Wednesday, October 20, 2021

New Parties And Independents Talking About Forming Iraq’s First Opposition Bloc

Protester holding picture of Dr Rikabi the head of the Imtidad Movement (AFP)

The Imtidad party which came out of Iraq’s protest movement is attempting to form the first opposition alliance in parliament. Al Aalem said it had talks with New Generation and Ishraqat Kanoon along with independents.

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 21

 

1914 Ottoman Basra Governor demanded UK withdraw warship from Shatt al-Arab docked in Persia to

protect oil concession Ottomans began shooting at ship UK agreed

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In World War I, From Ottoman Rule to British Conquest)

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1915 UK War Council met Decided UK would take Baghdad then announce UK were there temporarily

and would accept an Arab state and Baghdad might be part of it Contradicted talk in Foreign Ministry that Basra and Baghdad would be controlled by UK

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1930 Royal Iraqi Air Force flew 1st combat mission attacking Kurdish rebels

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

(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)

1980 Iraqi forces reached city center in Khorramshahr, Iran

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

1980 Taha Yassin Ramadan head of Baath Popular Army said Khuzistan oil was Iraq’s until Iran

opened negotiations to end 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 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)

1991 Iraq admitted to UN weapons inspectors it had program to build a nuclear bomb

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1991 US and western health study found Iraq’s power system repaired and working at 68% of prewar levels

Found power plants out of spare parts which meant system would eventually decay

1992 Peshmerga helped Turkish troops fight PKK in northern Kurdistan

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

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

1992 Experts challenged Bush’s claim during presidential debate no US tech used for Iraq’s nuke program

Inspectors found US computers and equipment was used US Customs investigated US tech going to Iraq for program 91 UN listed foreign tech found in Iraq’s nuke program and included US companies

1996 PUK backed by Iran recaptured most of territory it lost to KDP except Irbil

2000 Izzat al-Duri attended Arab summit saying Iraq believed only jihad could save Palestinians in

latest conflict with Israel

2000 King Hussein called for end of sanctions on Iraq at Arab summit

2001 Bush asked Def Sec Rumsfeld how Iraq war plans going

2002 Report Czech Pres Havel told White House 9/11 terrorist Atta did not meet with Iraq

intelligence in Prague

2004 US soldier found guilty of abuse in Abu Ghraib prison scandal given 8 yrs in prison

2006 ISF and US forces patrolling Amara to enforce ceasefire between Mahdi Army and Badr Suweira

Mahdi Army and Badr clashed Mahdi Army blamed for bombing ISCI office in Hamza al-Sharqi

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

2006 Inter Min Bolani met with Sadr in Najaf to try to get him to reign in Mahdi Army

2006 Insurgents started two days of attacks on police base in Baquba Diyala Up to 80 police killed

2007 PM Maliki complained to US about Oct 20 US raid into Sadr City Called it barbaric Said mostly

civilians killed by US Maliki restricted US raids into Sadr City afterward

2008 ISF raided head of Sahwa in Buhriz Diyala Arrested spokesman for Diyala Sahwa and beat him

Was part of PM Maliki’s crackdown on Diyala Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Government Continues Its Crackdown On Diyala Sons Of Iraq)

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

2008 Report US and Iraq had no reliable numbers on ISF Didn’t know how many soldiers and police

there were because of faked numbers to steal salaries Also hired more personnel then authorized Many were not trained 7th Army Div had 11,478 on payroll Only 7556 on duty Rest were on leave AWOL killed or wounded Dec 07 Interior Min said it got rid of 2500 ghost employees

2009 Head of Election Comm charged with cheating in 2009 election Accused of changing voter

lists and helping certain parties Accused of stealing money

2010 PM Maliki went to Turkey to try to help his attempt to form new govt

2011 US announced it would withdraw its force from Iraq on Dec 31

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

2011 Obama told PM Maliki not getting stay behind US forces in Iraq was ok because US would still have

influence

2014 New operation to try to clear Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr of IS started after Sep attempt failed

2016 Iraqi forces freed Bartella Ninewa from IS

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Review Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship

Farouk-Sluglett, Marion and Sluglett, Peter, Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship, New York: I.B. Tauris, 2003


 

Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship by Marion Farouk-Sluglett and Peter Sluglett is one of the seminal Iraqi History books in English. It covers the history of Iraq from the monarchy to Saddam Hussein’s rule in the 1990s. The Slugletts main focus is on the governments that came after the 1958 coup and how they struggled to stay in power because they lacked a popular base.

