Iraq’s WMD-Nuclear Programs (1974-2007)

This timeline covers the period when the United States ran postwar Iraq under the ORHA and CPA

 

Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq

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

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

Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS

Musings On Iraq review Muqtada, Muqtada Al-Sadr, The Shia Revival, And The Struggle For Iraq

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

Musings On Iraq review Sectarianism In Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience

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 What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception

Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right

Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco

Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace

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

Musings On Iraq review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions Coalition State Building after Saddam

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

Tragedy

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 Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq

Musings On Iraq review The Future of Iraq, Dictatorship, Democracy, or Division?

Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective

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

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

Musings On Iraq review Special Operations Forces in Iraq

Musings On Iraq review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary

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

Musings On Iraq review Salam Pax: The Baghdad Blog

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 Target Basra, The High Octane Story of the Royal Marine

Commandos In Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Compulsion In Religion, Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies In Iraq

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

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

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 Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq

Musings On Iraq review The Fall of Baghdad

Musings On Iraq review Understanding Iraq, the Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan’s Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation

Musings On Iraq review Imagining The Nation, Nationalism, Sectarianism and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq

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

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 Fall of Baghdad

Musings On Iraq review The Assassins’ Gate, America In Iraq

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

Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III

Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Revolt On The Tigris, The Al-Sadr Uprising And The Governing Of Iraq

Musings On Iraq review Imperial Life In The Emerald City, Inside Iraq’s Green Zone

Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge

Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait

Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course

Musings On Iraq Interview with State Dept’s Mines on being CPA Governor of Anbar

Musings On Iraq interview with Fmr CPA advisor Horne

Musings On Iraq interview with Fmr CPA official Swanson

 

2003

Jan 9 Pentagon asked Jay Garner to head ORHA to run postwar Iraq 2 months before invasion He

initially said no

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

 

Jan 16 Future Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) head Garner met with

Rumsfeld and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith Rumsfeld said no coordination of postwar planning Told Garner he needed to consult with different agencies and coordinate postwar plans Garner said in WWII US spent years planning for postwar situation and he was only given a few weeks for Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

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

Tragedy)

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

(Musings On Iraq Only 3 of 13 Reconstruction Contracts Were Signed Before War)

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

 

Jan 20 Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) created to run post-war Iraq 2

months before invasion

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

(Musings On Iraq Only 3 of 13 Reconstruction Contracts Were Signed Before War)

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

 

Jan 27 ORHA began contracting for supplies and personnel 2 months before invasion

 

Jan 28 ORHA head Garner met with NSC’s Zalimay who said goal of postwar Iraq should be getting

Iraqis to govern as soon as possible

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

 

Feb 19 ORHA head Garner briefed Natl Sec Adv Rice to use Iraqi army and police to help rebuilding Iraq

after war

 

Feb 21 ORHA staff met in DC to have run through of their Iraq postwar plans

 

Feb 22 ORHA drill found US would not have enough troops for Iraq postwar security Was worried not

enough funding for postwar Iraq that could leave behind unstable country ORHA found US had no plans for what kind of govt they wanted in Iraq and how to achieve it ORHA Dep Head thought US had faulty assumptions overly optimistic lacked reality on what postwar Iraq would be like

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

 

Feb 27 ORHA head Garner learned he only had $27 mil to run postwar Iraq

 

Feb 28 ORHA head Garner made 1st brief of postwar Iraq plans to Bush 1 month before war

 

Mar 3 ORHA head Garner went to UN to try to get support for postwar Iraq UN said no Garner’s move

was against administration policy that opposed any role for UN in Iraq which was why it said no

 

Mar 5 ORHA head Garner got ok from Rice to use frozen Iraqi assets to pay for postwar Plans He told

Rice he didn’t think there would be enough troops to maintain security after invasion When asked if the White House had put together any plans for a post-Saddam govt he got no answer

 

Mar 10 ORHA head Garner briefed Bush on postwar Iraq plans including using army for reconstruction

and interim govt Bush approved plans

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

 

Mar 11 ORHA head Garner told press US would keep Iraqi army and would quickly turn over control of

country to Iraqis When asked Garner dismissed talk of US turning over power to Chalabi and INC

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

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

Mar 11 After press conference Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz and Under

Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith chastised Garner for his comments about Chalabi

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

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

Mar 11 Garner was later told by Pentagon he could no longer give press conferences

 

Mar 12 White House reviewed plan to ship $1.7 bil in frozen Iraqi assets in U.S. to Iraq to pay for Iraqi

public workers and pensions

 

Mar 14 Rumsfeld told ORHA head Garner he was going to pick all the advisers that were going to run

Iraqi ministries

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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

Tragedy)

 

Mar 15 ORHA head Garner told Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld plan was only to dismiss top two

officials from each Iraqi ministry and not carry out any deBaathification policy Rumsfeld okayed plan

Mar 15 Rumsfeld complained Garner picked non-Pentagon people to run some Iraqi ministries Wanted

them all from Defense

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

 

Mar 16 ORHA staff began leaving US for Kuwait

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

 

Mar 17 On flight to Kuwait ORHA head Garner met with his oil team Garner said he was concerned

Rumsfeld picked ex-Shell CEO Philip Carroll to join group Said was bad image wise to have an ex-US oil executive involved Oil teams said if Iraq’s oil sector was destroyed by war would need someone with standing of Carroll to deal with it

 

Mar 20 ORHA staff went to CENTCOM in Qatar and found military had parallel post-war admin set up

isolated from ORHA

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

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

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

Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

Mar 20 Bush signed executive order to free frozen Iraqi assets in U.S. to be shipped to Iraq to pay

pensions and salaries of Iraqi public workers

 

Mar 22 Rumsfeld demanded that all Americans to run Iraqi ministries be from Pentagon ORHA head

Garner said no time for replacements

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

 

Mar 26 ORHA sent list of 16 sites that needed to be protected in Baghdad to US military HQ in Kuwait

but was ignored

Mar 26 Rumsfeld told Garner he had some replacements for Americans going to run Iraq

            ministries Wanted them all from Pentagon

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

 

Mar 27 ORHA had meeting of all 4 postwar groups to come up with unified plan for Iraq Didn’t happen

The 4 groups had all been created separately within Bush administration with no coordination between them

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

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

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

Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

 

Mar 30 Pentagon memo on creating an Iraqi authority after war Said had to be friendly to

the US Had to end Sunni rule Wanted rule of law individual liberty representative govt private enterprise Didn’t say how that was to be achieved

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

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

 

Mar 31 Israeli Infrastructure Min Paritzky said he wanted to reopen Kirkuk-Haifa pipeline by end of 03

Was based upon promises INC’s Chalabi made before war that he would get Iraq to export oil to Israel after Saddam

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

Mar 31 Def Sec Rumsfeld memo said important to create Iraqi interim authority as quickly as possible so

Iraqis were in power Had to pick pro-US Iraqis Said exiles could be core for new authority because they supported US goals in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

Mar 31 Def Sec Rumsfeld memo said important to create Iraqi interim authority as quickly as possible so

Iraqis were in power Had to pick pro-US Iraqis Said exiles could be core for new authority because they supported US goals in Iraq

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

Tragedy)

Mar 31 Sir David Manning told British would have huge shortage of troops for postwar operations in Iraq

Mar 31 UK Foreign Office official wrote For Sec Straw saying Iraqis mistrusted US and US occupation

would be humiliation and untenable

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 5 DIA task force said Baathists made plans for an insurgency with help of jihadists

            Would later prove false 

(Musings On Iraq Did Saddam Plan The Insurgency In Iraq?)

 

Apr 6 Pentagon told ORHA about replacements for its staff Asked when they would arrive Said hadn’t

informed some of them yet

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

 

Apr 8 Bush said UN would play crucial role in creating an interim Iraqi govt but UN had rejected UN

role

Apr 8 Rumsfeld had meeting to find replacement for ORHA head Garner for new presidential envoy to

Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

Apr 8 Ayatollah Haeri said Iraq’s Shiites needed to seize power now that Saddam overthrown and oppose

US plans

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq Early Report On Iran’s Activities In Iraq)

Apr 8 Site south of Baghdad searched for chemical weapons but nothing found

 

Apr 9 Sadrists held first Friday prayers reviving tradition of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr

(Musings On Iraq review Muqtada, Muqtada Al-Sadr, The Shia Revival, And The Struggle For Iraq)

Apr 9 Chalabi on CNN criticized Garner for not hiring INC people and said ORHA had done nothing for

Iraqis

 

Apr 10 Sadr’s followers killed Sheikh Abdul Majid al-Khoei in Najaf Surrounded Ayatollah Sistani’s

house but driven off by tribesmen

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Muqtada, Muqtada Al-Sadr, The Shia Revival, And The Struggle For Iraq)

Apr 10 White House said it wanted to name some of ORHA staff after they’d already arrived in Kuwait

ready to go into Iraq

 

Apr 11 US ground forces Cmdr Gen McKiernan ordered increased patrols around important buildings in

Baghdad to try to reduce looting Same time US forces withdrew from bridges leading to looting to spread to west side of Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

Apr 11 “Stuff happens” Rumsfeld said freedom was untidy in response to looting in Iraq Criticized press

for focusing on looting in Iraq and missing all the positive stories happening Said US would help Iraq rebuild but ultimately it would be up to Iraqis to run and rebuild their country

Apr 11 Sadr gave his 1st Friday sermon in Kufa following US invasion Called for pilgrimage to Karbala

for Arbaeen Was banned under Saddam

(Musings On Iraq review Muqtada, Muqtada Al-Sadr, The Shia Revival, And The Struggle For Iraq)

Apr 11 US delivered $20 mil in cash to Iraq from frozen Iraqi assets to help pay for bills and

reconstruction

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)

Apr 11 US military called on to repair power grid in Baghdad that went down on Apr 9 when city fell

Apr 11 Russia said it would forgive debts to Iraq worth $8-$12 bil

 

Apr 12 Report experts didn’t think Iraq’s oil would earn enough money to pay for country’s

reconstruction

Apr 12 Head of CENTCOM postwar planning Col Benson briefed Gen Webster Deputy Commander US

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

Tragedy)

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

Apr 12 ORHA head Garner proposed series of meetings across Iraq to form basis of new Iraqi govt

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

 

Apr 13 US Gen Hawkins flew into Baghdad to try to get power grid up and working again since it went

down when city taken by US

Apr 13 KDP ordered Turkmen Front out of their HQ in Kirkuk Said there would be trouble if they didn’t

leave

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

2003)

 

Apr 14 Local tribes in Najaf scattered Sadrists threatening to expel Ayatollahs Sistani, Hakim and

Fayadh from city

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Apr 14 Association of Muslim Scholars founded by Harith Dhari

 

Apr 15 CENTCOM commander Gen Franks told Iraq ground forces cmdr Gen McKiernan U.S. not

staying in Iraq

Apr 15 Coalition ground forces issued instructions for postwar Iraq plans So late each division

interpreted instructions how they wanted US military not ready to integrate ORHA

Apr 15 ORHA head Garner met 100 Iraqi leaders in Nasiriya Called for democratic and federal Iraq

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

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

Tragedy)

Apr 15 Garner met with Chalabi after Nasiriya meeting Called him a thug afterward

Apr 15 20,000 protested in Nasiriya against US Was another protest against Chalabi and INC

Apr 15 US killed 7 Iraqis trying to break up demonstration in Mosul

Apr 15 Bush reviewed US withdrawal plan that had most troops out by Sep 03

Apr 15 Bush talked about foreign peacekeepers taking over for US troops in Iraq White House thought

countries would give up opposition to Iraq invasion and offer troops

 

Apr 16 Genk Franks issued declaration to Iraqi people saying US would only be there temporarily

Announced that Baath Party was no more in Iraq

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

Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

Apr 16 Gen Franks ordered withdrawal order for 60-120 days for US troops to drop from 175,000 to

30,000 by Aug 03 Told his staff that an interim Iraqi govt would be created in 30-60 days

Apr 16 Gen Franks sent memo to Def Sec Rumsfeld Said time to start Phase IV postwar ops Said

international forces and police would arrive to allow US to withdraw Didn’t say where foreign forces were coming from

Apr 16 US Central Command made official announcement that America was the authority in Iraq

Apr 16 Congress appropriated $2.475 bil for rebuilding Iraq as part of Iraq Relief and Reconstruction

Fund

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)

Apr 16 Report Kurds were forcing Arabs out of Kirkuk city

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

Apr 16 INC’s Chalabi arrived in Baghdad and set up office in Hunting Club

Apr 16 US forces captured Palestinian terrorist Abu Abbas Claimed proved Saddam backed terrorism

Apr 16 Dep head of SCIRI Ayatollah Abdul Aziz al-Hakim returned to Iraq from Iran with 4,000-5,000

Badr militiamen

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

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

 

Apr 17 Chief UN inspector Blix cited Iraqi scientist who said Iraq had no WMD

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

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

Apr 17 CENTCOM head Gen Abizaid said no organized military left in Iraq Plan was for Iraqi military to

impose order after invasion

Apr 17 CENCTOM head Gen Abizaid suggested US create 3 divisions of interim Iraqi army from soldiers

and opposition groups

Apr 17 US signed deal with Bechtel to repair Iraq’s electrical grid after instead of before invasion

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

(Musings On Iraq Only 3 of 13 Reconstruction Contracts Were Signed Before War)

Apr 17 ORHA head Garner got into argument with Gen Franks who didn’t want Garner going to

Baghdad Garner said vacuum in country

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

Apr 17 US forces called for people to return to work in Kirkuk City after days of unrest after invasion

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

Apr 17 US forces captured Saddam’s half brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti

 

Apr 18 Arabs that were expelled from Daquq Kirkuk by Kurds tried to retake town but driven off by

Kurds

Apr 18 Sadrists held demonstration in Sadr City to condemn U.S. and western culture

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Apr 18 INC head Chalabi said he expected an interim govt to be formed soon to run most duties in Iraq

Apr 18 Rumsfeld said it would take time to find Iraq’s WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Apr 18 Some American officials worried that Iraq had sent its WMD to other countries That’s why

wasn’t found

 

Apr 19 Protest in Baghdad’s Adhamiya against U.S. occupation

Apr 19 Gen Mattis said that U.S. didn’t have enough troops to secure Iraq

Apr 19 Turkey threatened to send troops if Kurds took over Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

Apr 19 US afraid Badr infiltrating into Diyala from Iran would start fighting MEK US threatened to

attack Badr if didn’t withdraw in 24 hrs Pulled back into Iran

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

Apr 19 Peshmerga found a trailer near Irbil that was a suspected mobile WMD lab Wasn’t

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

 

Apr 20 1st Arbaeen pilgrimage conducted after Saddam

Apr 20 US forces arrested Sadrist cleric Fartusi leading to days of protests

Apr 20 Riot in Mosul against Mishan Jabouri declaring himself mayor

Apr 20 ORHA head Garner held meeting Said top priority was getting to Baghdad and establishing its

presence Had to get Iraqi ministries up and running again

Apr 20 ORHA staff finally allowed to enter Iraq by US military

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

Apr 20 Report US wanted long term military relationship with Iraq and use of up to 4 bases

Apr 20 Report Kurds expelled 2000 Arabs from Daquq, Kirkuk

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

2003)

Apr 20 Apr 10-20 up to 40 people killed in Arab-Kurd violence in Kirkuk City

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

Apr 20 Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith cancelled State Dept plan to set up Kirkuk

committee to return displaced set up compensation etc

 

COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY ERA

 

Apr 21 Coalition Provisional Government created to take over running postwar Iraq replacing

            Organization for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

Apr 21 ORHA staff and head Garner entered Baghdad Gen Franks had kept them out He didn’t

            want civilians to get in way of military

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

Apr 21 Rumsfeld took advice of Gen Franks and cancelled sending 50,000 additional troops to Iraq

            from 1st Cavalry Div

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

Apr 21 5,000 Sadrists protested arrest of its cleric Fartusi by US

Apr 21 Report US officials said US would be out of Iraq soon and that an Iraqi govt would be in place in

            months

Apr 21 NY Times article claimed Iraq had destroyed WMD right before war and moved rest to Syria Said

Iraqi scientist provided by INC told Americans Iraq had been working on WMD for years Led soldiers to banned precursors Scientist hadn’t worked on WMD since 1989 and story false

Apr 21 UK Foreign Secretary Straw told Blair he was skeptical evidence of Iraq’s WMD

            wound be found Thought it might be destroyed

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

Apr 21 2 US congressmen went to Syria and got Assad’s promise not to harbor any

            Baathists and expel those that tried to flee there

 

Apr 22 ORHA head Garner went to KRG to talk with Barzani and Talabani about interim Iraqi govt

Barzani and Talabani suggested group of Iraqi advisers to help Garner rather than interim Iraqi govt

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

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

Apr 22 UnderSecDef Feith wrote that idea of creating a transitional Iraqi authority was not going well

Apr 22 Sadrists held second day of protests after its cleric Fartusi was arrested by US

Apr 22 Only 10% of Baghdad’s electricity restored since city fell to US forces

Apr 22 US sent 1000 more experts to look for Iraq’s WMD

Apr 22 NY Times’ Miller told PBS NewsHour US found info on Iraq’s WMD Had destroyed stocks right

before invasion Fooled UN inspectors

Apr 22 Chief UN inspector Blix told BBC US tried to discredit inspections at the Security Council

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

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

Apr 22 UK general warned that British military not trained for postwar operations called for in Iraq

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

 

Apr 23 Iraq oil started flowing for first time since US invasion Iraq shut down oil flow day war started

