Thursday, March 31, 2022

Iraq’s Parliament Fails Again To Elect New President

(Sotaliraq)
Iraq’s parliament failed a third time to elect a new president. Moqtada al-Sadr and his allies did even worse this session than Saturday’s. Only 180 parliamentarians attended Wednesday versus 202 on Saturday. The boycott by the Coordination Framework that is made up of the major Shiite parties besides Sadr’s grew with the Alliance for the People not showing up. It appeared on Saturday after giving its demands to Sadr but then said none of them were met.  They were joined by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a breakaway faction of the Azm Alliance, Ishraqat Kanoon and other independent MPs.

This Day In Iraqi History – Mar 31

 

1934 Iraqi Communist Party founded

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

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

1940 Rashid Ali al-Gaylani became PM 2nd time in deal with Nuri al-Said and Golden Square officers

Attempt by Regent to reconcile two groups

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1941 Pan-Arab Golden Square officers decided to remove PM Hashemi in coup

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)

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

(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 review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1946 Mullah Mustafa Barzani named general in Mahabad Republic in Iran

1981 Egypt began selling military equipment to Iraq in Iran-Iraq War

1985 Since Jan 1 in Tanker War Iraq hit 30 ships and Iran 7 in Persian Gulf

1985 UN Sec Gen arrived in Iran Told Iraqi air raids killed 1450 civilians and wounded 4000

1988 Iran claimed 44,000 of its troops suffered from Iraqi chemical attacks

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

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

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

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

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

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

1989 Iraq exported oil for 1st time from Basra after Iran-Iraq War closed down ports

1989 Israel said Iraq embarked on crash course to build a nuclear bomb and a missile to deliver it

1990 Iraqi embassy in London organized protest outside mosque holding service for Observer reporter

Bazoft who was executed by Iraq for reporting on its missile program

1991 Govt op to retake Sulaymaniya from Peshemerga began

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The 1991 Uprising In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq When The US Helped Start A Rebellion In Iraq That It Didn’t Want)

2000 UN Res 1293 doubled amount of spare parts Iraq could import to maintain its oil industry under Oil

for Food program

2002 PM Blair offered a division and UK bases to US for invasion

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

2003 Saddam didn’t give televised speech as expected Instead Information Minister Sahaf did Called on

Iraqis to carry out suicide missions against the invaders

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

2003 1st car bomb in Iraq hit US checkpoint north of Najaf

2003 Ansar al-Islam issued statement Said it regrouped in north and would carry out

suicide bombings against the Coalition occupation

2003 US forces engaged Fedayeen and Republican Guard south of Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter The Invasion of Iraq)

2003 US forces launched raid on Shatra Dhi Qar after receiving information Chemical Ali Hassan al-

Majid was there

2003 British military believed it could start popular uprising in Basra to take city rather than having to

attack it

2003 Sir David Manning told British would have huge shortage of troops for postwar operations in Iraq

2003 UK Foreign Office official wrote For Sec Straw saying Iraqis mistrusted US and US occupation

would be humiliation and untenable

2003 Israeli Infrastructure Min Paritzky said he wanted to reopen Kirkuk-Haifa pipeline by end of 03

Based upon promises made by Chalabi before war he would get Iraq to export oil to Israel

(Musings On Iraq Review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld memo said important to create Iraqi interim authority as quickly as possible so

Iraqis were in power Had to pick pro-US Iraqis Said exiles could be core for new authority because they supported US goals in Iraq

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

Tragedy)

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

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Night Draws Near, Iraq’s People In The Shadow Of America’s War)

2004 Insurgents ambushed Blackwater convoy and killed 4 contractors in Fallujah 2 were strung up on

bridge

(Musings On Iraq review No True Glory, A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 12 Things Fall Apart Apr 2004)

2004 Bush gave CPA 48 hours to resolve Blackwater attack in Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2004 Bush gave speech US would not give into violence in Iraq and fighting terrorism

2004 Sadrists marched to Green Zone in Baghdad to protest US occupation

(Musings On Iraq review The Triumph of the Martyrs, A Reporter’s Journey into Occupied Iraq)

