Friday, May 7, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 7

 

1935 Sheikh Ahmad Asadullah follower of leading cleric Shiite cleric Ghita called for his followers

in Rumaitha to revolt against govt 3 other tribes revolted in Diwaniya

1941 British troops took Ashar, Basra Iraqis bombed British Habaniya air base Iraqi forces

retreating from Habaniya ran into Iraqi units coming from Fallujah Columns stopped to consult Attacked and destroyed by British planes from Habaniya base 1,000 Iraqis killed

(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)

1982 Iran launched 2nd phase of Op Bait al-Moqaddas in Khuzistan province in south Attacked between

Susangard and Muran in north pushing Iraqis back to border Destroyed 1 Iraqi division

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

1985 Iraq shelled Khormashahr in south

(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 Dep Natl Sec Adv Gates said Iraqis would have to suffer sanctions as long as Saddam remained in

power

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

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review Neighbors, Not Friends, Iraq And Iran After The Gulf Wars)

2003 US military found trailers that could be mobile WMD labs Weren’t

2003 Undersec of Def Cambone said US would eventually find Iraq’s WMD and that mobile WMD labs

had been found already Didn’t exist

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

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

2003 ORHA decided to allow Baath members to return to jobs in ministries Said only 55 most wanted

were banned

2004 Zarqawi beheaded American Nick Berg and video taped it

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld testified to Congress about Abu Ghraib scandal Apologized for abuse Claimed he

and Pentagon knew nothing and no one in his office and Pentagon had seen the photos despite being briefed receiving emails and getting the photos

2004 New York Times called for Sec Def Rumsfeld to resign over Abu Ghraib prison scandal

2004 Bin Laden tape offered reward for killing US and UN officials or citizens of any country that had

any troops in Iraq

2005 PM Jaafari filled 5 empty ministry spots and 1 Dep PM but Human Rights Minister turned down job

saying appointed only because he was a Sunni

2006 New KRG government formed unifying KDP and PUK administrations after they split during 90s

civil war Massoud Barzani president Nechirvan Barzani premier

2007 VP Hashemi said meeting with PM Maliki was productive silencing talk that Iraqi Accordance Front

would withdraw from govt

2008 Fighting broke out between Mahdi Army and Badr in Baghdad’s Abu Dishr after Sadrists tried to

kill Badr commander

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

2008 Report US officer in Baghdad’s Adhamiya frustrated with Iraqi govt Said application to integrate

local Sahwa into ISF rejected because form was in wrong ink

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

2009 Trade Min Sudani’s brother arrested on corruption charges

(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 Failed ISI attack upon a Baghdad prison

2012 Iraqi court ruled that Hezbollah’s Ali Mussa Daqduq would be released for lack evidence Daqduq

was liaison with militias brought in by Iran

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2012 At meeting with Turkish businesses and reporters KRG Premier Barzani said Ankara saw Kurdistan

as strategic partner

2013 Hakim and Sadr met in Najaf to discuss how to deal with PM Maliki Decided on forming alliance to

take power in new prov govts in south

2014 Meetings in Irbil and Amman with sheikhs failed to end fighting in Anbar

2014 Iraqi forces assault on Fallujah failed Was first city to fall to renewed insurgency

2015 Salahaddin council said would not let displaced associated with IS return to homes

2015 Peshmerga demanded that Hashd withdraw from Sadiya, Diyala as two vied for control of area

2020 Intelligence head Kazemi elected new premier of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Can Iraq’s New PM Maneuver The System Or Have To Follow It?)

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Iraq’s Parties Prepare For 2021 Elections

(Brookings)

Iraq’s political parties are gearing up for the October 2021 elections. That’s seen by a slew of announcements of new coalitions recently.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 6

 

1935 Govt arrested cleric Asadallah follower of Ayatollah Ghita who had been demanding

concessions from govt Led to revolt by Abu Hassan Bani Zurayij and Zawalim tribes against monarchy

1941 UK Foreign Min Eden told parliament if Iraq withdrew forces from Habaniya and fighting stopped

London willing to talk Policy was to remove PM Gaylani

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

1941 Iraq launched largest air attack on Habaniya air base Iraqis then began to withdraw from outside

base due to lack of water and rations 409 Iraqi soldiers captured Iraqis suffered 1,000 casualties

