PM Abadi Govt (2014-2018)

This timeline covers the government of PM Abadi

 

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2014

Sep 8 Haidar al-Abadi became PM

 

Sep 9 Peshmerga found 14 Yazidi bodies in a mass grave in Ninewa Early sign of IS massacres to

come

 

Sep 10 US authorized $25 mil in immediate military aid to Iraq

Sep 10 Obama announced a new coalition to fight IS

 

Sep 13 New campaign launched to try to clear Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr of IS

 

Sep 14 IS released video Message to America’s Allies showing beheading of UK hostage David

Haines

 

Sep 19 France carried out first air strikes against IS hitting Zummar, Ninewa

 

Sep 21 IS captured Saqlawiya and Sjar, Anbar

 

Sep 30 UK launched first air strikes on IS

Sep 30 Cabinet authorized govt to provide weapons, equipment, salaries to Hashd

 

Oct 1 US sent Apache helicopters to Iraq to protect forces there and later offensive

            ops against IS

 

Oct 3 Australia authorized air strikes against IS and Special Forces to be sent to Iraq

Oct 3 IS released video of beheading of UK hostage Alan Henning and threatened to behead US

hostage Peter Kassig

 

Oct 12 IS magazine Dabiq article justified enslavement of Yazidis

 

Oct 14 IS captured Hit, Anbar after Iraq army unit abandoned base

 

Oct 21 New operation to try to clear Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr started after Sep attempt failed

 

Oct 24 Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr finally cleared after a dozen attempts All civilians forced out of city

and not allowed to return Turned into Hashd base

 

Nov 10 IS announced it got allegiance from groups in Egypt Libya Yemen Algeria Saudi Arabia

 

Nov 30 IS put travel restrictions on people trying to leave Mosul

 

Dec 17 Peshmerga began offensive to break IS siege of Mount Sinjar

 

Dec 21 Fmr Communications Minister Allawi acquitted of corruption charges for lack of evidence

 

Dec 28 Iran announced Iranian Rev Guard Gen Taqavi died in Salahaddin fighting IS 5th IRGC

member killed in Iraq during war

(Musings On Iraq Fifth Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force member Dies In Iraq)

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

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

 

2015

Jan 6 4 bodies found in Albu Bahani, Babil believed to have been kidnapped and

            executed by Hashd

 

Jan 20 IS suicide car bomb and assault on Nikhaib suicide truck bomb in Albu Ghanim Suicide car

bomb and assault upon Abu Risha 7 suicide car bombs in Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Insurgents Pick Up Attacks In New Year)

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

Jan 20 60 members of the ISF were executed in Mosul by IS

 

Jan 22 Coalition air strike killed Abu Ans Samarraie IS’s governor for Anbar He was responsible

for executing hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr tribe

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State’s Leadership Losses In Iraq And Syria)

 

Jan 23 Hashd destroyed four mosques in Muqtadiya, Diyala after operation there

 

Jan 24 Kurdistan Security Council announced 23 IS leaders killed in fighting Peshmerga Included

Abu Muslim al-Turkmani member of IS Shura Council highest body in group Said to be one of Baghdadi’s top deputies

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State’s Leadership Losses In Iraq And Syria)

 

Jan 25 Yazidi militias and YPG forced Arabs out of Om Danabuk, Sinjar Killed 10 and

            looted village

Jan 25 Badr’s Amiri claimed all of Diyala cleared of IS

 

Jan 26 After battle with IS in Barwanah, Diyala Hashd kill 70 civilians

 

Feb 8 Peshmerga destroyed villages in 5 districts in southern Kirkuk

 

Feb 21 National Alliance MPs complained that Abadi didn’t consult with them about

            his reforms

Feb 21 Sadrists said Abadi missed great chance to reform country Sadrists had been PM Abadi’s

main supporters

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Feb 22 Sadr called for followers to protests in Baghdad next Friday calling for reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 2 Offensives to free Tikrit began

 

Mar 6 Dour outside of Tikrit freed from IS

 

Mar 8 ISF turned over Dour to Hashd who started destroying property

 

Mar 9 Peshmerga began offensive to take towns south of Kirkuk city

 

Mar 10 UN human rights report said Hashd acted with impunity and left trail of death and

destruction behind it

 

Mar 14 Operation to free Tikrit stalled due to high Hashd casualties

 

Mar 16 Abadi asked US for airstrikes to help Tikrit operation that was stalled

Mar 16 Report Iran sending short range ballistic missiles to its allies in the Hashd for Tikrit

operation

(Musings On Iraq News Of Iran Moving Missiles Into Iraq Continue)

 

Mar 22 Badr head Amiri called Iraqi army weaklings for asking for Coalition air strikes

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

 

Mar 31 Diyala council voted to remove confidence from Gov Yacoub for stealing aid for displaced

 

Mar 23 Hashd looted and destroyed 8 houses in Sadiya, Diyala Adviser to Diyala

            governor killed blamed on Hashd

 

Mar 25 Officials accused Diyala governor of stealing millions in aid meant for displaced

Mar 25 Gorran presented 3 plans for renewing Pres Barzani’s term

Mar 25 Fight in KRG parliament when KDP members attacked Gorran MPs over Pres

            Barzani

Mar 25 Member of Salahaddin council accused Hashd of kidnapping 125 civilians

            from Dour

Mar 25 US began air strikes on Tikrit Pro-Iran Hashd said they would not take part in op

to re-take city because of US involvement

Mar 25 Hashd accused of blowing up houses and executing 4 civilians in Diyala

Mar 25 2nd Diyala governor adviser killed blamed on Hashd

 

Mar 27 Tikrit operation re-started after US airstrikes requested by PM Abadi

Mar 27 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq accused US of trying to save IS in Tikrit

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

 

Mar 29 Most Hashd had pulled out of Tikrit op to protest US airstrikes

Mar 29 Abadi met with Hashd leaders to talk about Tikrit offensive and their

            protests over US airstrikes

Mar 29 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said it would not join future ops in Anbar and Ninewa if US involved

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

 

Mar 31 Diyala council voted to remove confidence from Gov Yacoub for stealing aid for

            displaced

 

Apr 1 Mopping up operations in Tikrit with small attacks in north

Apr 1 UN received reports that govt forces looting Tikrit after it was liberated and

            burning homes

Apr 1 Sadr complained about brazen militias and said any that broke law should

            be brought to justice

Apr 1 IS video of Ninewa sheikhs giving it baya

Apr 1 KRG was $17 bil in debt Couldn’t pay public workers Started large borrowing

 

Apr 2 PM Abadi arrived in Tikrit after its liberation to make victory tour in city

Apr 2 Sadr said brazen militias should be removed from Tikrit by ISF after stories

            of looting and burning homes

Apr 2 Hashd leader Muhandis said that any looting and abuses in Tikrit were done

            by locals not Hashd

Apr 2 Guard in Tikrit said he counted more than 200 homes in Qadisiyah district destroyed after

            city’s liberation

 

Apr 3 Salahaddin council called on Sistani to intervene to stop burning and looting in

            Tikrit

Apr 3 Head of Salahaddin council said Hashd were looting and burning buildings in

            Tikrit

Apr 3 VP Nujafi complained about looting and burning homes in Tikrit

Apr 3 Abadi ordered ISF to arrest anyone breaking law in Tikrit

Apr 3 Sistani reps Friday sermon called for ending of looting in Tikrit

Apr 3 Police said there had been clashes between soldiers and Hashd to stop them from

            looting in Tikrit

 

Apr 4 Great Tikrit Mosque set on fire after city freed Tribes demanded Hashd withdraw

            from area

 

Apr 5 Tribes claimed 400 buildings burned in Tikrit after liberation

Apr 5 Iraqi military spokesman said some Hashd took part in looting in Tikrit Said they

            were undermining the victory

Apr 5 Speaker Jabouri said there was looting in Tikrit Sadr called for end of looting in

            Tikrit

Apr 5 KDP arrested Haider Sesho in Sinjar for forming his own militia and siding

            with Baghdad

Apr 5 3 Presidents said that tribes in Anbar and Ninewa should be armed to fight IS

 

Apr 6 MP said Hashd were looting in Tikrit after its liberation

Apr 6 Abadi said 152 houses and shops burned in Tikrit but didn’t say by who

Apr 6 3 Yazidi activists fled Kurdistan due to death threats from Kurdish officials

            Accused KDP

 

Apr 7 Cabinet said Hashd part of ISF and under premier as commander in chief

Apr 7 Sunni tribes blamed for some of the looting in Tikrit after city freed

Apr 7 MP from Albu Ajeel tribe said looting and burning in Albu Ajeel and Dour were

            done out of revenge for Camp Speicher massacre

 

Apr 8 KDP released Haider Sesho Yazidi militia commander on promise that his

            men would follow Peshmerga

 

Apr 9 Hashd spokesman denied stories Hashd looting in Tikrit Blamed tribes and individuals

Apr 9 Dep head of Anbar council said Kataib Hezbollah and Peace Brigades had deployed to

Shjariya, Anbar Hashd would later claim they were not in Anbar because of Abadi and US

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

 

Apr 10 IS captured Albu Faraj north of Ramadi Executed 33 people afterward

 

Apr 11 Badr’s Amiri said hundreds of Badr fighters in Baghdadi and Haditha Would later claim

were none in province because of Abadi and US

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

 

Apr 12 US requested that Hashd withdraw from Ramadi before it would start air strikes

 

Apr 13 Abadi fired 300 army officers as part of reforming ISF

Apr 13 Maliki said Hashd had become 3rd military force in country after army and

            police and said any negative stories about them were all lies

Apr 13 Hashd arrived at Assad base in Anbar for Albu Faraj op Would later claim they

            were not in Anbar due to Abadi and US

Apr 13 Kataib Hezbollah and Peace Brigades said they would take part in Anbar offensive Asaib

Ahl Al-Haq Hezbollah Nujaba and Badr said wouldn’t take part in campaign because of US airstrikes

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba)

 

Apr 14 Haider Sesho said that his arrest by KDP was illegal That he would work with

            Peshmerga but not follow their orders

Apr 14 New offensive to take Garma from IS in Anbar launched

 

Apr 15 UN received reports that up to 700 homes had been looted and burned 200

blown up in Tikrit area after it was freed

Apr 15 IS took control of 1/3 of Baiji Refinery

Apr 15 Albu Ghanim tribal head called for Hashd to help fight IS in Anbar

Apr 15 Abadi said there were 110 Iranian military advisers in Iraq

 

Apr 16 PM Abadi said all the pictures of Iranian Gen Suleimani in Iraq sent the wrong

            message that Iran was saving Iraq instead of Iraqis

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

Apr 16 Anbar Governor Rawi called on Hashd to be sent to province to help fight IS 3000

            Hashd sent to Ramadi to help

Apr 16 IS said to be in control of 70% of Ramadi

 

Apr 17 Police and councilman in Ramadi said IS had almost taken center of city IS began

            attacking Ramadi city center Albu Alwan sheikh said city could fall any time

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

Apr 18 Khorasani Brigade pledged allegiance to Ayatollah Khamenei and said it

            followed valayat al-faqih Same time said didn’t take orders from Iran

(Musings On Iraq Khorasani Brigade Another Iraq Militia That Returned Home From Syria To Fight The Insurgency)

