Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Chilcot Inquiry Section 4.4 The Search For WMD


Tony Blair had been convinced since the 1990s that Iraq still had WMD. When none was found after the 2003 invasion it challenged not only the justification for the war but Blair’s entire mindset about Saddam Hussein. London followed the same script as the United States shifting from claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction to Saddam wanting them. The fact that the latter would not make Baghdad a threat was never mentioned as Downing Street was thrown on the defensive.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 25 Turkey launched 1st raid into Iraq to fight PKK under Iraq-Turkey security agreement

(NurPhoto)

 

1918 11 leaders of Najaf revolt executed in Kufa by British

1940 Iraq Foreign Min Said said England and France should grant Syria and Palestine Independence

to counter Axis propaganda

1941 British attacked Iraqis 6 miles up from Basra city 10th Indian Div ordered to head north

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)

1948 Iraqi forces took Geulim and reached Kfar Yona and Ein Vered Attacked Netanya but failed

Jordanians asked Iraqis to move to Tulkarm-Netanya sector 1st Arab-Israeli War

1963 Baath govt announced it foiled a coup plot

1963 Talabani met with Egypt’s Nasser to talk about Kurdish demands 1st time Kurds got

audience in wider Arab world

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1981 New Pres Mitterrand told Saddam France would support him during war

1983 Turkey launched first cross border raid under Iraq-Turkey security agreement 7,000 Turkish troops

moved 18 mi into Kurdistan to attack PKK bases

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review Turkey, the US and Iraq)

1983 Iraq offered to end bombing of Iranian civilians

1985 Dawa bombed motorcade of Emir Jaber Sabah ruler of Kuwait for his support of Iraq in Iran-Iraq

            War Led to govt crackdown on Dawa

(Musings On Iraq review Transnational Shia Politics, Religious and Political Networks in the Gulf)

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

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

1988 Iraq started 2nd major offensive of yr Op Tawakalna ala Allah to clear Fish Lake Basra and force Iran

into negotiations to end war Used chemical weapons Took 6 miles

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1999 Clinton Natl Sec Adv Berger met with 7 Iraqi opposition parties receiving US funds Told them

president wanted Saddam removed by end of his term

2003 5,000 Iraqis protested outside Green Zone demanding a new govt security salaries for soldiers

2003 CPA order 5 created DeBaathification Council Would be run by Ahmed Chalabi

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

2003 Inspection team examined 2 captured trailers Immediately found they weren’t mobile WMD labs

as originally thought

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

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2003 Kirkuk council elected 6 members then arrested by US for alleged Baathist ties

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

2003)

2003 Suicide bomber hit Badr HQ in Baquba Was attempting to seize local officers Carrying out

assassination campaign against former regime members

(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)

2007 Ret Gen Keane told VP Cheney Surge needed to be sustained until 2008

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

2007 UK killed Mahdi Army commander for Basra Abu Qader leading to 2 days of fighting in city

2007 Sadr gave Friday sermon forbidding attacks upon Sunnis and Christians His Mahdi Army was still

cleansing Sunnis from Baghdad

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

2008 Report insurgents fled to Tikrit and Ramadi during Mother of Two Springs operation in Mosul

2008 Mayor of Mosul escaped 4th bombing attempt on his life in 10 days Came day after Mother of Two

Springs op to clear city ended

2008 US Amb Crocker said ISI had been severely disrupted in Iraq

2008 US and ISF conduct weapons searches in Sadr City Arrested 200 Mahdi Army militiamen

2008 Report UK army said Sadrists paid $300 for anyone that attacked UK forces in Basra Money came

from Iran

2008 PM Maliki attempted to assert control over Basra after Charge of Knights by firing Fadhila officials

who ran South Oil Company Basra Airport Oil Tankers Company Basra Refinery

2009 PM Maliki accepted resignation of Trade Min Sudani charged with corruption $4-$8 bil

missing from ministry Bought expired food and charged Ministry full price Bought food and kept it for themselves to sell on black market Bought goods for double the prices Sudani signed contract with company owned by his son for $50 mil for old tea that was only worth $20 mil Bought contaminated milk from China Found $8 mil in expired food in warehouse Sudani’s brother and nephew got $40 in kickbacks from every ton of sugar imported by ministry Sudani used some of money to fund PM Maliki’s State of Law in 2009-10 elections

