Iraqi Insurgency (2002-Present)

This timeline covers the Iraqi insurgency from when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi entered Iraq in 2002 to the present time.

 

Musings On Iraq review Zarqawi, The New Face of Al Qaeda

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Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS

Musings On Iraq review The Master Plan, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy For Final Victory

Musings On Iraq review ISIS Inside The Army of Terror, Revised & Updated

Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency

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

Musings On Iraq review It Takes More than a Network, The Iraqi Insurgency and Organization Adaptation

Musings On Iraq review Islamic State The Digital Caliphate

Musings On Iraq review After The Caliphate

Musings On Iraq review Why Do You Kill? The Untold Sotry of the Iraqi Resistance

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

Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening the American Strategy In Al Anbar

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

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

Musings On Iraq review The Terrorists of Iraq, Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraqi Insurgency 2003-2014

Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq

Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Apocalypse, The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of The Islamic State

Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror

 

2002

May CIA reported that Zarqawi was in Baghdad

 

June foreign intelligence service, likely Jordanians, told Iraqi intelligence that Zarqawi was

in Baghdad Iraqi intelligence said it couldn’t find him

 

Jul 17 Iraq issued arrest warrant for Zarqawi who had been traveling through the country

from Iran

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

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS Inside The Army of Terror, Revised & Updated)

 

Aug 17 Iraq intelligence issued order to keep an eye out for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

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

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS Inside The Army of Terror, Revised & Updated)

 

2003

Jan 27 William Safire NYTimes piece said Zarqawi went to Baghdad Then to Kurdistan

            to Ansar al-Islam proving Iraq-Al Qaeda link

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Master Plan, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy For Final Victory)

 

February Zarqawi met with Al Qaeda’s military commander Mohammed Ibrahim Makawi

aka Saif Adel in Iran to discuss fighting Americans in upcoming invasion of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Master Plan, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy For Final Victory)

 

March British intelligence said Zarqawi had set up cells in Baghdad to fight US occupation

 

Mar 24 Al Qaeda spokesman called on Muslims to join the jihad against the US in Iraq

 

Mar 29 1st Suicide bomber in Iraq war hits US checkpoint in Najaf killing 4 soldiers

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

 

Mar 31 Ansar al-Islam issued statement Said it regrouped in north and would carry out

suicide bombings against the Coalition occupation

Mar 31 1st car bomb in Iraq hit US checkpoint north of Najaf

Mar 31 Saddam didn’t give televised speech as expected Instead Information Minister

            Sahaf did calling on Iraqis to carry out suicide missions against the invaders

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

 

Apr 4 US forces hit by female suicide car bomb at Haditha Dam Women had made video beforehand aired on Al Jazeera

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

 

Apr 9 US intel report Baathists Fedayeen Iraqi forces operating independently of orders

            Would continue to fight until eliminated

 

Apr 10 Suicide bomber hit Marine checkpoint in Baghdad wounding 4

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

 

Apr 11 2 US soldiers killed and several dozen wounded in firefights in different parts

            of Iraq

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

 

Apr 12 Head CENTCOM postwar planning Col Benson briefed Gen Webster Dep Cmd US

ground forces in Iraq on revised plans Said would be resistance by former regime elements after war sectarian violence revenge ethnic cleaning Said foreign jihadists would start coming to Iraq Predicted US occupation would last 3-5 years

 

Apr 24 2 drive by shootings on US base in Kut, Wasit

 

Apr 25 Only Iraqi policemen to help US in Fallujah executed outside his house

 

Apr 27 Grenade thrown at 82nd Airborne troops wounding 2 in Ramadi

 

Apr 28 Protest in Fallujah led to shooting US troops killed 17 and wounded more than 70

            Start of insurgency in city

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

 

May 1 Grenades thrown into US base in Fallujah wounding 7 soldiers

 

May 27 Cleric at Fallujah mosque praised 1st serious attack on US troops 2 soldiers killed

            9 injured at checkpoint

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

 

Jun 6 Imam at Abu Hanifa Mosque in Adhmaiya Baghdad called for resistance to the

            US occupation

 

Jun 12 1st bombing of an Iraqi oil pipeline near Kirkuk after invasion

 

Jun 16 Gen Abizaid CENTCOM commander said that US was facing classic insurgency

            in Iraq White House had been denying that

 

Jun 18 Gen Odierno 4th Inf Div commander said US wasn’t facing an insurgency

in Iraq because wasn’t organized opposition Said there were attack on US troops but were insignificant overall

Jun 18 Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz told Congress US facing an insurgency

            in Iraq but U.S. could beat it

 

Jun 19 Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said that US only fighting small groups of dead

enders in Iraq Tried to compare insurgency in Baghdad to murder rate in Wash DC to say it wasn’t bad

Jun 19 Wolfowitz told Congress insurgents were “last remains of a dying cause”

 

Jun 22 Bush blamed former regime elements for attacks in Iraq

 

Jun 24 Fallujah’s mayor’s office hit by RPG for working with US

 

Jun 25 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)

 

Jun 30 Rumsfeld said no guerrilla war or organized resistance in Iraq

 

Jul 1 Mosque in Fallujah bombed killing 5 wounding 4

 

Jul 5 US police training center in Ramadi bombed 7 police killed 40 wounded

 

Jul 16 Mayor of Haditha and his son assassinated by insurgents

 

Jul 21 UN-IOM convoy fired upon by insurgents in Babil 1st attack on humanitarian

            group in Iraq

 

Jul 27 Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz claimed that Iraq’s insurgency had no

            support in Iraq or in region

 

Aug 7 Zarqawi bombed Jordanian embassy in Baghdad killing 17 wounding 40

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

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

 

Aug 9 CPA head Paul Bremer said Ansar al-Islam escaped to Iran during invasion and

            were now returning to Iraq to carry out terrorist attacks

 

Aug 16 Insurgent attack on Abu Ghraib prison 6 prisoners killed 59 wounded

 

Aug 19 Zarqawi bombed UN headquarters in Baghdad killed 23 including UN Rep de

            Mello and injured over 100

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Terrorists of Iraq, Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraqi Insurgency 2003-2014)

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

 

Aug 20 Bush at NSC meeting said US had to re-evaluate enemy in Iraq after Zarqawi

            bombed UN in Baghdad

Aug 20 Report Claim up to 3,000 Saudis had gone to Iraq to fight U.S.

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

 

Aug 26 Humanitarian aid groups announced pulling out workers from Iraq after terrorist

            attacks by Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq review The Terrorists of Iraq, Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraqi Insurgency 2003-2014)

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

 

Aug 29 SCIRI head Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim killed in Najaf’s Imam Ali shrine car

bombing by Zarqawi 125 killed 500 wounded Car driven by Yassin Jarrad father of Zarqawi’s second wife

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

 

Aug 30 CIA report Security entering new phase after bombing in Najaf that killed Ayatollah

Hakim Foreign fighters flowing into Iraq to join groups that wanted to undermine U.S. occupation Warned start of insurgency could reverse progress in Iraq and attacks would continue regardless of whether Saddam captured or not

 

Sep 2 Zarqawi car bomb hit Baghdad police HQ killing 1 wounding 20

 

Sep 3 UK Joint Intelligence Committee report on security in Iraq Said security would

remain poor and could get worse in next year leading to more spectacular attacks Former regime elements, Islamists main threats Said Islamists now saw Iraq was the main front for Jihad

 

Sep 7 Bush press conference Admitted that hundreds to thousands of foreign fighters had

entered Iraq to carry out attacks

 

Sep 9 Zarqawi hit US intel base in Irbil with suicide car bomb killing 3 wounding 54

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

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

 

Sep 17 Saddam audio tape released on Al Arabiya called for US to withdraw from Iraq

            and to increase attacks

 

Sep 20 Governing Council member Aqila Hashemi shot outside her home in Baghdad

            Would die 3 days later

 

Sep 22 Zarqawi bombed Canal Hotel Baghdad 2 dead 19 wounded

Sep 22 Bombing of UN compound led to unanimous decision to evacuate UN staff from

            Iraq

 

Sep 23 Iraqi Governing Council member Aqila Hashemi died after being shot 3 days

            before outside her home

 

Sep 25 Baghdad hotel used as base for NBC News bombed 1 guard killed

 

Sep 27 Insurgents fired 3 rockets at Rashid Hotel in Baghdad

 

Sep 29 Islamic Army of Iraq founded

 

Oct 2 US commander in Iraq Gen Sanchez said insurgency had evolved and gotten more

            deadly

 

Oct 9 Zarqawi hit Sadr City police station with suicide car bomb killing 10

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

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

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

Oct 9 Spanish diplomat in Iraq assassinated

 

Oct 12 Zarqawi hit Baghdad Hotel with suicide car bomb 8 dead 32 wounded

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

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

 

Oct 14 Zarqawi suicide car bombing of Turkish Embassy in Baghdad 2 dead 13 wounded

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

 

Oct 15 UK Joint Intelligence Comm report Worried that Iraq would become new base for

jihadists Significant number of Islamists had already travelled to Iraq Could become base for recruiting training and attacks and could get worse

 

Oct 19 Bin Laden tape aired on Al Jazeera Congratulated Iraqis for resisting Americans in

Iraq Said US was mired in the swamps of the Tigris and Euphrates

 

Oct 26 Baghdad’s Rashid Hotel hit by rocket while Wolfowitz staying there 16 killed 18

wounded

Oct 26 US military said were not many foreign fighters in Baghdad

 

Oct 27 National Security Adviser Rice at NSC said Iraq’s insurgency was desperate and not

going to succeed

Oct 27 Zarqawi bombed Red Cross HQ and 4 police stations in Baghdad Sixth attack foiled

35 dead and 244 injured at start of Ramadan

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

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

Oct 27 Saddam called on insurgents to attack Iraqi security forces rather than U.S. led

coalition

Oct 27 U.S. military blamed foreign fighters for spate of Baghdad bombings Day before

denied foreign fighters important in capital Said insurgents were paying 10 times as much for people to carry out attacks against US forces

 

Oct 30 US National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq said Iraqis not foreigners behind most

of insurgency and local grievances including US occupation were fueling violence

 

Nov 1 Zarqawi truck bomb hit Italian Carabinieri HQ in Nasiriya killing 14

Nov 1 Assistant commander 1st Armored Div Gen Hertling said that the insurgency was

faltering

Nov 1 Bush said former regime members and foreigners behind insurgency but US would not

quit

 

Nov 2 US Chinook helicopter shot down near Fallujah Killed 13 soldiers Deadliest post-

invasion attack on US up to that point

Nov 2 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Sanchez said violence in Iraq was strategically insignificant

 

Nov 10 CIA report more Iraqis joining insurgency

(Musings On Iraq review State of War, The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration)

 

Nov 10 PUK HQ in Kirkuk bombed by insurgents

(Musings On Iraq How Did Kirkuk Become Such A Divisive Issue? A Portrait of The City In

2003)

 

Nov 11 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Sanchez said US would be more aggressive fighting insurgency

Nov 11 Rumsfeld said that US facing low-intensity war in Iraq

Nov 11 NSC meeting CIA official said US facing insurgency in Iraq Rumsfeld said that was

wrong word and wanted definition Bremer agreed with CIA official that US facing insurgency in Iraq Bush said he didn’t see an insurgency in press and didn’t want to hear about it in press Bush said US had to stay the course and succeed in Iraq Dep Sec of Sate Armitage thought Bush in denial about what was happening in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review State of War, The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration)

 

Nov 12 Zarqawi bombed Italian police in Nasiriyah killing 19 Italians 15 civilians and

wounding around 100

 

Nov 19 Car bomb at Sheikh Suleiman’s home after he made deal with US for police to take

over security in Ramadi

 

Nov 20 Suicide truck bomb hit PUK office in Kirkuk killing 5

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

 

Nov 22 US transport plane hit by missile at Baghdad International Airport

 

Nov 29 Insurgent attacks killed 7 Spanish intelligence officers and 2 Japanese diplomats in

Iraq

 

Dec 9 Suicide Car bomb on Mosul camp wounded 41 US troops and 6 Iraqi civilians

 

Dec 15 Report Al Qaeda was going to divert fighters and funds from Afghanistan to Iraq

 

2004

Jan 4 Bin Laden said US war in Iraq attempt to control region’s oil and start of holy war

            in Middle East

 

Jan 5 Zarqawi called on Muslims to join his jihad in Iraq

 

Jan 6 2 Frenchmen shot and killed in Fallujah after car broke down

 

Jan 18 Truck bomb hit US headquarters at Republican Palace Baghdad Killed 20

            wounded more than 100

 

Jan 31 Car Bomb at Mosul police station killed 9 wounded 45

 

Feb 1 2 suicide bombers hit KDP and PUK offices in Irbil killed 117 injured 133

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

 

Feb 4 Future IS leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi arrested by Americans and sent to Camp

Bucca

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Feb 9 US released Zarqawi letter to Al Qaeda Said goal to start sectarian war by attacking

Shiites to rally Sunnis to its cause

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation) 2004 Report White

 

Feb 10 Car bomb hit Iskandiriya Babil police station killed 50

 

Feb 11 Suicide bombing on army recruitment center in Baghdad killed 36

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

 

Feb 12 CENTCOM commander Gen Abizaid’s convoy attacked in Fallujah

 

Feb 14 Fallujah police station attacked by insurgents dressed in ISF uniforms killing

            more than 20 officers and releasing prisoners

 

