PM Jaafari Govt (2005-06)

This timeline covers the first post-03 democratically elected government in Iraq led by PM Jaafari

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama

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

 

2005

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

            as new PM Ended interim govt under PM Allawi

 

Apr 8 Parliament confirmed Talabani as president of Iraq

 

Apr 10 Report Iraqi officials couldn’t manage scores of water sewage electrical plants rebuild by US

and turned over to Baghdad

 

Apr 11 Tens of thousands of Sadrists marched in Baghdad against US occupation

 

Apr 12 Ayatollah Sistani said Sunnis were not the enemy

 

Apr 19 Report US intel discussed what torture techniques they could use on Iraqi

            prisoners in Aug 03 including electrocution

 

Apr 23 UN Secretary General Annan blamed US and UK for Iraq smuggling under Oil

For Food program in 1990s rather than UN saying two powers didn’t stop Baghdad

 

Apr 25 Iraq Survey Group responsible for investigating Iraq’s WMD found that Gulf

War and Un sanctions destroyed Iraq’s WMD programs and Saddam didn't try to rebuild them Found no evidence that Iraq’s WMD were sent to Syria

Apr 25 White House spokesman said Iraq Survey Group showed that Saddam wanted

            WMD in the future

 

Apr 28 PM Jaafari’s cabinet approved by parliament Included 32 ministers 5 ministers

and 1 deputy PM were either vacant or temporary pending deal with Sunnis Included Defense Oil Electricity and Human Rights Ministers not being named

Apr 28 US pressured PM Jaafari to name partial cabinet because filing ministers was

            taking too long

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

new Iraqi govt

Apr 28 SCIRI head Abdul Aziz al-Hakim gave speech threatening to purge the security

            forces of former regime members

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

Apr 28 MP Mishan al-Jabouri accused Shiites of dividing Iraq and marginalizing Sunnis

Apr 28 Trade Bank of Iraq run by Chalabi’s nephew Urzi announced deal with Card Tech that he

used to work for and founded and partially owned by Chalabi Would set up Visa cards and ATMS

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

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

 

Apr 29 Gen Vines issued order for US troops to stop and report any cases of abuse by

            Iraqi forces

 

Apr 30 mass grave with up to 1,500 Kurds killed by Saddam during Anfal campaign

            found outside Samawa

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

 

May 1 Memo leaked that Blair was looking for justification for war in Jul 2002 which

            he denied it at the time

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

 

May 3 PM Jaafari’s cabinet sworn in 2 deputy prime ministers and 7 important ministries

were vacant due to political disputes including Oil and Defense Shiite parties rejected Sunni candidates at last minute

 

May 4 Sadrist cleric in Basra talked about imposing Islamic Law on city including

bombing liquor stores imposed Islamic dress attacked mixed picknickers Said movement didn’t want to be like Iran because most Iranians were corrupt

May 4 Doctors in Basra said Mahdi Army had tried to stop male doctors from serving

            female patients Posted pictures of Sadr in hospitals

 

May 7 Jaafari filled 5 empty ministry spots and 1 Dep PM but Human Rights Minister

            turned down job saying appointed only because he was a Sunni

 

May 8 Battle of Qaim

 

May 10 Parliament created 55 member constitution drafting committee but with no

            Sunni members

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

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

 

May 11 Congress approved $5.3 bil to rebuild Iraqi security forces

 

May 15 Secretary of State Rice told Pres Barzani and PM Jaafari they had to include Sunnis in new

            govt

May 15 Salah al-Mutlaq said couldn’t unite Iraq without including the Baathists

 

May 16 US issued order unless US forces directly involved in abuse of Iraqis

should report incident and do nothing else

 

May 17 Association of Muslim Scholars accused police of being involved in massacres of

            Sunni civilians

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

May 17 Report Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr tribes in Qaim, Anbar formed Hamza Forces to

fight Al Qaeda in Iraq Went to Marines in Fallujah asking for help 2 tribes criticized US Op Matador in western Anbar for targeting them when they were fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

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

 

May 18 Several Iraqi generals said it would take years for US to withdraw from Iraq

            because rebuilding Iraqi security forces taking a long time

May 18 Report Only 3 of 81 Iraqi army battalions capable of acting independently

            Only 1 of 26 army brigades able to work independently

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

May 19 Report that US attempt to push ISF into lead in war failing because Iraqi forces

            not ready yet

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

May 20 US 1st Cav Div collected more than 100 abuse cases by Iraqi forces over 6

            months including beatings, electrocutions, choking in Baghdad

May 20 US 3rd Inf Div collected 28 cases of abuse by Iraqi units in Baghdad

 

May 22 Joint US-Iraqi operation started to clear Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad

May 22 Sadr sent delegation to meet Sunni clerics in an attempt to stop sectarian violence

 

May 23 Sunni MPs accused Badr Brigade of carrying out sectarian killings

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

 

May 24 SCIRI’s Hammoudi named head of constitutional drafting committee Deadline to finish

            document was August 15

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

 

May 26 PM Jaafari said govt would crackdown on those taking law into their own hands

            in response to reports of Shiite death squads

 

May 27 Sheikh Janabi of National Dialogue Council said violence had changed to killing

            based upon identity Sunnis getting killed for being Sunni

May 27 Badr militiamen in Wolf commando brigade blamed for sectarian attacks on Sunnis

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

 

May 29 Report May 2002 US and UK increased air strikes on Iraq using No Fly Zones in

            attempt to provoke Saddam to justify invasion

May 29 Op Lightning largest joint US-Iraq op so far Aimed at clearing Baghdad of

            insurgents

 

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

 

May 31 Basra police chief said he had no control of 3/4 of his officers who were loyal to political

parties and militias and were carrying out assassinations Said militias were the real power in the province and they were criminals and bad people 2 main groups were Badr and Mahdi Army

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

 

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

            foreign fighters and Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jun 4 New KRG parliament sworn in

 

Jun 5 State Dept memo Peshmerga arresting hundreds of Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk and taking

            them to KRG to establish control of city

 

Jun 6 Blair sent note to Bush lamenting fact international community didn’t support US-UK in Iraq

 

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

Jun 7 National Security Adviser Rice said White House agreed on Iraq policy Privately

            Rice working on new one

 

Jun 8 State Dept spokesman said US no longer determined policy on militias It was now an Iraqi

            issue

 

Jun 10 Gen Petraeus told Inter Min Jabr about abuses of Wolf Brigade full of Badr militia Jabr

denied any wrongdoing

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

Jun 10 Police commander kidnapped 11 Sunnis from Adhamiya Bodies found 2 days later in Sadr

City

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

 

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

            foreign fighters and Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jun 14 Massoud Barzani sworn in as KRG president

 

Jun 15 Report US recorded Peshmerga arresting hundreds of Arabs and Turkmen in

            Kirkuk and putting them in KRG prisons

 

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

Jun 16 US diplomat in Mosul documented abuses of Interior Ministry’s Wolf Brigade

            including torture beatings not releasing prisoners

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

Jun 16 Report US declared Tal Afar cleared of insurgents in Oct 04 but had to return in

            May 05

 

Jun 17 Constitutional Committee agreed to expand number of Sunnis from 2 to 17 with another 10

as advisers under heavy US and UK pressure

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

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

 