Mar 20

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

Apr 23 USAID official told Nightline rebuilding Iraq could cost US $1.7 bil and Iraqi oil and donors

would pay for rest

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

Apr 23 ORHA head Garner came up with list of 9 objectives to accomplish for postwar Iraq including

pay salaries return police and ministries etc

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

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

Apr 23 White House said confident Iraq’s WMD would be found

Apr 23 NY Times article Iraqi scientists told US Iraq destroyed all its WMD equipment before invasion

US now looking for programs rather than WMD stocks Said US would be getting info on Iraq’s WMD from Chalabi and INC

Apr 23 Up to 3 mil participated in Arbaeen ceremony that had been banned under Saddam

Apr 23 Protest in Kut, Wasit blocked US convoy for 4 hours

(Musings On Iraq Early Report On Iran’s Activities In Iraq)

Apr 23 Report thousands of Arabs were being evicted from Kirkuk by Kurds and forming militias to

protect themselves

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

Apr 23 1st US troops arrived in Fallujah 2 weeks after end of invasion

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

 

Apr 24 Bush said Iraq might have destroyed its WMD before invasion but US would find them

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Apr 24 NY Times article Iraqi scientists said Saddam expanded WMD programs and secret facilities but

destroyed stocks Wasn’t true

Apr 24 US seized warehouse in Baghdad thought to contain WMD agents Proved false 

Apr 24 Trailer found near Mosul was suspected of being mobile WMD labs Turned out not to be

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

Apr 24 Dep PM Tariq Aziz surrendered to US Said Iraq had no WMD

Apr 24 INC’s Zubeidi declared himself mayor of Baghdad

Apr 24 ORHA head Garner met with 60 Iraqis in Kut to talk about security and how city should pick

city council

Apr 24 ORHA head Garner said INC’s Chalabi was not US’s choice to run Iraq and Iraqis could pick

their own leaders

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

Apr 24 Gen McKiernan ground commander in Iraq told ORHA’s Garner security #1 priority for postwar

Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

Apr 24 Rumsfeld called Powell to propose Paul Bremer as new presidential envoy to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

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

Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

Apr 24 Rumsfeld called Garner and told him he would be replaced by Bremer Garner said he would quit

Rumsfeld asked him to stay

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

Apr 24 Rumsfeld said that Iraqis could form any govt they wanted as long as it wasn’t a theocracy like

Iran’s

Apr 24 UN Res 1476 extended Oil For Food Program past US invasion

Apr 24 Was anti-American march in Kut, Wasit 2 drive by shootings on US base in Kut ORHA head

Garner blamed Iran for demonstration

(Musings On Iraq Early Report On Iran’s Activities In Iraq)

Apr 24 UK cabinet agreed to expand control from Basra and Maysan to Dhi Qar and Muthanna despite

warnings might not have capabilities to deal with them

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

Apr 24 UN Secretary General Annan said US Coalition had to follow intl law as occupying power in Iraq

US rejected occupier title

 

Apr 25 US arrested ex-Iraq Amb to Tunisia Farouk Hijazi who reportedly met with Al Qaeda in 90s and

cited as proof of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

Apr 25 Bush said Iraq’s WMD were either hidden or were destroyed but US would find them

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Apr 25 White House official told NY Times Iraq may not have had WMD just agents to make them

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

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

Apr 25 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Franks said didn’t know how long it would take to rebuild and stabilize Iraq

Apr 25 Iraqi opposition met in Madrid but failed to agree on an interim govt

 

Apr 26 Marines blocked demonstration against Mishan Jabouri declaring himself mayor of Mosul Shots

fired from crowd at Marines They fired back killing 10-15 civilians Led to riot

Apr 26 ORHA held first meeting of the Iraqi Interim Authority made up of Iraqi exiles and opposition

figures

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

Tragedy)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

Apr 26 Report Bush invaded Iraq to try to transform Middle East by creating a democracy and

countering draw of terrorism

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

(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 Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

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

Apr 26 White House said evidence Iraq might have destroyed its WMD right before war and that proved

war right

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

Apr 26 Report no WMD found in sites Powell mentioned in his 03 UN speech

Apr 26 Ayatollah Haeri issued fatwa from Iran saying clerics needed to fill power vacuum left by US

invasion

Apr 26 Sheikh Naifus of Albu Alwan in Babil arrested for taking part in executions of rebels after 91

uprising

 

Apr 27 ORHA head Garner made first radio address to Iraqis calling for return to normalcy

Apr 27 Report evidence found linking Ansar al-Islam with Al Qaeda

Apr 27 Captured Mukhabarat documents showed it had meetings with Al Qaeda in 1990s

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

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

Apr 27 Baghdad conference opened to discuss forming an Iraqi provisional govt with 300 Iraqis attending

Endorsed by US

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

Tragedy)

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Apr 27 ORHA and Oil Ministry officials met and picked top positions in ministry

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

 

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)

Apr 28 ORHA Garner met with 350 Iraqis in Baghdad and told them they were in charge of Iraq said

would be meeting to create interim govt in 4 weeks Garner then left and meeting broke down into arguments

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

Tragedy)

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

(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)

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

Apr 28 Dep Sec of Def Wolfowtiz said US occupation of Iraq would not need as many troops as invasion

did

Apr 28 Pentagon paper said interim Iraqi govt had not been decided upon

Apr 28 Gen Franks asked UK to take control of 5 southern Iraqi provinces UK said could only handle 4

Basra Maysan Dhi Qar Muthanna

Apr 28 UK report Iran sending in groups into southern Iraq to influence postwar situation

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Apr 29 2nd anti-American protests in Fallujah Threw rocks at US troops who fired into crowd killing 3

wounding 16

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

Apr 29 ORHA head Garner told White House flying frozen Iraqi assets to pay for salaries and pensions

helped stabilize Iraq

 

Apr 30 U.S. forces ran into protesters that led to shooting for 2nd time in 2 days in Fallujah 2 killed

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

Apr 30 Rumsfeld visited Iraq Realized rebuilding country would take years which was not his plan

 

May 1 Pres Bush gave Mission Accomplished speech declaring victory against Iraq Bush linked invasion

of Iraq to 9/11 attacks Said war had eliminated ally of Al Qaeda and a funding source Now terrorists could not get WMD from Iraq

May 1 White House officials gave briefings that they thought Saddam had been killed during start of

invasion

May 1 UK memo said it supported ORHA but that organization was not delivering in Iraq and lacked

strategy

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

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

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

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

May 1 US military created Combined Joint Task Force 7 to run Iraq Only lasted 15 days

 

May 2 Oil Ministry re-opened after invasion Thamir Ghabban announced as new Oil Minister

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

May 2 ORHA report many ministry buildings in Baghdad had been taken over by different groups

May 2 UK Defense Minister Hoon told Defense Secretary Rumsfeld ORHA had to deliver in Iraq

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

May 2 1st report that Bush was considering appointing Bremer to take over in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

May 2 Sadr said Christians in Iraq had to follow Islamic Law not sell alcohol women had to be covered

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

May 2 Ayatollah Jannati Secretary General of Iran’s Council of Guardians called on Iraqis to carry out

martyrdom ops to drive US from Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

May 2 INC aide Brooke said Iraqi people might convince Chalabi to become country’s new president

 

May 3 UK PM’s office said Iraq had WMD and they would be found

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

May 3 White House said it was sure Iraq’s WMD would be found

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

May 3 Bush said Iraq’s WMD programs would be found would just take time Was change from previous

claims that WMD stocks would be found

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

May 3 UK intel said trailer found in Mosul could be mobile WMD lab Turned out not to be

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

 

May 4 Powell said sure US would find Iraq’s WMD Rumsfeld said US never claimed finding WMD

would be easy Powell denied stories that Iraq sent its WMD to Syria

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

May 4 US official said unlikely to find any large MWD or nuke stocks in Iraq Said sanctions had led Iraq

to get rid of most of its WMD

May 4 Iraqi scientists told US investigators Iraq had no WMD for years

May 4 ORHA memo said security was still top priority in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

 

May 5 US held provincial elections in Ninewa

May 5 ORHA announced 9 man leadership group that would put together an interim Iraqi govt later in

May

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

Tragedy)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

May 5 ORHA official met with ex-soldiers promising them one time $20 payment if came back to work

May 5 US forces announced captured Huda Ammash “Mrs Anthrax” that worked on WMD program

May 5 CIA did new test with aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Found could not take speed of

centrifuges

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

 

May 6 Bush speech said building democracy in Iraq would be like what US did in post WWII Germany

and Japan

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

(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 Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy

Tragedy)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

May 6 Bush announced Paul Bremer as head of new Coalition Provisional Authority to run postwar Iraq

Told Bremer he had whatever time he needed to put Iraq back together

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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

May 6 ORHA agreed to allow Baath members to return to government jobs and police

May 6 NY Times Kristof OpEd used Fmr Amb Wilson as unnamed source on Iraq-Niger uranium deal

Accused US intel of covering up differences over story Said US intel “deceived” world on Iraq-Niger Deal Said White House and State Dept kept using story despite denial Said that Fmr Amb Wilson knew that Iraq-Niger docs were fakes Wilson never saw docs and went to Niger 8 months before US got them

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

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

 

May 7 US military found trailers that could be mobile WMD labs Proved false

May 7 Undersecretary of Def Cambone said US would eventually find Iraq’s WMD and that mobile

WMD labs had been found already

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

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

May 7 ORHA decided to allow Baath members to return to jobs in ministries Said only 55 most wanted

were banned

 

May 8 Secretary of State Powell said US and UK would go to UN to authorize occupation of Iraq

May 8 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told staff rebuilding Iraq would not be fast or easy and needed time

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

Tragedy)

May 8 UK parliament announced review of pre-war intelligence on Iraq

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

May 8 ORHA met with ex-Iraqi army officers 2nd time Said they could bring back 137,000 soldiers

May 8 Defense Min memo called for Iraqi soldiers to return to duty and cooperate with

May 8 Sec Def Rumsfeld gave Bremer memo on DeBaathification

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

 

May 9 US and England draft resolution to UN to make them occupying powers in Iraq

May 9 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said US would keep as many troops as necessary in Iraq and would

take more than year to build Iraqi govt

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

May 9 1st joint US-Iraqi patrols started in Baghdad

May 9 Sadrist cleric called for revenge attacks upon Baathists

May 9 US ground forces commander Gen McKiernan met with Iraqi officers about getting Iraqi soldiers

back to their units and to stop looting and impose order

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

May 9 Bush signed memo officially making Bremer presidential envoy to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

May 9 Bremer met Bush and mentioned RAND study that said US needed 500,000 troops to occupy Iraq

Bush asked Rumsfeld who said there were enough troops

May 9 Bremer cancelled Khalilzad Zalimay’s return trip to Iraq to work on an interim Iraqi authority

May 9 Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith gave Bremer draft of deBaathification and disbanding

Iraqi military orders Feith would later deny he drafted orders

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 9 CPA sent draft order to disband Iraqi military and build a new one to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld

May 9 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz in Vanity Fair Bush admin all agreed on WMD as way to

justify Iraq war

May 9 US announced it found mobile WMD labs Story proved false

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

 

May 10 Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim head of SCIRI returned to Iraq from Iran

May 10 Outgoing ORHA head Garner flew to Qatar to brief incoming CPA head Bremer on situation in

Iraq

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

Tragedy)

May 10 US forces surrounded Iranian opposition group Mujahadeen e-Khalq camp and demanded they

disarm

 

May 11 UK envoy to Iraq said US had no leadership no strategy for rebuilding Iraq

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

May 11 Report US military team searching for Iraq’s WMD found nothing

May 11 UN report Iraq farming could collapse threatening widespread hunger

 

May 12 Paul Bremer arrived in Iraq to take over new CPA During meeting Bremer suggested shooting

looters Remark leaked angering Iraqis

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

May 12 Only 4000 Iraqi police on duty in Baghdad to cover 7 mil inhabitants

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

May 12 UK Foreign Secretary Straw said that Coalition failed to restore order in Baghdad

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

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

May 12 Report on Iraqi ex-nuclear scientist Hamza Said 1998 tried to get book published with ex-UN

inspector Albright that said Iraq failed to build a bomb Not published 2000 got book Saddam’s Bombmaker published claiming Iraq was closer to building a nuclear bomb than anyone knew Hamza’s story promoted by INC

 

May 13 CPA official briefed British of plan to disband Iraqi army and build a new one Brits didn’t object

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 13 White House official said Iraq may not have had stocks of WMD but just capability to make

them

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

May 13 Rumsfeld told Bremer he would be responsible for temporary governing of Iraq

May 13 Mass grave of 15,000 victims of 91 uprising found in Mahawil, Babil

 

May 14 Sadrists marched in Baghdad calling for an Islamic government in Iraq

May 14 US officials said probably wouldn’t find WMD in Iraq were now focusing on finding documents

about programs

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

May 14 UK Foreign Secretary Straw said finding WMD was not vital to justify war WMD #1 reason

Blair wanted Saddam removed

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

May 14 Human rights group complained US forces not protecting 3,000 body mass grave found in Babil

 

May 15 2 most senior Iraqi biological scientists denied Iraq was working on WMD before war

May 15 UK Foreign Secretary Straw hard evidence of Iraq WMD may never be found Not important Iraq

was in the wrong

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

May 15 Undersecretary of Defense Feith told Congress US found evidence of Iraq WMD and needed

Iraqis to step forward and tell them where it was Said US had commitment to stay and commitment to leave Iraq CPA would create interim Iraqi government

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

May 15 ORHA head Garner complained to Bremer about draft CPA Order 2 disbanding Iraqi security

forces Garner talked Bremer out of disbanding police and Interior Ministry CPA security adviser Slocolmb told Garner Iraqi army had disbanded itself Colluded in Saddam’s crimes and needed to go

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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

Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with CSU San Marco’s Prof Marashi Development And Setbacks Of The Current Iraqi Military)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 15 Bremer and CPA advisers reviewed CPA Order 1 DeBaathification

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

May 15 CPA appropriated $2 bil for rebuilding Iraqi security forces electricity oil

May 15 US forces launched Operation Planet X to arrest Baathists north of Tikrit

May 15 Sadr cleric gave sermon in Baghdad accusing US forces of being able to see through women’s

clothes and giving pornography to children

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

 

May 16 CPA Regulation 1 made it the occupying power in Iraq

May 16 CPA Order 1 disbanded Baath Party Came from Undersecretary of Dougls Feith He would

            later deny responsibility

(Musings On Iraq New DeBaathification Law)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 16 Bremer met with Iraqi Leadership Group exiles and Iraqi notables put together by

Barzani and Talabani Bremer told Leadership Group he was in charge not them

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

Tragedy)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

May 16 Bremer announced that interim Iraqi govt would not be formed and that CPA would govern Iraq

May 16 CPA picked Phillip Carroll to be top US adviser to Oil Ministry Said he was against privatizing

industry

May 16 Sadrists attacked movie theater in Baghdad for showing indecent movies

May 16 Arabs claimed they were beaten by Kurds at a market and bridge in Kirkuk Started 3 days of

fighting in city

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

May 16 Combined Joint Task Force 7 US military command in charge of Iraq sent back to Iraq

 

May 17 Iraqi Leadership Group of exiles and Iraqis put together by Barzani and Talabani to advise ORHA

head Garner disbanded by Bremer

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

Tragedy)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

May 17 ORHA head Garner told Bremer he was leaving Iraq Bremer talked Garner into staying for a bit

May 17 US-Kurdish agreement allowed 6,000 Peshmerga to be deployed in Diyala Kirkuk Ninewa

Salahaddin beyond Green Line

May 17 500 Arabs from Hawija attacked Kurds in Kirkuk City Lasted 36 hrs Were heard shouting

Saddam slogans Protesting Kurds moved into city after war

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

May 17 Baghdad Univ faculty held election for new leadership as part of democratization move pushed

by US

May 17 CIA interviewed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program Mahdi Obeidi who asked for asylum in US

 

May 18 Former NY City Police Commissioner Kerik sent to be Iraq’s Interior Minister under CPA Kerik

said he found no plan in place in Baghdad and Interior Ministry was staffed by 12 Americans plus him

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

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

May 18 UK Foreign Office memo looting continued in Baghdad Interior and Information Ministries were

recently looted

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

May 18 Sheikh Naifus of Albu Alwan tribe in Babil who had been arrested for executions following 91

uprising released by US

May 18 Fighting continued in Kirkuk between Kurds and Arabs 5 killed 40 injured Armed Kurds from

Hawija arrived in city to join in

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

 

May 19 ORHA head Garner told Congress ORHA was ad hoc and didn't have enough time to plan for

postwar Iraq

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

Tragedy)

(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)

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

May 19 10,000 Sadrists protested in Baghdad against US occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

May 19 500 Iraqis protested outside Green Zone over pending disbandment of army

May 19 CPA head Bremer sent Sec Def Rumsfeld final draft of order to disband Iraqi military

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 19 US intel paper to White House said captured Iraq trailers were mobile WMD labs

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

 

May 20 Bremer sent Bush letter saying that deBaathification wasn’t enough to end Baath rule in Iraq

            Needed to disband military

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 20 Iraqis met with UK rep to Iraq and demanded an interim govt

May 20 US forces arrested Saddam’s Min of Industry Hwaish and VP Marouf

 

May 21 Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz ordered army to help CPA with staff and

            contracting because CPA undermanned

May 21 Report CIA believed 3 trailers found in Iraq were mobile WMD labs Sec of

State Powell talked about in UN speech US showed picture of trailers to Iraqi in Germany known as CURVEBALL who confirmed they were WMD labs

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

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

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

 

May 22 UN Resolution 1483 made US and England occupying powers of Iraq and ended

            sanctions on Iraq Created Development Fund for Iraq to help pay for rebuilding

            using oil revenue

May 22 Bremer told Bush Iraq needed new constitution then elections then sovereignty returned Also

proposed disbanding Iraqi military Bush approved Bremer also told NSC and no one objected Reversed Pentagon-ORHA plan to recall army for security and rebuilding

