PM Abdul Mahdi Govt (2018-2020)

This timeline covers the govt of PM Abdul Mahdi

 

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

 

2018

Oct 2 Parliament elected Barham Salah new president Salah picked Adel Abdul Mahdi as

            future premier Iran tried to block Salah’s election but failed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Throws Out Rules And Convention To Elect President And Name Premier Designate)

 

Oct 18 Out going Oil Minister Luabi transferred 9 state oil companies to new Iraq National

Oil Company that he heads PM Designate Mahdi warned that his govt would cancel any orders it felt illegal

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Starts Reviving National Oil Company)

 

Oct 20 Official results of KRG election announced KDP won 45 seats PUK 21 seats Change

12 New Generation 8 Kurdistan Islamic Group 7 Towards Reform 5

(Musings On Iraq Official Results Announced for Iraq’s Kurdistan, Big Win For KDP)

Oct 20 Oil Ministry reversed its order to transfer 9 state oil companies to new Iraq National

Oil Company after PM Designate Mahdi warned against it

(Musings On Iraq Oil Minister Reverses Transfer Of 9 Companies To National Oil Company He Will Head)

 

Oct 24 Parliament voted on 14 of PM Abdul Mahdi’s 22 candidates for cabinet

 

Oct 25 Adel Abdul Mahdi sworn in as prime minister

 

Oct 31 Basra Human Rights Commission said that activists were going to restart protests in

province

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

 

Nov 1 Protests restarted in Basra over water crisis jobs and better governance

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

 

Nov 3 Protest in Basra City over jobs water crisis demanded PM Abdul Mahdi include a

minister from province

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

 

Nov 8 Protest in northern Basra over jobs and services

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

 

Nov 9 Protest in Basra demanding referendum be held to turn province into autonomous

region

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

 

Nov 10 Sit in protest started at West Qurna 2 oil field in Basra

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

 

Nov 15 Oil Ministry began sending oil through KRG pipeline to Turkey once again after year

hiatus

(Musings On Iraq Kirkuk Oil Fields And US Pressure Lead Iraq To Agree to Use Kurdish Pipeline Again)

 

Nov 17 Pres Salah announced free trade zone with Iran despite US sanctions against Tehran

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Announces Free Trade Zone With Iran In Face Of US Sanctions)

 

Nov 18 Sheikh Gharawi one of the leaders of the Basra protest movement assassinated

 

Nov 25 Protest at Basra Oil Company demanding jobs broken up by security guards and in

front of govt offices in Basra city over corruption

Nov 25 Report Trump twice asked Abadi for Iraq’s oil in return for invading Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Why Did Trump Ask Iraq For Its Oil?)

 

Dec 1 Protest organizers promised new wave of demonstrations in Basra Started with march

outside provincial council building demanding jobs

 

Dec 2 Protest at West Qurna oil field in Basra led to clash with security forces

 

Dec 14 Security forces fired tear gas and live bullets to break up demonstration in Basra city

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

2019

 

Jan 2 PM Abdul Mahdi announced new Supreme Anti-Corruption Council to combat the

problem

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

 

Feb 2 Pro-Iran Hashd fired rockets at U.S. advisers at Al-Asad air base in Anbar

 

Feb 3 Trump said US spent so much money on a base in Iraq that it owned it Said US would

be staying in Iraq to watch Iran Angered ant-US parties

 

Feb 12 Report PM Maliki might have received kickbacks for contract to service Balad Air

Base in Salahaddin

 

May 1 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq fired rockets at U.S. advisers at Taji base in Baghdad

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

 

May 13 Mansour Marid elected Ninewa governor Set off controversy in Baghdad as various

politicians claimed vote was rigged by bribes

(Musings On Iraq New Ninewa Governor Surrounded In Bribery Accusations Over His Election)

 

May 14 Speaker Halbusi referred several MPs to Anti-Corruption Council claiming they

were involved in bribing Ninewa councilmen to vote for new Gov Marid Led to MPs leaving Axis Alliance and others to call for removing Halbusi

(Musings On Iraq New Ninewa Governor Surrounded In Bribery Accusations Over His Election)

May 14 Kataib Hezbollah launched drones from Babil that hit 2 Saudi pumping stations

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

 

May 16 Report Iran’s Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani met with Tehran’s allies in Baghdad

telling them to mobilize for a possible confrontation with US

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

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

 

May 19 Rocket fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone by pro-Iran group due to US-Iran tensions

 

Jun 10 Nechirvan Barzani became new KRG president His cousin Masrour Barzani was

named prime minister the next day

(Musings On Iraq New Kurdish Govt Moving Forward Despite KDP-PUK Split)

 

Jun 12 US sanctioned Iraq’s South Wealth Resources Company for helping Iran Rev Guards

avoid sanctions smuggling weapons to pro-Iran groups inside Iraq and funding Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis deputy cmdr of the Hashd and on US terror list

(Musings On Iraq US Sanctions Iraqi Company For Being Front For Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

 

Jun 14 Balad Air Base hit by mortar fired by pro-Iran group due to US-Iran tensions

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

 

Jun 15 Hikma list said it was going into opposition to PM Abdul Mahdi’s govt

 

Jun 16 Rocket fired at Baghdad Military Airport by pro-Iran group due to US-Iran tensions

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

 

Jun 17 Rocket fired at Taji Base Baghdad by pro-Iran group due to US-Iran tensions

 

Jun 18 PM Abdul Mahdi issued statement that armed groups outside of the control of the

state were prohibited All Iraqi forces had to operate under his command after spate of attacks by pro-Iran groups on bases containing Americans

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

Jun 18 Rockets fired at Ninewa Operations Command Rumail oil field and foreign oil

company compound in Burjesia Basra by pro-Iran groups due to Iran-US tensions

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

 

Jun 21 Protests in Basra Wasit Maysan Karbala Muthanna Dhi Qar Qadisiya over corruption and electricity Sadrists held protest in Baghdad Were protests beforehand but this was first day happened across multiple provinces

 

Jun 24 Najah al-Shammari approved as Defense Min Yassin Taha al-Yassri as Interior Min

Farouq Amin al-Shawani s Justice Min 9 months after govt formed Still no Education Min

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Finally Has A Defense Interior Justice Ministers)

 

Jul 1 PM Abdul Mahdi executive order Hashd part of the security forces Had to follow its

rules and orders of the commander in chief Individual names of brigades could no longer be used Could not be linked to political parties Those that did not comply by Jul 31 could no longer carry weapons Came after 7 attacks by pro-Iran groups due to US-Iran tensions and Hashd drone attack upon Saudi Arabia Was ignored

(Musings On Iraq PM Abdul Mahdi Orders Fuller Integration Of Hashd In Response To Attacks By Iranian Backed Groups In June)

 

Jul 10 Shiite Religious Endowment head Musawi had his home invaded by Asaib Ahl Al-

Haq after he said group would not leave mosque in Babil Musawi went into govt safe house afterward

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

 