1941 Iraq launched 2nd air raid on Habaniya later that day Iraqis lost initiative in Anglo-Iraq War when

gave up in Habaniya Had no plan or leadership to do more than lay siege to base

1941 British and Assyrian forces took Sin al-Dhiban, Anbar captured 300 Iraqi soldiers

1941 British planes destroyed Iraqi column heading for Habaniya inflicting over 1,000 casualties and

prisoners taken

1941 PM Gaylani told Mufti of Jerusalem to contact Germans and ask them for immediate aid

1941 German deal with Vichy France allowed military equipment to be moved from Syria to Iraq to fight

British

1941 German air unit sent to Syria bound for Mosul to confront British

1941 More British troops landed in Basra

(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)

1963 Soviet Union said it supported Mustafa Barzani

1968 Arif govt said elections that were delayed in 1964 and 1967 would be delayed again

until 1970

1991 Saddam held rally with crowds chanting “Bush listen carefully We all love Saddam Hussein”

1991 Iraq letter to UN accused US of sending in counterfeit dinars to undermine economy

1991 2nd round of Baghdad-Kurd talks started Barzani led delegation

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

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

1998 100 US peace activists led by former Attn Gen Ramsey Clark arrived in Iraq with $4 mil in

medicine to protest sanctions

2003 Bush speech said building democracy in Iraq would be like what US did in post WWII Germany

and Japan

(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 Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy

Tragedy)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

2003 Bush announced Paul Bremer as head of new CPA to run postwar Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

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

(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 Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 Bush told Bremer he had whatever time he needed to put Iraq back together

2003 ORHA agreed to allow Baath members to return to government jobs and police

2003 NY Times Kristof OpEd used Fmr Amb Wilson as unnamed source on Iraq-Niger uranium deal Said

Wilson went to Niger in 2002 and told CIA and State Dept that uranium story based upon fake docs Wilson accused US intel of covering up his findings and decieving world Said White House and State Dept kept using story despite denial Wilson never saw docs and went to Niger 8 months before US got them

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

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

2004 NSC meeting on how to frame and publicize the coming return of sovereignty to Iraq

2004 First large scale fight broke out between US forces and Mahdi Army in Najaf

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

2004 Wash Post published new pictures of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse

2004 Gen Taguba who investigated Abu Ghraib abuse briefed Def Sec Rumsfeld Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz

others after scandal broke in press All said they knew nothing of case Taguba said torture took place Rumsfeld denied he knew anything even though Taguba had briefed Pentagon and military Rumsfeld’s office and Pentagon had received pictures of abuse in January 04 Appeared to have ignored them

2006 British helicopter shot down over Basra killing 5 soldiers When British moved to secure wreckage

were attacked by 300 Mahdi Army militiamen

2008 ISF raided hospital and police stations in Baghdad accusing officers and staff of being Mahdi Army

members

2008 ISF raided Sadr offices in Kut

2009 Sahwa leaders in Ghaziliya Baghdad and northern Kirkuk said men were leaving because not

paid by govt Arrests of sahwa leaders continued as well

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2009 Dawa MP said new offensive in Diyala would fail because insurgents had fled to Kurdistan

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

2009 Integrity Comm head Judge Ogaili said law allowed ministers to stop corruption cases

Politicians and parties interfered and gave immunity to people 2008 Interior Min had most corruption cases with 736

2010 Maliki govt announced start of 5 year anti-corruption plan

(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)

2013 Report said politicians manipulating Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions

2015 Barzani met with Obama in Washington Asked for heavy weapons Said Kurds would help in Battle

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

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-1970

Jawad, Sa’ad, Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-1970, London: Ithaca Press London, 1981


 

Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-1970 by Sa’ad Jawad is a very good breakdown of the politics surrounding the Kurdish movement. It has several major themes. The first is the divisions within the Iraqi Kurds between the tribal leaders and the intellectuals. The latter in the form of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) tried but failed to provide leadership. The former were able to maintain their power and their feudal systems as a result. The second was how successive Iraqi governments never came to a compromise with the Kurds over their demands for autonomy. The third was how foreign powers, especially Iran was able to dominate the movement militarily and economically.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 5

 

1920 British mandate announced in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Dictatorship, Imperialism & Chaos, Iraq since 1989)

(Musings On Iraq review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

1935 Iraqi army and air force attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha

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

1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell didn’t think force from Palestine could relieve Habaniya base in

Anbar and their departure would undermine security in Palestine

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

1941 Gen Wavell told to think up air strike plan against Kirkuk oil fields Idea was later dropped

1941 Iraqi troops at Habaniya ran out of ammunition and not re-supplied Began withdrawing 300

captured by British

(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)