(Musings On Iraq Half Of Corruption Cases Against Iraq’s Former Trade Minister Dropped)

(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)

2010 Report US military afraid after withdrawal Embassy wouldn’t be able to handle its duties

Thought diplomats risk averse Wouldn’t intervene in Iraqi politics Wouldn’t be able to collect intel Counter Special Groups It didn’t

2010 Report May Planning Min released 5 yr economic plan Called for diversifying economy and

decentralization Head of Iraqi Businessmen Union said plan was propaganda Didn’t have any details Economist said until electricity and infrastructure dealt with development impossible Said govt had failed at both Institute of Econ Reform said govt had to change laws to encourage private sector but not included in plan All said afraid govt wanted to increase its control of econ

2011 Iraq ranked 2nd to last in Global Peace Index Was in last place in 2010

2011 Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq could not defend itself after US withdrawal at end of year

2011 Report Iraq linked signing of new trade agreement with Turkey with allowing more water down

Euphrates and Tigris Turkey refused

2011 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq blamed for assassinations of Defense and Interior Min officials Reportedly

was response to PM Maliki promising them govt positions if laid down weapons. Never gave up arms

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

2011 Transportation Minister threatened to resign if Greater Faw Port not completed Called for govt to

appropriate money for project Never completed

2012 Dawa held march in Baghdad to support PM Maliki during no confidence drive against him

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

2012 Baghdad said that all Kurdish oil deals with Turkey had to be approved by the central govt

2012 Gorran MP condemned PUK for running 25 trade companies and KDP 50 others Said parties were

supposed to be involved in politics not the economy

2013 Dep PM Mutlaq accused PM Maliki of backing militias with government money Mutahidun said

militias growing and govt doing nothing Said were working for Iran

2013 Report Baghdad said it would take legal action against KRG for oil exports to Turkey Dep PM

Shahristani said illegal for KRG to export oil without turning over revenue to Baghdad Jan KRG began exports to Turkey Iraq sent letters to companies telling them not to buy KRG oil Turkey in talks to build 2nd pipeline to KRG

2013 Gorran MP said if Pres Barzani nominated for 3rd term would be end of democracy in KRG Said

wanted term limit to prevent dictatorship

2013 Pres Barzani asked all Kurdish parties to give suggestions on KRG constitution before said would

be no amendments

2014 Anbar Operations Command claimed 90% of Ramadi freed ISIS still occupied major parts of city

2014 Source at Anbar Operations Command said 40 attempts to take Fallujah from Jan-May 2014 and all

failed

2014 Sadrists threatened to go into opposition if PM Maliki got 3rd term

2015 Report Apr IS called for reinforcements from Syria to deploy to Anbar and Salahaddin

Helped take Ramadi in May

2016 Iranian media claimed Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani went to Fallujah to command op

Spread pictures of general on social media Part of Iranian info campaign to portray Iran as leading war vs IS in Iraq

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

2016 Sheikh in Suleiman Beq Salahaddin accused Hashd of blowing up almost 1,000 homes and

200 kidnappings

2017 Kataib Hezbollah threatened Bahrain if Shiite leader there harmed Blamed terrorism on

Saudis Group declared itself part of the Axis of Resistance

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

2017 ABC followed up Der Spiegal article on abuses of Iraqi forces during Mosul campaign Had

video of ISF killing prisoners Talked with officer in Rapid Reaction Div who didn’t dispute video but said tactics were justified because prisoners were IS members Said unit didn’t take prisoners Said abuse was to get confessions Had video of officer beating prisoner to get him to reject pledge to IS Afterward told cameraman to edit video so looked like prisoner rejected pledge on his own Rapid Reaction Div said the video was faked and made by IS Officer in video told ABC he was proud of abusing prisoners

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 220 May 24 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 221 May 25 2017)

2017 Report Rapid Reaction Div released its own video to counter Der Spiegel article on abuses

done by unit Interviewed people it tortured and had them say nothing happened

2017 US CENTCOM said air strike on Mosul building killed 105 civilians Claimed bomb

detonated explosive inside building 4 civilians in another building also killed Witnesses said another 36 died but US couldn’t confirm that Said ISF called airstrike but didn’t know civilians inside building

