Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Sadrist Plans To Take Over Iraq’s Parliament Continue

(AP)

While negotiations over forming a new government are going nowhere the Sadrists and their allies are set upon controlling the next parliament. The Sadrist Deputy Speaker Hakim Zamili said that the parliamentary committees
have been decided upon and will be appointed soon.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 17 British planes bombed Mosul and Baghdad Anglo-Iraq War

(Wealdown Limited Editions)

1920 Huge joint Sunni-Shiite demonstration in Baghdad during Ramadan against British rule

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

1941 British forces set out from Habaniya base to try to take Fallujah

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

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

1941 10 British planes landed at Habaniya air base from Egypt and launched attack on German planes in

Mosul British bombed Baghdad air base Shot down 2 German fighters

1941 German liaison officer with Iraqi govt killed by an Iraqi soldier flying into Baghdad

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

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

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

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

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

1967 Commander Iraqi air force put two squadrons on alert for deployment to Jordan in anticipation

            of Arab-Israeli War

(Musings On Iraq Review Hawker Hunters At War, Iraq and Jordan , 1958-1967)

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

1973 Iraq rejected border agreement with Kuwait saying never ratified by Iraqi constitution

1987 Iraqi fighter hit USS Stark with 2 missiles killing 37 US sailors

(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)

2002 PM Blair’s foreign policy adv Manning told Natl Sec Adv Rice that they had to get weapons

inspections back into Iraq to garner public support for any war

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)

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

2003 Iraqi Leadership Group of exiles and Iraqis put together by Barzani and Talabani to advise ORHA

head Garner disbanded by Bremer

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

2003 ORHA head Garner told Bremer he was leaving Iraq Bremer talked Garner into staying for a bit

2003 US-Kurdish agreement allowed 6,000 Peshmerga to be deployed in Diyala Kirkuk Ninewa

Salahaddin beyond Green Line into disputed areas

2003 500 Arabs from Hawija attacked Kurds in Kirkuk City Lasted 36 hrs Were heard shouting Saddam

slogans Protesting Kurds moved into city after war

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

2003 Baghdad Univ faculty held election for new leadership as part of democratization move pushed by

US Bremer afraid election would back Baathists

2003 CIA interviewed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program Mahdi Obeidi who asked for asylum in US

2004 Report Mahdi Army recruiting Baathist security and intel officers in Kirkuk for militia along with

Shiite Arabs and Turkmen

2004 CIA warned that political factionalism in Mosul leading to instability

2004 Zarqawi killed Iraqi Governing Council head Salim with a suicide bomber in Baghdad

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

2004 Report Sec Def Rumsfeld authorized special interrogation program that helped lead to Abu Ghraib

abuse scandal

2004 Report INC provided defector Adnan Haideri’s stories about Iraq WMD used by US pre-war proved

false Was used in CIA DIA White House reports May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA

2005 Association of Muslim Scholars accused police of being involved in massacres of Sunni civilians

(Musings On Iraq Spiritual Leader To Iraq’s Insurgency Harith Dhari Dies In Exile)

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

2005 Report Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr tribes in Qaim formed Hamza Forces to fight Al Qaeda in Iraq

Went to Marines in Fallujah asking for help

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

2005 Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr criticized US Op Matador in western Anbar for targeting them

when they were fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

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

2006 US cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey told NSC sectarian violence up in Iraq New Baghdad security plan not

working Casey told Bush Iran providing more EFPs to attack US forces

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

2007 2nd day of fighting between Mahdi Army and Iraqi soldiers in Diwaniya started by security sweep

vs militias

2008 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa unit in Diyala Another female suicide bomber set off car

bomb against ISF in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2008 Report Iranian Revolutionary Guard put Sadr under house arrest in Qom

2009 Head of parliamentary integrity comm said Trade Min Sudani covered up his brothers’

involvement in corruption at ministry Min Sudani denied his brother worked at ministry but did Sudani’s son and nephew got $40 for every pound of sugar imported Trade Min inspector general had evidence against them but was threatened