Jun 20 UK UN diplomat Ross said he saw 4 ½ yrs of intel on Iraq WMD and it didn’t

            support Blair’s argument for war

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

 

Jun 21 PM Jaafari announced $1 bil deal with Iran to build schools hospitals and libraries

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Jun 21 Sen Hagel told Bush he should listen to outside voices on Iraq policy

 

Jun 22 US Iraq Commander Gen Casey wrote memo on prisoner abuse by ISF Ordered US forces

            to stop any abuses they saw

 

Jun 23 15 Sunnis and 1 Sabean added to constitutional drafting committee and 10 more Sunnis as

            advisers

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

 

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Jun 28 Bush gave speech at Fort Bragg saying war in Iraq was about fighting terrorism, creating

democracy, advancing freedom in Middle East Rejected timetable for withdrawal Said when Iraqi forces stood up US forces would stand down meaning withdraw

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

 

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

 

Jul 4 US found 170 prisoners at secret prison in Baghdad run by Interior Min

            Were told to leave it alone by commanders

 

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

 

Jul 7 Iraq and Iran’s Defense Ministries signed military cooperation agreement

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Jul 7 Report Human Rights Ministry said Iraqi forces carried out random arrests not

using warrants torturing and abusing prisoners Ministry official said Iraqi forces carrying out extra judicial killings and govt doing nothing about it

Jul 7 Report $8.8 bil went missing in Iraqi ministries during CPA period 03-05

(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)

 

Jul 8 Iraq constitutional committee started its work

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

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

 

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jul 13 Retiring Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith said US made mistakes in Iraq

war and denied others Said US didn’t train enough Kurds and Iraqi exiles to help with security before 03 invasion Said US officials were reluctant to end the CPA early in 2003 Said US military not the Pentagon determined size of invasion force US army officers refuted that saying Pentagon curtailed troop deployments before and after invasion

 

Jul 16 Musayib Babil suicide truck bomb left 250 casualties

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

 

Jul 17 Iraqi court filed charges against Saddam for executing people in Dujail in 1982

Jul 17 Shiite MP Khuzai said time to bring back militias because Interior and Defense

            Ministries had failed to stop terrorism

Jul 17 Iraq-Iran deal signed for $1 bil line of credit to buy Iranian products

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Jul 17 Report Bush signed and then rescinded order to provide covert aid to candidates

            in Iraq’s 2005 Jan elections due to Congressional opposition

Jul 17 Congressional Budget Office reported military and reconstruction spending on

            Iraq cost U.S. $218.2 bil 03-05

 

Jul 18 Ayatollah Sistani said violence in Iraq reaching level of a genocidal war

Jul 18 Meeting on Iraq reconstruction in Jordan said that US rebuilding program failed to

            provide basic services like water electricity sanitation

Jul 18 Weekly Standard article claimed Iraq considered bin Laden an intelligence asset

in 92 and worked together in terrorist plots Included conspiracy theory that Iraq behind 1993 bombing of World Trade Center

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

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

 

Jul 19 US complained to Iran about supplying EFPs to militias

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Jul 19 State Dept cable said Natl Sec Adv Rubaie knew Iran sending EFPs to Iraq

Jul 19 2 Sunni members of constitutional committee Issa and Obeidi were assassinated

            Sunni delegation suspended work afterward

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

Jul 19 Iraq-Iran signed deal for Iraq to export 150,000 bar/day of oil to Iranian refinery

in Abadan and send refined products back to Iraq

 

Jul 20 State Dept cable Iran Rev Guard Quds Force smuggling weapons into Iraq and directing

attacks upon Coalition Said ISCI received $100 mil from Iran in 2005 $45 mil of which went to Badr

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

 

Jul 21 Pentagon said half of 93,800 Iraqi police had finished basic training and were not

            ready for duty yet

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

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Jul 21 Insurgents kidnapped 2 Algerian diplomats in Baghdad

 

Jul 24 Allawi’s Iraqiya threaten to boycott constitutional commission because it wasn’t

            taken seriously the concerns of Sunni delegation

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

 

Jul 25 New US Amb Khalilzad said security was his top priority

Jul 25 Sunni members of constitutional committee ended boycott after member assassinated

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

 

Jul 26 US Army interrogators testified that dogs sleep deprivation and nudity all used on

            prisoners held at Abu Ghraib

 

Jul 27 Saddam’s trial ended

 

Aug 1 Battle of Haditha began

Aug 1 Oil Minister Uloom announced gas cooking gas and kerosene rationing to ease

            to help with shortages

Aug 1 Constitution commission said it was deadlocked because didn’t have authority

            to make major decisions

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

Aug 1 Ex-CIA officer claimed spring 01 received intelligence that Iraq had ended its

            uranium enrichment program years ago

 

Aug 3 Integrity Commission investigated a number of corrupt deals made by Allawi’s Def Min One

deal was with Poland’s Bumar that included helicopters that turned out to be 28 yrs old Another deal was for ammunition which cost four times more than it was worth

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

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

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

Aug 3 Report Defense Min lacked capacity to pay supply recruit and replace personnel and carry

            out promotions or deliver spare parts

 

Aug 4 Report large shipment of EFPs captured in northern Iraq coming from Iran

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Aug 5 US said that EFPs were being shipped from Iran into Iraq to attack American forces

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Aug 7 Protest in Samawa over lack of jobs, water and electricity turned into a riot

            outside governor’s office Broken up by police

 

Aug 8 Saddam fired his entire legal team at his trial

Aug 8 Constitutional committee ended its work Negotiations over final draft began

within leadership council of committee Shiite and Kurdish members of constitution committee made more changes to constitution with Sunnis often excluded

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

constitution)

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

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

 

Aug 9 Baghdad city council chief Makkia of SCIRI led group of Badr militiamen to oust Baghdad

mayor Tamimi and installed himself in office

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 9 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said that weapons were being smuggled from Iran into

            Iraq Most senior US official to accuse Tehran of arming groups in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

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

 

Aug 11 SCIRI’s Hakim announced idea for southern federal region in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

(Musings On Iraq history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)

Aug 11 SCIRI held march in Najaf calling for a federal region in southern Iraq Had

            posters of Ayatollah Khomeini

Aug 11 Salah al-Mutalq said SCIRI’s call for a southern region would turn Iraq over to Iran

Aug 11 Dawa rejected SCIRI’s call for a southern federal region in Iraq

Aug 11 Bush said US had to stay the course in Iraq Said free democratic Iraq in center of

            Middle East would be blow to terrorism

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

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

Aug 11 Board of Supreme Audit found $1.27 bil in waste and fraud in Defense Min contracts

Deals made without bids or approval from PM’s office Ministry didn’t keep records of deals Were paid upfront in cash Went through middlemen instead of buying directly from companies 43 of 89 contracts went to Nair Jumaili who didn’t appear in contracts He got $759 mil Most of the contracts were not for real deals but just to steal money Deals were brokered by Ziad Qattan who had no experience with weapons deals He signed deal with company with no military experience to provide equipment for Rapid Deployment units Company owned by secretary of VP and adviser to Defense Minister

(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)

 

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

            People to vote in up coming elections

 