2017 Mayor of Khalis Diyala said IS moving into Diyala-Salahaddin border area Said IS in 4

towns which had been empty of people for 3 yrs No ISF presence

2018 Protesters in Basra blocked main road with burning tires over lack of services Protest in

Nasiriiya over missing activist

2018 Rosneft announced agreement with KRG to develop oil and gas infrastructure including

natural gas pipeline

2018 Gorran Kurdistan Islamic Group Kurdistan Islamic Union Democracy and Justice accused Election Comm in Sulaymaniya of fraud Allawi called for investigation into vote rigging Wanaiya Iraq Decision Airboon in Anbar talked about cheating in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Growing Crisis Over Elections In Kirkuk and Kurdistan)

2019 Abadi questioned how Hashd got money to buy property in Jadriya Baghdad

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi wanted to close displaced file by end of 2019 Was returning

families to Anbar including ones affiliated with IS Qaim refused to accept any IS families

2019 Report IS changing tactics Attacking civilians more than ISF Trying to drive people

out of areas Attempting to extort more money for funding

2019 IS burned 8 fields in Kirkuk 

2020 Tribal Hashd warned IS taking over areas of Muqdadiya dist central Diyala

2020 Protesters in Diwaniya held mock funeral for killed activists

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

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2021 2 protesters killed in Baghdad by police during new round of demonstrations over

assassinated activists PM Kazemi had ordered Police ignored PM Kazemi order not to fire into crowds Protests in Basra Kirkuk Dhi Qar over lack of services

(Musings On Iraq New Wave of Protests In Iraq Over Executions Of Activists)

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

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Security In Iraq May 15-21, 2022


The number of security incidents in Iraq doubled from the second to third weeks of May. This was due to an increase in operations by both the Islamic State and pro-Iran groups. The overall number of attacks was still insignificant compared to previous years.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 24 Iran’s Op Beit al-Moqaddas pushed Iraq backed to border in Basra Iran-Iraq War

(Wikimedia)

 

1922 Cleric Khalisi informed southern tribes British were trying to get their way in new Anglo-

Iraq Treaty

1941 Mufti of Jerusalem told Italians Arab revolt hinged on Iraq and it needed more support

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

1973 Kurdish villages in Khanaqin forced to cede land to Arabs and population expelled

1982 Iran’s Op Beit al-Moqaddas ended Took Khorramshahr in south Iraqi forces pushed back to border

in Khuzistan province Regained 2,077 sq mi of Iranian territory Iraq lost 9,000 dead 15,000 wounded 19,000 prisoners Iran lost 12-15,000 dead 25,000 wounded Saddam had 20 senior officer relieved of command 10 executed

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

1982 So far in war Iraq had lost 30,000 dead 35,000 prisoners 20% of its artillery 40% of its planes 60%

of its tanks Half its ground forces Iran has also recaptured 90% of the territory Iraq seized in 1980

1982 Israeli press reported US sent arms to Egypt which were then sold to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1990 US National Security Council deputies meeting told that US still sharing intelligence with Iraq

1999 Sec State Albright met with 7 Iraqi opposition groups receiving US funds Said US would provide

them nonlethal aid

2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld issued order to Joint Chiefs to begin Phase Four postwar planning for Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction’s “Hard Lessons” – Part I: Planning for Postwar Iraq September 2001 to May 2003)

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Blood Money, Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq)

2003 1st time CPA paid Iraqi govt workers

2004 Bush said US would stay the course in Iraq and move towards returning sovereignty and creating

democracy in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2005 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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq’s Future, How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy)

2006 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey asked staff to see whether Iranian Rev Guard could be declared a hostile

force

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 20 Baghdad Burns, Summer-Fall 2006)

2006 Joint Chiefs intel report said insurgency enduring despite political progress and growth of ISF Said

violence would increase into 2007

2006 Report police and army full of militias insurgents and criminals carrying out abuses and sectarian

violence US officials and military apologized for former Inter Min Jabr from ISCI and Badr saying they weren’t responsible for police abuses

(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)

2006 PM Maliki said he wanted to reign in militias and demobilize them Went to Najaf to try to get

Ayatollah Sistani to make statements against militias

2006 Iraqi Army’s 16th Brigade in charge of Dora south Baghdad ran death squads and assassinations in

conjunction with insurgents Killed its own commander

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

2007 Funeral for Sheikh Issawi from Awakening hit by suicide car bomb in Fallujah 34 killed 66

wounded Part of ISI targeting Awakening sheikhs

(Musings On Iraq 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 Fallujah Redux author Daniel Green on Fallujah during the Surge)