2005 Silbermann-Robb report called US pre-war intel on Iraq one of largest intel failures in US history US data on Iraq was worthless and analysis wrong US lacked significant new intel on Iraq WMD so relied on Gulf War and 90s UN inspections and extrapolated from them Relied upon Iraqi defectors that were lying and ignored problems with their stories Relied upon satellite photos that showed nothing substantive US intel claimed Iraq made WMD advances that were technically impossible US intel ignored reports that Iraq no longer had any WMD UN inspectors disproved most of US case against Iraq’s WMD but were ignored CIA had little on Iraq’s nuke program outside of aluminum tubes but became basis for Oct 02 National Intel Est on Iraq’s WMD Aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for rockets not centrifuges Example of misinterpretation by US Said aluminum tubes was a technical assessment which CIA failed at Went with assumptions rather than facts CIA never looked at Iraqi rockets to see whether they fit aluminum tubes CIA and DIA created theory on tubes that rejected all criticism Report found British and Australian intelligence didn’t believe aluminum tubes were for centrifuges

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

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

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

2005 RAND study showed post-war planning for Iraq was inadequate and never considered security of

Iraqi public

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

2006 100 insurgents attacked Muqtadiya police headquarters Killed 19 police and freed 33 prisoners

2007 PM Maliki made 1st trip to Anbar and met with tribal leaders and provincial council who complained

about Baghdad’s neglect

2007 PM Maliki endorsed plan to relocate 1000s of Arabs settled in Kirkuk province during Arabization

program Said would get money and land for leaving Iraqiya opposed plan Never implemented

2007 1920 Revolution Brigades commander said ISI killed one of its leaders leaving it to either fight ISI

or work with US

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2008 Report 103 people killed by ISI found around Zahamm in Diyala River Valley When ISI first

entered village said they were opposing occupation Set up training camp and weapons caches Then began kidnapping and executing people who worked with ISF or didn’t follow rules like banning music smoking wearing the veil breaking curfew Extorted money from residents

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

2008 PM Maliki said would continue to go after Mahdi Army in Basra that didn’t follow

            cease-fire

2008 Interior Min announced 1000s of police would be fired for refusing to fight Mahdi Army in Basra

Baghdad and cities in the south 2 army regiments refused to fight Mahdi Army in Baghdad

2008 Report US special forces in Basra to help with air strikes vs Mahdi Army

2009 British ended military mission in Iraq

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

2009 Deadline for power sharing and provincial elections in Kirkuk passed with no progress

(Musings On Iraq Kirkuk Remains In Political Limbo)

2010 VP Hashemi said an Arab should be president no longer a Kurd

2011 Pres Barzani said he would prosecute security members who fired on

            protesters in Sulaymaniya and those that led the demonstrations

2011 Protests in Kalar, Sulaymaniya become violent with rocks thrown at security forces

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)

2011 Report Ugandan company got 146 women to work in Iraq in 2009 Were told they would work at US

army bases Ended up maids for Iraqis Reported abuses including rape One woman got 14 others to escape their employers and into a US base where got back to Uganda Company was connected to ruling party in Uganda so not held accountable

2012 Oil Ministry paid oil companies in Kurdistan $650 mil for exports Concession to KRG after it

threatened to stop all exports for Baghdad

2012 Audit of State Dept advisory program for Interior Min found 94% of funds went to supporting

personnel and only 6% for the advisers

2014 ISIS released 2nd annual al-Naba report on its operations

2014 Fmr Communications Min Allawi Fmr Finance Min Issawi and 8 general mangers charged with

corruption

2014 Mutahidun claimed 44 civilians killed by Hashd in Buhriz, Diyala with complicity of ISF

2015 PM Abadi announced Tikrit freed from IS 1st stories emerged of Hashd looting afterward

2015 Diyala council voted to remove confidence from Gov Yacoub for stealing aid for displaced

2016 PM Abadi presented his list of technocratic ministers Sadr called off his protests afterward

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2016 Dana Gas won lawsuit against KRG for nonpayment Court ordered KRG to pay company

$121 mil for oil production 2015 Dana Gas won 2 cases against KRG for $1.96 bil in unpaid invoices KRG unable to pay due to budget and oil disputes with Baghdad and bad contracts

2016 PUK official said that Kurdish independence was up to the Kurdish people not one party

meaning KDP

2017 Report Iraqi govt dropped flyers over Mosul telling people to stay in their homes and shelter

during fighting Now civilians were being killed in air strikes as a result

2020 New Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force cmdr Gen Qani visited Iraq Met with Amiri

Hakim Maliki and Sadr Said Iran wouldn’t interfere in Iraqi politics then said Iran opposed Zurfi becoming PM Zurfi supported protests and criticized pro-Iran Hashd

2020 Report Pro-Iran Hashd controlled Qaim border crossing Used to send foreign fighters

into Syria to support Assad Kataib Hezbollah main force in Qaim along with smaller Hashd groups Kataib Hezbollah took 1,600 farms Hashd controlled black market including smuggling fuel to Syria 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Azm Alliance Split And Helped Prevent Election of New President