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

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

Tragedy)

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 22 CPA and official from Sec Def Rumsfeld’s office drafted CPA Order 2 to

            disband Iraq’s military Bremer told Bush CPA’s plan to disband Iraqi military

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

May 22 Story CIA started internal review of its pre-war Iraq intelligence

 

May 23 Bush said he supported Bremer’s political plan for Iraq

May 23 CPA Order 2 disbanded Iraqi military

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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

(Musings On Iraq Interview with CSU San Marco’s Prof Marashi Development And Setbacks Of The Current Iraqi Military)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

May 23 Congress asked CIA to look into its pre-war intel on WMD after none found

 

May 25 5,000 Iraqis protested outside Green Zone demanding a new govt, security,

            salaries for soldiers

May 25 CPA order 5 created DeBaathification Council Would be run by Ahmed

            Chalabi

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

May 25 Inspection team examined 2 captured trailers Immediately found they were not

            Iraq mobile WMD labs as originally thought

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

May 25 Kirkuk council elected 6 members then arrested by US for alleged Baathist

            ties

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

2003)

 

May 26 Ex-Iraqi general addressed protesters outside Green Zone saying Iraqi govt needed to be formed

security established salaries paid to soldiers or would be resistance to US occupation

 

May 27 Rumsfeld said Iraq might have destroyed its WMD right before war but they

            would be found

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

May 27 Preliminary report sent to Washington said 2 captured trailers were not mobile

            WMD labs as first thought

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

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)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

May 27 Outgoing ORHA head Garner told Bush and Rumsfeld Iraq making progress and

            US would be out of country in weeks

May 27 New UN Rep to Iraq deMello said that the sooner Iraqis had power the better

May 27 UK Rep to Iraq Sawers reported that CPA needed to create an interim Iraqi administration as

soon as possible and work with UN on transferring power to Iraq Said Bremer opposed an Iraqi body drafting new constitution

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

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

 

May 28 Blair said he still believed Iraq had WMD

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

May 28 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz said threat of Iraq came from its WMD and

links to terrorists Said no one expected finding Iraq’s WMD would be easy because so good at hiding them

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

May 28 CIA-DIA report said that 2 trailers found during invasion were mobile WMD labs

            Denied Iraqi claims trailers were for weather balloons They were

May 28 CIA held conference call with reporters to brief them on WMD mobile labs

            report

May 28 DIA inspection team in Iraq sent memo to Washington 2 trailers not mobile

            WMD labs

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

 

May 29 Bush said US found WMD because 2 alleged mobile WMD labs were found

            Inspection found were not labs

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

May 29 Retired CIA and State Dept officials sent memo to Bush saying they questioned

            intel cited by White House for Iraq war

May 29 BBC report Blair’s office had sexed up UK dossier on Iraq’s WMD

May 29 Elections led to Abdul Rahman Mustafa a Kurd being elected mayor of Kirkuk

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

2003)

May 29 White House spokesman Fleischer said everything administration said about Niger deal was

accurate

May 29 Cheney chief of staff Libby asked Undersecretary of State Grossman about a former ambassador

going to Niger mentioned in Wash Post column Grossman told him it was Joseph Wilson

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

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

 

May 30 Gen Conway 1st Marine Expeditionary Force surprised hadn’t found any

            Iraq WMD in searches Said intel about Iraq’s WMD was all wrong

May 30 Coalition forces looking for Iraq WMD increased to 1300 personnel

May 30 Rumsfeld announced new Iraq Survey Group would be formed to take over

            search for Iraq’s WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

May 30 Rumsfeld said war was not based upon lies because both US and England said

            Iraq had WMD

May 30 Final report of UN inspectors found no evidence of WMD programs

May 30 UN inspectors said soil samples helped back Iraq story that they destroyed

            anthrax

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

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

May 30 Blair said he was sure evidence of Iraq’s WMD would be found

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

May 30 Bush said US found WMD because 2 alleged mobile WMD labs were found

            Inspection found not labs

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

May 30 Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Cambone said only 70 of roughly

            600 suspected WMD sites in Iraq had been inspected

May 30 CIA Dir Tenet said that its Iraq intelligence was not politicized by Bush admin

May 30 US report on Iraqi police Said they were corrupt and needed reform Called

            for 6,000 advisers which US didn’t have

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

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

 

May 31 Badr Brigade claimed it gave up its heavy weapons Wasn’t true

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

May 31 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz said that US would find Iraq’s WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

May 31 CIA Dir Tenet said that CIA had not compromised its intelligence on Iraq

 

Jun 1 Sadrist march against UK occupation of Basra

Jun 1 ORHA head Garner left Baghdad ending his short tenure in Iraq

Jun 1 Barzani and Talabani wrote letter to Bush objecting to sectarian quotas putting

            Shiite as PM and Sunni as president

Jun 1 House Armed Services Comm said it would investigate US failure to find Iraq’s

            WMD

Jun 1 UK Rep to Iraq Sawers reported that CPA would create an Iraqi Political Council to advise the

CPA a cabinet and a constitutional convention would be held

 

Jun 2 Blair said Iraq’s WMD would be found

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

Jun 2 State Dept memo said too early to say captured trailers Iraq mobile WMD labs

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

Jun 2 Iraqi scientist dug up 200 blueprints for centrifuges for Iraq’s nuclear program and

            gave them to US forces

Jun 2 Gen Franks told CPA’s Bremer disbanding Iraqi military was a mistake

Jun 2 1,000 ex-soldiers protested outside Green Zone over CPA disbanding Iraqi military

Jun 2 Bremer approved Justice Dept program to hire DynCorp to provide 6000 trainers

            to rebuild Iraqi police

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

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

 

Jun 3 Sadrist march in Baghdad against US occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Jun 3 Iraqi nuke scientist who day before turned over centrifuge plans to CIA arrested

            by US Special Forces

Jun 3 After trip to Iraq Blair met with officials Said that CPA lacked organization UK should become

more involved in CPA Needed more British civilian officials in southern Iraq US and UK needed to speed up contracting process British companies should become involved in Iraq

Jun 3 UK Under Sec Def Tebbit wrote to Def Min Hoon on his trip to Iraq Said no integrated plan for

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

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

 

Jun 4 Barzani went to Najaf and met Ayatollah Sistani and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim to talk

about post-war govt and constitution Sistani called for an Iraqi parliament to produce a new constitution in opposition to CPA plan

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

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

Jun 4 Blair said that he had no doubt that Iraq’s WMD would be found Rejected

            independent inquiry into case for Iraq War

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

Jun 4 Cheney told Senators to stop asking for investigation into pre-war

            intelligence on Iraq

Jun 4 Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Feith said US wasn’t only country that claimed

Iraq had WMD and so did Clinton admin Denied that Bush admin pressured intelligence agencies over Iraq Admitted he created Office of Special Plans within Pentagon to find Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

 

Jun 5 Report VP Cheney and chief of staff Libby made multiple trips to CIA to question analysts about

Iraq intelligence Some CIA analysts complained to press about VP Cheney’s questions Part of CIA-White House blame game for invasion

Jun 5 Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Feith denied that Iraq intel was politicized before invasion

Admitted creating special Pentagon intel unit Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group

Jun 5 Bush said no terrorist could get WMD from Iraq because Saddam had been

            overthrown

Jun 5 Former UN inspector Kay told CIA Dir Tenet military not doing good job hunting

            for Iraq’s WMD

Jun 5 UN Security Council asked US to allow its weapons inspectors back into Iraq

 

Jun 6 Ayatollah Hakim gave speech calling for elected govt that represented all of Iraq

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

            US occupation

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jun 6 UN head inspector Blix said just because there were questions about Iraq’s WMD

didn’t mean it had them Said US and UK never provided quality intel on Iraq’s WMD

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

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

Jun 6 Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Feith said intel on Iraq didn’t change from Clinton

            to Bush

Jun 6 White House spokesman intelligence showed no doubt that Iraq had WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Jun 6 US intel thought they were close to finding Iraq’s WMD because more Iraqis

            coming forward and giving info

Jun 6 Report Bush admin dropped uncertainties about WMD intel and made them

            certainties that Iraq had them

Jun 6 US rejected having UN weapons inspectors back in Iraq to look for WMD

Jun 6 Sep 02 DIA report leaked to press DIA thought Iraq had WMD but couldn’t find

            specific facilities making them

 

Jun 7 Bremer met with exile leaders and told them they didn’t represent Iraq

Jun 7 Sadrist march in Basra against British occupation

Jun 7 Sadr travelled to Iran to talk with Iranian officials and met Ayatollah Haeri

(Musings On Iraq review Muqtada, Muqtada Al-Sadr, The Shia Revival, And The Struggle For Iraq)

Jun 7 ISCI threatened to boycott CPA’s Iraqi Governing Council

Jun 7 CPA Order 12 ended all of Iraq’s tariffs leading country to be flooded with cheap

            imports closing down many Iraqi businesses

Jun 7 Report 2002 DIA report said no reliable intel that Iraq was producing or had

            stocks of WMD

Jun 7 DIA chief Admiral Jacoby said couldn’t find specific WMD sites in Iraq in 2002

            but didn’t mean Iraq didn’t have WMD program

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

Jun 7 Iraq Survey Group took over US search for WMD

Jun 7 Report US and British analysts said captured Iraq trailers were not WMD mobile

            labs as suspected

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

Jun 7 White House spokesman said WMD would be found

 

Jun 8 National Security Advisor Rice told Meet The Press US had looked at intel since

1991 to prove Iraq had WMD All agreed Iraq had weapons Said no one ever claimed they knew exactly where Iraq’s WMD were stored Def Sec Rumsfeld said US knew exactly where WMD were during invasion Admitted that Bush used false claim of Iraq-African uranium deal in his 03 State of Union but was quoting a British report and didn’t know about problems Rice got Oct 02 CIA memo to remove Niger story from Bush speech because single sourced

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

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Jun 8 Secretary of State Powell said all the intel on Iraq’s WMD was approved by CIA

Jun 8 UK Home Secretary Blunkett said Blair govt should not have released its Iraq WMD dossier

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

Jun 8 Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told NY Times reporter Judith Miller that secret National

Intelligence Estimate had stronger evidence of Iraq’s WMD then White House made public Was leak to support invasion

 

Jun 9 Bush said history would show that US made right decision to invade Iraq Said

            sure Iraq had WMD and it would be found

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Jun 9 Rumsfeld told Senate US didn’t have new intelligence on Iraq’s WMD it just

            saw it differently after 9/11

Jun 9 National Security Adviser Rice denied charges US exaggerated WMD case against

Iraq Admitted that false Iraq-Africa uranium story included in Bush’s State of

            Union but okayed at time

Jun 9 CIA sent documents to Cheney’s office on former Ambassador Wilson’s trip to

Niger to investigate story Iraq tried to buy uranium but didn’t mention Wilson by name

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

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

Jun 9 Powell said that trailers found were Iraqi WMD mobile labs based upon

            eyewitness evidence Inspections said no

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

Jun 9 More than 70 MPs in British parliament called for investigation into whether Blair misled country

on Iraq WMD

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

Jun 9 Report none of the suspected WMD sites bombed during invasion turned out to

            have WMD

Jun 9 Report that CIA Dir Tenet pushed story that Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes

for centrifuges for nuke program US intel agencies doubted Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for nuke program early on

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

Jun 9 US military officer said that Bush White House tended to see all info about

            Iraq negatively to build case for war

Jun 9 Report 2 captured high ranking Al Qaeda members held by US said Iraq never

            worked with group

Jun 9 US forces started Op Peninsula Strike in Dhuliya and Balad Salahaddin aimed at

            hunting down Baath members and insurgents

 

Jun 10 Bush told cabinet he was convinced Iraq had WMD Said invading Iraq was right

            decision because of its WMD programs

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

Jun 10 Rumsfeld said he was confident Iraq’s WMD would be found

Jun 10 State Dept memo said Italian docs claiming Iraq-Niger uranium deal were fakes

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

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

Jun 10 CIA hired former UN inspector David Kay to take over new Iraq Survey Group to

            hunt for Iraq’s WMD

Jun 10 Head UN inspector Blix accused Pentagon of trying to undermine him during

            inspections

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

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

Jun 10 Report Al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed captured by US said that Al Qaeda

            did not work with Iraq

 

Jun 11 Undersecretary of state told Cheney chief of staff Libby that Fmr Amb Wilson’s

wife worked for CIA Libby later leak her identity to press in retaliation for Wilson refuting Iraq-Niger deal promoted by White House

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

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

Jun 11 Cheney chief of staff Libby also talked with a CIA official who also confirmed

            Fmr Amb Wilson’s wife worked at CIA

Jun 11 UK intel report on Iran’s Iraq policy Said Iran wanted a stable Iraq that was not a threat, wanted

influence in Baghdad, wanted a unified state, opposed U.S. presence but didn’t want chaos

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

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

Jun 12 White House said were some fake documents about Iraq-Niger uranium deal but

            much more evidence to support story

Jun 12 DIA memo to Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz said that docs on Iraq-Niger

uranium deal were fakes but were unconfirmed reports that supported deal such as report that uranium was in warehouse in Benin

Jun 12 Former Ambassador Wilson gave background info to Washington Post article

claiming CIA didn’t tell Bush doubts about Iraq-Niger uranium deal Wilson claimed he saw fake Iraq-Niger documents when he didn’t Wilson believed his trip to Niger discredited uranium deal story within CIA but didn’t Wilson was inflating his role and thought his trip was more important than it was to CIA

Jun 12 VP Cheney told his chief of staff Libby Wilson’s wife’s name and said she worked

            for CIA

Jun 12 Cheney and Libby were worried about press reports they felt were trying to blame

            VP and Bush for false reports on Iraq’s WMD

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

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

 

Jun 13 US ground forces commander Gen McKirenan moved HQ from Iraq to Florida

            Denied US forces US forces remaining in Iraq

Jun 13 Gen Eaton arrived in Baghdad to head US training program for new Iraqi army

 

Jun 14 Gen Sanchez became commander of Coalition forces in Iraq

Jun 14 Gen Petraeus flew to Baghdad telling CPA disbanding Iraq military threatened

            US troops

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

Jun 14 1300 US troops conducted major search and raids in Fallujah

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

 

Jun 15 Sadrist march in Basra against British occupation

Jun 15 US scheduled elections for Najaf cancelled because worried Sadrists might

            win

Jun 15 Report British looked at captured Iraq trailers and found not mobile WMD labs

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

Jun 15 Sr British official said that the CPA was chaotic

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

Jun 15 US started Op Desert Scorpion to hunt down insurgents from Baghdad to Kirkuk

 

Jun 16 Bush said critics were trying to rewrite history on Iraq threat in response to criticism of pre-war

intel on Iraq’s WMD

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

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

            White House had been denying that

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jun 16 Bremer said Development Fund for Iraq money could be used by military for local

reconstruction projects Said failure to capture Saddam was helping resistance and making Iraqis scared to help Coalition

Jun 16 Head UN Inspector Blix said empty 122mm WMD artillery shells were from 1980s

            after US said they could be part of stocks

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

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

Jun 16 Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance 1st US administration for Iraq

            officially closed

 

Jun 17 CIA report to Dir Tenet said that Niger-Iraq uranium story was dropped because

            based upon fake docs

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

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

Jun 17 CIA report that it found docs at Iraqi scientist’s home that proved Saddam

            had nuke program Proved false

Jun 17 Report UK official in CPA said Iraq reconstruction in chaos because no strategy Said CPA was most

chaotic organization he’d ever worked for Couldn’t deal with needs and lacked resources to make change in Iraq

 

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jun 18 Bremer talked with Bush about troop levels in Iraq Bremer didn’t object to

drawdown plan but said they should go too low Bush said plan was to rotate troops into Iraq not to withdraw them and agreed that troop levels had to be maintained

Jun 18 2,000 fired Iraqi soldiers protested outside of Green Zone demanding pensions

1 speaker said they would attack US forces for humiliating them Threw rocks US soldiers shot and killed 2

Jun 18 Ex-ORHA head Garner met Rumsfeld in Washington complained about CPA

policies Garner told Rumsfeld deBaathification disbanding military and Iraqi leadership group all wrong but could be fixed Rumsfeld told Garner the mistakes couldn’t be fixed and CPA could only move forward in Iraq

Jun 18 Rumsfeld held press conference for ex-ORHA head Garner who said everything

            going well in Iraq Bremer doing good job

Jun 18 Ex-ORHA head Garner met with Bush said that Iraq going well and Bremer

            doing good job

Jun 18 David Kay new head of Iraq Survey Group looking for Iraq WMD left for Qatar

to run search Kay switched Group from running search teams at suspected WMD sites to intelligence operation going through Iraqi documents to find evidence of weapons programs

Jun 18 CIA informed House and Senate Intel committees that it no longer believed Iraq-

            Niger uranium story

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

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

 

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 Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz told Congress violence in Iraq was “last remains of a

dying cause” and not an insurgency

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jun 19 US forces found an old buried centrifuge Claimed proof that Iraq had a nuclear

            weapons program

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

Jun 19 US denied that captured Iraqi trailers were anything but mobile weapons labs

Inspections showed they weren’t White House acknowledged that State Dep intel questioned whether captured trailers were WMD labs

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

Jun 19 New Republic article on Iraq-Niger uranium deal Said Cheney got docs on deal from UK Asked

for more info leading to trip to Niger Docs did not come from British Used former Ambassador Wilson as unnamed source who said White House knew Niger story was a lie

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

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

 

Jun 21 Sadrist march in Baghdad against US occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

 