Aug 14 US Amb Khalizad accused of Iran of attempting to subvert Iraq after US forces

            seized EFPs in south Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Aug 14 Kurds marched in Irbil Kirkuk Dohuk Sulaymaniya calling for Kurdish self

            determination control of Kirkuk and disputed areas

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

 

Aug 15 One week extension was given to Iraq’s constitutional committee to finish work

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

 

Aug 18 Police report listed 18 Sunnis arrested in Baghdad 6 weeks later their bodies were

            found along Iranian border shot in head and showing signs of torture

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

Aug 18 Anbar governor and other Sunni leaders fired upon in Ramadi during meeting over

            constitutional referendum

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After the Awakening Pt X, 2005-09 Governor Mamoun Alwani)

 

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

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

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

            vote in constitutional referendum

 

Aug 20 Report Islamic Party talked with insurgents to try to ensure large turnout in

            constitutional referendum

Aug 20 Report Shiite parties took over police in Basra Carried out assassinations of

            ex-Baathists Sunni leaders and rival Shiites

Aug 20 Report Peshmerga ran 5 prisons and carrying out mass arrests of Sunnis Turkmen and

            minorities in Mosul

 

Aug 21 Interior Minister Jabr said that stories of Iran supplying weapons to Iraqi militias

            were exaggerated

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Aug 21 Islamic Party leader Tariq Hashemi said constitution would not stop violence in

            Iraq because most politicians not recognized by public

Aug 21 Isam al-Rawi of Muslim Scholars Association advocated US withdrawal

            reforming security forces amnesty for Baathists talks with insurgency

 

Aug 22 Incomplete draft constitution presented to parliament Given another extension

            to finish draft

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

Aug 22 Report Abu Mustafa Sheibani running arms for Iranian Revolutionary Guard to

            Shiite militias in Iraq including EFPs

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

(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)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Aug 22 Board of Supreme Audit report leaked to press about corruption in defense spending Found

nearly half of $1.27 bil spent on defense in 1st 8 months of Allawi govt went missing Allawi’s office and Defense Ministry gave no bid contracts to middlemen who were paid up front in cash and never delivered items

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

 

Aug 23 Sunni members of constitutional committee said they rejected draft Said

committee didn’t create consensus on draft Members of Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord also voiced concerns about draft

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

Aug 23 US embassy report said Gen Casey’s plan for handing off security to Iraq had no

chance of succeeding and argued for counterinsurgency strategy to defeat insurgency instead

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

Aug 24 Report EFP attacks upon US forces showed Iranian and Hezbollah arming militias

            in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Aug 24 Police took away 36 Sunnis from Hurriya, Baghdad tortured, killed them and

dumped their bodies along Iranian border Iraqi judge blamed Volcano Brigade commander for murders but nothing done to him

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

 

Aug 25 Constitutional committee given 3rd extension to finish work

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

Aug 25 Dir of Ops Iraq and Afghanistan Gen Lute said militias were not under Baghdad’s command

Were an obstacle to peace and govt had to eventually deal with them 

 

Aug 28 Draft Iraq constitution presented to parliament but more changes made to it afterward

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

 

Aug 30 US Ambassador to Iraq Khalizad said final draft of constitution with edits had not

            been submitted It never was

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

 

Aug 31 Rumor of suicide bomber led to stampede of Shiite pilgrims on Tigris Bridge in Baghdad

leading to over 1,000 dead and wounded

Aug 31 Report draft constitution did not deal with some of major issues in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

Aug 31 Albu Mahal Sheikh Mahallawi said his tribe had declared war on Al Qaeda in Iraq in western

Anbar

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

Aug 31 Red Team set up by Ambassador Khalizad and General Casey in July made its report Aimed

at creating counterinsurgency strategy to come to victory in 3 years Said current strategy of turning over security to Iraqis would allow Coalition to withdraw but ISF couldn't defeat the insurgency Called for ink spot counterinsurgency plan Didn’t ask for more troops

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

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

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

Sep 1 Operation Restoring Rights started to clear Tal Afar

 

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

 

Sep 8 Former Secretary of State Powell said some US analysts pre-03 knew intelligence

on Iraq was bad but didn’t say anything Said he never saw any evidence linking Iraq to 9/11 Said US made mistake of not imposing its will upon Iraq right after invasion

 

Sep 11 Report 70% of Iraqi detainees picked up by US released for lack of evidence or being a

threat 1000s of innocent Iraqis being held in US detention facilities for months before getting released US mass arrests causing widespread resentment against Americans

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

 

Sep 12 Kissinger OpEd Wash Post Said victory over insurgency only way for US to leave

Iraq Kissinger later told Bush Cheney and Chief of Staff Hadley same message at White House

 

Sep 14 Baghdad bombings killed 150 and injured more than 500

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sep 18 Iraq draft constitution presented to UN

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

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

Zarqawi declared war on Shiites

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

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

 

Sep 19 Plain clothes Iraqi police approached 2 British soldiers disguised as Arabs in Basra Soldiers

thought they were under threat and opened fire killing 1 police and wounding 2 Soldiers tried to escape and were arrested Taken to police major crimes unit run by Mahdi Army where beaten Basra governor chief of police and Interior Min ordered soldiers released but ignored British negotiations failed British raided police station but soldiers not there Then found them in house run by police and Mahdi Army and freed operation resulted in 6 hour gun battle with Basra police with 4-9 killed and 44 wounded Led to major re-evaluation of UK policy in Basra

Sep 19 Bremer denied knowing Ziyad Cattan who he asked to stay on as procurement

officer at Defense Minister when Allawi became interim PM Cattan involved in $1.2 bil in missing funds in Defense Ministry contracts

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

Sep 19 UK official warned that Coalition strategy not working Said Coalition goals were to stick to

timetable for constitution referendum and 2005 elections for sovereign Iraqi govt Was based upon idea that insurgency could be contained and Sunnis won over by promise to withdraw in 2006 Official warned counterinsurgency policy not working and Coalition lacked resources to achieve its goal and may not withdraw until 2008

 

Sep 21 Anti-occupation demonstration by police in Basra City after Sep 19 battle between UK troops

and police and Mahdi Army

Sep 21 Basra council voted for non-cooperation with British forces in province until compensation

paid for casualties in Sep 19 battle between UK troops and police and Mahdi Army

Sep 21 Sec State Powell wrote PM Blair saying Coalition facing strategic failure and perhaps defeat

in Iraq Could withdraw in 2006 and hand over responsibilities to Iraqi govt not up to task or change strategy by reaching out to Sunnis Finding Sunnis willing to reconcile Continue to fight insurgency Integrate military and political operations Back new Iraqi govt and then withdraw

 

Sep 22 Bush said upcoming elections for parliament and constitution would mean more

            violence in Iraq Said that if US withdrew Iraq could become a terrorist safe haven

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

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

Sep 22 Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Iraq could be breaking up

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

            Amiriyah, Ghaziliya, Sadiya

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

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

Sep 22 UK official said Sadr wanted to talk about southern Iraq UK said it wouldn’t negotiate

because Mahdi Army working with Iran and Hezbollah to attack British troops in Basra Sadr said still interested because wanted follower released London recommended talks

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Sep 25 Ayatollah Sistani condemned violence in Iraq

 

Sep 26 NSC report on Iraq Security better but insurgents adapting Not enough US troops