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

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

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

2011 Anbar councilman blamed Syria for allowing insurgents to cross its border into Iraq

2011 Ex-Trade Min Sudani accused of wasting $245 mil while in office on vegetable oil Ministry paid

$1,332 per ton but then listed price as $2,400 per ton Part of schemes to enrich himself and fund State of Law

(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)

2011 Report US forces coming under increased attacks by militias as withdrawal date approached Feb 93

attacks on US 128 in Mar 162 in Apr

2011 US Def Sec Gates went to Iraq to lobby for US troop presence past end of year

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary At War)

2011 Dep PM Sharistani complained KRG oil deals not transparent Didn’t have competitive bidding

Didn’t submit oil company bills to Baghdad to be compensated Said KRG acting autonomously and not thinking about Iraq as a whole

2011 Report Major bottlenecks to increase oil output Needed high volumes of water to increase pressure

in oil fields Lack of facilities at major ports Old infrastructure Many companies hit a production mark but couldn’t increase it because infrastructure couldn’t handle more

2011 Electricity Min said it would give free fuel to generator operators to try to maintain private power

production because state production inadequate to meet demand

2011 Human Rights Watch Report KRG not committed to media freedom Trying to crackdown on

journalists using lawsuits beatings arrests death threats

2011 Report Iraq wanted to develop Faw peninsula into major new port Kuwait began construction of

new port directly across from Faw in May Iraq only had plans for Faw

2012 KRG PM Barzani said that if Baghdad cut off fuel deliveries KRG would export oil independently

2012 Sadr asked National Alliance to replace PM Maliki

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

2013 Integrity Comm said it was opening investigation into buying fake bomb detectors Went nowhere

(Musings On Iraq Fallout In Iraq From Conviction Of Fake Bomb Detector Maker)

2013 Clash at Fallujah protest site between those for and against turning Anbar into federal region Imam at

Mosul protest site argued for making Ninewa federal region

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Iraq’s Protest Movements, An Interview With Kirk Sowell, Editor of Inside Iraqi Politics)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Protest Movement Splits Over Federalism)

2013 Sadrist killed fighting in Syria had funeral attended by movement members Showed Sadr’s

participation in Syria war

2013 Report Pres Barzani pushing for referendum on KRG constitution without revisions Said parliament

didn’t have right to change document

2014 2 mass graves found in Najaf Were victims of govt putting down 1991 uprising

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s Deadly Legacy Mass Grave Discovered In Najaf Dating From 1991 Uprising)

2015 Iranian Ground Forces commander said Iranian military moved 40km into Diyala to protect border

from IS

2015 KRG claimed it met its oil export quota set in 2015 budget and should get monthly payments from

Baghdad Pres Barzani said if didn’t KRG would export oil independently

2015 US Def Sec Carter questioned Iraqis’ will to fight after Ramadi fell to IS

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

2016 Badr’s Amiri said Hashd would not enter Fallujah

2017 Interior Min announced investigation into abuses by Iraqi forces during Mosul campaign in

response to Der Spiegel article Nothing came of it

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 220 May 24 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 221 May 25 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 222 May 26 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 223 May 27 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 224 May 28 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 232 Jun 5 2017)

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

2017 Report Amnesty Intl found Pentagon audit of US military aid to Iraq Lost track of over $1

bil in equipment Poor bookkeeping meant one aid delivered didn’t know where it went Hashd ended up with some US aid when shouldn’t have

2017 KRG Election Comm called on parties to prepare for Nov 2017 independence referendum KRG told

UN it would hold vote

2017 Planning Min said estimated $100 bil needed to rebuild freed areas

2017 Diyala politicians complained about deteriorating security in Abu Said Called on PM Abadi

to intervene Also IS cells in Baladrooz and Hamrin Mts

2018 Protests in Karbala and Dhi Qar over electricity shortages

2018 Civil Defense source said 1,199 bodies had been pulled from rubble in Old City Mosul in last

week

2019 Najaf activist’s house blown up

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

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2019 Army complained Hashd smuggling food and drugs in Ninewa Stopped Hashd

vehicle led to gun battle in Baaj WNinewa

2020 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq HQ in Maysan burned by protesters Teachers and activists protested in

Sulaymaniya

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

2021 Protests in Dhi Qar Basra Maysan over electricity and jobs Tents burned in Nasiriya

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Kurdistan Continues To Defy Iraq’s Central Govt Over Oil Industry