The Azm Alliance split and helped block the vote on a new president (Teller Report)
On March 26 Iraq's parliament failed to elect a new president. That was due to a boycott organized by the Coordination Framework that includes the major Shiites parties besides Moqtada al-Sadr's. One of the reasons the boycott worked was that part of the Azm Alliance that is aligned with Sadr defected and joined the framework. The faction is led by Muthanna al-Samarraie and includes 12 parliamentarians

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 30

 

1921 Cairo Conference decided on indirect rule in Iraq Would make Faisal King of a pro-British

Iraqi govt allowing withdrawal of British forces 

1921 Cairo Conference decided to keep UK High Commissioner for Iraq British advisers in govt naval

presence in Basra and RAF squadrons in rest of country

(Musings On Iraq How England Chose Feisal As 1st King 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 When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1939 King Ghazi gave pan-Arab speech saying he was interested in Arab brothers in Syria Palestine

Kuwait

(Musings On Iraq review Imagining The Nation, Nationalism, Sectarianism and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1940 Fmr PM Said put together new govt with Rashid Gaylani becoming PM Said became Foreign

Minister Had backing of British

1940 Regent had one of the Golden Square officers ordered to Diwaniya He refused

order Was pushed by UK to try to break up pan-Arab officers in army

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1945 UK Ambassador to Iraq Sir Cornwallis wrote he was afraid old Iraqi elite were never going to change

and that would lead to violence between haves and have nots

1946 Conservatives in govt forced PM Suwaidi’s govt to resign

1949 Coup in Syria revived Regent Ilah’s hopes of an Iraq-Syria union which would make him

king of Syria

1963 Kurdish delegation headed by Talabani arrived in Baghdad for more talks about

Kurdish rights Govt refused to meet with Talabani

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

1980 Baath made membership in Dawa punishable by death

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

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

1982 Saddam admitted that Iraqi forces retreated from southern Iran

1984 UN condemned use of chemical weapons in Iran-Iraq War but didn’t mention Iraq as perpetrator

due to US and Soviet objections

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

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

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

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

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

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

1984 US banned export of 5 chemicals to Iraq that could be used to make chemical weapons

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

1990 Report Iraq trying to challenge Israeli military superiority in Middle East by developing nuclear

bomb Dec 89 Iraq launched new long range missile Mar 90 3 people arrested in UK trying to smuggle equipment for program to Iraq Intl Institute for Strategic Studies said program only in theoretical stage Was actually far more advanced than anyone knew

1991 Saddam’s troops re-entered Dohuk and Irbil to put down Kurdish rebellion

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The 1991 Uprising In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

1991 Majid al-Khoei son of Grand Ayatollah al-Khoei met with Saudi intelligence and was turned down

for aid to help uprising because US objected

(Musings On Iraq When The US Helped Start A Rebellion In Iraq That It Didn’t Want)

1995 INC and PUK attacked Iraqi forces in Kirkuk district destroying 2 brigades hoping to create a revolt

against Saddam

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

2002 Gen Franks presented new revised Iraq war plan to Bush

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

2003 British began 2nd attack to take Basra city with 600 commandos attacking western Abu al-Kacib

(Musings On Iraq review Target Basra, The High Octane Story of the Royal Marine Commandos In Iraq)

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

2003 UK Defense Minister Hoon told US didn't think taking Basra City important US wanted UK to hold

south oil fields and Um Qasr port

2003 US intensified air strikes on Republican Guard units with 800 sorties Began assault on Najaf

2003 Saddam believed U.S. invasion was stalemated

2003 Saddam’s secretary told Iraqi Foreign Ministry to tell France and Russia Iraq would only accept an

unconditional withdrawal by U.S.

2003 Iraqi TV aired footage of Saddam Qusay and Uday handing out medals and money to soldiers

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told ABC that US knew exactly where Iraq’s WMD were Claimed they were

around Tikrit and Baghdad

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

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

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld accused Syria of giving military aid to Iraq Syria claimed US committed crimes

vs Iraqi civilians

2003 Dep Sec of Def Wolfowtiz said Iraq war about WMD and that they would eventually be found

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

2003 PM Blair foreign policy adv Sir Manning worried that Baghdad when attacked could turn into

drawn out urban battle

2003 Pentagon memo on creating an Iraqi authority after war Said had to be friendly to the US Had to

end Sunni rule Wanted rule of law individual liberty representative govt private enterprise Didn’t say how that was to be achieved

