Iraqi Interim Govt – PM Allawi (2004-05)

This timeline covers the interim govt in Iraq under PM Allawi that lasted after the disbandment of the CPA up until the January 2005 elections

 

Musings On Iraq review The Occupation, War And Resistance In Iraq

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

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

Musings On Iraq review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq

Musings On Iraq review U.S. Marines in Battle, An-Najaf August 2004

Musings On Iraq review Nights in the Pink Motel, An American Strategist’s Pursuit of Peace in Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead

Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices of Iraqi Refugees

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

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

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

Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq, A View from the Ground Up

Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq)

 

2004

May 28 Iraqi Governing Council agreed upon Iyad Allawi as head of interim govt

 

Jun 1 Iyad Allawi became interim PM Ghazi Yawere President in transitional Iraqi govt

Jun 1 CIA Dir Tenet letter to Congress said doubted 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in

Prague in 2001

Jun 1 CPA signed deal with Kurds INC SCIRI and others to disband their militias Never followed

through with

(Musings On Iraq How The Failure To Deal With Iraq’s Militias Caused The Breakdown Of The Country)

Jun 1 Gen Casey became new Coalition commander in Iraq

 

Jun 2 Survey Iraqis seeing US as liberators went from 88% in Oct 03 to 43% in Apr 04 Want US to

leave 17% Oct 03 to 57% Oct 04

Jun 2 Iranian intel officers arrested in Baghdad plotting attacks

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Jun 2 Iraqi Governing Council convinced UN envoy Brahimi to include them in Allawi’s interim govt

 

Jun 3 US began extending tours of US units serving in Iraq to maintain troop levels

Jun 3 US forces attacked Mahdi Army at Kufa mosque

Jun 3 KRG hired Barbour Griffith & Rogeres to lobby US govt

 

Jun 4 George Tenet resigned as director of CIA in part due to failed Iraq intelligence

Jun 4 Pope criticized Bush over Abu Ghraib prison abuse and called for international solution to Iraq

 

Jun 7 CPA Transition and Integration law banned militias All parties had to list militia members to be

integrated into govt Sadr refused to follow law saying Mahdi Army legitimate resistance movement to US Never implemented

(Musings On Iraq How The Failure To Deal With Iraq’s Militias Caused The Breakdown Of The Country)

 

Jun 8 UN Resolution 1546 endorsed Iraqi interim govt that would draft new constitution and have it

voted upon by 12/31/05 Set date for return of Iraqi sovereignty Said CPA would end Elections for permanent Iraqi govt would be held from Dec 04-Jan 05 Allowed Coalition forces to remain in Iraq 

 

Jun 9 Bush and Blair called for NATO to help in Iraq France rejected call

 

Jun 10 US gave up hope that NATO forces would be sent to help in Iraq

 

Jun 14 VP Cheney said Saddam had long standing ties with Al Qaeda

Jun 14 Reports US soldiers and interrogators warned of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Nov and Dec 03

 

Jun 15 Bush said Zarqawi was best evidence that Saddam had connections to Al Qaeda

Jun 15 Secretary of State Powell said White House stuck with claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

 

Jun 16 9/11 Commission said it found no operational relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda 1994 bin

Laden asked for Iraq’s help with operations but never heard back 1996 Iraq and Al Qaeda talked about working together in Sudan but nothing came of it

Jun 16 9/11 Commission didn’t believe story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence officer

in Prague in 2001

Jun 16 CIA advisor told 9/11 Commission that 1999 indictment that charged Iraq and Al Qaeda agreed

to cooperate in Sudan was later proven false Said that Al Qaeda was suspicious of Saddam’s secular govt In 1990s Ira and Al Qaeda tried to work out non-interference pact and talked about cooperation Was also 1999 CIA report that said if Saddam wanted to attack the US he would use Al Qaeda

Jun 16 Secretary of State Powell said administration stuck by claim of Iraq-Al Qaeda Relationship

Jun 16 White House said 9/11 Commission didn’t contradict administration’s claims Because it never

said Iraq behind 9/11 Said Zarqawi being in Iraq before 03 invasion proved Saddam gave safe haven to Al Qaeda operatives Zarqawi was not part of Al Qaeda before war

Jun 16 General Accounting Office report Pentagon didn’t have good planning or oversight of

reconstruction projects in Iraq leading to cost overruns

 

Jun 17 PM Allawi promised reprisals against insurgents after suicide bombing of Iraqi

            army base

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

Jun 17 Bush refuted 9/11 Commission saying that Iraq and Qaeda had ties and that was

            why Iraq was a threat

Jun 17 Cheney said 9/11 Commission didn’t look at the overwhelming evidence of

Iraq-Al Qaeda connections Cheney claimed he had intelligence on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that Commission didn’t Cheney was talking about captured Iraqi documents that had Iraqis with similar names to Al Qaeda members

 

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

            wounded 145

Jun 18 9/11 Commission spokesman said it found no evidence of cooperation between

            Iraq and Al Qaeda

 