Jul 19 Hikma called for protests in 14 provinces Only happened in 7 Only few hundred

showed up in total In Basra was counter protest and rocks thrown at buses carrying away Hikma followers

(Musings On Iraq Hikma’s Calls For National Protests in Iraq Fizzle)

Jul 19 Hashd camp in Amerli, Salahaddin hit by Israeli air strikes Killed Iranian

Revolutionary Guard commander

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Jul 28 Israeli allegedly bombed Ashraf air base in Diyala targeting Hashd and Iranian

weapons

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Jul 31 Report Israeli defense official said Iranian presence in Iraq was a threat Said Iran

moving missiles into Iraq that can reach Israel

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Aug 6 PM Abdul Mahdi gave into protests by 30th Brigade of Hashd who refused order to

leave Ninewa Plains and Mosul

(Musings On Iraq PM Abdul Mahdi Fails 1st Test Of New Hashd Order In Iraq)

 

Aug 8 Human Rights Commission said 7,663 people disappeared by political parties and

Hashd during war vs IS

 

Aug 12 Explosion at Hashd base Camp Saqr in Baghdad blamed on Israeli air strike

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Aug 15 Interior Minister Yasiri visited Babil and said no civilians could return to Jurf al-

Sakhr until secured District is a Hashd base All civilians forced out by Iraqi forces because along pilgrimage routes to Najaf and Kabala

 

Aug 16 Axis Alliance blamed Hashd for 51 bodies found in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr

 

Aug 19 Balad Air Base in Salahddin hit by apparent Israeli strike targeting pro-Iran Hashd

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Aug 20 Israeli PM Netanyahu hinted that Israel behind attacks on Iraqi bases talked about

Iran’s growing presence in Iraq

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Aug 21 Deputy head of Hashd Commission Abu Muhandis said US behind attack on Balad

Air Base Said US helped Israeli drones fly from Azerbaijan to hit Iraq

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Aug 22 Head of Hashd Commission and National Security Adv Fayad said investigation into

Balad Air Base and that Dep Hashd Comm head Muhandis’ statement on attack didn’t represent official Hashd position

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Aug 23 2 US officials confirmed Israel behind recent air strikes on Hashd bases in Iraq

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

 

Sep 5 Dep Head Hashd Comm Abu Muhandis said Hashd going to form own air force Hashd

Comm then denied order

 

Sep 11 Checkpoint at Gogli outside Mosul 30th Hashd Brigade got into confrontation with

motorcade of Ninewa Dep Gov Rozbayani and MP Dobardani Detained 4 of their bodyguards and freed than an hour later

(Musings On Iraq Hashd’s 30th Brigade In Ninewa Assaults Dep Governor and MP)

 

Sep 14 PM Abdul Mahdi issued Order 328 Put Hashd under Joint Ops Command Command

would appoint all brigade commanders and Hashd under premier’s control Not implemented

 

Sep 15 Health Min Alwan resigned over corruption and govt officials spreading

misinformation

 

Sep 17 PM Abdul Mahdi issued Order 331 trying to re-organize Hashd Comm and take

powers away from deputy head of Comm Abu Muhandis Never implemented

 

Sep 24 Iraq Human Rights Comm reported 3 mil Iraqis living in slums Baghdad had most

slum areas of any province with 3,000 followed by 700 slum ares in Basra

 

Oct 1 Protests in Baghdad Basra Maysan Qadisiya Dhi Qar Wasit Muthanna Babil Karbala

Najaf Four killed by security forces in Baghdad and Nasiriya Govt building in Nasiriya set on fire Demands went from jobs and services to PM Abdul Mahdi resigning by end of day

(Musigns On Iraq Iraqi Secuirty Forces Kill At Lesat 4 Protesters Creating Crisis Govt Was Hoping To Avoid)

 

Oct 2 Protests expanded from 10 to 13 provinces in Baghdad Babil Basra Dhi Qar Diyala

Karbala Kirkuk Maysan Muhanna Najaf Qadisiya Salahaddin Wasit Govt buildings in Babil Dhi Qar Maysan Najaf along with offices of Badr Dawa Supreme Council Asaib Ahl Al-Haq burned 8 protesters and policeman killed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s October Protests Escalate And Grow)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

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

 

Oct 3 Protests in Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar Maysan Muthanna Najaf Qadisiya Wasit Protests

in Baghdad continued in different neighborhoods and some of the surrounding towns Hashd accused of driving car into protesters and killing 1 in Baghdad 1 killed in Hilla Govt building in Dhi Qar’s Rifa stormed Plainclothes gunmen said to target protesters in Nasiriya Report 35 killed so far in unrest

(Musings On Iraq 30 Killed In Iraq Protests As PM Abdul Mahdi Again Proves How Ineffective He Is)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 3 PM Abdul Mahdi gave televised speech Said he’d only been in office one year so

couldn’t expect any dramatic changes Said he’d given strict orders on use of force and protesters’ were responsible for deaths

 

Oct 4 People marched on Tahrir Square and bridge to Green Zone in Baghdad and were shot

at by ISF 10 killed Were also clashes in Shaab Husseiniy Zafaraniya New Baghdad Shula Amil Sadr City in Baghdad More people killed in those districts Reports of snipers firing into crowds Reports of Hashd attacking protesters and raiding TV stations Crowds broken up in Basra Maysan Najaf by gunfire 3 killed by ISF in Nasiriya People were arrested when they tried to go to a hospital Govt building in Diwaniya stormed and 3 killed Protest in Muthanna

(Musings On Iraq Have Iraq’s Protests Reached A Tipping Point?)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 4 Najaf governor and police chief accused saboteurs of infiltrating demonstrations and

causing violence to discredit them

Oct 4 PM Abdul Mahdi said he would create a committee to carry out reforms and fight

corruption in response to protests

Oct 4 Ayatollah Sistani used Friday sermon to condemn violence in protests and called on

parliament and courts to carry out reforms

Oct 4 Sadr ordered his Sairoon bloc to boycott parliament called for prime minister to

resign Fmr PM Abadi also called for new elections

 

Oct 5 Baghdad people tried to march on Tahrir Square Shot at by police killing 7 Clashes

with ISF in Zafaraniya 1 killed Police tried to shut off Sadr City leading to clashes Mortar fired into area 2 killed in Shula 5 TV stations in Baghdad attacked likely by Hashd Basra protesters arrested Nasiriya Saraya Khorasani Badr Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Dawa Communists Fadhila ISCI Hikma offices all burned in city 5 killed Police shot at crowd in Diwaniya killing 6 Kut people tried to burn dep gov’s house with 1 killed

(Musings On Iraq Govt Violence Reducing Number Of Protests In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

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

 

Oct 6 Sadr City only area in Baghdad with protest ISF fired into crowd even using RPGs 12

killed Another TV station attacked Protest in Nasiriya broken up Major arrest campaign in city Qadisiya people shot at

(Musings On Iraq Govt Repression Working Against Iraq’s Protest Movement)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 6 Baghdad governor resigned over protests

