Monday, June 17, 2019

Musings On Iraq 11 Year Anniversary!


There used to be dozens and dozens of blogs on Iraq. There was even a blog that documented all the other blogs. Most were by Iraqis in both English and Arabic. Then two things happened. First, Iraqis discovered Facebook and they stopped blogging. Second, when the British and then the Americans withdrew from Iraq all the westerners stopped writing as well. I started researching Iraq in early 2002 to try to discover why the United States was about to go to war, but got into the blogging game late in 2008.

Today is the 11 year anniversary of Musings On Iraq. I’m still going strong and adding more things to write about. In February 2011 I did my first interview and since then I’ve done 138 total. In August 2017 I began the Iraq history timeline. Finally in March 2018 I began writing book reviews and now there are 80 of those. My writings and research have brought me into contact with hundreds of people who I have learned so much from. I’ve been able to go to Japan and Austria as well. I’d like to thank everyone that has helped me over the years and all the readers. Hopefully I’ll still be writing 11 years from now.

Security In Iraq Jun 8-14, 2019

(Iraqi News)

Security remained stable from the first to the second week of June in Iraq. There was no real change in the number of security incidents. However, two of the major Iraqi media outlets that cover security have gone off line and the news has stopped reporting on the Islamic State burning farms. That means there are probably more incidents than were reported so far in June. That is likely as the Islamic State has just begun its annual spring-summer offensive Revenge of the Levant.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 17


1927 Lord Cecil said British public opinion was overwhelmingly against staying in Iraq
1954 PM Umari resigned so he could go on annual vacation to Turkey to escape summer heat in Iraq
1981 Col Qaddafi announced he would go to Tehran and Baghdad to try to negotiate
            ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War Libya supported Iran 
1987 Iran Op Fath 7 Iranian Rev Guard and PUK attacked Iraqi 27th Div supplylines in Kurdistan
(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 book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1996 UN said Iraq smuggling oil through Iranian waters breaking sanctions
2003 CIA report to Dir Tenet said that Niger-Iraq uranium story was dropped because based upon fake docs
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 CIA report that it found docs at Iraqi scientist’s home that proved Saddam had nuke program Proved
false
2004 PM Allawi promised reprisals against insurgents after suicide bombing of Iraqi army base
2004 Natl Sec Adv Rice told Bremer Bush supported early end to CPA
2004 Bush refuted 9/11 Comm Said Iraq-Al Qaeda had connections and that was why Iraq was a threat
2004 Cheney said 9/11 Comm didn’t look at the overwhelming evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda connections
Claimed he had intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that 9/11 Comm didn’t That intel later proved false
2005 Constitutional Committee agreed to expand number of Sunnis from 2 to 17 with another 10 as
advisers under heavy US and UK pressure
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2007 Report PM Maliki complained to US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Petraeus about Sahwa program
2008 Truck bomb by Mahdi Army or Special Group in Baghdad killed 63 wounded 70 US forces claimed
bombing meant to stop return of displaced Sunnis and provoke sectarian fighting
(Musings On Iraq article on Hurriya bombing)
2009 US held talks with Syria to try to stop foreign fighters travelling through country to Iraq
2011 ISI took responsibility for killing deputy head of deBaathification Comm Lami
2011 Anbar councilman said Syria still supported insurgency
2011 PM Maliki organized second march for his government in Baghdad and Karbala
2011 Protests held in Baghdad and Dhi Qar against corruption Baghdad protesters attacked by PM Maliki
supporters 2nd time
2012 Sadr said he would not accept a 3rd term for PM Maliki
2012 PUK’s MP Othman said that KDP wanted PM Maliki out while PUK didn’t
2013 Kataib Hezbollah attacked Mujahedeen e-Khalq camp with rockets
2013 Badr said one of its men died fighting in Syria before its presence officially announced
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2013 Exxon signed 3rd contract with KRG to explore for oil in Sulaymaniya
2013 Sadrists maintained control of Maysan governorship in new govt
2013 State of Law-SIIC-Sadr alliance formed new govt in Qadisiyah SIIC got governorship 
2014 Security operation to clear Qaim, Anbar began
2014 Tuz Kharmato declared freed
2014 Rawa Ana Saqlawiya Amiriya Fallujah Ramadi Khalidiya in Anbar all declared freed half of them
weren’t
(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)
2014 Insurgents attacked 3 neighborhoods in Baquba, Diyala along with Hit and Garma in Anbar
2014 Prisoner that was wounded when Hashd executed 43 prisoners in Baquba was taken from hospital by
police and killed
2014 PM Maliki dismissed Gen Gharawi head of Ninewa Ops Command for fall of Mosul
2014 Hezbollah’s Nasrallah said that Shiite shrines in Iraq needed to be protected from insurgents Said that
Hezbollah would send men to fight in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2015 Sadr blamed PM Maliki’s authoritarianism for return of insurgency
2016 PM Abadi prematurely announced liberation of Fallujah
2017 KRG Pres Barzani held meeting and announced that Kurdish independence referendum would happen
9/25/17