Jun 20 Interim PM Allawi said special commando units would be created Interior Min Naqib used units

to bring in relatives and ex-military into ministry Allawi thought units would be critical to defeating insurgency

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

Jun 20 Head of 9/11 Commission said Al Qaeda was closer to Iran and Pakistan than

            Iraq

Jun 20 9/11 Commission member said captured Iraqi docs showed 1 Fedayeen Saddam

was an Al Qaeda member Attacked press for claiming Commission report contradicted Bush admin claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

Jun 20 White House claimed 9/11 Comm proved its argument of Al Qaeda-Iraq

            ties when Commission said no cooperation

 

Jun 21 9/11 Commission member claimed captured Iraqi documents showed 3 Fedayeen

Saddam were member of Al Qaeda Said one was an Al Qaeda facilitator in Malaysia in 2000 Story proved untrue Iraqis just had same names as Al Qaeda members

 

Jun 22 UN audit on reconstruction in Iraq found spending and contracts full of errors and open to

fraud Found State Organization for Marketing Oil had no records on tenders contracts who won bids etc

Jun 22 Report White House claims that Saddam Fedayeen were in Al Qaeda probably

            resulted over confusion over their names

 

Jun 23 Pentagon report said only 6% of Iraqi police had finished training Said ISF

            lacked equipment

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

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

Jun 23 Report cooperation found between Baathists and jihadist insurgents in Iraq and

international terror networks like Al Qaeda Also two waves of foreign fighters to Iraq one before and one after 2003 invasion

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 US delivered $1.4 bil in cash to KRG for administration Went unaccounted for

 

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

Jun 24 Sadr announced unilateral ceasefire with US in Sadr City

 

Jun 25 Iraqi National Congress turned over captured Iraqi intelligence files to Americans

showing in mid-90s Iraqi intelligence and bin Laden met Iraqis agreed to air bin Laden’s anti-Saudi tapes but request for joint operations against Riyadh went unanswered by Iraqis

 

Jun 28 CPA disbanded, Iraqi sovereignty returned to interim govt led by Premier Allawi

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Jun 28 US created Multi National Security Transition Command Iraq to train Iraqi forces

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Jun 28 Ayatollah Sistani fatwa said no guarantee US process would create constitutional

            Convention that represented the Iraqi people

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

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

 

Jun 29 New PM Allawi announced Saddam and 11 others would face trial for their crimes

            under Saddam’s govt

 

Jul 1 CIA official said agency was constantly told to re-do assessments saying no

            Iraq-Al Qaeda connection by White House after 9/11

Jul 1 Saddam and 11 senior Baathists appeared in court for first time

 

Jul 3 US military review of 2003 invasion found that logistics were lacking and

            military intelligence was largely useless

 

Jul 4 Report Gen Eaton in charge of training ISF said no progress in almost a year of developing Iraqi forces

 

Jul 5 Allawi govt announced amnesty for insurgents

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

            Insurgency

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

 

Jul 6 Report in 2000 CIA started program to contact relatives of Iraqi WMD scientists

living in the west to collect intelligence Relatives said no WMD programs Reports were not included in reports nor passed on to White House

Jul 6 Blair told Parliament that he didn’t know what happened to Iraq’s WMD Said they

            could have been hidden or destroyed

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

Jul 6 Car bomb at US-Iraqi National Guard post in Samarra Led to 450 of 500 Iraqi guardsmen to quit

 

Jul 7 Senate Intelligence Committee issued report on US pre-Iraq war intelligence Found

major judgements in Oct 02 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s WMD and nuke program were overstated and generally not supported Found US intel claim Iraq had WMD and programs larger than before Gulf War were overstated Said US had evidence Iraq buying dual use equipment Uncertain Iraq had destroyed its WMD stocks after Gulf War Said US intel didn’t have much good info on Iraq’s WMD and nuke programs after UN inspections ended in 1998 Said US intel suffered from group think Assumed Iraq had WMD Assumed everything it did was to expand those programs Said that all of CIA’s claim’s about Iraq renewed nuclear program were wrong and weak to begin with Found CIA was justified to claim Iraq might have cooperated with Al Qaeda and offered bin Laden safehaven based upon pre-war intelligence reports

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

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

Jul 7 Gen Casey told Bush 70% of Fallujah Brigade had joined insurgency

 

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

Jul 8 US and Iraqi officials said decision to stop 1st Battle of Fallujah was wrong

            and city was now controlled by insurgents

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

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

 

Jul 9 Ex-INC member Mohammed al-Zubaidi claimed INC embellished stories of defectors

            about Iraq’s WMD INC denied story

Jul 9 Bush said everyone believed Iraq had stocks of WMD and Saddam wanted those

            WMD programs

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

 

Jul 14 US appointed governor of Mosul assassinated

Jul 14 Blair said he expected Iraq’s WMD to be found

Jul 14 Butler Report said UK intel on Iraq WMD based upon worst case scenarios and exaggerated

alleged stockpiles Said UK intel on Iraq WMD was “seriously flawed” Found UK intel had no evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation

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

Jul 14 Fmr US Army dep chief of staff Gen Keane testified to Congress that US didn’t expect insurgency

because Iraqi exiles said Americans would be welcomed for invading

 

Jul 15 UN head inspector Blix accused Blair of misleading public on Iraq threat

            before invasion

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 19 Carnegie pre-2002 US intel on Iraq WMD generally good 02-03 reporting became more

certain beyond evidence Bush admin misrepresented threat posed by Iraq WMD and nuke program UN inspectors proved accurate that Iraq didn’t have WMD or nuke programs nor stocks

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

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

 

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

            its 51 soldiers from Iraq

Jul 20 Blair defended Iraq war to parliament saying caveats should have been included

            in UK dossier on Iraq WMD

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

 

Jul 22 Pentagon report acknowledge abuse of Iraqi prisoners including sexual and

            physical assault and deaths

Jul 22 9/11 report 1994 or 95 Al Qaeda and Iraqi officials met Al Qaeda asked for aid

and training camps Iraq didn’t reply Al Qaeda worked with Ansar al-Islam in Iraqi Kurdistan

 

Jul 23 Ayatollah Sistani spoke against attacks on Christian churches

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

Jul 24 Zalmay Khalilzad became new US ambassador to Iraq Wanted to defeat

            insurgency not withdraw which was existing plan

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

Jul 24 500 marched in Sulaymaniya demanding an independent Kurdistan

 

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)

 

Jul 30 Secretary of State Powell in Iraq said US worried about Iran’s influence in

            southern Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Jul 31 US arrested Sadrist Sheikh Hasnawi in Karbala Mahdi Army kidnapped police

            in Najaf in response

 

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

            wounded

 

Aug 2 Marines just given control of Najaf came under attack 1st time by Mahdi Army in city as passed near

Sadr’s house Led to attacks by Mahdi Army in Baghdad, Kuwat, Nasiriya, Amara, Basra

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

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

 

Aug 3 Sadr ordered his followers to seize Najaf shrine and attack Coalition forces in south

            starting 2nd Battle of Najaf

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

Aug 3 Mahdi Army kidnapped 18 police demanding release of their militiamen in return

            for freeing officers

 

Aug 4 Mahdi Army shot down US helicopter in Sadr City Police chief there led celebration for its

            downing

Aug 4 Sec State Powell told UK Foreign Sec Straw that security in Sunni areas of Iraq was worse than

thought Said it was an indigenous movement with good intel to adapt to situation on the ground

 

Aug 5 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey issued first military campaign plan for Iraq since

2003 invasion Said US had to confront insurgency Build Iraqi forces Persuade Sunnis to give up insurgency Rebuild country

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

(Musings On Iraq review Nights in the Pink Motel, An American Strategist’s Pursuit of Peace in Iraq on writing campaign plan for Gen Casey)

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Aug 5 Sadr called for his followers to rise up against the US occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

Aug 5 Mahdi Army attacked main police station in Najaf city and US forces in Baghdad

            starting 2nd Battle of Najaf

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

Aug 5 Anbar governor resigned after his son was kidnapped by insurgents

 

Aug 6 After 2 days of fighting in Najaf US claimed it killed 300 Mahdi Army fighters

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

Aug 6 Report US intelligence officers were involved in Abu Ghraib prison abuse

 

Aug 7 PM Allawi issues amnesty for insurgents with no blood on their hands

 

Aug 8 Arrest warrant for murder issued for one of Saddam’s lawyers

Aug 8 Arrest warrant for Ahmed Chalabi for counterfeiting dinars and nephew Salim Chalabi for

            murder of Fin Min official

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

 

Aug 9 PM Allawi, Iraq’s Defense Minister, US generals had meeting Decided 2nd Najaf

            battle had to end quick over concerns shrine might be damaged

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

 

Aug 11 Allawi govt announced ceasefire in 2nd Battle of Najaf to open talks with Sadr

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

 

Aug 12 US forces surrounded Mahdi Army in Imam Ali shrine and Najaf cemetery 2nd

            Battle of Najaf

Aug 12 Fighting between Iraqi and US forces vs Mahdi Army killed 68 civilians in Kut

            Wasit

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

Aug 12 Washington Post review of its pre-war Iraq coverage said it ran many articles

questioning Bush administration case for invasion but didn’t get on front page as pro-war articles did

 

Aug 13 Allawi govt announced 2nd ceasefire with Mahdi Army to hold talks with Sadr

            to end 2nd Battle for Najaf Was still heavy fighting

Aug 13 Militia kidnapped a British journalist and demanded US withdraw from Najaf

            during 2nd battle for city Sadr gained his release

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

 

Aug 15 Peace talks between Allawi govt and Sadr broke down over ending 2nd Battle of

            Najaf

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

 

Aug 17 Allawi govt offered amnesty and role in govt to Sadr in return for ceasefire in 2nd

            Battle of Najaf

Aug 17 NSC meeting discussed US attacking Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf and possibly

            killing Sadr

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

 