Oct 6 Interior Min spokesman claimed they had nothing to do with shootings of protesters

in Baghdad when they did

Oct 6 PM Abdul Mahdi announced 17 pt program to deal with protests Included subsidized

housing for poor money for jobless job training mini-loans enlistment in army compensation for dead in protests

 

Oct 7 Protests in Sadr City and Diwaniya 15 killed night before in Sadr City as ISF

used heavy weapons and RPGs against crowds ISF claimed they were shot at in neighborhood Army admitted to using excessive force in Sadr City and were ordered out of district Organizers in Diwaniya said they would stop and see how govt dealt with their demands Activists in Dhi Qar said mass arrest campaign underway including journalists

(Musings On Iraq Are Iraq’s Protests Coming To An End?)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 7 Pres Salah gave speech criticizing shooting protesters and promised investigation

Also promised reforms and fighting corruption

Oct 7 Natl Sec Adv Fayad claimed demonstrations plot to overthrow govt that failed and

perpetrators would be punished

 

Oct 8 Protest in Sadr City immediately shot at and broken up by ISF

(Musings On Iraq Protests Continue In Baghdad But At Smaller Level As Iraqi Govt Promises Reforms)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 8 PM Abdul Mahdi’s office claimed it made deal with organizers to hold off on

demonstrations until after Arbaeen ended Oct 20

(Musings On Iraq PM Abdul Mahdi Claims Deal Made To Hold Off Further Protests)

Oct 8 Iraqi govt said 110 killed in protests Health Min official said it was 165

Oct 8 Parliament voted to suspend provincial councils until 2020 elections funds for people

killed in protests unemployment benefits Some of these required legislation to go into effect

Oct 8 State Dept statement called for restraint and accountability by ISF after protests were

over

 

Oct 9 Small protest in central Baghdad Tried to cross bridge to Green Zone but stopped by

ISF

(Musings On Iraq Protests Continue In Baghdad But At Smaller Level As Iraqi Govt Promises Reforms)

Oct 9 Amnesty Intl report Snipers used against protesters as early as Oct 3 Came from ISF

Found Iraqi forces arrested protesters trying to enter hospital in Baghdad ISF surrounded protesters in Zafaraniya Baghdad and shot at them Mass arrests on going against protesters and journalists

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 9 Report Journalists received threats for covering protests Offices raided Head of

Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said govt policy was to terrorize the media

Oct 9 PM Abdul Mahdi called for 3 days of mourning for those killed in protests

Oct 9 Cabinet promised electricity aid to small business jobs provincial committees in light

of protests

Oct 9 PM Abdul Mahdi speech Again claimed he never authorized shooting protesters Said

would change cabinet Called for national unity while warning those against the state would fail

 

Oct 10 Human Rights Watch Report recorded police and Hashd beating and shooting people

during protests One heard police warn crowd in Baghdad if they didn’t disperse they would be shot at Medic arrested insider her hospital treating wounded Police fired tear gas at ambulances in Baghdad Dijla TV received letter from Media Comm ordering it to close for one month for covering unrest Govt officials called NRT TV telling to stop covering protests Both were raided the next day by security forces Nasiriya crowds tried to burn Badr office and shot at by police and guards Asaib Ahl Al-Haq guards and police shot at crowd outside office

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Govt Repression Of Protests Being Exposed As More Promises Of Reform Being Made)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

Oct 10 Report lawyers and activists said 1,000 arrested during protests Estimated half

beaten and tortured by ISF

Oct 10 Report massive arrest campaign against protesters in Dhi Qar

Oct 10 PM Abdul Mahdi nominated Health, Education, Communication, Displacement

Ministers and voted on by parliament

Oct 10 Parliament authorized 10 mil dinars for those killed and wounded during protests

 

Oct 11 Ayatollah Sistani’s Friday sermon blamed the government for deaths during protests

(Musings On Iraq Crackdown Continues Against Protesters While Iraq Govt Announces Investigations)

Oct 11 Human Rights Commission reported 108 killed in protests Baghdad had the most

with 63 dead

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 11 Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedom said that PM Abdul Mahdi should apologize for

the attacks upon the media during the protests

 

Oct 12 Cabinet and military said setting up committees to investigate violence during

            protests

(Musings On Iraq Crackdown Continues Against Protesters While Iraq Govt Announces Investigations)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 12 Report ISF stopping young people at checkpoints Checking phones for pictures of

            protests and arresting them People fleeing Baghdad fearing arrest

Oct 12 Report ISF doing house raids against protesters bloggers journalists for protests

 

Oct 14 Report Iraq Bar Association said more than 200 people killed during protests Govt

            arresting activists and journalists Many being tortured

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Oct 15 Sadr called for new protests during Arbaeen pilgrimage in Karbala

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Joins Protests While Govt Continues With Promises And Crackdown)

 

Oct 16 Report PM Abdul Mahdi asked Sistani to help end protests but he refused Iran Rev

Guard’s Gen Suleimani flew to Najaf and warned Sistani had had to pick between the protests and the govt

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Joins Protests While Govt Continues With Promises And Crackdown)

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

Oct 16 Report pro-Iran Hashd units deployed 3rd day of protests to put them down Used

snipers in Baghdad Included elements of Hashd commission

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 16 Iraqi Media House said journalists were fleeing Baghdad and south due to death

threats

 

Oct 17 Maliki Hakim Abadi all condemned govt going after journalists

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Joins Protests While Govt Continues With Promises And Crackdown)

 

Oct 18 Amnesty reported govt had on going campaign against activists and journalists for

protests Included threats arrests and disappearances

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Joins Protests While Govt Continues With Promises And Crackdown)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Oct 19 Sadrists held protests in Karbala during Arbaeen pilgrimage

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Joins Protests While Govt Continues With Promises And Crackdown)

 

Oct 20 Sadr told his followers to re-start protests and take part in national demonstrations

planned for Oct 25

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Joins Protests While Govt Continues With Promises And Crackdown)

 

Oct 22 Govt released report on violence used against protesters Blamed army and police

Said commanders lost control of forces 149 killed Most in Baghdad 107 4,207 wounded most in Baghdad 3,458 Also 19 killed in Dhi Qar 7 in Diwaniya 6 in Maysn 5 in Najaf 4 in Wasit 1 in Babil 70% of those killed were shot in head and chest Said Baghdad Operations Command commanders of army’s 11th Div Fed Police 1st Div police chiefs in Babil Dhi Qar Muthanna Najaf Qadisiya Wasit and several other offices should be fired punished or investigated for crimes Did not blame PM Abdul Mahdi other politicians or Hashd

(Musings On Iraq Report On Violence Used Vs Iraq Protests Covers-Up Govt Responsibility)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 22 Report Iran Rev Guard set up crisis cell in Baghdad to help put down protests Cell

included Gen Suleimani PM Abdul Mahdi’s chief of staff Natl Sec Adv Fayad Abu Muhandis Dep Head Hashd Comm other Hashd leaders Coordinated suppression of street and snipers Hashd believed to have arrested dozens and taken them to unofficial prisons