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

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

(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 SCIRI head Ayatollah Hakim told followers in south Iraq that they shouldn’t support Coalition invasion Demanded foreign troops leave Iraq as soon as possible Warned of armed struggle if they turned into occupiers 

2004 New Iraq Survey Group head Duelfer told Congress most important work not done Still looking for

critical Iraqis involved in WMD program Said found equipment to make biological and chemical agents Couldn’t rule out what aluminum tubes were for Contradicted much of what Survey Group discovered 3 top inspectors quit to protest Duelfer’s remarks

2006 Report Albu Mahal tribe went from insurgency to fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq after objected to Islamic

law being imposed Tribe entered into months of fighting with Salmani and Karabila tribes allied with Al Qaeda in Iraq in WAnbar Qaim dist Was expelled Albu Mahal went to US formed Desert Protectors Got tribesmen join Iraqi army

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 17 Innovation In The Face Of War, Summer-Fall 2005)

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After The Awakening Pt IX: Sheikh Sabah Aziz Of The Albu Mahal)

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 Op Call to Freedom ended effectively clearing Ramadi of insurgents

2007 Report Ali Salah WBaghdad only had 3 Sunni families left after militias forced out rest in March

despite US and Iraqi units in area during Surge

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

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

2008 Sadr announced ceasefire in fight vs ISF Mahdi Army handed over weapons to ISF in 2 Baghdad

neighborhoods Deal worked out between Dawa ISCI Badr and Sadr with Iran Rev Guards Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani as moderator

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2008 Fighting continued in Babil and Karbala between ISF and Mahdi Army Green Zone hit by

rockets

2008 UK report situation in Basra unchanged during Charge of Knights Said ISF had no coherent

            plan and morale low

2008 Report PM Maliki was shocked that his offensive in Basra caused fighting throughout south and

Baghdad Was actually warned by ISF that would happen beforehand but he ignored it

2008 Tribes in Dhi Qar and Dulaim in Wasit joined govt in crackdown against Mahdi Army

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2008 ISCI held pro-govt demonstration in Karbala against Sadr

2009 Report 200 Sadrists broke away from Sadr PM Maliki gave amnesty to Sadrists and

Special Groups Supposed to be for reconciliation but was Maliki trying to split Sadrists

2009 PUK co-founder and media mogul Mustafa said his Change party would run in KRG

elections

2009 Report PM Maliki had sahwa leaders in Baghdad and Diyala arrested

2011 Accountability and Justice Comm ruled PM Maliki’s nominees for Interior and Defense Ministers

made by PM Maliki were disqualified for Baathist past

2011 Turkey’s Erdogan went on tour of Iraq to Baghdad 1st Sunni leader to go to Najaf shrine 1st Turkish

leader to go to Irbil

2011 Report Small/medium sized business hardly developed in Iraq due to high start up costs lack of govt

support power and water shortages security high tariffs Iraq has 35,000 industrial projects 85% of them idle The 15% that operate work at 20% capacity

2011 Report Iraqiya head Allawi refused to lead National Council for Strategic Policies which was part of

power sharing agreement to get PM Maliki 2nd term

2012 Pres Barzani said PM Maliki becoming authoritarian Criticized Maliki for holding all security

positions Said didn’t follow power sharing agreement

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

2012 MP on energy committee said electricity shortages would be worse in 2012 than 2011 Said power

production would only be slightly up by 2014 Came after Dep PM Shahristani said that Iraq would become self-sufficient in power by end of 2013

2012 Report KDP training Syrian Kurds to return to Syria and fight

2013 Report banks in Sulaymaniya facing crisis Can’t pay govt workers Can’t cash large checks Stories

that PUK leadership taking money out of banks and placing it elsewhere Part of financial crisis due to dispute with Baghdad over oil and budget

2014 ISIS held parade in Abu Ghraib

2016 Kurdish Alliance said they would not give up any of their ministers in PM Abadi’s reform program

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2016 Report Unaoil paid bribes to Iraqi officials to get its clients contracts Hosted Oil Ministry

official and said ministry should charge inflated prices on products so they could steal the money Oil official agreed Every drum of oil bought by Weatherford Unaoil involved kickbacks to senior officials Officials told Unaoil about upcoming deals so that clients could win them Unaoil made payoffs to Eni and BP Paid $1 mil bribe for Petrofac and SBM to win contract at Gharraf oil field

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with anti-graft US official Vincent Foulk)

2017 KRG spokesman told newspaper it was time for KRG to divorce from rest of Iraq

2018 Report Anbar council accused Hashd of blocking displaced from returning to Khalidiya Island Ramadi dist Extorting people