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Musings On Iraq In The News

I was quoted by Alex MacDonald in "Iraq fearful electricity failures could spark another long, hot summer of unrest" for Middle East Eye, and in "US to allow Iraq to import Iranian energy for three more months amid fears of unrest" for Middle East Eye.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 16

1941 Another British brigade landed in Basra to help secure Iraq after Anglo-Iraq War
(Musings On Iraq book review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The Nationalist Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
1975 Iraq protested Algiers Treaty by placing pontoon bridge across Shatt al-Arab and sending troops
into Iran’s Khuzistan province Iran expelled Iraqis killing 88 of its soldiers
1979 Pres Assad arrived in Baghdad for more talks on unifying Iraq and Syria
            Came up with United Arab Republic but disagreed on details
1979 Assad became mad at Iraqi demands and left ending talks of unification Saddam
            was key in undermining talks Was afraid of lesser position within unified govt
1981 Iraq and Iran held 1st prisoner swap set up by Red Cross during Iran-Iraq War
1986 Planning cell created in Baghdad to prepare for retaking Fao Peninsula from Iranians
(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 book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1991 Barzani said deal made with Baghdad over Kurdish autonomy Talabani said not to
            trust Saddam
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1992 Most of the Iraqi opposition met in Vienna Led to creation of Iraqi National
Congress as umbrella organization Used quotas 1st time to break up representatives by ideology and ethnosectarian identity
(Musings On Iraq article on 1992 Vienna conference)
2003 Gen Abizaid CENTCOM commander said that US was facing classic insurgency in
            Iraq White House had been denying that
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2003 Bremer said Development Fund for Iraq money could be used by military for local
            reconstruction projects
2003 Bremer said failure to capture Saddam was helping resistance and making Iraqis
            scared to help Coalition
2003 Head UN Inspector Blix said empty 122mm WMD artillery shells were from
            1980s after US said they could be part of stocks
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
2003 Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance 1st US administration for
            Iraq officially closed
2004 Gen Accounting Office report Pentagon didn’t have good planning or oversight
            of reconstruction projects in Iraq leading to cost overruns
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm 1998 indictment that charged Iraq and Al Qaeda agreed
            to cooperate in Sudan proved false
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm that Al Qaeda was suspicious of Saddam’s secular govt
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm in 90s Iraq and Al Qaeda tried to work out non-
            interference pact and talked about cooperation
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm in 1999 report said if Saddam wanted to attack US he
            would probably use Al Qaeda
2004 9/11 Comm said no operational relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda
            Had contacts but no cooperation
2004 9/11 Comm said 1994 bin Laden asked for Iraq’s help with operations but never
            got response
2004 9/11 Comm said Iraq and Al Qaeda talked about cooperation in Sudan in 1996 but
            nothing came of it
2004 9/11 Comm didn’t believe story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi
            intel officer in Prague
2004 Sec State Powell said administration stuck by claim of Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship
2004 White House said 9/11 Comm didn’t contradict admin claims because it never
            said Iraq behind 9/11 Cheney said there was a connection
2004 White House said Zarqawi being in Iraq before 03 invasion proved Saddam gave
            safe haven to Al Qaeda members
2005 Report Tehran cracking down on Zarqawi’s network in Iran
2005 US diplomat in Mosul documented abuses of Inter Min Wolf Brigade including
            torture beatings not releasing prisoners
2005 Report US declared Tal Afar cleared of insurgents in Oct 04 but had to return in
            May 05
2006 Mujahedeen Shura Council kidnapped 2 US soldiers in Baghdad in revenge for