Apr 18 Govt claimed it fully controlled Baiji Refinery but IS still held sizeable amount

            of complex

 

Apr 20 IS held ceremony where Ramadi sheikhs gave it baya

Apr 20 80 Anbar sheikhs called on Abadi to provide more military aid and called

            on Hashd to help fight in province

 

Apr 21 Pres Barzani and other KRG politicians complained about PKK being in Sinjar

            Claimed trying to take over district

 

Apr 22 Day after IS attacked Sahl al-Malih, Ninewa Peshmerga expelled Arab residents,

            looted and burned village

 

Apr 24 report that ISF were charging displaced Anbaris money to get into Baghdad

 

Apr 25 Abadi said Hashd should include all Iraqis from all backgrounds

Apr 25 Kudish Alliance said opposed National Guard in disputed areas because

            peshmerga could secure them

Apr 25 Yazidi militia leader Haider Sesho said that Yazidis would form their own

            party in Sinjar and be independent of KDP

Apr 25 IS took over army base in Thar Thar, Anbar 141 soldiers killed in fighting

 

Apr 26 Kataib Hezbollah withdrew from southern Fallujah claiming Abadi and

            US were preventing it from fighting there

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

Apr 26 Head of Anbar council announced Abadi okayed recruiting locals for Hashd

 

Apr 27 Arabs accused Peshmerga of destroying homes in 5 villages after freed from IS in

            Kirkuk

Apr 27 Badr’s Amiri said using Hashd only way to free Anbar

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

Apr 27 IS head Baghdadi called on Syrian fighters to help fight in Salahaddin and Anbar

 

Apr 28 Badr’s Amiri said Hashd would not wait for permission to enter Anbar Were

            already there

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

Apr 28 Sadr criticized Hashd trying to politicize fight against IS to gain power

 

Apr 30 Head of Salahaddin council said Hashd were looting and burning buildings

            in Tikrit

Apr 30 City worker in Tikrit said 300 buildings in northern section of city had been

            destroyed including 2 mosques

Apr 30 IS seized half of Baiji refinery

Apr 30 Head of Anbar Operations Command said Hashd were needed to fight IS

            in province

 

May 2 Report IS controlled most of Baiji refinery and 200 ISF trapped inside

 

May 3 3rd day of protests in Basra over lack of electricity

 

May 6 Barzani met with Obama in Washington Asked for heavy weapons Said Kurds would help in

Battle of Mosul Said wouldn’t fight in Arab areas and didn’t covet territory

 

May 7 Salahaddin council said would not let displaced associated with IS return to

            homes

May 7 Peshmerga demanded that Hashd withdraw from Sadiya, Diyala as two vied

            for control of area

 

May 8 IS broke out 30 prisoners from facility in Diyala posing as inspectors

 

May 9 Tribal fighters began training in Anbar with approval by PM Abadi

 

May 11 Kataib Hezbollah attacked SIIC office in Basra accusing official of corruption

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

 

May 12 ISCI accused Kataib Hezbollah of attacking its offices in Basra Baghdad and

            other provinces

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

 

May 13 Rumors of suicide bombers led to riot amongst Shiite pilgrims in Adhamiya,

            Baghdad burning homes and cars

 

May 14 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during

            reports he was injured in air strike

May 14 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs in final drive to take city

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

May 15 IS seized govt center in Ramadi in final drive to take city Reinforcements sent to

            Ramadi to stave off IS offensive Never arrived

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

May 16 IS leader Baghdadi issued speech saying Anbari displaced being mistreated by

            Baghdad for sectarian reasons

May 16 Ramadi fell to IS after months of fighting Report IS going through city executing

            government workers and Sahwa members

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

May 17 Anbar council voted to allow Hashd to deploy to province after fall of Ramadi Were

already there

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

May 17 IS unilaterally began withdrawing from Baiji refinery after Ramadi taken Used

            fighting in Baiji as diversion

May 17 Intl Org of Migration reported 2.8 mil displaced in Iraq since start of 2014

 

May 18 PUK’s Mahmoud Othman criticized Pres Barzani for talking about independence and

            acting like sole leader of Kurds

May 18 Foreign diplomat in Baghdad said Iran using Maliki against Abadi Opposed his

            pro-Western policies

May 18 Fighting broke out between Bani Tamim tribe and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Basra

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

May 18 Badr head Amiri blamed Anbar council for loss of Ramadi because kept Hashd out

            of province Untrue Hashd were there for months

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

May 18 IS called on medical professionals to return to Mosul or have their property

confiscated

 

May 19 State of Law MP said Iraq should rely on Iran not US for military aid Claimed

            fall of Ramadi proved US helping IS

May 19 Hashd spokesman claimed retaking Ramadi would be easier than Tikrit

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

May 20 Gorran said it would support extending Pres Barzani’s term if KRG switched to

            parliamentary system

 

May 21 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq blamed US and Abadi for fall of Ramadi Claimed US had kept Hashd out

Hashd had been in Anbar for months

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

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

 

May 22 Joint Chiefs Head Gen Dempsey said would take 3 years or more to defeat IS

 

May 23 Report Iranians operating rockets, artillery and drones in Baiji operation

 

May 24 Iranian Ground Forces commander said Iranian military moved 40km into

            Diyala to protect border from IS

May 24 KRG claimed it met its oil export quota set in 2015 budget and therefore

            should receive it full monthly payment from Baghdad

May 24 US Defense Secretary Carter questioned Iraqis’ will to fight after Ramadi fell to IS

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

May 26 IS executed Iraqi soldiers from Sadr City in Fallujah Hung him from bridge

            Hashd used it to justify attacking city in July

May 26 Report over 400 buildings in Dour district in Tikrit destroyed by Hashd after

            city freed

 

May 27 Iranian Foreign Min denied Iranian troops fighting in Baiji said only advisers

May 27 Fmr MP Othman said 2,822 Peshmerga killed fighting IS since June 2014

May 27 Report Army and Hashd ordered to shut bridge to displaced trying to flee Anbar

            into Baghdad

 

May 28 New U.N. resolution to try to crackdown on IS smuggling of antiquities from Iraq

            and Syria

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

May 28 Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander killed near Ramadi

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

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

May 28 Reinforcements arrived to try to take back Ramadi Wouldn’t happen until Feb 2016

 

May 30 IS held ceremony where Ramadi sheikhs gave it allegiance

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

May 31 Kurdish MP said 1205 Peshmerga killed 6595 wounded fighting IS since Jun 2014

May 31 Badr head Amiri dismissed PM Abadi’s plans to retake Ramadi Claimed only Hashd could

free city

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

Jun 1 Iraq began selling Basra Heavy crude that greatly increased oil sales

Jun 1 Pres Barzani said KRG would start independent oil exports if Baghdad didn’t

            deliver KRG’s share of budget

 

Jun 2 US sent 2000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to Iraq to help fight car bombs

Jun 2 Badr objected to US helping retake Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

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

 

Jun 3 IS held ceremony in Ramadi where sheikhs gave it baya

Jun 3 Badr’s Amiri blamed Abadi for fall of Ramadi claiming he listened to US and kept Hashd

out of fight

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

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

Jun 3 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq asked govt to give its men immunity before it attacked Fallujah

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

Jun 3 Badr MP called for Fallujah to be destroyed

 

Jun 4 IS held ceremony for Fallujah sheikhs to give it baya

Jun 4 Number of displaced in Iraq reached 3.0 mil

 

Jun 5 Report thousands of Iraqi fighters going to Syria for new Iranian led offensive

            there

Jun 5 Report Norway’s DNO owed $500 mil-$1 bil by KRG for non-payments for oil

            production and exports

Jun 5 Oil Min Mahdi said oil prices would reach $75 per barrel by end of year Iraq

            crude dropped to $29 per barrel in Dec

 

Jun 7 KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani accused Baghdad of breaking constitution by not

            giving Kurdistan budget payments

 

Jun 9 State Dep spokesman said war against IS could take 3-5 years

Jun 9 US announced sending in 500 more trainers for Iraqi forces Said it would help

            train 9,000 peshmerga

Jun 9 Hezbollah al-Nujaba threatened to attack US after report that US air strike killed

            some Hashd in Abu Ghraib by mistake

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba)

Jun 9 Hashd claimed Baiji cleared Wasn’t

 

Jun 10 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said US forces in Iraq were continuation of occupation

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

 

Jun 11 Video showed US Special Forces taking part in firefight supporting Peshmerga in

            northern Iraq vs IS

Jun 11 Mutahidun MP complained parts of Diyala had been cleared of Sunnis and

            not allowed to return for political reasons

 

Jun 12 Peshmerga and Hashd got into firefight in Sadiya Diyala in power struggle for

            control of Khanaqin district

 

Jun 13 2nd day of fighting between Hashd and Peshmerga in Sadiya, Diyala over control

            of town

Jun 13 Report top US commanders didn’t want to get more involved in Iraq war against IS

Jun 13 Protests in Basra demanding governor resign for corruption

Jun 13 Abadi speech said Hashd non-sectarian under his command in war against IS

Jun 13 80 US soldiers arrived in Habaniya base Anbar to support ISF operations in

            province

 

Jun 15 First displaced families returned to Tikrit after its liberation

 

Jun 17 Sadr blamed Maliki’s authoritarianism for return of insurgency

 

Jun 20 Hashd killed a Kurdish civilian in a car leading to gunfight between Hashd

            and Peshmerga in Tuz Kharmato

Jun 20 Civil group claimed Peshmerga killing civilians and displacing people in

            Diyala’s Khanaqin Dist

 

Jun 21 KRG stopped delivering oil for export by Baghdad

 

Jul 13 Campaign started to recapture Ramadi from IS

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

 

Jul 16 Basra protest over services fired upon by police 1 Protester killed

 

Jul 17 Protest in Basra over electricity ISF fired into crowd 1 killed Protesters shot back

            Also protest in Nasiriya and Amara where highway to Basra blocked

 

Jul 18 Basra governor said he would meet demands of protesters by releasing prisoners

            replacing electricity director

 

Jul 26 Protest in Nasriaiya over power shortages

 

Jul 27 Protests in Rania KRG over project being stopped that led to clash with police

 

Jul 30 Protests in Arbat and Darabandikhan, KRG and Nasiriya and Amara over lack of services

            and electricity

 

Jul 31 Protest in Baghdad Basra Najaf over lack of electricity Called for Electricity Min

to step down

 

Aug 1 Protests in Basra and Karbala over lack of electricity and services

 

Aug 2 Protests in Seysaib in Irbil and Dhi Qar Babil and Najaf over lack of services

 

Aug 3 Protest in Pirzin Irbil over power cuts and water shortages

 

Aug 4 2 Protests in Sulaymaniya province over lack of services that led to clash with

police Over 30 wounded Also demo in Maysan

 

Aug 5 Protests in Sulaymaniya over lack of services broken up by police

Aug 5 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said it would participate in next protest in Baghdad attempting

            to co-opt demos

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

 

Aug 6 Protests in Karbala, Najaf, Baghdad, Basra, Hillah, Nasiriya and Rumaitha in

Muthanna demanding reform

 

Aug 9 PM Abadi announced reform program of ending quotas, cut bodyguards, anti-corruption

commission, dismissing VPs and Dep PMs in response to protests Most moves were actually to cut costs during budget crisis

