi Arabia Was ignored

(Musings On Iraq PM Abdul Mahdi Orders Fuller Integration Of Hashd In Response To Attacks By Iranian Backed Groups In June)

2019 Sadr said he was disbanding his Saraya al-Salam militia Didn’t do it

2019 Peshmerga cmdr said 20 empty villages in Khanadin dist of Diyala due to IS attacks

2021 Report Some activists would run in 2022 election Said election law that created small voter

districts opened opportunities for new candidates

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 30 Gen Razzaq launched attempted coup vs Pres Arif

(Wikipedia)

 

1915 UK committee wrote paper advocating for break up of Ottoman Empire and creation of Iraq to

control its oil and agriculture Cabinet didn’t agree

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

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

1920 British arrested sheikh for defaulted loan leading revolt in Rumaitha His tribe attacked British and

freed him Considered start of 1920 Revolt against Mandate

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

1930 Anglo-Iraq Treaty agreed on independence in Oct 1932 Allowed British to keep military in Iraq and

use Iraqi territory for 25 years PM Said didn’t tell govt Minister Ayubi resigned in protest

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1961 Kuwait asked British for military aid to protect it from Iraq after Qasim claimed Kuwait part of Iraq

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

1963 Barzani said 167 villages had been destroyed and 643 civilians killed by Iraqi air force

(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)

1963 Report that Syrian Air Force flying bombing missions with Iraqi Air Force against

Kurds

1965 Arif govt claimed plot by Communists and Kurds in Mosul had been discovered

1966 Planes bombed Baghdad in support of ex-Gen Razzaq’s coup Razzaq’s group took

control of Baghdad Radio Pres Arif called on Mosul Command for aid that sent commando brigade that took control of Baghdad Razzaq sent into exile in England

1973 Police Chief Kazzar launched failed coup against Bakr Arrested Defense Minister Shihab and

Interior Minister Ghaydan Failed to assassinate Bakr and Saddam

1973 Coup plotter Police Chief Kazzar was captured trying to flee to Iran but not before he killed Def

Min Shihab and seriously wounded Inter Min Ghaydan

1980 Newly elected parliament took office Naim Haddad of Revolutionary Command Council elected

speaker 

1986 Iraq abandoned Mehran Iraq after took it in May Hoped to swap Mehran for Iraqi territory

Tehran said no

1988 Iraq recaptured Mawet, Kurdistan 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)

1991 Saddam created special committee headed by Tariq Aziz to conceal weapons programs from UN

inspectors

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1993 Barzani and Talabani presented their differences to Kurdish parliament Was mostly about

grievances over taxes collected from trade with Iran and Turkey

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld said no guerrilla war or organized resistance in Iraq

2003 Report IAEA had US British German experts look at aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy All said they

were for rockets not centrifuges

2003 New Republic article quoted intel officials that Bush admin exaggerated Iraq aluminum tubes story

Part of CIA trying to blame White House for WMD claims

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2003 UK Under Sec Def Tebbit wrote to Def Min Hoon on his trip to Iraq Said no integrated plan for

rebuilding Iraq Didn’t know whether US would give Bremer authority to manage task Said Bremer wanted UK help with police training

2007 Battle of Donkey Island US destroyed ISI force planning to attack Ramadi Was first major attack

upon city since district secured by Awakening

2008 IEDs targeted 5 judges in Baghdad 1 chief justice killed 3 wounded

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Judiciary Under Attack)

2008 Iraq offered 8 oil fields and 2 gas fields for foreign investment Wanted to sign deals in one month

Pre-approved 41 companies to bid on fields Before said would have no bid contracts Wouldn’t happen until 2009

2008 Report during ISF fighting Mahdi Army in Baghdad in Mar-Apr Mahdi Army  expelled Sunnis

from 5 east Baghdad neighborhoods

2008 PM Maliki and VP Hashemi made deal to allow Iraqi Accordance Front to return to govt

Accordance Front got nothing in return Boycotted govt in Aug 07 to protest being excluded by Maliki

2008 UN got Article 140 extended to this date Nothing happened Supposed to determine future of

disputed areas Original deadline Dec 07

2009 US withdrew forces from Iraqi cities

(Musings On Iraq Iraq After The U.S. Withdrawal)

2009 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said 2 UK hostages it kidnapped and turned over died from natural causes

Autopsy showed they were shot Were killed in Iran

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

(Musings On Iraq Iranians Planned Kidnapping And Held British Captives Taken In Iraq) 

2010 Sadr called on followers of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to give up on their leader Khazali and rejoin