            US troops raping Iraqi girl and killing her and her family
2006 Kidnapping of 2 US soldiers derailed Iraq’s Operation Together Forward to
            secure Baghdad
2006 Bush told Iraq Study Group PM Maliki was going to solve problems in Iraq and
            Gen Casey had situation under control
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Battle of Ramadi began with setting up 2 combat outposts in southern section of
            city
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Nvy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)
2007 Operation Phantom Thunder which was overreaching name of a series of operations began to clear
Baghdad Belts began Suburbs and towns around Baghdad city US deployed 4 brigades for operation going along Tigris River near Arab Jabour in south known for producing car bombs and had not had US forces in 3 years US cleared Salman Pak in west and tried to stop insurgents from moving to Baquba in Diyala in the east US forces in Taji in north tried to stop insurgents fleeing Baghdad to Salahaddin Also operations in Adhamiya Rasheed Mansour neighborhoods of Baghdad
2008 PM Maliki gave ultimatum to militiamen to hand over weapons in Amarah, Maysan
            aimed at Mahdi Army
2008 Sadrists said they would run in provincial elections but not as a party
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr’s strategy)
2009 43 police had been arrested for abuse in prisons Done to placate Sadrists
            complaining about abuse of their followers
2010 Turkey sent troops into Kurdistan and bombed areas chasing PKK fighters
            after attack on Turkish army base
2010 State of Law and National Alliance in talks to try to limit powers of next
            PM in negotiations to form new govt
2010 PM Maliki met with Kurdish list claiming he would implement Article 140 on
            Kirkuk and disputed areas to get their support for 2nd term
2011 PM Maliki gave TV speech saying militias had infiltrated Interior Ministry and
            carried out assassinations
2011 PM Maliki said Baghdad protests were illegal and threatened security
2011 PM Maliki said ISF would not be ready to secure Iraq after US forces withdrew at end of year
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2012 2 car bombs hit Shiite pilgrims heading for Kadhimiya, Baghdad 32 killed
            67 injured
2012 Sadr said that removing PM Maliki was God’s will but he was already backing off
            no confidence vote due to Iranian pressure
2012 Sadrists and State of Law in talks to try to end no confidence move against PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Kurdish list said their goal was still to remove PM Maliki
2013 Security op in Anbar to prepare for elections criticized for arbitrary arrests and
            raids
2013 Car bombs in Najaf and Wasit, IED in Basra
2013 KDP and PUK agreed to delay KRG presidential elections supposed to happen Sep
            2013 until issues of Pres Barzani’s term resolved
2013 Sadr-SIIC alliance won governor and head of council in new Wasit govt
2013 State of Law-Solidarity alliance won governor and head of council in Dhi Qar
2014 All work at Baiji refinery shut down because of insurgency
(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)
2014 US and Iranian diplomats met to discuss Iraq and ISIS
2014 275 U.S. troops sent to Iraq to help with war vs ISIS
2014 ISIS issued orders to start destroying churches in Mosul
2014 12 insurgents killed in fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS for control of Mosul
(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)
2014 Insurgent Military Council in charge of Mosul criticized ISIS for trying to establish control
over city
2014 ISIS seized Hawija, Kirkuk
2014 Badr killed 51 prisoners in Tal Afar prison
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2014 Hashd killed 50 prisoners at Baquba police station
2014 KRG asked for 25% of Iraqi budget claiming its population had grown
2014 Maliki loyalist MP Fatlawi blamed Kurds for helping insurgents take Mosul
2014 Liwa Abu Fadhl al-Abbas Iraqi militia in Syria sets up branch in Iraq and deployed 1500
fighters to Samarra
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2014 KRG Premier Barzani went to Tehran to assure it about its seizure of Kirkuk and disputed
areas
2014 1st Iranian Rev Guard member killed during war vs IS Officially died in accident in Karbala
Friends claimed he was a martyr in war
(Musings On Iraq article on Iranian fatalities during war vs IS)
(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