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 20

 

1980 US said Iraq invasion of Iran threatened security in Gulf and land should not be seized

by force

1983 Iranian Op Wa al-Fajr 4 seized 15 villages in Kurdistan

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

1984 Iraq held elections to prove legitimacy of Saddam during Iran-Iraq War Was 40% quota for Shiite

deputies

(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)

1991 Report Saddam was arming PKK to fight Turkey

1991 Iraqi govt forces withdrew from Dohuk Irbil and Sulaymaniya Imposed economic boycott on provinces

2000 UK Foreign Office said wanted to offer end of sanctions to return inspectors but didn’t think US

would agree

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 1.2 UK Iraq strategy September 2000 To September 2001)

2002 Czech Intel told US no evidence 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intelligence in Prague

2004 Report Jan 03 Natl Intel Council warned building democracy in Iraq would be long difficult and

turbulent Council warned that overthrowing Saddam could lead to ethnosectarian rivalries and power grabs in Iraq

(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)

2004 Transparency International ranked Iraq one of most corrupt countries in world

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

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

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

2005 One of Saddam’s lawyers kidnapped and killed

2006 Mahdi Army Badr and officials from PM Maliki’s office worked out ceasefire to end fighting in

Amara 10 police 15 militiamen killed 160 wounded

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

2007 US Special Forces raid into Sadri City looking to arrest Mahdi Army cmdr under Abu Dura turned

into large gun battle

2008 7 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard had been arrested in Iraq over last two days in

            Wasit and Diyala ISF got into gun battle with them in Wasit killing 1

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

2008 Georgia and Kazakhstan withdrew its last troops from Iraq Both had deployed troops in 2003

2010 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said Kurds were ready to send 60 bil cubic meters of

natural gas to Turkey

2015 Baiji town finally cleared of IS

2016 PM Abadi announced govt would not allow human rights violations during Mosul campaign

and investigative committee created to look into any

2017 Fighting broke out between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga in Altun Kupri Kirkuk as Kurds

worried federal forces were going to march on Irbil after independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back to 2014 Borders)

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

2018 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)

2018 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)

2019 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)

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Security In Iraq Oct 8-14 2021


Security remained the same during the second week of October. Islamic State attacks remained in the teens. There was also an attack by a pro-Iran group which has been rare since the end of September.

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 19

 

1915 UK General Staff recommended taking Baghdad before Turkish forces grew in

strength in Mesopotamia

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1920 UK Gen Leslie commended one of his subordinates for destroying villages around Hilla and

wiping out area around Karbala as punishment for 1920 Revolt

(Musings On Iraq review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1931 PM Said named new cabinet Were 14 govts under Mandate

1948 All Jewish govt workers fired in Iraq after creation of Israel

1958 Gen Bakr forced to retire after Col Arif lost power struggle with Gen Qasim within govt

1980 Saddam speech said Iraq couldn’t win war because outnumbered by Iran

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

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

1983 Iranian Op Wa al-Fajr 4 began to take Penjwin Valley in Kurdistan from KDPI and cut its

supply line 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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

(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)

1990 Soviet diplomat Primakov told Bush Saddam would never back down from occupying

Kuwait

1995 UN report said 28% of Iraqi children under 5 were severely malnourished

2003 Sec State Powell said US found evidence of Iraq’s WMD programs and that Saddam always

wanted nuclear weapons

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

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

2003 Bin Laden tape aired on Al Jazeera Congratulated Iraqis for resisting Americans in

Iraq Said US was mired in the swamps of the Tigris and Euphrates

2004 Head of aid group Care was kidnapped in Baghdad Later killed by insurgents

2004 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie wrote OpEd in NY Sun that Saddam was training foreigners to

carry out terrorist attacks and working with Islamic groups

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

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

2004 PM Allawi got US to free insurgent leader Sheikh Jumaili in attempt to split militants in Fallujah

against Zarqawi Failed

2005 Saddam’s trial started and pled his innocence

2005 Natl Sec Adv Rice told Senate about Clear Hold Build counterinsurgency plan for Iraq Was not

discussed with US military beforehand

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

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

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

2005 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey US Iraq Amb Khalizad later asked Rice what Clear Hold Build was and why

not consulted

2005 Def Sec Rumsfeld complained to Natl Sec Adv Rice that he did not back Clear Hold Build and he

            was not consulted about it

2006 IED killed Amara police chief from Badr Police arrested brother of suspected bomber from Mahdi

Army 2 days of fighting started Mahdi Army stormed 3 police stations manned by Badr in Amara

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

2006 US military spokesman said Op Together Forward II failed to reduce violence in Baghdad Said

attacks up 22% since start of Ramadan US forces returned to Dora after it was touted as first area cleared during operation

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

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

2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey US Amb Khalzad gave press conference saying Op Together Forward

II in Baghdad working It wasn’t

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

2006 Report over 20 militias operating in Baghdad Mahdi Army splintering

2006 Report police unit blamed for killing 26 Sunnis at food factory in Baghdad’s Amil Unit was

            suspended

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

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

2013 IS held parade in southern Fallujah

2019 Sadrists held protests in Karbala during Arbaeen pilgrimage

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

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Revised Election Returns For Iraq’s Oct 2021 Election

(Fika Forum)
The Iraqi Election Commission said that it is done with its manual count of ballots and issued the results. Media outlets such as Al Aalem, Al Hurra, and Bas News all had different seat numbers each party won. Rudaw was the only source that broke down the vote by province which is reproduced below.

New Parties And Independents Talking About Forming Iraq’s First Opposition Bloc

Protester holding picture of Dr Rikabi the head of the Imtidad Movement (AFP) The Imtidad party which came out of Iraq’s protest movement is...