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

(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)

2009 Report Iraq’s hospitals lacked basic supplies Couldn’t do routine tests Usually asked

patients’ families to get supplies Put in orders to Health Min but nothing showed up Ministry stole drugs Bought expired medicine and unnecessary equipment for kickbacks

2009 Kurdish protest in Shikhan against Al-Hadbaa led Ninewa government

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

(Musings On Iraq Ninewa Struggles Between Arabs and Kurds Continue)

(Musings On Iraq Troubles Continue In Ninewa Over Results Of Provincial Elections)

2009 Oil Minister criticized KRG oil deals Said KRG given excessive profits to companies

2010 KRG said it would not export oil again until after new Iraqi govt formed

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Oil Exports Placed On Hold Until New Iraqi Government Seated)

2011 Interior Min investigation found IS prison break in Baghdad had inside help

2011 Baghdad Operations Command said most assassinations of ISF personnel were done by militias not

ISI

2011 Pres Barzani said he was ready to talk with opposition parties in KRG parliament about reforms

2011 Report Kataib Hezbollah Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Promised Day Brigades picking up attacks on US to

claim responsibility for withdrawal Attacking logistics convoys coming from Kuwait

(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)

2011 Report BP and CNPC owed over $1 bil and finally getting partial payment

2012 KDP Asayesh arrested 3 Yazidis for attending govt sponsored conference to intimidate them to stay

away from Baghdad

2012 PM Maliki withdrew no confidence request to parliament against Dep PM Mutlaq to try to stop no

confidence move against himself

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Premier Maliki And His Deputy Mutlaq Reconcile)

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

2012 Central Bank of Iraq said banks were selling hard currency directly to buyers for profit rather than

being middle man Reports Syria and Iran buying dollars in Iraq and smuggling them out

2013 Spiritual leader of Ramadi protests Saadi called for talks with govt Head of Tirkit protests called for

jihad after Hawija camp attacked but then backed Saadi’s call for talks Fallujah also backed idea

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

(Musings On Iraq Rising Tensions In Iraq’s Anbar Province, Raids, Kidnapped Soldiers, Collapse of Talks Offer)

2014 Sheikh Hayes blamed protesters for creating environment for return of insurgency in Anbar

2014 4 Kurdish parties accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya voting

2015 IS seized Anbar Ops Command with 3 suicide car bombs Sealed control of Ramadi

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

2015 Anbar council voted to allow Hashd to deploy to province after fall of Ramadi Were already there

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

2015 IS unilaterally began withdrawing from Baiji refinery after Ramadi taken Used fighting in Baiji as

diversion

2015 Intl Org of Migration reported 2.8 mil displaced in Iraq since start of 2014

2015 Report Gorran came in 2nd in KRG elections KDP tried to co-opt Gorran PUK got more

ministries and posts in new govt than Gorran Hadn’t followed through with any election promises

2016 PUK and Gorran signed power sharing-cooperation deal Gorran would get Sulaymaniya governor

PUK Sulaymaniya city mayor

2017 May activists in Baghdad kidnapped and released Some were Communists Apr Communist

HQ in Diwaniya attacked Asaib Ahl Al-Haq accused of attack

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

2017 PUK-KDP control their own peshmerga and security forces in their areas of KRG Don’t

coordinate Peshmerga Min has 12 mixed brigades but those still controlled by KDP-PUK

2017 Masrour Barzani said KRG independence referendum could happen by end of yr Said would

include Kirkuk Said 1707 Peshmerga killed 9997 wounded in war vs IS

2017 Abadi govt said Hashd would not enter KDP areas during clearance of west Ninewa Hashd

went into Sinjar PM Abadi then said he didn’t know KDP wanted Hashd out of area

2017 Kurdish MP heading to Mosul stopped at checkpoint and beaten by Hashd unit

2018 PKK said Turkey 25km into KRG Turkey building roads to connect its bases Built 3 new ones and 14 outposts

2018 After Election Comm rejected manual recount PM Abadi asked Integrity Comm to investigate it

2018 Kurdistan Islamic Union State of Law Justice and Democracy Party all claimed voting fraud MP Karbouli accused of cheating in Anbar