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

 

Oct 24 Protesters in Baghdad Dhi Qar Basra Diwaniya Maysan Najaf surprised govt by

demonstrating day before planned national protests People in Baghdad were able to get into Green Zone before being turned back by security

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Protesters Outsmart Govt And Security Forces)

 

Oct 25 42 protesters killed in Diwanaiya Maysan Dhi Qar Baghdad Basra Muthanna Were

peaceful protests in Najaf and Karbala People tried to march on Green Zone in Baghdad Sadr sent his Saraya al-Salam to Tahrir Square to protect protesters even though organizers rejected his help Govt offices in Baghdad Basra Nasiriya Diwaniya Samawah, Qadisiya Kut destroyed Reform Movement State of Law ISCI and 3 politicians offices attacked in Babil Kataib Hezbollah Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Badr Sayid al-Shuhada Dawa Imam Ali Brigades offices sacked in Nasirya Badr Dawa offices burned in Amara Dawa Fadhila Fatah Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Hikma Badr Saraya Al-Khorasani Islah ISCI Sayid al-Shuhada and others had offices attacked in Samawah Dawa Badr Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Saray al-Khorasani Sayid al-Shuhada offices sacked in Qadisiya 12 died in burning of Badr office in Qadisiya Dawa and Atta party offices burned in Kut Asaib Ahl Al-Haq guards fired into crowds in Maysan Nasiriya Dhi Qar killing several

(Musings On Iraq 42 Killed First Day Of Renewed Protests In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq More Confrontations Between Protesters And Govt 3rd Day Of Renewed Demonstrations)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

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

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

Oct 25 Sadrists attacked Asaib Ahl Al-Haq office in Amara Asaib Ahl Al-Haq guards fired

into crowd Asaib Ahl Al-Haq commander wounded and then killed at hospital Showed Shiite parties settling scores during protests

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

Oct 25 Joint Operations Command said saboteurs were using protests to destroy property

as justification for repression

Oct 25 PM Abdul Mahdi said political system facing a crisis promised changing his cabinet

cutting salaries of top officials to try to appeal to protesters

Oct 25 Ayatollah Sistani’s representative said change only came through peaceful means

and called for calm in new demonstrations

 

Oct 26 Protesters killed rose from 42 to 70 in 2 days People tried to enter Green Zone in

Baghdad ISF tried and failed to clear Tahrir Sq Basra ISF broke up protest outside govt building and carried out mass arrests Also protest in Shatt al-Arab Dhi Qar governor and deputy governor had homes burned Overnight sit-in in Karbala Protest outside Iranian consulate in Karbala Protests in Maysan Muthanna Najaf Qadisiya

(Musings On Iraq Death Toll Rises As Govt Tries To Break Up Iraq Protests)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 26 Sadr announced his Sairoon bloc was joining the opposition and started sit in

protest in parliament building

(Musings On Iraq More Confrontations Between Protesters And Govt 3rd Day Of Renewed Demonstrations)

 

Oct 27 Students went on strike in Baghdad Marched to Tahrir Sq PM Abdul Mahdi

condemned student action Badr and 2 MPs offices burned in Babil ISF broke up protest in Basra Were protests in 2 other districts in Basra 1 protester died of wounds in Basra ISF started arrest campaign against activists and journalists in Dhi Qar Sit in continued in Karbala and tried to storm govt building at night Marches in Rumaitha and Samawa in Muthanna Protest in Diwaniya Protesters shut down govt offices in 3 districts of Wasit Solidarity protest in Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq More Confrontations Between Protesters And Govt 3rd Day Of Renewed Demonstrations)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

Oct 27 Govt shut down Al Arabiya and Al Hadath TV stations for covering protests

Oct 27 6 MPs from Sairoon and Nasr resigned to support protests

Oct 27 Dep head of Hashd Comm Abu Muhandis said he was watching protests Hoped

govt would meet people’s demands and called on people to support PM Abdul Mahdi

 

Oct 28 Parliament voted to dissolve provincial district and local councils and allow governors

to run governorates Not enforced

Oct 28 5 protesters killed in Baghdad by ISF Curfew in Baghdad ignored Basra city Zubayr

Wast Qurna protests in Basra MPs house in Dhi Qar attacked Protests in Nasiriya Shatra Gharraf in Dhi Qar Protest in Maysan Sit ins continued in Samawa and Rumaitha in Muthanna Sit in started in Najaf March in Diwaniya

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Protests Get Huge Boost As Students And Professional Groups Join In)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 28 Solidarity protests in Kirkuk Tikrit Baquba

Oct 28 Karbala sit in site attacked by security forces Arrested people took down tents shot

into crowd killing 35 wounding around 800

(Musings On Iraq Massacre Of Karbala Protesters As Talk Begins Of PM Abdul Mahdi Resigning)

Oct 28 Bar Ass Engineers Assoc Teachers Union secondary and university students in

Babil Basra Dhi Qar Karbala Maysan Muthanna Qadisiya Wasit joined protests

Oct 28 Councilmen in Najaf Dhi Qar Diyala resigned to support protests

Oct 28 Sadr called for early elections to replace PM Abdul Mahdi

Oct 28 Parliament said it would create committee to amend constitution in 4 months to

appeal to protests Didn’t happen

 

Oct 29 Abdul Mahdi’s office and Karbala governor denied any died in Karbala the night

before when 35 were killed Karbala governor reportedly behind attack upon protest site

(Musings On Iraq Massacre Of Karbala Protesters As Talk Begins Of PM Abdul Mahdi Resigning)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 29 3 universities Teachers’ Union Bar Assoc on strike and went to Tahrir Sq in

Baghdad 2 killed trying to cross into Green Zone 2 protests in Babil and farm workers went on strike Protests in Um Qasr Basra Zubayr Shatt al-Arab and Qurn in Basra Basra Oil Company workers joined Um Qasr port entrance blocked Most schools in Dhi Qar went on strike Sit in at Nasiriya Najaf Samawa Diwaniya Protest at Gharraf oil field in Dhi Qar and Karbala

Oct 29 Protests in Baquba for second day and Muqtadiya and Mosul in support of Baghdad

and south

Oct 29 Comm to Protect Journalists said reporters being arrested and attacked at protest

sites Govt also shut down Al Dijlah Al Arabiya and Al Hadath TV stations

Oct 29 PM Abdul Mahd rejected Sadr’s call for early elections Said if Sadr wanted a new

govt he should talk to Amiri since they created the govt Amiri said he would not ask Abdul Mahdi to step down

Oct 29 Pres Salah called emergency meeting of ruling parties to discuss alternative to

            Abdul Mahdi

 

Oct 30 2 protesters killed in Baghdad UN rep to Iraq showed up at Tahrir Sq condemning

violence against protests Sit ins continued in Babil Basra Dhi Qar Karbala Muthanna Qadisiya Protests in 2 areas of Basra Um Qasr port blocked Riot in Shatra Dhi Qar

(Musings On Iraq 98 Dead in 6 Days Of Renewed Protests in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 30 Solidarity actions in Kirkuk

Oct 30 Report security forces warning and intimidating people in northern Iraq not to

protest Activists arrested in Anbar

Oct 30 Sadr said that if PM Abdul Mahdi didn’t step down Iraq cold be next Yemen or     Syria

Oct 30 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Pres Rouhani’s chief of staff claimed Iraq protests

controlled by US Israel Saudi Arabia

Oct 30 Iran Rev Guard Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani arrived in Baghdad and told

ruling parties Iran stood behind PM Abdul Mahdi

(Musings On Iraq Najaf and Tehran Pick Sides In Protests)

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

 

Oct 31 Pres Salah said that PM Abdul Mahdi was ready to step down Replacement needed

to be found New election law passed by parliament

(Musings On Iraq PM Abdul Mahdi Ready To Step Down Will It Satisfy The Protests?)