2019 Abdul Mahdi govt not spending on rebuilding war torn areas Mosul needed est $2 bil

for rebuilding All of Ninewa only got $250 mil in 2019 budget Anbar got $150 mil Salahaddin got $170 mil Baghdad hadn’t sent budgets to provinces yet Provinces only had until end of 2019 to spend money otherwise went back to Baghdad

2019 Speaker Halbusi said would take until 2022 to lesson Iraq’s dependency upon

electricity imports Asked US for 3 yrs waivers on Iranian sanctions as a result By 2022 Iraq still dependent on Iranian energy

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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 - Mar 29

 

1946 Iraq-Turkey Friendship Treaty Would cooperate over Tigris and Euphrates security

education communication economies

1947 Sayid Salih Jabr became premier 1st Shiite PM of Iraq Offered reform program

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

1970 New cabinet announced and 5 Kurds included as ministers

(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 Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship)

1982 Iraq set up new defensive line 6 miles from Maysan border Iran attacked towards Fakkeh breaking

through Iraqi lines Broken up by air strikes Lost 100 tanks Forced to retreat Ended Iranian Op Fath Iraq lost 8000 dead 12000 wounded 13000-20000 captured 400 tanks 3 divisions destroyed Iran lost 4,000 dead, 12,000 wounded, 200 tanks and APCs

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

1982 Saddam offered to withdraw to international border between Iran-Iraq Rejected by Iran

1984 US intel found Iraq buying equipment from West German company to make chemical weapons W.

Germany denied story

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

1984 US intel reported Iraq had 5 sites producing chemical weapons for Iran-Iraq War

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

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

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

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

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

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

1987 Ali Hassan al-Majid given special powers over all govt agencies in northern Iraq to deal with Kurds

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

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

1991 Iraqi troops recaptured Kirkuk from Kurdish rebels

1991 Iraqi troops captured Tanuma, Basra from rebels

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The 1991 Uprising In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq When The US Helped Start A Rebellion In Iraq That It Didn’t Want)

1994 Saddam became prime minister of Iraq

2002 Gen Franks briefed military service chiefs on Iraq war planning

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

Tragedy)

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

2003 UK Embassy in Washington reported Bush mad at press reports invasion not going according to

plan

2003 1st Suicide bomber in Iraq war hits US checkpoint in Najaf killing 4 soldiers

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

2003 Iraq VP Ramadan said suicide bombers would become routine in Iraq and threatened England and

US with them

2003 VP Ramadan said that foreign fighters had arrived in Iraq to help defend it against Americans

2003 Iraqi govt removed commander of Iraqi air defense in Baghdad after missiles misfired and hit the

capital

2003 Iraq fired 2 SCUDS at Kuwait but shot down by US Patriot missiles

2003 British army took Abu al-Khasib, Basra

2004 20,000 Sadrists protested closing of their paper al-Hawza outside Green Zone Rocks thrown US

opened fire 2 Iraqis killed

2006 US intel report said 1707 Sunni and Shiite families moved in Baghdad after Samarra bombing

Mahdi Army kidnapping and executing people

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

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

2007 Operation Alljah launched to clear insurgents from Fallujah

2007 ISI began withdrawing from Ramadi leading to large drop in attacks

2007 2 suicide car bombs at Baghdad market killed 82 and wounded 100

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

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

2007 National Police kidnapped 5 British security guards from Eastern Baghdad

2007 New US Amb Ryan Crocker arrived in Iraq

2007 Justice Min Shibli said govt approved recommendation that Article140 by implemented on future of

Kirkuk Nothing came of it

2008 PM Maliki’s deadline for militias to turn over weapons ended with few complying Was extended

            until Apr 8

2008 Defense Min Obeidi said Charge of Knights had not gone as planned Was shocked by resistance

by Mahdi Army

2008 Sadr said he was talking with Ayatollah Sistani to negotiate ceasefire with PM Maliki Also called

for Qais Khazali and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to rejoin his organization

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

2008 PM Maliki delegation met with Sadr in Iran to work out ceasefire in Basra

2008 Gen Petraeus told Maliki govt had set goals in Basra it couldn’t achieve Natl Sec Adv Rubaie told UK

official PM Maliki had been led by his advisers into starting Charge of Knights by telling him Basra in more desperate situation than it was in