2018 Army officer said 2 days 640 bodies pulled from rubble in Mosul Said to be IS members and their families

2018 Sadr complained about Iranian Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani trying to form next Iraqi govt

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

2019 Diyala MP called on ISF to deploy to rural Khanaiqn dist to deal with IS Said locals

had to set up own security forces because no govt presence

2020 Kurdish teachers protested in Kirkuk Said Baghdad not KRG should pay their salaries KRG

unable to pay salaries due to budget dispute with Baghdad and debt

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Security In Iraq May 1-7, 2022


The start of May saw a drop in attacks by the Islamic State. This might mark the end of the annual Ramadan offensive. There was low level activity by Pro-Iran groups during the week as well.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 16 Sykes-Picot agreement made between French and UK officials to divide up Ottoman Empire in Mideast

(Jewish Virtual Library)
 

1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement broke up Ottoman Empire Basra and Baghdad to UK Mosul to France Would

be independent Arab state under UK and French influence

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

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

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

1941 While British planes bombed Iraqi column outside Rutba, Anbar English ground forces were

attacked by German planes

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

1941 German commander in Iraq agreed with Baghdad’s plan to retake Habaniya but didn’t have forces

to do it

1941 German planes attacked Habaniya base British destroyed 10 German planes in Irbil and Mosul

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

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

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

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

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

1941 Mullah Mustafa Barzani escaped Baghdad and headed for Sulaymaniya

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

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

1963 Jalal Talabani went to Egypt to Lobby Gen Nasser to support Kurds Got nothing

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

1966 Def Min Gen Shurki said Kurds were defeated New campaign actually failed

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

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

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

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

1977 Saddam interview with US News & World Report Said Iraq would never accept Israel’s right to

exist

1984 US offered to provide air cover to any Arab country’s oil tankers in Persian Gulf to protect them

from Iranian attack

1988 Iran Op Bait al-Moqaddas 6 Gained 25 sq km in Kurdistan Turkey worried about Iranian offensives

in Kurdistan Threatened intervention if continued

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

(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)

2003 CPA Regulation 1 made it the occupying power in Iraq

2003 CPA Order 1 disbanded Baath Party Came from Undersec of Def Feith He would later deny

responsibility

(Musings On Iraq New DeBaathification Law)

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 Bremer met with Iraqi Leadership Group exiles and Iraqi notables put together by Barzani and

Talabani Bremer told Leadership Group he was in charge not them Talked about deBaathification which Dawa’s Jaafari supported and INC’s Chalabi said should go deeper Bremer said CPA would take incremental steps which most Iraqis objected to demanding quick transfer of power Bremer thought Group not representative

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

Tragedy)

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

2003 Bremer announced that interim Iraqi govt would not be formed and that CPA would govern Iraq

2003 CPA picked Phillip Carroll to be top US adviser to Oil Ministry Said he was against privatizing

industry

2003 Sadrists attacked movie theater in Baghdad for showing indecent movies

2003 Arabs claimed they were beaten by Kurds at a market and bridge in Kirkuk Started 3 days of

            fighting in city

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

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

2003)

2003 Combined Joint Task Force 7 US military command in charge of Iraq sent back to Iraq

2004 Sec State Powell some sources on Iraq WMD were inaccurate wrong and sometimes deliberately

misleading

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

2004 Maysan chief of police Kabir assassinated by members of governor’s tribe Many claimed governor

had chief assassinated because believed he tipped off British about ambush planned by tribe

2005 US issued order unless US forces directly involved in abuse of Iraqis should report incident and do

nothing else

2007 200 insurgents attacked prison in Mosul with 6 suicide car bombs and IEDs laid on surrounding

streets to block ISF response units Also attacked house of Ninewa police chief and deputy governor