Aug 18 Iraq Survey Group head Kay testified to Congress Iraq Survey Group was

responsible for finding Iraq’s WMD after invasion Kay blamed National Security Adviser Rice and National Security Council for not checking WMD intel before war

 

Aug 19 PM Allawi wrote Bush saying Iraq was more dangerous and unstable than a

            year ago

Aug 19 Allawi govt called for Sadr to disband Mahdi Army and leave Najaf shrine

            during 2nd Battle of Najaf

Aug 19 Sistani’s office said it was open to Sadr’s offer to turn over keys to Najaf shrine

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

Aug 19 Iraq Survey Group head Kay was rebuked by NSC staffer for criticizing NSC to

Congress on WMD Kay responded that Rice was more interested in being Bush’s friend than being National Security Adviser

 

Aug 20 PM Allawi called for Sadr to give up Imam Ali shrine in Najaf or face US-Iraq

            assault 2nd Battle of Najaf

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

 

Aug 24 Panel found Rumsfeld’s orders on interrogations contributed to abuse of

prisoners in Iraq Panel said U.S. underestimated need for prisons in postwar Iraq then didn’t attempted to solve the problem leading to overcrowding Contradicted White House claim that Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal was act of a few bad prison guards Said abuse was not part of an intelligence gathering operation

 

Aug 25 US army investigation blamed morally corrupt soldiers and contractors and poor

leadership for Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Found intelligence officers played leading role in scandal

Aug 25 Ayatollah Sistani said he would return from medical treatment in England to Iraq

            to try to end 2nd Battle of Najaf

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

 

Aug 26 US halted military operations in 2nd Battle of Najaf to allow negotiations to end fighting

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Aug 26 Mahdi Army attacked Sistani supporters in Kufa killing 20

 

Aug 27 Sistani returned from London to Najaf Arranged ceasefire with Sadr to end 2nd

            Battle of Najaf

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

Aug 27 Sadr said “puppet police” couldn't protect Imam Ali shrine in Najaf and Mahdi

            Army still in control of it

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

 

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

            schoolgirls wearing headscarves

 

Aug 31 CIA report Ayatollah Sistani and Sadr’s standing increased by 2nd Battle of

            Najaf PM Allawi’s hurt

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

 

Sep 1 Mass grave discovered Hatra with hundreds of Kurdish bodies killed during

            Anfal in 1980s

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

 

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

            kidnapped by Zarqawi in Baghdad

 

Sep 4 US op to clear Tal Afar began

 

Sep 5 Start of 2 days of protests in Najaf against Mahdi Army telling them to leave city

 

Sep 7 Number of US troops killed in Iraq reached 1,000 647 of those were after invasion ended

 

Sep 9 Deputy National Security Adviser Hadley said White House had to come up with

            measurements to determine success in Iraq Ended with 140

Sep 9 Army inquiry found CIA hid up to 100 ghost detainees in Iraqi prisons 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 9 Turkmen claimed 50,000 fled Tal Afar due to fighting Turksh media claimed Kurds

were replacing Turkmen in town Turkmen politicians claimed Iraqi National Guard were mostly Kurdish and carrying out ethnic cleansing in Tal Afar

Sep 9 US made deal with local leaders in Samarra to start reconstruction projects and

            return city council to office

 

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

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

 

Sep 12 PM Allawi said Saddam’s trial would go ahead despite rising violence

 

Sep 13 Report US forces routinely tortured and abused prisoners in Mosul

Sep 13 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Turkish civilian Durmus Kumdereli

 

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

            100

 

Sep 15 Around 1000 protested in Najaf demanding that Sadr and his aides leave the city

Sep 15 Gen Chiarelli said that US would clear militias from Sadr City Didn’t happen

 

Sep 16 UN Secretary General Annan told BBC that US invasion of Iraq was illegal

Sep 16 July National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq leaked to press Best case Iraq would

            remain unstable Worse Iraq would break out into civil war

Sep 16 US launched Op Hurricane to route out Zarqawi group from Ramadi

 

Sep 17 British forces raided Sadrist headquarters in Basra

Sep 17 Draft of Iraq Survey Group report said Saddam wanted to produce WMD but had no

stocks or programs Said only WMD Iraq had were poisons for assassinations by Iraqi intelligence

 

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

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

 

Sep 19 Sadr faction said it kidnapped 15 Iraqi National Guardsmen Threatened to kill them

            if Sadr aide not released by US Sadrists denounced kidnapping

Sep 19 Blair said Iraq was center of global war on terror

 

Sep 20 Sadr faction released 15 Iraqi National Guardsmen they kidnapped

Sep 20 US and Iraqi forces raided Sadr’s office in Najaf arresting two aides

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

            Baghdad

 

Sep 21 Head of Fallujah Shura Council Janabi said that city didn’t need Zarqawi to defend

it Differentiated between resistance that was against occupation and Zarqawi who led terrorists Said that resistance wasn’t about killing innocent Iraqis and Zarqawi had harmed the insurgency and cost it support

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

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 23 Allawi visited White House asking for more reconstruction money and bringing

            back old army units

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

 