 (Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Aug 9 Dep PM Araji resigned Was facing corruption investigation

Aug 9 Cabinet voted to reduce number of members on provincial councils to save

            money sold as reform

Aug 9 VPs Nujafi and Maliki Speaker Jabouri and KRG said they supported Abadi’s reform

            program

Aug 9 VP Maliki TV interview said protests were becoming anti-religious and could get

            out of control

Aug 9 Chief of staff of Iranian military criticized protests in Iraq saying they were

            making Abadi’s govt look bad

Aug 9 Protests in Baghdad, Nasiriya, Maysan supporting Abadi’s reforms

 

Aug 10 Foreign Min Jaafari dismissed 7 ambassadors and retired some directors as part of

            Abadi’s reforms Were actually to cut costs during budget crisis

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Aug 10 Speaker Jabouri demanded MPs with 2 passports give up the second or be dismissed

 

Aug 11 Parliament approved PM Abadi’s reform program that included ending 3 vice

            presidents Pres Masum said reforms violated constitution

Aug 11 PM Abadi said he wanted to cut cabinet to just 15 ministers and reduce local councils to cut

costs during budget crisis

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Aug 11 Baghdad Babil Dhi Qar Basra fired and retired hundreds of officials as part of PM Abadi’s

            reforms Were actually budget cuts

Aug 11 Protesters stormed Babil council building demanding better services

 

Aug 12 Pres Masum said parliament should keep one VP since position is in the constitution Was

part of PM Abadi’s reforms but actually budget cuts

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Aug 13 Maliki’s State of Law said PM Abadi had to keep one vice president because

            position as in the constitution

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Aug 14 Ayatollah Sistani’s office said PM Abadi needed to reform judiciary

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Aug 14 Protests in Maysan Kirkuk Samawa Basra Karbala Najaf Nasiriya Hillah

Baghdad Diwaniya Kut Baquba Dujail demanding better services and fighting corruption

Aug 14 Journalists said that Baghdad Operations Command stormed their office and

            told them not to cover protests

Aug 14 VP Maliki gave interview saying reform protests were anti-religious

 

Aug 15 Chief Justice Medhat said that judiciary supported Abadi’s reforms but made no changes

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Aug 16 PM Abadi closed 4 ministries and merged 8 others into 4 by decree even though

            legally had to go through parliament Part of cost cutting moves

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Aug 17 Judicial Council rejected call for Chief Justice Medhat to resign

 

Aug 18 IS second in command Abu Muslim al-Turkmani killed was killed by a US

            drone strike in Mosul

 

Aug 20 Pres Barzani’s term expired but he refused to leave office

 

Aug 21 Protests in Baghdad Maysan Dhi Qar Wasit Diyala Basra Kirkuk Qadisiyah

Salahaddin Najaf Karbala Babil Diwainiya demanding reform

Aug 21 Police attacked reporters from 3 TV stations trying to cover day’s protests

 

Aug 22 Gunmen in military uniforms attacked sit in protesters in Basra Police did nothing

Aug 22 Riot police broke up protests in Hillah beating them and used water hoses

 

Aug 23 Police opened fire on demonstrations in Babil wounding 4

Aug 23 Reporters in Diwaniya said they were threatened by gunmen not to cover protests

 

Aug 24 Sadr said his followers should join Friday protests in Baghdad on Aug 28

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

Aug 24 Sit in protests in Basra ended when govt promised to meet their demands Were not met

 

Aug 26 Pres Masum implied that some of Abadi’s reforms were unconstitutional

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Aug 28 Protests in Salahaddin Basra, Najaf Karbala Babil Dhi Qar Wasit Diyala

            Maysan for reform

 

Aug 31 Protest in front of Judicial Council building in Baghdad demanding Chief Justice

            Medhat be dismissed

 

Sep 1 Hashd leader Muhandis and Badr head Amiri visited Chief Justice Medhat saying

            they fully supported him

 

Sep 2 Protesters surrounded Najaf provincial council building and tried to sack it

 

Sep 4 Allawi condemned Abadi saying his reforms were unconstitutional

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Sep 6 Judiciary said it would increase number of judges dealing with corruption as its reform effort

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Sep 9 Abadi removed 123 dep ministers and director generals to cut costs as part of his reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Sep 10 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit

            Maysan Basra Diyala demanding reform

 

Sep 11 Kataib Hezbollah said no Hashd or lovers of Islam should join protests Claimed

            they were being controlled by US

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

 

Sep 15 Cabinet voted on law to cancel Vice Presidents

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Sep 18 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit

            Maysan Basra Diyala over reforms

 

Sep 20 Human Rights Watch report on Hashd and Jabouri tribe destroying buildings in

Dour Albu Ajeel Alam Ali and part of Tikrit after Tikrit freed 400-600 buildings destroyed in Dour 75 in Albu Ajeel 45 in Alam 28 in Ali over 200 in Tikrit’s Qadisiyah

 

Oct 2 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit

            Maysan Basra Diyala demanding reform

 

Oct 6 Badr’s Amiri criticized Abadi’s reforms as full of mistakes and disorganized

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Oct 6 Teachers in Sulaymaniya and Halabja struck over unpaid wages

 

Oct 9 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Maysan

            Wasit Basra Diyala for reform

 

Oct 11 KDP security refused to allow KRG Speaker of parliament from Gorran to enter Irbil city and

attend parliament in dispute over Pres Barzani’s term

 

Oct 13 Abadi cabinet approved new pay scale for govt workers to cut costs pushed as reform move

Led to protests by civil workers

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Oct 13 KRG PM Barzani removed four Gorran ministers from KRG cabinet

 

Oct 14 Baiji refinery in Salahaddin finally freed from IS

 

Oct 15 Immediately after Baiji refinery liberated Hashd began looting facility and selling off

equipment to Iraqi and Iranian businesses

 

Oct 20 Baiji town finally cleared of IS

 

Oct 27 60 members of State of Law sent letter to Abadi demanding answers about his reforms

organized by Maliki

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Oct 28 Report Up to $500 bil ½ of Iraq’s revenue from 2006-14 went missing under PM Maliki Fmr

Def Min Shalan Fmr Trade Min Sudani Fmr Electricity Min Samarrie all charged with 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)

 

Oct 29 VP Maliki said PM Abadi removing Vice Presidents was illegal

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Oct 30 PM Abadi went to Dawa meeting to answer critics of his reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Oct 31 Albu Faraj north of Ramadi attacked by ISF after it was declared freed 3 times

 

Nov 2 Parliament voted to support Abadi’s reforms but had to approve his moves

Nov 2 Supreme Court ruled vice presidents could not be dismissed as office was in constitution

overturning Abadi’s move

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Nov 5 Maliki said people shouldn’t support Abadi’s reforms anymore

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Nov 6 Friday sermon Ayatollah Sistani rep said Abadi’s reforms should not be blocked

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Nov 7 Maliki said Abadi’s reforms were unconstitutional

Nov 7 PM Abadi went to Najaf to gain more support for reforms but Sistani would not meet with

him

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Nov 13 Peshmerga freed Sinjar town

 

Nov 17 VP Nujafi filed lawsuit to remain in office after Abadi dismissed vice presidents

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Nov 17 3 dozen protesters in Baghdad taken away by police Some beaten

 

Dec 21 Peshmerga and YPG captured Sinjar

 

Dec 27 IS head Baghdadi released message US afraid to fight IS and Islam destined to rule world

until judgment day

 

Dec 28 Iraqi forces freed Ramadi

 

2016

Jan 11 After suicide bombing at café Hashd killed Sunnis burned mosques shops and homes in

Muqtadiya for several days

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Diyala Province Explodes In Sectarian Violence After Islamic State Bombing)

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

 

Jan 28 PM Abadi met with Pres Masum and Speaker Jabouri to talk about technocratic govt and

reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Feb 8 PM Abadi called for technocratic and non-partisan cabinet

Feb 8 Ramadi finally freed from IS by Iraqi forces

 

Feb 9 PM Abadi called for technocratic and non-partisan cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Feb 9 Ramadi finally freed from IS by Iraqi forces

 

Feb 10 Abadi said he wanted technocrats to replace existing ministers

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Feb 13 Sadr said economic reforms needed and better govt Gave Abadi 45 day deadline and

supported his technocratic govt idea

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Feb 14 Hakim criticized Abadi’s call for ending quota system saying that PM got

            his job because of quotas

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Feb 16 Allawi said no reason to remove cabinet until Abadi presented a strategic plan

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Feb 20 PM Abadi said financial crisis meant reforms needed Called for end of quota system in govt

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

Feb 20 Sadr created committee to nominate technocrats for Abadi’s new cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Feb 23 Kurdish Alliance said they didn’t support Abadi’s reform program and wanted

            their quota of positions in his new cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

 

Feb 24 Sources said Iran told Abadi he needed to keep Shiite quotas in any new govt

Feb 24 PM Abadi issued Executive Order 91 creating Hashd Comm to legalize Hashd Made Hashd

independent force under military regulations Said couldn’t be affiliated with political parties

 

Feb 26 Sadrists joined Friday protests in Baghdad saying they would end support

            for Abadi if cabinet wasn’t reformed Said would storm Green Zone

Feb 26 Kurdish Alliance said they would not give up their ministries to go along with

            Abadi’s reforms

 

Feb 27 Sadr led demonstrations in Baghdad calling for ending corruption and reforming govt

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Feb 29 Sadrists and Supreme Council complained that PM Abadi not consulting with them over his

reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 4 Sadrists held second demonstrations in Baghdad calling for reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 6 Kurdish delegation met with Abadi demanding 20% of any new cabinet

 

Mar 7 Sadrists threatened no confidence vote against Abadi if he didn’t announce new govt in 45

days

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 11 Sadrists protested again in Baghdad demanding reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 12 PM Abadi called on political parties to present their technocratic candidates for

            new cabinet Only 3 parties did so

 

Mar 14 State of Law MPs probably pro-Maliki said Sadr’s protests in Baghdad could be infiltrated by

terrorists

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 18 Sadr started protests in Baghdad demanding cabinet reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 19 Ruling parties said they would not support Abadi’s new cabinet unless quotas

            maintained

Mar 19 PM Abadi Pres Masum Speaker Jabouri and political leaders agreed to form 3

            committees to deal with reforms and new cabinet

 

Mar 21 Sadr said quotas in govt should be ended

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 22 Sadr said he had come up with 90 nominations for Abadi’s new cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 24 Most ruling parties refused to send candidates for technocratic cabinet to Abadi

Mar 24 Supreme Council suspended its ministers in govt

Mar 24 Head of IS Military Council Anbari killed

 

Mar 27 Supreme Council complained that Abadi not consulted with them over his

            reforms

Mar 27 Sadr went into Green Zone to start his own sit in protests

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Mar 28 Abadi said wanted 9 member cabinet with Electricity and Defense ministers

            staying

 

Mar 29 Deadline set by Sadr for Abadi to announce new technocratic cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

Mar 29 State of Law said Abadi ready to present candidates for cabinet but

            ruling parties were not cooperating

 

Mar 30 Kurdish Alliance said they would not give up any of their ministers

Mar 30 Supreme Council MP complained that Abadi didn’t consult with others about

            his reforms

 