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

2007 Iraqi army security sweep through Diwaniya looking for militiamen led to 7 hr battle with Mahdi

Army Also fighting between Mahdi Army and ISF in Nasiriya

2008 PM Maliki gave insurgents 10 days to hand in weapons in Mosul as part of Mother of

            Two Rivers offensive ISF captured ISI emir of Ninewa

2008 Parliament’s integrity committee said PM Maliki’s arms deal with Serbia was illegal Called on Def

Minister to testify He refused Was $236 mil no bid deal

2009 PM Maliki promised major crackdown on corruption Nothing happened

(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)

2010 Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi named new leader of ISI after Abu Omar al-Baghdadi killed April 2010

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2010 China’s CNOOC and Turkey’s TPAO signed deal to develop Maysan oil field

(Musings On Iraq 12th Oil Deal Signed By Iraq)

2010 Sadrists said they opposed 2nd term for PM Maliki Said not following agreements Politicized

security

2011 Gulf Cooperation Council rejected Iraq’s bid to join due to Iraq’s criticism of Bahrain

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Will Have To Wait For Its Return To The Regional Stage)

2011 Senior Iraqi Air Force official said Iran tried to block Iraq buying F-16s from US using friendly

political parties

2011 Security official blamed militias for wave of assassinations and sticky bombs in Baghdad

2011 Qadisiya council voted to make province a federal region to protest neglect by Baghdad

2011 Investigation into IS prison break in Basra caught in political controversy with ruling parties

interfering 2 members of Maliki’s office implicated

2011 Sadrists rejected any talk of extending US troop presence in Iraq past end of year

2012 End of deadline set by Sadrists for PM Maliki to implement Irbil power sharing agreement Maliki

did not respond

2012 Report PM Maliki’s arrest of Election Comm head seemed to turn Sadr against PM Started talking

about no confidence vote Met with Kurds and Speaker Nujafi 2 biggest opponents of Maliki Issued list of demands for Maliki to follow then did nothing

2012 Pres Barzani said he was fed up with PM Maliki and could not work with him anymore

2012 PM Maliki allowed Dep PM Mutlaq back to work after dismissing him as political threat during no

confidence move

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Premier Maliki And His Deputy Mutlaq Reconcile)

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

2013 Gov Nujafi of Ninewa escaped IED attack on his convoy

2013 ISF raided Sheikh Sulaiman’s farm in Anbar leading to shootout with guards

(Musings On Iraq Rising Tensions In Iraq’s Anbar Province, Raids, Kidnapped Soldiers, Collapse of Talks Offer)

2014 Reports of barrel bombing and indiscriminate shelling of Fallujah by ISF leading to large

displacement of civilians

(Musings On Iraq Human Cost Of Government Shelling And Air Strikes On Iraq’s Fallujah)

2015 IS leader Baghdadi issued speech saying Anbari displaced being mistreated by Baghdad for

sectarian reasons

2015 Ramadi fell to IS after months of fighting Report IS went through city executing government

workers and Sahwa members

(Musings On Iraq Why Did Iraq’s Ramadi Fall To The Islamic State?)

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

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

2018 Reports Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani in Baghdad Met with Shiite parties to discuss forming new govt Was opposed to Sadr and 2nd term for PM Abadi

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

2018 Report Maliki and Allawi last two winners of elections saw huge decline in votes 2010 Maliki won 622,000 votes Allawi 407,000 2014 Maliki won 721,000 votes Allawi 229,000 Early results from 2018 showed no candidate won over 100,000 votes Was rally in Baghdad where people chanted Bye Bye Maliki

2019 Report Iran’s Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani met with Tehran’s allies in Baghdad telling

them to mobilize for a possible confrontation with US

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

2019 Head of Axis list Khamis al-Khanjar said he wanted to remove Speaker Halbusi

Accused Halbusi of turning on Axis

2021 Meeting of activists in Karbala after assassination of protest leader in Karbala Deep division

over whether to participate in 2021 election Decided to march May 25

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

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

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

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - May 15 Iraqi army attacked Israel in 1948 Arab-Israeli War