Sadrist movement

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

2010 Govt only paid 85% of sahwa Half of Baghdad sahwa not paid in Apr and May Police stopped

protests by Sahwa in Ninewa over not getting paid

2010 Report Lancet study authors that est 655,000 Iraqis killed due to US invasion refused to

answer questions Amer Assoc for Public Opinion Research censured authors for ethical violations for refusing to release their survey data 1 author Burnham admitted that sampling methodology was different from how explained in report Johns Hopkins investigated and suspended Burnham for violating protocol

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part I)

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part II)

(Musings On Iraq New Survey On Estimated Deaths In Iraq Refutes Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mark Van Der Laan on Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Michael Spagat on Lancet reports)

2011 MP on integrity committee said court issued warrant for fmr Trade Min Sudani for stealing $55 mil

Was arrested in 2009 Acquitted 2010 MP said there was political pressure on case PM Maliki interfered in 2009 case Sudani from Maliki’s Dawa Part of stolen money paid for his 2009 and 2010 election campaigns

2011 Report Feb new tariffs started to cut cheap imports which flooded Iraq Hurt businesses Mar

tariffs suspended

2011 Report 15 US soldiers killed in Jun Kataib Hezbollah and Sadr’s Promised Day Brigades blamed

Most US combat deaths since Jun 08 New wave of attacks by Special Groups began Mar 11 when Obama admin said it wanted a troop extension past 2011 withdrawal

2011 Report Democracy and Human Rights Development Center said 100s of human rights violations in

KRG in 2010 416 lawsuits for arrests without investigations 220 court violations like no lawyer or not allowing suspect to testify Police Asayesh judges ignore laws

2011 Human Rights Watch Demanded investigation into police clash with protesters in Baghdad in Jun

Men with pipes knives and sticks attacked protesters Police did nothing and supported attack 2 Defense Min officials said 150 plain clothes police and soldiers to infiltrate protests and then attack them Called protesters Baathists Chanted pro-PM Maliki slogans

2012 Spokesman for Investors Union in KRG said investments a mess Some projects useless just started

to make money not produce anything Fake companies set up projects to steal money Lax regulations meant little done about them

2012 Parliament’s integrity comm accused Electricity Min Hassan of wasting $7 bil Neglected equipment

that arrived at Basra port Left out in open where hot weather damaged it Some equipment stolen

2013 KRG parliament voted to postpone presidential elections so Pres Barzani could stay in office for 2

more years Led to fight in parliament between PUK and Gorran  MPs Gorran called Barzani a dictator

2014 ISIS killed Mohammed Khamis head of Ramadi Awakening Council

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2014 Report Naqshibandi cmdrs in Diyala said would not join IS Said ideological differences between 2

2014 23 bodies found in Muqdadiya Diyala Mostly sheikhs Hashd blamed

2016 Abadi govt suppressing losses in war vs IS Sources said 394 ISF killed 3308 wounded in

Fallujah op Others said up to 900 deaths Didn’t include Hashd or civilians

2017 People in Hillah Babil blocked Baghdad-Babil highway protesting lack of drinking water

2017 Sheikh Saghir left ISCI Abdul Mahdi and Baqir Zubaidi also left Complained about

leadership

2017 UN called on Abadi govt to stop forcing out IS families from Mosul and other areas Said

100s of families threatened in Salahaddin Anbar Ninewa

2017 Human Rights Watch IS killed people fleeing Mosul ISF executed people they thought were

IS members in Mosul

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi met with UN delegation Called on intl community to help with

reconstruction more Govt had no rebuilding plan or money

2019 Ninewa Gov Marid called on intl community to do more rebuilding province Said

Mosul needed $5 bil

2019 Report 1000s of tribal fighters fought for 5 yrs vs IS with no salaries and few

weapons Never accepted into Hashd Groups were restricted in what could do because feared by Shiite parties

2019 Protesters clashed with police in Dhi Qar Demanded governor resign Basra governor

said he would implement demands of protesters Didn’t Protest at Rumaila oil field demanding jobs Protests in 2 other parts of Basra

2020 Report Kataib Hezbollah threatened to sue PM Kazemi for raid on its office Said Kazemi

pro-US Hezbollah al-Nujaba said US didn’t want to leave Iraq Tried to humiliate the Resistance Protest by pro-Iran Hashd burned US flags Steppled on pictures of PM

2020 Fmr Finance Min Issawi released for insufficient evidence on terrorism charges

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Review Volatile Landscape, Iraq and Its Insurgent Movements