Saturday, June 15, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 15


1920 War Min Churchill wrote UK Cabinet that he was ready to give up Mosul province to save
costs
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia/Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1947 Mustafa Barzani revolt against govt put down and he fled to Soviet Union
1957 PM Nuri al-Said made cover of Time magazine
1966 KDP defeated govt forces near Hendrin
1966 PM Bazzaz made national speech saying Baghdad ready to recognize Kurdish nationalism and rights
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1968 Amid growing anti-Arif govt activity PM Yahya resigned but was asked to stay on
1985 War of Cities ended as both sides ran low on missiles
1985 From Mar to Jun 1985 43 Iraqi air raids on Tehran Only 12 Iranian SCUDs hit Baghdad in response
Iraq caused little damage in war of cities and failed to push Iran towards peace talks
1988 Iraqi counterattacks pushed Iran Op Beit al-Moqaddas 7 in Basra back to starting point
(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 book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1994 Fighting broke out between PUK and KDP in Sulaymaniya during funeral leaving 12 dead more than
40 wounded
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2003 Sadrist march in Basra against British occupation
2003 US scheduled elections for Najaf cancelled because worried Sadrists might win
2003 Report British looked at captured Iraq trailers and found not mobile WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 Sr British official said that the CPA was chaotic
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 US started Op Desert Scorpion to hunt down insurgents from Baghdad to Kirkuk
2004 Bush said Zarqawi was best evidence that Saddam had connections to Al Qaeda
2004 Sec State Powell said White House stuck with claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda connections
2005 Report US recorded Peshmerga arresting hundreds of Arabs and Turkmen in
            Kirkuk and putting them in KRG prisons
2006 Marine report murder of Iraqi civilians was covered up by unit and commanders
            didn’t show any interest in investigating
2008 Report Sadr creating new militia units to attack US forces
2009 Gen Odierno said foreign fighters coming to Iraq down and Syria trying to regulate border
2010 1st session of new parliament held to meet deadline Was supposed to elect new
            speaker but didn’t because of political disputes
2011 KRG opposition parties welcomed Pres Barzani’s reform proposals Never
            followed through with
2011 Sadrists dared PM Maliki to try to form a majority govt
2012 Sadrist MP said movement now not for removing PM Maliki anymore after pressure
            from Iran
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 ISIS’ Baghdadi said he would not follow Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri’s decision to break
with Al-Nusra Front in Syria
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2013 New Baghdad govt announced State of Law shut out of major positions by Sadrists Supreme Council
Mutahidun State of Law won governorship of Babil
2014 Baghdadi issued audio message saying ISIS was going to create caliphate
2014 ISIS began posting pictures online of Camp Speicher massacre
(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)
2014 Insurgents attacked power plant that supplied electricity to most of Anbar Driven off
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)
2014 Insurgents attacked and turned back at Tal Afar, Ninewa 50 prisoners executed in Tal Afar by govt
forces
2014 ISF fled Qara Tapa, Diyala and peshmerga moved in
2014 Yazidi leader in Sinjar district asked KRG for protection from insurgents
2014 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq leader Khazali blamed ISIS Baathists Kurds regional countries for security
crisis in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2015 First displaced families returned to Tikrit after its liberation

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Friday, June 14, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 14


1921 Churchill asked Colonial Office if King Faisal was Sunni or Shiite and who were the religious
people in Karbala
1980 Mossad assassinated Egyptian nuclear scientist Yahya El Mashad in Paris who worked on Iraq’s
nuclear program
1985 Iran Op Al Quds 1 north of Majnoon Islands Basra
1985 Iraq halted air raids for 2 wks on Iran calling on Iranians to push Khomeini towards peace
1988 Iraqi 1st Corps attacked Mawat Kurdistan
(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 book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1991 More than 1,000 Kurds protested outside US camp in Dohuk asking for them to stay to protect them