1973 Kuwait agreed to Iraqi offer to discuss border dispute

1981 Press report that Soviets sent military aid to Iraq through Eastern European allies

1982 Iran attacked in central front breaking through Iraqi lines Reached Iraqi border to try to draw away

Iraqi forces from Basra Forced Iraqis to withdraw from Qasr e-Shirin, Sumar, and Mehran

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

1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz and Bushahr starting 2nd War of the Cities Iran fired missiles at Baghdad and

shelled Iraqi border towns

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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 Bush signed presidential finding authorizing CIA to overthrow Saddam

2001 Iraq told UN it worked on a nuclear bomb in the 1980s but it proved unfeasible In the 90s IAEA

found Iraq no longer working on nuclear program

2003 US held provincial elections in Ninewa

2003 ORHA announced 9 man leadership group that would put together an interim Iraqi govt later in

May

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

2003 ORHA official met with ex-soldiers promising them one time $20 payment if came back to work

2003 US forces announced captured Huda Ammash “Mrs Anthrax” that worked on WMD program

2003 CIA did new test with aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Found could not take speed of centrifuges

Were for rockets

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2004 Gen Abizaid told Bush that security was getting under control after insurgent and Sadr uprisings

2004 Bush promised investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Appeared on 2 Arab TV

channels condemning abuse

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told reporter Geneva Conventions didn’t exactly apply to prisoners in Iraq but

were more like basic rules

2006 Report 2004-05 MP Jabouri stole millions from tribal protection force for pipelines in Salahaddin

Made up 200-300 fake names and pocked salaries Took first month’s salary for force Company owned by his son contracted to feed force Stole 4/5 of the money

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front and VP Hashemi threatened to withdraw from govt over Maliki govt not

fulfilling promises including amending constitution

2009 Iraq Central Bank turned down PM Maliki asking to use surplus to cover budget deficit

2011 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station killing 25 to mark bin Laden’s death

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

2012 Anbar council said it finished preparation to hold referendum on making province a region to

            protest PM Maliki

2012 Pres Talabani Pres Barzani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi issued ultimatum to PM Maliki to

follow power sharing Irbil agreement

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

2013 KRG said unless Baghdad paid them money owed they would start exporting oil independently

2013 Sheikh Abu Risha rejected making Anbar a region

2013 PM Maliki claimed Iraq took care of fake bomb detectors even though still used

2014 Heavy fighting reported between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Riyad, Kirkuk

2014 ISF claimed it cleared most of Saqlawiya Anbar but fighting continued there

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Iraq’s Oil Revenues Slightly Down In April But Still Enough For Budget


Oil prices and revenues declined slightly for Iraq in April 2021. Its crude was still selling for over $60 per barrel however which was most important in order to fund its budget.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 4

 

1920 Nationalist group Haras al-Istiqlal leader Timam went to Karbala and met with Grand

Ayatollah Shirazi clergy and sheikhs Shirazi said worried couldn’t military beat British Wanted peaceful protests

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

1941 UK bombed Iraqi air bases in Baghdad and Baquba Destroyed or damaged 29 planes in

Baghdad 14 in Baquba

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

1941 British bombers arrived at Habaniya airbase in Anbar from Egypt while Iraqis continued to shell

base 150 UK troops also flown into base

1941 British troops in Habaniya base Anbar launched attacked and failed to take Sin al-Dhibban used to

cross Euphrates and supply Iraqi troops outside base

1941 British dropped leaflets on Baghdad saying war was with Gaylani govt not Iraqi people

1941 Regent broadcast radio message asking people not to follow Gaylani govt Baghdad radio called on

govt to arm the people

1941 PM Gaylani sent diplomat to Tehran and told embassy in Turkey to pressure Germans to send aid

1941 UK Chiefs of Staff told Mid-East commander Gen Wavell he had to take action against the Gaylani

govt

1941 UK War Sec Eden told Iraqi charge d’affaires if war continued and Germany joined all of Iraq

would become a battlefield

(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)

1966 PM Bazzaz push for negotiations with Kurds overruled by military Govt launched new

offensive against Kurds aimed at sealing border with Iran

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

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

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

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

1981 Iraq began shelling Iran’s oil refinery at Abadan

(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)