Mardini, Ramzy, Editor, Volatile Landscape, Iraq and Its Insurgent Movements, Washington D.C.: Jamestown Foundation, 2010


 

Full disclosure, I wrote a chapter for this book

 

Volatile Landscape, Iraq and Its Insurgent Movements is a collection of reports from the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor written by various authors. Like any anthology it is very inconsistent. The first half is about the Iraqi insurgency and has the most problems. The second part is much better about Iraqi politics.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 29 Nouri mosque in Mosul liberated where IS’s Baghdadi declared the caliphate Iraqi forces claimed Mosul freed but fighting continued

(AP)

 

1915 US consulate report on anti-Turk riot in Karbala

1921 Faisal arrived in Baghdad 1st time in preparation to be crowned king

(Musings On Iraq review Empires of the Sand, The Struggle For Mastery In The Middle East 1789-1923)

1923 Clerics Isfahani and Nayini arrived in Karbala in protest march against deportation of cleric

Khalisi for opposing parliamentary elections but only two other clerics joined them

1932 Assyrian leader Mar Shimun issued letter telling Assyrian Levies to stop resigning Not all listened

Over 400 still resigned

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

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1947 Baghdad hung four of Barzani's lieutenants and arrested Sheikh Ahmed Barzani

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

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

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

1948 PM Pachachi govt formed Maintained martial law using excuse of Arab-Israeli War Went after

opposition

1966 PM Bazzaz announced new deal with Kurds with decentralization instead of

autonomy Recognized Kurdish rights Ceasefire began Made against wishes of military

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

1966 Some 10,000 killed and 80,000 displaced during fighting between Kurds and govt from 1961-1966

1966 Ex-Gen Razzaq attempted coup Seized air base and had 4th Division march on

Baghdad

1982 Iraq claimed it had withdrawn all its troops from Iranian territory Iraq still held border areas

between Qasr e-Shriin and Fakkeh in center across from Diyala

1988 Iraq continued push into Mawat Valley Sulaymaniya and then towards Iranian border

(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 Inspectors told Iraq it was obliged to divulge all info about its nuclear program

1992 Attempted coup by 4 officers in Republican Guard put down by Saddam 150 Republican Guard

officers executed and dismissed in aftermath

2003 Report Sec State Powell misrepresented recording of Republican Guard in Feb 03 UN speech to

make it seem like they were trying to hide WMD

2003 FmrAmb Wilson claimed it unlikely British intel didn’t receive CIA reporting that Iraq-Niger

uranium papers were fake Claimed he saw fake Iraq-Niger docs He didn’t Also had no knowledge of CIA-British intel sharing

(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)

2003 1st UN inspector chief Ekeus OpEd said Iraq’s strategic rationale for WMD was Iran not the US or west

Said Iraq learned from Iran-Iraq War its chemical weapons quickly deteriorated Iraq changed its WMD policy after Gulf War to stop producing and focus upon design and engineering Iraq started just in time WMD program to work on infrastructure and then produce chemical weapons right before war Said Iraq’s WMD threat was in its research know how and production facilities Said letting Saddam stay in power with WMD know how was a threat

2004 New PM Allawi announced Saddam and 11 others would face trial for their crimes under Saddam’s

govt

2006 VP Cheney stood by his claim that the insurgency was in its “last throes” in 2005 Said people

would look back at 2005 as a turning point in Iraq Said US underestimated the insurgency and damage Saddam’s rule did to Iraq

2006 US military said most captured foreign fighters in Iraq came from Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia

in that order

(Musings On Iraq The Saudi Role In The Iraqi Insurgency)

2007 Bush speech mentioned Al Qaeda 27 times Said Al Qaed attacked US on 9/11 and was now in Iraq

Part of White House media campaign to gain support for Surge US military press releases on Iraq mentioned Al Qaeda 33 times in a week

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front ministers boycotted cabinet Demanded investigation into

Culture Min who had warrant for attempted assassination of a politician

2008 PM Maliki promised Jabouri tribe limited autonomy in return for their support and joining Tribal

            Support Council

2008 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa council in Baquba Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

2008 US Army released history of 2003-05 occupation of Iraq Criticized Gen Franks for withdrawing

from Iraq right after invasion and turning over control to Gen Sanchez who didn’t have staff to manage war Army should’ve demanded better postwar planning but didn’t because made best case planning US didn’t have enough troops for occupation

2009 Iraq auctioned 8 oil and gas fields to international energy companies Rumaila only field

successfully auctioned Was considered a failure at 1st further hurting standing of Oil Min Shahristani that parliament was trying to remove

(Musings On Iraq 1st Oil Bidding Round Flops In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Continued Attempts To Develop its Oil Industry)

(Musings On Iraq Was The Iraq War About Oil?)