            PM Jaafari not doing well

 

Sep 27 UK official met with Sadrist in Basra Claimed Mahdi Army not attacking British forces

Wanted followers released UK said follower admitted to attacks on UK forces and wouldn’t release him Sadrists threatened future attacks if follower not released

 

Sep 29 NYTimes reporter Miller told grand jury VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told her

fmr Amb Wilson’s wife was a CIA agent Was retaliation for Wilson challenging White House over Iraq-Niger uranium story

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

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

Sep 29 Gen Abizaid and Gen Casey told Congress number of Iraq army battalions that

            could operate independently dropped from 3 to 1

Sep 29 Balad bombing killed 95

 

Oct 1 Marines launched Op Iron Fist aimed at Qaim border region of Anbar

 

Oct 2 Parliament ruled no vote on constitution would be based upon actual voters not

registered ones to diminish Sunni ballots against document Sunni politicians complained about change saying it would make it harder to reject draft constitution

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

Oct 2 Pres Talabani asked PM Jaafari to step down Complained Shiites were

dominating govt Accused United Iraqi Alliance of not giving Kurds govt positions, neglecting ministries run by Kurds and not dealing with Kirkuk

Oct 2 CENTCOM commander Gen Abizaid told Congress he was optimistic about Iraq

            war

Oct 2 US commander in Iraq Gen Casey told Congress 1/3 of 119 Iraqi army battalions

            could operate with some US aid

 

Oct 5 Parliament changed decision from actual voters back to registered ones for no

            vote on constitution

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

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

Oct 5 British official accused Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah of providing EFPs to

attack British troops in Basra Said attacks carried out by breakaway units from Sadr’s Mahdi Army

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role 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)

Oct 5 UK Def Intel Chief report after trip to Iraq Said security worse despite political progress Said if

strategy not changed situation would not allow UK withdrawal

 

Oct 6 Bush said there was no peace in Iraq without victory and that US would win At

            time US had no strategy to win war

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

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

Oct 6 Blair said new explosive devices being used in Iraq that pointed to Hezbollah or

            Iranian involvement Was talking about EFPs

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

 

Oct 11 US agreement created committee to amend new constitution after it was passed to get Sunni

support Amendments never happened

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

 

Oct 12 Report Iraqi 1st Brigade 6th Division was carrying out sectarian raids and attacks on Sunnis

in WBaghdad

Oct 12 UK paper said draft constitution put off major issues that would risk a weak Iraqi govt

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

 

Oct 15 Referendum on new Iraqi constitution held

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

 

Oct 19 Saddam’s trial started and pled his innocence

Oct 19 Rice told Senate about Clear Hold Build counterinsurgency plan for Iraq Was not

            discussed with US military beforehand

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

(Musings On Iraq 2006 Clear Hold Build: An Iraq Strategy That Wasn’t A Strategy)

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

Oct 19 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey US Iraq Amb Khalizad later asked Rice what Clear Hold

            Build was and why not consulted

Oct 19 Rumsfeld complained to Rice that he did not back Clear Hold Build and he

            was not consulted about it

 

Oct 20 One of Saddam’s lawyers kidnapped and killed

 

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

            latter killing members of the Islamic Army

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

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

 

Oct 25 Results of Constitutional referendum announced 79% voted for constitution Anbar and

Salahaddin overwhelmingly voted no 55% of Ninewa voted no

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

Oct 25 Death toll for Americans in Iraq reached 2,000

Oct 25 Iraq Body Count est 26,690-30,051 Iraqi civilians police died since 03 invasion

Oct 25 Bush speech said US strategy in Iraq was Clear Hold Build Def Sec Rumsfeld tried to have it

removed because Sec State Rice came up with plan without consulting with Pentagon

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

(Musings On Iraq 2006 Clear Hold Build: An Iraq Strategy That Wasn’t A Strategy)

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

 

Oct 26 Report CIA review of Zarqawi’s visit to Baghdad in May 02 based upon interviews

with Saddam era Iraqi officials said that Zarqawi probably didn’t have protection of Iraqi govt Bush administration originally claimed Zarqawi given safe haven by Saddam and said that was proof of Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation

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

 

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

            opposed Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Oct 28 Bush speech said Iraq central front in war on terror against Al Qaeda and US

            would have complete victory

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

Oct 28 Cheney chief of staff Libby indicted on obstruction perjury false statements for

retaliating vs Fmr Amb Wilson by leaking to press that his wife was a CIA agent in retaliation for Wilson opposing Iraq-Niger uranium deal White House promoted

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

 

Oct 29 Rumsfeld disagreed with Rice’s Clear Hold Build strategy Said Iraqis were ones that needed

to stand and fight and not rely on US troops

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

(Musings On Iraq 2006 Clear Hold Build: An Iraq Strategy That Wasn’t A Strategy)

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

 

Oct 30 Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report said US had no policy for

            staffing reconstruction of Iraq Said lack of planning plagued rebuilding

Oct 30 Italian press speculated that intelligence agency SISMI forged documents claiming

            Iraq-Niger uranium deal and shared them with US and UK intelligence

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

Oct 30 Report PUK built dozens of houses in Kirkuk City and moving Kurds in Said

            to reverse Saddam’s Arbization program

 

Oct 31 US report Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iraqi militias and police carrying out assassinations

in Basra Sayid al-Shuhada, Iraq Hezbollah, Thar Allah, Fadhilah, Badr Brigade and others all took assassination orders from Iranians

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

(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)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

 

Nov 1 Bush and Blair agreed Sunni outreach before Dec election main priority

 

Nov 3 Human Rights Watch report on systematic abuse of prisoners by 82nd Airborne Div in Anbar

Nov 3 Report Italian intelligence agency SISMI told US in January 03 that Iraq-Niger uranium deal

documents were fakes

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

 

Nov 5 US-Iraqi Op Steel Curtain started to clear Qaim Anbar Started in Karabila that was cleared

            in Oct 05 but insurgents moved back in right afterward

 

Nov 6 Report Feb 2002 DIA said Al Qaeda captive Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was misleading in

statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation Libi would continue to be source for administration statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

Nov 6 Report Informer Rocco Martino provided fake documents claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium

from Niger to Italian intelligence agency SISMI that then passed along story to US and UK British still claimed they had independent sources of Iraq uranium deal after documents and story were discredited

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

 

Nov 8 Another one of Saddam’s lawyers was killed in an ambush

 

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

            parties Led to widespread condemnation of Zarqawi by Jordanians

 

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

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

Nov 10 National Security Adviser Hadley denied that White House manipulated Iraq intel

            before 2003 invasion

 

Nov 11 Bush announced US Iraq strategy was clear hold build Didn't tell military beforehand and

not actual policy

(Musings On Iraq 2006 Clear Hold Build: An Iraq Strategy That Wasn’t A Strategy)

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

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

Nov 11 Sec of State Rice arrived in Mosul to announce first US Provincial Reconstruction Team

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

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

 

Nov 12 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey told Rumsfeld Iraq might take 9-13 yrs

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

 

Nov 13 US forces found 173 prisoners in secret prison in Baghdad run by Badr unit of Interior

Ministry Prisoners were tortured

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

Nov 13 18 Sunni men found handcuffed blindfolded and shot in Baghdad

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

 