Feb 23 US killed Nidhal Mohammed Arabiyat Al Qaeda in Iraq’s top bombmaker Developed

early car bombs

 

Feb 25 Insurgents killed deputy police chief in Mosul

 

Mar 2 5 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide bombers hit Karbala and Khadimiya during Ashura

killing 270 wounding 570

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

 

Mar 10 82nd Airborne Div commander claimed insurgency in Anbar was in disarray Next

month 1st Battle of Fallujah would be fought

 

Mar 17 Bombing of Mount Lebanon hotel in Baghdad killed 27 wounded 40 

 

Mar 20 Bombings against Shiite pilgrims in Karbala during Ashura left 165 dead more than

230 wounded Suicide bombers attacked Shiite pilgrims at Khadmiya shrine Baghdad

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

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

 

Mar 27 Marine patrol got into 36 hr gunfight in Fallujah

 

Mar 31 Insurgents ambushed Blackwater convoy and killed 4 contractors in Fallujah 2

            were strung up on bridge

 

Apr 5 Zarqawi recording released calling for more attacks upon US led Coalition and

            Shiites

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

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

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

 

Apr 6 Marines on way to Fallujah ambushed in Ramadi 12 killed and 25 wounded

 

Apr 7 US intel memo said that Sunni areas were a lost cause Sunnis didn’t see

            themselves having role in new Iraq US trying to create

 

Apr 8 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid said that US would get Fallujah under control

Apr 8 Fighting in Fallujah left 460 Iraqis and 36 US troops dead

Apr 8 Several Japanese aid workers kidnapped

 

Apr 9 Human Rights Minister Abdul Turki resigned saying Battle of Fallujah was a

violation of human rights 1 other member of Iraqi Governing Council boycotted and two others threatened to resign over Battle of Fallujah

Apr 9 Bremer ordered end to 1st Battle of Fallujah because of negative publicly and

            complaints by Iraqi politicians 

Apr 9 US contractor fuel convoy attacked in Abu Ghraib leading Brown & Root to

            suspend all its convoys in Iraq

 

Apr 10 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped American Nick Berg and took him to Fallujah Would

            later be beheaded by Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

Apr 11 Iraqi 202nd Bn collapsed under insurgent attacks in Fallujah

 

Apr 12 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid said ISF were huge disappointment so far

            fighting insurgents

 

Apr 14 5 bridges connecting central to southern Iraq destroyed limiting movement of US

forces

Apr 14 Italian security guard became first foreign hostage executed by insurgents

 

Apr 15 Ansar al-Islam called on Iraqis to join the jihad against the US

 

Apr 19 Marines and Fallujah leaders worked out deal for insurgents to turn over heavy

            weapons

 

Apr 21 Car bombs in Basra City killed more than 70

 

Apr 22 After no real weapons turned over by insurgents in Fallujah Gen Conway said

            militants had days to do so or city would be attacked again

 

Apr 24 Insurgents launched boat attack upon Basra oil terminal killing 2 US sailors

 

Apr 26 Zarqawi announced his group Tawhid wal-Jihad

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

 

Apr 28 Fighting between US marines and insurgents continued in Fallujah while US

            commander claimed ceasefire holding

Apr 28 UK intel assessment said another attack upon Fallujah would make political and

security situation in Iraq worse

 

Apr 29 Sheikh Jabani’s brother and 3 kids kidnapped in Fallujah for fighting insurgents

 

May 3 Heavy fighting between insurgents and US forces closed down road to Baghdad

            airport

 

May 7 Zarqawi beheaded American Nick Berg and video taped it

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

May 7 Bin Laden tape offered reward for killing US and UN officials or citizens of any

            country that had troops in Iraq

 

May 11 Zarqawi released video of himself beheading US hostage Nick Berg Zarqawi

            claimed revenge for Abu Ghraib abuses

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

May 17 Zarqawi killed Iraqi Governing Council head Salim with a suicide bomber in

            Baghdad

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

 

Jun 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide car bombing Army recruitment center Baghdad killed 35

            wounded 145

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

 

Jun 22 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded S Korean civilian Kim Sun-il

 

Jun 23 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz said what was going on in Iraq was not an

            insurgency Said it was former regime elements who didn't want to give up

Jun 23 Report were two waves of foreign fighters to Iraq one before and one after 2003 invasion

Jun 23 Report cooperation between Baathist and jihadist insurgents in Iraq and international terror

networks including Al Qaeda

 

Jun 24 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

 

Jul 5 Report Zarqawi’s bombing moved him from the margins to the center of the

            Insurgency

 

Jul 8 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Bulgarian civilians Georgi Lazov and Ivaylo Kepov

Jul 8 US and Iraqi intelligence reports said Zarqawi was using Fallujah as a base

 

Jul 14 US appointed governor of Mosul assassinated

 

Jul 15 Report in 2003 UK intel found Zarqawi setting up cells in Baghdad 

 

Jul 18 Insurgents offered $285,000 reward for anyone that could kill PM Allawi

 

Jul 20 Filipino driver kidnapped by insurgents Was released after Philippines withdrew

            its 51 soldiers from Iraq

 

Jul 28 68 killed in suicide car bomb on police center Baquba Diyala

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

 

Aug 1 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed 6 churches in Baghdad and Mosul 12 killed 71

            wounded

 

Aug 2 Al Qaeda in Iraq War Minister Abu Masri executed Turkish civilian Murat Yuce

 

Aug 28 Iraqi insurgents kidnapped 2 French reporters Gave Paris 48 hrs to end ban on

            schoolgirls wearing headscarves

 

Sep 2 2 Americans Jack Henlsey and Eugene Armstrong and Briton Kenneth Bigley

            kidnapped by Zarqawi in Baghdad

 

Sep 9 Major fighting broke out between US forces and insurgents in Tal Afar 57

            insurgents killed along with 27 civilians and another 70 wounded

 

Sep 11 Zarqawi recording condemned Muslims who were not supporting jihad in Iraq

 

Sep 14 Al Qaeda in Iraq car bomb hit Baghdad police station Killed 59 wounded almost

            100

 

Sep 18 Zarqawi front group Jihad and Unification video aired on Al Jazeera saying it

had kidnapped 2 Americans and Briton in Baghdad Demanded release of Iraqi women prisoners Were only 2 being held both WMD scientists

 

Sep 20 Zarqawi aired video of beheading American Eugene Armstrong kidnapped in

            Baghdad

 

Sep 22 US civilian Jack Hensley beheaded by Zarqawi Body dumped in Baghdad 

Sep 22 2 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 21 wounded 150

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

Sep 22 Gun battle in Samarra led US forces to seal off city

 

Sep 27 US arrested Gen Najm head of Iraqi National Guard in Diyala for ties to insurgency

 

Sep 28 Report Jan 03 Natl Intel Council issued 2 reports saying US invasion of Iraq would

            increase support for Islamism could lead to insurgency

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Sep 29 Briton Kenneth Bigley beheaded by Zarqawi

 

Sep 30 UK intel report said Sunnis did not believe in politics because didn’t gain anything

Said majority of Sunnis supported insurgency Felt loss of power fear of Shiite rule and Iranian influence United by opposition to occupation Sunnis believed armed struggle rather than politics could achieve their goals

 

Oct 2 Bush said Zarqawi travelled to Iraq before 03 invasion Killed USAID official Foley in

            Jordan

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

 

Oct 4 Car Bombs in Baghdad’s Green Zone and Mosul killed 21 Wounded 90

Oct 4 CIA review found no connection between Saddam and Zarqawi as White House

            claimed

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

 

Oct 8 Family of British hostage Ken Bigley said he had been killed by insurgents

 

Oct 14 Insurgents suicide bombers penetrated Green Zone killed 5 wounded 18

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

 

Oct 15 US put Zarqawi on its terrorist list

 

Oct 16 Attacks upon 5 churches

 

Oct 17 Zarqawi pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda Tawhid wal Jihad

became Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

Oct 17 Heavy fighting in east and south Fallujah between US forces and insurgents

 

Oct 19 Head of aid group Care was kidnapped in Baghdad Later killed by insurgents

Oct 19 PM Allawi got US to free insurgent leader Sheikh Jumaili in attempt to split

            militants in Fallujah against Zarqawi Failed

 

Oct 23 Al Qaeda in Iraq dressed as police took 49 Iraqi soldiers off bus and executed them in

Diyala

 

Oct 22 Report Around 20 families most exiles like the Majids who were cousins of Saddam

were financing the insurgency

 

Oct 29 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Japanese civilian Shosei Koda

 

Nov 9 Insurgents seized 66% of Mosul’s police stations

 

Nov 11 Insurgents attacked police stations across Ramadi causing collapse of force

Nov 11 Zarqawi arrived in Ramadi after leaving Fallujah during 2nd battle

Nov 11 Al Qaeda in Iraq seized 14 police stations and established temporary control of Mosul

 

Nov 14 Insurgents kidnapped wounded police from Mosul hospital and dismembered

them Led to ½ of city’s police to quit All but one police station in city fell to militants

 

Nov 15 Heavy gun battles broke out in Baquba Diyala between insurgents and US forces

 

Nov 19 US Gen Smith dep cmdr CENTCOM said insurgents were carrying out effective

            intimidation campaign before Jan 05 elections

 

Nov 24 Report US portrayed Zarqawi and foreigners leading Battle of Fallujah but leaders

were local Iraqis

 

Nov 25 Defense Science Board report Iraq invasion given jihadists around the world a cause

and supported their narrative

 

Dec 3 3 members of Ansar al-Islam arrested for planning to assassinate PM Allawi

 

Dec 5 Suicide car bomb hit police station at main gate to Green Zone killed 7 wounded 50

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

 

Dec 9 Al Qaeda in Iraq statement said Shiites were supporting crusaders in Iraq Called

Ayatollah Sistani a collaborator Attacked Iraqi forces fighting in Fallujah Said that Kurds and Christians were working with the Shiites and called Iraqi Islamic Party hypocrites

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

 

Dec 17 Bush briefed by DIA that insurgency was robust and strong and could lead to civil

war without reconciliation Said Syria financing militants

 

Dec 19 Suicide bomber in Karbala killed 14 and wounded 30 and car bomb in Najaf killed

48 wounded 90

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

Dec 19 30 insurgents attacked members of Election Commission on Haifa St Baghdad

Dragged them from car and shot them in street

 

Dec 21 Insurgents attacked US camp in Ninewa killing 24 including 19 US soldiers Wounded

60 Deadliest attack on US so far

Dec 21 Insurgents released 2 French reporters they kidnapped 4 months ago

 

Dec 27 Al Jazeera aired bin Laden tape calling Zarqawi the prince of Al Qaeda in Iraq

            Bin Laden said focus of the Islamic world was war against US in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

 

Dec 28 Bin Laden online statement praised Zarqawi giving him allegiance

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

 

2005

Jan 5 State Dept report said Iraqi security forces were ineffective in most of

country due to insurgent attacks

 

Jan 10 Zarqawi’s forces assassinated Baghdad’s deputy police chief and his son

 

Jan 13 US National Intelligence Council Iraq became new terrorist training ground in

            world replacing Afghanistan

 

Jan 21 Knight Ridder analysis Violence in Iraq increased after every US benchmark such

            as capture of Saddam handing over sovereignty etc

 

Jan 26 Insurgent umbrella group announced campaign to disrupt that year’s elections

Jan 26 US commander in Iraq Gen Casey said US and Iraqi forces killing more insurgents and

            taking fight to Sunni areas

 

Jan 29 RAND Corp Iraq became center for jihadist cause and cause of terrorism in rest of

            world

 

Feb 1 Report US analysts believed Jan 05 elections could erode support for insurgency

 

Feb 3 UK intel report on insurgency Said it threatened new Iraq Military campaign not

containing insurgency Politics could bring in some insurgents but not most Foreign jihadists were a small minority of insurgency but carried out some of the biggest attacks Insurgents were not unified Sunni hearts and minds were being lost due to lack of law and order slow reconstruction few jobs poor quality of life

 

Feb 7 Insurgents complained to Newsweek that Zarqawi was trying to hijack insurgency

            and opposed his attacks upon Iraqi civilians

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Feb 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Kadhimiya

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

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

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

 

Feb 28 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide truck bomb on police and National Guard recruits in

            Hillah killed 127

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

 

Apr 2 Al Qaeda in Iraq launched suicide attack on Abu Ghraib prison starting battle for town

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

 

Apr 13 UK intel report on global Islamic terrorism Said Iraq war increased threat of

international terrorism and would continue to do that in the long term Said Al Qaeda in Iraq had benefited from the Iraqi jihad Used it to network with other groups

 

Apr 28 Insurgents set off 17 car bombs killing 50 and wounding more than 100 to offset

news of new Iraqi govt

 

May 18 Zarqawi audiotape posted Titled Descendants of Ibn al-Alqami Are Back Alqami

Shiite minister Sunnis believed turned over Baghdad to Mongols in 1258 Zarqawi said Ibn Tarmiya’s words about Shiites applied to today Said Shiites were loyal to Jews and Christians humiliated Muslims in Iraq and wanted to destroy Islam

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

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

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

 

May 30 Cheney said Iraq in “last throes” of an insurgency

 

Jun 3 US held secret talks with insurgents in Balad to try to break them away from

            foreign fighters and Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jun 13 US held 2nd secret talk with insurgents in Balad to try to break them away from

            foreign fighters and Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jun 16 Report Tehran cracking down on Zarqawi’s network in Iran