Oct 31 1 protester died in Baghdad from wounds Sit ins continued in Baghdad Babil Basra

Dhi Qar Maysan Muthanna Wasit Um Qasr port continued to be blocked Also protests in Qurna in Basra Rifai and Shatrah in Dhi Qar Karbala and Qadisiya

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Oct 31 Solidarity protests in Baquba and Jalawla in Diyala Another in Ninewa broken up

by 30th Brigade of the Hashd

 

Nov 1 Ayatollah Sistani said he stood with the protesters Said there should be elections

and referendum on constitution Led to huge increase number of protesters

(Musings On Iraq Najaf and Tehran Pick Sides In Protests)

Nov 1 Report Ayatollah Sistani intervened in protests because mad at Iran calling protests

US Israeli Saudi plot and afraid PM Abdul Mahdi would use force again

Nov 1 Hashd said it stood with protests but warned that it shouldn’t be manipulated by

foreigners

Nov 1 PM Abdul Mahdi warned that if he stepped down without a replacement there could

be a civil war

Nov 1 Badr/Fatah head Amiri said current political system failed and constitution needed

to be amended

Nov 1 6 protesters died from being hit by tear gas canisters in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 1 Human Rights Comm said govt not interested in ending excessive use of force as

seen by number of casualties

 

Nov 2 ISF fired live ammo at protesters blocking entrance to Um Qasr port in Basra

(Musings On Iraq Attempt at A General Strike In Iraq As Najaf-Tehran Stand Off Continues)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 2 Sit ins continued in Baghdad Babil Basra Karbala Maysan Muthanna Najaf 1 killed

in Baghdad by ISF Protests in Qurna and Fao in Basra Nasiriya and Shatrah in Dhi Qar Rumaitha in Muthanna Baquba in Diyala and Kirkuk

Nov 2 Report intimidation campaign by ISF in Anbar against people supporting protests

Nov 2 Iran Revolutionary Guards Cmdr Gen Salami said Iran would protect its interests in

other countries meaning in Iraq

Nov 2 PM Abdul Mahdi adv said premier might stay in office and lead transitional govt

            rather than step down as previously reported

 

Nov 3 General strike called leading to roads and highways blocked in Baghdad Basra

Muthanna 2 protesters killed in Tahrir Sq Govt workers walked off job in Dhi Qar Iranian consulate in Karbala assaulted Border crossing with Iran in Maysan blocked Work and school stoppages in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Nov 3 Civil Disobedience Across Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 3 Report Iran Rev Guards Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani talked Sadr out of

demanding PM Abdul Mahdi resign

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

 

Nov 4 Baghdad’s Al-Ahrar Bridge blocked by protesters Surrounded prime minister’s office

Tried to burn Justice Min 7 killed by security forces

(Musings On Iraq New Confrontations Between Protesters And Iraqi Security Forces)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 4 Govt office shut down in Babil Roads to West Qurna 1 and 2 oil fields blocked BP

oil workers had solidarity march in Basra Um Qasr port shut down by protests Clash with ISF in Dhi Qar led to 1 death Iranian consulate in Karbala assaulted Led to 3 deaths Protest at Karbala govt building Diyala-Baghdad highway cut

Nov 4 Basra Ops Command said got approval to break up Um Qasr protest

Nov 4 Amnesty reported govt intimidation campaign against activists in Anbar to stop

them from backing protests 2 arrested for posting on Facebook about protests

Nov 4 Govt cut Internet in Iraq again Led to nighttime arrests of activists in Baghdad by

ISF

 

Nov 5 1 protester killed at funeral in Baghdad 1 killed at Baghdad’s Al-Ahrar bridge 2

killed attacking politician’s house in Dhi Qar’s Shatrah 1 killed at Um Qasr port in Basra as security forces broke up sit-in there People stormed marine base next to port in response

(Musings On Iraq Protest At Um Qasr Port Broken Up And Mass Arrests In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 5 PM Abdul Mahdi claimed saboteurs behind clashes with ISF

Nov 5 Arrest campaign by ISF in Baghdad continued against activists

Nov 5 UN report Oct 25-27 Hashd killed 27 protesters wounded 287 in Maysan Dhi Qar

Babil Oct 26-29 police killed 21 wounded 170 in Dhi Qar Karbala Nov 4 ISF used tear gas and live ammo at Baghdad’s Al-Ahrar Bridge killing 5 Govt used anti-terror law against protesters in Babil Baghdad Dhi Qar Qadisiya

Nov 5 Councilman and 3 MPs houses burned in Dhi Qar’s Shatrah Govt office in Nasiriya

closed Karbala govt building burned and 2 killed Road to oil field in Qadisiya blocked

(Musings On Iraq Battle Of The Bridges In Baghdad As Protests Expand To Economic Targets in South Iraq)

Nov 5 PM Abdul Mahd said if he resigned there would be power vacuum Said protests led

to reforms and constitution would be amended

Nov 5 Report Iranian Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani gave political plan to Iraqi parties

including changing cabinet amending election law changing Election Comm but keeping PM Abdul Mahdi

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

 

Nov 6 Baghdad protests expanded to several bridges across central Baghdad 1 doctor killed

by ISF Security forces killed 2 bank workers by accident in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Battle Of The Bridges In Baghdad As Protests Expand To Economic Targets in South Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 6 Protesters returned to Basra’s Um Qasr Port after broken up yesterday Road to Khor

al-Zubayr port blocked Stopped oil exports from Qayara field Most govt offices and some businesses in Nasiriya closed Protest at South Oil Company Nasiriya and Shanfiya refineries blocked

Nov 6 PM Abdul Mahdi’s spokesman claimed ISF had not fired a shot at protesters and

Internet closed because spreading hate

 

Nov 7 4 protesters killed while attempted to remove concrete walls on Baghdad’s Shuhada

Bridge

(Musings On Iraq Will Iraq’s PM Abdul Mahdi Put An End To The Protests?)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 7 ISF attacked sit-in protest site in Basra city killing 2 and protest at Um Qasr Port

(Musings On Iraq Govt Moving To Break Up Southern Iraq Protests)