Sep 24 Bush and Blair talked about staying course in Iraq and Allawi needing a

            professional staff

Sep 24 Report Defense Science Board review found US didn’t have enough troops

            to stabilize Iraq

Sep 24 US forces claimed Tal Afar cleared of insurgents

 

Sep 26 US arrested Gen Najm head of Iraqi National Guard in Diyala for ties to insurgency

 

Sep 27 Secretary of State Powell said US forces would retake Fallujah to ensure January 05

            elections

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

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

 

Sep 28 PM Allawi told Al Arabiya TV that govt had waited long enough on Fallujah and

            Iraqi forces would help take the city

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

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

Sep 28 US troops started operation to clear Samarra of insurgents

Sep 28 Blair said intelligence on Iraq’s WMD was wrong but getting rid of Saddam

            was right

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

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

            would increase support for Islamism and could lead to insurgency

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Sep 29 Briton Kenneth Bigley beheaded by Zarqawi

 

2004 Iraq Survey Group final report said Saddam considered Iran existential threat to Iraq Thought only

way to deter Tehran was WMD

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

Sep 30 Iraq Survey Group final report said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for rockets not

            centrifuges

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq)

 

Oct 1 Start of Battle of Samara to clear city before Jan 2005 elections

 

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

Foley in Jordan Said that proved Iraq was a threat because it had WMD and was connected to terrorist networks like Zarqawi’s

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

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

Oct 2 Hundreds of Kurds marched in Kirkuk city demanding independent Kurdistan

            and Kirkuk as its capital

 

Oct 3 Report aluminum tubes were one of the main arguments US had Iraq restarted nuke

program but was always contested Senior White House officials claimed Rice knew about differences over tubes Administration overstated argument for tubes

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

 

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 5 Bremer said US never had enough troops in Iraq while he was running the CPA

            Said military thought troop levels fine

 

Oct 6 Iraq Survey Group report said Iraq’s WMD destroyed in 1991 Said no plans to

revive programs when US invaded in 2003 Said Saddam wanted to restart WMD programs after sanctions ended Said Iraq tried to tell west it didn’t have WMD while also hinting that it still did to deter Iran WMD was aimed at Iran Said Iraq issued 1,300 oil vouchers under Oil For Food Program that netted $11 bil in illegal funds from 1990-2003 Russian oil companies Lukoil Gazprom Zarbuezhneft Signeft Rosneft Tatneft got 30% of oil vouchers

Oct 6 Bush said Iraq didn’t have WMD stocks US intel thought but invasion still right

            because Saddam wanted them

Oct 6 Fallujah leaders offered to create joint security force for city made up of Iraqi

            National Guardsmen and local US and Allawi govt rejected offer

 

Oct 7 Powell said Iraq Survey Group initial report proved Iraq wanted WMD and that

            it was a threat

Oct 7 Blair claimed Iraq Survey Group report proved that Saddam wanted WMD

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

Oct 7 Sadr offered to disarm Mahdi Army as part of peace deal with Allawi govt

            Wasn’t serious

 

Oct 8 Presidential debate Bush said Iraq invasion absolutely right Iraq was trying to end sanctions and

rebuild WMD programs

Oct 8 Rice said Iraq Survey Group proved Iraq wanted WMD and therefore was a threat

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

 

Oct 11 Mahdi Army began turning over heavy weapons to US forces as part of peace deal with Allawi govt

Didn’t last

Oct 11 IAEA warned that nuclear materials had been looted in Iraq after invasion

 

Oct 12 4 Sadr leaders including Qais Khazali and Hadi al-Darraji were refusing to follow ceasefire ending

2nd Battle of Najaf

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Oct 12 Ayatollah Sistani fatwa called on followers to register to vote Aides to set up offices to help people

with process

 

Oct 13 Blair told parliament that Iraq Study Group proved Saddam wanted WMD and violated UN

resolutions

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

Oct 13 Mass grave with hundreds of Kurds killed by Saddam in 1987-88 discovered in Hatra Ninewa

Oct 13 PM Allawi said that if Fallujah didn't turn over Zarqawi would be major operation to take city

City council refused to do so

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

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

 

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 14 US forces began encircling Fallujah and sending reinforcements to Ramadi

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

 

Oct 15 US put Zarqawi on its terrorist list

Oct 15 Cheney said Iraq could have given WMD to terrorists

 

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

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

 

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

Oct 19 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie wrote OpEd in NY Sun that Saddam was training foreigners to

carry out terrorist attacks and working with Islamic groups

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

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

against Zarqawi Failed

 

Oct 20 Report Jan 03 Natl Intel Council warned building democracy in Iraq would be long difficult and

turbulent Warned that overthrow of Saddam could lead to ethnosectarian rivalries and power grabs in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

Oct 20 Transparency International ranked Iraq one of most corrupt countries in world

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

 

Oct 21 US soldier found guilty of abuse in Abu Ghraib prison scandal given 8 yrs in prison

 

Oct 22 Sistani aide Safi in Friday sermon said voting in 2005 elections was a religious duty