(Wikipedia)
 

1935 Tribes seized Suq al-Shuyukh and cut railway between Basra and Nasiriya during revolt

against govt

1941 German major arrived in Baghdad to lead Brandenburgers Commandorecon along with

squadron of bombers and squadron of fighters Met with PM Gaylani Decided priority blocking Transjordan force from reaching Habaniya base Was too late to do that

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

1941 Germany had total of 24 fighters and bombers in Iraq to help Gaylani govt fight German planes

were painted in Iraqi colors to hide their origin

1941 British received intel that German planes flying to Iraq from Syria

1941 German plane bombed British force from Palestine heading towards Habaniya Anbar

1941 British bomber attacked Iraqi column outside Rutba, Anbar

1941 Kurds began discussing revolt against PM Gaylani to take advantage of crisis with British

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1948 Kirkuk oil workers protested against Anglo-Iraq Treaty Part of Wathba/Great Leap

1948 Iraq Egypt Jordan Syria armies entered into Palestine to join in 1948 Arab-Israeli War Iraqi army

attacked Kibbutz Gesher in northern Palestine Were defeated

1948 PM Sadr declared martial law due to growing pre-electoral violence Nuri al-Said and fmr PM-Jabr

used martial law to go after opposition

1969 Bakr govt executed opponents in central Baghdad Meant to rally support for regime

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

1986 KDP Peshmerga and Iranian paratroopers took Mangesh north of Mosul near Kirkuk pipeline

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

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

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

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

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

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

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

1988 Start of 5th Anfal Campaign aimed at destroying last of PUK’s bastions in Balisan Valley,

Sulaymaniya

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

1990 West Germany seized parts headed for Iraq suspected for 130ft long supergun

1991 International Atomic Energy Agency started first weapons inspection in 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)

2001 Sec State Powell told Congress UN sanctions had effectively contained Saddam

2003 2 most senior Iraqi biological scientists denied Iraq was working on WMD before war

2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw Hard evidence of Iraq WMD may never be found Not important Iraq

was in the wrong WMD was main reason UK joined war

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

2003 Undersec of Def Feith told Congress US found evidence of Iraq WMD and needed Iraqis to step

forward and tell them where it was

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

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

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

2003 Undersec of Def Feith told Congress US had commitment to stay and to leave Iraq

Said CPA would create interim Iraqi government

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

2003 ORHA head Garner complained to Bremer about draft CPA Order 2 disbanding Iraqi security forces

Garner talked Bremer out of disbanding police and Interior Ministry

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

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

Tragedy)

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

2003 CPA security adv Slocolmb told Garner Iraqi army had disbanded itself Colluded in Saddam’s

crimes and needed to go

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

2003 Bremer and CPA advisers reviewed CPA Order 1 DeBaathification

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

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

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

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

2003 CPA appropriated $2 bil for rebuilding Iraqi security forces electricity oil

2003 US forces launched Operation Planet X to arrest Baathists north of Tikrit

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

War, 2003-2006)

2003 Sadr cleric gave sermon in Baghdad accusing US forces of being able to see through women’s

clothes and giving pornography to children

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2004 US approved spending $1.9 bil in Iraqi funds for rebuilding weeks before CPA was to end

2005 Sec of State Rice told Pres Barzani and PM Jaafari they had to include Sunnis in new govt

2005 Salah al-Mutlaq said couldn’t unite Iraq without including the Baathists

2007 Sadr returned from Iran to give sermon in Kufa Dismissed number of officials he felt were disloyal

Then went back to Iran

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2007 Constitutional Review Comm submitted draft of changes with no major issues dealt with Told

political parties they had to do rest Deadline for final draft to include all issues extended until 7/31/07 Nothing done