 

Jun 21 US forces saw insurgents fighting other insurgents along Iraq-Syrian border

 

Jun 26 Rumsfeld said US conducting secret talks to try to split Iraqis from foreign

            insurgents

 

Jul 3 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Ihab al-Sharif

 

Jul 6 Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed it executed Egypt ambassador to Iraq Ihab al-Sharif

 

Jul 9 Al Qaeda’s 2nd in command Zawahiri Iraq strategy letter to Zarqawi Wanted to

expel US from Iraq Declare an emirate that would develop into the caliphate Extend jihad to neighboring countries Attack Israel Zawahiri also wanted Zarqawi to include more Iraqis in Al Qaeda in Iraq to not alienate the population Zawahiri also told Zarqawi that continued attacks upon Muslim civilians could cost heart and minds and support

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

Jul 12 Zarqawi responded to Maqdisi who criticized Al Qaeda in Iraq’s tactics of attacking

civilians and Shiites and suicide bombings Zarqawi said more important to attack Shiites than non-Muslims Accused Shiites of starting sectarian violence Cited Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir who supported suicide missions

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

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

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

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

 

Jul 16 Musayib Babil suicide truck bomb left 250 casualties

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

 

Jul 21 Insurgents kidnapped 2 Algerian diplomats in Baghdad

 

Aug 9 Suicide car bomb hit US convoy in Baghdad killing 7 and wounding more than 90

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

 

Aug 13 4 tribes fought Al Qaeda in Iraq in Ramadi in pitched battle inside city Started

when Al Qaeda in Iraq demanded city’s Shiites leave Tribes posted flyers saying they would not allow Zarqawi to turn city into another Fallujah and said that Zarqawi had lost his way

Aug 13 Al Qaeda in Iraq posted flyers in Ramadi saying it would kill clerics who urged

            People to vote in up coming elections

 

Aug 19 Al Qaeda in Iraq unsuccessfully fired rockets at two U.S. ships docked in an

Israeli port from Jordan Al Qaeda and Abdallah Azzam Brigades took responsibility

Aug 19 3 Islamic Party members kidnapped by gunmen in Mosul putting up flyers to

            vote in constitutional referendum

 

Sep 7 Report Al Qaeda in Iraq controlled Qaim in Anbar Made alliance with local tribe to

            run town

 

Sep 14 Baghdad bombings killed 150 and injured more than 500

Sep 14 Zarqawi declared war on Shiites in response to U.S. offensive in Tal Afar

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

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

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

 

Sep 18 UK General Brims reported 12 car bombs in Baghdad weekly casualties up 122% after

Zarqawi declared war on Shiites

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

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

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

 

Sep 22 Report insurgent clearing of Baghdad of Shiites increasing especially in Dora,

            Amiriyah, Ghaziliya, Sadiya

 

Oct 5 Suicide bomber hit mosque in Hilla, Babil killing 27 wounding 87

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

 

Oct 23 Islamic Army got in gun battle with Al Qaeda in Iraq in Taji north Baghdad over the

latter killing members of the Islamic Army

 

Oct 24 Palestine Hotel and Sheraton Ishtar Hotel in Baghdad hit by truck bombs

 

Oct 27 Baghdad insurgent leader told Guardian he supported voting on Constitution and

opposed Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Nov 9 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed 3 western hotels in Amman, Jordan hitting wedding

            parties Led to widespread condemnation of Zarqawi by Jordanians

 

Nov 10 Al Qaeda in Iraq took responsibility for hotel bombings in Jordan Later realized

attacks cost it public support and tried to justify them by claiming they were targeting Israelis and Americans and would never attack Jordanian public

 

Nov 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed Shiite mosque in Khanaqin, Diyala 74 dead

Nov 18 Study 90-96% of insurgency were Iraqis only 4-10% foreign fighters

 

Dec 12 DIA report Insurgents recruiting networking training in Iraqi prisons Could be more

dangerous after release

Dec 12 Report early 05 Islamist insurgents met with Al Qaeda in Iraq asking for a joint

command Al Qaeda in Iraq said no wanting control

 

Dec 14 UK intel report said insurgency entrenched in Sunni communities Longterm attacks

going up in Iraq Sunni Arab nationalism driving force If new Iraqi govt could deal with Sunni alienation could help isolate rejectionist jihadists

 

Dec 27 Al Qaeda in Iraq fired 2 rockets from south Lebanon into Israel

 

Dec 29 Zarqawi took responsibility for rocket attack on Israel Said he was fulfilling

            promise to bin Laden

 

2006

Jan 5 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide car bomb in Ramadi killed 80 tribal recruits for police

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

 

Jan 7 Report US held talks with insurgents inside and outside Iraq since fall

            2005 Not much progress said to have been made

Jan 7 Report insurgents expressed complaints and splits with Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jan 8 Bush admin meetings said US was on strategic defensive in Iraq

 

Jan 11 Spanish police broke up recruiting network that raised money and sent fighters to

            Iraq in coordination with Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jan 12 Report Albu Mahal tribe in Qaim west Anbar turned on Al Qaeda in Iraq and

            formed Desert Protection Force to fight it

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After The Awakening Pt IX: Sheikh Sabah Aziz Of The Albu Mahal)

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

(Musings On Iraq review of 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 Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jan 12 Report US hoping to exploit splits between insurgency and Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jan 15 Al Qaeda in Iraq created Mujahedeen Shura Council to try to cooperate with other

insurgent groups Shura Council was in part created due to Al Qaeda’s suggestion Zarqawi include more Iraqis in his jihad

Jan 15 Army of the Victorious joined Mujahedeen Shura Council

 

Jan 20 Al Qaeda in Iraq said Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi had become emir of new

            Mujahedeen Shura Council

 

Jan 22 Report 34,131 attacks in 2005 up from 26,496 in 2004 Car bombs went from 420

            in 2004 to 873 in 2005 IEDs went from 5,607 in 2004 to 10,953 in 2005

 

Jan 26 Al Qaeda sent letter to Ansar al-Sunnah suggested it merge with Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jan 28 Aglus Sunnah wal Jammah joined Mujahadeen Shura Council

 

Jan 29 Al Qaeda sent 2nd letter to Ansar al-Sunnah saying it sent representative to

            Iraq to work out issues with Al Qaeda in Iraq

Jan 29 Sharia Committee for the Army of the Followers of the Sunnah and the Collective

            joined Mujahedeen Shura Council Was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s group

Jan 29 Report after US made deal with sheikhs in Ramadi against Al Qaeda in Iraq in

mid-Jan 3 sheikhs assassinated leading tribes to retaliate against AQI

Jan 29 Report 3 Islamist insurgent groups once aligned with Al Qaeda in Iraq in Ramadi

            broke with it

Jan 29 National Security Adviser Rubaie said Al Qaeda in Iraq feuding with Islamic Army

            and Mujahedeen Army

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

 

Feb 6 US Iraq Amb Khalizad said US talking to Iraqi insurgents in Anbar Syria Jordan

            Anbar Sheikh Fahadawi assassinated for taking part in talks

 

Feb 10 Report 1920 Revolution Brigades Amman Brigades Mujahadeen Army working to

            expel Al Qaeda in Iraq from Ramadi after it killed head of Albu Fahad tribe

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

 

Feb 15 Study Iraqi insurgency being dominated by few large groups Sunni identity

became basis for armed groups Had no program for future of Iraq Rejected politics and believed they could win

 

Feb 21 PBS Frontline show “The Insurgency” said Iraqi insurgency expanded and

            Islamists replaced former regime members as leaders

 

Feb 22 Zarqawi bombed Askari shrine in Samarra 25 Sunni mosques in Samarra 27 in

Baghdad attacked 3 imam killed 1 kidnapped US immediately got intel Zarqawi behind Askari shrine bombing Tunisian and 4 Saudis from Al Qaeda in Iraq did bombing Tunisian Al Qaeda in Iraq bomber was arrested in June 2006 and explained attack

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

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

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

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

Feb 22 Al Qaeda in Iraq blamed Baghdad and Shiite militias for Samarra bombing to

            incite attacks on Sunnis

Feb 22 Other insurgent groups blamed Baghdad for Samarra bombing and claimed govt

            was allowing attacks upon Sunni mosques

 

Feb 23 Insurgents stopped vehicles in Baquba and executed 47 people who were heading

            to protest against Samarra bombing

 

Feb 28 Report US warned about growing insurgency mid-03 and was largely Iraqi not

            foreigners Largely ignored by Bush admin

Feb 28 DIA Dir Gen Maples told Senate Armed Services Committee as long as Sunnis

            were disenfranchised insurgency would continue

 

Mar 5 After head of Nuaim tribe and sheikh from Jabour tribe killed Hawija sheikhs

            decided to fight Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Mar 7 Anbar Revolutionaries said they’d killed 20 Al Qaeda in Iraq foreign fighters and

            33 Iraqi ones Said goal was to get rid of Zarqawi

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

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

 

Mar 12 2 bombings of markets in Sadr City kill 58

 

Mar 19 Iyad Allawi said Iraq was in civil war no matter what others said

 

Mar 21 Insurgents took police station and courthouse in Baghdad Killed 17 police Freed 20

prisoners 200 insurgents from different groups took Muqdadiya police station Executed 19 police Freed 33 prisoners

Mar 21 Report insurgents infiltrating back into Tal Afar after successful

            counterinsurgency program by 3rd Armored Cavalry Reg and unit left

Mar 21 CIA report Insurgency undermining political and economic development

            in Iraq Said even if Sunnis given larger role in Iraq govt Al Qaeda in Iraq would

            not stop attacks

 

Mar 28 Anbar Revenge Brigade claimed it killed 4 Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders and a member

            of Ansar al-Sunna

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

 

Mar 30 Report Albu Mahal went from insurgency to fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq after objected

to Islamic law being imposed Albu Mahal entered into months of fighting with Salmani and Karabila tribes allied with Al Qaeda in Iraq in WAnbar Qaim dist Was expelled Albu Mahal went to US formed Desert Protectors Got help to have tribesmen join Iraqi army

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After The Awakening Pt IX: Sheikh Sabah Aziz Of The Albu Mahal)

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

(Musings On Iraq review of 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 Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Mar 31 100 insurgents attacked Muqtadiya police headquarters killing 19 police and

            freed 33 prisoners

 

Apr 7 3 suicide bombers detonate in Buratha mosque attempting to assassinate ISCI MP

            Saghir suspected of running Badr death squads 80 killed

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

 

Apr 24 Zarqawi released video portraying himself as military commander in Iraq

 

Apr 25 Ret Gen McCaffrey wrote memo for US Military Academy after trip to Iraq Said

Iraqi police heavily infiltrated by insurgents and militias Said that Al Qeada in Iraq had been defeated as a strategic threat to the Iraqi govt

 

May 4 Zarqawi gave presentation saying Al Qaeda in Iraq needed to expand its base

from Anbar into Salahaddin and Diyala Said Ramadi was to be named capital of emirate

 

May 24 Joint Chiefs intel report said insurgency enduring despite political progress and

            growth of ISF

May 24 Iraqi Army’s 16th Brigade in charge of Dora south Baghdad ran death squads and

            assassinations in conjunction with insurgents Killed its own commander

 

May 26 Pentagon report to Congress on Iraq said insurgency had not started civil war

            Said violence only in 4 provinces Said insurgency would decline in early 2007

 

Jun 3 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped and killed 4 Russian diplomats in Iraq

 

Jun 7 Zarqawi killed by U.S. F-16 jet north of Baquba

(Musings On Iraq interview with ex-CIA analyst Naa Bakos on tracking Zarqawi)

 

Jun 10 Insurgents killed 60 police recruits in Ramadi U.S. forces cordoned off city and

            1500 reinforcements sent

 

Jun 13 New Al Qaeda in Iraq war leader al-Masri issued statement saying he would follow

Zarqawi’s path Continue attacking Shiites Still loyal to bin Laden

 

Jun 16 Mujahedeen Shura Council kidnapped 2 US soldiers in Baghdad in revenge for

            US troops raping Iraqi girl and killing her and her family

 

Jun 19 Bodies of 2 US soldiers kidnapped by Mujahedeen Shura Council in Baghdad

            found

 

Jun 25 Health Ministry recorded over 50,000 Iraqi deaths since 2003 from terrorism and

            military clashes

 

Jun 26 Al Qaeda in Iraq robbed $7 mil from Rafidain bank branch in Ramadi

 

Jun 29 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 US underestimated the insurgency and that damage Saddam’s rule did to Iraq

Jun 29 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)

 

Jul 1 Truck bomb Sadr City killed 62 wounded 120

 

Jul 15 Insurgents stormed Olympic Committee in Baghdad Took 30 people including

            committee president

 

Jul 18 Suicide bomber hit Kufa Najaf near Shiite shrine 45 killed 88 wounded

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

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

 

Aug 16 Marine intel report US not lost militarily but defeated politically in Anbar Cited

lack of US troops and no functioning Iraqi govt in province Said Al Qaeda in Iraq most powerful force in Anbar

 

Aug 17 US Marine report Starting Dec 05 Al Qaeda in Iraq started marginalizing and

co-opting other insurgent groups Was mad so many insurgents backed Dec 05 elections Wanted revenge

Aug 17 Report 80% of insurgent attacks against Coalition 80% of casualties were Iraqi

            civilians Car bombs and IEDs doubled from 2004 to 2005

 