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

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

were financing the insurgency

 

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

 

Oct 25 Report top contracting official at US Army Corps of Engineers questioned Halliburton’s no-bid

Iraq contracts

Oct 25 Report 380 tons of high grade explosives looted from Al Qaqaa site

Oct 25 Kurds marched in Kirkuk demanding Kurdish control of city

 

Oct 26 PM Allawi blamed US for deaths of 49 army recruits killed in Diyala by Zarqawi

 

Oct 27 Report number of IEDs being planted in Iraq went from 500 per months in May

            and June 04 to 1,000 by Oct 04

 

Oct 29 Report US forces reached Al Qaqaa site during 03 invasion then left and site looted of high grade

explosives

Oct 29 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Japanese civilian Shosei Koda

Oct 29 CIA report said that Iraqi elections would likely lead to opposition from Sunni Arab govts

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

Oct 29 1st Lancet report on Iraqi casualties claimed 100,000 civilians died since invasion mostly

due to Coalition Report gained huge publicity but was mostly discredited by experts but not in media

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

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

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

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

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

 

Oct 31 US Gen Sattler unless US and Iraqi forces couldn’t stop insurgent intimidation campaign against

Iraqi civilians they couldn’t win

Oct 31 Report US intel estimated 8,000-12,000 insurgents in Iraq and well financed Was far more than

previously believed

Oct 31 Report US army overrode objections of contracting officers who complained about cost overruns and

non-competitive bids given to Halliburton in Iraq Army leadership said US would be in trouble if it stopped Halliburton contracts

 

Nov 2 Association of Muslim Scholars said if Fallujah attacked it would call for national

            civil disobedience and boycott of January 2005 elections

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

 

Nov 6 Fallujah police collapsed after night attack by insurgents

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

 

Nov 7 2nd Battle of Fallujah started

Nov 7 PM Allawi declared martial law for 2 months Ordered curfew in Fallujah and closed Baghdad

international airport

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

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

 

Nov 8 2 Marine regiments started attack in 2nd Battle of Fallujah clearing northern section of city Zarqawi

believed to have fled Fallujah during 2nd battle for city

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

Nov 8 Sadr issued statement calling on Iraqi forces to not take part in the 2nd Battle of

            Fallujah Association of Muslim Scholars also condemned the battle

Nov 8 Battle of Mosul began

Nov 8 Rumsfeld said most of Iraq stable with violence only in 4 of 18 provinces

 

Nov 9 Marines cleared Jolan neighborhood 2nd Battle of Fallujah

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

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

Nov 9 Iraqi Islamic Party withdrew from interim govt due to 2nd Battle of Fallujah

            Industry Min Hasani refused to quit and was expelled from party

 

Nov 10 Ayatollah Sistani called for a peaceful resolution of 2nd Battle of Fallujah

            Expulsion of foreign fighters Return of govt forces

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

 

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

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

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

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

Only 200 of 5,000 police in city fought

 

Nov 12 Marines attacked southern Fallujah 2nd Battle of Fallujah

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

Nov 12 Sec of State Powell told Bush and Blair weren’t enough ground forces in Iraq to secure country

 

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 14 Iraqi police commandos sent into Mosul to recapture police stations

Nov 14 Report Seven UN officials accused of getting kickbacks from Iraq under Oil for Food Program

UN official told his staff not to investigate corruption

 

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

 

Nov 16 Major fighting in 2nd Battle of Fallujah said to be over

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

 

Nov 19 Association of Muslim Scholars announced Sunni boycott of Jan 05 elections

            claiming results would be fake and non-representative

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

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

            intimidation campaign before Jan 05 elections

 

Nov 21 Iraq Election Commission announced vote for transitional assembly to draft

constitution would happen 1/30/05 Provincial councils would be elected on same day

 

Nov 24 Powell told Bush not enough US troops in Iraq to secure country

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

            leaders were local Iraqis

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

 

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

            cause and supported their narrative

 

Nov 27 Report 1/3 of property Hallliburton contracted to manage in Iraq lost

 

Nov 29 Bush told NSC January 2005 Iraqi election had to happen on time

 

Nov 30 Report War mismanagement sanctions destroyed Iraq’s health care system

 

Dec 1 KDP and PUK announced Kurdistan Coalition for Jan 2005 elections

Dec 1 US announced it would increase troops from 138,000 to 150,000 for Jan 2005 elections

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

Dec 1 Report Army warned Dec 03 that military-CIA Task Force 121 searching for WMD abused Iraq

prisoners

 

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

Dec 3 Bush called speech writer Gerson saying he wanted to change US foreign policy to promoting

democracy Iraq at forefront

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

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

 

Dec 4 PM Allawi attacked while visiting Imam Ali shrine in Najaf

 

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 7 Number of US troops killed in combat in Iraq reached 1000 after soldier shot in Baghdad

Dec 7 Report Nov 04 CIA said security deteriorating Iraqi govt had to assert authority and rebuild economy

 

Dec 8 In Kuwait after being questioned about lack of up to date equipment for US troops

in Iraq Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time”