2008 More police in Basra switched sides to Mahdi Army Reports more than 100 police fired in Basra

due to losing weapons and fleeing

2008 Nasiriya retaken from Mahdi Army Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Karbala Babil

Baghdad

2008 UK started air strikes on Mahdi Army in Barsa US carried out air strikes in Basra and Sadr City

2008 Rockets fired at Green Zone by Mahdi Army

2008 Report Iraqi army had no artillery planning communications system logistics transportation

service hospitals

2009 Provincial election results announced State of Law won 126 of 440 seats 28% ISCI went from 200

to 50 seats

(Musings On Iraq Official Iraqi Election Results)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s New Provincial Councils – Update)

(Musings On Iraq Governors, Heads of Councils, and Ruling Coalitions In Iraq’s Provinces)

2009 Maliki govt talking with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to get 5 Brit hostages released Iraq UK US Iran

Hezbollah worked out deal to release Brits in return for AAH leaders Qais and Laith Khazali, 300 AHH members Iranian operatives Hezbollah’s Daqduq held by US

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

(Musings On Iraq Iranians Planned Kidnapping And Held British Captives Taken In Iraq) 

2009 PKK rejected call by Pres Talabani and Pres Barzani to disarm

2009 Sahwa in Dora Baghdad protested over not getting paid by govt

(Musings On Iraq Budget Problems Affecting Integration of Sons of Iraq)

2009 US and ISF disarmed Sahwa in Fadhil Baghdad after fighting broke out day before when its

commander arrested

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2010 Peshmerga withdrew from Jalawla Diyala after argument over control of disputed areas with

Maliki govt

2010 Panel of experts and oil executives said impossible for Iraq to reach 10-12 mil/bar/day in

production in 10 years as Oil Ministry claimed Iraq didn’t reach that mark

2011 ISI attacked Tikrit provincial council building dressed in ISF uniforms Took people hostage 3

councilmen executed Then killed themselves and all hostages with suicide belts 55 dead 95 wounded

2011 Parliament human rights committee found chronic abuses in Diyala prisons including torture

2011 Opposition parties boycotted KRG parliament because govt hadn’t responded to protest demands

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)

2011 Turkish Premier Erdogan went to Kurdistan 1st Turkish leader to visit region

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

2011 Justice Min said that all prisoners at secret prison at Camp Honor would be transferred to prisons

run by ministry PM Maliki claimed there were no secret prisons or any abuse

2011 Report 70% of people in KRG either worked for govt or received state subsidies

2011 PM Maliki said he wanted a majority govt Said national unity govt a mockery

2012 Report Maliki govt going after insurgent financing in Mosul ISI said to earn $200,000/mo from

extorting businesses at market Private generators in city had to pay $200/mo to militants Pharmacies had to pay $100/mo Sources said Asiacell paying ISI Built towers on property owned by ISI 

2013 Iraqiya MP from Anbar said Salah al-Mutlaq betrayed the list Made fun of him after Anbar

protesters ran him off

2014 Protest in Babil against worsening security due to ISIS ISIS threatened Qara Tappa Diyala 100s fled

10 villages as a result

2015 Most Hashd had pulled out of Tikrit op to protest US airstrikes PM Abadi met with them to

hear their complaints

2015 Hashd claimed U.S. bombed Hashd and Federal Police in 3 parts of Tikrit

2015 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said it would not join future ops in Anbar and Ninewa if US involved It did

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

2015 Report Hashd assassinated two aides to Diyala governor to warn him to work with it or else Badr’s

Amiri in charge of security in Diyala Hashd had blown up houses in two towns in March

2016 Deadline set by Sadr for PM Abadi to announce new technocratic cabinet

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2017 Report Sec State Tillerson told anti-IS conference US was not into nation building or

reconstruction Tillerson wanted US to withdraw from Iraq after war with IS ended Def Sec Mattis and National Sec Adv McMaster wanted continued US presence

2017 Ninewa health official said 250 bodies had been pulled from building hit in US airstrike in Mosul

2017 US Gen Votel said 490 ISF killed and 3,000 wounded taking East Mosul from IS

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 164-65, March 29-30, 2017)

2017 Report Battles of Fallujah Ramadi Tikrit Baiji Iraqi forces allowed escape route for IS to flee

When east Mosul attacked allowed IS to retreat to west Mosul Now during assault on west Mosul not happening Iranians and Hashd allies didn’t want IS to escape to Syria

2017 Report PM Abadi said any group that uses arms outside the govt were outlaws Warning

to Hashd Hezbollah al-Nujaba created Golan Liberation Brigade Said it would fight Israel and Turkey Said it would never give up its weapons as long as region threatened

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

2018 Report Hashd taking people’s voting cards Let some displaced return home if agreed to vote for Hashd Threatened to expel others if didn’t vote for them