Aug 21 Al Qaeda in Iraq killed Sheikh Ataymi of Albu Jassim in Anbar who aligned with

            US and provided tribesmen for Ramadi police

 

Sep 7 New Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir issued 1st statement Called

for each member to kill an American and every Sunni to kill a Shiite in next 15 days to see who was with the group and who was not

 

Sep 25 Report Iraq had replaced Afghanistan as main training ground for terrorists Insurgents

from Iraq had gone to Afghanistan and Pakistan and imported tactics such as car bombs

 

Sep 26 UN report said that Iraq war providing recruits and training for Al Qaeda Said

inspiring Taliban Said new IEDs used in Iraq were found in Afghanistan less than month after first use

 

Sep 28 Report UK Def Min think tank said that Iraq war radicalized disillusioned young

            Muslims and led them to Al Qaeda War was recruiting tool for jihadist groups

 

Oct 3 Car bomb on Industry Min motorcade in Baghdad killed 14 wounded 75

Oct 3 US military said 50-70 foreign fighters enter Iraq each month Jan-Sep 06 US-ISF

captured 630 foreign fighters Total number of foreign fighters in Iraq est 800-2,000 Most from Saudi Arabia Egypt Syria

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

 

Oct 12 Al Qaeda in Iraq’s Mujahedeen Shura Council joined 6 tribes to create Mutayibeen

Coalition

 

Oct 13 Mujahedeen Shura Council became ISI Announced Islamic State in Baghdad

            Anbar Diyala Kirkuk Salahaddin Ninewa Babil

Oct 13 Islamic State of Iraq Announced Abu Omar al-Baghdadi as emir of Islamic State

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Oct 15 Mujahedeen Shura Council again announced the Islamic State of Iraq Said it was

in Baghdad Anbar Diyala Kirkuk Salahaddin Ninewa and Babil Said its goal was to govern

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

 

Oct 18 ISI held march in Ramadi to declare its Islamic state and mark its new name

 

Oct 28 ISI launched first chlorine bomb

 

Oct 31 ISI’s Furquan Institute for Media Production made its first release

 

Nov 6 Report insurgent intimidation campaign against ISF and officials in Fallujah U.S.

officers said not enough forces to secure city

 

Nov 12 2 suicide bombers hit crowd of police recruits in Baghdad Killed 35 wounded 56

Baquba In Baquba Diyala 50 bodies found

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

 

Nov 19 Suicide car bomb hit day laborers in Hillah killing 22 wounding 40 3 car bombs hit

bus station east Baghdad killing 10 injuring 45

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

 

Nov 23 5 car bombs and mortars by ISI hit Sadr City killing 215 and injuring 257

Nov 23 Insurgents launched 2 hour attack upon Health Ministry in Baghdad run by Sadrists

Militias fired mortars upon Abu Hanifa mosque offices of Assoc of Muslim Scholars and 2 Sunni neighborhoods in retaliation

 

Nov 25 ISI attacked Albu Soda tribe in Sufiya outside Ramadi for being neutral Tribe called

US for help and fought off insurgents Sheikh Suwadawi of Abu Soda tribe joined Anbar Awakening afterward

 

Nov 26 NYTimes got Jun 06 US govt report Said insurgency now self-financed via crime

Raised est $70-$200 mil/yr $25-$100 mil from oil smuggling $36 mil from kidnapping 05 Foreign govts including France and Italy paid $30 mil in ransoms 03 insurgents financed by Baathists 04 were funded by foreigners By 05 self-financed

 

Dec 8 Report Iraq Study Group found that Saudis were financing insurgency Much of it

came through religious donations Some money went to Sunni politicians and figures who then distributed it to militants Other money went directly to insurgency Saudis denied any money was going to Iraq but then set up monitoring group under US pressure to crackdown on religious donations

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

 

Dec 9 Report Chief Justice of Saudi Supreme Judicial Council was videotaped in govt

mosque in 2004 calling on young Saudis to go fight US in Iraq because it was fighting Muslims

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

 

Dec 30 Naqshibandi insurgent group formed by Baathists

 

2007

Jan 3 Report Insurgents held parade in Baquba neighborhood end of Dec Insurgents executed

and expelled Shiites from Baquba

 

Jan 4 Baathist leader Izzat al-Dhuri declared war on Sadr and Hakim

 

Jan 7 ISI issued Baghdad defense plan Called for locals to create local defense units Divide

neighborhoods into sectors each with its own defensive plan Insurgents would launch offensive ops against Shiite areas

Jan 7 Report Insurgent groups willing to talk with US Called off negotiations after Saddam’s

execution Dec 30 Demands were unreasonable such as dismissing Maliki govt and replacing it with a political and military council

 

Jan 18 Baathist leader Izzat al-Dhuri offered to reduce insurgent attacks upon US forces if

US went after militias

 

Feb 3 Truck bomb in Baghdad market killed 137 wounded 305

 

Feb 6 Maliki told Al Hayat that ISF penetrated and needed to be purged Claimed ISI was

weak due to divisions and govt had penetrated group and found out its organization and leadership

 

Feb 8 ISI told new Baiji refinery director general that only Sunnis were to be hired at

            the facility

 

Feb 9 1920 Revolution Brigades offered negotiation terms to US Included cancelling

constitution and govt Releasing prisoners Recognition of resistance Direct talks with US Disbanding militias Bringing back Saddam’s army

 

Feb 13 Al Qaeda head Zawahiri released audiotape saying Bush gambled on Iraq and lost

 

Feb 17 3 car bombs in Baghdad killed 74 and wounded over 100

 

Feb 18 Report ISI targeting US helicopters Shot down 7 in 3 weeks Set up ambushes for US

troops looking to rescue crews

 

Feb 19 2 suicide car bombs hit Awakening head Sheikh Abu Risha’s compound Ramadi

district            

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

 

Feb 24 ISI Car bomb hit Habaniya mosque in Anbar Killed imam that spoke out against ISI

along with Islamic Army Jaish al-Mujahadeen and 1920 Revolution Brigades members Total 39 killed 62 wounded

 

Feb 25 Report ISI killing opponents in Anbar including imams and sheikhs that spoke out

against it

Feb 25 Suicide Bomber detonated device inside Mustansiriya Univ Baghdad 41 dead 50

wounded

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

 

Mar 1 Study found after Iraq War 7 fold increase in jihadist attacks in world If Iraq and

Afghanistan excluded 1/3 increase in jihadist attacks Found Iraq war inspired Muslim youths to join jihadist groups

 

Mar 2 300 ISI attacked funeral in Amiriya Fallujah for Feb 27 bombing of mosque attended

by Awakening leader Led to major battle between ISI vs Awakening police and army

 

Mar 6 ISI attacked Badush prison, Ninewa freeing 68 prisoners

Mar 6 Bombing in Hilla killed 120

 

Mar 10 For 2 days ISI began burning homes in Muqtadiya Diyala causing dozens of families

to flee

 

Mar 13 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi released tape refuting criticism of his group

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Mar 16 ISI set off chlorine bombs in Amiriya Fallujah Fallujahand Ramadi 2 Awakening

sheikhs killed

 

Mar 17 Report captured ISI docs said 06 decided to move into Baghdad to fight militias and

wanted to force Shiites from west Baghdad and attack Shiites in Anbar Diyala Salahaddin Mahdi Army took initiative and pushed insurgents out of large parts of Baghdad Insurgents now operating out of Baghdad belts more than Baghdad itself

 

Mar 19 ISI surrounded two police stations in Dhuluiya Salahaddin Told policemen to repent

and give loyalty to ISI then blew up stations 3 other stations destroyed in town in last 2 weeks

 

Mar 20 ISI launched 2nd large attack upon Amiriya Fallujah in two weeks to battle

Awakening forces

 

Mar 23 Dep PM Zubaie wounded in ISI assassination attempt with a car bomb and suicide

bomber

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

Mar 23 Insurgents out on streets of Haditha Demanded residents take down satellite TV

dishes claiming they spread vice and immorality

 

Mar 26 Report Amb Khalilzad held talks with 1920 Revolution Brigades and Islamic Army in

2006 No breakthroughs Insurgents made unreasonable demands like dismissing govt and suspending constitution US also had talks with insurgents in 2005

 

Mar 27 2 car bombs killed 152 wounded 200 in Tal Afar Ninewa

Mar 27 1920 Revolution Brigade leader killed by ISI for refusing to join it and talking

with govt

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

Mar 27 ISI tried to assassinate nephew of Harith al-Dari head of Association of Muslim

Scholars

Mar 27 Report fighting between Islamic Army and 1920 Revolution Brigades vs ISI in Anbar

and Abu Ghraib and Taji areas of Baghdad over tactics and ISI trying to dominate insurgency Also splits in Diyala

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

 

Mar 28 ISI set off chlorine bomb at Fallujah government center

Mar 28 2 truck bombs hit market targeting Shiite Turkmen in Tal Afar leaving 152 dead 347

wounded Led to revenge killings by militias and police

 

Mar 29 ISI began withdrawing from Ramadi leading to large drop in attacks

Mar 29 2 suicide car bombs at Baghdad market killed 82 and wounded 100

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

 

Mar 31 1920 Revolution Brigades commander said ISI killed one of its leaders leaving it to

either fight ISI or work with US

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Apr 1 Report VP Hashemi and Pres Talabani in talks with insurgents in Jordan Anbar

Salahaddin Diyala Talabani said insurgents came to govt for talks 1920 Revolution Brigades Islamic Army Jaish al-Rashideen Omar Brigades Rayat al-Sood talking about breaking with ISI

Apr 1 Anbar Salvation Council in talks with tribes in Amiriya Fallujah to split from ISI

Apr 1 Report Zoba tribes started fighting ISI Reports of clashes between Islamic Army and

ISI in Dour Samarra Tuz Kharmato and Dhiliya in Salahaddin 2 tribes fighting ISI in Diyala

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

 (Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Apr 5 Islamic Army condemned ISI for imposing Islamic law and attacking other insurgent

groups Also attacking civilians and stealing women Forced women to cover themselves Banned satellite TV

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

Apr 5 Al Qaeda told Ansar al-Sunnah that its complaints about ISI were unbelievable

            and it was still under Al Qaeda’s leadership

 

Apr 7 Islamic Army said it had tried working with ISI but failed Blamed ISI for

            killing anyone that didn’t follow it

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

 

Apr 9 1920 Revolution Brigades said ISI was killing civilians and other insurgents

Apr 9 Islamic Army commander killed in Salahaddin for talking with govt ISI blamed

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Apr 9 40 religious scholars formed Council of Ulema of Iraq in Jordan to be religious

            body for insurgents

Apr 9 Abu Wael declared his Sharia Council was breaking away from Ansar al-Sunnah

 

Apr 10 Islamic Army accused ISI of killing 30 of its members and members of

            Mujahadeen Army and Ansar al-Sunna

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

 

Apr 12 Islamic Army announced it was no longer working with ISI Didn’t agree with

            declaration of Islamic State and ISI attacking its men

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

Apr 12 Pres Talabani announced govt in talks with 5 insurgent groups

 

Apr 13 9 insurgent groups joined together to fight ISI including Islamic Army Ansar al-

Sunna 1920 Revolution Brigades Islamic Army called on bin Laden to intervene

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

 

Apr 14 Report Mujahadden Army f against ISI in Diyala Set up checkpoints in

Baquba More than 100 ISI arrested in Buhriz and Tahrir in province

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Apr 15 Insurgents gave Christians in Dora Baghdad 24 hrs to convert to Islam or face death

Led to exodus of families Called Christians Crusaders

Apr 15 Insurgents told Sunni Turkmen to stop entering Shiite areas of Tal Afar and leave mixed

parts

 

Apr 17 Islamic Army of Iraqi complained ISI was trying to take over Diyala by threats

            and killings

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

Apr 17 ISI head Abu Omar Baghdadi issued message calling for unity amongst

            insurgents Said that Islamic State would remain despite any criticism

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Apr 18 5 car bombs in Baghdadkilled 171 wounded almost 200

 

Apr 19 ISI announced that Abu Ayub al-Masri was War Minister

 

Apr 20 ISI sent letter to Ansar al-Sunnah apologizing for past attacks and asking for

            unification Ansar said no

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

 

Apr 22 ISI stopped bus and took 23 Yazidis off and executed them in Bashiqa, Ninewa

 

May 2 Islamic Army Mujahedeen Army faction of Ansar al-Sunna and al-Fatihin Army

            formed Reformation and Jihad Front to fight ISI

May 2 Karki and Shimour tribes signed peace deal in Diyala promised to fight ISI

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

May 3 Anbar Awakening demanded all tribes in Anbar to stop supporting ISI

May 3 Reformist and Jihad Front formed out of Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army Ansar al-

Sunna Called on 1920 Revolution Brigades tribes and former soldiers to join Was challenge to ISI

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

May 3 Report ISI issued fatwa in Dora Baghdad for Christians to convert leave or be killed

Families immediately started leaving

 

May 13 Jihad and Reform Front got into gun battle with ISI in Baghdad

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

 

May 16 200 insurgents attacked prison in Mosul with 6 suicide car bombs and IEDs laid on

surrounding streets to block ISF response units Also attacked house of Ninewa police chief and deputy governor

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

 