Nov 7 PM Abdul Mahdi’s spokesman said saboteurs amongst the protesters were blocking

roads and would be arrested

Nov 7 Report some of the ruling parties agreed to back PM Abdul Mahdi using force to

end the protests

 

Nov 8 ISF still trying to break up protests at Um Qasr Port and Basra city 13-14 died total

(Musings On Iraq Govt Moving To Break Up Southern Iraq Protests)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 8 PM Abdul Mahdi’s spokesman said armed men fired on both protesters and security

forces in Basra

Nov 8 Basra Ops Command said unknown forces fired at Basra protesters Basra police

chief denied that his forces fired at demonstrators

Nov 8 ISF destroyed protest camps in Rifai Dhi Qar and Karbala city

 

Nov 9 Protests at Um Qasr and Basra city finally ended by security forces 17-18 protesters

killed over 2 days

(Musings On Iraq After Shutting Down Basra Protests Crackdown Moves To Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 9 ISF swept people from three bridges in central Baghdad 6 killed Baghdad Ops

Command denied that it used tear gas or live ammo on demonstrators but did

Nov 9 Report that ISF infiltrated crowd at Baghdad’s Tahrir Sq Activists disappearing

Nov 9 Attempt on life of professional bodybuilder that took part in Baghdad protests

 

Nov 10 ISF closed off square in central Basra and arrested people who showed up ending

protests in city Students rallied at Zubayr Univ in Basra 6 killed in Baghdad’s Khalani Sq which govt cleared Nov 9 Justice Min office burned in central Baghdad Protests closed govt offices in Hilla 3 politicians’ houses burned in Dhi Qar’s Shatrah Clashes in Nasiriya led to 4 deaths Border crossing with Iran blocked in Maysan

(Musings On Iraq Protests Continue In Iraq After Basra Demos Put Down)

(Musings On Iraq New Clashes In South Iraq As Another Activist Disappears In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Nov 11 1000s showed in Basra city to try to re-start sit-in site but met by ISF 2nd day

protest in Nasiriya clashes with ISF People tried to storm police station 2 more killed

(Musings On Iraq New Clashes In South Iraq As Another Activist Disappears In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Nov 12 Teacher’s Union called new strike Closed most schools and universities in Baghdad

and south Sit-in restarted in Basra city after broken up by ISF Mayor in Dhi Qar had house burned down Govt offices closed in Amara and Nasiriya Karbala police joined march

(Musings On Iraq New School Strike And Continued Protest Actions In Southern Iraq)

 

Nov 13 Activists Saba Mahdawia and Ali Hashim who were abducted in Baghdad were

released with no details

(Musings On Iraq News On Kidnaped Iraq Activists)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 13 800 students and teachers joined sit-in site in Basra Protest at Majnoon oil field

Politicians’ house burned in Dhi Qar

Nov 13 Sadr again called for his followers to join protests

Nov 13 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq reportedly kidnapped Interior Min General Jabbar in Baghdad for

denying it seats in institute he runs

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Blamed For Kidnapping Iraqi General In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq History of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)

 

Nov 14 4 protesters killed in Baghdad Baghdad Ops Command denied any deaths Protests

returned to Basra’s Um Qasr port

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 14 Human Rights Watch reported ISF attacked medics working with protesters in

Baghdad Basra and Dhi Qar

 

Nov 15 3 protesters killed by sticky bomb and 3 by gunfire in Tahrir Square 3 small bombs

went off in square as well  

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 15 Sit in protest restarted at Um Qasr port in Basra Politicians house burned in Dhi

Qar Sadrists protested in Kufa and Diwaniya Bomb in protest site in Nasiriya

Nov 15 Ayatollah Sistani’s representatives said none of the protesters’ demands had been

met Called for election reform

 

Nov 16 Def Min Shammari claimed 3rd party responsible for shooting protesters in

Baghdad not ISF Claimed 200 arrest warrants out for them Said tear gas used not bought by ISF

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Defense Minister Tried To Deny Security Forces Behind Deaths Of Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 16 Rapid Reaction Div commander said that ISF was killing protesters with tear gas

            canister and military responsible

Nov 16 Report 30 ISF resigned over refusing to shoot protesters in Baghdad Causing

            divisions with iSF

Nov 16 ISF made deal with protesters to withdraw from Khalaqni Sq and part of Al-Senak

bridge in Baghdad 3 demonstrators killed in Baghdad Activist assassinated in capital

Nov 16 Entrance to Majnoon oil field in Basra blocked Protester died of wounds in Basra

city

Nov 16 Protesters called for general strike again on Nov 17 Wasit Babil Dhi Qar Maysan all

said they would close govt offices in response

 

Nov 17 Protesters retook Al-Ahrar Bridge in Baghdad 1 killed

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 17 Sadr called for strike joining protester call for general strike

Nov 17 Basra Najaf Qadisiya Wasit Babil Maysan Dhi Qar declared holidays during

protester strike

Nov 17 3 lawyers/activists kidnapped in Baghdad and Maysan

Nov 17 Protesters withdrew sit ins outside Basra’s Majnoon oil field and Um Qasr port

Nov 17 Protests in Baquba Muqtadiya Khalis Baladrooz in Diyala

 

Nov 18 PM Abdul Mahdi’s office said it would issue warrants for teachers behind school

strikes

Nov 18 Some major roads in Basra blocked for strike including some to Rumaila oil field

Road to Karbala airport and refinery blocked

Nov 18 Intercept/NY Times report on hundreds of leaked Iranian documents on its ties to

Iraq Included head of Mil Intel under PM Maliki who said that he would do whatever he could to help Tehran Intel head helped Iran assassinate Iraqi pilots from Iran-Iraq War and ISF officers

 

Nov 19 Most of the ruling parties met in Baghdad Agreed to give PM Abdul Mahdi 45

days to carry out reforms

Nov 19 Human Rights Commission called on PM Abdul Mahdi to stop ISF kidnapping

            activists and journalists

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Kidnapping Protesters In Intimidation Campaign)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Nov 20 US review found ISF too dependent upon Coalition and can’t hold cleared territory

or Syrian border Said IS disjointed Can’t carry out major attacks can’t penetrate cities can’t garner popular support

(Musings On Iraq US Report Finds Continued Shortcomings In Iraqi Forces While Islamic State Disjointed)

 

Nov 21 Kataib Hezbollah said Def Min bought tear gas used vs protesters after Def Min

Shammari claimed that 3rd party shooting demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq Hashd Retaliate Against Iraq’s Defense Minister For Comments On Protests)

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

Nov 21 Report Natl Sec Adv Fayad Badr head Amiri PM Abdul Mahdi’s chief of staff

Hashemi met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei in Tehran Said protests would be put down with force and PM Abdul Mahdi supported 

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

 

Nov 22 Pro-Iran Hashd released story that Def Min Shammari received disabilities welfare

when he lived in Sweden and docs showing Def Min bought tear gas and used it against demonstrators after Shammari claimed 3rd party shooting demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq Hashd Retaliate Against Iraq’s Defense Minister For Comments On Protests)