(Oil Ministry)

On May 17 the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) judicial council ruled that the region’s oil and gas law
was constitutional. This was the latest tit for tat between Kurdistan and Baghdad over a February 2022 ruling by the Supreme Court that the KRG’s energy legislation was illegal and that the industry had to come under the central government’s authority.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 23 CPA disbanded Iraq’s military

(Wikiwand)
 

1939 After British White Paper on Palestine passed PM Said tried but failed to convince the Mufti

of Jerusalem to support it

1941 German planes attacked British forces in Fallujah Iraqi artillery shelled town

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s First Battle Of Fallujah 1941)

1941 Hitler Order 30 Germany would support Arabs against British especially in Iraq

1941 UK Mid-East cmdr Gen Wavell and Indian cmdr Gen Auchinlek met in Basra Decided to send

forces to Baghdad and more to be sent from India to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

1948 Iraqi brigade attacked Kfar Yona-Netanya to try to split Palestine in 2 Cancelled due

to Iraqis being sent to block Jewish advance on Jenin 1st Arab-Israeli War

1959 Egyptian press claimed British intel planning pro-UK coup in Iraq Afterward Iraq would sign peace

treaty with Israel Part of anti-Iraq propaganda by Nasser

1959 Communists officially gave up demands for positions in Qasim govt

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1963 Curfew imposed and security zones set up around oil installations in north in

preparation for new offensive against Mullah Mustafa Barzani

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1966 Arif govt called on Kurds to surrender or face annihilation

1969 Pres Bakr offered self-determination to Kurds

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship)

1982 Iraq invoked Arab League 1950 defense agreement to get military aid from members Got nothing

League divided over Iran-Iraq War

1988 Iraq launched offensive to re-capture all of its lost territory from Iran

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1988 Towns in Balisan Valley, Sulamaniya hit by chemical weapons in 5th Anfal campaign

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

1991 For third time Kurds attacked police station in Zakho during negotiations with Baghdad over

            autonomy

1991 UN announced 500 guards would be sent to Kurdish provinces to deal with relief centers for

displaced after 1991 Uprising

2002 During trip to Germany Bush said he had no Iraq war plans Part of strategy to work on war plans

            while publicly denying it

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

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

Tragedy)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)

2003 Bush said he supported Bremer’s political plan for Iraq

2003 CPA Order 2 disbanded Iraqi military

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Baghdad at Sunrise, A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Ch 6 Lost In Transition May-July 2003)

2003 Congress asked CIA to look into its pre-war intel on WMD after none found

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

2004 Sadr’s brother in law Riyadh Nouri arrested

2005 Sunni MPs accused Badr Brigade of carrying out sectarian killings

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

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 16 – Going West, April-August 2005)

2007 Dep PM Zubaie wounded by suicide bomber

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

2007 ISI assassinated Sheikh Issawi from Albu Issa tribe Member of the Awakening Part of campaign to

kill Awakening leaders

(Musings On Iraq 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 Fallujah Redux author Daniel Green on Fallujah during the Surge)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review 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)

2007 Bush said in Jan 05 bin Laden told Zarqawi to create a cell to plan attacks upon US homeland

Counterterrorism officials contradicted claim

2007 Constitutional Review Comm told parliament it had draft report on amending constitution Then

asked for 1 month extension to gain consensus Nothing came of it

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

2008 Clerics denied Sistani issued fatwa allowing attacks on US forces

2010 ISF blamed US releasing prisoners for increase in violence In 2008 PM Maliki negotiated

quicker release of prisoners by US

2011 Adviser to Diyala governor arrested by PM Maliki to intimidate province to not move towards

federal region to protest his govt

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

2011 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri complained about ISI’s Baghdadi and Jabhat al-Nusra’s Julani Told them to

reconcile

2011 Gulf Keystone said it was ready to export oil from KRG

2011 Report Iraq signed deal to import natural gas from Iran to fuel power plants in Diyala

2012 Iraq hosted nuclear talks between Iran and six countries

2012 Head of Central Bank of Iraq called for econ reforms Said state expanded too much Retarded

development of private sector 95% of govt revenue from oil Only provided 1% of jobs Unofficial unemployment 30% If wanted to deal with jobless had to move away from oil dependence