May 23 Dep PM Zubaie wounded by suicide bomber

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

May 23 Bush said in Jan 05 bin Laden told Zarqawi to create a cell to plan attacks upon US

homeland Counterterrorism officials contradicted claim

May 23 ISI assassinated Sheikh Issawi from Albu Issa tribe Member of the Awakening Part of

campaign to kill Awakening leaders

(Musings On Iraq The 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 Fallujah Redux author Daniel Green on Fallujah during the Surge)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review of 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)

 

May 24 Funeral for Sheikh Issawi from Awakening hit by suicide car bomb in Fallujah 34

killed 66 wounded Part of ISI targeting Awakening sheikhs

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

 

May 30 Graffiti appeared in Baghdad’s Amiriya saying down with ISI It attacked a mosque

associated with Islamic Army in retaliation killing its local commander Islamic Army then attacked an ISI mosque leading to 4 hr gun battle

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

 

May 31 2nd day of fighting between ISI and Islamic Army in Baghdad’s Amiriya 1920

Revolution Brigades joined to help Islamic Army would lead to Sahwa being formed

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

 

Jun 1 Islamic Army spokesman went on Al Jazeera accusing ISI of belligerence since it

            declared its state

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Jun 2 ISI’s Abu Omar al-Baghdadi told local commanders in Baghdad to stop fighting

            Islamic Army of Iraq Dispute would be mediated

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Jun 5 Report head of Islamic Army went to Sudi Arabia to ask clerics there for fatwa against

ISI Didn’t get one

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

 

Jun 6 Islamic Army and ISI announced truce after killings and accusations Didn’t last

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Jun 11 US in talks with 1920 Revolution Brigades to fight ISI in Anbar and Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

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

 

Jun 12 1920 Revolution Brigade turned on ISI in Diyala after made deal with US

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

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

 

Jun 13 ISI bombed Askari shrine in Samarra 2nd time Used agents in Iraqi police

 

Jun 14 US Operation Arrowhead Ripper in Baquba Pushed insurgents out of city with

            help of 1920 Revolution Brigade

 

Jun 25 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 review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

 

Jun 30 Battle of Donkey Island US destroyed ISI force threatening Ramadi

 

Jul 4 US forces captured ISI’s media emir Mashadani Fed them disinformation that Abu

Omar al-Baghdadi was fake and ISI was still under Al Qaeda Helped contribute to Americans to continue to call the group Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Jul 5 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri released video Called for people to rally around ISI Same time ISI

had to find unity with Iraqis Was acknowledgement insurgent groups were splitting with ISI

 

Jul 15 Report 45% of foreign fighters in Iraq came from Saudi Arabia More Saudis had been

suicide bombers than any other nationality US tried to not talk about issue because Saudis allies

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

 

Jul 16 Suicide truck bomb hit PUK compound in Kirkuk killing 85 Insurgents in army

uniforms rounded up people in Adwala Diyala executed 49 left 4 wounded

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

 

Jul 17 Truck bomb in Amerli Salahaddin killed 156

 

Jul 18 US announced it captured ISI Information Min Mashadani who fed disinformation to

US that ISI front for Al Qaeda and Abu Omar al-Baghdad didn’t exist

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Jul 19 1920 Revolution Brigades Ansar al-Sunna Iraqi Hamas announced front group Political

Office for the Iraqi Resistance Said willing to negotiate a US withdrawal Attacked ISI for sectarian killings and suicide bombings vs civilians

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

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

 

Jul 26 Truck bomb in Baghdad’s Karrada market killed 92 wounded 127

 

Jul 27 Report Saudis majority of suicide bombers Saudis 40% of foreign fighters in Iraq

Saudis US didn’t publicly criticized Saudis because of alliance

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

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

 

Aug 8 2 studies found Saudis accounted for largest percentage of suicide bombers in Iraq

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

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

 

Aug 11 Sahwa leader in Adhamiya wounded in IED attack by ISI 1st Sahwa leader in

Baghdad targeted

 

Aug 14 4 suicide truck bombs hit Kahtaniya and Jazeera in Sinjar district killed 796 Yazidis

and wounded almost 1,500 Was deadliest bombing in Iraq since 2003

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

 

Aug 21 ISI killed Sheikh Alayawia of Abu Jassim tribe of Ramadi for supporting govt

Aug 21 ISI blew up new police station in Jazeera, Anbar

 

Aug 26 Report insurgents were extorting money from companies that got contracts to work

with Anbar Awakening

 

Sep 14 ISI claimed responsibility for killing Anbar Salvation Council head Sheikh Abu

Risha

 

Sep 15 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi announced Ramadan offensive named after

Zarqawi

 

Sep 23 ISI accused Hamas of Iraq and 1920 Revolution Brigades of killing its members

 

Sep 25 ISI bombed meeting of police sheikhs and leaders of Hamas of Iraq and 1920

            Revolution Brigades in Baquba

 

Oct 2 Hamas in Iraq accused ISI of beheading civilians for violating its fatwas Condemned

ISI’s chlorine attack upon Amiriya Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Oct 4 Report Izzat al-Duri announced Unification Congress of 22 insurgents groups leading

to Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation Duri named its leader Said insurgents needed to be recognized as legitimate voice of Iraq Called for US withdrawal All soldiers to be returned to duty Duri’s Naqshibandi only major group listed in membership

 

Oct 5 Report ISI carrying out assassination campaign vs Anbar Awakening leaders

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Oct 11 6 insurgent groups formed Political Council for the Iraqi Resistance Was accused of

being secular by Islamists

 

Oct 22 bin Laden message to Iraq said insurgency was winning Had to overcome

differences and not work with US Said insurgency would undo the division of the Ottoman empire and a new Islamic age was coming

 

Oct 26 Islamic Army fought ISI outside Samarra Salahddin

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

Oct 26 Report US and ISF targeting insurgent finance networks in Mosul Found kickbacks

overbilling illegal sales real estate deals black market gas and propane sales earned $40-$60 mil for insurgents over last few years

 

Nov 3 US found diary of ISI leader in Balad Said once had 600 men but was down to 20 or

less Lost weapons and allies Angry at tribes for creating Sahwa Finances from illegal businesses had also dried up

 

Nov 9 Islamic Army accused ISI of killing for of its leaders led to 2 days of fighting between

two groups in Samarra

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Nov 10 2nd day of fighting between Islamic Army and ISI in Samarra after ISI blamed for

killing 4 Islamic Army leaders

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Nov 12 Interior Min claimed ISI War Min Masri killed Wasn’t true Said 75% of insurgent

leaders dead

 

Nov 20 Captured ISI financier from Mosul said he had $6 mil budget and 500 men in his unit

Got money from extortion kidnapping and from Syria Said ISI had connections to most businesses in Mosul

 

Nov 21 Gen Petraeus said nuber of foreign fighters coming to Iraq down by about 1/3 in part

due to greater interdiction by Syria

 

Nov 22 Report captured ISI docs from Sinjar showed 80-110 foreign fighters entered Iraq

each month first half of 2007 41% were Saudis followed Libyans at 18%

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

 

Nov 26 Report Islamic Army faction in Mosul condemned sahwa Said would continue

fighting US

 

Dec 3 US and ISF started Op Iron Reaper to hinder ISI movement in north Iraq

 

Dec 6 Report Insurgents forced out of Anbar and Baghdad to north Iraq Violence in Mosul

never changed during Surge Samarra and Baiji in Salahaddin and Muqdadiya in Diyala had increased insurgent activity Extorting businesses for finances

 

Dec 13 Al Qaeda in Iraq’s security emir for northern Iraq and the emir for security in Mosul

captured in the city

 

Dec 17 Report Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was a fake played by actor and Masri real leader of ISI

Was misinformation spread by ISI to deceive US and Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Dec 18 Report by US Military Academy ISI defeated on tactical and operations level in

Baghdad and Anbar Trying to rebuild in north and along Syrian border Iraqis turned on ISI Foreign fighters dropped Many Sunnis now working with US against ISI

 

Dec 19 West Point study of captured ISI docs Largest group of foreign fighters were Saudis

41% Most were 24-25 yrs old 43% students Strength of ISI was able to constantly draw upon young recruits

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

 

Dec 26 Car bomb hit Sahwa-army checkpoint in Baiji killing 25 Suicide bomber hit funeral of

Sahwa fighter in Baquba Part of ISI campaign against Sahwa

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

 

Dec 27 Report Islamists running many US prisons Camp Bucca indoctrinating prisoners into

Islamism ISI members went after Anbar tribal members in prison blaming them for Awakening

 

Dec 29 bin Laden video said that insurgency had to rally around ISI Criticized Awakening

and those undermining the jihad

 

Dec 30 ISI forced out of Baghdad during Surge Relocated to Diyala especially in east around

Baquba Also Salahaddin Kirkuk and Ninewa

 

2008

Jan 2 Female suicide bomber killed Sahw leader in Baquba

(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)

 

Jan 8 6 churches in Mosul and Baghdad bombed

 

Jan 23 20,000 pound bomb went off in Mosul leaving 300 casualties as govt operation to

            secure city began

 

Jan 24 Report 200 Sahwa killed and 500 wounded Jun-Dec 2007 by ISI 100 were killed just in

Jan in Baghdad and Diyala Increased after Dec 29 message by bin Laden against Awakening/Sahwa

 

Feb 1 Female suicide bomber hit pet market in Baghdad 45 killed 82 wounded Followed

            by another woman bomber hitting another market 27 dead 67 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

 

Feb 2 Bombing 2 markets in Baghdad killed 99 wounded 145

Feb 2 Interior Min Bolani said large drop in Saudi foreign fighters coming to Iraq

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

 

Feb 8 Report ISI trying to win back popular support by changing tactics Being more selective

in targeting and not trying to kill civilians

 

Feb 10 ISI set off 2 female suicide bombers in Baghdad markets 99 dead 2 car bombs hit

tribal meeting of Sahwa leaders 22 dead 42 wounded

(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)

 

Feb 16 Maliki said ISI had mostly been driven from Baghdad

 

Feb 17 2 car bombs at Awakening meeting in Anbar kill more than 20

 

Feb 23 2 suicide bombers killed Sheikh Mutairi of Anbar Salvation Council in Fallujah Part

of ISI campaign against Awakening/Sahwa

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

 

Feb 29 Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul Raho kidnapped and later found dead

 

Mar 6 Twin ISI bombing in Baghdad killed 68 wounded 120 Deadliest attack in 9 months

 

Mar 10 Female suicide bomber killed sheikh and Sawya leader in Diyala

(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)

 

Mar 13 US military said that ISI could be reduced but would not go away because it

            was so adaptable

 

Mar 17 Female suicide bomber hit crowd of Shiites in Karbala 40 killed 65 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

 

Mar 26 Mass grave with 52 bodies of people executed by ISI found in Diyala River Valley

 

Mar 28 Mass grave with 52 bodies of people executed by ISI found in Diyala River Valley

 

Mar 31 Mass grave with 52 bodies of ISI victims found in Zahmann Diyala River

            Valley

 

Apr 2 Retired Gen McCaffrey said ISI’s urban insurgency was defeated

 

Apr 17 Suicide bomber at funeral of 2 Sahwa members in Albu Mohammed killed 50

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

 

Apr 18 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri speech said US had been defeated in Iraq

Apr 18 Suicide truck bomb hit funeral for Sahwa members killing 50 in Baghdad

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

 

Apr 19 ISI military chief Muhajir called for all insurgent groups to unite under its banner

 

Apr 22 Female suicide bomber attacked Baquba police station

(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)

 

Apr 23 Female suicide bomber attacked police station in Diyala killing 18

(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)

 

Apr 24 Captured ISI letters showed complaints about War Min Masri not consulting

with others and didn't take criticism Said ISI was passing off old Zarqawi videos as new operations

 

Apr 29 Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz said Bush admin never expected an

            Insurgency in Iraq

Apr 29 Female suicide bomber attacked bus stop in Muqtadiya Another female suicide

            bomber attacked Sahwa in Abu Said both in Diyala

(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)

 

May 2 Insurgents beheaded 11 police officers in western Anbar

 

May 3 300 ISI fighters held march in Diyala village

 

May 13 Report most insurgents fled Mosul before govt started offensive there

 

May 14 ISI fighters crossed into Iraq from Syria and killed 11 policemen in their homes

            in Anbar

May 14 Female suicide bomber killed Iraqi army commander in Yusifiya Baghdad

(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)

 

May 17 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa unit in Diyala Another female suicide

            bomber set off car bomb against ISF in Diyala

(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)

 

May 20 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa and police station in Rutba Anbar Another

            female suicide bomber hit Sahwa leader in Mandali Diyala

(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)

 

May 21 CENTCOM commander Gen Dempsey said ISI at its weakest point in Iraq

May 21 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa HQ in Anbar

(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)

May 21 Report ISI turned to crime for financing Stealing money from oil industry in Ninewa

and Kirkuk main source of funds Steals oil from pipelines and fuel trucks gets protection money from gas stations and trucks Runs crime gangs Also steals cars and kidnaps for ransom

 

May 25 Report insurgents fled to Tikrit and Ramadi during Mother of Two Springs

            operation in Mosul

May 25 Mayor of Mosul escaped 4th bombing attempt on his life in 10 days

May 25 USAmb Crocker said ISI had been severely disrupted in Iraq

 

May 26 ISI elements that that fled Mosul during govt crackdown began attacking Yazidis

            in Sinjar

 

May 29 US Amb to Iraq Crocker said ISI near defeat

 

May 30 CIA Chief Hayden said ISI near strategic defeat in Iraq

 