2008 Sahwa in Mosul complained ISF were arresting them instead of insurgents during Mother of Two

Rivers Operation

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

2009 Mass grave found in Najaf with 3,000 Kurds killed during Anfal

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

2009 Oil Ministry said it wouldn’t pay oil companies exporting oil from KRG because deals weren’t

approved by Baghdad

2009 PM Maliki called for majority government and ending sectarian quota system

2009 PM Maliki claimed US releasing terrorists from prisons resulting in increased in violence 2008

Maliki govt had negotiated quicker release of prisoners by US

2010 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed

2011 Sheikh Sulaiman said that tribes and politicians would make Anbar a federal region to protest PM

Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Why Anbar’s Sheikh Ali Hatem Sulaiman Joined Iraq’s Protest Movement)

2011 Salahaddin politicians met with Pres Barzani to discuss making province a federal region to protest

PM Maliki

2012 Trial of ex-VP Hashemi began Bodyguard claimed Hashemi implicated in 150 attacks from 2005-

11

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

(Musings On Iraq Charges Against Iraq’s Vice President, And Why They Matter)

2012 Human Rights Watch Report Govt continued to arrest without warrants Hold people without

charges or trials Run secret prisons Govt said it closed secret prison at Camp Honor in Baghdad but still open 2 other secret prisons in Green Zone ISF conducted mass arrests

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch reports On Two Mass Arrest Campaigns And Continued Abuses By The Security Forces In Iraq)

2013 Report Attack upon Hawija protest camp could rally insurgency It did 1st qtr 2011 358 incidents 1st

qtr 2012 539 incidents 1st qtr 2013 804 incidents PM Maliki afraid of coup Picked cmdrs down to brigades Controls federal court Moving awy from checks and balances on his power

2013 High Criminal Court reversed decision to drop corruption case in Russian arms deal Feb arms deal

announced Mar Iraqi delegation went to Russia Fmr govt spokesman Dabbagh said corruption in deal

2013 KRG facing labor issues Migration from rural to urban areas Large number of foreign workers

Increasing university graduates Graduates complain about lack of job opportunities Wait for govt jobs

2014 Water Dir workers in Sulaymaniya Medical Univ in Irbil Teachers union in Kalar on strike over not

being paid KRG lacked money after Baghdad cut off monthly payments over budget and oil dispute

2014 Babil police launched 2nd operation to clear Jurf al-Sakhr

2014 Vide of State of Law MP in Qadisiya handing out land deeds in return for votes Find by Election

Comm PM Maliki also handed out land titles During 2012 no confidence vote MPs asked for patronage in return for votes Maliki offered jobs for votes

2015 IS seized govt center in Ramadi with 10 suicide car bombs in final drive to take city

Reinforcements sent to Ramadi to stave off IS offensive Never arrived 50 police taken prisoner executed

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

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

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

2015 Abadi govt sent 3 units to relieve Ramadi Came too late to stop IS taking city

2016 Govt officials said govt reaching bankruptcy due to low oil prices Govt deficit growing

2016 Gorran-PUK signed 33 point deal to cooperate Said would run together in next election

Gorran once PUK’s biggest rival

2016 Hashd leader claimed it could free Fallujah in 7 days Said blocked by U.S.

2017 Tunisian paper published interview with Naqshibandi leader Izzat al-Duri Apr 2015 Hashd

claimed Duri dead

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

2017 PUK official said Turkey had set up checkpoints in northern Dohuk Sent in more troops into

KRG

2017 Hashd attacked 2 Yazidi villages Pres Barzani said Hashd should not enter area

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 211 May 15 2017)

2017 Secretary Gen Kataib Hezbollah said people couldn’t return to Jurf al-Sakhr in Babil because

of security Said if allowed back terrorism would return Said area threatens Karbala and Najaf Area turned into large Kataib Hezbollah base Banned people returning to protect pilgrimage routes

2018 Large demonstration by Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk city claiming voter fraud

2018 6 Kurdish opposition parties claimed cheating in Irbil election

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

2018 Anbar council said tribes had stopped 1000s of displaced returning because of ties to IS

2019 State Dept ordered non emergency workers out of US embassy due to threats from

Iran Germany and Holland suspended training program for Iraqi army Exxon workers evacuated from Basra

(Musings On Iraq Did The US Detect A Credible Threat From Iran Or React To Iran Preparing For US Attack?)