2018 Human Rights Watch accused govt of covering up execution of IS detainees in Mosul Removed 80 bodies thought to be IS prisoners from house and burned it

2020 Report When COVID hit Iraq Health Min asked for $5 mil in emergency funds Abdul

Mahdi govt didn’t have money Curfew has closed down many businesses and left non-govt workers unemployed Govt running $2 bil/mo deficit

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Faces The Abyss With Coronavirus And Oil Collapse)

2021 Report Competition to get security contracts for convoys carrying supplies for US Some

attacks on convoys part of negotiations to get hired Security companies connected to political parties Gang connected to Asaib Ahl Al-Haq arrested in Basra for bombing convoys but more than half escaped thanks to AAH

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

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Sadr’s Alliance Fails To Elect President

(Al Mirbad)
Moqtada al-Sadr’s dream of creating Iraq’s first majority government may be at a crossroads. His attempt to elect a new president was stymied by a boycott organized by his opponents in the Coordination Framework. There will be another try on Wednesday. Sadr will either be able to garner enough support in parliament or he will have to give into the Framework’s demands to be included in the next administration.

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 28

 

1918 British took Ana

1940 Nuri al-Said convinced Golden Square officers to get Gaylani to form new govt Said would

become Foreign Minister

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1964 Arif announced Arab Socialist Union party which was to unite all factions in Iraq

Kurds refused to join

1987 Saddam was told 24,952 soldiers had deserted from 12/1/86-3/20/87 in Basra

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)

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

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

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

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

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

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

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

1990 US-UK officials seized equipment at Heathrow Airport meant for nuclear triggers heading to Iraq

1991 SCIRI head Hakim said Shiite rebels in south only fighting in rural areas after lost cities to Iraqi

army

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

1991 Iraqi intelligence memo said it had contacts with bin Laden

1995 KDP accused PUK of attacking parliament building in Irbil city

1997 Sec of State Albright said Iraq had lied and blocked UN inspections Said inspections and sanctions

had contained Iraq

(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 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)

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

1998 UN Res 1154 okayed agreement between UN Sec Gen and Iraq to allow inspectors into presidential

palaces and other sites

(Musings On Iraq Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)

2002 Arab League called on Iraq to comply with all UN resolutions and end sanctions Rejected military

action

2002 Gen Franks briefed Joint Chiefs on Iraq war plans Said he would be ready by 10/1/02

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

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

Tragedy)

2003 Gen Wallace Cmdr US V Corps told press war not going as planned due to resistance of Fedayeen

2003 Royal Marines attacked Abu al-Khasib Basra city suburb

(Musings On Iraq review Target Basra, The High Octane Story of the Royal Marine Commandos In Iraq)

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

2003 US 173rd Airborne Brigade and Peshmerga took Irbil

(Musings On Iraq interview with Kevin Petit of 173rd Airborne Brigade)

2003 PUK and 10th Special Forces Group began main attack upon Ansar al-Islam camp in Halabja

(Musings On Iraq review Special Operations Forces in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

2003 US and UK military meeting Surprised Iraqis weren’t rising up against Saddam

2003 UN Res 1472 extended Oil for Food program for 45 days after US invasion

2003 US forces received warning of imminent WMD attack

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld accused Syria of sending military aid to Iraq British accused Syria of allowing

foreign fighters to use its territory to enter Iraq

2003 Chief weapons inspector Blix said US gave up on inspections in early 2003

(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)

2003 Aid ship arrived in Um Qasr Basra with 200 tons of food medicine and blankets for Iraqis

2003 Bush told group of veterans important to win the peace after the war

2004 CPA shut down Sadr’s al-Hawza paper for inciting violence Helped lead to Sadrist uprising

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 12 Things Fall Apart Apr 2004)

2006 Anbar Revenge Brigade claimed it killed 4 Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders and a member of Ansar al-

Sunna

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2007 ISI set off chlorine bomb at Fallujah government center

2007 2 truck bombs hit market targeting Shiite Turkmen in Tal Afar leaving 152 dead 347 wounded

Militias and police went through Sunni district of town dragging people out of homes Executed up to 70 in the streets Wounded 30 Kidnapped 40 Iraqi army arrived and got into shootout with police until revenge killings ended

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2007 Report Iraqi observatory group said one prison in Mahmudiya held 705 Built to hold 75 Another

prison at Muthanna Air Base held 272 built for 50 Said ISF making mass arrests under Baghdad security plan but few released leading to overcrowding

2007 Saudi King Abdullah at Arab summit said Iraq was under an illegal foreign occupation

2008 Report Govt invoking Sec 136B to avoid corruption cases Interior Min Bolani used it to stop case

against Gen Gharwari who ran secret prison in Baghdad Also used to stop 11 cases against ministers and Central Bank of Iraq