Jun 7 Female suicide bomber hit police station in Khalidiya Anbar

(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)

 

Jun 11 Report foreign fighters coming to Iraq down to single digits per month

 

Jun 14 Female suicide bomber in Qara Tappa targeted café where people watching World

            Cup 34 wounded

(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)

 

Jun 17 Car bombing in Baghdad killed 63

 

Jun 20 Report several insurgent groups reaching out to parties to try to get involved in

politics

 

Jun 22 Report IEDs down 90% from 2007

Jun 22 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)

 

Jun 26 ISI suicide bomber hit tribal council meeting Killed 26 including Garma mayor

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

 

Jun 27 Suicide bomber attacked meeting of Anbar Awakening killing 20 including several

            sheikhs

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Dispute Between Sunnis Growing)

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

 

Jun 28 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)

 

Jun 29 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa council in Baquba

(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)

 

Jul 5 Head of Islamic Party in Fallujah escaped assassination attempt in campaign

            against the party

 

Jul 7 Female suicide bomber hit market in Baquba 23 female suicide bombing of the

            year

(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)

Jul 7 Report 94% decline in attacks by ISI 25 in Nov 07 vs 334 Nov 06

 

Jul 8 Report Al Qaeda sending foreign fighters to Sudan and Somalia rather than Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Demise of Al Qaeda In Iraq Update)

 

Jul 19 Gen Petraeus said Al Qaeda was changing focus from Iraq to Afghanistan

(Musings On Iraq Demise of Al Qaeda In Iraq Update)

 

Jul 24 US Amb Crocker said insurgency had lost most of its relevancy

(Musings On Iraq Demise of Al Qaeda In Iraq Update)

Jul 24 Female suicide bomber killed Sahwa leader in Baquba

(Musings On Iraq 25th Female Suicide Bomber of 2008)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Jul 28 3 female suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad’s Karrada 32 dead 100

            wounded

(Musings On Iraq 26th Female Suicide Attack In Iraq Takes Dozens Of Lives In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

Jul 28 Suicide bomber attacked Kurds protesting provincial election results in Kirkuk 24

killed

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Frustrations Over Provincial Elections Boil Over After Suicide Bombing)

 

Aug 2 Report on wave of female suicide bombers in Iraq Most had family member killed

or arrested and wanted revenge or maintain family honor Main target Sahwa and Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Aug 15 2 female suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Iskandiriya 19 dead 75 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Sep 15 Latest female suicide bombing as woman killing 22 and wounded 34 in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Oct 7 ISF arrested women in Baquba Diyala said to be recruiter for women suicide bombers

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Oct 8 Female suicide bomber attacked courthouse in Baquba Diyala killing 9 wounding 21

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Oct 17 ISF arrested 4 ISI members planning attacks on Christians in Mosul Since attacks

started in Oct 9,360 had fled city

 

Oct 18 Female suicide bomber killed at Sahwa checkpoint in Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Nov 9 Female suicide bomber blew herself up in front of hospital in Fallujah Killed 3

wounded 10

(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)

 

Nov 12 Report 27 female suicide bombers in Diyala in 2008 Recruited by 3 ISI clerics

Targeted women who lost family members to US and Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Nov 24 Female suicide bomber set off bomb in front of Green Zone 5 killed 17 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

2009

Mar 8 Suicide bombing in Baghdad killed 28 outside police academy

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

 

Mar 10 Suicide bombing of tribal gathering with army in Abu Ghraib killed 33

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

 

Mar 24 Sahwa commander in Salahaddin said that Ansar al-Sunna and ISI had

            created new alliance

 

Apr 1 Report Baathist Naqshibandi now one of largest insurgent groups Gets money from

Iraqi exiles in Syria

 

Apr 14 Insurgents blew up 4 houses belonging to displaced families that had returned in

Baquba Flyers said returnees would be attacked

 

Apr 20 Suicide bomber in Iraqi army uniform attacked US soldiers visiting Baquba

            mayor killing 11

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

 

Apr 23 Iraq claimed it captured IS leader Abu Omar Baghdadi Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Apr 24 2 suicide bombers targeted Baghdad’s Khadmiya shrine

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

 

Apr 27 PM Maliki announced Iraqi forces captured ISI’s Abu Omar al-Bahgdadi Didn’t

happen

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Apr 29 Interior Ministry said ISI had successfully penetrated ISF and used agents to

            carry out attacks

 

May 18 Baghdad released tape of man they claimed was ISI leader Baghdadi confessing

            Was not Baghdadi

 

Jun 1 Defense Minister claimed it captured leader of Ansar al-Sunna Mohammed Hardawi

 

Jun 10 26 killed in car bombing in Nasiriyah

 

Jun 15 Gen Odierno said foreign fighters coming to Iraq down and Syria trying to

            regulate border

 

Jun 20 ISI bombed Shiite mosque killing 73 in Taza Kirkuk

 

Aug 7 ISI document said that it negotiated contract with Communications Ministry to

            give deal to an Arab leader in Mosul In return ISI got % of the contract

Aug 7 ISI bombed Turkmen Shiite mosque in Mosul Killed 38 wounded 140

(Musings On Iraq Political Parties Playing Into Hands Of Insurgent Attacks)

 

Aug 9 Suicide bomber hit Mosul mosque killing 23 wounding 130

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

 

Aug 10 2 truck bombs hit Shabak town of Khazan Killed 28 wounded 155

(Musings On Iraq Political Parties Playing Into Hands Of Insurgent Attacks)

 

Aug 18 ISI set off 3 car bombs in Baghdad hitting Finance and Foreign Ministries and

Rashid Hotel killing 101 and wounding 565 PM Maliki blamed Baathists and Syria for bombings even though it was ISI Iraq withdrew ambassador to Damascus in protest 1st of 3 mass casualty bombings ISI would carry out in Baghdad during the year

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

 

Oct 11 Insurgents attacked Anbar provincial council building in Ramadi 23 killed 65

wounded

 

Oct 25 ISI set off 2 car bombs at Justice and Municipalities Ministries in Baghdad 155 dead

721 wounded 2nd mass casualty bombing by ISI in Baghdad in 2009

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

 

Dec 8 ISI set off 5 car bombs hit Finance, Justice and Foreign Ministries in Baghdad killing

127 448 wounded 3rd mass bombing in Baghdad over short span

 

Dec 30 2 suicide bombers hit provincial council building in Ramadi killing 27 and injuring

100 including Gov Fahadawi

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

 

2010

Jan 5 Report that US was in talks with Baathists in Iraq to try to get them to reconcile

 

Jan 25 3 international hotels bombed

 

Feb 16 ISI set off 4 suicide car bombs targeting hotels in Baghdad where foreign press

            stayed

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

 

Mar 11 US captured ISI governor for Baghdad Rawi who provided intel to allow

            killing of ISI leaders Masri and Baghdadi

 

Mar 26 US and UN sanctioned Muthanna Harith Dhari for financing ISI 1920 Revolution

Brigade and Islamic Army of Iraq

 

Apr 4 3 car bombs on Iranian Egyptian and German Embassies in Baghdad killed 41

 

Apr 6 7 bombs in Baghdad destroyed 7 buildings and killed 35 over 100 wounded

 

Apr 10 Insurgents like 1920 Revolution Brigades held meeting in Istanbul to discuss

            Iraq after US military withdrawal

 

Apr 18 U.S. and Iraqi forces killed ISI leaders Abu Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

            near Tikrit

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

Apr 23 5 car bombs hit Shiite mosques in Baghdad kill 72

 

Apr 30 Def Min said that ISI had lost its direction after 2 leaders Masri and Baghdadi

            killed

 

May 3 Abu Abdullah al-Shafi emir of Ansar al-Sunnah was captured in Baghdad

 

May 10 ISI carried out coordinated car bombings in Baghdad Hillah Iskandiriya Basra

 

May 13 Christian party said insurgents were threatening Christians and Assyrians in

            Mosul trying to drive them out of city

 

May 14 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed

 

May 16 Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi named new leader of ISI after Abu Omar al-Baghdadi killed

April 2010

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

 

May 30 Diyala police chief complained his forces were infiltrated by insurgents

 

Jun 2 Adm Mullen said ISI had been devastated by deaths of leadership

 

Jun 4 Gen Odierno US cmdr in Iraq said 34 of ISI’s 42 leaders had been killed or

            captured

 

Jun 5 Iraqiya member killed in Qaim, Anbar by IED

 

Jun 13 Iraq Central Bank attacked by ISI dressed in military uniforms Started

            with 7 suicide bombers 25 killed 50 wounded

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

 

Jun 19 Sahwa leader in Diyala warned that ISI using carrot and stick against sahwa

            members in attempted comeback in province

 

Jun 20 2 car bombs in front of Trade Bank of Iraq in Baghdad 27 killed 55 wounded

 

Jul 26 ISI bombed Al Arabiya TV station

 

Aug 17 ISI suicide bomber hit army recruits in Baghdad killing 60

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

 

Aug 25 ISI coordinated attacks in Mosul Kirkuk Tikrit Dujail Baquba Muqtadiya

            Ramadi Fallujah Karbala Kut Basra Baghdad

 

Oct 31 ISI attacked Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad Took 100 hostages Goal was

publicity and gain donations 68 killed

 

2011

Jan 14 12 ISI members escaped from prison in Basra Prisoners had help from prison and

intelligence officials

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Suspected In Escape Of Al Qaeda Officials Form Basra Prison)

 

Jan 18 Suicide bomber hit a police recruitment center in Tikrit killing 54 wounded 137

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

 

Jan 21 3 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

 

Jan 24 2 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

 

Jan 26 Insurgents caught crossing from Syria to Anbar Said they got aid from Syrian govt

(Musings On Iraq More On Syria’s Support For Iraq’s Insurgency 2011-2012)

 

Mar 23 National Reconciliation Commission claimed 5 insurgent groups agreed to

            put down arms and join political process

 

Mar 29 ISI attacked Tikrit provincial council building leaving 150 casualties

 

Apr 5 Govt talks with 5 insurgent groups broke down

 

Apr 18 Anbar anti-terror police arrested 12 officers involved with insurgents Some were

            working with Syrian intelligence

 

Apr 24 Bomb at Sacred Heart church in Baghdad

 

Apr 28 1920 Revolution Brigades agreed to disarm and join politics after talks with National

            Reconciliation Min Didn’t happen

 

May 5 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station killing 25 to mark bin

Laden’s death

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

 

May 7 Failed ISI attack upon a Baghdad prison

 

May 8 ISI members staged a prison revolt in Baghdad killing 6 police and 11 prisoners

 

May 9 ISI was said to give allegiance to Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri and promised revenge for

            bin Laden’s death

 

May 16 Investigation into IS prison break in Basra caught in political controversy with

            ruling parties interfering 2 members of Maliki’s office implicated

 

May 17 Interior Min investigation found IS prison break in Baghdad had inside help

 

May 19 Twin bombs in Kirkuk left 120 casualties

 

May 26 ISI killed Accountability and Justice Committee head Ali al-Lami in east Mosul

 

May 30 Ninewa Gov Nujafi escaped bombing on his motorcade in Mosul

 

May 31 ISI cell arrested that created fake human rights organization as front group

 

Jun 3 Suicide bomber in mosque in Tikrit during Friday prayers and then suicide

            bomber on hospital where casualties taken

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

 

Jun 5 Report violence increasing in Iraq 2010 vs 2011

 

Jun 9 CIA Dir Panetta estimated 1,000 ISI fighters left in Iraq

 

Jun 12 Suicide car bombing on Basra police headquarters killing 5

 

Jun 14 ISI attacked Diyala provincial council building in Baquba

 

Jun 17 ISI took responsibility for killing deputy head of deBaathification Comm

            Lami

 

Jul 15 3 bombs in Karbala left 100 casualties

 

Aug 2 Car bomb at Holy Family Syriac Church in Kirkuk 2 other car bombs defused

            at other churches in city

 

Aug 20 On ISI’s 5th anniversary it released video that include message that it was going

            to Syria

 

Aug 28 Suicide bombing on Um al-Qura mosque Baghdad during Ramadan killed 28

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

 

Sep 12 insurgents took bus in Anbar and killed 22 Shiite pilgrims

 

Dec 20 3 car bombs hit checkpoints in Karbala during pilgrimage Killed 52 203 wounded

 

2012

Jan 5 Bombings of Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen left over 120 casualties

 

Jan 14 Bombings of Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen left 190 casualties

 

Jan 27 Bombing of Shiite funeral left over 90 casualties

 

Mar 4 ISI assassinated 2 police commanders in their homes and took a checkpoint in

            Haditha

 

Mar 5 Wearing ISF uniforms ISI attacked 5 checkpoints, took 27 police prisoner executed

            them then released video of attacks

 

Mar 23 ISI broke 19 of its men out of Kirkuk prison

 

Apr 13 ISI said it was responsible for March prison break in Kirkuk that freed 19

            prisoners

 

Apr 19 ISI set off car bombs in Baghdad Kirkuk Samarra Baquba, Dibis 35 killed

            more than 100 wounded

 

Jun 4 Shiite Endowment offices in Baghdad bombed 18 dead 125 wounded Bomb

            at Sunni Endowment defused but hit by mortar

 

Jun 5 US intel report attacks by ISI went from 19 per month in 2011 to 25 per month

            in 2012

 