from Iraqi govt
1998 2nd day of meetings between UN inspectors and Iraq Agreed on inspection regime Inspectors
demanded that Iraq come clean on concealment program Tariq Aziz thought UN working with US to move goal posts every time there was progress to drag out process
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
2001 CIA report aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were probably for centrifuges for nuke program but
could be rockets Still no justification for claim
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 Gen Sanchez became commander of Coalition forces in Iraq
2003 Gen Petraeus flew to Baghdad telling CPA disbanding Iraq military threatened US troops
2003 1300 US troops conducted major search and raids in Fallujah
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2004 VP Cheney said Saddam had long standing ties with Al Qaeda
2004 Reports US soldiers and interrogators began warning of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Nov and Dec
03
2005 Massoud Barzani sworn in as KRG president
2006 PM Maliki said Sadr City and Shiite areas off limits to US forces
2006 PM Maliki announced Op Together Forward to try to secure Baghdad and stop sectarian attacks
Failed
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2006 After returning from Iraq Bush said inspired by meeting PM Maliki and US was staying the course
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Def Sec Rumsfeld aide brought up Biden-Gelb idea of breaking up Iraq as possible exit strategy for
U.S.
2007 US Operation Arrowhead Ripper in Baquba Pushed insurgents out of city with help of 1920
Revolution Brigade
2008 Sadrist said they wouldnt run as a party in 2009 provincial elections just support candidates
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr’s strategy)
2008 US Inspector General went to Kahn Bani Saad prison found no work being done Most of $1.2 mil in
materials gone
2008 Female suicide bomber in Qara Tappa targeted café where people watching World Cup 34 wounded
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2010 New parliament seated 3 months after elections Only met for 18 minutes Was supposed to start work
on electing new president but didn’t PM Maliki adjourned session indefinitely to stall for time
2011 ISI attacked Diyala provincial council building in Baquba
2011 PM Maliki said he wanted to reduce the number of ministries in response to protests
2012 Gorran and PUK held meeting to try to reconcile Didn’t work
2012 Ninewa Gov Nujafi reversed course and said that he now supported Kurdish oil deal with Exxon
2012 Sadr returned from Iran said still for no confidence vote against PM Maliki but thanked him for
cabinet meetings in provinces Sadr started giving into Iranian pressure
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 ISF security sweep through western Anbar along Syrian and Jordanian border
2014 Ayatollah Sistani issued clarification that his fatwa to defend country was for men to join the ISF not
militias
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Tel Avav Univ’s Rachel Kantz Federa on Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa To Defend Iraq)
2014 Insurgents seized Jalawla, Diyala
2014 12 imams in Mosul executed by ISIS for not giving it baya
2014 128 bodies of soldiers and police executed by ISIS in Mosul recovered
2014 Report differences emerging between ISIS and Naqshibandi over control of Mosul
2014 Ishaqi and Mutasim in Salahaddin recaptured by ISF 1st victories vs insurgents after
            sweep through north
2014 ISF and tribes forced insurgents out of Dhuluiya Ishaqi declared freed but still fighting 
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)
2014 ISF and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq pushed insurgents out of Muqtadiya, Diyala
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2014 ISF withdrew from Rawa and Ana giving Anbar border to ISIS Fighting in Hit Habaniya Ramadi
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)
2014 ISF started op to try to retake Saqlawiya, Anbar
2014 Report Peshmerga told remaining ISF in Kirkuk city to leave
2014 Sadr called for military parades by his militia in all the provinces to show their strength in face of
insurgents
(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilizaton)
2014 1500 Iranian troops in Khanaqin district Diyala and 500 in Wasit to secure Iran-Iraq border areas
2014 1st Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps member killed in fighting in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Iranian fatalities during war vs IS)
(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002