Nov 14 Pentagon’s inspector general said it was investigating Deputy Secretary of

Defense for Policy Feith’s office that looked into Iraq-Al Qaeda ties to see whether it conducted any illegal intelligence activities

 

Nov 15 PM Jaafari admitted that prisoners found by US forces at secret prison in Baghdad were

tortured Interior Ministry Gen Kamal claimed abuse done by inexperienced police and would lead to reform within ministry Secret prison was actually one of many run by Badr Interior Ministry forces throughout Baghdad

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

Nov 15 28 Sunni men found shot in head in Jasan Diyala near Iranian border

Nov 15 US-Iraq Op Steel Curtain to clear Qaim Anbar ended

 

Nov 16 Sunni MP Falluji accused Iraqi forces of carrying out sectarian extra judicial killings

Nov 16 Cheney said people that claimed US lied about causes of Iraq war undermined the troops

Nov 16 White House rebutted NYTimes editorial that questioned pre-war WMD argument for

Iraq war

Nov 16 US-Iraq Op Steel Curtain to clear Qaim Anbar ended

 

Nov 17 US Embassy said militias and sectarian actors should not run Iraqi security forces

            or any ministries

Nov 17 Head of central criminal court in Baghdad Samarrie told NYTimes said special

            Inter Min forces didn't need arrest warrants or file court papers

Nov 17 Congressman Murtha introduced resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq

            saying war going badly

Nov 17 Report detailed how INC defector Haideri spread false stories about Iraq

            WMD to media and a White House paper

Nov 17 Report Inter Min Jabr said that secret prison in Baghdad with 173 prisoners many of which

were tortured found by US forces and run by Badr unit was being exaggerated because no one was beheaded or killed

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

 

Nov 18 House Republicans attacked Democrats for trying to cut and run in Iraq by

            backing withdrawal US policy was withdrawal

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

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

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

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

 

Nov 19 Marines killed 24 civilians in revenge for Marine being killed by IED in Haditha

 

Nov 20 Report on how US relied upon Iraqi defector CURVEBALL for intel on Iraq’s

            WMD when they were warned he was unreliable

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

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

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

 

Nov 22 Wall St Journal OpEd repeated story that 9/11 hijacker Atta might have met Iraqi

            intel agent in Prague in 2001 Story disproved in 2002

 

Nov 28 Dep Human Rights Min Usayran and Gen Samarriae told Knight Ridder Iraqi

            forces torturing and abusing prisoners

Nov 28 Arrest warrant for police’s Volcano Brigade commander Gen Gharwai Never given

            to Interior Min to carry out

Nov 28 Anbar Gov Alwani hosted meeting of US forces and sheikhs interested in working with

Americans against insurgents Led to creation of Anbar security council of sheikhs religious leaders and former soldiers

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After the Awakening Pt X, 2005-09 Governor Mamoun Alwani)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nov 29 Rumsfeld told press “insurgent” should no longer be used when reporting on Iraq

because they didn’t believe in anything He then explained that they stood for overthrowing the Iraqi system and creating a caliphate Rumsfeld said US forces didn't have to report abuse and torture by Iraqi forces Joint Chiefs head General Pace then used insurgent when describing security in Iraq and said US forces absolutely had responsibility to report any abuses by Iraqi forces

Nov 29 Report Badr infiltrated Interior Ministry Mahdi Army regular police Both carrying

out murders torture and abuse Interior Ministry Inspector General quoted as saying police carrying out extrajudicial killings Interior Ministry intelligence chief Kamal said there was abuse going on but was not official policy of the Ministry

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

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

Nov 29 KRG held ceremony for DNO to start drilling for oil at field in Zakho

 

Nov 30 Aide to PM Jaafari wanted to know whether KRG singing oil deal with DNO

            constitutional

Nov 30 White House released National Strategy for Victory in Iraq Lacked substance on

            what new strategy was

Nov 30 Bush speech announced new National Strategy for Victory in Iraq Said goal was to

train Iraqi forces to take over the war New US strategy was actually a withdrawal plan not one to win war

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

Nov 30 Pentagon contracted Lincoln Group to place pro-US stories in Arab media

 

Dec 1 Kurdistan Islamic Union sent letter to Dohuk govt saying they wanted security for

            planned KDP demonstrations at their offices

 

Dec 2 Rumsfeld told CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid and US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey CIA found

insurgents infiltrating Iraqi army in Anbar

Dec 2 Gen Dempsey in charge of US training mission for ISF said 100 Iraqi army battalions 33

operating on own 40 in the lead Said 27 Federal Police battalions on duty Major problem was police were recruited locally and many were from militias

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

 

Dec 4 Report 1500 suspects arrested around Ramadi in last five months all Iraqis not

            foreigners like White House claimed

 

Dec 5 Amb Khalilzad said he’d been authorized by Bush to start talks with Iran to get its help in

Iraq

Dec 5 Report US forces trying new Clear Hold Build strategy in Husaiba, Anbar Iraqis

            seemed disorganized leaving US to do most things

 

Dec 6 KDP followers attacked four offices of Kurdistan Islamic Union in Dohuk Killed

2 wounded dozens for party withdrawing from Kurdish list KDP Dohuk governor claimed Islamic Union’s ideology led to attacks and he couldn’t stop them Beforehand Islamic Union called KDP admin in Dohuk corrupt and said election would be struggle between Muslims and nonbelievers KDP attacked Islamic Union for helping Arabs against Kurds

 

Dec 7 KDP backers attacked PUK offices in Dohuk Zakho Amedia Shaklaca Kadash Sedarash

Akre 3 killed including a KDP candidate KDP followers set PUK office in Dohuk on fire wounding 21

 

Dec 8 Bin Laden’s Pakistani biographer quoted in Osama bin Laden I Know book saying

            bin Laden hated Saddam

 

Dec 9 Report Al Qaeda’s Libi’s intel about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that proved false was acquired

while he was being tortured by Egyptians Feb 02 DIA said they were skeptical of his intel while he was in Egypt Libi was highest level Al Qaeda member held by US at time Made statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties while in US custody but gave most detailed reports while in Egypt Those were later used by Bush administration in its case for war

Dec 9 United Iraqi Alliance breaking up into factions after elections Complaints that it hadn’t

presented a vision for Iraq because not using qualified people

 

Dec 11 Report French intel told CIA several times in 2002 that no evidence to support Iraq-

            Niger uranium story

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

Dec 11 Sunni sheikhs and clerics in Salahaddin and Baghdad said they would not boycott

            the Dec 15 elections like they did in January

Dec 11 National Dialogue Council’s Salah al-Mutlaq called for US to bring back Saddam

            era police and soldiers as long as they didn’t have blood on their hands

 

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

            more dangerous after release

Dec 12 Rumsfeld told US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey and US Iraq Amb Khalizad insurgents

            networking in Iraqi jails

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

            command Al Qaeda in Iraq said no wanting control

Dec 12 2nd meeting of Anbar Gov Alwani sheikhs and US Focused upon how to secure

            province Decided creating police would be foundation of effort

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After the Awakening Pt X, 2005-09 Governor Mamoun Alwani)

Dec 12 Anbar security council met with Gen Casey and Def Min Dulaimi Council rejected