1988 Iraqi forces attacked PUK in Askar Kurdistan during 4th Anfal campaign

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

1989 Saddam’s cousin and Defense Minister Adnan Kairallah died in helicopter crash

Hussein Kamal later admitted to killing him on orders from Saddam

1991 2nd round of peace talks between Kurds and Baghdad postponed due to differences between KDP

and PUK over need for international help and oil

1995 Turkey withdrew 15,000 troops after KDP said it would crackdown on PKK in Kurdistan

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

2003 Sec State Powell said sure US would find Iraq’s WMD Sec Def Rumsfeld said US never claimed

finding WMD would be easy Powell denied stories that Iraq sent its WMD to Syria

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

2003 US official said unlikely to find any large MWD or nuke stocks in Iraq Said sanctions had led Iraq

to get rid of most of its WMD

2003 Iraqi scientists told US investigators Iraq had no WMD for years

2003 ORHA memo said security was still top priority in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

2004 Shiite leaders called on Sadr to withdraw his Mahdi Army from Najaf and Karbala

2004 US announced it would not be withdrawing forces from Iraq as planned

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

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

2004 CIA started investigation into whether it kept undocumented prisoners in Iraq It did

2005 Sadrist cleric in Basra talked about imposing Islamic Law on city including bombing liquor stores

imposing Islamic dress attacking mixed picknickers Said movement didn’t want to be like Iran because most Iranians were corrupt

2005 Doctors in Basra said Mahdi Army tried to stop male doctors from serving female patients Posted

pictures of Sadr in hospitals

2006 Zarqawi gave presentation saying Al Qaeda in Iraq needed to expand its base from Anbar into

Salahaddin and Diyala Said Ramadi was to be named capital of emirate

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

2006 Fmr CIA National Intelligence Officer Pillar said that Bush admin manipulated evidence to tie Iraq

to Al Qaeda before invasion Part of CIA vs White House blame game for prewar intel

2007 US broke up arms smuggling ring in Sadr City bringing in EFPs and other arms from Iran into Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front said joining politics was a disaster Said it agreed to join politics based upon

promises of constitutional reform and reconciliation but didn’t happen

2008 ISF destroyed Thar Allah HQ in Basra after weapons found there

2008 Govt spokesman said Iraq had hard evidence of Iranian support for militias and violence Later in

day changed to saying didn’t have hard evidence It did

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

2008 Iraq general in Karbala said Iran giving weapons to militias in city and undermining security

2008 PM Maliki adv Haidar Abadi said Iran denied they were sending weapons to Iraq Iran told Iraq it

would be foolish to send arms with Iranian markings on them That’s actually what Iran did

2008 Report Captured Mahdi Army militiamen admitted to being trained by Hezbollah in camps in Iran

run by Iran Rev Guards Quds Force

(Musings On Iraq on Iran training Iraqi militias)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2009 Sadr said he had given up on armed struggle against US and wanted to focus upon politics

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2009 ISCI MP from Diyala said that no one trusted ISF or new Op Promise of Good II in province Said false

info being used to conduct arrests Another MP demanded that Gen Ghidan in charge of operation resign

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

2010 Baathist leader apologized for mistakes of party Said wanted to join politics Public needed to

remember achievements of party

2010 State of Law and National Alliance announced joining to form National Coalition after elections

            after meetings organized by Iran

2011 Speaker of US House Boehner said US forces should stay in Iraq past end of 2011 deadline

2011 PM Maliki submitted new list of nominees for security ministries empty since 2010 elections

2012 PM Maliki’s media advisor Ghabban said he thought dispute between Baghdad and KRG over oil

and budget would be over by end of 2012

2012 Pres Barzani gave speech saying Kurds would never live under a dictatorship meaning PM Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Inside Iraqi Politics’ Sowell on whether Maliki became a dictator)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Maliki with MP Said)

2012 KRG called for Baghdad to pay oil companies operating in Kurdistan

2012 KRG said in talks with Turkey to build an oil and gas pipeline between two

2013 Election Commission announced final results for provincial elections State of Law lost 30% of its

seats from 09 vote

2013 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq rally in Baghdad announced it was fighting in Syria as part of Abu al-Fadhl

al-Abbas Brigade

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

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

2014 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS fighting in Syria was a disaster

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

2014 Fighting between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Kirkuk

2014 Sadrists said talks with ISCI Kurds and Allawi to block Maliki from 3rd term as PM

2017 Iraqi forces attacked Mosul from northwest opening new front in city

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

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This Day In Iraqi History - May 7

  1935 Sheikh Ahmad Asadullah follower of leading cleric Shiite cleric Ghita called for his followers in Rumaitha to rev...