Mar 31 PM Abadi presented his list of technocratic ministers

Mar 31 Sadr called off his protests after Abadi announced cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Apr 1 PM Abadi’s nominee for Oil Minister in new technocratic cabinet withdrew

            name saying no consensus on changes

Apr 1 Maliki faction of State of Law said it would only support partial cabinet change

Apr 1 Kurdish Alliance said if Fin Min Zebari was replaced they would not vote

            on new cabinet

Apr 1 Higher Educ Min Shahristani and For Minister Jaafari refused to step down for

            Abadi’s cabinet changes

Apr 1 Solution List complained that Abadi’s new cabinet was way to exclude some

            parties from power

 

Apr 2 Kurdish Alliance said it would not vote on Abadi’s new cabinet unless it

            got its quota of ministers

 

Apr 4 Kurdish Alliance said it would not vote on any ministers it didn’t nominate

Apr 4 Allawi said if new govt was to be nonpartisan than Abadi had to resign too

            along with his cabinet

 

Apr 5 Supreme Council said Abadi’s technocratic cabinet was not serious move

Apr 5 Sadrists complained ruling parties not supporting reforms even though public

            had called for them via protests

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Apr 6 Abadi’s nominee for Finance and Planning Minister withdrew his name

Apr 6 Ruling parties said they would submit 3 candidates for new ministers to

            undermine Abadi’s candidates

Apr 6 Supreme Council criticized Abadi for trying to determine new cabinet by himself

 

Apr 7 One committee set up to handle cabinet reform said most ruling parties rejected

            changes

 

Apr 12 Sit in demonstration began in parliament over PM Abadi’s technocratic cabinet

 

Apr 13 Fist fight broke out in parliament over PM Abadi’s technocratic cabinet

 

Apr 14 Maliki Allawi and Sadr MPs voted to dismiss Speaker Jabouri but didn’t have

            votes Maliki and Allawi wanted to weaken Abadi

 

Apr 15 Protests in 7 provinces against ethnosectarian quota system in govt

 

Apr 17 Sadrists restarted protests in Baghdad demanding new cabinet to be voted on

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Apr 23 Fighting broke out again between Hashd, Turkmen vs Peshmerga Kurds in

            Tuz Kharmato

 

Apr 26 Sadrists protested while parliament voted in 5 new ministers as part of Abadi’s technocratic

cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

Apr 29 Protests in Baghdad Basra Najaf Qadisiya Maysan Karbala Dhi Qar Muthanna

against corruption and sectarian quotas in govt

 

Apr 30 Parliament refused to meet over Abadi’s technocratic govt Sadr called for

            popular revolution as his followers stormed Green Zone

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

May 3 Protests in Basra over lack of electricity

 

May 11 3 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 113 wounded 187 Deadliest day in years

            in Iraq

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

 

May 12 IS began final assault on Ramadi with 12 suicide car bombs

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

 

May 13 IS attacked ISF bases around Ramadi with 20 suicide car bombs

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

May 13 Protests in Wasit Muthanna Babil Basra Dhi Qar Baghdad calling for govt

            reform

 

May 17 PUK and Gorran signed power sharing-cooperation deal Gorran would get

Sulaymaniya governor PUK Sulaymaniya city mayor

 

May 19 ISF freed Rutba, Anbar from IS opening road from Baghdad to Jordan

 

May 20 Sadrists took over Green Zone for second time Led to clash with ISF 4 protesters killed

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

 

May 22 Abadi announced start of attack upon Fallujah

 

May 23 Final campaign to liberate Fallujah started Five weeks later city would be freed

 

May 26 Abadi called on reform protests to stop due to Fallujah operation

 

May 27 Sadrists protest in Baghdad Police fired tear gas to break them up Demos in Babil Karbala

Basra Dhi Qar Muthanna too

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

May 27 Kataib Hezbollah stopped large group of displaced fleeing Sjar Anbar abducted 643 men not

seen afterward

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

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

 

May 28 PM Abadi approved parliament’s dismissal of Ninewa Gov Nujafi

 

May 29 After he was dismissed by parliament Ninewa Gov Nujafi refused to leave office

 

May 30 Hashd and Federal Police stopped displaced fleeing Sjar Anbar Executed 12 men

 

Jun 3 Govt shut down social media in Baghdad to try to stop organizing protests

Jun 3 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Dhi Qar Qadisiyah Najaf Basra demanding

political reform

Jun 3 Reports Federal Police and Hashd executed displaced fleeing IS from Sjar, Anbar

Jun 3 Large number of displaced from Saqlawiya, Anbar stopped by Kataib Hezbollah 1,300 men

taken away and beaten and tortured 643 men detained by Kataib Hezbollah in Saqlawiya never seen again

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

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

 

Jun 4 Abadi said human rights committee would be formed to investigate abuses of

            Hashd in Fallujah op Nothing happened

 

Jun 5 Anbar govt set up investigating into Hashd abuses in Fallujah op

 

Jun 6 Ayatollah Sistani warned against attacks on innocents revenge attacks destruction

            of property in war against IS

Jun 6 605 men from Saqlawiya who were abducted by Kataib Hezbollah released to Anbar

            officials showing signs of torture and beatings

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

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

Jun 6 Member of Anbar council demanded Hashd be withdrawn from Fallujah op for

            abuses

 

Jun 7 Protests in Dhi Qar and Baghdad calling for reform

Jun 7 Abadi said people would be arrested for abusing displaced in Fallujah op

Jun 7 UN called on Baghdad to protect displaced from abuses by govt forces

 

Jun 9 Sadrists sacked and burned Dawa offices in Najaf ISF wounded 3 trying to break

            up protests

 

Jun 10 Sadrist mobs attacked Dawa SIIC Reform Movement Badr offices in Basra

            Maysan Wasit Dhi Qar Najaf Karbala Muthanna

 

Jun 11 Anbar governor investigation found Hashd killed 49 men from Saqlawiya and

            Sjar and 643 others detained not seen again Was Kataib Hezbollah

(Musings On Iraq Crimes And Misdemeanors Of Kataib Hezbollah During War Vs ISIS Interview With Free Lance Journalist Jonathan Lee Krohn)

 

Jun 12 Anbar Governor report Hashd killed 43 displaced in Fallujah op 600+ disappeared

            Beating torturing stealing from displaced

(Musings On Iraq Crimes And Misdemeanors Of Kataib Hezbollah During War Vs ISIS Interview With Free Lance Journalist Jonathan Lee Krohn)

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

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

 

Jun 17 PM Abadi prematurely announced liberation of Fallujah

 

Jun 26 Fallujah finally freed of insurgents 

 

Jul 3 Karrada Baghdad car bomb set off fire in mall killing 324 wounding 200

Jul 3 PM Abadi ordered withdrawal of fake bomb detectors at checkpoints in Baghdad

 

Aug 25 Iraqi forces freed Qayara Ninewa

 

Aug 29 KDP-PUK delegation went to Baghdad Talked about Kurdish independence and Battle of

Mosul Pres Barzani said status quo couldn’t continue and Kurds needed independence

 

Sep 23 Sunni tribal Hashd began destroyed 220 homes in Aithah Salahaddin belonging

            to IS sympathizers

 

Oct 11 Erdogan said Turkey didn’t need to ask for Iraqi permission to operate in its territory Told

PM Abadi he needed to stay in his place

 

Oct 17 Mosul campaign started with joint operations between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Ret. Col Witty on the Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Horizon Client Access’ Alex Mello on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Amnesty International’s Donatella Rovera on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with International Center for Study of Radicalization’s Charlie Winter on how IS media dealt with its defeat in Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with BBC’s Quentin Sommerville on the Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Niqash’s Mustafa Habib on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reuters’ Stephen Kalin on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with AFP’s Ahmad Mousa on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Florian Neuhof on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

 

Oct 20 PM Abadi announced govt would not allow human rights violations during Mosul

            campaign and investigative committee created to look into any

 

Oct 21 Iraqi forces freed Bartella Ninewa

 

Oct 28 KRG PM Barzani replaced 4 Gorran ministers with 4 KDP politicians in dispute over Pres

Barzani’s term

 

Oct 31 Iraqi forces attacked Gogjali eastern suburb of Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

 

Nov 1 Mosul entered by Iraqi forces for first time starting with eastern neighborhoods

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

 

Nov 6 Iraqi forces freed Hamama al-Alil Ninewa

 

Nov 8 Peshmerga freed Bashiqa Ninewa

 

Nov 13 Iraqi forces freed Nimrod Ninewa

 

Nov 26 Parliament made Hashd an independent military force under the commander and chief

 

Dec 28 Last bridge crossing Tigris in Mosul destroyed by Coalition airstrike to prevent

            IS retreating from eastern to western section of city

 

Dec 29 2nd phase of Battle of Mosul officially began attacking east side of city Attack actually began

Dec 24

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 74, Dec 29, 2016)

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

 

2017

Jan 24 East Mosul officially declared liberated by PM Abadi

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

 

Jan 26 All of east Mosul freed by Iraqi forces after PM Abadi declared it cleared already

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

 

Feb 6 Trump had first briefing on war vs IS Asked if US should’ve taken Iraq’s oil to pay for US

occupation

 

Feb 19 Attack on West Mosul began by Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

 

Mar 28 Kirkuk council voted to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings in

            province

 

Apr 4 Kirkuk council called for referendum to integrate province into KRG

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Apr 10 Around 100 MPs signed petition to have parliament dismiss Kirkuk Governor

            Karim over raising Kurdish flag over government buildings in province

 

Apr 26 Hashd took Hatra Ninewa

 

May 4 Iraqi forces attacked Mosul from northwest opening new front in city

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

 

May 11 3 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 113 wounded 187 Deadliest day in years

            in Iraq

 

May 23 Der Spiegel ran article documenting abuses by Rapid Reaction unit during Mosul

campaign Unit denied story released video of its victims denying that they had been abused and then attacked author of article Joint Operations Command also claimed author was making up story and if any torture had taken part he was partly responsible since he witnessed it

(Musings On Iraq on Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch called for investigation into Der Spiegel article)

(Musings On Iraq ABC News had follow up to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Toronto Star added more to story about abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq reactions to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Joint Operations Command attacked Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

May 23 Hashd freed Qairawan subdistrict of Sinjar Ninewa

 

May 24 Interior Min announced investigation into abuses by Iraqi forces during Mosul

            campaign in response to Der Spiegel article Nothing came of it

(Musings On Iraq on Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch called for investigation into Der Spiegel article)

(Musings On Iraq ABC News had follow up to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Toronto Star added more to story about abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq reactions to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Joint Operations Command attacked Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

 

May 27 Toronto Star printed story by Der Spiegel author providing more information on

            abuses by Rapid Reaction unit during Mosul battle

(Musings On Iraq on Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch called for investigation into Der Spiegel article)

(Musings On Iraq ABC News had follow up to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Toronto Star added more to story about abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq reactions to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Joint Operations Command attacked Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

May 27 Iranian Revolutionary Guard general killed advising Hashd around Baaj western

            Ninewa

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

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

 

May 28 Attack on final section of Mosul under IS control began

 

May 31 ABC News story offered more information on Rapid Reaction unit abuses first