2019 Sadr conducted another purge of his movement Dismissed some of his leading aides

(Musings On Iraq New Sadr Purge Of His Movement Leads To Violence In Najaf)

2020 IS released video announcing new battle of attrition campaign in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State Calls For More Attacks During Covid Crisis In Iraq)

2020 Report F-16s largely grounded because Lockheed Martin contractors withdrew due to Hashd

attacks

2020 Human rights activist called for protest in Dohuk after govt workers protested not being paid

arrested Held for 2 weeks Released then re-arrested Then released and re-arrested 2nd time

2020 Diyala governor asked for Baghdad’s help IS attacks increasing in Khanaqin dist

2020 Demonstrators in Baghdad demanded Kazemi govt explain kidnapping of woman who made

meals for protesters

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

2021 Oct-May UN documented 48 assassination attempts against activists 32 died Govt did

nothing 20 protesters kidnapped Protests met with excessive force arbitrary arrests torture limiting freedom of expression and media UN counted 487 deaths 7715 injured

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This Day In Iraqi History - May 14 Pres Bakr brought Communists into National Front govt to co-opt Baath’s largest opponent

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1935 Iraqi army and air force began campaign to bomb tribal areas Destroy towns and burned crops

to put down tribal revolt in Rumaitha

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

1941 British force from Palestine took Rutba Strafed by Iraqi plane

1941 PM Churchill authorized British air force in Iraq to attack German planes in Syria

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

1941 2 British fighters flew out of Iraq and attacked 2 German bombers in Syria damaging them

1941 German war planes began landing in Mosul Were attacked by British planes

1941 Finance Min Suwaidi met German amb Told to take up Turkish mediation offer to stall for time

until Axis aid could be organized

1941 German ambassador promised Iraq German planes were arriving and military aid coming from

Syria

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

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

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

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

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

1948 Arab-Israeli War broke out Iraq sent forces to Palestine

1959 Gen Qasim withdrew Iraq from anti-Communist Eisenhower Doctrine

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

1972 Baath brought Communists into govt after Iraq-Soviet 15 year Friendship Treaty

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

(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)

1986 Iraq captured Mehran Iran central front 1st Iranian city seized since 1980 Offered to trade it

for Faw Peninsula Rejected by Iran Was Saddam’s idea of regaining initiative after loss of Faw but failed

(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)

1991 UN nuclear inspectors arrived in 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)

1992 Iraqi govt suspected of setting off car bomb in front of Dohuk hotel hosting foreign reporters

covering Kurdish elections

1997 Operation Hammer 50,000 Turkish troops invaded Kurdistan to attack PKK and support

KDP vs PUK

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

2002 UN Resolution 1409 created smart sanctions on Iraq to try to limit military and WMD related

imports but increased civilian imports Didn’t change system

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.2 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, January to April 2002 – “Axis of Evil” to Crawford)

2003 Sadrists marched in Baghdad calling for an Islamic government in Iraq

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

2003 US officials said probably wouldn’t find WMD in Iraq Were now focusing on finding documents

about programs

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

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

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

2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw said finding WMD was not vital to justify war WMD #1 reason Blair wanted

Saddam removed

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

2003 Human rights group complained US forces not protecting 3,000 body mass grave found in Babil

2004 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz and Gen Pace said prison abuse at Abu Ghraib violated Geneva Convention

2004 Daily Mirror admitted pictures it published of alleged prisoner abuse by UK forces were fakes

2004 US told Iraqi National Congress funding wound end in June 2004

2004 Maysan tribe set ambush for UK forces outside of Amara 20 tribesmen killed and others arrested

Head of tribe Hattab and brother of Maysan governor accused police chief of tipping off UK about ambush