Dec 8 2 US contractors assassinated in Baghdad Signed deal with Defense Min for $24.7 mil but money

sent to Lebanese middleman instead Went to Iraq to discuss deal with U.S. forces and killed

 

Dec 9 22 parties including Dawa SCIRI Sadrists INC announced formation of United Iraqi Alliance

for Jan 2005 elections Ayatollah Sistani helped form list to ensure Shiite rule

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

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

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

Dec 9 Iraqi Islamic Party submitted 275 candidates for Jan 2005 elections Would be

            only major Sunni party to participate due to call for a boycott

Dec 9 Bush told families his govt was getting the best equipment for US troops in Iraq

after Defense Secretary Rumsfeld downplayed complaints by American soldiers heading for combat

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)

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

Dec 9 UK intel report Iran supported resistance to occupation of Iraq no hard evidence Iran behind attacks

but likely was Said Iran backed elections while also violence of Iraqi militias

 

Dec 13 PM Allawi blamed CPA disbanding military for rise in violence in Iraq

Dec 13 Allawi govt claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta was trained by Abu Nidal in Baghdad in 2001 Proved false

 

Dec 14 Bush gave former CIA Director Tenet former CPA head Bremer and former CENTCOM commander

Gen Franks Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

Dec 16 US Iraq commander Gen Casey US needed to train Iraqi forces and create effective Iraqi intelligence

services

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Dec 16 Major Shiite parties agreed to United Iraqi Alliance for 2005 elections

Dec 16 Ayatollah Sistani answered question from follower saying he gave his blessing to the United Iraqi

Alliance but he also supported all Iraqi political parties Sistani had helped create the UIA behind the scenes wanting to ensure Shiite rule

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

 

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 20 Bush said he expected violence to increase before Jan 05 elections

 

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 21 Center for Strategic and Intl Studies report Iraqi forces wouldn’t be ready to

            operate independently until late 2006 at best

 

Dec 22 Kurdistan Referendum Movement presented petition with 1.7 mil signatures to UN calling for

            referendum on Kurdish independence

 

Dec 23 Fallujah was reopened to displaced to return after 2nd battle for city

Dec 23 UK intel did review of its 2002 reporting on Iraq’s WMD and said its assessments were all

wrong

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

Dec 23 UK intel report 2005 elections would happen on time Assassinations and intimidation would likely

increase beforehand Hardline Sunnis would reject any new govt and continue with insurgency

 

Dec 24 Rumsfeld told troops in Iraq insurgency could be defeated

 

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 27 Iraqi Islamic Party withdrew from January 2005 election saying violence made vote impossible

 

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 4 Report US considered embedding US advisors within Iraqi units to speed their

            development

 

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

country due to insurgent attacks

 

Jan 10 Bush said that U.S. would stick with January 30 election date for Iraq

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Jan 10 Ukraine announced it would withdraw its 1650 troops from Iraq after 8 soldiers

            killed in bombing

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 13 Former Secretary of State Baker said US occupation of Iraq undermined US

            support for war and made US look imperialist in Middle East

Jan 13 Ayatollah Sistani representative assassinated in Baghdad

 

Jan 18 Bishop of Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul kidnapped

 

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

            such as capture of Saddam handing over sovereignty etc

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

 

Jan 22 Report $300 mil for arms deal for Iraqi army went missing after put on plane for

Lebanon INC’s Chalabi accused Defense Min Shaalan of stealing the $300 mil Shaalan threatened to arrest Chalabi for the charge

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

 

Jan 25 Bush admin said it would ask Congress for another $80 bil for Iraq and

Afghanistan wars Before invasion White House said Iraq would cost $50 bil and most of that would be paid for by Iraqi oil

Jan 25 Human Rights Watch report arbitrary arrests torture abuse threats corruption in

            Iraqi justice system

 

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

taking fight to Sunni areas Casey said Iraqis couldn’t secure Iraq yet but could protect election stations

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

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

            of world

Jan 29 Human Rights Watch US Abu Ghraib prison scandal became recruitment tool for

            terrorists

 

Jan 30 Elections held for parliament to draft new Iraqi constitution Sunnis boycotted

            vote Iraqis also voted for provincial councils

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Jan 30 KRG parliamentary elections held KDP and PUK ran unified list Won 104 of 111 seats

Jan 30 Informal Kurdish independence referendum held in KRG Kirkuk Mosul Khanaqin 98% voted for

            independence

 

Jan 31 Assyrians in Ninewa’s Bashiqa and Bartella were told they could have an extra

day of voting after ballots ran out on Jan 30 Ballots were delivered to towns but they were not allowed to vote Led to demonstration which was broken up by Kurdish security

 

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

Feb 2 Assyrians in Ninewa Plains accused Kurds of stopping them from voting in Jan 30

            election

Feb 2 Bush said US in Iraq to create a democracy that could defend itself and was not

            a threat to its neighbors

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

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

 

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq)

 

Feb 4 Early election results had United Iraqi Alliance 44% Kurds 18% Iraqiya 12% of

            vote

 