            Reported in Der Spiegel during Mosul campaign

(Musings On Iraq on Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch called for investigation into Der Spiegel article)

(Musings On Iraq ABC News had follow up to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Toronto Star added more to story about abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq reactions to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Joint Operations Command attacked Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

 

Jun 4 Hashd freed Baaj west Ninewa Emptied it of civilians and started creating security zone

 

Jun 7 KRG announced independence referendum would take place 9/25/17

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Jun 17 Barzani held meeting and announced that referendum would happen 9/25/17

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Jun 21 IS blew up historic Nouri Mosque and Hadbaa minaret in west Mosul as Iraqi forces

            approached

(Musings on Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 249)

 

Jun 29 Nouri Mosque Mosul liberated by Iraqi forces where IS’s Baghdadi declared the

            caliphate in 2014

Jun 29 1st protest of summer over services led by Sadrists in Najaf Burned building Led to

            police shooting at crowd 4 dead 20 wounded

 

Jun 30 People in Hilla Babil blocked Baghdad-Babil highway protesting lack of

            drinking water

 

Jul 2 Protest in Karbala Demanded Electricity Min Fahadawi be dismissed for shortages

 

Jul 3 Protest in Baghdad and Najaf over lack of electricity Night march in Karbala

            demanding services

 

Jul 7 Protesters seized power plant in Babil due to electricity shortages

 

Jul 10 PM Abadi declared Mosul liberated after 9 month long campaign Heavy fighting

            continued in city

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Ret. Col Witty on the Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Horizon Client Access’ Alex Mello on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Amnesty International’s Donatella Rovera on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with International Center for Study of Radicalization’s Charlie Winter on how IS media dealt with its defeat in Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with BBC’s Quentin Sommerville on the Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Niqash’s Mustafa Habib on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reuters’ Stephen Kalin on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with AFP’s Ahmad Mousa on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Florian Neuhof on Battle of Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

 

Jul 12 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members arrested in Musayib Babil for kidnapping 28 Sunnis and killing 20

of them

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

 

Jul 18 PM Abadi acknowledged Iraqi forces had committed human rights violations during Mosul

battle but said they were individual acts and they would be punished Said any abuses committed was either due to ignorance of consequences or working with IS to make govt look bad

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

 

Jul 19 Salahaddin Gov Ahmad al-Jabouri arrested over corruption charges

 

Jul 21 3rd time Anbar council attempted to remove Governor Rawi on corruption charges

Each time taken to court and overturned After most of Anbar freed from IS Anbar council split into two factions pro and anti-Governor Rawi Completely undermined governance and rebuilding

Jul 21 Former Salahaddin Governor Ahmed al-Jabouri received 2 years in prison for

            corruption

 

Jul 22 Anbar council voted for 3rd time to dismiss Governor Rawi on corruption charges

 

Jul 24 Ammar Hakim announced he was leaving Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and

            Forming new Hikmah Party

 

Jul 26 Court issued arrest warrant for head of Salahaddin council Ahmed Abdul Gabbar

            for corruption

 

Jul 27 Ammar Hakim announced he was leaving Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and

            forming new Hikmah Party

Jul 27 Protesters in Babil cut Babil-Baghdad highway over lack of water due to drought

 

Jul 28 Protest in Baghdad Governor said demos legitimate and trying to improve services

            Also demo in Muthanna over electricity

 

Aug 3 Sadr called for mass demonstrations over passage of provincial council law

 

Aug 4 Thousands protested in Baghdad over corruption called for by Sadr

 

Aug 7 Parliament delayed September 2017 provincial elections until 2018 Voted to use

1.7% divisor to decide how many votes necessary to gain seat on provincial council

 

Aug 10 ISCI’s Basra Gov Majid al-Nasrawi resigned over corruption charges Parliament’s integrity

committee banned travel for former Basra Gov to stop him from fleeing country 

 

Aug 12 Former Basra Gov Nasrawi fled to Iran to escape corruption charges

 

Aug 17 PM Abadi’s office acknowledged that Emergency Response Division unit did

            commit abuses during Mosul campaign as originally reported in Der Spiegel

(Musings On Iraq on Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch called for investigation into Der Spiegel article)

(Musings On Iraq ABC News had follow up to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Toronto Star added more to story about abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq reactions to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Joint Operations Command attacked Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

Aug 17 Iraqi authorities announced members of Emergency Response Division were sent to court

            No specifics given

Aug 17 Iraqi court ruled that Kurdish flag be lowered from government buildings in

            Kirkuk

 

Aug 18 Kirkuk Governor Karim rejected court order to remove Kurdish flag from

            government buildings in province

 

Aug 20 Operation to free Tal Afar began

 

Aug 27 Tal Afar liberated by Iraqi forces

 

Aug 28 Court upheld dismissal of Anbar Gov Rawi on corruption after he escaped

            similar charges 2 other times by opponents within the Anbar council

 

Aug 29 Anbar council elected Halbusi new governor

Aug 29 Kirkuk council voted to be included in Kurdistan independence referendum to

            widespread condemnation from Arab and Turkmen politicians

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Sep 1 During Friday prayers in Najaf Asaib Ahl Al-Haq head Khazali said merging Kirkuk with

Kurdistan was dangerous and threatened to use force to stop it

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

 

Sep 2 Kurdish Asayesh accused of executing up to 375 IS suspects that just surrendered to

            them in Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch Reports Kurds Executed Hundreds Of IS Prisoners)

 

Sep 14 Parliament voted to dismiss Kirkuk Governor Karim over his support for KRG

            Independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

Sep 14 Kirkuk Governor Karim said he would not step down after parliament voted to

            remove him Said Iraqi law didn’t allow parliament to dismiss him

 

Sep 16 PM Abadi said that Iraqi forces that carried out abuses during Mosul battle had been held

            accountable Nothing actually happened

Sep 16 Akashat in central west Anbar along Syrian border freed in new campaign to free

            west Anbar

Sep 16 State of emergency declared in Kirkuk province ahead of KRG independence

            Referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Sep 16 MPs filed petition to dismiss Kirkuk council over KRG independence referendum

 

Sep 19 Rihana in the Ana district in northwest Anbar freed

 

Sep 20 Ana in west Anbar attacked by Iraqi forces

Sep 20 Integrity Commission announced two former Diyala governors were guilty of

manipulating contracts in absentia while Salahaddin Governor Jabouri was released under Amnesty Law stealing public funds

 

Sep 21 Ana in west Anbar freed while Shirqat in northern Salahaddin and Hawija in

            south Kirkuk attacked by Iraqi forces

 

Sep 22 Parliament dismissed Finance Minister Zebari on corruption charges led by

            Maliki and Reform Front

 

Sep 25 Kurds held independence referendum in three Kurdish provinces and disputed

            areas they occupied in 2014

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Sep 26 PM Abadi said that if KRG released information on where its oil revenue went

placed oil resources under Baghdad control KRG could get its portion of budget and share of grants and loans that Iraq received Warned that referendum was going to have negative consequences

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Sep 26 Turkey’s Foreign Minister said KDP’s representative to Ankara could not return

            to country after KRG independence referendum

 

Sep 27 Kurdish Election Commission announced 72% of registered voters took part in

            KRG independence referendum Around 2.9 mil voted yes, 224,000 voted no

(Musings On Iraq on KRG referendum)

(Musings On Iraq War of Words Continues Between Baghdad and Irbil After KRG Referendum)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Sep 27 Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority sent notices to airlines that international flights to

            Irbil and Sulaymaniya were suspended in retaliation for referendum

Sep 27 Parliament passed resolution saying that Abadi as commander in chief should

maintain unity of Iraq Called for Pres Barzani to be brought to court over referendum Said that central govt should control KRG border posts return Kirkuk fields and disputed territories to Baghdad’s control remove governor of Kirkuk asked countries to close consulates in KRG

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Ups Ante Attempting To Seize Control Of Kurds’ Oil Pipeline)

Sep 27 KRG said it was willing to allow observers from Baghdad at its airports

Sep 27 Kataib Hezbollah compared Pres Barzani to IS’s Baghdadi and said he would be

            dealt with same way as Islamic State was

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

Sep 27 Kirkuk Governor Karim rejected parliament’s call to deploy troops to disputed

            areas

 

Sep 28 Iraq Pres Masum said that KRG referendum was constitutional but separation of

            Kurdistan was not

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

(Musings On Iraq War of Words Continues Between Baghdad and Irbil After KRG Referendum)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Sep 28 Pres Barzani said that cooperation between Irbil and Baghdad was important but

            Iraqi govt acting recklessly and pushing Kurds away

Sep 28 Turkey said it was suspending training program with Peshmerga over

            independence referendum

 

Sep 29 Pres Barzani’s office threatened unilateral independence if talks with Baghdad

            Weren’t opened immediately

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Sep 29 Secretary of State Tillerson issued statement that US didn’t recognize the

            KRG referendum

Sep 29 International flights cancelled out of Irbil airport after travel ban imposed by

            Baghdad in retaliation for referendum

Sep 29 Iran threatened to ban fuel shipments to Kurdistan in retaliation for referendum

 

Sep 30 Iraqi military said it was going to take over Kurdish border posts by stationing

            troops on Turkish and Iranian side in retaliation for independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 1 Gorran blamed Pres. Barzani for crisis between Irbil and Baghdad saying he

            ignored warnings from international and regional powers about referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Oct 1 KRG announced Referendum Committee was becoming Kurdistan Region’s

            Supreme Political Council

Oct 1 UN offered to mediate between Baghdad and Irbil over referendum

 

Oct 2 PM Abadi said he would talk to KRG unless it cancelled referendum results

(Musings On Iraq Fighting Breaks Out Between Federal Forces And Peshmerga In Salahaddin And Kirkuk)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Oct 2 Abadi govt announced foreigners in Kurdistan could fly out of country via Baghdad

            even if didn’t have federal visa

Oct 2 Joint Iran-Iraq military drill started along KRG border in response to independence

            referendum

Oct 2 PUK’s Hero Ibrahim Ahmed said that Kurds were paying the price for the wrong

decision to hold independence referendum Claimed KRG leadership wasn’t being realistic about independence Said that new Kurdish leadership council reminded her of Baathist Revolutionary Command Council

Oct 2 Gorran called for new Kurdish leadership council to be disbanded Said that

            referendum had created another political crisis for KRG

 

Oct 3 Former Iraq President Talabani died

Oct 3 Central Bank of Iraq said it would halt all foreign currency transfer to KRG and stop

            selling dollars to four Kurdish banks for holding independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Oct 3 Parliament said it would not work with 4 telecommunications companies with

contracts in Kurdistan and threatened to take away immunity for Kurdish MPs that voted in the referendum Kurdish MPs were either blocked or boycotted the parliamentary session

Oct 3 Report Irbil and Baghdad in secret talks to try to defuse tensions after referendum

Oct 3 Turkey offered to mediate between Irbil and Baghdad to end crisis over referendum

Oct 3 Pres Masum’s office announced that Kirkuk Governor Karim would stay in office

            until his court challenge over his dismissal was heard

Oct 3 KRG Election Comm rejected Change candidate for president saying he missed deadline when      he didn’t

(Musings On Iraq In Face Of Referendum Fallout Kurdish Ruling Parties Decide To Hold Onto Power)