Section 3.4 of the Chilcot Report focuses upon Prime Minister Tony Blair’s only victory in the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. That was when he convinced President Bush to go to the United Nations to get resolutions against Iraq that would help build a popular and legal case for war. Even then, there were questions whether this path would be successful.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 13


1920 War Min Churchill wrote PM George that British army over extended in Mesopotamia and
asked whether UK should give up Mosul province because of costs
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia/Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1963 Govt forces attacked Dohuk killing 165 Peshmerga
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1975 Iran-Iraq signed Reconciliation Treaty to resolve border issues
1997 UN complained about Iraq’s obstruction of weapons inspections
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
1998 UN inspectors met with Iraqi delegation led by Tariq Aziz over UN inspections
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
2002 UK Def Min paper said postwar planning needed to be made before taking military action against Iraq
            UK never made plans
(Musings On Iraq article Chilcot Report Volume 2 Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 US ground forces commander Gen McKirenan moved HQ from Iraq to Florida Denied US forces
remaining in Iraq intelligence and staff
2003 Gen Eaton arrived in Baghdad to head US training program for new Iraqi army
2005 US held 2nd secret talk with insurgents in Balad to try to break them away from foreign fighters and
Al Qaeda in Iraq
2006 Bush made surprise visit to Baghdad told PM Maliki US stood behind him
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey told Bush US had to withdraw and make Iraqis take more responsibility
Bush did not agree but went along anyway
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 New Al Qaeda in Iraq leader al-Masri issued statement saying he would follow Zarqawi’s path
Continue attacking Shiites Still loyal to bin Laden
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2007 ISI bombed Askari shrine in Samarra 2nd time Used agents in Iraqi police Ayatollah Sistani and Sadr
called for calm Some Sunni mosques attacked in Baghdad and Basra in retaliation
2007 Sadrists began boycott of parliament and pulled ministers from cabinet when PM Maliki refused to
set withdrawal date for US 
2007 Gen Dempsey said 25% of Iraqi soldiers on leave 25% stayed home when units deployed to other
areas Injured soldiers kept on payroll when couldn’t serve Corrupt officers created ghost soldiers to steal salaries US found 13,000 ghost police Karbala and Najaf hired 1000s more police than needed as job program and to steal salaries
2008 Sadr said that he was turning most of his movement into social and political organization disbanded
most of Mahdi Army
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr’s strategy)
2008 PM Maliki said talks over new Status of Forces Agreement with US at dead end
2009 Kurdish List in Ninewa said it was thinking of creating alternative administration of districts that
refused to work with provincial govt Part of Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute in Ninewa)
(Musings On Iraq article on Al-Hadbaa taking over Ninewa council)
(Musings On Iraq article on continued Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute in Ninewa)
2010 Iraq Central Bank attacked by ISI dressed in military uniforms Started with 7 suicide bombers 25
killed 50 wounded
2011 Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq press conference on beatings of protesters in Baghdad
broken up by plain clothes police
2012 ISI bombed Shiite pilgrims and KDP HQ 84 killed total almost 300 injured
2012 Report Ayatollah Khamenei trying to persuade Sadr to drop opposition to PM Maliki Quds Force
commander Gen Suleimani already failed
2013 SIIC and Sadrists complained State of Law and Loyalty to Najaf broke deal and formed new Najaf
govt illegally
2014 Ayatollah Sistani issues fatwa for men to defend country leading to creation of Hashd al-Shaabi
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Tel Avav Univ’s Rachel Kantz Federa on Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa To Defend Iraq)
2014 3 Iraqi army divisions disintegrated in collapse of Mosul Tikrit etc
2014 Peshmerga moved into Sadiya and Jawala, Diyala and Kirkuk City after ISF fled
2014 North Oil Company shut down oil to Baiji refinery because of fighting
2014 ISIS demanded that people return to their jobs in Mosul after taking city
2014 Report up to 25 tankers with ISIS oil travelled into Kurdish controlled areas of Tuz Kharmato per day
2014 Insurgents seized police station in western Ramadi
2014 Badr head Amiri given control of security in Diyala by PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2014 Report 500 Iranian Revolutionary Guards deployed to Diyala
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)
2014 Sunni imam and two aides arrested in Baghdad by ISF later found dead
2015 2nd day of fighting between Hashd and Peshmerga in Sadiya, Diyala over control of town
2015 Report top US commanders didn’t want to get more involved in Iraq war against IS
2015 Protests in Basra demanding governor resign for corruption
2015 PM Abadi speech said Hashd non-sectarian under his command in war against IS
2015 80 US soldiers arrived in Habaniya base Anbar to support ISF operations in province