Jun 13 ISI bombed Shiite pilgrims and KDP HQ 84 killed total almost 300 injured

 

Jun 16 2 car bombs hit Shiite pilgrims heading for Kadhimiya, Baghdad 32 killed

            67 injured

 

Jun 18 2 suicide bombers hit Shiite funeral in Baquba killing 22

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

 

Jul 21 ISI leader Baghdadi announced the Breaking Walls Campaign in Iraq Was his first

            online statement Said it was new phase of jihad

 

Jul 22 ISI head Baghdadi announced it had returned to its strongholds that it was driven

            out of by by Surge

 

Jul 23 ISI carried out 30 car bombs and other attacks across 20 cities as part of new

            Breaking Walls Campaign that killed more than 115

 

Aug 16 ISI carried out attacks in 19 cities leaving over 100 dead

 

Sep 9 ISI carried out 21 car bombs along with ten other attacks across 18 cities killing more

            than 100

 

Sep 27 ISI attacked Tikrit prison with car bombs mortars suicide bombers & released 100

            prisoners

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

 

2013

Mar 4 ISI and Al Nusra Front ambushed 48 Syrian soldiers in Anbar and executed them

 

Mar 9 Free Iraq Intifada leader arrested Group issued ultimatum to release him or face

rebellion Hoping to turn protests to violence Free Iraq Intifada Naqshibandi front group organizing protests in Mosul, Hawija, Kirkuk and Tikrit

Mar 9 Babil intel arrested 12 ISI members Claimed they were backed by Sheikh

Sulaiman and Sheikh Abu Risha who were leaders in Anbar protests

 

Mar 14 5 suicide bombers attacked Justice and Foreign Ministries, Communications

            Institute in central Baghdad

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

 

Mar 22 ISI took over Buhriz, Kirkuk

 

Mar 24 Naqshibandi sent group to Ramadi protest site to try to push it towards

            violence against govt

 

Apr 1 ISI suicide truck bomb on Tikrit police station and govt center

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

 

Apr 2 Insurgents attacked Akkas gas field in Anbar

 

Apr 6 Suicide bomber attacked political rally for provincial vote in Baquba killed 22

wounded more than 50

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

 

Apr 8 ISI released statement that it sent operative Jalwani to Syria to create Jabhat al-

Nusra That group was no longer and would be part of new ISIS

 

Apr 14 Were coordinated bombings in Baghdad, Babil, Dhi Qar, Salahaddin, Anbar,

            Kirkuk, Diyala and Ninewa

 

Apr 19 Checkpoint outside Hawija protest site attacked 1 soldier killed Led to stand

off between 2 sides Hawija site was run by Naqshibandi that wanted to provoke confrontation with ISF to push demonstrators towards violence

 

Apr 23 Maliki ordered raid on Hawija protest camp run by Naqshibandi leading to over 40

dead and 70 wounded Violence spiked in Iraq after Hawija raid and helped mark return of Iraqi insurgency

Apr 23 Fighting broke out between ISF and insurgents in Suleiman Beq, Salahaddin

 

Apr 24 Insurgents took control of Suleiman Beq, Salahaddin after ISF attacked Hawija

            protest site

Apr 24 Hawija protest group announced that it was joining Naqshibandi after ISF attacked

            protest site

 

Apr 25 Heavy fighting in Mosul 10 police and 31 insurgents killed

 

Apr 26 4 Sunni mosques bombed in Baghdad after noon prayers

Apr 26 ISF retook Suleiman Beq from insurgents who seized town for several days

 

Apr 27 Naqshibandi claimed they were behind rise in violence after ISF attacked

            Hawija protest site

 

Apr 29 ISIS set off 2 car bombs in central Karbala 2 car bombs in Amarah 1 car bomb

            in Diwaniya

 

Apr 30 Islamic Army met with Kirkuk tribes to form armed group after ISF attacked

            Hawija protest site

Apr 30 Sheikh Sulaiman said that protesters would go to war with govt after crackdown on

            Hawija protest site

Apr 30 Insurgents attacked Wasit municipal council building

 

May 16 Gov Nujafi of Ninewa escaped IED attack on his convoy

 

May 20 ISIS launched 11 car bombs leaving 137 dead

 

May 23 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that Baghdadi was wrong for declaring ISIS without

            asking permission first

 

May 27 13 ISIS car bombs in Baghdad killed 36 wounded 147

 

May 30 Anbar governor escaped car bombing in Ramadi

 

Jun 1 Defense Ministry claimed it broke up ISIS cell working on chemical weapons

Jun 1 Ninewa Governor Nujafi escaped 2nd IED on his convoy west of Mosul

 

Jun 9 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that merger between ISIS and Al Nusra Front in Syria

            was over

 

Jun 10 5 car bombs in Mosul area

 

Jun 15 ISIS’ Baghdadi said he would not follow Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri’s decision to break

with Al-Nusra Front in Syria

 

Jun 16 Car bombs in Najaf and Wasit, IED in Basra

 

Jun 19 ISIS’ spokesman Adnani released tape criticizing Zawahiri admonishing group for

declaring itself ISIS and expanding into Syria

Jun 19 Iraqi army claimed it was responsible for split between ISIS and Al Nusra in

            Syria because it controlled Iraq-Syria border

 

Jul 21 ISIS attacked Abu Ghraib and Tikrit prisons Freed 500 prisoners from Abu

            Ghraib End of Breaking Walls Campaign

 

Jul 22 ISIS issued paper arguing that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was fit to be the next caliph

 

Jul 29 ISIS started new car bomb wave as part of Soldiers’ Harvest campaign

                    

Nov 14 US National Counterterrorism Center testified to Congress that ISIS was

            strongest since its peak in 2006

 

Dec 9 Sheikh Issawi hit by sticky bomb in Ramadi dist in spate of attacks upon Anbar

notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 19 Sheikh Mohammed al-Hayes’ house in Ramadi bombed in spate of violence against

Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 20 Sheikh Fahadawi’s house hit by mortars in Ramadi in spate of violence against Anbar

notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 21 7th Div commander and leadership of division all killed by IS booby trapped house in

Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

Dec 21 Insurgents attacked al-Assad air base in Anbar

 

Dec 26 2 Suicide bombers attacked 1st Rapid Reaction Brigade HQ in Garma Anbar Ops

Command HQ mortared in new insurgent offensive in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

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

 

Dec 27 Ansar al Sunna claimed ISI killed 40 of its members in inter-insurgent fighting

 

Dec 30 Army base east of Fallujah hit by mortars as part of new insurgent offensive

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 31 10 houses in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr blown up by ISI forcing 84 families to flee

Dec 31 Army base outside Ramadi hit by rockets Base in Baghadi Anbar shot at Police

station in Ramadi taken over 2 army bases in Haditha and Baghdadi overrun

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

(Musings On Iraq Aftermath Of Shutting Down Ramadi Protest Site In Iraq)

 

2014

Jan 1 ISIS fighters moved into Ramadi and looted police stations

Jan 1 Reports police in Fallujah deserted and joined insurgents

Jan 1 ISIS began pushing families out of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil

Jan 1 Sheikh Abu Risha called on Anbar to fight ISIS

 

Jan 2 ISIS fighters attacked Ramadi and helped take Fallujah with other insurgents

Jan 2 Meeting of sheikhs clerics and notables to work out plan to retake Fallujah

 

Jan 3 Insurgents declared Fallujah an Islamic state

 

Jan 5 Sec of State Kerry said US would assist Iraqi govt with renewed insurgency

 

Jan 13 Tribal Military Council tried to unite all the insurgent groups in Fallujah

 

Jan 19 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his fighters to march towards Baghdad

 

Jan 30 8 gunmen stormed Human Rights Min office in Baghdad and took hostages

            Were killed

 

Feb 2 Al Qaeda publicly renounced ties with ISIS

 

Feb 3 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri renounced ties to ISIS after it killed Jabhat al-Nusra emir in

            Raqqa, Syria 

 

Feb 5 ISIS attacked Mukhisa Diyala forcing out families Afterward ISF and militias

            killed civilians and burned homes

 

Feb 8 ISIS joined Fallujah Military Council and agreed to cooperate with other militant

            factions

 

Feb 23 ISSI sent 2 suicide bombers to kill Al Qaeda representative Abu Khald al-Suri who

was supposed to moderate differences between ISIS and Al Nusra Front

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

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

 

Feb 24 ISIS released statement in Ninewa attacking Maliki and telling people not to vote in

            election

 

Mar 3 ISIS released statement telling people in Kirkuk not to vote

 

Mar 7 Insurgents bombed Kirkuk oil pipeline cutting northern exports

 

Mar 20 ISIS held parade in Fallujah

 

Mar 25 ISIS took over Nibai for one day and then left

Mar 25 ISIS made call for declaring the caliphate as a trial balloon

Mar 25 Transportation Ministry set up special flights to take ISF members from Mosul

            to homes in Baghdad to avoid attacks along highway

 

Mar 31 ISIS released 2nd annual al-Naba report on its operations

Mar 31 ISIS held parade in Abu Ghraib

 

Apr 6 2 ISIS leaders killed fighting Ansar al-Sunna in Kirkuk

Apr 6 ISIS closed Fallujah Dam causing flooding

 

Apr 7 Naqshibandi leader and son killed by ISIS in Hamrin, Diyala

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

 

Apr 12 ISIS issued orders to infiltrate Baghdad

Apr 12 ISIS posted pictures of over 80 police joining it from Albu Diab and Albu

            Shaban in Anbar

 

Apr 13 ISIS held parade in Baiji

 

Apr 17 IS attacked Al Qaeda saying that it was no longer leader of jihad

Apr 17 Insurgents blew up pipeline in Baiji leading to large oil spill contaminating

            water all the way to Baghdad

 

Apr 18 ISIS commander killed fighting Ansar al-Sunna in Rashad, Kirkuk

Apr 18 Al Qaeda’s Abu Qatada said ISIS was misguided liars and ignorant

 

Apr 24 Was fighting between ISIS and Military Council in Fallujah

 

Apr 25 Boko Haram pledged support to ISIS

Apr 25 Report that insurgents were split over whether to support elections or not

 

Apr 28 ISIS seized control of 6 voting centers in Qara Tapa, Diyala

 

Apr 29 ISIS took credit for suicide bombing of PUK rally in Khanaqin, Diyala that killed

            30

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

 

Apr 30 ISIS ideologue Binali said that group didn't have to hold territory for Muslims to

pledge allegiance to it Was setting stage for declaration of Islamic State

 

May 2 Zawahiri said that ISIS had always pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda

May 2 Naqshibandi and ISIS fought in Diyala for 3 months Report Naqshibandi okayed

            killing ISIS members in Diyala

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

 

May 3 Ansar al-Sunna declared war on ISIS in Diyala

 

May 4 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS fighting in Syria was a disaster

May 4 Fighting between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Kirkuk

 

May 5 Heavy fighting reported between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Riyad, Kirkuk

 

May 7 Meetings in Irbil and Amman with sheikhs failed to end fighting in Anbar

 

May 11 ISIS spokesman Adnani released video saying ISIS was following true path of Al

Qaeda while Zawahiri had split the jihadist movement and only cared about promoting himself

 

May 13 ISIS began car bomb wave

 

May 18 Head of Mosul intelligence claimed he received report ISIS planning to attack

            Mosul and told Ninewa Operations Command

 

May 20 Iraqi intel warned army that large ISIS attack on Mosul coming in June

 

May 25 Anbar Operations Command claimed 90% of Ramadi freed ISIS still occupied

            major parts of city

 

May 26 Jihadist intellectual Maqdisi said talks to heal ISIS-Al Qaeda rift had failed Said

Abu Bakr al-Bahgdad and his followers were deviants and called on ISIS members to join Jabhat Al-Nusra

 

May 28 ISIS killed 8 Naqshibandi fighters in Baiji

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

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

May 28 Iraqi intelligence received report on neighborhoods in Mosul ISIS would attack in

June

 

May 31 ISIS kidnapped and killed 8 Naqshibandi members in Baiji who would not

            give it allegiance

 

Jun 1 ISIS leader ambushed and killed by Naqshibandi in Hamrin Mts, Diyala in

retaliation for ISIS killing 8 Naqshibandi Fighting between 2 over few days left 70 dead

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

 

Jun 3 11 tribes in Fallujah district declared war on ISIS

 

Jun 4 ISIS began attack upon Mosul eventually taking city

Jun 4 ISIS head of Military Council Bilawi killed by Iraqi special forces

 

Jun 5 Report ISIS demanded Army of Mujahadeen in Anbar give it baya

Jun 5 ISIS launched large scale raid upon Samarra Seized several districts before beaten

            back

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq And The Levant Storm Samarra In Salahaddin)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 5 Mosul intel chief warned that ISIS would attack 2 neighborhoods in city That night

            ISIS began its attack upon Mosul eventually taking city

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

 

Jun 6 ISIS attacked counter-terror bureau in Baquba Diyala

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 6 ISIS continued attack on Mosul Took 5 neighborhoods

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

 

Jun 7 ISIS stormed Anbar Univ in Ramadi taking hostages and stole 15 bil dinars

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 7 US warned Baghdad that ISIS moving forces from Syria to attack Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

 

Jun 8 ISIS reinforcements from Syria arrived in Mosul to attack last section of city under

govt control

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 8 ISIS sleeper cells in Mosul joined fight

Jun 8 ISIS captured Hawija Zab Riyad Abbasi Rashad Yankaja in Kirkuk

 