 

Oct 4 Iran’s President Rouhani said his country would not support the division of Iraq

            Said Kurds made wrong decision to hold independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

Oct 4 Turkey’s President Erdogan said that Kurdish referendum was illegal

Oct 4 Central Bank of Iraq said it would ease easing financial restrictions imposed on

            Kurdistan day before over independence referendum

 

Oct 5 Hawija and Riyad in Kirkuk freed from the Islamic State

(Musings On Iraq Center of Hawija Taken As Operations Reaches Final Phase)

(Musings On Iraq Town of Hawija Liberated From the Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Finish Hawija Now On To Western Anbar Again)

Oct 5 Turkey’s President Erdogan threatened to close border and air space to Kurdistan in

            retaliation for KRG independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Oct 7 Clash between Hashd and Peshmerga in Kharabaroot, Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 8 Clash between Hashd and Peshmerga in Allewa, Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 10 Hawija operation officially ended

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Finish Hawija Now On To Western Anbar Again)

 

Oct 11 Warrants issued for 3 members of Kurdish referendum organizing committee for breaking

court injunction against holding vote

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Oct 12 Iraqi joint forces crossed Kurdish lines in southern Kirkuk and told Peshmerga to vacate

their positions Disputed reports over whether Iraqi forces and Peshmerga shot at each other in southern Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq Escalation In Iraq Continues After KRG Referendum, The Kirkuk Challenge)

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back To 2014 Borders)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Oct 13 PUK Peshmerga withdrew from areas of Bashir and Taza in south Kirkuk ceding

territory to Iraqi forces PM Abadi gave Kurds 48 hours to vacate territory military bases oil fields occupied in 2014 by Peshmerga

(Musings On Iraq Escalation In Iraq Continues After KRG Referendum, The Kirkuk Challenge)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

Oct 13 Fighting broke out between Hashd and Peshmerga in Tuz Kharmato again

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back To 2014 Borders)

 

Oct 14 IRGC Gen Suelimani met with Talabani family Went over govt takeover of Kirkuk Warned

PUK to distance itself from KDP or suffer the consequences

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 15 Hashd burned PUK office in Tuz Kharmato after fighting stopped there

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 16 As Iraqi forces moved towards military base and oil fields in south Kirkuk fighting broke out

with Peshmerga PUK withdrew most of its forces leading the KDP to do the same and allowing the joint forces to take most of Kirkuk province including Bai Hassan, Avana and Baba Gargur oil and gas fields denying KRG of roughly half its revenues

(Musings On Iraq Kirkuk Aftermath)

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back to 2014 Borders)

(Musings On Iraq Seven Expert Opinions On The Kirkuk Crisis)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

Oct 16 PUK also withdrew its forces from Jawala Qara Tapa Mandali Daquq in northeast Diyala

after meeting with governor and army chief of staff

Oct 16 In wake of Kirkuk KDP called PUK traitors and PUK called KDP thieves

(Musings On Iraq In Face Of Referendum Fallout Kurdish Ruling Parties Decide To Hold Onto Power)

Oct 16 Fighting broke out between Peshmerga and Hashd in Tuz Kharmato Widespread looting and

burning of homes and businesses by Hashd

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back To 2014 Borders)

 

Oct 17 Kurds withdrew from Khanaqin in northeast Diyala along with Bashiqa, Makhmour, Gwar,

Rabia and part of Sinjar district in western Ninewa that they occupied in 2014 Was gun battle between Hashd and Police vs Peshmerga at Mosul Dam

(Musings On Iraq Kirkuk Aftermath)

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back to 2014 Borders)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

Oct 17 Peshmerga clashed with Hashd at Mosul Dam before handing over facility to govt forces

Oct 17 5 Turkish soldiers killed by IEDs laid by PKK 1st time in years Turkish soldiers killed by

PKK in Iraq Would start escalation of conflict By end of 2017 318 PKK fighters and 23 Turkish soldiers killed along with 23 Turks wounded in fighting

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Frederike Geerdink on escalating conflict between PKK and Turks in Iraq)

 

Oct 18 KRG Election Commission said it stopped preparations for presidential and parliamentary

elections because no candidates

(Musings On Iraq In Face Of Referendum Fallout Kurdish Ruling Parties Decide To Hold Onto Power)

Oct 18 UN warned Election Comm that choosing electronic voting system would undermine trust in

voting

 

Oct 20 Fighting broke out between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga in Altun Kupri Kirkuk as

            Kurds worried federal forces were going to march on Irbil

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back to 2014 Borders)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 23 ISF and Peshmerga clashed in Fishkhabur Dohuk Kurds feared Baghdad was attempting to

seize KRG pipeline to Turkey

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Ups Ante Attempting To Seize Control Of Kurds’ Oil Pipeline)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 24 2 clashes between ISF and Hashd vs Peshmerga in Fishkhabur Dohuk Kurds afraid Baghdad

was attempting to seize its pipeline to Turkey

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Ups Ante Attempting To Seize Control Of Kurds’ Oil Pipeline)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 25 KRG offered to freeze results of independence referendum in return for ceasefire and talks

Led to halt in fighting between federal and Kurdish forces PM Abadi demanded full cancellation of referendum

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Ups Ante Attempting To Seize Control Of Kurds’ Oil Pipeline)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Oct 26 Iraqi forces renewed west Anbar op This time aimed at liberating Qaim along Syrian border

Oct 26 More clashes between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga in Fishkhabur Dohuk and Altun Kupri

Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Ups Ante Attempting To Seize Control Of Kurds’ Oil Pipeline)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 27 Ceasefire announced between federal and Kurdish forces to allow for talks

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Ups Ante Attempting To Seize Control Of Kurds’ Oil Pipeline)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Oct 29 Pres Barzani said he would step down and defended independence referendum KDP

followers attacked press and opposition politicians and burned their offices Stormed KRG parliament building

(Musings On Iraq Barzani’s Followers Respond With Violence To News He Will Step Down)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

 

Nov 1 Pres. Barzani stepped down from office that he held since 2005

Nov 1 Iraq Joint Ops Command accused Kurds of walking out on talks over orders and borer crossings

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Nov 3 Qaim district in Anbar freed Left only small border region under IS control

 

Nov 6 Iraq Federal Court ruled no province could secede in lawsuit against Kurdish independence

referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

 

Nov 14 Iraq Federal Court rejected appeal by ex-Kirkuk Governor Karim to reverse his

            dismissal by Iraqi parliament

 

Nov 16 NYTimes report Coalition airstrikes led to far higher civilian casualties than

            authorities admitted to

 

Nov 17 Rawa in west Anbar liberated Was last town held by IS in Iraq

 

Nov 28 Mujahadeen Coalition announced for pro-Iran Hashd units to run in 2018 elections

 

Dec 9 PM Abadi announced victory over the Islamic State

 

Dec 10 PM Abadi held victory parade in Baghdad for defeating IS

 

Dec 17 Head of Al Abbas Combat Division Zaidi criticized Hashd that were going to run

            in 2018 elections for violating Sistani’s wishes

 

Dec 18 Protests broke out in Sulaymaniya Kalar Rania Taq Taq Chamchamal and five other towns

against the Kurdish establishment

(Musings On Iraq New Wave Of Kurdistna Protests Harken Back To 2011)

 

Dec 21 2 killed, 300 wounded in protests against the KRG

 

Dec 23 PKK said it was creating its own region in Qadil northern Kurdistan

 

Dec 28 KRG PM Barzani said that PM Abadi was punishing the Kurds and unwilling to compromise

while Maliki was offering reconciliation Came after Maliki gave interview to Rudaw saying that Baghdad-Irbil relations needed to be improved

(Musings On Iraq Maliki-KDP Reconciliation In Iraq)

 

2018

Jan 11 Alliances for 2018 parliamentary elections announced Nishtiman 3 Kurdish opposition parties

Abadi Nasr list with ISCI Speaker Jabouri VP Allawi Mutlaq lead one major Sunni alliance VP Nujafi Jamal Karbuli Khamis Khanjar lead the other 20 pro-Iran Hashd led by Badr’s Amiri formed Fatah Hakim’s Hikmat and Sadr along with Communists running separately

(Musings On Iraq Alliances Announced For Iraq’s 2018 Elecctions)

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

 

Jan 13 Dawa announced members could run separate in elections PM Abadi formed Nasr

            VP Maliki would run with State of Law

(Musings On Iraq It’s Official PM Abadi and VP Maliki Will Run Separately In 2018 Elections)

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

 

Jan 15 2 suicide bombers central Baghdad left 143 casualties Last major mass casualty

            bombing in Baghdad was Feb 2017 car bomb that left 125 casualties

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq, Jan 15-21, 2018)

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

 

Jan 21 Federal Court ruled election date could not be changed Would happen 5/12/18

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections Set For May 12, 2018)

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

 

Jan 28 Report General Dynamics pulled out most of its maintenance crews for Iraqi army’s

            Abrams tanks because some were in Hashd hands

(Musings On Iraq Pentagon Finally Realized Tanks It Sold To Iraq Ended Up With Pro-Iran Hashd Groups)

 

Jan 29 Parliament voted to end sanctions on banks doing business in Kurdistan and sent $210 mil

            in salaries for KRG’s Health and Education Ministry workers

(Musings On Iraq Baby Steps Towards Reconciliatoin Between Iraq’s Central And Regional Govts)

 

Feb 2 Pentagon Inspector General reported 9 Abrams tanks sold to Iraqi army ended up

            with Pro-Iran Hashd groups Some captured from IS others not

(Musings On Iraq Pentagon Finally Realized Tanks It Sold To Iraq Ended Up With Pro-Iran Hashd Groups)

 

Feb 14 Kuwait conference raised $30 bil in loans investment credits mostly for developing

            Iraq’s economy as well as reconstruction

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Gains $30 Bil In Loans Investments Credits From Kuwait Conference)

 

Feb 20 Report some of the 9 Abrams tanks pro-Iran Hashd units got came from the Iraqi

            army rest were captured from IS

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Supplied Pro-Iran Hashd With US Abrams Tanks)

 

Feb 23 Pro-Iran Hashd criticized US Said it had no right to demand that Abrams tanks

            Hashd had should be turned back over to Iraqi army

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Supplied Pro-Iran Hashd With US Abrams Tanks)

 

Mar 2 2nd report that General Dynamics withdrew most of its maintenance crews for Iraqi

            army’s Abrams because Hashd had some of the tanks

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Supplied Pro-Iran Hashd With US Abrams Tanks)

 

Mar 3 Parliament voted on provincial election law including Kirkuk for first time since

            2005

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Provincial Elections Set For Dec 2018, Includes Kirkuk)

Mar 3 2018 budget passed for $88 bil with $10.6 bil deficit Kurds boycotted session

            because KRG didn’t have usual 17% allotment

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s 2018 Budget Passed Angers Kurds And Hashd Questions IMF)

 

Mar 5 Parliament voted to review Iraq National Oil Company

 

Mar 8 PM Abadi issued Executive Order 85 Said Hashd would have same pay scale as army and

receive pensions

Mar 8 Report 2018 budget only had $344 mil for reconstruction out of $20 bil capital

budget IMF and Iraq planned on roughly $10 bil per year for rebuilding over 5 years