Al Qaeda in Iraq agreed to work with Baghdad and US Agreed to recruiting tribesmen into ISF

 

Dec 13 US negotiated ceasefire started with insurgents before Dec 15 parliamentary

            elections

Dec 13 Border police seized Iranian tanker truck full of fake ballots for Dec election Driver

            claimed other trucks had come across from Iran with ballots

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Dec 13 NSC drafted 10 guidelines for putting together new permanent Iraqi govt

            Included competent ministers not connected to Iran or Syria

 

Dec 14 Bush admitted that U.S. used faulty intelligence on Iraq but said war still justified

            to remove Saddam

Dec 14 Kurdistan Islamic Union candidate said KDP was attacking party for withdrawing

            from Kurdish list

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

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

 

Dec 15 Iraq held elections for a permanent parliament Some insurgent groups provided

            security to make sure Sunnis could vote

Dec 15 Secular candidate in Basra said afraid Shiite religious parties would use their

            militias and police to carry out fraud during election

Dec 15 Police in Najaf drove through city calling on people to vote for the United Iraqi Alliance

 

Dec 18 Bush national speech said Iraqi elections were a turning point for democracy in

            Middle East and US withdrawal would show US lack of resolve

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

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

Dec 18 Allawi’s Iraqiya filed more than 60 complaints of voting violations including

            members of security forces supporting United Iraqi Alliance

 

Dec 19 Adnan al-Dulaimi of Iraqi Accordance Front called for revote at polling stations

            where violations were registered

Dec 19 Salah al-Mutlaq of National Dialogue Front claimed there was voter fraud

Dec 19 Amb Khalizad said couldn’t have sectarian Badr member run Interior Ministry

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

 

Dec 21 Iraq Election Commission reported 10.9 mil of 15.6 mil voters participated in Dec

            15 elections Anbar vote went from 1% in Jan to 32% in Oct to 55% in Dec

Dec 21 Commando from 1st Commando brigade based in Samarra said most of the unit was

            from Mahdi Army and didn’t respect their commander only Sadr

Dec 21 NSC presented 10 goals for new Iraqi govt to Bush Including competent ministers fighting

corruption

 

Dec 22 Iraqi Islamic Party National Dialogue Front Iraqiya threatened to boycott new

            parliament Called elections fraudulent Demanded new vote

 

Dec 23 IMF approved $685 mil loan for Iraq

 

Dec 24 National Security Advisor Rubaie met with Ayatollah Sistani Said Sistani rejected calls for

revote due to complaints and violations Rubaie said Iraq would re-arrest Baathist officials just released by US

Dec 24 Iraq court barred 90 candidates from election for Baathist ties

 

Dec 25 Report US mismanaged developing Iraq’s electricity network Installed 26 natural gas

turbines at 7 plants when Iraq didn’t have gas or infrastructure to support them

 

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

Dec 27 Kurdish colonel in army’s 2nd Division in Ninewa said unit would not allow Defense

Ministry to add Arab soldiers to division

 

Dec 28 UN endorsed December elections for a permanent Iraqi parliament

 

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

            promise to bin Laden

Dec 29 US military found 3 more secret prisons run by militias within the Interior

            Ministry where torture used

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

 

Dec 30 Oil Min Uloom put on leave after opposing govt plan to increase prices on gas and

            cooking oil Replaced by Dep PM Chalabi

Dec 30 South Korea’s parliament okayed plan to withdraw 1/3 of its forces from Iraq Korea

            had 3rd largest Coalition force in Iraq

 

2006

Jan 1 UK Gen Houghton said that US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey wanted to emphasize fighting

insurgency while withdrawing US troops Houghton didn’t think that was plan to defeat insurgents

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

 

Jan 2 Iraq’s Dec 2005 export average of 1.1 million barrels a day was lowest since

            2003 invasion

Jan 2 USAID report on development projects outlined civil war Iraq Said tribes were

turning in rivals as insurgents to govt South Iraq controlled by militias and religious groups curtailing people’s freedoms imposing dress codes bombing liquor stores etc Said Iraqi govt had no real control of country police ineffective criminals had free reign and working with militias and insurgents

 

Jan 4 Bush told Maliki surge happening and he had to publicly back it and could

            not stop US ops

 

Jan 5 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide car bomb in Ramadi killed 70 tribal recruits for police

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

 

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

            2005 Not much progress said to have been made

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

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

 

Jan 9 Foreign Minister Zebari told Amb Khalilzad Ayatollah Sistani and Iran’s Gen

            Suleimani would likely pick next candidate for premier after 05 vote

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

 

Jan 11 Supreme Council head Hakim ruled out any substantive changes to Iraqi

constitution Blamed US and Sunni parties for insurgency claiming they encouraged terrorism

(Musings On Iraq history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)

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

            Iraq in coordination with Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jan 12 UK Embassy in Iraq argued for high level talks with Sadrists to push them towards greater

political engagement and role in new Iraqi govt

Jan 12 Gen Peterson head of US training mission said that 200,000 Iraqi police would

            finish courses by end of 2006 in what was dubbed Year of the Police

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

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

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

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

Protection Force to fight it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Jan 13 Report after US forces handed over Saddam palace in Tikrit in Nov 2005 Iraqi forces

            and Salahaddin officials looted facilities

 

Jan 15 UK Gen Houghton said US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey returned from US and got backing for his

plan to transition to Iraqi control and withdraw US troops Houghton said transition to Iraqi control highlighted all the problems in the country

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

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

Jan 15 Al Qaeda in Iraq announced Mujahedeen Shura Council coalition of insurgent

Forces Shura Council was in part created due to Al Qaeda’s suggestion Zarqawi include more Iraqis in his jihad Army of the Victorious joined the council

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

Jan 15 Sheikh Fahadawi of Albu Fahd in Ramadi met with PM Jaafari Amb Khalilzad Gen Casey

Anbar Gov Alwani Convinced PM to allow Iraqi police to recruit local tribesmen

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After the Awakening Pt X, 2005-09 Governor Mamoun Alwani)

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 15 US announced more than 2000 military police would work with Iraqi police in the

            field as advisers during Year of the Police

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

Jan 15 Report $18.6 bil US approved for reconstruction in 2003 would be spent by end of

2006 Foreign govts provided only fraction of what they promised Japan pledged $5 bil in reconstruction funds in 2003 Delivered less than 50% of that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait pledged $1 bil and gave less than 10% Spain England S Korea UAE Italy Canada owed more than $100 mil each for their 2003 promises

 

Jan 16 Sheikh Fahadawi of Albu Fahd in Ramadi assassinated by Al Qaeda in Iraq for

            talking with Americans

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

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

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

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

 

Jan 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq killed Sheikh Mohammed Sadiq al-Battah in Baghdad Head of

            Albu Chlaib tribe in Anbar

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

 

Jan 20 December 2005 election results announced United Iraqi Alliance 128 seats Kurds 53

Accordance Front 44 Iraqiya 25 National Dialogue Front 11 Islamist Kurds 5 Reconciliation and Liberation bloc 3 Risayloun 2 Mithal Alusi 1 Turkmen 1 Christians 1 Yazidis 1