2013 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that Baghdadi was wrong for declaring ISIS without asking permission

first

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

2013 Mutahidun accused PM Maliki of supporting militias and targeting civilians

2013 Sheikh Hayes said Ramadi protesters had 2 days to turn over those who killed 5 soldiers

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Iraq’s Protest Movements, An Interview With Kirk Sowell, Editor of Inside Iraqi Politics)

2013 State of Law offered ISCI control of 3 southern provinces in return for control of Basra ISCI turned

down offer

2013 Report Oil companies wanted to revise down production targets with Oil Min Couldn’t meet goals in

contracts due to lack of infrastructure red tape etc Iraq originally said it would reach 16 mil/bar/day in production by 2020 Revised down to 9 mil/bar/day Didn’t reach that mark

2013 Report govt would aid foreign oil company workers Some waited 2-3 months to get visa

2014 Babil Operations Command claimed Jurf al-Sakhr freed from IS Would not be liberated until Oct

2014

2014 Gorran accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya vote

2014 KRG said it sold 1st tanker of independent oil exports Oil Ministry filed legal papers over sale Also

took legal action against Turkey for facilitating sale

2015 Report Iranians operating rockets, artillery and drones in Baiji operation to free refinery from IS

2015 Report on fall of Ramadi IS used sleeper cells ISF lacked command and control Golden Div

suddenly left city Wasn’t enough coalition air strikes Tribes said not supplied by govt to fight Federal Police reinforcements turned back by IS Broke morale of ISF in city Anbar governor said 286 police died in fighting

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

(Musings On Iraq Political Ramifications Of The Fall of Iraq’s Ramadi)

2015 Badr’s Amiri said US coalition was a mirage that didn’t help Iraq

2016 Abu Fadhl al-Abbas commander posted video saying no civilians or true Muslims left in

Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq Abu Fadhl Al-Abbas Brigade From Fighting In Syria To Iraq)

2016 Golden Div and army attacked Fallujah from south

2017 Der Spiegel ran article documenting abuses by Rapid Reaction unit during Mosul

campaign Tortured and killed prisoners Raped woman while husband beat Unit denied story Released video of its victims denying that they had been abused and then attacked author of article Joint Operations Command also claimed author was making up story and if any torture had taken part he was partly responsible since he witnessed it

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 220 May 24 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 221 May 25 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 222 May 26 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 223 May 27 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 224 May 28 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 232 Jun 5 2017)

2017 Hashd freed Qairawan subdistrict of Sinjar Ninewa from IS

2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq registered to run in elections

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

2018 103 bodies pulled from Old City Mosul

2018 Abdul Mahdi said on Facebook he didn’t want to be PM because couldn’t get anything done due to ruling parties Would later become PM

2019 Report locals in Khanaqin Diyala complaining about IS Burned farms in Qara Tapa

Planted IEDs in fields to drive people out

2020 Babil governor denied any secret prisons in province especially in Jurf al-Sakhr Said

insecurity meant no one could return there Kataib Hezbollah had secret prison in district Govt denied people going back to Jurf al-Sakhr because along pilgrimage routes to Najaf and Karbala

2020 UN reported 25 protesters kidnapped From Oct 2019 to Mar 2020 123 activists abducted 98

were found 490 protesters killed 7783 wounded No accountability for perpetrators

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

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2021 Pres Salah said $150 bil in oil had been smuggled out of Iraq since 2003

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1919 Sheikh Mahmoud Barzanji started rebellion against British in Sulaymaniya

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

1941 Iraq attempt to recapture Fallujah failed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s First Battle Of Fallujah 1941)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)

1941 Regent of Iraq along with Nuri al-Said arrived at British base at Habaniya, Anbar Said sent letter to

Iraqi commander in Ramadi who agreed to switch sides

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

1948 Iraqi army defeated in Battle of Gesher and retreated 1st Arab-Israeli War

1948 Iraqi forces moved to Shechem area to make up for lack of Jordanian advances 1st Arab-Israeli War

1959 National Democratic Party Economic Min said that party suspended its activities and called

on others to do same Aimed at reducing power of Communists

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1973 Kurdish villages in Sheikhan forced to cede land to Arabs and population expelled