Jun 22 Bush blamed former regime elements for attacks in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jun 22 Bush claimed other intel services said Iraq had WMD and Iraq never proved

            it destroyed its WMD arsenal

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

Jun 22 Head weapons inspector Blix thought Iraq only had “debris” of WMD program

            since none found since invasion

Jun 22 Blix said pre-war reports by Iraqis that WMD were destroyed might prove true

            Cited Hussein Kamal in 94 who said no WMD left

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

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

Jun 22 Report 2002 National Intelligence Estimate questioned Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

Jun 22 2000 Sistani supporters protested outside Green Zone demanding elections and

            new Iraqi govt

(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)

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

Jun 22 British searches in Maja al-Kabir, Maysan led to shooting with locals 8 wounded

 

Jun 23 Ayatollah Sistani issued fatwa saying Iraqis should elect council to draft new

            constitution vs CPA plan 

(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)

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

Jun 23 Oil Ministry made first foreign oil sale to Turkish company since invasion

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

Jun 23 Bush at NSC meeting asked why US wasn’t pushing elections in Iraq and maybe

            they should come before writing constitution

Jun 23 American official Said US found more evidence since Iraq invasion to prove Iraq-

            Al Qaeda ties

Jun 23 US defense official complained to press Iraq-Al Qaeda ties were based on politics

            before war not based on intelligence

Jun 23 Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told NY Times reporter Judith Miller fmr Amb

Wilson’s wife worked at CIA Claimed she set up his trip to Niger Was first of series of leaks to press to expose Wilson’s wife in retaliation for him opposing Iraq-Niger uranium story promoted by White House Libby also complained that CIA was selectively leaking information to press to lesson its role in claims about Iraq’s WMD

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

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

 

Jun 24 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said Iraq had chemical weapons but not nuclear

            weapons

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

Jun 24 UN head inspector Blix said inspectors were not impressed with Powell’s Feb 03

            speech to UN on Iraq’s WMD

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

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

Jun 24 Weapons search in Maysan’s Majar al-Kabir led to shootout and death of 6 British soldiers UK

intel report believed Iran backed Mujahedeen for Islamic Revolution in Iraq responsible for deaths of soldiers

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 25 Report State Dept WMD analyst told Congressional hearing he felt pressured to

            tailor intel to fit Bush admin agenda on Iraq

Jun 25 UN Sec Gen Annan met with PM Blair Annan said that UN was pushing Bremer to transition to

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

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

 

Jun 26 UN terrorism committee draft report found no Iraq-Al Qaeda links

Jun 26 Report quoted State Dept memo that too early to tell whether captured Iraqi

            trailers were mobile WMD labs

 

Jun 27 Cheney Chief of Staff Libby told Bob Woodward 2002 Natl Intel Estimate on Iraq included Iraq

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

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

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

 

Jun 29 Report Secretary of State Powell misrepresented recording of Republican Guard

in Feb 03 UN speech to make it seem like they were trying to hide WMD

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

Jun 29 Former Amb Wilson claimed it unlikely British intel didn’t receive CIA reporting that Iraq-Niger

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

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

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

Jun 29 1st UN inspector chief Ekeus OpEd said Iraq’s strategic rational for WMD was

Iran not the US or west Iraq learned from Iran-Iraq War its chemical weapons quickly deteriorated Meant Iraq changed its WMD policy after Gulf War to stop producing and focus upon design and engineering Iraq started just in time WMD program to work on infrastructure and then produce chemical weapons right before war Said Iraq’s WMD threat was in its research know how and production facilities Letting Saddam stay in power with WMD know how was a threat

 

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

Jun 30 New Republic article quoted intel officials that Bush admin exaggerated Iraq

aluminum tubes story IAEA had US British German exports look at aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy All said they were for rockets not centrifuges

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

 

Jul 1 Mosque in Fallujah bombed killing 5 wounding 4

 

Jul 2 Bush said “Bring em on” when talking about insurgency in Iraq

Jul 2 UK Foreign Secretary Straw said political and security situation in Iraq was improving

Jul 2 Baroness Amos wrote report on her Jun 03 trip to Iraq said Baghdad on edge Daily attacks on US

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

Jul 2 UK Joint Intelligence Committee report on Iraq Various groups competing for power Some

using violence Security and living conditions top priorities for Iraqis Differences could escalate

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

 

Jul 3 38,000 police came back to duty after Bremer threatened to fire them for

            not working after invasion

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

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

Jul 3 Ex CIA official said White House pushed hard on CIA to find Iraq-Al Qaeda

            connections but didn't find any

 

Jul 4 Marines in control of Najaf set provincial elections for this date but were

            cancelled by CPA

Jul 4 US arrested 32 Turkish special forces in Sulaymaniya Accused them of plotting

to assassinate Kurdish officials Arrests led to protests in Turkey and bombing of US

            consulate in Istanbul

(Musings On Iraq interview with Kevin Petit of the 173rd Airborne Bgd On Kirkuk In The Aftermath Of The 2003 Invasion)

Jul 4 Saddam tape aired on Al Jazeera Blamed US and UK for destroying Iraq looking

for WMD that didn’t exist Said he would lead resistance to occupation of Iraq

 

Jul 6 US said it would release Turkish Special Forces it arrested in Sulaymaniya

Jul 6 Fmr Amb Wilson NY Times OpEd said Bush exaggerated about Iraq-Niger

uranium story in State of Union Said CIA sent him to Niger to investigate and found no evidence of uranium deal Said he never saw fake docs Said Cheney should’ve gotten report on his trip Wilson over estimated the impact of his visit CIA actually had more questions about uranium deal after his trip

Jul 6 VP Cheney questioned Wilson’s OpEd and asked why he was sent to Niger

Jul 6 Former Ambassador Wilson on Meet The Press said Cheney should’ve gotten a

            report on his trip to Niger

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

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

 

Jul 7 CPA suspended Iraq’s old banking laws as part of reform program

Jul 7 Rumsfeld told Senate US didn't go to war with Iraq because it had dramatic new

            evidence of its WMD programs

Jul 7 White House admitted Bush’s State of Union claim Iraq tried to buy uranium

            from Africa shouldn't have been used

Jul 7 Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told White House spokesman Fleischer former Ambassador

            Wilson’s wife sent him to Niger to investigate Iraq-Niger uranium deal

Jul 7 SCIRI dropped objection to joining Iraqi Governing Council after lobbying by

            UN

Jul 7 UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee report on UK dossier said was not sexed up by Blair

govt Found Blair govt didn’t mislead parliament but misstated some of the intel on Iraq’s WMD Said claim Iraq could use WMD in 45 min should not have been so prominent in dossier Said should’ve been more qualified on story Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa

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

Jul 7 State Dept intel agency sent memo to Deputy Secretary of State Armitage originally

            from June that said Iraq-Niger docs were fakes

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

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

 

Jul 8 Blair told Parliament he believed intelligence that Iraq had WMD

Jul 8 Blair said evidence of Iraq-Niger uranium deal was not based upon fake documents

but separate intelligence Maintained story long after it was discredited

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

Jul 8 White House spokesman said intelligence on Iraq-Niger uranium deal turned

            out to be inaccurate

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

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

Jul 8 NSC spokesman said fake Niger docs not only basis for Bush saying Iraq tried to buy uranium

from Africa used in State of the Union

Jul 8 Wash Post article quoted admin officials saying Iraq-Africa uranium claim shouldn’t

            have been used in State of Union and story could be wrong

Jul 8 VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby met NY Times’ Miller 2nd time Said former

Ambassdor Wilson’s NY Times OpEd part of CIA campaign to absolve itself of bad intel on Iraq Told Miller Wilson’s report on his trip to Niger never made it out of CIA and found evidence Iraq did try to buy uranium Said part of secret National Intelligence Estimated had stronger evidence that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa Told Miller that Wilson’s wife’s name was Valerie Plame and she worked at CIA Miller would later denied she got her name from Libby

Jul 8 Columnist Novak asked Deputy Secretary of State Armitage why former

Ambassador Wilson was sent to Niger to look into possible Iraq uranium deal Armitage said because his wife worked at CIA

Jul 8 Bush Chief of Staff Rove confirmed to Novak that former Ambassador Wilson’s

            wife sent him to Niger to investigate possible Iraq uranium deal

 

Jul 9 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks told Congress violence in Iraq meant no US troop

            withdrawal anytime soon

Jul 9 Rumsfeld told Congress Iraq was costing US around $3.9 bil a month Said Iraq

war wasn't because new evidence about Iraq’s WMD but because saw Iraq differently after 9/11

Jul 9 Fmr State Dept Military Intel officer Thielman told Congress US govt

            misrepresented intel about Iraq threat

 

Jul 10 Iraqi police demonstration in Baghdad saying US forces in city led to attacks

            upon police

Jul 10 Secretary of State Powell told ABC that captured trailers were Iraqi mobile WMD labs

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

 

Jul 11 New CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid halted troop withdrawals from Iraq ordered by Gen Franks

Jul 11 National Security Adviser Rice called CIA Director Tenet telling him he was

            responsible for Iraq-Africa uranium story being used in Bush’s State of the Union

Jul 11 CIA Director Tenet issued statement that he was responsible for Iraq-Africa

Uranium deal getting into Bush’s State of Union speech Said CIA only had fragmentary intel on Iraq trying to buy uranium from Africa Also said that CIA had Iraq-Africa uranium story stricken from previous Bush speeches

Jul 11 CIA officials quoted in Washington Post that they tried to dissuade British from using Iraq-Africa

uranium story

Jul 11 White House spokesman Fleischer and Communication Director Bartlett told

reporter former Amb Wilson found little on his trip to Niger about possible Iraq uranium deal and wasn’t sent by CIA Director Tenet

Jul 11 Bush Chief of Staff Rove told Cheney Chief of Staff Libby he talked with

columnist Novak and he was going to write former Ambassador Wilson’s wife sent him to Niger

Jul 11 Bush Chief of Staff Rove told Time reporter Cooper former Ambassador Wilson

not sent to Niger by CIA Director Tenet or Cheney but his wife who worked at CIA

Jul 11 Columnist Rove called CIA to confirm that Valerie Wilson sent her husband to

            Niger CIA tried to stop story and not mention her name

Jul 11 Rove Fleischer Bartlett Libby and Cheney all involved in plan to discredit former

Ambassador Wilson by saying he went to Niger because of his wife at the CIA They felt Wilson was making White House look bad over Iraq-Niger uranium deal

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

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

Jul 11 Rice told reporters National Intelligence Estimate said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for

nuke program She blamed CIA Director Tenet for Bush’s State of the Union using fake Iraq-African uranium deal Said at time of speech didn’t know about any problems with uranium story Rice received Oct 02 CIA memo not to use Niger story in a Bush speech because single sourced

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

Jul 11 After protests by Iraqi police US agreed to reduce its forces at police stations in

            Fallujah to try to stop attacks on them

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

 

Jul 12 British officially took control of Basra Maysan Dhi Qar and Muthanna with no strategy on how to

run them

Jul 12 Cheney chief of staff Libby spoke 3rd time with NY Times reporter Miller telling

            her fmr Amb Wilson’s wife worked for CIA

Jul 12 Cheney chief of staff Libby talked with Time reporter Cooper who said fmr Amb

Wilson’s wife might’ve sent him on Niger trip Libby said he heard same thing Was not true

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

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

 

Jul 13 Iraqi Governing Council announced its formation and held first session Mohammed al-Uloom

became premier Seats were divided up using ethnosectarian quotas

(Musings On Iraq Origins of Iraq’s Ethnosectarian Quota System)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(Musings On Iraq review Sectarianism In Iraq)

Jul 13 Natl Sec Adv Rice said that controversy over Iraq-Africa uranium story in Bush’s State of the

Union was overblown Def Sec Rumsfeld said intelligence was correct at time White House said no doubt Iraq wanted a nuclear weapon before the war

Jul 13 After White House blamed CIA for Bush using Iraq-Africa uranium story

            CIA leaked it had blocked story from being used before

Jul 13 Blair said he still believed story Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa CIA

            questioned its veracity

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

 

Jul 14 Article Iraqi scientists said bombings inspections sanctions unilateral

            destruction ended Iraq’s WMD programs before invasion

Jul 14 Columnist Novak exposed Ex Amb Wilson’s wife as a CIA agent after he

criticized Bush admin over false Niger-Iraq uranium deal Cited 2 White House officials as sources Got information from Cheney’s chief of staff Libby who was trying to discredit Wilson

Jul 14 UK Foreign Secretary Straw said CIA believed UK intel on Iraq-Africa uranium

            deal

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

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

Jul 14 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Sanchez memo said only 37% of his command was staffed

 

Jul 16 Fadhila Party created in Basra as breakaway faction from Sadr movement Sheikh

            Yacoubi claimed he was heir to Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr

(Musings On Iraq interview with Univ of Haifa’s Prof Baram on legacy of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between Occupations, Perspectives from 1920 to the Present)

Jul 16 Mayor of Haditha and his son assassinated by insurgents

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

 

Jul 17 CENTCOM commander Gen Abizaid said US facing classic guerrilla war in Iraq

Jul 17 Saddam tape aired on Al Arabiya TV on anniversary of Baath coup Said Bush and

            Blair lied to justify war Condemned Iraqi Governing Council

Jul 17 Report Pentagon set up its own intelligence office on Iraq before war

Jul 17 Time reporter govt officials told him fmr Amb Wilson’s wife was CIA official

Talked with Cheney Chief of Staff Libby about matter beforehand Libby was leaking information about Wilson’s wife in attempt to discredit him for opposing Iraq-Niger uranium story White House promoted

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

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

Jul 17 Gen Moseley told lessons learned panel that from 2002-03 US-UK aircraft conducted 21,736

sorties and dropped more than 600 bombs on 391 targets Were part of No Fly zones but were meant to weaken Iraqi defenses before 03 invasion

 

Jul 18 Bush said Iraq war due to US and UK intel that Ira was a clear threat

Jul 18 Pentagon approved CPA’s Vision for Iraq to build a democratic country

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

Jul 18 Sadr attacked Iraqi Governing Council as unbelievers Announced that he was

            creating Mahdi Army to fight US and British occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Jul 18 White House answered questions about making Iraq-Africa uranium claim that

CIA opposed White House tried to blame CIA for including Iraq-Africa uranium claim in Bush State of the Union

Jul 18 Sr White House official asked about problems with WMD claims in Bush State of

            Union said President not a fact checker

Jul 18 Aid to Natl Sec Adv Rice blamed for pushing CIA to allow Iraq-Africa uranium

            claim into Bush State of the Union

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

Jul 18 6 US soldiers in Fallujah that complained to news about extended tours discharged

            by White House

 

Jul 19 On defensive over not finding WMD White House released parts of 02 National

            Intel Est that Iraq was rebuilding its WMD and nuke programs

Jul 19 US began asking UN for help in Iraq after it spurned its role immediately before

            and after invasion

 

Jul 20 Sadrists protested in Najaf against US harassment

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Jul 20 Report US military teams searching for Iraq’s WMD frustrated by not finding

            anything

Jul 20 Report Jun 02 US started campaign to use No Fly Zones to degrade Iraq’s air

            defenses to prepare for invasion

Jul 20 Report US intel actually knew very little about Iraq’s WMD after UN inspectors

            left in 90s

 

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

            group in Iraq

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

Jul 21 UN Sec Gen Annan approved Iraqi Governing Council

Jul 21 National Security Adviser Rice called MSBC’s Chris Matthews saying former

Ambassador Wilson’s story on Iraq-Niger deal was part of a political campaign against the White House and therefore his wife CIA operative Valerie Wilson was a legitimate target

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

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

Jul 21 US received intel that Uday and Qusay Hussein were in Mosul

(Musings On Iraq review Special Operations Forces in Iraq)

 

Jul 22 Iraqi Governing Council took office

Jul 22 U.S. forces killed Saddam’s sons Uday and Qusay Hussein in raid in Mosul

(Musings On Iraq review Special Operations Forces in Iraq)

Jul 22 UN report said Iraqis becoming frustrated at US plans for returning sovereignty

            because would take too long

Jul 22 Bush speechwriter Gerson found 2 CIA memos from Oct 02 on why Iraq-Niger

uranium story should not be used in Bush speech Came just after White House blamed CIA Director Tenet for why Niger story was used in Bush’s Jan 03 State of Union speech

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

 

Jul 23 Bush said deaths of Qusay and Uday Hussein showed that the old regime was gone

            and would not return

Jul 23 Bremer said only matter of time before Saddam was captured

Jul 23 US released photos of Uday and Qusay to prove they were killed in face of Iraqi

            rumors they were alive

 

Jul 24 Spain Foreign Min Palacio said no evidence Iraq had a nuclear bomb program

 

Jul 25 Sadr held rally in Najaf saying that he would form his own army to oppose

            US occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Jul 25 Japan authorized largest deployment of troops since 1945 to be sent to Iraq

 

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

            support in Iraq or in region

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jul 27 Iraq Survey Group head Kay briefed Pres Bush Vice President Cheney Defense

Secretary Rumsfeld Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz CIA Director Tenet National Security Adviser Rice Chief of Staff Card on WMD hunt Kay said Iraq probably only had surge capacity to quickly restart WMD programs but no stockpiles Said trailers found were probably not mobile WMD labs Kay said Bush seemed unphased by fact that no WMD found

Jul 27 Kay separately briefed Cheney VP asked Kay to look into whether Iraq sent its

            WMD to Syria or Bekka Valley Lebanon

 

Jul 28 Blair govt accused of crimes against humanity for Iraq war in Greek court

 

Jul 29 Saddam recording said his sons Uday and Qusay died as martyrs for Iraq and US

            would be defeated

Jul 29 US intel report Hezbollah attempted to reach out to Sadr and his Mahdi Army

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

Jul 29 Report US held Iraqi detainees incommunicado and without access to lawyers

 

Jul 30 Bush admitted Iraq-Africa uranium story should not have been included in his

            State of Union speech

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

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

Jul 30 Natl Sec Adv Rice said Saddam was a threat and he had WMD Said Iraq was buying all kinds of

            equipment for centrifuges including aluminum tubes

(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)

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

 

Jul 31 Sadr announced 10,000 man Islamic army being formed in Najaf

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Jul 31 Report several Iraqi scientists interviewed by US said Saddam had not restarted

            its nuclear or WMD programs

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

Jul 31 National Sec Adv Rice said international intel agencies all agreed with US that Iraq

            had WMD US would prove right that Saddam was threat to world

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Jul 31 Iraq Survey Group head Kay testified to Senate

Jul 31 US forces found Iraqi jets buried at Taqadum airbase west of Baghdad Helped

            explain why Iraqi air force didn't fight during invasion

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t The Iraqi Air Force Fight During The 2003 Invasion?)