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

            Mujahedeen Shura Council

Jan 20 US Ambassador Khalizad held meeting with Iyad Allawi and Fadhila head Jabiri

Khalizad promised Jabiri premiership if he broke with United Iraqi Alliance and backed Allawi Sunnis and Kurds Allawi later told his Iraqiya he wanted to get Jabiri to back him for prime ministership

 

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

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

 

Jan 23 Report Iraqis going to Jordan jumped from 200-250/day from 2004-05 to 1,100/day

            in Jan 06 as people were fleeing violence

Jan 23 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed Sheikh Kharbite’s house in Ramadi of Albu Khalifa tribe

            and member of Anbar security council

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

 

Jan 24 Report Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found disputes lack of staff and

            set rules caused huge delays completing projects

 

Jan 25 Report US wanted to make Iraqi army light infantry force to tackle insurgency and

not threaten neighbors Meant given no artillery or heavy weapons besides 77 T-72 tanks

 

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

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

 

Jan 27 Report shifting US reconstruction money to security meant 60% of water and 125

            electricity projects would not be finished

 

Jan 28 Aglus Sunnah wal Jammah joined Mujahadeen Shura Council

 

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

            Iraq to work out issues with Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

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

Collective joined Mujahedeen Shura Council Its emir was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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

Jan 3 sheikhs assassinated leading tribes to retaliate against AQI National Security Adviser Rubaie quoted that Al Qaeda in Iraq feuding with Islamic Army and Mujahedeen Army 3 Islamist insurgent groups once aligned with AQI broken with it

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Jan 31 US Emb-military report situation in 6 of Iraq’s 18 provinces serious 1 critical Said

militias infiltrating security forces in Basra Lots of gangs smuggling assassinations there

 

Feb 1 Saddam refused to appear in court claiming new judge was biased against him

 

Feb 5 Report MP Mishan Jabouri charged with stealing millions of dollars for contract

            to protect Iraqi pipeline from Baiji refinery and Kirkuk and fled to Syria

 

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

            Anbar Sheikh Fahadawi assassinated for taking part in talks

 

Feb 8 Senate Foreign Relations Committee told oil electricity water sewage all below

            pre-war levels in Iraq

 

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

Feb 10 Former CIA National Intelligence officer for Near East Pillar said intel on Iraq was cherry

            picked by White House to justify war

 

Feb 11 Sadr threatened to withdraw from United Iraqi Alliance if list didn’t support

            Jaafari as premier

Feb 11 Former head of US training mission for Iraqi army Gen Eaton said effort set back

            by initial poor planning that didn't prioritize creating new Iraqi forces

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

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

 

Feb 12 Jaafari won re-nomination of United Iraqi Alliance for premiership with support

            of Sadr

Feb 12 Pres Talabani said Kurdish list refused demands to exclude Allawi’s Iraqiya from

            govt coming from Sadr

 

Feb 14 US military ordered investigation into Marines executing Iraqi civilians in Haditha

 

Feb 15 Study Iraqi insurgency dominated by few large groups Sunni identity became basis for

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Feb 16 Secretary of State Rice told Senate committee oil production and electricity below

postwar levels in Iraq Told Senate initial problems with rebuilding Iraqi security forces fixed and as Iraqi forces stood up US forces would do less

Feb 16 Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld told House committee US was not in Iraq to do

            nation building that was up to Iraqis to do

 

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

            replaced former regime members as leaders

 

Feb 22 Zarqawi bombed Askari shrine in Samarra Was done by a Tunisian and 4 Saudis

in Al Qaeda in Iraq Tunisian bomber was later captured in June 2006 and explained the attack

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

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

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

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

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

            Incite attacks on Sunnis

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

            was allowing attacks on Sunni mosques

Feb 22 US immediately received intelligence Zarqawi was behind the bombing

Feb 22 25 Sunni mosques in Samarra and 27 in Baghdad attacked 3 imams killed 1

            kidnapped after Samarra bombing

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

Feb 22 Sadr called on his parliamentarians to meet on vote to ask U.S. forces to leave

            Iraq

Feb 22 US report Sadr gave orders to kill Wahabis in east Baghdad in retaliation for

            Samarra bombing Meant Sunnis

Feb 22 Sadr offices spread rumor that US military vehicles were seen around Samarra

            shrine before bombing to lay blame on US

Feb 22 Iran blamed US for Samarra bombing

Feb 22 SCIRI head Hakim blamed US for Samarra bombing claiming it gave aid to

            insurgents Claimed US criticism of Shiite death squads provoked militants

Feb 22 SCIRI head Hakim blamed US for Samarra bombing claiming it gave aid to

            insurgents

 

Feb 23 Iraqi govt ordered curfew in Baghdad Salahaddin Diyala Babil after Samarra bombing

Feb 23 US report Sadr changed order to kill all Sunnis in east Baghdad Were to be

taken to Sadr City to be executed instead Iraqi army and police assisting Mahdi Army to kill Sunnis in east Baghdad

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

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

            to protest against Samarra bombing

Feb 23 Sunnis withdrew from talks with United Iraqi Alliance over new govt saying

            authorities were not preventing revenge attacks after Samarra bombing

Feb 23 Secretary General of Iraqi National Dialogue Front Hayan said revenge attacks

            after Samarra bombing were how a civil war started

Feb 23 Association of Muslim Scholars said 168 Sunni mosques attacked 10 imams

            killed 15 abducted after Samarra bombing

Feb 23 Interior Ministry said 18 Sunnis mosques in Baghdad attacked 1 imam killed 1

            kidnapped

 

Feb 26 Al Qaeda in Iraq assassinated Gen Saab Manfi Mohammed al-Rawi of Albu Rawi

            Member of Anbar security council

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

 

Feb 27 Amb Khalizad announced new draft law as a major accomplishment Was never passed

 

Feb 28 Prosecution presented Saddam’s order to executed 148 people in Dujail in 1982 at

            his trial

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

            foreigners Largely ignored by Bush admin

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

            were disenfranchised insurgency would continue

 

Mar 5 Gen Pace Joint Chiefs head said Iraq was not heading towards civil war

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

            Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Mar 6 Basra police surrounded 5 US govt workers Had to be rescued by security

            contractors

Mar 6 Iraq NGO report to US said over 700 Shiite families fled neighborhoods in

            Baghdad after Askari shrine bombing

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

 

Mar 7 Anbar Revolutionaries said they’d killed 20 Al Qaeda in Iraq foreign fighters and 33 Iraqi

            ones Said goal was to get rid of Zarqawi

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Mar 12 2 bombings of markets in Sadr City kill 58

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

Mar 12 U.S. soldiers gang raped 14 yr old Iraqi girl in Mahmudiya and then killed her

            family

 

Mar 13 Bush said Iraqi forces would take over most security jobs by end of 2006 and that

            way forward would continue to be difficult

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

Mar 14 Iraqi police found 87 bodies dumped in Baghdad

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

Mar 14 Report May-Jun 03 British worried of strategic failure in Iraq due to US mistakes

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

 

Mar 15 Iraq Study Group began creating alternative Iraq strategy for Bush admin

 

Mar 16 New Iraqi parliament seated after Dec 05 elections

 

Mar 18 NSC report Iraqi army largely rebuilt but attacks not decreasing War stalemated