 

Nov 24 Main roads in Basra city blocked by protests 7 killed as ISF cleared protest outside

Um Qasr port Road to West Qurna 1 and Majnoon oil fields blocked Govt building and Shiite Endowment burned main roads and bridges blocked in Nasiriya Protesters tried to storm govt building in Karbala

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Nov 25 Police stormed bridge blocked by protesters in Hillah Main roads in Basra and

Najaf blocked Highway blocked and houses of 2 politicians burned in Dhi Qar

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Protests Escalate Once Again)

 

Nov 27 Protesters blocked govt offices in Basra city highway in Fao ISF cleared protest

outside Majnoon oil field Govt building burned in Dhi Qar Roads blocked in Karbala and Najaf Iranian consulate burned Ashurba Brigades shot at protesters outside Ayatollah Hakim shrine Killed total of 27 over 4 days

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Protests Escalate Once Again)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 27 Report Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani arrived in Baghdad to block resignation of

            PM Abdul Mahdi Got support of Badr’s Amiri

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

 

Nov 28 Sadr said protests could lead to end of Iraq if PM Abdul Mahdi didn’t resign Abadi

warned of collapse of govt if didn’t resign

Nov 28 60 protesters killed in Nasiriya 10 killed in Najaf 4 killed in Baghdad Police station

burned in Nasiriya in one of deadliest days since unrest started in Oct

(Musings On Iraq One Of The Deadliest Days Of Protests At Least 25 Killed In Nasiriya)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 28 PM Abdul Mahdi announced crisis cells between military and governors to deal

with protests

Nov 28 Dhi Qar governor got head of new crisis cell to be dismissed for deaths of

protesters Then governor resigned

 

Nov 29 PM Abdul Mahdi said he resigned after Ayatollah Sistani’s Friday message

Nov 29 Najaf police chief resigned after massacre of protesters Nov 28 2nd Dep Gov of

Najaf resigned Said protesters were being murdered

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 29 Clashes between protesters and ISF continued in Nasiriya Another 17 killed Crowd

tried to storm shrine of Mohammed Baqir al-Mohammed ISCI’s Ashura Brigade fired at crowd killing 5 

 

Nov 30 Protesters in Najaf set entrance to shrine of Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim on fire

ISCI’s Ashura Brigades shot at crowd killing 3 Protests then turned on ISCI official in city

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Nov 30 Solidarity protests in Kirkuk and Mosul

 

Dec 1 Parliament accepted resignation of PM Abdul Mahdi

Dec 1 Iranian consulate in Najaf burned again Adviser to Iran’s Khamenei called protesters

bastards Called on Hashd to deal with them

 

Dec 4 Report US officials said Iran still sending short range ballistic missiles to Iraq

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

 

Dec 5 Pro-Iran Hashd marched into Tahrir Sq to disrupt protests 20 people stabbed Asaib

Ahl Al-Haq blamed

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Stab Protesters In Baghdad’s Tahrir Square)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

 

Dec 6 US sanctioned Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Qais and Laith Khazali for orchestrating

suppression of protests and sectarian cleansing of Sunnis in Diyala Hashd leader Hussein Al-Lami for suppressing protests Businessman Khamis al-Khanjar for corruption

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

(Musings On Iraq US Sanctions Iraqi Businessman Khanjar For Bribery And Supporting Iran)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

Dec 6 Kataib Hezbollah blamed for shooting protesters in Baghdad’s Al-Khalani Sq and

setting fire to parking garage Up to 85 killed at least 130 wounded

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Carry Out Another More Deadly Attack Upon Baghdad Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq Kataib Hezbollah With Help From Security Forces Blamed For Friday’s Massacre Of Baghdad Protesters)

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

 

Dec 8 Dozens of protesters were freed by ISF in Baghdad Said they were kidnapped by

Kataib Hezbollah on Dec 6

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Kidnapping Protesters As Part Of Intimidation Campaign)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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

Dec 8 Pro-Iran Hashd fired rockets at Baghdad Military Airport wounding 6 Counter Terror

Service members

 

Dec 19 Report Hezbollah’s Kawtharani helping Iran Rev Guards Quds Force’s Gen

Suleimani lobby Iraqi leaders over new premier

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah Helping Iran Negotiate New Premier For Iraq)

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

 

Dec 26 Pres Salah offered to resign over Bina list nominating Basra Governor Eidani for

premier

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s President Threatens To Resign Over Unpopular Nominations For Premier)

 

Dec 27 Kataib Hezbollah blamed for rocket attack on K1 Military Base Kirkuk that killed 2

Iraqi police 1 US contractor and wounded 2 Iraqi soldiers and 4 US soldiers

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

 

Dec 29 US hit 3 Kataib Hezbollah bases in Anbar 28 killed 48 wounded 3 Iranians also died

Was retaliation for Dec 27 rocket attack on K1 Military Base in Kirkuk that killed US contractor

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

(Musings On Iraq US Retaliates Against Kataib Hezbollah Raising Question Of What Comes Next?)

(Musings On Iraq Kataib Hezbllah’s Role Along The Iraq-Syrian Border: Security Profits Supporting Iran)

 

Dec 31 Pro-Iran Hashd groups Kataib Hezbollah Badr Saraya al-Khorasani Asaib Ahl Al-

Haq Harakat Nujaba let into Green Zone Attacked US Embassy Demanded US forces withdraw from Iraq Set fire to part of Embassy Set up protest camp outside

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Groups Take Next Step To Expel US Forces From Iraq)

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

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

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

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

 

2020

 

Jan 3 Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani and Kataib

Hezbollah cmdr-Dep Head of Hashd Commission Abu Muhandis killed in US strike in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His

(Musings On Iraq How Will The Deaths Of General Suleimani and Abu Muhandis Affect Iraq? Comments by the Washington Institute’s Mike Knights)

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

Jan 3 Citing the deaths of Gen Suleimani and Abu Muhandis resigned PM Abdul Mahdi

called for a special session of parliament to discuss the U.S. military presence in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Political Plan Unfolding In Iraq)

 

Jan 4 US led Coalition said that it would limit operations in Iraq and suspend training to

protect its forces from threats after the deaths of Gen Suleimani and Abu Muhandis

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

 

Jan 5 Parliament voted on non-binding resulting to have US forces leave Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Political Plan Unfolding In Iraq)

Jan 5 Before parliament session on US withdrawal Kataib Hezbollah threatened to expose

any MP that voted against resolution Made personal threats as well

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

 

Jan 5 Trump threatened sanctions on Iraq if US forces expelled Said US not leaving until

Iraq paid for air base US used

Jan 5 Funeral procession for Iran Rev Guards Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani tried to

enter sit-in protest sites in Basra and Nasiriya In Basra attacked protesters and burned tents Nasiriya fired into crowd killing 2 Protesters then burned Hashd office in retaliation

(Musings On Iraq Funeral for Iran’s Gen Suleimani And Hashd Leader Muhandis Used To Attack Protesters)

 

Jan 6 Retired PM Abdul Mahdi said a legal memo was being drawn up to have US forces

leave Iraq Told US Amb to Iraq that 2 countries had to work together on withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq Iraq and US Struggling With American Military Withdrawal)

Jan 6 Pres Salah received copy of US sanctions that would be imposed upon Iraq if US

            forces expelled from country

Jan 6 US Marines told Iraq planning to withdraw from Iraq following request from

parliament Def Sec Esper than said US had no plans to leave Iraq

 

Jan 7 Iran fired ballistic missiles a Ain Al-Assad Base in Anbar and at Irbil causing some

Iraqi casualties Tehran said was revenge for killing Iran Rev Guards Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani

(Musings On Iraq Could Missile Attack On Iraqi Bases Defuse US-Iran Tensions?)