Mar 8 Hundreds protested in Baghdad over sewage and lack of electricity Demanded

Abadi form a committee to deal with issues

 

Mar 9 Report IMF’s Stand By Agreement on hold with Iraq over 2018 budget cutting

            spending for KRG reducing non-oil govt revenue

 

Mar 10 Abadi’s office denied that IMF had any problems with Iraq’s 2018 budget

 

Mar 11 Security operation in part of Hawija district began in response to increased insurgent attacks

            in area

Mar 11 2 Pro-Abadi MPs said that parliament added too much govt spending to 2018 budget which

World Bank objected to and admitted IMF had problems with budget as well

 

Mar 12 Municipal workers protested in Zubayr Basra over not getting paid for 2 months

            Threw stones at govt offices

 

Mar 13 Pres Masum sent 2018 budget back to parliament saying parts violated constitution

            Had no power to veto law

Mar 13 Kirkuk city municipal workers protested over not getting paid for several months

 

Mar 14 Sulaymaniya teachers promised to continue their strike over not being paid since

            November 2017 due to KRG austerity measures

 

Mar 16 Turkey launched operation against PKK moving 15km into Irbil province

Mar 16 Hundreds protested in Baghdad over lack of services Blocked a main road

 

Mar 18 PM Abadi ended flight ban into KRG airports and agreed to pay all Kurdish public

            employees and Peshmerga

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Begins Lifting Sanctions On Kurdistan)

 

Mar 23 PKK said it would withdraw from Sinjar after Turkey threatened military operation

            there

 

Mar 25 Public workers protested in Sulaymaniya Dohuk Irbil over being paid only half of

            wages Baghdad paid half and KRG didn’t pay its half

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Paid Half Of KRG’s Salaries, Kurdistan Didn’t Contribute Leading To

Protests)

Mar 25 Turkey made false claim it was launching military operation in Sinjar to force PKK

            to leave which it agreed to do

(Musings On Iraq Turkey Bluffs Its Way Into Getting PKK To Withdraw From Iraq’s Sinjar)

 

Apr 4 Pres Masum filed lawsuit over 2018 budget saying it violated the constitution

 

Apr 7 People started two days of sit in protests in central Basra over lack of

            services corruption and jobs

 

Apr 26 Iraq held auctions for 11 oil and gas fields half of which got winning bids

 

May 9 Board of Supreme Audit warned Iraq Election Comm that Korean voting machines

            had problems and Commission had not responded to its concerns earlier

 

May 12 Iraq held fifth election for parliament 44% voter turnout lowest since elections started in

2005 Sadr-Communist Sairoon list won

(Musings On Iraq May 2018 Elections Triumph For Iraqi Democracy Failure Iraq’s Parties)

(Musings On Iraq Seat Allocation Announced For Iraq’s New Parliament)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Election Results All 18 Provinces)

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Edinburgh Univ PhD student Benedict Robin on Sadr-Communist alliance and May election)

May 12 PUK attacked Gorran HQ in Sulaymaniya Widespread accusations of voting fraud in

            Sulaymaniya and Kirkuk provinces

(Musings On Iraq Growing Crisis Over Elections In Kirkuk and Kurdistan)

May 12 Iran’s Quds Force head Gen Suleimani arrived in Baghdad for elections Reportedly

            started talks afterward to form anti-Sadr coalition

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

 

May 14 PM Abadi ordered manual recount in Kirkuk balloting after widespread charges of

            cheating

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

 

May 15 Large demonstration by Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk city claiming voter fraud

May 15 6 Kurdish opposition parties claimed cheating in Irbil election

(Musings On Iraq Growing Crisis Over Elections In Kirkuk and Kurdistan)

 

May 24 Protests in Karbala and Dhi Qar over electricity shortages

 

May 25 Protesters in Basra blocked main road with burning tires over lack of services

 

Jun 1 Protest in Kut Wasit over lack of electricity

 

Jun 5 Cabinet committee reported serious election fraud in May election PM Abadi

            banned Election Comm from traveling

 

Jun 6 Parliament voted to replace Election Comm with 9 judges conduct manual recount

            cancel displaced voting in Anbar Diyala Salahaddin Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Election Commission Dismissed Recount Ordered As Parties Continue To Undermine Democratic Process)

 

Jun 20 Up to 300 protested in Basra demanding jobs from oil companies and Industry

            Ministry Was broken up by police

 

Jun 21 Supreme Court ruled that manual recount and replacing Election Comm with judges was constitutional Cancelling displaced and foreign voting was not

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Court Rules For Ballot Recount While Talks Continue To Form New Govt)

 

Jun 24 Protest in Diyala over electricity cuts Province had not received 35% of its power

 

Jul 1 Protests in Waraka and Rumaitha Muthanna over water services and privatization

of electricity Protest at West Qurna 2 oil field demanding more pay Hundreds protested outside provincial council building for jobs threaten to close down foreign companies Protest in Amara Maysan cutting off roads over power 

 

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

 

Jul 5 Hundreds protested at Basra provincial council building demanding jobs

(Musings On Iraq Summer Protests In Iraq Turn Deadly In Basra)

 

Jul 6 Protests in Madina over services Abu Khasib cutting road over electricity Basra

City cut roads over unfinished projects Shatt al-Arab over salinity Dhi Qar for recount in election

(Musings On Iraq Summer Protests In Iraq Turn Deadly In Basra)

 

Jul 7 Protest in Imam Sadiq Basra blocked main road over electricity shortages

(Musings On Iraq Summer Protests In Iraq Turn Deadly In Basra)

 

Jul 8 2 killed 2 wounded by police firing into protesters demanding jobs, electricity and

water in Imam Sadiq in Basra Security forces claimed armed men fired on them first to excuse them shooting at crowd Were also protests in Basra City Maysan Dhi Qar Muthanna and Wasit over electricity jobs services

(Musings On Iraq Summer Protests In Iraq Turn Deadly In Basra)

 

Jul 9 Protests in 3 parts of Basra and Muthanna demanding better services and jobs from

            oil companies Blocked entrances to West Qurna 1 and Rumaila oil fields

 

Jul 10 Protest in Dhi Qar over jobs water and electricity Protests in Basra blocked roads

to Rumaila and West Qurna oil fields and Lukoil offices demanding jobs and justice for protester killed Jul 8

 

Jul 11 4th day of protests in different parts of Basra Blocked road to Rumaila and West

Qurna oil fields South Oil Company office occupied 1 killed by police shooting into crowd Protest in Dhi Qar for electricity and solidarity march in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq Greatly Escalate And Spread Throughout South)

 

Jul 12 South Oil Company offices stormed and road to airport blocked in Basra City 1

killed by police Protest at Rumaila and West Qurna oil fields and 2 other parts of Basra Marches in Baghdad and Wasit

Jul 12 Oil Min Luaibi said govt had come up with response to protests promising 10,000

            jobs in oil sector and investment in water electricity and health care

(Musings On Iraq Protests Continue Acorss Southern Iraq And Spread To Baghdad)

 

Jul 13 PM Abadi went to Basra City over protests They refused to meet with his delegation saying it

            was useless Took over courtyard of hotel Abadi staying at

Jul 13 Protests in 7 provinces Basra and Maysan council building and party offices

occupied some burned 1 person killed Um Qasr port shut down Najaf council building and airport occupied 1 party office burned Marches in Babil Muthanna Qadisiya Dhi Qar Karbala

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq Greatly Escalate And Spread Throughout South)

 

Jul 14 Govt shut down Internet to try to stop protest organizers and news of demonstrations from

being spread PM Abadi warned of “infiltrators” amongst activists while releasing funds for development projects demanded by protests

Jul 14 Protests in 9 provinces Babil stormed Dawa and Fadhila offices 2 marches in Baghdad Badr

HQ in Basra city burned Protests at Rumaila Majnoon West Qurna oil fields and Um Qasr port Asaib Ahl Al-Haq office in Najaf burned Marches in Dhi Qar Maysan Najaf Qadisiya Wasit

(Musings On Iraq Protests Continue Across Southern Iraq And Spread To Baghdad)

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

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

 

Jul 15 Protests in 9 provinces Sairoon offices in Babil attacked Hikma and Badr offices

in Nasiriya burned Police shot at crowds outside Dhi Qar provincial council building Attempt to burn council building in Maysan Led to police to kill 3 Mayor’s house in Maysan burned Fadhila Hikma Badr Dawa offices set on fire in Samawah Muthanna and council building sacked 3 more killed March in Baghdad broken up by security forces Basra provincial council building taken over with police killing 4 Protesters rushed gates at Zubayr oil field leading to 5 being shot and wounded Protest at Um Qasr port Basra Marches in Najaf and Qadisiya broke up by security forces

Jul 15 Karbala council threatened to take its power station off the national grid unless

            protest demands met

Jul 15 Abadi again talked about potential threat of protests Claimed small groups taking

            advantage of them to destroy property and attack govt offices

(Musings On Iraq Protests Grow Deadlier In Iraq)

 

Jul 16 Protests in Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar Karbala Muthanna Najaf 1 Killed in

Baghdad’s Shula by police gunfire Badr office stormed in Najaf 1 protester shot on Jul 15 died of wounds

Jul 16 Govt ordered arrest of activists and general protesters in Baghdad Basra Maysan

            Muthanna as crackdown started on demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Government Starts Crackdown On Protests)

 

Jul 17 Protests in Baghdad Najaf 2 in Basra 2 in Dhi Qar Most broken up by police

Jul 17 Govt launched media campaign to discredit protests claiming they were full of

            infiltrators Baathists criminals outsiders and terrorists

Jul 17 Report ISF arrested more than 50 reporters covering protests and assaulted some

(Musings On Iraq Government Crackdown Shuts Down Many Protests In Iraq)

 

Jul 18 Protests in Babil Baghdad Basra Activists were taking to Basra govt about

demands Govt arresting and looking for organizers in Baghdad Qadisiya Dhi Qar Najaf while media campaign to discredit them continued

(Musings On Iraq Demonstrations Dwindling Amidst Govt Crackdown In Iraq)

 

Jul 19 Protests in Baghdad Basra Maysan Activists were planning national protests for

Jul 20 Govt offering jobs and investment and promising to meet protesters’ demands

Jul 19 Heavy police and army presence set up around Basra oil fields to block protests

            there

Jul 19 Iraqi Human Rights Commission condemned use of excessive force by Iraqi

forces against demonstrators including shootings beatings arbitrary arrests Amnesty Intl talked to 2 protesters arrested and tortured by ISF who wanted to know who organizers were

(Musings On Iraq Abadi Govt’s Carrot And Stick Approach Working With Iraq’s Protests Movement)

 

Jul 20 Protests in Babil Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar Karbala Maysan Muthanna Najaf

Qadisiya Wasit for services and jobs 2 killed 1 in Najaf 1 in Qadisiya by police and Badr guard Almost all broken up by police

(Musings On Iraq 2 Killed As Protests Hit 10 Provinces In Iraq)

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

 

Jul 21 Protests in Baghdad Basra Najaf Qadisiya Most broken up by ISF Human Rights

Commission in Basra criticized govt for shutting down Internet to impede protests Qadisiya sheikhs rejected calls to end protests Activists in Baghdad claimed they were tortured after being arrested Protester in Basra died of wounds