Jul 31 Report White House official said wasn’t strong evidence that Iraq involved in 9/11

 

Aug 1 CIA Iraq station chief showed Bremer document from Saddam’s secret police calling for sabotage

looting ambushes Suggested Saddam planned insurgency Later proven false Was for guerrilla tactics against invasion

(Musings On Iraq Did Saddam Plan The Insurgency In Iraq?)

Aug 1 New US training program to rebuild Iraq’s army began

Aug 1 After trip to Iraq Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz said most Iraqis glad US liberated them

from Saddam US commanders rejected more troops to help secure Iraq Iraq could pay for its own reconstruction using oil and frozen assets Invading Iraq was crucial to fight international terrorism Invasion of Iraq and creating democracy could be start of transforming entire Middle East

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

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

 

Aug 4 US reopened Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad

 

Aug 5 Def Sec Rumsfeld announced US forces had been finding buried

Iraqi fighter jets in desert Explained why Iraqi air force didn't fight during invasion

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t The Iraqi Air Force Fight During The 2003 Invasion?)

Aug 5 Def Sec Rumsfeld said “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” about Iraq’s

            WMD not being found yet

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Aug 5 Rumsfeld said death of Uday and Qusay Hussein showed Iraq that Baathists not

            returning to power

 

Aug 6 US Iraq commander Gen Sanchez said he would limit arrests and raids looking for Baathists

            Said few returns and angering Iraqis

 

Aug 7 National Security Adviser Rice said Saddam was a threat to the US and world

Aug 7 White House said because Bush used Iraq-Africa uranium deal in State of Union rest of govt

            started repeating it

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

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

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 8 IAEA Found no Iraqi nuclear weapons program after 1991

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

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

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

 

Aug 9 3 US army battalions added to 1st Battle of Najaf

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 9 Protests in Basra over lack of electricity Threw rocks at British troops

Aug 9 Mass robberies of oil tankers in Basra Police fled their stations Left Czech and

            British troops to try to stop looting Fired on thieves 2 killed 4 wounded

Aug 9 AP story not much of Powell’s Feb 03 speech to UN on Iraq’s WMD was

            proving true

 

Aug 10 Report British govt said it had independent intel to support Iraq-Africa uranium

            deal after US said story weak Story was false

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

Aug 10 Report CIA denied contradictory stories about aluminum tubes White House used

tubes in its first public relations campaign against Iraq claiming it had renewed nuke program

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

 

Aug 11 Gas and electricity shortages led to riots in Basra city

 

Aug 13 US forces pulled down a Shiite banner from a building in Sadr City leading

            to protests

Aug 13 Deputy Secretary of State Armitage said Iraq had WMD

Aug 13 US gave up on attempt to get UN peace keeping force for Iraq

 

Aug 14 UN Resolution 1500 created UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Said Iraqi

            Governing Council important step to Iraq self-governance

Aug 14 US intelligence officer wrote memo saying that “gloves are coming off” in

            Interrogating Iraqi prisoners

 

Aug 15 White House objected to CPA’s request for $20.3 bil after administration

            said it would not ask Congress for any more money for Iraq

Aug 15 Oil pipeline to Turkey bombed in Baiji, Salahaddin shutting down exports for

            2nd time in a week

Aug 15 Anti-US protest fired upon by American soldiers in Mosul 15 killed

 

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

 

Aug 17 CPA told White House if didn’t get additional $20.3 bil it would be disaster for

            Bush’s plans for Iraq

Aug 17 Water pipeline in Rusafa Baghdad hit with RGP knocking out water for 2 days

            for 300,000 people

Aug 17 US forces killed Reuters’ reporter outside Abu Ghraib prison Said camera

            looked like an RPG

 

Aug 18 Bremer told Rumsfeld gave order not to arrest Sadr to try to avoid further violence

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

Aug 18 General Robert Fry Deputy Chief of Defense Staff said that Iraqis had grown tired of

Coalition Said Shiite leaders warned that people could start turning on Coalition Said rebuilding ISF political development and providing services in southern Iraq was stalled

 

Aug 19 Bremer asked Washington if he could arrest Sadr Rumsfeld said no fearing would provoke

more violence

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

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

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

Aug 20 UN said bombing of its Baghdad offices wouldn’t stop reconstruction of Iraq

            UN would withdraw most of its staff afterward

Aug 20 Bremer told Iraqi Governing Council they had to act quicker to rebuild country and give public

confidence

 

Aug 21 Secretary of State Powell asked UN Security Council to pass resolution encouraging

            foreign countries to provide troops for Iraq

Aug 21 Ali Hassan al-Majid “Chemical Ali” captured by US forces

 

Aug 22 Bush said Iraq war had transformed to one against Baathists and Al Qaeda

Aug 22 Australian intelligence officer testified to parliament no pre-war evidence of

Iraq-Al Qaeda ties and Iraq’s WMD were contained Claimed US was flooded with disinformation by anti-Saddam Iraqis before the war

 

Aug 23 CPA created Department of Border Enforcement but gave it little money to

            control Iraq’s borders

Aug 23 Turkmen held parade for rebuilt Shiite shrine in Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin Led to argument

with Kurds who tried to destroy shrine with RPGs Led to Turkmen riot Turkmen were already mad at US for appointing Kurdish mayor and police chief in town

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

2003)

 

Aug 24 Turkmen protested in Kirkuk City over Turkmen being killed in Tuz Kharmato Turned violent 3

            killed 15-20 wounded

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

2003)

Aug 24 Ayatollah Hakim wounded in bombing at his Najaf office Some blamed Sadr for

            attack in growing inter-Shiite rivalry

Aug 24 Bremer admitted US not doing a good job securing Iraq’s borders

 

Aug 25 Funeral in Najaf turned into anti-American demonstration

 

Aug 26 Report US left thousands of munitions dumps all over Iraq which were looted by

            insurgents and militias

Aug 26 Bremer Iraq could not pay for its own reconstruction and U.S. would have to

            put up several billion dollars to do it

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

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

Aug 26 Bremer said CPA could not meet Iraq’s electricity needs until summer of 2004

Aug 26 US launched Op Ivy Needle to hunt down criminals and Baathists in Salahaddin

Aug 26 Deputy Secretary of State Armitage said US might consider a multinational

            force under UN to help with Iraqi security after rejecting UN role

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 27 White House considered asking Congress for additional $3 bil for reconstruction

            in Iraq on top of previous $2.5 bil

Aug 27 Oxfam started withdrawing from Iraq after terrorist bombings against aid groups

            by Zarqawi 4th aid group to do so

Aug 27 ORHA oil team met with 3 Oil Ministry director generals Said US not in Iraq to

take its oil Named most top ministry officials Agreed needed to up production and increase refined products

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

 

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 Iraqi Governing Council announced 17 candidates for first-post Saddam cabinet

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 Bremer complained report too negative White House ignored it

 

Aug 31 Commander of Guantanamo Bay prison Gen Miller flew to Iraq to advise on interrogation

techniques Would lead to Abu Ghraib prison abuse

Aug 31 Pentagon Defense Policy Board’s Perle said US should have organized Iraqi

            opposition to take over govt after invasion

 

Sep 1 Saddam tape played on 2 TV channels Said he was not responsible for Zarqawi car bomb in

            Najaf that killed Ayatollah Hakim

Sep 1 1st post-Saddam cabinet appointed by Iraqi Governing Council

 

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

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

Sep 2 Ayatollah Hakim buried in Najaf after killed in Zarqawi car bombing in same city

Sep 2 Abdul Aziz al-Hakim blamed lax US security for death of his brother Ayatollah Hakim

Sep 2 Bush agreed to talk with UN about multi-national force helping with security in Iraq Effort

            failed

 

Sep 3 1st post-Saddam Iraq cabinet sworn in with 17 new ministers

Sep 3 US forces gave southern and central Iraq security to Multi-National Force under

            Polish command

Sep 3 CPA Order 28 created Iraqi Civil Defense Corps as separate from police and

            army but would be folded into ISF later

Sep 3 EU Japan US World Bank agreed to create trust fund for reconstruction funds for

            Iraq independent of CPA

Sep 3 UK intel 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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Sep 4 Former CENCTOM commander Gen Zinni said US had no strategy in Iraq and

            danger of failing

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

Sep 4 Rumsfeld said US speeding up creation of new Iraqi security forces in face of

            growing attacks

Sep 4 Rumsfeld talked with Iraq commanders about troop withdrawal Pentagon plan was

to have 25,000-30,000 troops in Iraq by September 2003 but had 130,000 instead because of violence

 

Sep 7 Bush press conference said Iraq central front in the war on terror Said invasion of Iraq

was to spread democracy and transform Middle East Announced $18.4 bil for reconstructing Iraq Admitted that hundreds to thousands of foreign fighters had entered Iraq to carry out attacks

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

(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 Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

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

 

Sep 8 Iraq constitutional commission endorsed general elections for new constitution

Sep 8 Bremer OpEd in Wash Post Iraq had to go through 7 steps taking 2-3 yrs for Iraq

            to regain sovereignty

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

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

Sep 8 UK Def Min Hoon said Britain would send 1000 more troops to Iraq to help with security

 

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 9 Under Sec Def Feith said Pentagon prepared for all kinds of

            contingencies for postwar Iraq but they never happened

 

Sep 10 UK Joint Intelligence Committee report on Iran’s Iraq policy Said Iran wanted large

influence over Iraqi govt, backed various Shiite groups, saw itself as competitor to U.S. Coalition

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Sep 11 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz said Saddam connected to terrorism and Al

            Qaeda and bin Laden now trying to work with ex-Baathists

Sep 11 Report Pentagon made no detailed plans for postwar Iraq Hoped Chalabi and INC

            would take over govt

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

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

 

Sep 12 Iraqi police chasing bandits in Fallujah fired upon by US troops at checkpoint

            Jordanian Special Forces nearby opened fire as well 12 Iraqi police killed

 

Sep 13 Defense Dept official told press Iraq had worked on mobile WMD labs but

            inspectors never found them

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

Sep 13 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld called Bremer with idea of immediately giving

            sovereignty to Iraq

 

Sep 14 Cheney on Meet The Press said that Iraq had WMD and relationship with Al Qaeda

dating back to 90s Said what US found since invasion proved Iraq had WMD capabilities Found mobile WMD labs Cheney had been briefed in July by Iraq Survey Group head Kay that no mobile WMD labs had been found Cheney said if Iraq had gotten fissile material it could have built a nuclear bomb in months to a year Said that Iraq’s WMD and nuclear programs would be found Claimed that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague in 2001 Story had been disproven by CIA and FBI Cheney said Iraq involved in 1993 World Trade Center bombing Story based upon Iraq conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie Cheney said democracy in Iraq would be blow against base of anti-western terrorism in the world Cheney said US didn’t need more troops in Iraq and security improving

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

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Sep 14 Report Iraqi scientists said nuclear program scrapped in 90s during UN

            inspections

Sep 14 Poll 52% of US respondents supported Bush’s Iraq policies down 23% since war

            ended

 

Sep 16 Def Sec Rumsfeld said he believed US intelligence that Iraq had WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Sep 16 Def Sec Rumsfeld said no evidence Iraq involved with 9/11

Sep 16 National Security Adviser Rice said one reason US invaded Iraq was because

            Saddam was from Middle East where 9/11 attacks came from

Sep 16 Senior Iraqi scientist said WMD programs dismantled by UN inspectors in 90s

 

Sep 17 Bush said no evidence Iraq involved in 9/11 but Iraq had ties to Al Qaeda

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

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

            and to increase attacks

 

Sep 18 Head weapons inspector Blix said he believed Iraq destroyed its WMD in 90s

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

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

Sep 18 Report wave of kidnappings for ransom across Baghdad

 

Sep 19 CPA issued new rules for banking in Iraq to reform finances and to open up

            country to foreign investment Was opposed by Iraqi business

Sep 19 Saddam’s Def Min Gen Hashim Ahmad surrendered to US in Kirkuk after

            negotiations

 

Sep 20 Ansar al-Sunnah formed

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

            Would die 3 days later

Sep 20 Funeral for SCIRI head Ayatollah Baqir al-Hakim turned into anti-US occupation

            demonstration in Najaf

 

Sep 21 French Pres Chirac called for US to immediately hand over sovereignty to Iraqis

Sep 21 Report mid to low level Baathists being assassinated in Baghdad

Sep 21 Iraqi Governing Council said they were under increasing attack after 1 number

            ambushed and shot in Baghdad

 

Sep 22 Zarqawi bombed Canal Hotel Baghdad 2 dead 19 wounded

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

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

            Iraq

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

Sep 22 CPA head Bremer testified to Congress asking for approval of $87 bil in aid for

            Iraq

Sep 22 Report Iraqi Governing Council members were going to tell Congress US

            reconstruction money being wasted

 

Sep 23 Bush speech at UN said Iraq was frontline in war on terror

Sep 23 Fr Pres Chirac and UN Sec Gen Annan speeches at UN criticized Iraq war saying

            US undermined international system 

Sep 23 Gallup pol majority of Iraqis thought life would be better in 5 years 2/3 of

            Baghdadis said removing Saddam was worth hardships

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

            before outside her home

 

Sep 24 Bremer met Bush said he was optimistic about Iraq but concerned about growing

attacks Bremer complained about Congress number of US troops quality of intel training new Iraqi forces Bush told Bremer he was too controlling and doing too much Bremer said he would work on it

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

Sep 24 CPA Governor of Anbar Mines warned that attacks and public anger at US growing

 

Sep 25 Bush said 9/11 changed how he viewed Iraq as a threat to US

Sep 25 Secretary of State Powell announced 6 month deadline for Iraqis to draft new

            constitution

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

Sep 25 House Intelligence Committee wrote letter to CIA Director Tenet criticizing pre-

            war intel on Iraq’s WMD and Iraq-Al Qaeda ties after review

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

Sep 25 UK Joint Intelligence Comm report Said attacks increasing against Coalition mostly aimed at US

Attacks evolving Getting more sophisticated Iraqis working for Coalition being targeted Militias carrying out illegal arrests and murders Al Qaeda in Iraq forming long term strategy to go after infrastructure

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

 

Sep 27 Insurgents fired 3 rockets at Rashid Hotel in Baghdad

 

Sep 28 Natl Sec Adv Rice and Sec State Powell said that US had lots of new intel on Iraq’s WMD since

1998 when inspectors left in response to criticism

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Sep 28 Rice said were always questions about Iraq’s nuke program but no question it had

            WMD

Sep 28 Natl Sec Adv Rice on NBC said that US didn’t know how bad Iraq’s society was because

Baghdad looked so good Said US didn’t know what it was going to find in Iraq before invasion Admittal that US never looked at studies of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Rice: We Didn’t Know How Bad Iraq’s Infrastructure Was Because Baghdad Looked So Modern)

Sep 28 Report DIA review found defectors provided by INC invented and exaggerated info

            about Iraq’s WMD

 

Sep 29 Islamic Army of Iraq founded

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Sep 30 UN Secretary General Anan said that UN would only renew its role in Iraq if

            sovereignty passed to an interim govt

Sep 30 Rumsfeld aide ate with Pentagon Defense Policy Board member Gingrich and

Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz to lobby against Bremer Gingrich would later say Bremer was biggest foreign policy disaster in recent times

Sep 30 Bush told Justice Dep investigating possible unauthorized disclosure of

undercover CIA official fmr Amb Wilson’s wife VP Cheney’s office had leaked her name to press to discredit Wilson

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

Sep 30 Constitutional preparatory committee came up with 3 ways to name delegates

            to constitutional committee Couldn’t agree on which to use

 

Oct 1 CPA Governor of Anbar Mines told Bremer CPA and military should work

            together to create a new Iraqi security force

 

Oct 2 Iraq Survey Group head Kay briefed Congress on interim report Found no Iraqi

WMD but evidence of WMD programs No nuclear program No mobile WMD labs Said Saddam never gave up ambitions to have WMD Said that Iraq’s WMD stocks looked like they were destroyed in 1990s after Gulf War Said secret WMD programs were hidden in Iraqi intelligence services for assassinations Said Iraq had produced banned missile types

Oct 2 CIA Director Tenet and Deputy Director McLaughlin were reluctant to accept

Kay’s findings Argued over WMD stocks being destroyed aluminum tubes and mobile WMD labs

Oct 2 White House called CIA Asked why finding no WMD could’ve been buried in Kay’s report instead

of being first 

Oct 2 Kay testimony led White House to change message from Iraq had WMD stocks to

            WMD programs being the threat that justified war

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

            deadly

Oct 2 National Security Adviser Rice created Iraq Stabilization Group to help run postwar

Iraq without consulting with rest of govt Bush had given Pentagon control of postwar Iraq so NSC’s Iraq Stabilization Group had no authority

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

 

Oct 3 Bush said interim report by Iraq Survey Group justified invasion because found