2007 Prison riot at Camp Bucca almost took over facility

2007 UN reported number of prisoners held by Iraqis went from 3,500 in Jan 07 to 20,000 in Mar US

held 3,000 prisoners in Feb 19,500 in May Increase due to Surge Prisoners overwhelmed Iraqi judicial system Prisons would become recruiting and organizing centers for insurgents

2008 ISI fighters crossed into Iraq from Syria and killed 11 policemen in their homes in Anbar

2008 Female suicide bomber killed Iraqi army commander in Yusifiya Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2008 Report Pres Talabani met with Iran’s Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani to broker ceasefire with Sadr

Suleiman said Sadr uncontrollable Promised to stop arming militias Suleiman wanted Mujahadeen e-Khalq expelled from Iraq

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

2008 Interview with members of Iraqi delegation sent to Iran Said Tehran scolded them for selling out to

US and forgetting how Iran helped Shiites Iran’s Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleiman said Iraq was going to allow US permeant bases that would threaten Iran Denied arming militias Said Mahdi Army were Iranian allies Said Mahdi Army needed to counter US-backed sahwa

2009 Trade Minister Sudani resigned before having to appear before parliament for corruption

charges $4-$8 bil missing from ministry Bought expired food and charged Ministry full price Bought food and kept it for themselves to sell on black market Bought goods for double the prices Sudani signed contract with company owned by his son for $50 mil for old tea that was only worth $20 mil Bought contaminated milk from China Found $8 mil in expired food in warehouse Sudani’s brother and nephew got $40 in kickbacks from every ton of sugar imported by ministry Sudani used some of money to fund PM Maliki’s State of Law in 2009-10 elections

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

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2009 Fmr Sec of State Powell’s chief of staff Wilkerson said that VP Cheney pressured Al Qaeda

interrogators to find connections with Iraq Army psychiatrist at Guantanamo Bay said interrogators were looking for Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

2009 Report Maliki’s State of Law won most seats in 09 election but mismanaged victory Said

would pick technocrats and most able to be governors but chose Dawa loyalists Wasn’t able to get all its governors elected Led to disputes with other parties

2009 Iranian Pres Ahmadinejad visited ISCI’s Hakim Pushed for Shiites parties to reform United

Iraqi Alliance before 2010 vote

2010 Election Comm finished recount in Baghdad requested by PM Maliki who claimed cheating Found

no problems

(Musings On Iraq No Change in Iraq’s Election Results After Recount, But It Still Served Its Purpose)

(Musings On Iraq review The Unraveling, High Hopes And Missed Opportunity In Iraq)

2010 Abu Suleiman became new War Minister for ISI after Masri killed by US April 2010

2012 Human Rights Ministry said 70,000 Iraqis had been killed since 2003 250,000 had been wounded

2015 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during reports he was

injured in air strike

2015 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs and infiltration in final drive to take city

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Why Did Iraq’s Ramadi Fall To The Islamic State?)

2018 PM Abadi ordered manual recount in Kirkuk balloting after widespread charges of cheating State of

Law claimed fraud in Dhi Qar PUK accused KDP of cheating in Ninewa

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

2019 Speaker Halbusi referred several MPs to Anti-Corruption Council claiming they were involved in

bribing Ninewa councilmen to vote for new Gov Marid Led to MPs leaving Axis Alliance and others to call for removing Halbusi

(Musings On Iraq New Ninewa Governor Surrounded In Bribery Accusations Over His Election)

2019 Kataib Hezbollah launched drones from Babil that hit 2 Saudi pumping stations

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

2019 IS burned fields in Makhmour Ninewa

2021 PM Kazemi ordered army to find protesters held in Hashd prisons and release them

2021 IS started campaign against Iraq’s power grid blowing up two power towers in Anbar Would

be attacks over next few months in Anbar Baghdad Diyala Kirkuk Ninewa Salahaddin against infrastructure

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Electricity Grid Shuts Down During Summer Heat)

2021 Ashab Ahl Kahf connected to Asaib Ahl Al-Haq claimed it fired missiles form Syria into

Israel

2021 Protests in Karbala Baghdad Dhi Qar over assassinated activist

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