2009 Report ISF kidnapping Sahwa Holding them for ransom Baghdad Sahwa leader taken by ISF Held in

secret jail and told he had to pay $50,000 to be released Another Sahwa leader in Baghdad told by Def Min he would be arrested unless paid $15,000

2010 Fmr adv to Iraqi police in 2003 Brand testified to Chilcot Comm Said postwar plans for

Iraq’s police were unrealistic and lacked resources DeBaathification hurt rebuilding police US and UK didn’t prioritize effort

2010 Iraq approved $17 bil deal with Shell and Mitsubishi to exploit natural gas in Basra

2010 Report Foreign official said Um Qasr port worst in Mideast Ships lined up and waited No machinery

No service No system at work at port Oil companies struggled to get equipment to Iraq due to port Foreign companies complained about lack of capacity bad roads lack of infrastructure Govt had $6 bil plan for new port at Faw Never finished

2011 Report Def Sec Gates accused Special Groups of attacking US forces backed by Iran Said 40% of

US deaths since 2010 happened in last few months Said Iran and militias wanted to take credit for US withdrawal

2013 Report KRG 5 yr agricultural plan started in 09 failed Supposed to make KRG self-sufficient in

crops Fmr Agricultural Min said unqualified officials put in charge of planning Cabinet adv said KRG hadn’t funded program KRG remained oil dependent

2014 ISIS spokesman Adnani Promise of Allah statement said would form the caliphate under Caliph

Ibrahim/Abu Omar al-Baghdad Said that all Muslims had to give allegiance to the caliphate

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2014 ISF attacked Saqlawiya in Anbar Hashd attacked Bashir in Kirkuk ISF withdrew from Tikrit Attack

failed PM Maliki ordered op trying to retake Tikrit before parliament met to form new govt

2015 Report Anbar council accused Hashd of burning homes in Nukhaib Demanded Hashd

brigade removed from province

2016 US gave Iraq $2.7 bil line of credit to buy military equipment

2016 ISF aviation intercepted convoy of several hundred IS vehicles fleeing Fallujah US joined in

Destroyed most of the vehicles

2017 Nouri Mosque Mosul liberated by Iraqi forces where IS’s Baghdadi declared the caliphate in 2014

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 256 Jun 29 2017)

2017 Golden Div claimed 60 IS fighters killed taking Nuri Mosque in Mosul Golden Div cmdr Gen

Asadi then claimed 600 IS fighters killed Before ISF claimed only 300-400 IS fighters left in city Golden Div spokesman claimed all of Mosul freed with only sporadic fighting Battle for city would continue for few more weeks

2017 Doctor working with ISF said over 200 civilians killed in last weeks of fighting for Old City

in Mosul

2017 1st protest of summer over services led by Sadrists in Najaf Burned building Led to police shooting

at crowd 4 dead 20 wounded

2017 Report IS lost 80% of its revenue over last 2 yrs Went from $81 mil/mo in 2015 to $16

mil/mo in 2017 Lost oil fields in Syria Lost cities and populations

2017 Canadian court issued warrant to seize tanker with KRG oil after lawsuit by Iraq

2019 Dir Sunni Endowment in Ninewa said demographic change being forced upon city Said Shiite

Endowment taking over Sunni mosques

2019 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali claimed US using Basra protests to try to overthrow govt

and turn Iraq into next Libya

2019 Report activists calling for protests every Friday Sadr talking about protests in

Baghdad along with Communists

2019 Report Protest in Basra broken up by ISF Then went to homes of protesters and

arrested them

2020 Kataib Hezbollah members arrested for rocket attacks in Baghdad by Counter Terror

Service released by Hashd Security Directorate for lack of evidence

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

2020 Activists house in Dhi Qar bombed

2021 Report Sadrists got control of secretary gen of PM’s office May 2019 sec gen said all acting

officials would be replaced by permanent ones Replaced by Sadrists that gained deputy ministers senior officials heads of state bodies that control contracts budgets appointments

2021 Secretary of KRG’s cabinet said debt rose to $31 bil due to advances by oil traders and

unpaid govt salaries Oct 2021 debt was $28 bil

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This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 3 IS car bomb in Baghdad set off fire in mall Killed 324 Wounded 200 One of the deadliest bombings

(VOA)   1923 35 clerics and religious students left Iraq for Persia to protest deportation of cleric Khalisi for his opposition to parliam...