(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)

2008 Report ISF made little progress in Basra 100s of police in city switched sides and joined Mahdi

Army

2008 UK report Charge of Knights op in Basra stalemated and likely protracted fight

2008 PM Maliki extended deadline for militias to turn over weapons in Basra until Apr 8

2008 US carried out air strikes in support of Charge of Knights campaign in Basra for 1st time

2008 Presidential Council KDP and PUK said they supported Charge of Knights campaign vs Sadr

2008 1000s marched in Sadr City calling for removal of PM Maliki

2008 Badr offices in Amarah Maysan attacked Sadrists arrested in Babil and Qadisiyah Mahdi Army

seized control of Nasiriya and Shatra in Dhi Qar Fighting in 13 parts of Baghdad

2008 Rockets fired at Green Zone by Mahdi Army

2008 Pres Talabani met with Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani about stopping

fighting between govt and Mahdi Army

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

2009 Counterterrorism Unit arrested Fadhil Sahwa leader in Baghdad on terrorism charges leading to

firefight

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2010 4 Sunni winners from Iraqiya in Diyala targeted by Maliki govt 1 arrested 2 on the run 4th

fate unknown Accused of terrorism Maliki had been going after Sunni politicians in Diyala since 2008

2011 IMF doubted Iraq could reach 12 mil/bar/day of oil production by 2017 Said infrastructure limited

production Said Iraq needed huge investment in ports pipelines desalination plants storage facilities

2012 Baghdad said it would pay KRG $558 mil for Kurdish oil exports from budget Came after KRG

threatened to stop oil exports for central govt until it got monthly budget payments

2012 Report Abdul Masawar Barzani cousin of Pres Barzani and university lecturer taken in by security

forces in Irbil Told to stop criticizing Mulla Musafa Barzani Also criticized tribalism in KRG politics

2013 Iran delivered bodies of Iraqi militiamen killed fighting for it in Syria

2014 Families from Qara Tapa, Diyala started fleeing militias

2014 PM Maliki accused Saudis and Qatar of waging war on Iraq Said they were aiding IS Said they were

responsible for sectarianism terrorism and security crisis in Iraq

2014 Report ISIS condemned voting in elections Posted flyers against election Said it would target voting

centers

2016 Report PM Abadi said wanted 9 member cabinet with Electricity and Defense ministers staying

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2016 Turkey’s PM Oglu said it would not withdraw its troops from Iraq as long as IS a threat

Were there for fighting PKK not IS

2017 Kirkuk council voted to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings in

            province Led to protest by Turkmen in Kirkuk city

2018 Amnesty International said KRG security forces abused reporters covering protests

2018 KRG said it would reduce pay cuts for govt workers in response to protests Still not able to fully pay for them

2018 Report IS set up fake checkpoint and abducted 9 Federal Police in Kirkuk Then executed them and posted it on social media Past week IS accused of setting up 6 fake checkpoints

2020 Report US officials getting daily warnings of attacks by pro-Iran Hashd No decision

on how to respond US asked PM Abdul Mahdi to arrest perpetrators Kataib Hezbollah behind rocket attacks Trump admin did not want to escalate situation US increased defensive equipment at bases

2020 Report Abdul Mahdi govt struggling to pay salaries with low oil prices Needed $3.5

bil/mo to pay govt workers Only earned $2 bil/mo from oil sales $1 bil of which went to paying oil companies

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Faces The Abyss With Coronavirus And Oil Collapse)

2021 Report Pro-Iran Hashd controlled many border points to earn money Finance Min Allawi

said govt officials political parties gangs and businessmen worked together to steal from border crossings Hashd and political parties had own tariffs on trade Have border agents inspectors police that take bribes from companies that want to skip official tariffs Mandali crossing with Iran controlled by Badr Kataib Hezbollah controlled cigarette trade Zerbatiya crossing with Iran controlled by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq PM Kazemi tried to take control of crossings with little effect Kataib Hezbollah used to control Baghdad Airport Expelled but still controlled air shipments

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with anti-graft US official Vincent Foulk)

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

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

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

2021 Peshmerga brigade in Sulaymaniya protested over not being paid for 2 months KRG couldn’t

pay bills due to disputes with Baghdad over oil and budget Reporter arrested for covering protest

2021 Dhi Qar protest organizer escaped assassination attempt

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

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This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 24 UN inspectors found over 50,000 docs on Iraq’s nuclear program when it denied it had such a program

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