Jul 21 Report Qadisiyah intelligence going after demonstrators and monitoring them on

            social media ISF claimed protests plotting to overthrow the govt

Jul 21 Dawa member said protesters were trying to overthrow the govt by targeting

            airports businesses and ports

 

Jul 22 Protests in Baghdad Basra Qadisiya and Wasit for jobs water electricity Dhi Qar

            and Muthanna demonstrators called for governor to step down

Jul 22 Communications Minister said govt had blocked certain websites because they

            were being abused by demonstrators

Jul 22 PM Abadi said he needed more time to meet demands of protesters so soon after

            war with Islamic State ended

Jul 22 Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said Iraqi forces were making arrested

            protesters sign pledges not to demonstrate again in order to be released from jail

 

Jul 23 Protesters blocked highway in Dhi Qar and march in Qadisiya broken up by ISF

            before it started

Jul 23 Basra councilmen asked province to become autonomous region in response to

            demonstrations

 

Jul 25 Protest in Dhi Qar Called for removal of governor

Jul 25 Report Iraq Election Comm warned that using electronic voting machine could

undermine trust in vote Told machines had major problems South Korean company would not properly audit vote

 

Jul 26 Protest at West Qurna 2 field in Basra Tried to set up sit-in camp Broken up by

            ISF Another protest at Zubayr oil field went off peacefully

 

Jul 27 Protests in Basra Babil Dhi Qar Karbala Baghdad Najaf Maysan Muthanna

            Qadisiya for jobs services

(Musings On Iraq Activists Focusing Upon Fridays For National Protests In Iraq)

 

Jul 28 Protests in Baghdad outside West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra

 

Jul 29 PM Abadi dismissed Electricity Minister Fahadawi until investigation into poor

            services finished Was in response to protests

Jul 29 Protests in West Qurna 1 and Burjisiya oil fields in Basra Basra City Samawa

            Baghdad Nasiriya

Jul 29 Member of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations said

14,000 civilians were wounded during Battle of Mosul 32% were children 4,000 still needed care

 

Jul 30 Protest in Samawa and 2nd day of sit ins outside of West Qurna 1 and Burjisiya

            oil fields in Basra

 

Jul 31 Human Rights Watch report No due process in Iraqi legal system Judges ignore torture

allegations in cases even after ask for report and told signs of torture present Torture banned in constitution

Jul 31 PM Abadi said he would meet demands of protesters Said govt would publish

            names of officials sent to Integrity Comm for corruption

Jul 31 Sit-in protest in Muthanna and Burjisiya oil field in Basra for 3rd day Sit in protests outside

West Qurna 1 oil field and Basra council building broken up by ISF Protests in Baghdad Dhi Qar Qadisiyah

Jul 31 Iraq Human Rights Commission said protesters beaten and tortured after arrest and

            reporters attacked for covering demonstrations 1 shot

 

Aug 1 Protests in Dhi Qar Basra Muthanna Najaf 4th day of sit in protest in Muthanna

 

Aug 2 Protesters blocked road to West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra Gave govt 48 hours to answer

            their demands

 

Aug 3 Protests in Baghdad 2 in Basra Najaf Karbala Qadisiya Muthanna Babil Dhi Qar Maysan

            demanding better services

 

Aug 4 8th day sit-in protest West Qurna 1 oil field 7th day sit-in in Muthanna Protest ended

            in Husseiniya Baghdad Demonstrations in Dhi Qar Qadisiya 2 others in Basra

 

Aug 5 Report parliamentarian said Iraqi National Intel Service proved voting machines

            were not secure

Aug 5 Continued sit ins by West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra and Muthanna Protests in

Basra City West Qurna 2 and Barjisiya fields Safwan border crossing South Gas Company all in Basra 2 in Qadisya Babil

 

Aug 6 9th day of sit in protest in Muthanna also demos at Safwan border crossing and

            West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra Baghdad

 

Aug 7 Sit ins continued at West Qurna 1 and 2 oil fields Basra and Dhi Qar and Muthanna Also

            marches in Qadisiya Shatt al-Arab and Zubayr in Basra 

 

Aug 8 Sit in continued in Muthanna Sit-in outside West Qurna 1 ended after meeting with local

            officials who promised demands would be met March in north Muthanna

 

Aug 9 Sit in continued in Muthanna and West Qurna 2 field in Basra

 

Aug 10 Results of manual recount of May election results announced Fatah alliance picked

up 1 seat in Baghdad only change Arab Alliance and Turkmen Front complained about results still claiming fraud in Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq No Major Changes In Results After Election Recount In Iraq)

Aug 10 Protests in Baghdad 2 in Basra Dhi Qar Najaf Qadisiay Karbala Babil for better

            services

 

Aug 11 Women’s protest in support of demands of demonstrators for jobs and services in Basra

 

Aug 12 Protesters blocked Safwan border crossing to Kuwait in Basra

 

Aug 13 Medical and dental graduates protested in Sulaymaniya over lack of jobs

Aug 13 Iraqi human rights group condemned govt treatment of protesters

 

Aug 14 Protesters tried to storm West Qurna 2 oil field in Basra ISF used gunfire to disperse people

            College grads burned degrees in Irbil over lack of jobs

 

Aug 15 Protester killed by police beating outside West Qurna 2 oil field Basra Led to more

            demonstrations in province

 

Aug 16 March to Basra council building over death of protester day before

 

Aug 17 Protests in Karbala Najaf Qadisiya Basra Baghdad for jobs services against corruption

 

Aug 19 Protest in Qadisiya over services

 

Aug 20 Protests in Muthanna and West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra over services and jobs

 

Aug 29 Protests in Dhi Qar and Baghdad for jobs and reform and one in Basra demanding

            ISF member that killed a demonstrator be arrested

 

Aug 30 Protest northern Basra over water crisis

 

Aug 31 Protesters sacked Basra provincial council building ISF fired into crowd wounding 8

Demonstrations in northern Basra as well Another protest in Baghdad over US interference in govt formation process

Aug 31 Report Iran sending ballistic missiles to allies in Hashd deter US Israel Saudi Arabia

(Musings On Iraq News Of Iran Moving Missiles Into Iraq Continue)

 

Sep 1 Sit-in protest started in central Basra city along with 3 more in other parts of province

            over water crisis Journalists arrested and attacked

 

Sep 2 Protest in Basra City Hawir Nahr Bin Omar oil field Saibah gas field Shatt al-Arab

and Garmat Ali over water crisis in Basra Protesters handed over demands for reforms and services in Muthanna and Health workers protested not being paid in Dhi Qar and Qadisiyah

 

Sep 3 3 Protests in northern and central Basra over services 1 killed by ISF

 

Sep 4 Protest in Zubayr and Basra City over water crisis In Basra city 7 killed dozens

wounded when security forces fired into crowd to break up demonstration Provincial council building burned Basra Ops Cmdr building attacked

 

Sep 5 Protests in northern southern Basra and Basra city More govt buildings set on fire 1

            demonstrator killed by ISF Solidarity protests in Dhi Qar and Baghdad

 

Sep 6 Sadr’s Sairoon and Amiri’s Fatah came to agreement to form largest bloc

Sep 6 Protests in Qadisiya and Muthanna Riots in Basra city govt building municipalities

building governor’s home Badr Fadhila Hikma Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Dawa Khorasani Brigades Imam Ali Brigades offices all burned Um Qasr port shut down Protest at West Qurna 2 and Majnoon fields Zubayr 1 protester killed by Kataib Hezbollah guard 3 others died from fires

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Khorasani Brigade Another Iraq Militia That Returned Home From Syria To Fight The Insurgency)

 

Sep 7 PM Abadi said that funds for Basra would not follow procedures and would be under

            direct control of governor

Sep 7 Ayatollah Sistani’s representative in Friday prayers condemned violence of protesters

and ISF in Basra saying it only led to more problems Said incompetent officials led to water crisis in Basra

Sep 7 In Basra Iranian consulate and Dawa office burned Interity Commission offices stormed Asaib

Ahl Al-Haq guards fired on protesters outside offices killing 3 Cars driven by soldiers hit protesters killing 1 Three other protesters died Hospital for Hashd sacked US consulate besieged Um Qasr port closed again Stormed water injection plan in West Qurna 1 field Cut road to Maysan Basra protest committee and Bar association said it would not join Sep 8 protests due to looting and burning buildings Lukoil office in West Qurna 2 temporarily occupied Solidarity protests in Najaf Maysan Qadisiya Baghdad Dhi Qar

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

Sep 7 Interior Min sent large police force to Basra city to suppress protests

 

Sep 8 Sadr and Fatah called for Abadi to resign due to Basra protests

Sep 8 Protests at West Qurna 2 field Shorash fmr MPs house burned in Zubayr in Basra

Some pro-Iranian Hashd groups threatened to send forces to put down protests in Basra Interior Ministry sent large forces to province to restore law and order in province

Sep 8 Pro-Iran Hashd fired missiles at Basra airport in retaliation for Iranian consulate

            burning in Basra

 

Sep 9 Ammar Hakim’s Hikma said it was against 2nd term for PM Abadi

Sep 9 Hashd Dep Cmdr Muhandis accused US consulate in Basra being behind protests and

            threatened retaliation after several Hashd group offices burned in province

Sep 9 Protests in Muthanna and Dhi Qar over services

 

Sep 10 Ayatollah Sistani statement said new premier should not come from anyone that had been in

power before

Sep 10 Protest in Basra city restarted after few days break Activists said they had been

kidnapped received threats from Hashd groups and information campaign to discredit them

 

Sep 11 Protest in Basra city demanding dismissal of Basra Operations Commander and PM

            Abadi to resign

 

Sep 12 Protest in Basra city for services and demanding Basra Operations Commander step

            down

Sep 12 Sairoon official said Dawa would no longer control premiership when new govt

            formed

 

Sep 13 PM Abadi made concession speech saying he would not hold onto power

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Abadi Acknowledges Defeat For 2nd Term)

 

Sep 14 Some Hashd units said they were forming special forces to deal with saboteurs that

            were using the Basra demonstrations to carry out violence

Sep 14 Protest in Baghdad and Basra calling for political reform and services

 

Sep 15 Parliament elected Mohammed al-Halbusi former Anbar governor Speaker His al-Hal

party was accused of cheating in May elections and were reports he used bribes to attain the position

(Musings On Iraq Speaker Of Iraq’s Parliament Selected Amongst Controversy)

Sep 15 Pro-Iran Hashd held demonstration in Basra City

 

Sep 16 Protests at West Qurna 1 oil field South Gas Company for jobs and services and

            protest for Basra governor in Basra city

Sep 16 Basra activist claimed Hashd working with ISF to detain protesters without

            warrants

Sep 16 Muthanna Human Rights Office said that ISF issued warrants for activists

 

Sep 17 Activist in Basra said that ISF were carrying out arbitrary arrests of demonstrators

            without warrants

 

Sep 18 Kataib Hezbollah threatened to overthrow next govt if it didn’t respect the sacrifices

            of the Hashd

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

 

Sep 30 KRG held parliamentary elections Had low voter turnout 58.4%

(Musings On Iraq New KRG Elections Unlikely To Change Politics In Iraq’s Kurdistan)

 

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