Jun 9 ISIS seized provincial council building in Mosul Maliki govt claimed situation

            in Mosul under control

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 9 Baathist Naqshibandi said to have joined ISIS summer offensive in Ninewa

            Salahaddin Kirkuk

Jun 9 Car bomb at PUK headquarters in Tuz Kharmato killed 30

 

Jun 10 ISIS took Mosul after 6 days of fighting Gov Nujafi fled to Dohuk 500,000

            began fleeing city

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State Of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 10 ISIS set up checkpoints around Mosul to arrest and execute members of ISF and

            Jabour tribe

Jun 10 ISIS took Badush prison Ninewa and started executing 670 Shiite prisoners over

            next few days

Jun 10 ISIS seized Shirqat, Suleiman Beq and Baiji weapons depot without a fight

            Started attacks outside of Tikrit

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

Jun 10 ISIS attacked Abu Ghraib district Baghdad

 

Jun 11 ISIS executed 17 police Mosul airport 12 ISF killed in Dawasa, Ninewa after Mosul

            seized

Jun 11 ISIS kidnapped staff of Turkish consulate in Mosul

Jun 11 ISIS seized Tikrit without a fight 30 police executed Burned provincial council

building and 4 police stations in Tikrit

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 11 ISIS executed 10 ISF in Riyad, Kirkuk Burned all the police stations in Zab

Jun 11 ISIS took Baiji burned down police station Also took Dour district

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

Jun 11 ISIS attack upon Samarra turned back by ISF

Jun 11 ISIS spokesman Adnani said that group was going to attack Baghdad and

overthrow government

 

Jun 12 ISIS announced it was imposing sharia on Mosul ISF members had to repent

or be executed Killed Imam of grand mosque in Mosul who refused to support group Executed 84 ISF in Mosul

Jun 12 ISIS committed Camp Speicher massacre executing cadets in Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 12 ISIS seized 10 towns in Salahaddin and attacked Amerli

Jun 12 ISIS announced that it was going to execute ISF in Dhuluiya, Salahaddin ISIS told

local tribes in Dhuluiya they had to turn over ISF or they would be killed Refused and tribes starting fighting ISIS

Jun 12 Insurgents attacked and seized Kubaisa and Saqlawiya in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

 

Jun 13 ISIS demanded that people return to their jobs in Mosul after taking city

Jun 13 Report up to 25 tankers with ISIS oil travelled into Kurdish controlled areas

            of Tuz Kharmato per day

Jun 13 Insurgents seized police station in western Ramadi

 

Jun 14 Insurgents seized Jalawla, Diyala

Jun 14 12 imams in Mosul executed by ISIS for not giving it baya

Jun 14 128 bodies of soldiers and police executed by ISIS in Mosul recovered

Jun 14 Report differences emerging between ISIS and Naqshibandi over control of Mosul

 

Jun 15 Baghdadi issued audio message saying ISIS was going to create caliphate

Jun 15 ISIS began posting pictures online of Camp Speicher massacre

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

Jun 15 Insurgents attacked power plant that supplied electricity to most of Anbar Driven

            off

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

Jun 15 Insurgents attacked and turned back at Tal Afar, Ninewa 50 prisoners executed in

            Tal Afar by govt forces

 

Jun 16 ISIS issued orders to start destroying churches in Mosul

Jun 16 12 insurgents killed in fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS for control of Mosul

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

Jun 16 Insurgent Military Council in charge of Mosul criticized ISIS for trying to

            establish control over city

Jun 16 ISIS seized Hawija, Kirkuk

Jun 16 All work at Baiji refinery shut down because of insurgency

 

Jun 17 Insurgents attacked 3 neighborhoods in Baquba, Diyala along with Hit and Garma

in Anbar

 

Jun 18 Insurgents kidnapped 17 Shiites from Tuz Kharmato and executed them

Jun 18 Insurgents began attack upon Baiji refinery

 

Jun 19 ISIS set up 8 courts in Mosul to run city Was pushing out other insurgent

            groups that helped take city

 

Jun 20 Fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS in Hawija killed 17 as IS tried to assert

            control over area

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

Jun 20 45 bodies found executed by insurgents in Tigris River in Salahaddin

 

Jun 21 Rawa Ana Rutba Albu Hayat Jubba in western Anbar fell to ISIS

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

Jun 21 Fighting between Naqshibandi Ansar al-Sunna Islamic Army vs ISIS over control

            of Hamrin, Diyala

Jun 21 ISIS fought Naqshibandi over control of Riyad, Kirkuk

Jun 21 ISIS executed 84 ISF in Tikrit

Jun 21 ISIS attacked Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin and turned back

 

Jun 22 ISF withdrew from Qaim, Anbar ISIS seized Trebil and Walid border crossings

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

Jun 22 ISF withdrew from Tal Afar, Ninewa turning it over to ISIS

Jun 22 Fighting between ISIS and pro-Naqshibandi tribes in Hawija, Kirkuk for control

Jun 22 Human Rights Ministry report 480 Shiite prisoners were executed by ISIS

            in Badush prison after Mosul captured

 

Jun 23 ISIS held large military parade in Mosul after city fell

Jun 23 Fighting between ISIS and Hawija Brigades in Hawija, Kirkuk for control

Jun 23 Jihad and Reform Front agreed to work with ISIS in summer offensive Said tribal

            revolutionaries would sweep over Anbar

Jun 23 Albu Mahal tribe surrendered Qaim Anbar to ISIS

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

 

Jun 25 Al-Nusra commander on Syrian-Iraq border gave allegiance to ISIS

 

Jun 29 ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued Promised of Allah statement

Said ISIS would form the caliphate and Abu Omar al-Bahgdadi would be the caliph since he was from the Prophet’s Qurayshi tribe Said all Muslims had to give allegiance to the caliph

 

Jun 30 ISIS killed Mohammed Khamis head of Ramadi Awakening Council

 

Jul 1 IS released recording of Baghdadi declaring a new caliphate

 

Jul 2 ISIS head Baghdadi said that the caliphate had been established after the

            humiliation of Muslims at the hands of secularists, nationalists and Baathists

 

Jul 3 Report over 2,500 IS cells operating in Baghdad province

Jul 3 ISF claimed parts of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil cleared Was still under IS control

 

Jul 4 Baghdadi declared caliphate from Nouri Mosque Mosul ISIS would now be

            Islamic State He was Caliph Ibrahim

Jul 4 1st issue of IS’s English language Dabiq magazine came out saying caliphate was

            a de facto state

 

Jul 10 IS’s Dabiq magazine included article with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calling for Muslims

to conduct hijra migration to the caliphate

 

Jul 12 Naqshibandi head Izzat al-Dhuri welcomed and praised IS’s role in fighting

            against Maliki govt

 

Jul 18 IS said all minorities in Mosul had to convert to Islam, pay religious tax or die

            Started exodus of Christians from city

 

Jul 24 IS attacked State Company for Pharmaceutical Supplies in Ninewa to capture

            bomb supplies

 

Jul 26 Ansar al-Islam refused to give allegiance to IS in Sadiya Diyala Led to fighting

            between two with IS winning

 

Aug 3 IS seized Sinjar Zumar Wana in Ninewa Began massacre and enslavement of

            Yazidis

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Government Tries to Create New Narrative Of What Happened To Iraq’s Yazidis)

(Musings On Iraq interview with AUIS’s Christine van den Toorn on what happened to Yazidis when IS invaded Sinjar) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg on dispute between KDP Hashd and Yazidis in Sinjar)

Aug 3 IS attacked north into Irbil

 

Aug 11 IS attacked Jalawla, Diyala with suicide truck bomb and 12 suicide bombers

            dressed in Peshmerga uniforms

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

 

Aug 19 IS posted video of beheading of journalist James Foley

Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror

 

Sep 1 Yazidi villages of Kotan, Hareko Kharag Shafrsky in Ninewa were burned by IS

 

Sep 2 ISI released video beheading of US reporter Steven Slotoff Threatened to kill UK

            hostage if US didn’t withdraw from Iraq

 

Sep 14 IS released video Message to America’s Allies showing beheading of UK hostage

David Haines

 

Sep 21 IS captured Saqlawiya and Sjar, Anbar

 

Oct 3 IS released video of beheading of UK hostage Alan Henning and threatened to behead

US hostage Peter Kassig

 

Oct 12 IS magazine Dabiq article justified enslavement of Yazidis

 

Oct 14 IS captured Hit, Anbar after Iraq army unit abandoned base

 

Nov 10 IS announced it got allegiance from groups in Egypt Libya Yemen Algeria Saudi

Arabia

 

Nov 30 IS put travel restrictions on people trying to leave Mosul

 

2015

Jan 20 IS suicide car bomb and assault on Nikhaib suicide truck bomb in Albu Ghanim

Suicide car bomb and assault upon Abu Risha 7 suicide car bombs in Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Insurgents Pick Up Attacks In New Year)

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

Jan 20 60 members of the ISF were executed in Mosul by IS

 

Jan 22 Coalition air strike killed Abu Anas Samarraie IS’s governor for Anbar He was

responsible for executing hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr tribe

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State’s Leadership Losses In Iraq And Syria)

 

Jan 24 Kurdistan Security Council announced 23 IS leaders killed in fighting Peshmerga

Included Abu Muslim al-Turkmani member of IS Shura Council highest body in group Said to be one of Baghdadi’s top deputies

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State’s Leadership Losses In Iraq And Syria)

 

Mar 6 Dour outside of Tikrit freed from IS

 

May 18 IS called on medical professionals to return to Mosul or have their property

confiscated

 

Mar 31 Tikrit freed from IS

 

Apr 1 IS video of Ninewa sheikhs giving it baya

 

Apr 10 IS captured Albu Faraj north of Ramadi Executed 33 people afterward

 

Apr 15 IS took control of 1/3 of Baiji Refinery

 

Apr 16 IS said to be in control of 70% of Ramadi

 

Apr 17 Police and councilman in Ramadi said IS had almost taken center of city IS began

            attacking Ramadi city center Albu Alwan sheikh said city could fall any time

 

Apr 18 Govt claimed it fully controlled Baiji Refinery but IS still held sizeable amount

            of complex

 

Apr 20 IS held ceremony where Ramadi sheikhs gave it baya

 

Apr 25 IS took over army base in Thar Thar, Anbar 141 soldiers killed in fighting

 

Apr 27 IS head Baghdadi called on Syrian fighters to help fight in Salahaddin and Anbar

 

Apr 30 IS seized half of Baiji refinery

 

May 2 Report IS controlled most of Baiji refinery and 200 ISF trapped inside

 

May 8 IS broke out 30 prisoners from facility in Diyala posing as inspectors

 

May 14 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during

            reports he was injured in air strike

May 14 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs in final drive to take city

 

May 15 IS seized govt center in Ramadi in final drive to take city Reinforcements sent to

            Ramadi to stave off IS offensive Never arrived

 

May 16 IS leader Baghdadi issued speech saying Anbari displaced being mistreated by

            Baghdad for sectarian reasons

May 16 Ramadi fell to IS after months of fighting Report IS going through city executing

            government workers and Sahwa members

 

May 17 IS unilaterally began withdrawing from Baiji refinery after Ramadi taken Used

            fighting in Baiji as diversion

 

May 22 Joint Chiefs Head Gen Dempsey said would take 3 years or more to defeat IS

 

May 26 IS executed Iraqi soldiers from Sadr City in Fallujah Hung him from bridge

 

May 28 New U.N. resolution to try to crackdown on IS smuggling of antiquities from Iraq

            and Syria

 

May 30 IS held ceremony where Ramadi sheikhs gave it allegiance

 

Jun 3 IS held ceremony in Ramadi where sheikhs gave it baya

 

Jun 4 IS held ceremony for Fallujah sheikhs to give it baya

 

Jun 9 State Dep spokesman said war against IS could take 3-5 years

                

Aug 18 IS second in command Abu Muslim al-Turkmani killed was killed by a US

            drone strike in Mosul

 

Dec 27 IS head Baghdadi released message US afraid to fight IS and Islam destined to rule

world until judgment day

 

2016

Jan 11 Suicide bombing at café in Muqdadiya leading to sectarian retaliation by Hashd

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Diyala Province Explodes In Sectarian Violence After Islamic State Bombing)

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

 

Feb 9 Ramadi finally freed from IS by Iraqi forces

 

Mar 24 Head of IS Military Council Anbari killed

 

May 11 3 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 113 wounded 187 Deadliest day in years

            in Iraq

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

 

May 12 IS began final assault on Ramadi with 12 suicide car bombs

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

 

May 13 IS attacked ISF bases around Ramadi with 20 suicide car bombs

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

 

Jul 3 Karrada Baghdad car bomb set off fire in mall killing 324 wounding 200

 

2017

Jan 24 East Mosul officially declared liberated by PM Abadi

 

Jan 26 All of east Mosul freed by Iraqi forces after PM Abadi declared it cleared already

 

Jun 21 IS blew up historic Nouri Mosque and Hadbaa minaret in west Mosul as Iraqi

            forces approached

 

Nov 3 Qaim district in Anbar freed Left only small border region under IS control

 

Nov 17 Rawa in west Anbar liberated Was last town held by IS in Iraq

 

2018

Jan 15 2 suicide bombers central Baghdad left 143 casualties Last major mass casualty

            bombing in Baghdad was Feb 2017 car bomb that left 125 casualties

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

 

 

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