Jan 7 Funeral procession for Gen Suleimani attacked Nasiriya protest site 2nd time Fired

into crowd killing 1

(Musings On Iraq Funeral for Iran’s Gen Suleimani And Hashd Leader Muhandis Used To Attack Protesters)

 

Jan 9 Retired PM Abdul Mahdi called Sec State Pompeo Said US should send delegation to

set up withdrawal timeline

(Musings On Iraq US Increases Threats Against Iraq If It Forces US Troops To Leave)

 

Jan 11 Trump threatened to freeze Iraq’s $35 bil in oil revenues deposited in US bank

(Musings On Iraq US Increases Threats Against Iraq If It Forces US Troops To Leave)

 

Jan 23 Iraq ranked 17th most corrupt country in Transparency International’s annual

Corruption Perceptions Index Year before was ranked 18th most corrupt

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Continues To Rank In Bottom Of International Corruption Index)

 

Jan 24 Sadr and pro-Iran Hashd held anti-US march in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Holds Anti-U.S. Rally, Tilts Towards Iran, Then Crackdown On Protests)

Jan 24 Sadr withdrew support for protests and his followers began leaving sit-in sites

 

Jan 25 Protest sites attacked in Baghdad Basra Najaf Nasiriya after Sadr withdrew support

            1 killed in Baghdad 3 in Nasiriya

(Musings On Iraq New Govt Crackdown On Iraq Protests)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Jan 26 Govt crackdown on protests continued with attacks on sites in Baghdad Basra

Nasiriya with 12 killed

(Musings On Iraq New Govt Crackdown On Iraq Protests)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Jan 31 Sadr called for his followers to return to protests after abandoning them reportedly

for Iran’s backing

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Returns To Iraq’s Protests After Betraying Them For Iran)

 

Feb 1 Former Communications Minister Mohammed Allawi was named interim premier

Feb 1 Protest movement across Iraq rejected Allawi’s appointment

(Musings On Iraq Conflicts Between Protesters And Sadrists Over Their Return And New Interim Premier)

Feb 1 Sadrists attacked protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square who were against

nomination of Allawi as new premier Then took over Turkish Restaurant

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

 

Feb 2 Sadr issued statement saying protesters blocking roads should be arrested and

Education Min should punish students and teachers on strike

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

Feb 2 Sadr spokesman said movement would impose peace upon protests and work with

ISF Said that saboteurs had to be expelled from demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

Feb 2 Sadrists tried to clear a bridge in Baghdad occupied by protesters but failed Attacked

demonstrators in Basra and Nasiriya who were against Allawi’s nomination as PM Tried to take over protest square in Karbala

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Feb 3 Sadrists shot at protesters in Najaf killing 11 Shot and stabbed demonstrators in

Babil killing one

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

 

Feb 8 Sadr reversed course again Said he would withdraw his people form protests

Announced 18 point charter for demonstrations Included ending school boycotts not blocking roads Not getting involved in politics

 

Feb 11 Sadr announced that he was disbanding the blue hats which were his people that

had joined the protests

 

Feb 14 Report 2012-14 PM Maliki managed money laundering for Iranian Rev Guard and

Hezbollah Used money to support militias fighting in Syria 1 of Maliki’s secretary managed money along with MP from State of Law Maliki also set up intel cell to work with Syrian intel Al Najaba Movement and Kataib Hezbollah received funds from scheme Also shipped weapons to militias in Syria

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

 

Feb 22 4 Hashd units loyal to Najaf objected to Abdul Muhammadawi from Kataib

Hezbollah being appointed new chief of staff of Hashd Comm by pro-Iran factions Threatened to withdraw from Commission if appointment confirmed

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Groups Name New Acting Head of Hashd)

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Najaf Hashd Threaten To Leave Hashd Commission)

 

Mar 2 Mohammed Allawi resigned as premier designate after failing to get parliament to

            approve his cabinet

(Musings On Iraq Allawi Gives Up Forming Govt As Iraqi Elite Fail Again)

 

Mar 11 Kataib Hezbollah fired rockets at Camp Taji in Baghdad killing 2 American and 1

British soldier

(Musings On Iraq As Talk Of Expelling US Forces From Iraq Dies Down Attacks Upon Americans Pick Up)

 

Mar 13 U.S. struck Kataib Hezbollah targets in Babil Anbar and Karbala in

retaliation for the death of 2 American soldiers on Mar 11 Killed 5 ISF

(Musings On Iraq As Talk Of Expelling US Forces From Iraq Dies Down Attacks Upon Americans Pick Up)

 

Mar 14 Camp Taji hit again with rockets wounding 3 US soldiers and 3-4 ISF

(Musings On Iraq Tit For tat Between U.S. and Pro-Iran Hashd Continues)

 

Mar 17 Nasr MP and former governor of Najaf Adnan Zurfi named candidate for

            interim premier

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Names Another Candidate For Interim Premier)

 

Mar 18 4 pro-Najaf Hashd brigades asked to join Defense Ministry to protest control of Hashd

Commission by pro-Iran groups

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Najaf Hashd Threaten To Leave Hashd Commission)

 

Apr 9 Iraqi intelligence head Mustafa al-Kazemi became new prime minister candidate after

 Adnan al-Zurfi failed to reach consensus on his govt

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Has 3rd Candidate For Premier)

 

Apr 16 Iraq cabinet ordered halt to monthly budget payments to Kurdistan It had not

followed 2019 budget to export oil in return for money

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Cuts Off Budget Payments To Kurdistan Once More)

 

Apr 22 4 pro-Najaf Hashd brigades sent letter to Hashd Commission head Falah Fayad saying

the would now be under Commander in Chief Said had blessing of religious establishment

(Musings On Iraq Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi Doesn’t Accept Units Leaving Hashd Commission)

 

Apr 24 Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi said he didn’t accept 4 pro-Najaf Hashd leaving Hashd

Commission Said he wanted to keep all Hashd united

(Musings On Iraq Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi Doesn’t Accept Units Leaving Hashd Commission)

 

Apr 25 Ansar al-Marjaiya pro-Najaf Hashd called on other brigades to follow its lead and

leave Hashd Commission

(Musings On Iraq Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi Doesn’t Accept Units Leaving Hashd Commission)

 

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