            WMD programs

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Oct 3 National Security Adviser Rice US went to war with Iraq because most likely place

            terrorists could get WMD

Oct 3 CBS/New York Times poll found 53% of respondents in US thought Iraq war

            a mistake

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 US Iraq commander Gen Sanchez said insurgency had evolved and gotten deadlier

Oct 4 Last day CPA paid ex-Iraqi soldiers turned into violent demonstrations in

Baghdad and other cities Were fired upon by US and British forces killing 3 Iraqis

 

Oct 6 1st battalion of Mahdi Army graduated in Basra

Oct 6 Iraq produced 4,518 megawatts of electricity exceeding CPA target by 118

            megawatts

 

Oct 7 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said he knew nothing of National Security Adviser

Rice creating Iraq Stabilization Group at NSC Rumsfeld was told about NSC group but wanted to personally be in control of all Iraq decisions so opposed Rice’s move

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

Oct 7 Australian Senate censured PM Howard for not proving his claims Iraq had

            WMD to justify sending troops to Iraq

Oct 7 Turkish parliament okayed PM Erdogan sending Turkish troops to Iraq

            Governing Council opposed idea

Oct 7 Major demonstration in Basra city when rumor spread not enough money to pay former

soldiers Protesters burned records to make payments British troops shot and killed a man

 

Oct 8 Bush US went to war with Iraq to deal with future threats with WMD and ties

            to terrorism Said found Iraq’s WMD programs

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

 

Oct 9 Bush speech said Iraq doing better than most Americans thought and world better

            off without Saddam

Oct 9 Bush gave National Security Adviser Rice oversight of reconstruction program Congress then

barred Rice from that duty

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

Oct 9 US forces raided Sadr office in Baghdad Got into gunfight with Mahdi Army

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 10 Sadr announced his own shadow govt

Oct 10 VP Cheney cited Iraq Survey Group report to claim that Iraq in material breach of UN resolutions

and had WMD programs Said Iraq had a relationship with Al Qaeda and trained Al Qaeda in poisons and bomb making Said if Saddam still in power he would be training terrorists and producing WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

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

Oct 10 Powell said overwhelming evidence that Iraq violated UN resolutions about its WMD program

Oct 10 Iraqi diplomat that went to Niger said his trip was about trade and breaking sanctions not buying

uranium for nuke program

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

 

Oct 11 Sadrist funeral in Sadr City turned into anti-US demonstration of 10,000

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

 

Oct 12 Zarqawi hits 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 White House told Congress 70,000 new ISF and 13,000 in training

Oct 14 Sadrists tried to seize Karbala shrine leading to fighting with Sistani followers

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 Powell said that his claims about Iraq’s WMD program had been proven

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Oct 15 Rice said CPA’s schedule for Iraq wouldn’t work and new one had to be created

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

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

Oct 15 Sadr followers failed to take over Karbala shrine

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Oct 16 UN Resolution 1511 set 12/15/03 as date for Iraqi Governing Council to submit plan for interim

govt and constitution

Oct 16 UK Def Sec Hoon said that attacks on Coalition were increasing and Coalition response in Sunni

areas was alienating Iraqis

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

 

Oct 17 Iraqi prisoner photographed stripped and handcuffed to cell door by US jailers at Abu Ghraib

Oct 17 Gunfight outside Sadr office in Karbala killed 3 US soldiers and 7 Iraqis

 

Oct 19 Powell said US had found evidence of Iraq’s WMD programs and that Saddam always wanted

nuclear weapons

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

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 23 Madrid Conf began with 76 countries to garner international aid for Iraq Germany Russia France

offered nothing having opposed war

Oct 23 US guards at Abu Ghraib prison photographed an Iraqi prisoner with a leash on and other abuses

 

Oct 24 US secured $13 bil in aid and loans from allies for Iraq at Madrid conference Allies failed to

follow through with most pledges

Oct 24 Maysan police chief assassinated by a local political faction

 

Oct 25 Iraqi prisoners were stripped, handcuffed and piled in pyramid on top of each other by US

jailers in Abu Ghraib

 

Oct 26 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz arrived in Baghdad and met with Chalabi who warned him

insurgents knew he was in the country

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

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

Oct 26 Iraq Survey Group found aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were not for centrifuges Pentagon

replied group had not finished its analysis

Oct 26 Report CIA interviewed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program who said Iraq ended centrifuge work

after Gulf War and tubes had nothing to do with it CIA claimed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program was not telling truth about aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy

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

 

Oct 27 CPA head Bremer returned to DC to discuss his long term plan for Iraq which White House had

turned against

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

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

Oct 27 Rumsfeld told Bremer of plan to return Iraq sovereignty by Apr 04 Bremer said needed new Iraqi

govt and constitution 1st

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

Oct 27 Bush at NSC meeting said US had to stay the course in Iraq Gen Abizaid said US had to bring

back ex-Iraqi soldiers to rebuild army Bremer said too risky National Security Adviser Rice 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 27 Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith provided evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties his office had

collected to Senate Intelligence Committee Feith claimed Iraq knew that Zarqawi entered Iraq in 2002

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

Tragedy)

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

Oct 27 Bush told press that violence in Iraq desperate act and sign that US was making progress

 

Oct 28 Bush speech said Iraq frontline of war on terror and would take time to win

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

Oct 28 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen Pace said US

            had to return sovereignty as soon as possible and get Iraqis to run things

Oct 28 Secretary of State Powell said security number one priority in postwar Iraq

            otherwise nothing else would matter

 

Oct 29 Bush said he supported Bremer’s plan for Iraq but that it could be sped up

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

Oct 30 Cheney said Iraq had WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Oct 30 Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz said because US had missed so much of

            Iraq’s WMD program in 1991 it might have exaggerated them in 2003

Oct 30 Report White House pushed Pentagon to speed up training of Iraqi 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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Nov 1 UN withdrew most of its staff after Zarqawi bombing

Nov 1 Asst Cmdr 1st Armored Div Gen Hertling said that the insurgency was faltering

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

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

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

 

Nov 2 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said both Clinton and Bush administrations believed

            Iraq had WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

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 4 CPA meeting US military said unhappy with deBaathification because driving Iraqis away from

US and free market reforms that were laying off Iraqis that could be recruited into insurgency

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

Nov 4 CPA officials suggested Transitional Admin Law as interim constitution to bridge differences

between Bremer and Ayatollah Sistani Sistani wanted Iraqis to elect body to write constitution Bremer wanted indirect method

(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)

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

Nov 4 Iraqi prisoner was hooded placed on box wires attached to him and told he would be electrocuted

by US jailers Abu Ghraib

Nov 4 Report Saddam made various overtures to US before war but ignored by US as fakes or to stall

for time

Nov 4 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid told Blair’s foreign policy adv Sir Sheinwald that insurgency was

growing in Sunni areas based around former regime members backed by foreign fighters Said insurgency still at low level and lacked support amongst Sunnis Abizaid said solution was to increase Iraqi security forces reconciliation and passing sovereignty to Iraqis

 

Nov 6 Congress authorized $18.4 bil for Iraq reconstruction

Nov 6 Bush speech If democracy failed in Iraq would be win for terrorism and bad for Middle East

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

(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 The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

Nov 6 Report Saddam offered to allow US troops to search country for WMD before invasion

Nov 6 UK Foreign Sec Straw told cabinet that CPA’s political plan needed changes and that British

should talk with US about it

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

Nov 6 Bremer said that after meeting with Iraqi Governing Council he realized that his long

            term political plan was dead Was actually due to White House

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

 

Nov 7 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid told Bremer US should bring back ex-Iraq officers into new

army Bremer said no

 

Nov 8 Red Cross withdrew most of its staff after Zarqawi bombing

 

Nov 10 Bremer met Bush saying two routes for Iraq could be elections for new govt or CPA could hold

caucuses to pick govt Bush backed CPA

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

Nov 10 CIA report more Iraqis joining insurgency Said Sunni alienation disbanding military

deBaathification lack of jobs and political progress main factors behind insurgency Said Iraqi leaders not showing ability to run country

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

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

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 Bush said Iraq and war on terror were like struggle against Communism

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

Nov 11 Bremer called to Washington over unhappiness with his long term plan for Iraq and transferring

sovereignty

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

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

Nov 11 NSC meeting CIA official said US facing insurgency in Iraq Def Sec 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 want to read in the press there was an insurgency because didn’t think one existed 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 Def Sec Rumsfeld said Iraqis had to take things over to show them they had to run their own country

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

Nov 11 Pentagon refuted Weekly Standard and Under Sec of Def Feith claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

since 90s

 

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

around 100

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

Nov 12 Bush decided US should turn over sovereignty to Iraq early against CPA plan

(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 Imperial Life In The Emerald City, Inside Iraq’s Green Zone)

 

Nov 13 US forces launched Op Iron Hammer to hunt down insurgents in Baghdad

 

Nov 14 Japan decided to hold off deploying troops to Iraq due to rising violence

Nov 14 South Korea ordered its 464 troops in southern Iraq to suspend operations due

            to rising violence

Nov 14 Denmark rejected call to send 100 more troops to Iraq due to rising violence

Nov 14 US army intel report said insurgency successfully preventing CPA from providing

safe and secure Iraq Said US failing in Iraq because relying upon conventional military tactics and didn’t understand Iraqi culture Said insurgents targeting tribal structure while US ignoring it

 

Nov 15 Bremer announced November agreement after told his original plan for transition to Iraqi self-

rule rejected by White House By 2/28/04 Governing Council would draft transitional law for Iraq By end of March 04 Governing Council would have a formal security agreement with Coalition By end of May 04 elections for transitional parliament selected through caucuses End of June 04 transitional parliament would appoint Iraqi govt By 3/15/05 Iraqi government would hold elections for constitutional convention End of 2005 elections for permanent govt held under new constitution November plan opposed by Sistani

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

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(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 Imperial Life In The Emerald City, Inside Iraq’s Green Zone)

Nov 15 Pentagon claimed Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s intelligence unit on Iraq-Al

Qaeda ties was authorized by intelligence community but it wasn’t

 

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 US army team with dogs arrived at Abu Ghraib prison which were used to abuse

            prisoners

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 21 UN turned over Oil for Food program to CPA

Nov 21 UK intel report Badr Brigade maintained close ties to Iran that armed and funded it

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

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

 

Nov 24 US jailers used dogs to intimidate Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib

Nov 24 Prison riot at Abu Ghraib 9 prisoners killed 9 American guards injured

Nov 24 Weekly Standard published Undersecretary of Defense Feith’s Iraq-Al Qaeda

            briefing claiming two had over 50 meetings since 1990s

Nov 24 Pentagon released statement that Feith’s Iraq-Al Qaeda work was based upon

            raw intel and not analysis of relationship between them

Nov 24 CIA sent Feith list of problems with his Iraq-Al Qaeda work Said claim Zarqawi

            given safehaven by Saddam was disputed

Nov 24 Report Iran brought Hezbollah into Iraq to help it

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Nov 26 Ayatollah Sistani said he opposed CPA’s plan for caucuses to be formed to draft new Iraq

constitution Wanted Islamic identity to be included in any new Iraqi government

(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)

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

 

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

 

Nov 30 US soldiers repelled 3 ambushes on convoy in Samarra Iraqis later claimed US fired

indiscriminately killing civilians

Nov 30 Senior CIA analyst said 2002 Nat Intel Est on Iraq’s WMD lacked specifics on the programs

 

Dec 1 Iraq physicist book claimed Iraq never rebuilt nuclear program after 90s and US exaggerated

threat Said Iraq never close to building a nuclear bomb

 

Dec 2 Dep Sec State Armitage said US should not oppose Ayatollah Sistani who was pushing for

elections for new Iraq parliament

(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)

 

Dec 5 Pentagon banned France, Germany, Russia and other countries that opposed war from bidding on

reconstruction projects in Iraq

Dec 5 US Air Force intel report Iran greatest threat to long term US influence in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Dec 6 Bremer’s convoy attacked on Route Irish to Baghdad airport

Dec 6 Rumsfeld told Bremer Rice was trying to take over political file on Iraq Didn’t agree but was

ceding role to her

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

 

Dec 7 Gingrich went on offensive against CPA saying US should’ve given over sovereignty to Iraq

early on like in Afghanistan

Dec 7 Report US forces using collective punishment Blowing up homes of suspected insurgents

Putting barbed wire around towns

 

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

 

Dec 10 CPA presented list of 1,706 priority projects US and Iraq didn’t have money for all of

them

Dec 10 US asked France Germany Russia to forgive some of the debt Iraq owed them

Dec 10 Russia refused US request to forgive its Iraq debt after US banned it from bidding on

reconstruction projects

 

Dec 12 US Special Forces captured Mohammed Musslit who led them to Saddam

Dec 12 CPA adv Diamond told Natl Sec Adv Rice that US should include UN in CPA’s plans to create

            new Iraqi govt Could alleviate Sistani’s demands for elections

(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)

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

Dec 12 Pentagon audit found Halliburton overcharged $61 mil for delivering fuel to Iraq

Dec 12 US guards at Abu Ghraib prison took pictures of themselves abusing Iraqi prisoners

 

Dec 13 U.S. forces captured Saddam outside Tikrit in Adwar

Dec 13 Fmr Iraqi intelligence officer denied he met 9/11 hijacker Atta in Vienna in 2001

Dec 13 RPGs fired at US forces during protest in Fallujah US fired into crowd 3 Iraqis killed

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

 

Dec 14 Bremer announced US had captured Saddam

 

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

 

Dec 16 Blair said it would take time to find Iraq’s WMD

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

Dec 16 France and Germany agreed to US request to forgive part of $120 bil debt Iraq owed them

 

Dec 17 Report Sunday Telegraph story that 9/11 hijacker Atta travelled to Baghdad in 01 was probably

false

 

Dec 18 UK cabinet meeting said that capturing Saddam wouldn’t likely affect security PM Blair

disagreed saying it would open the door to progress in Iraq

 

Dec 21 Massoud Barzani article said Kurds would take regional autonomy and nothing else in new

Iraqi constitution

 

Dec 27 Attacks on govt buildings and foreign troop bases in Karbala killed 19 wounded 120

 

Dec 28 Iraqi Governing Council wrote letter to UN about CPA’s plans to hold caucuses instead of

elections for new Iraq parliament

 

Dec 29 Iraqi Governing Council voted to replace family laws with sharia

 

Dec 30 White House meeting on what to do about Governing Council going to UN to ask them with

help to transition to sovereignty White House decided they would try to block any UN plans for Iraq because wanted to keep control of process Meeting then turned to security Cheney said he wanted to eliminate Sadr

 

Dec 31 Protest by Arabs and Turkmen in response to PUK-KDP rallies over capture of Saddam turned

violent as some marched on govt building and guards fired at them killing 4 and wounding 24

 

2004

Jan 1 Bremer met with Barzani and Talabani in Irbil to discuss Kurdish demands in new constitution

Bremer asked Kurds to disband Peshmerga abandon claims to Kirkuk oil accept authority of central govt Kurds said no

 

Jan 2 Bremer and UK Rep Greenstock met with Barzani and Talabani to convince them of federalism

included in Transitional Admin Law Kurds objected to federalism by provinces but by region so KRG maintained

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

 

Jan 3 US and Iraqi forces raided KDP and PUK offices in Kirkuk after Arab Turkmen Kurd clashes in

city

 

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

Jan 4 Report Kirkuk councilman and member of Turkmen Front said Turkmen wanted to work out

differences with Kurds politically but if that didn’t work would use violence

 

Jan 5 White House presented CPA’s reconstruction plan to Congress

Jan 5 3 US soldiers discharged after found guilty of abusing prisoners at Camp Bucca Basra

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 7 Bremer met with Barzani and Talabani 2nd time over federalism Kurds objected to federalism based

upon provinces Wanted one based upon ethnicity so KRG maintained

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

 

Jan 9 Maysan governor’s security fired into crowd protesting job program Killed 3 British army took over

security and killed 2 more Govt building looted

 

Jan 10 4 days of protests started in Kut Wasit over lack of jobs

 

Jan 11 Ayatollah Sistani rejected CPA’s plan for transition to Iraqi sovereignty and

            constitution

(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)

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

Jan 11 Blair told BBC he didn’t know whether he was wrong or not about Iraq’s WMD

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

Jan 11 Kurdish party headquarters bombed in Kirkuk city

Jan 11 Former Treasury Secretary O’Neill believed Bush admin was focused upon Saddam from

            when it entered office Jan 2001

 

Jan 13 CPA meeting decided it had to push forward with its sovereignty transition plan

            despite Ayatollah Sistani’s objections

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

Jan 13 US soldier in 800th Military Police reported abuse by his unit at Abu Ghraib prison

            and handed over photos

 

Jan 14 Gen Sanchez ordered investigation of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison

Jan 14 US troops killed 2 civilians at anti-American protest in Fallujah

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

 

Jan 15 Report up to 100 Hezbollah fighters in Iraq helping Iranian intelligence

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

Jan 15 Shiites demonstrated calling for direct elections for new Iraqi govt

Jan 15 Gen Craddock Def Sec Rumsfeld’s military aide and dir Joint Chiefs Adm Keating emailed

summary of CD with photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison

 

Jan 16 US military spokesman Gen Kimmit talked about allegations and investigations

            into Abu Ghraib prison abuse

Jan 16 30,000 Protested in Basra against U.S. installing an unelected provincial govt

Jan 16 Report Shiite religious leaders on Iraqi Governing Council wanted to end Saddam

family laws that protected women’s rights and replace them with Sharia based ones Women protested move

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Women Before And After The 2003 Invasion Interview With Prof Nadje Al-Ali Univ of London)

 

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

            wounded more than 100

 

Jan 19 Iraqi Governing Council went to UN to ask it for help with transition to

            sovereignty against wishes of CPA

Jan 19 100,000 marched in Baghdad supporting Ayatollah Sistani’s call for early elections