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Summer Approaches And Early Protests Begin In South Iraq

June protest in Basra (Al Mirbad)


The first day of summer is quickly approaching. Temperatures are rising in Iraq. That has led to annual protests in the south over the lack of adequate services, corruption and jobs. The number one priority of the Adil Mahdi government since the day it entered office was to make sure there was no repeat of 2018 when riots broke out in Basra that led to the fall of the Abadi administration. Baghdad has emphasized improving the electrical grid, but there is still not enough supply to meet demand leading to the start of this year’s demonstrations.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 12


1921 Gertrude Bell wrote that Feisal entering Iraq with the British wouldn’t have
been as good as him leading a jihad but he would still be an inspiration to the new Arab state of Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1935 National Service Bill signed by King starting conscription for army King hoped conscription would
help with nation building by creating army drawn from all parts of Iraq
1940 UK Foreign Sec Lord Halifax told War Cabinet situation in Iraq gotten worse due to German victories
in France German and Italian propaganda had been using Arab anger over Palestine and Syria against UK Few Iraqis believed that UK could protect them Arabs wanted to be on winning side in war
1963 Soviet Union condemned Arif govt military campaign against Kurds
1979 Govt put down 9 days of Dawa led protests capped off by arresting Ayatollah Baqir al-Sadr Led to
more protests in Iraq Lebanon UAE Braitain France Iran
1982 U.N. called for ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War
1988 Iran Op Beit al-Moqaddas 7 attacked Fish Lake Iraqi defensive line in front of Basra City
Advanced 10km into Iraqi lines causing heavy Iraqi casualties Took 700 prisoners
(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 book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1994 8,000 Kurdish refugees who had fled to Turkey after 91 uprising moved back into
            Iraq to escape fighting between PKK and Turkish army
1996 UN Resolution 1060 found Iraq not allowing UN weapons inspectors full access
            to sites
1996 UK intel report worried that Iraq still hiding parts of missile and WMD programs
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
1997 UN inspectors said Iraq had blocked them from 3 sites in last two days
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
2003 1st bombing of an Iraqi oil pipeline near Kirkuk after invasion
2003 White House said were some fake docs about Iraq-Niger uranium deal but much more evidence to
support story
2003 DIA memo to DepSecDef Wolfowitz said docs on Iraq-Niger uranium deal fakes but were
unconfirmed reports that supported deal such as report that uranium was in warehouse in Benin
2003 Fmr Amb Wilson gave background info to Wash Post article claiming CIA didn’t tell Bush doubts
about Iraq-Niger uranium deal Claimed he saw fake Iraq-Niger docs but never did Wilson believed his trip to Niger discredited Iraq uranium deal story within CIA but didn’t
2003 VP Cheney told chief of staff Libby Wilson’s wife’s name and said she worked for CIA Later leaked
to press to attack Wilson Cheney and Libby were worried about press reports they felt were trying to blame VP and Bush for false reports on WMD
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2006 Health Dir for Diyala province kidnapped and believed killed by Mahdi Army
2006 Bush approved US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey’s campaign plan to withdraw US forces and turn
responsibilities over to Iraqis Bush didn’t approve of withdrawal plan but went along with it anyway
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2007 1920 Revolution Brigade turned on ISI in Diyala after made deal with US
(Musings On Iraq article on split within insurgency in Diyala)
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2008 PM Maliki sent forces to Maysan to crackdown on Sadrists
2008 Senior Sadrist and Iranian linked arms dealer arrested in Kut, Wasit
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
2008 Islamic Party HQ in Anbar bombed in part of campaign against party
2011 Sadr bloc threatened to pull out of National Coalition and push no confidence
            vote against PM Maliki if US troops given extension to stay in Iraq
2011 US Amb to Iraq Jeffries said majority of Iraqi blocs supported troop extension for
            US except Sadr
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2011 Iraqiya withdrew from parliament after pro-Maliki march in Baghdad burned
            Allawi’s picture
2012 Kurdish MP claimed if no confidence vote against PM Maliki went to parliament
            would be passed
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 PM Maliki held cabinet meeting in Dhi Qar trying to prop up base against no
            confidence vote
2013 Charge of Knights of the Tigris anti-insurgent op started in Muqtadiya Abu Saida
            Hamrin Jalawla in Diyala
2013 Sadr-Supreme Council alliance took Basra governorship from State of Law after
            provincial elections SOL got head of council
2014 ISIS announced it was imposing sharia on Mosul ISF members had to repent or be executed Killed
Imam of grand mosque in Mosul who refused to support group
2014 ISIS executed 84 ISF in Mosul
2014 ISIS committed Camp Speicher massacre executing cadets in Salahaddin
(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)
2014 ISIS seized 10 towns in Salahaddin and attacked Amerli
2014 ISIS announced that it was going to execute ISF in Dhuluiya, Salahaddin
2014 ISIS told local tribes in Dhuluiya they had to turn over ISF or they would be
            killed Refused and tribes starting fighting ISIS
2014 Jabour tribe fighting ISIS in Alam east of Tikrit
2014 Army and Sahwa withdrew from three major entrances to Fallujah
2014 Insurgents attacked and seized Kubaisa and Saqlawiya in Anbar
(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)
2014 ISF withdrew from Qaim and Mazra army base without a fight in Anbar ceding
            Syrian border to insurgents
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)
2014 ISF withdrew from Sadiya district Diyala Insurgents burned abandoned ISF base in district
(Musings On Iraq Continued Collapse Of Iraqi Security Forces And Fighting In Baghdad Leads to Militia Mobilization And Arrival Of Iran)
2014 Emergency session of parliament to discuss security crisis cancelled due to lack of quorum
2014 Supreme Council announced that it sent first unit of militiamen to fight insurgents
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2014 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq set up checkpoints near Dhuluiya Salahaddin Opened fire
            on 3 vehicles killing 12 civilians
2014 3 Sunni men kidnapped and killed by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Sadiya, Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2014 Quds Force commander Gen Suleimani went to Baghdad to help coordinate
            security policy against insurgents
2014 2 Brigades of Iranian Revolutionary Guard deployed to Samarra Najaf and Karbala to protect
shrines
2014 Iranian Revolutionary Guard deployed to Iran-Iraq border Iran air force put on alert
(Musings On Iraq Continued Collapse Of Iraqi Security Forces And Fighting In Baghdad Leads to Militia Mobilization And Arrival Of Iran)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)
2015 Peshmerga and Hashd got into firefight in Sadiya Diyala in power struggle for
            control of Khanaqin district
2016 Anbar Governor report Hashd killed 43 displaced in Fallujah op 600+ disappeared Beatings torturing
stealing from displaced

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural, Operation Desert Storm 1991


Review Zaloga, Steven, M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural, Operation Desert Storm 1991, Oxford, New York: Osprey, 2009

Osprey’s duel series is supposed to explain a battle pitting two iconic tanks against each other. M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural by famed military historian Steven Zaloga focuses upon the 1991 Gulf War and specifically the American attack into the Iraqi flank meant to cut off Saddam Hussein’s forces so that they couldn’t escape from Kuwait. Unlike many in the duel series this one covers two major confrontations where US Abrams and Iraqi T-72 tanks actually fought each other.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 11