1975 PUK formed when Maosit Komala led by Nirshurwan Mustafa social democratic Bezutnawa

led by Ali Askari and KDP’s Talabani joined

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

1979 Start of 9 days of protests against Bakr govt led by Dawa

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

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

1981 Iraq counterattack against Iran Op Imam Ali in Susangard Khuzistan in south failed

1984 Reagan briefed on study that said there should be a military embargo on both Iran and Iraq Reagan

agreed to policy

1986 US Amb to Iraq asked Eximbank to open up new lines of credit to Iraq to help it through Iran-Iraq

War

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

2003 UN Res 1483 made US and England occupying powers of Iraq and ended sanctions on Iraq Also

created Development Fund for Iraq to help pay for rebuilding using oil revenue

2003 Bremer told Bush Iraq needed new constitution then elections then sovereignty Also

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

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

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

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

Tragedy)

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Ch 6 Lost In Transition May-July 2003)

2003 CPA and official from Def Sec Rumsfeld’s office drafted CPA Order 2 to disband Iraq’s military

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

2003 Report CIA started internal review of its pre-war Iraq intelligence

2004 Neocon supporters of INC’s Chalabi told NatlSecAdv Rice that US needed to stop harassing him

Came after US forces raided Chalabi’s house claiming he had passed intel to Iran

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

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

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

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

2004 INC met with Nat Sec Adv Rice complaining US had abandoned Chalabi

2005 Joint US-Iraqi operation started to clear Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad

2005 Sadr sent delegation to meet Sunni clerics in an attempt to stop sectarian violence

2006 Bush said Iraq at a turning point and heading in right direction towards democracy Said PM Maliki

govt turning point for Middle East

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

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

2006 Report US failure to adequately plan for Iraqi police led to militia and criminal take over 2004

US military took over police training and still inadequate Gen Eaton put in charge of effort in March 2004 and his budget was cut 20% Said that showed not priority in Washington Summer 2005 Gen Petraeus took over program and claimed he began meaningful reforms Audit found 5,000 Iraqi police had criminal records including taking part in insurgency Pre-war Bush admin thought Iraqi police not an issue Rejected Justice Dept plan to use 1000s of police advisers US initially hoped Basra police would be early success because back on duty in 03 and no insurgency but quickly taken over by gangs political parties militias Politicians appointed police chiefs in Basra who hired friends relatives tribesmen Came to be dominated by Badr and Mahdi Army Carried out sectarian violence Enforced religious rules of militias Demanded kickbacks to join force Helped smugglers Summer 05 Basra police chief Gen Sawadi said he didn’t trust his own force and couldn’t control them Interior Min tried to reform Basra police but failed Started with Internal Affairs which turned into crime ring Trials failed against corrupt officers UK Gen Mackay warned that unless Coalition regulated Iraqi police commandos they would become personal army for Interior Min Fmr Interior Min Nakib warned Sec Def Rumsfeld in Apr 2005 that Shiite parties were going to take over commandos with their militias Fmr Interior Min Jabr denied any abuses by police and blamed other ministries Jabr let his Badr Brigade take over police and commandos US military played down sectarian killings and abuses by commandos

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2006 Report corruption endemic in Iraq Trans Min bought 2 planes for $3 mil each that should

have been less than $1 mil Def Min made $1 bil in questionable arms purchases Interior Min had at least 1100 ghost employees costing $1.3 mil a month

(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)

2006 Report of 3000 corruption cases in Iraq only 780 went to court Only few dozen got verdict

2006 Of 40 corruption cases against high ranking Iraqi officials only 1 got verdict for Interior Ministry

official

2008 US got ISF to arrest Gen Zamel head of prisons for abuse torture extortion of prisoners extra

judicial killings and providing weapons to Mahdi Army

2008 Govt gained control of Khor al-Zubayr port Fired guards that belonged to Mahdi Army Used to

extort money from shipping trucks

2009 Report Iraqi army auditing forces 24% not qualified 15% illiterate Only had 50% of needed

officers and 60% of NCOs

2009 China National Petroleum Company started work at Wasit oil field 1st foreign company to get

deal since 03

2010 Report ISF in Basra accused Iranian Revolutionary Guard of drug smuggling

through city

2011 Red Cross interviewed people held ISF at Camp Honor in Baghdad Said they were tortured

2011 Report South Gas Company wanted to move ahead with natural gas plan in Basra whether Shell

joined project or not Basra oil fields produce 1.1 bil cubic ft of natural gas/day Most burned off Iraq needed gas to fuel power plants