(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)

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

Jan 19 US commander in Iraq Gen Sanchez ordered secret investigation into Abu Ghraib

            prison abuse

 

Jan 20 Bush’s State of the Union said US was committed to spreading democracy in Iraq

Said Iraq Survey Group found Iraq’s WMD programs and if US hadn’t invaded Iraq would still have them

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

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

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

Jan 20 CENTCOM emailed dir Joint Chiefs Adm Keating Def Sec Rumsfeld’s military aide Gen

Craddock US Iraq Cmdr Gen Sanchez that abuse happened at Abu Ghraib and were photos of it

 

Jan 21 VP Cheney said there was overwhelming evidence Iraq and Al Qaeda connected

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

 

Jan 22 Cheney said Iraq had mobile WMD labs and WMD programs Said overwhelming evidence

Saddam linked to Al Qaeda Claimed Iraq behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing Based upon Laurie Mylroie conspiracy theories

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

(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)

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

 

Jan 23 Iraq Survey Group head Kay resigned saying didn’t think Iraq had any WMD

stocks or large programs since 1980s Thought Iraq had destroyed its WMD after Gulf War due to inspections and unilateral actions

Jan 23 White House said it believed Iraq had WMD and they would be found

 

Jan 24 Iraq Survey Group took Iraqi defector Haideri to sites he claimed were WMD

and found nothing Haideri had been source for US intelligence reports and various newspaper stories Was provided by INC May 02 DIA labeled him a fabricator but his story continued to be used

Jan 24 7,000 Kurds marched for a new federal Iraq

 

Jan 25 Ex-Iraq Survey Group Head Kay US intelligence was wrong about state of Iraq’s

WMD Programs Said that intelligence agencies had to answer for how badly they failed Said Iraq tried to restart nuclear program in 2000-01 but didn't get far Iraq had an active biological weapons programs for Iraqi intelligence assassination program US bombing stopped Iraq’s chemical weapons programs in 1990s

 

Jan 26 Japanese troops deployed to Iraq as part of Coalition of Willing

Jan 26 Report CPA officials were questioning influence of Ayatollah Sistani and whether

all major CPA decisions would have to get his approval Previous company contracted by Pentagon for Iraqi news outlet couldn’t find equipment Didn’t pay Iraqi workers Made poorly produced news

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

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

 

Jan 27 Ex-Iraq Survey Group head Kay Iraq told UN in 1995 it had destroyed WMD and

            nuclear program but no one believed them

 

Jan 28 Ex-Iraq Survey Group’s Kay told Congress everyone wrong about Iraq having

stocks of WMD but did have programs Called for investigation into intelligence failure on Iraq

Jan 28 White House said that Iraq Survey Group needed more time to make conclusions

            about whether Iraq had WMD or not

Jan 28 Hutton Inquiry said Sep 02 dossier on Iraq’s WMD had not been influenced by political pressure

from Blair govt

Jan 28 UN Secretary General Annan said UN delegation would go to Iraq to look into elections
Jan 28 CPA Order 55 created Integrity Commission to investigate corruption

(Musings On Iraq Undermining Of The Integrity Commission Part II Of Washington And Baghdad’s Failed Attempt To Fight Corruption)

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

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

 

Jan 29 National Security Adviser Rice said what US predicted about Iraq WMD before

war not what found afterward Claimed Saddam deceived the world about his WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Jan 29 State Dept said failure to find out about Iraq’s WMD was not US failure but

            international one

Jan 29 Ex-Iraq Survey Group head Kay told Bush Saddam wanted Iraqis to believe

country had WMD when it didn't Thought Saddam had destroyed his WMD stocks because they were so easy to find by inspectors Bush asked Kay why Saddam didn’t admit he had no WMD Kay said Saddam wanted Shiites and Kurds to believe he had them to stop any revolts

 

Jan 30 Congressional committee found CIA relied too much on circumstantial outdated and

satellite and intercept intel on Iraq WMD Found no evidence White House pressured intelligence community over Iraq’s WMD or ties with Al Qaeda

Jan 30 CIA inquiry found White House did not pressure intelligence community over

            prewar Iraq intelligence reports

 

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 2 Secretary of State Powell told Wash Post if he knew Iraq had no WMD his

            decision on Iraq invasion would have been different

Feb 2 Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld claimed Iraq Study Group head Kay’s Senate

            testimony Iraq had no WMD stocks proved White House case

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

 

Feb 3 Bush complained he felt like he was the only one standing up for his decision to

            go to war with Iraq

Feb 3 Rice told Powell he betrayed Bush and had to tell press he stood by decision to invade Iraq after

article said Powell would not have supported invasion if knew truth about Iraq’s WMD

Feb 3 Powell said Bush made right decision to invade Iraq

Feb 3 Blair agreed to inquiry about pre-war intel on Iraq’s WMD

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

 

Feb 4 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Congress that ex-Iraq Study Group chief David Kay’s conclusion that

everyone was wrong about Iraq’s WMD was just a hypothesis and Iraq’s weapons might be found

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Feb 4 UK intelligence officer said British intelligence heads ignored warnings that Iraqi

            WMD could not be confirmed before invasion

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

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

 

Feb 5 Ayatollah Sistani survived assassination attempt in Najaf

Feb 5 CIA Dir Tenet gave speech at Georgetown refuting Iraq Survey Group’s Kay claim

everyone was wrong about Iraq’s WMD Tenet said US still needed time to find out about Iraq’s WMD Said in the end CIA would be proven not entirely right or wrong on pre-war Iraq intel Said CIA might’ve over estimated nuke program were differences over mobile WMD labs National Intelligence Estimate never said Iraq imminent threat Said Saddam dictator intent to build WMD Tenet referenced Iraq For Min Sabri who told CIA Iraq had nuke program stockpile of chemical weapons small biological weapons program

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

 

Feb 6 New UN Rep Brahimi arrived in Iraq Immediately began consultations with Iraqis to see whether

            elections possible that year

Feb 6 Bush announced Silberman-Robb commission to look into U.S. pre-war intel on

            Iraq’s WMD after none found

Feb 6 Report DIA said CURVEBALL intel on Iraq mobile WMD labs was questionable

            in 02 Never passed to rest of intel community

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

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

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

 

Feb 7 Bush and Cheney said Iraq war justified because Saddam could have made WMD

            Gave up argument he had them

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

Feb 7 Rumsfeld said Iraq war Saddam’s fault for his deception and defiance

 

Feb 8 After Iraq Survey Group said it found no stockpiles of WMD Bush said they

            could still be found and Saddam was still dangerous

Feb 8 Report British intel spied on UN Security Council in 2003 during deliberations

            on 2nd resolution to authorize force vs Iraq

Feb 8 Japanese troops arrived in Iraq for first overseas deployment since WWII

 

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)

Feb 9 Report White House 03 paper on Iraq WMD dropped qualifications and doubts from 02 Natl

            Intel Est on Iraq

 

Feb 10 Report almost all of Secretary of State Powell’s 03 UN speech on Iraq WMD proved wrong

Feb 10 CPA Order 57 created Inspector Generals in each Iraqi ministry to fight corruption

(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)

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 UN rep to Iraq Brahimi met with Ayatollah Sistani about why early elections

            not possible Brahimi said Iraq had to go through process to organize vote

(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)

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

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

 

Feb 13 After talks with Sistani UN endorsed Ayatollah’s call for early elections but said

            they couldn’t happen as soon as Sistani wanted

(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)

Feb 13 Report CIA review showed it relied upon too many unreliable exile sources for

intel on Iraq’s WMD Included INC defector Haideri May 02 DIA labeled him a fabricator but his story continued to be used

 

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

            more than 20 officers and releasing prisoners

Feb 14 US intel report Al Qaeda captive al-Libi recanted story Iraq trained Al Qaeda in poisons and

explosives Libi’s story of Iraq training Al Qaeda in poisons and explosives was used in US intel reports and Powell’s UN speech

 

Feb 16 Report Iraqi and US sources said Iraqi forces would not be able to provide security after

            sovereignty transferred to Iraq

Feb 16 CIA said it still believed Iraqi defector CURVEBALL was credible source for intel that Iraq

            had mobile WMD labs Was a false source

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

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

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

 

Feb 19 UN endorsed CPA’s timetable for transferring power back to Iraqis in June 2004 CPA had

to abandon idea of unelected caucuses choosing interim govt to write new Iraq constitution due to objections of Ayatollah Sistani

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

Feb 20 Report CPA dropping caucus plan to elect Iraqi provisional govt and working

with UN for alternative Iraqi Governing Council wanted to expand membership from 25 to 125 and become new govt

 

Feb 21 Report US did not brief UN inspectors on 21 of 105 WMD sites in Iraq US

            claimed it gave info on all sites

Feb 21 UN Secretary General Annan said UN was ready to assist Iraq with elections but

            couldn’t happen before end of June 2004

 

Feb 23 UN representation Brahimi report said earliest Iraq could hold elections was late

            2004-early 2005

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

Feb 25 CPA press briefing Gen Kimmitt was asked why US helicopters flew so low and told it was scaring

kids Kimmitt replied Iraqis had to know that was the sound of freedom and they should be re-assured

 

Feb 26 Gen Taguba handed in his report on Abu Ghraib prison abuse case

Feb 26 Ayatollah Sistani dropped demand for elections to be held by 6/30/04 but said

            they had to happen by end of year

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

 

Feb 27 Deadline to finish Iraq’s interim constitution Transitional Administrative Law

            missed

Feb 27 Fmr chief UN inspector Blix told Guardian he thought US spied on him

 

Feb 28 Iraqi Governing Council said it would draft and approve an interim constitution

            Couldn’t agree on role of Islam

Feb 28 Women’s delegation visited Iraqi Governing Council demanding interim

            constitution protect women’s rights

 

Feb 29 Curfew in Kirkuk city after fighting between Kurds and Turkmen

 

Mar 1 Iraqi Governing Council agreed to text of Transitional Administration Law to be

            Iraq’s interim constitution

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

Mar 1 Weekly Standard article talked with Mukhabarat officer who claimed he was emissary to Al Qaeda

 Mukhabarat officer told Weekly Standard Zarqawi was Al Qaeda’s emissary in Iraq from the start Was false

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

 

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 3 Gen Taguba’s investigation into abuses at Abu Ghraib prison sent to military

 

Mar 5 Gen Abizaid said ISF put together too quickly and lacked training equipment

            command and control

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

Mar 5 Former head weapons inspector Blix said Iraq war was not authorized by existing

            UN resolutions

Mar 5 Shiite members of Iraqi Governing Council refused to sign Transitional

            Administrative Law due to Sistani objections

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

Mar 5 Badr head in Najaf Hassan attempted to assassinate CPA provincial coordinator for trying to stop

Hassan from bribing Najaf council to control it

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

 

Mar 6 Report US intel dismissed reports that said Iraq had no WMD

Mar 6 Report Bush chastised Sec Def Rumsfeld over Abu Ghraib abuse scandal White House leaked

story to blame Rumsfeld for scandal Bush thought it was disaster for U.S.’s image

 

Mar 8 Transitional Administrative Law signed into effect as temporary constitution

Shiites on Iraqi Governing Council who had objected to TAL finally signed it Sistani said it was illegitimate

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

Mar 8 Ayatollah Sistani said any further laws must be passed by an elected Iraqi parliament

(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)

Mar 8 National Security Adviser Rice said that UN rep Brahimi had to return to Iraq to

            complete work on new Iraqi govt

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

 

Mar 9 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate that he told Cheney trailers found in Iraq were not

conclusive evidence of Iraq WMD Said US intel still unsure about what trailers found in Iraq were used for Told Senate CIA did not agree with Pentagon paper that Iraq had long cooperation with Al Qaeda

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

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

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

Mar 9 3 killed 20 wounded in fighting between Arabs Kurds Turkmen in Kirkuk city

 

Mar 10 82nd Airborne Div commander claimed insurgency in Anbar was in disarray Next month 1st

Battle of Fallujah would be fought

 

Mar 11 UK envoy to Iraq John Drawers said US had no leadership strategy or coordination

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

Mar 11 Iran intel opened Office to Help Poor Shiites as front office in Najaf Recruited Iraqis

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Mar 12 Sadrists destroyed Gypsy village of Qawliya, Qadisiya

(Musings On Iraq Forgotten Destruction Of Qawilya, Iraq By The Mahdi Army)

 

Mar 15 Bush told Blair Chalabi up to no good using deBaathification committee for

            his own ends

 

Mar 16 UK Parliament report said British forces had bad intel on Iraq and govt limited

            them due to fears of anti-war sentiment

Mar 16 Deputy Defense Secertary Wolfowitz said Iraq invasion proved US view on Iraq’s

            links to terrorism

 

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

Mar 17 Iraqi Governing Council asked UN to return to Baghdad and advise the creation

            of interim govt

 

Mar 18 Fmr OHRA head Garner said he was replaced in Iraq because wanted early

            elections to return power to Iraqis

 

Mar 19 Justice Dept drafted opinion that Iraqis and foreigners in Iraq could be taken out

            of the country by CIA Legal experts said violated Geneva Conventions

Mar 19 UN responded to reports that UN officials involved in fraud with Oil for Food

            Program

Mar 19 Team arrived in Baghdad to try to come up with interagency plan for rebuilding

            Iraq 1st time happened since invasion

Mar 19 BBC poll of Iraqis 56% said better than year ago 23% About the same 18%

            worse 48% said right for US to invade Iraq, 39% wrong

 

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 20 Protest in Khadimiya Baghdad against attacks aimed at pilgrims in Baghdad and

            Karbala

Mar 20 Ayatollah Sistani blamed US occupation for not securing borders for bombings

            of pilgrims in Baghdad and Karbala

Mar 20 6 US soldiers charged with prisoner abuse for Abu Ghraib scandal

 

Mar 21 11 U.S. soldiers suspended for prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib

 

Mar 22 Unemployed protest in Basra turned violent Stones and Molotov cocktails

            thrown at British forces

Mar 22 Natl Sec Adv Rice Wash Post OpEd said would have been irresponsible not to look for link

between Iraq and 9/11

 

Mar 23 Former Clinton Defense Secretary Cohen testified to 9/11 Commission that head

of Al Qaeda run Sudan chemical plant met with Iraq chemical weapons scientist in 90s

 

Mar 24 Ex-White House counterterrorism chief Clarke told 9/11 Commission Iraq not

            behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing

(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)

 

Mar 25 UN proposed investigation into abuses of Oil for Food program

 

Mar 27 Marine patrol hit by IED leading to 36 hr gunfight in Fallujah Prelude to 1st Battle of Fallujah

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

 

Mar 28 CPA shut down Sadr’s al-Hawza paper for inciting violence

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

 

Mar 30 New Iraq Survey Group head Duelfer testified to Congress Said most important work not done Said

still looking for critical Iraqis involved in WMD program Said found equipment to make biological and checmial agents Couldn’t rule out what aluminum tubes were for Contradicted much of what Survey Gorup discovered 3 top inspectors quit to protest Duelfer’s remarks

 

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

            were strung up on bridge

Mar 31 Bush gave CPA 48 hours to resolve Blackwater attack in Fallujah

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

Mar 31 Bush gave speech US would not give into violence in Iraq and fighting terrorism

Mar 31 Sadrists marched to Green Zone in Baghdad to protest US occupation

 

Apr 1 CPA adviser Larry Diamond told Bremer that there was a security vacuum in

            southern Iraq being filled by militias

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

Apr 1 Mahdi Army attacked CPA compound in Nasiriya

Apr 1 Gen Kimmitt promised to pacify Fallujah after Blackwater contractors killed

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

Apr 1 US intelligence officer told press Bush administration could have easily promoted

regime change in Iraq as part of the war on terror but the White House wanted something that would scare the public so used WMD

 

Apr 2 Sadr gave angry speech against US occupation after CPA closed his newspaper

Apr 2 Sadrists protested outside Green Zone demanding movement paper be re-opened

Apr 2 Mahdi Army began marching in Sadr City as tensions with US grew

Apr 2 Some Friday prayers in Fallujah condemned attack on Blackwater contractors in

            city

Apr 2 Sec State Powell criticized US intel for giving him faulty claims about Iraq’s WMD for

            his Feb 03 UN speech

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

 

Apr 3 US arrested Sadr’s deputy Mustafa Yacoubi for murder of Sheikh Abdul Khoei

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Apr 3 Sadr said that he wanted to unite with Hezbollah and Hamas

Apr 3 Secretary of State Powell said US intelligence gave him questionable intelligence

            about Iraq mobile WMD labs

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

Apr 3 Marines ordered to go into Fallujah and arrest culprits behind killing Blackwater

            Contractors Became Op Vigilant Resolve

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

 

Apr 4 Sadrists rose up in Baghdad Najaf Kut Karbala Kufa Nasiriya against US

            Ambushed US patrol in Sadr City killing 8 Americans

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

(Musings On Iraq review Revolt On The Tigris, The Al-Sadr Uprising And The Governing Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Apr 4 80% of one Iraqi National Guard battalion and 70% of another deserted in

Baghdad in 1st day of fighting Mahdi Army 40% of police in Najaf and Kut fled when Sadrists rose up in 2 cities

Apr 4 Fighting between Mahdi Army and Spanish in Najaf left 200 Iraqi casualties

Apr 4 Polish battalion held Karbala city hall but rest of city fell to Mahdi Army

Apr 4 Italian governor of Dhi Qar made deal with Mahdi Army to stay in base

            while militia took Nasiriyah

Apr 4 CPA created Ministerial Committee for National Security in Iraqi govt

Apr 4 UN special envoy Brahimi arrived in Iraq to help put together interim govt

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

Apr 4 Operation Vigilant Resolve launched by Marines starting 1st battle of Fallujah