1925 Head of League of Nations Mosul Commission called King Faisal a “poor creature”
1925 British intel report Iraqi govt picked MPs privately Political parties had no power and no programs
1972 Saddam went to France Finalized oil deal Said French holdings in Iraq would be last to be
nationalized Also said Iraq wanted to buy weapons
1984 2nd time UN got Iran and Iraq to agree to not attack each others cities Didn’t last
(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 book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1991 Iranian Amb to UN warned that Iraqi army ready to launch op against displaced in
            southern Iraq hiding after 91 uprising
2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld said Iraq had chemical weapons and an active nuclear program
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 Undersecretary of State and CIA official told Cheney chief of staff Libby that Fmr Amb Wilson’s
            wife worked for CIA Would later leak her identity
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 UK intel report on Iran’s Iraq policy Said Iran wanted a stable Iraq that was not a threat, wanted
influence in Baghdad, wanted a unified state, opposed US presence but didn’t want chaos
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2007 Report Gen Petraeus and staff decided to spread Awakening model to Baghdad Diyala Babil
Salahaddin Talks with 1920 Revolution Brigades to fight ISI in Anbar and Diyala PM Maliki adviser didn’t like policy
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq article on split within insurgency in Diyala)
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2007 130 sheikhs in Salahaddin agreed to set up sahwa unit
2007 Report Sheikh Suleiman breaking form Anbar Salvation Council Called Sheikh Abu Risha a traitor
who sold out for money Suleiman said he would form his ow rival Awakening group
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2007 Speaker Mashadani voted out of office by Iraqi parliament
2007 Sadr spokesman said Sadr had replaced 11 leaders in attempt to regain control of movement Said
Sadr rejected violence but Mahdi Army still trying to expel Sunnis from Amil and Baya in Baghdad and fighting US and British forces
2007 Gen Lynch in south Iraq said 7 of 9 national police brigade commanders and 14 of 24 battalion
commanders replaced due to abuses and sectarianism Said many of the Iraqi police in south were corrupt Iraqi politicians constantly ordered prisoners released Said US wanted to set up provisional police in south including arming Sunni tribes
2008 Report foreign fighters coming to Iraq down to single digits per month
2008 UK intel report Predicated large Sunni turnout for 09 provincial elections Said many insurgents
considering participating in vote Sunnis wanted economic development services release of prisoners reforming deBaathification reviewing constitution
2009 PM Maliki said Asaib Ahl Al-Haq head Khazali was a problem for the US not his govt
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2011 Protest organizers held press conference complaining about pro-Dawa tribesmen
            beating them in Baghdad day before
2012 After Pres Talabani rejected no confidence vote KRG Pres Barzani and Iraqiya said they
            would still push issue
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Pres Talabani’s office announced it was holding talks with PKK to work out a ceasefire with Turkey
2013 Sadrist rally in Kadhimiya Baghdad led to shootouts with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in northern and eastern
Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2014 ISIS executed 17 police at Mosul airport 12 ISF killed in Dawasa, Ninewa after Mosul seized
2014 ISIS kidnapped staff of Turkish consulate in Mosul
2014 Salahaddin provincial police chief went to Camp Speicher demanding army help vs ISIS Turned down
2014 ISIS seized Tikrit without a fight 30 police executed Burned provincial council building and 4 police
stations in city
(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)
2014 ISIS executed 10 ISF in Riyad, Kirkuk Burned all the police stations in Zab
(Musings On Iraq article Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)
2014 ISIS took Baiji burned down police station Also took Dour district
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)
2014 Separate reports that Tikrit and Baiji had been freed by ISF proved false
2014 ISIS attack upon Samarra turned back by ISF
2014 ISIS spokesman Adnani said that group was going to attack Baghdad and overthrow government
2014 US said it was sending Hellfire missiles light and medium weapons to aid Iraq PM Maliki
            later claimed this didn’t happened
2014 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said that it would defend Iraq and holy shrines
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2014 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq accused of kidnapping 53 Sunni men in Hillah Babil and executing them
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2014 Ammar Hakim said he was calling for volunteers to fight insurgency
2014 Sadr called for his Saraya al-Salam militia to protect Iraq’s shrines from insurgents
(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilizaton)
2014 Militiamen took 137 men from Latifiya market south Baghdad 30 later found dead
2014 150 man Iranian Revolutionary Guard unit sent into Iraq to assist govt against insurgents
(Musings On Iraq Continued Collapse Of Iraqi Security Forces And Fighting In Baghdad Leads to Militia Mobilization And Arrival Of Iran)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)
2014 UNAMI warned that it didn't have funds to deal with displacement crisis caused by insurgency
2015 Video showed US Special Forces taking part in firefight supporting Peshmerga in northern Iraq vs IS
2015 Mutahidun MP complained parts of Diyala had been cleared of Sunnis and not allowed to return for
political reasons
2016 Anbar governor investigation found Hashd killed 49 men from Saqlawiya and Sjar and 643 others
detained not seen again

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