            PM Jaafari incompetent

Mar 18 Gen Casey and Marine Expeditionary Force I Cmdr Gen Zilmer agreed Ramadi

            would be main focus of Anbar campaign

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

 

Mar 19 NY Times OpEd Gen Easton who commanded US training effort for Iraqi forces

until 2004 said Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld failed to build Coalition in Iraq and ignored advice of military

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

 

Mar 20 Bush talked about successful counterinsurgency in Tal Afar by US Claimed

showed US strategy working Tal Afar successful counterinsurgency by US unit stationed there and not part of larger US strategy in Iraq

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

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

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

Mar 20 Report 2002 Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri agreed to work with US Told US intel

Iraq had no biological weapons Had cache of chemical weapons Said Saddam wanted a nuclear bomb

 

Mar 21 Blair said that Iraq war was part of the struggle between spreading democracy

            vs violence in world

Mar 21 Bush said there was sectarian fighting in Iraq but it was not a civil war after

            Allawi said it was

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

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

Mar 21 Report insurgents infiltrating back into Tal Afar after successful

            counterinsurgency program by 3rd Armored Cavalry Reg ended and unit left

Mar 21 CIA report Insurgency undermining political and economic development

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

            not stop attacks

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Mar 23 Report on captured Iraq docs Russian amb gave detailed info to Iraq on US

invasion force and plans Confirmed Iraq and bin Laden met in Feb 1995 to talk about cooperation Iraq agreed to air bin Laden’s anti-Saudi tapes

(Musings On Iraq Russia Provided Iraq With Details Of US Plans Right Before Invasion)

 

Mar 24 Review of captured Iraqi documents and interviews with Baathist leadership showed reason

Saddam wanted WMD and was unwilling to admit that he’d destroyed them after Gulf War was because he thought they deterred Iran which he saw as existential threat

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

 

Mar 25 US Amb Khalizad told ISCI’s Hakim US opposed to Jaafari remaining as premier

Kurdish and Sunni parties were threatening boycott of govt if Jaafari remained in office

Mar 25 Report on captured Iraqi docs said Iraq kept the story it had WMD because helped Iraq’s

image in Arab world and deterred Israel Saddam told his top advisers there were no more WMD Saddam thought France and Russia would stop war in UN If US did attack Iraq’s “warrior spirit” would be victorious Saddam thought internal revolt main threat to his regime not US invasion Russian Amb gave Iraq detailed intel on US troops movements and invasion plans Saddam thought Iraq winning when war almost over and wanted unconditional surrender by US led Coalition Tape Powell played during Feb 03 UN speech was Republican Guard making sure area met UN inspections not hiding WMD

(Musings On Iraq Russia Provided Iraq With Details Of US Plans Right Before Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

 

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

            al-Sunna

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Mar 29 US intel report said 1707 Sunni and Shiite families moved in Baghdad after

            Samarra bombing Mahdi Army kidnapping and executing people

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

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

            freed 33 prisoners

 

Apr 2 PM Jaafari said he would integrate militias into security forces to control them

Apr 2 Secretary of State Rice UK Foreign Secretary Straw told PM Jaafari he didn’t have

            support and should step down Jaafari said no

Apr 2 US military reported 1313 Iraqi civilians killed in sectarian murders in March

            2006 173 killed in suicide bombings as civil war took off after Feb Samarra bombing

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

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

Apr 2 US Amb Khalilzad said militias should be disarmed Iraqi officials said that would

create more violence PM Jaafari said he would integrate militias into security forces to control them

Apr 2 Former CENTCOM commander Gen  Zinni on Meet the Press said Iraq failure of

            strategic planning by US

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade

Iraq)

 

Apr 4 Report Interior Ministry refused to deploy any police trained by US-UK mission in

            last 3 months because didn’t control recruits

 

Apr 5 Iraqi parties chose Dawa’s Nouri al-Maliki to be new PM over keeping PM Jaafari

 

Apr 6 Court documents showed that Cheney told aide to leak intelligence on Iraq trying

            to buy uranium from Niger to press to discredit former Ambassador Wilson

Apr 6 Prosecutor claimed Cheney’s Chief of Staff Libby’s leaks to press were part of

            campaign to discredit former Ambassador Wilson over Iraq-Niger story

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

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

 

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

suspected of running Badr death squads 80 killed

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

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

Apr 7 Court papers showed Bush authorized leak of information on Iraq-Niger uranium

story to support administration Prosecutor claimed Cheney Chief of Staff Libby’s leaks to press were part of campaign to discredit fmr Amb Wilson over Iraq-Niger story

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

 

Apr 8 Iraqi general said country in a civil war

 

Apr 9 Babil police chief said if US troops left province would be civil war next day Said

            police not strong enough to intervene between warring militias

Apr 9 Gen Newbold wrote in Time problems in Iraq due to “casualness and swagger” by

            Bush administration

 

Apr 10 Report US failed to provide police trainers as called for to rebuild Iraqi police after 03

invasion CPA pushed number of new police not quality and Interior Ministry lacked capacity to deal with them US officials withdrawn from Interior Ministry which facilitated Badr’s take over of ministry

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

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

 

Apr 12 Gen Batiste former commander 1st Inf Div became fourth former general to call

            for Rumsfeld to resign over Iraq

 

Apr 13 Gen Swannack former commander 82nd Airborne Div became 5th retired general to

            call for Rumsfeld to resign over Iraq

 

Apr 14 US Amb to Iraq Khalilzad said militias were bigger problem than insurgents due

            to sectarian violence

Apr 14 Iraqi general said militias would not put down their weapons as long as ISF

            couldn’t provide security

 

Apr 16 Report Iranian Revolutionary Guard set up camp in Diyala to train militias

(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)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 16 CIA report Karbala police chief made deals with Sadr to attack US forces Chief

            gave Mahdi Army police IDs to get through checkpoints to attack US forces

Apr 16 GAO report US worried Iraq didn’t have money and know how to run 8,000

reconstruction projects As of June 2005 $52 mil of $200 mil completed large scale water projects not working or below capacity due to looting lack of power no trained Iraqi staff $13.5 mil Karkh sewage treatment plant in Baghdad not operating $32 mil garbage landfill in south Baghdad not operating after manage killed 40-60% of purified water never used in Baghdad because of leaks in system

 

Apr 17 Ret Gen Newbold former Director of Ops at Joint Chiefs wrote Time OpEd saying

            Iraq war unnecessary

Apr 17 Over 100 insurgents attacked 12 US and Iraqi positions from west Ramadi to

            Khaldiiya at 1pm Led by Al Qaeda in Iraq cmdr Abu Khattab

 

Apr 18 Report CPA plan to disarm and integrate militias never funded and followed through with

 

Apr 19 NGO Survey found 19,548 kidnappings from Jan to April 2006

Apr 19 KRG parliament proposed creating Natural Resource Ministry to run region’s oil industry

 

Apr 20 PM Jaafari stepped down from office Was under pressure from Sadr Kurds and

US Jaafari originally said he would not give up position but then agreed to after Ayatollah Sistani told him to

 

Apr 21 United Iraqi Alliance nominated Dawa’s Nouri al-Maliki as new PM Mahmoud Mashadani

            of Accordance Front would become Speaker of Parliament

 

 

 

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