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

 

Apr 5 Marines tried to cordon off as much of Fallujah as possible at start of Operation

            Vigilant Resolve

Apr 5 2nd Iraqi Battalion took part in battle for Fallujah 106 out of 695 Iraqi soldiers

deserted and 104 refused to fight

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

Apr 5 Mahdi Army occupied Basra governor’s office

Apr 5 Bremer called Sadr an outlaw and promised to put down his revolt

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

Apr 5 CPA announced Iraqi judge issued arrest warrant for Sadr for murder of Khoei

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 CPA Order 71 was to decentralize power to local councils

Apr 6 Marine reinforcements arrived for Op Vigilant Resolve in Fallujah US forces

            attacked center of city

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

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

Apr 6 Mahdi Army attacked Coalition forces in Amara Nasiriya Kut Karbala Najaf

            Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Revolt On The Tigris, The Al-Sadr Uprising And The Governing Of Iraq)

Apr 6 500 Japanese soldiers in Samawa Muthann told to halt work and retreat to camp

            out of fear of attacks by Mahdi Army

Apr 6 Deputy to Bremer told White House Coalition was winning against Mahdi Army and its defeat would

lead other militias in Iraq to disarm and join the ISF

Apr 6 Based upon Gen Taguba’s report US army handed down 6 reprimands and 2 relief

            of duties over Abu Ghraib prison scandal

 

Apr 7 Mahdi Army seized control of Kut forcing Ukrainian troops to withdraw Ukrainians refused

            to evacuate CPA civilians from city during retreat

(Musings On Iraq review Revolt On The Tigris, The Al-Sadr Uprising And The Governing Of Iraq)

Apr 7 Mahdi Army attacked Polish patrols in Karbala

Apr 7 Mahdi Army fought Spanish troops in Najaf

Apr 7 Sadr claimed he was the military wing of Ayatollah Sistani

Apr 7 Another marine unit arrived to take part in Op Vigilant Resolve 1st Battle of

Fallujah

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

Apr 7 Blair called White House over his concern about attacks upon civilians during Fallujah Battle

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

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

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

Apr 7 US report Iraq earned $10.1 bil by manipulating Oil for Food Program from

            1997-2002

 

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

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

Apr 8 US 1st Armored Div retook Kut from Mahdi Army

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 

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

Apr 9 200,000 Shiites and Sunnis rallied at Um al-Qura mosque in Baghdad against US

occupation and in solidarity with Fallujah Shiites were followers of Sadr Um al-Qura mosque run by Harith al-Dhari of Association of Muslim Scholars

Apr 9 Bush called leaders of Poland, Italy and El Salvador to make sure they would keep

            troops in Iraq

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 10 Fallujah medical officials claimed 450 civilians killed 1,000 wounded 70,000

            displaced during 1st Battle of Fallujah

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

 

Apr 11 Ceasefire announced in Fallujah after 2 members of Iraqi Governing Council

            resigned in protest over battle

Apr 11 Iraqi 202nd Bn collapsed under insurgent attacks in Fallujah 710 of 750 soldiers quit

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

 

Apr 12 US military said it would kill or capture Sadr

Apr 12 4 clerics met with Sadr to negotiate ceasefire to his uprising

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

fighting insurgents and Mahdi Army Requested 7000-10000 additional US troops

Apr 12 CPA adv warned that Badr was stealing money from Housing Min and hiring militiamen into

ministry

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

 

Apr 13 CENTCOM cmdr Gen. Abizadi said that US needed 7000-10000 more troops

            in Iraq Bush agreed to increase

 

Apr 14 UN representative Brahimi outlined power of interim Iraqi govt including

positions

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

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

forces

Apr 14 Russia announced it would withdraw 800 civilian contractors from Iraq due to

            security concerns

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

 

Apr 15 Joint Chiefs head Gen Myers said Sadr uprising and battle of Fallujah signs

            that US winning in Iraq

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

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

 

Apr 16 2 weeks 12,000 members of the Iraq Civil Defense Corps quit during insurgent

            offensive and Sadrist uprising

 

Apr 17 3,000 police abandoned posts during insurgent and Sadrist uprisings

 

Apr 18 Bremer admitted that Iraqi forces would not be able to deal with insurgency

            on their own when sovereignty returned in June 05

Apr 18 Spain’s new PM Zapatero announced he would withdraw 1300 troops from Iraq

Apr 18 British report said Coalition troops and Iraqi police would soon restore law and

            order in Iraq

 

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

            weapons

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

 

Apr 20 US forces surrounded Najaf that was under control of Mahdi Army

 

Apr 21 5 car bombs in Basra and Abu al-Khasib 68 killed

Apr 21 CIA analyst told Congress no working relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda

Apr 21 Report Mar 04 CPA memo said Iraqi Governing Council a failure because

corruption and nepotism Called for removal of 4 corrupt ministers Criticized Bremer for trying to centralize power in his hands Said progress in Iraq made by Iraqis despite the CPA not because of it

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

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

 

Apr 22 Bremer said some Baathist officials would be able to return to their jobs

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

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

 

Apr 23 Bremer TV speech said CPA had made mistakes Welcomed back ex-soldiers into

army Said complaints about deBaathification were legitimate US streamlining how it dealt with prisoners

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

Apr 23 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Sanchez ordered investigation into military intel practices

            due to Abu Ghraib prison scandal

Apr 23 PM Blair and foreign policy adv Manning told Bush and Natl Sec Adv Rice to delay another

attack upon Fallujah

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

 

Apr 24 US reported that 40% of Iraqi police deserted during Sadrist uprising in

            Najaf and Kut

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

 

Apr 25 Rumsfeld said US troops in Iraq would have tours extended for 3 months

Apr 25 Marine generals met with Iraqis to discuss creating a Fallujah brigade after 1st

            battle of Fallujah

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

Apr 25 Larry Diamond worked as democracy expert for CPA said US encouraged Iraqis

            to participate in new Iraq but didn’t provide them security

 

Apr 26 Zarqawi announced his group Tawhid wal-Jihad

(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 The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

Apr 26 Aid agencies claimed Geneva Convention was violated in Battle of Fallujah due

            to civilian casualties

Apr 26 US announced Iraqi police returning to Fallujah and would start join patrols

            with Iraqi Civil Defense Forces

 

Apr 27 60 Minutes II showed pictures of Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal

 

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

            commander claimed ceasefire holding

Apr 28 Marines began forming Fallujah Brigade to take over security of city

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

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

situation in Iraq worse

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

Apr 28 UN Rep Brahimi reported to Security Council that interim govt would serve

            until elections held in late 2004-early 2005

Apr 28 General Mark Kimmitt deputy director of Coalition operations in Iraq told CBS

            News he was disappointed in a few soldiers for Abu Ghraib scandal

 

Apr 29 US announced end of Battle of Fallujah Would withdraw turn over security to

            Fallujah Brigade

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

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

Apr 29 50 former UK Ambassadors and officials wrote open letter to PM Blair Said UK had no postwar

plan for Iraq Said experts predicted that occupation of Iraq would garner resistance Said had to consider Iraqi history Concluded that Coalition strategy in Iraq was doomed to fail

 

Apr 30 Marines withdrew from Fallujah turning over security to Fallujah Brigade

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

Apr 30 Daily Mirror publishes what turns out to be fake pictures of UK forces abusing

            Iraqi prisoners

Apr 30 Poll 71% of Iraqis saw US as occupiers 46% said invasion more harmful then

            good

Apr 30 New Yorker publishes photos of Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal

 

May 1 Bush announced that Bremer would select Iraqi transitional government

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

May 1 Reports of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners

May 1 Secret report leaked that provided evidence of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse and US

            military leadership didn’t stop it

 

May 3 Mahdi Army attacked US base and a convoy in Najaf setting off hour long

            gun battle

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

            airport

May 3 UN outlined plan to create Iraqi Election Commission to run 2005 voting

May 3 US Marines said would replace Gen Latif head of Fallujah Brigade with Gen

            Saleh because Latif a Baathist

 

May 4 Shiite leaders called on Sadr to withdraw his Mahdi Army from Najaf and Karbala

May 4 US announced it would not be withdrawing forces from Iraq as planned

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

May 4 CIA started investigation into whether it kept undocumented prisoners in Iraq

            It did

 

May 5 Gen Abizaid told Bush that security was getting under control after insurgent

            and Sadr uprisings

May 5 Bush promised investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Appeared

            on 2 Arab TV channels condemning abuse

May 5 Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld told reporter Geneva Conventions didn’t exactly

            apply to prisoners in Iraq but were more like basic rules

 

May 6 NSC meeting on how to frame and publicize the coming return of sovereignty to

Iraq

May 6 First large scale fight broke out between US forces and Mahdi Army in Najaf

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

May 6 Wash Post published new pictures of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse

May 6 Gen Taguba who investigated Abu Ghraib abuse briefed Def Sec Rumsfeld Dep Sec Def

Wolfowitz others after scandal broke in press All said they knew nothing of case Taguba said torture took place Rumsfeld denied he knew anything even though Taguba had briefed Pentagon and military Rumsfeld’s office and Pentagon had received pictures of abuse in January 04 Appeared to have ignored them

 

May 7 Zarqawi beheaded American Nick Berg and video taped it

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

May 7 Sec Def Rumsfeld testified to House and Senate about Abu Ghraib prison scandal Apologized for

abuse Claimed he and Pentagon knew nothing about it and no one in his office and Pentagon had seen the photos despite being briefed, receiving emails and getting the photos

May 7 New York Times called for Rumsfeld to resign over Abu Ghraib prison scandal

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

            country that had troops in Iraq

 

May 8 Bush said US goal was to build a free and peaceful Iraq that 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 The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

May 8 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told Congress that Iraqi victims of Abu Ghraib prison

            abuse should be compensated

May 8 Pentagon estimated by end of 2005 Iraq war would cost US $150 bil 3 times higher

            than White House prediction before war

May 8 Mahdi Army fought with British troops in downtown Basra

May 8 US forces moved into Karbala and Amarah setting off clashes with Mahdi Army

            US forces seized a govt complex in Najaf fighting Mahdi Army

 

May 9 Think tank estimated that Iraq would could cost $300 bil in ten years when Bush

            admin was pushing low numbers

May 9 Report some US officers worried winning militarily in Iraq but losing support of

            Iraqi public

 

May 10 Bush told Sec Def Rumsfeld he was doing a super job and US owed him a debt in middle of Abu

Ghraib scandal

May 10 Human Rights Min Turki told Guardian Bremer warned in 2003 about prisoner

            abuse by US soldiers

May 10 Blair denied he knew about British forces abusing Iraqi prisoners

 

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 11 Bush put training of new Iraqi security forces under CENTCOM

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

May 11 Bush signed NSPP 35 okayed 1st interagency plan to rebuild Iraq Happened year

            after invasion ended

May 11 Bush signed NSPP 36 giving State Dept control of Iraq after CPA closed

May 11 Gen Taguba and Under Sec Def Cambone testified to Senate Armed Services Comm on Abu

Ghraib abuse Asked if Gen Miller’s visit to Iraq from Guantanamo Bay on interrogation techniques had led to abuse Cambone said no Taguba said yes

May 11 Conspiracy theorist Mylroie claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in

            Prague in 2001 after story discredited

(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)

May 11 Report Red Cross pointed out only 600 out of 43,000 Iraqis arrested by US in 03

            went to court

 

May 12 1800 new pictures of prison abuse at Abu Ghraib released

May 12 Rumsfeld told Senate US interrogation methods used in Iraq were legal and

            cleared by Pentagon lawyers

 

May 13 Joint Chiefs head Gen Pace told Senate US interrogation methods used in Iraq

            violated Geneva Conventions

 

May 14 Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz and Gen Pace said prison abuse at Abu

            Ghraib violated Geneva Convention

May 14 Daily Mirror admitted pictures it published of alleged prisoner abuse by UK

            forces were fakes

May 14 US told Iraqi National Congress funding wound end in June 2004

May 14 Maysan tribe set ambush for UK forces outside of Amara 20 tribesmen killed and others arrested

Head of tribe Hattab and brother of Maysan governor accused police chief of tipping off UK about ambush

 

May 16 Sec of State Powell some sources on Iraq WMD were inaccurate wrong and

            sometimes deliberately misleading

May 16 Maysan chief of police Kabir assassinated by members of governor’s tribe Many claimed

governor had chief assassinated because believed he tipped off British about ambush planned by tribe

 

May 17 Report Iraqi defector provided by INC Adnan Haideris stories about Iraq WMD

used by US pre-war proved false Iraq Survey Group took Haideri to sites he claimed were used for WMD but proved not to be Was used in CIA, DIA and White House reports White House used Haideri in reports after he’d been labeled fabricator by DIA

May 17 Report Mahdi Army recruiting Baathist security and intel officers in Kirkuk for

            militia along with Shiite Arabs & Turkmen

May 17 CIA warned that political factionalism in Mosul leading to instability

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)

May 17 Report Rumsfeld authorized special interrogation program that helped lead to Abu Ghraib abuse

scandal

 

May 18 Sadr called on Iraqis to rise up against US in Najaf

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

May 18 Ayatollah Sistani called on all armed forces to withdraw from Najaf and not to join Sadr’s

uprising

May 18 Bremer asked Rumsfeld for 40,000 more U.S. troops Rumsfeld never responded

May 18 Pentagon announced it would end funding INC in June 2004

May 18 Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz wouldn’t give timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq

after sovereignty returned in Senate testimony

 

May 19 US soldiers involved in Abu Ghraib prison abuse sentenced one year in prison

 

May 20 ISF and US raided INC offices looking for 6 members accused of crimes Were also looking for

evidence that Chalabi told Iran US broke its secret code Chalabi attacked raid as political plot against him INC members had been kidnapping and stealing US had warrant for INC intel head Habib who had fled

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

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

May 20 US called off assault on Mahdi Army in old city Karbala

May 20 NSC meeting asked what would happen if new sovereign Iraq asked US to leave

May 20 Report US interrogators told guards at Abu Ghraib prison to strip prisoners make them wear

women’s clothes before questioning

May 20 US army admitted lost Red Cross reports of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison due to bureaucracy

May 20 Chalabi held press conference over police raid day before Claimed police were Baathists working for

US Said Bremer CPA and CIA were responsible Claimed he was being attacked for investigating corruption in oil for food program INC members had been robbing and kidnapping in Baghdad leading to raid

 

May 21 CPA set up group to integrate militias into ISF never happened

 

May 22 Neocon supporters of INC’s Chalabi told National Security Adviser Rice that US needed to stop

harassing him Came after US forces raided Chalabi’s house claiming he had passed intel to Iran

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

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

May 22 INC met with Nat Sec Adv Rice complaining US had abandoned Chalabi

 

May 23 Sadr’s brother in law Riyadh Nouri arrested

 

May 24 Bush said US would stay the course in Iraq and move towards returning

            sovereignty and creating democracy in Iraq

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

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

(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)

(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)

 

May 26 NYTimes said some of its reporting on Iraq before war was questionable and not

            sufficiently vetted

 

May 27 Sadr agreed to deal to end fighting US forces in Najaf and other southern cities

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

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

 

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

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

 

May 29 Report incoming interim PM Allawi had links to CIA and MI6 since 1980s as

            opponent to Saddam

 

May 30 US Op Smackdown to probe Mahdi Army defenses of Kufa mosque began

May 30 7 US soldiers disciplined for not stopping Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal

May 30 Leaked parts of Ryder report on Abu Ghraib found 100s of Iraqi prisoners were

            held despite lack of evidence

 

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

Jun 1 CPA signed deal with Kurds INC SCIRI and others to disband their militias

            Never followed through with

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

(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)

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 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

(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)

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)

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

Jun 17 Natl Sec Adv Rice told Bremer Bush supported early end to CPA

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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

            why Iraq was a threat

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

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

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

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

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 members 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 claimed 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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

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

 

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

            peaceful democratic and pluralistic society

 

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

            Said military thought troop levels fine

 

2006

 

Sep 17 Report Pentagon tried to hire Republicans to staff CPA Hired many unqualified personnel

Thomas Foley in charge of privatizing state owned enterprises was a Republican donor who went to college with Bush Foley put Jay Hallen former real estate agent in charge of Iraq’s stock market Hallen tried to reform market that Iraqis didn’t want so change rejected

 

2007

 

Feb 6 Bremer testified to Congress 1st time Questioned about missing $8.8 bil Bremer said money given

to Iraqi ministries but didn’t follow what happened afterward Disputed claims CPA staffed by young inexperienced Republicans Said pre-war planning bad

 

May 13 Fmr CPA head Bremer wrote OpEd in Wash Post defending decisions to ban Baath Party and

disband military Said Iraqi army had disbanded itself and Shiite and Kurdish leaders wanted it gone Said right to ban Baath Party US was only doing what it did in Germany with Nazis after WW2 Said it was Iraqis that abused deBaathification but CPA stopped them

(Musings On Iraq Interview with CSU San Marco’s Prof Marashi Development And Setbacks Of The Current Iraqi Military)

 

Sep 6 Bremer wrote NYTimes OpEd Said most major decisions by CPA made in Washington and he got

blamed Disbanding Iraqi army came from DC DeBaathification came from Pentagon

 

2008

 

Mar 12 Sir Synnott former CPA official in charge of south Iraq said UK wanted to portray stable Iraq

after invasion but didn’t spend time and money to rebuild country Said CPA focused on large projects but not small sustainable ones that would have benefited more Iraqis

 

2009

 

Mar 25 Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen testified to Congress Said CPA wanted to reform Iraq

whether it wanted it or not but never had money personnel oversight or coordination to be successful Usually ignored needs of Iraqis and never adapted to situation

 

 

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