Feb 5 Dep Natl Sec Adv Hadley said White House had B- for developing Iraq policy D- for

            executing it

 

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 10 NSC staffer Zelikow told Rice Iraq failed state stuck in violence

 

Feb 12 Report Makhmour mayor in Irbil said that district used to be 80% Arab but they were forced out and

was now 80% Kurd Said Kurds were going to reclaim more territory

 

Feb 13 Early election results showed that Shiite United Iraqi Alliance got 140 of 275

            seats in parliament missing majority it wanted

Feb 13 Provisional election results from January vote released United Iraqi Alliance

            48%, Kurdish Alliance 26%, Iraqiya 14%, Others 12%, voter turnout 58%

 

Feb 17 Report Iraqi Natl Guard and Peshmerga commander in charge of Kurdish Natl Guard units in

Ninewa said that Arabs needed to be treated roughly and with force otherwise they would rise up Kurdish soldiers said they didn’t trust Arab soldiers and would not take orders from their Arab officers on the Peshmerga

 

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 22 Dawa’s Ibrahim Jaafari became United Iraqi Alliance candidate for PM

            following January elections

 

Feb 28 Annual State Department human rights report accused Iraqi security forces of

            rape torture and illegal arrests

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)

 

Mar 3 Kurds said parties had agreed on PUK’s Jalal Talabani being Iraq’s president and

            Dawa’s Ibrahim al-Jaafari PM in new govt

 

Mar 4 US troops accidently shot and killed Italian intelligence officer outside Baghdad

            Airport Would lead to Italy withdrawing its troops few weeks later

 

Mar 10 Kurds and United Iraqi Alliance agreed on new govt based upon deal to resolve

            future of Kirkuk and PUK’s Talabani becoming Iraq’s president

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

 

Mar 13 Deputy Industry Ministry Araji said there was systematic looting of factories

            and weapons sites after 03 invasion

 

Mar 14 Netherlands withdrew its 160 troops from Iraq

 

Mar 15 Mahdi Army attacked college engineering students in Basra for having mixed

            male-female party in park Led to protests vs Sadrists

Mar 15 Report leaked that Halliburton overcharged US for fuel imports to Iraq by more

            than $108 mil

Mar 15 Italy announced it would withdraw its approximate 3,000 troops from Iraq

Mar 15 Ukraine withdrew 130 of its soldiers from Iraq

 

Mar 20 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld appeared on two Sunday talk shows and blamed

Turkey for not allowing 4th Infantry Division to deploy there for invasion for violence in Iraq Rumsfeld claimed if 4th Infantry Division had invaded northern Iraq there would have been fewer Baathists to join the insurgency Rumsfeld also said that CENTCOM commander Gen Franks didn’t want more troops in Iraq after the invasion

 

Mar 21 State Dept’s Jeffrey told Bush Allawi trying to drag out govt formation process and

            he should stop because was not going to retain premiership

 

Mar 25 State Dept told Congress wanted to reorganize rebuilding funds with more money

            for services and maintenance Didn’t think Iraq could sustain projects

 

Mar 31 Silbermann-Robb report issued Called US pre-war intel on Iraq one of largest

intelligence failures in US history US intel data on Iraq was worthless and analysis wrong US lacked significant new intel on Iraq WMD so relied on Gulf War and 90s UN inspections and extrapolated from them US relied upon Iraqi defectors that were lying and  ignored problems with their stories US relied upon satellite photos that showed nothing substantive US intel claimed Iraq made WMD advances that were technically impossible US intel ignored reports that Iraq no longer had any WMD UN inspectors disproved most of US case against Iraq’s WMD but were ignored CIA had little on Iraq’s nuke program outside of aluminum tubes but became basis for Oct 02 National Intel Est on Iraq’s WMD Tubes Iraq tried to buy were for rockets not centrifuges Example of misinterpretation by US intel Tubes was a technical assessment which CIA failed at Went with assumptions rather than facts CIA never looked at Iraqi rockets to see whether they fit aluminum tubes CIA and DIA created theory on tubes that rejected all criticism British and Australian intelligence didn’t believe aluminum tubes were for centrifuges

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

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

Mar 31 RAND study showed post-war planning for Iraq was inadequate and never

            considered security of Iraqi public

 

Apr 1 Report White House and CIA leadership created environment where only threat of

            Iraq WMD reports were acceptable

 

Apr 1 Report White House and CIA leadership created environment where only threat of

            Iraq WMD reports were acceptable

 

Apr 2 Al Qaeda 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 4 Outgoing Inter Min Naqib warned US if SCIRI got Inter Min would fill it

            with Badr militiamen which it did

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke former Interior Min adviser on how militias took over Iraqi police)

 

Apr 6 Talabani named president of Iraq, Mahdi and Yawar vice presidents in 1st post-03

            Iraqi govt

 

Apr 7 PUK’s Jalal Talabani sworn in as Iraq president and named Dawa’s Ibrahim Jaafari

            as new PM Ended interim govt under PM Allawi

 

 

 

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