2011 Report Illegal trade in kidneys for transplants thriving in Irbil Police did nothing because no laws

against donor trafficking in KRG

2012 Integrity Comm found 5000 forged certificates and diplomas used by govt officials

2012 Dep PM Shahristani ended order to stop fuel supplies to KRG after met with Pres Talabani Was

threat to KRG after signed oil deal with Turkey Iraq told Turkey to halt pipeline deal with KRG

2012 Report 4 electricity generators found in Khor Zubayr port in Basra 1 had been there since 1988

Other 3 had been there since 2005 Had capacity of over 2000 megawatts

2012 Report Pres Barzani Allawi Speaker Nujafi demanded PM Maliki be replaced National Alliance said

supported Maliki

2013 Pres Barzani attacked PYD for arresting KDP affiliated group in Syria

2013 ISF broke up Jabhat al-Nusra cell operating in Qaim Anbar Smuggled weapons into Syria

2013 Report KRG was exporting around 40,000 bar/day of oil through Turkey Supposed to reach 60,000

bar/day by end of Jun Iraq sent letters warning buyers not to purchase oil Govt said it would sue companies exporting oil from KRG

2014 KRG provincial election results released Gorran won most seats in Sulaymaniya

2014 Oil Ministry warned potential buyers not to buy 1st shipment of independent KRG oil

2014 Mutahidun and Sadrists rejected 3rd term for PM Maliki

2014 Report 100s of govt workers protesting since Jan in Sulaymaniya Dohuk Hawler over not being paid

KRG in debt and financial crisis due to dispute with Baghdad over oil and budget

2015 Joint Chiefs Head Gen Dempsey said would take 3 years or more to defeat IS Blamed Iraqi

commander in Ramadi for fall of city

2015 Report Some have claimed Baathists within IS make it more of a Sunni national group than

Salafi one Disagreed Baathists that joined IS were Salafis Baathists added military know how not ideology

2016 PM Abadi announced start of attack upon Fallujah to free it from IS US said it would

support operation if Hashd stayed on perimeter Were already US air strikes

(Musings On Iraq New Effort To Liberate Iraq’s Fallujah Underway)

2016 Report Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah supporting Hashd in Fallujah op Iran

said Basij cmdr killed by a car bomb southeast of city

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2017 Report 2009 Iraq bought 88 armored personnel carriers from Ukraine for $475.7 mil Only 34

worked Engines broken cracks in armor broken weapons 2014 Iraq returned 42 of the APCs Head of Ukrainian company that sold APCs under investigation for stealing $30 mil from deal

2017 Human Rights Watch Report Apr Hashd arrested 100 men in Ninewa Some were tortured

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 218 May 22 2017)

2017 Report 1800 soldiers from 82nd Airborne advising ISF in Mosul battle Joint Chiefs head Gen

Dunford said 980 ISF killed 6000 wounded in Mosul

2017 Sinjar council asked Hashd to leave district Hashd were supposed to stay out of Kurdish

areas during clearing op in Ninewa but ignored deal

2017 Sadr accused Hashd of kidnapping and killing civilians

2017 Shabak Hashd blamed for kidnapping director of Nimrod dist and two of his staff 4 Hashd

arrested for beating MP in checkpoint outside of Mosul

2017 Diyala MP said IS rebuilding in center of province

2018 75 bodies pulled from Old City Mosul

2018 Protest in Babil over electricity shortages

2018 Interviewed displaced woman Said Hashd demanded bribe to allow her to return to her home Day of election Asayesh told people they could only vote if picked PUK 2 other men said Asayesh and election workers offered bribes for people to vote for PUK

2019 Electricity Min said couldn’t find alternatives to importing Iranian electricity and

natural gas for power plants

2019 Speaker Halbousi called for reconciliation and settle tribal disputes with IS families

Families had been attacked forced out blocked from returning home

2021 Report Gulf Keystone paid kickbacks to KDP politburo member to get oil deal in KRG

Politician got 10% of company’s revenue for 25 yrs

2021 Iraqi Resistance Coordination Comm said it would increase attacks upon US for not

withdrawing from Iraq

2021 Report KRG changed payments to oil companies without telling them beforehand Oil

executive said that would hurt future investment Extended payments from 15 days to 60 days after end of month Overdue invoices would be paid at slower rate Companies had to reduce production as a result of slow payments in 2020 Due to KRG financial crisis caused by budget dispute with Baghdad

2021 Dhi Qar activist wounded by sticky bomb Led protests in Nasiriya

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

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

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