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1920 Ex-Ottoman officer and nationalist al-Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai’s forces reached Mosul

hoping to start revolt against British

1920 Head UK political officer in Iraq Sir Wilson met with Iraqi nationalists in Baghdad Also

invited local notables Wilson apologized for delay in creating Iraqi govt Warned nationalists not to riot Nationalists demanded immediate creation of govt Wilson said terms of British mandate had to be determined first

1920 Head UK political officer in Iraq Sir Wilson wrote India Office and High Commissioner in

Egypt that Iraqi nationalists were condemned by the public Was false

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

1920 Gertrude Bell wrote her father that head political officer Sir Wilson’s meeting with

nationalists had deflated them and they were laughed at by the public Claimed Najaf rejected nationalist movement Both were false

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1940 Hitler and Italian Foreign Min Ciano discussed dividing Mediterranean Italy wanted treaties

with Iraq Egypt Palestine Syria Hitler acknowledged MidEast Italy’s sphere of influence Gaylani govt believed Germany would keep Italy out of Mideast Was wrong

1948 Opposition Istiqlal minister resigned over politicians interference in election

(Musings On Iraq review Independent Iraq 1932-1958, A Study in Iraqi Politics)

1963 Baath govt issued ultimatum to Barzani to end revolt but also offered amnesty for his followers

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

1967 Iraqi air force turned back Israeli attack upon H-3 air base in western Anbar Israelis

shot down 2 Iraqi planes Iraqis shot down 3 Israeli jets

(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)

1967 Iraq severed relations with U.S. over Six Day War

1975 Iran-Iraq agreed on Shatt al-Arab border Shah would stop arming Kurdish revolt neither would

support opponents of each other

(Musings On Iraq review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

(Musings On Iraq When The Shah and Nixon Manipulated The Kurds)

1981 Israel bombed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor at Tuwaitha to stop Saddam’s bomb program

Destroyed facility

1983 Saddam offered 1 month ceasefire for Ramadan Rejected by Iran

1984 Iran bombed Mandali Zubatiya Khanaqin in Diyala

1984 Soviets delivered new missiles to Iraq which Baghdad said it would use against Iran’s oil


(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 began taking over camps run by US military to help Kurds following 91 uprising

2003 Bremer met with exile leaders and told them they didn’t represent Iraq

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

2003 Sadrist march in Basra against British occupation

2003 Sadr traveled to Iran to talk with Iranian officials and met Ayatollah Haeri

(Musings On Iraq Analysis Of Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq Interview With RAND’s Alireza Nader)

(Musings On Iraq review Muqtada, Muqtada Al-Sadr, The Shia Revival, And The Struggle For Iraq)

2003 ISCI threatened to boycott of CPA’s Iraqi Governing Council

2003 CPA Order 12 ended all of Iraq’s tariffs leading country to be flooded with cheap imports

closing down many Iraqi businesses and industry

2003 DIA chief Adm Jacoby said couldn’t find specific WMD sites in Iraq in 2002 but didn’t mean

Iraq didn’t have WMD program

(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 Iraq Survey Group took over US search for WMD

2003 Report US and British analysts said captured Iraq trailers were not WMD mobile labs as


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

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

2003 White House spokesman said WMD would be found

2003 Report 2002 DIA report said no reliable intel that Iraq was producing or had stocks of WMD

2004 CPA Transition and Integration law banned militias All parties had to list militia members to be

integrated into govt Sadr refused to follow law saying Mahdi Army legitimate resistance movement to US Never implemented

(Musings On Iraq How The Failure To Deal With Iraq’s Militias Caused The Breakdown Of The Country)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2006 Zarqawi killed by U.S. F-16 jet north of Baquba

(Musings On Iraq interview with ex-CIA analyst Nada Bakos on tracking Zarqawi)

2006 Natl Sec Adv Rice said White House agreed on Iraq policy Privately Rice working on new one

2008 Poland announced that it would withdraw its forces from Iraq by Oct 08

2008 Female suicide bomber hit police station in Khalidiya Anbar

(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 5 years after invasion Oil Min Shahristani announced Iraq reached pre-war level of oil


2009 Inter Min said it would investigate torture charges in prisons in Maysan and Qadisiyah Nothing


2010 Oil Min said oil production would reach 12 mil/bar/day by 2017 Didn’t happen

2011 PM Maliki’s 100 day deadline to reform ministries ended with no changes Was to appease


(Musings On Iraq Maliki’s 100-Day Deadline To Improve Iraq’s Government Leads To Nothing)

2011 Army started withdrawing from Fallujah as part of deal with Anbar govt to pull out of urban


2011 Report Oil Min Luaibi asked consultants to lower production goals and extend timeline Before

Oil Min said Iraq would reach 12 mil/bar/day in production by 2017 Luaibi now said Iraq could reach 8 mil/bar/day by 2024-25

2011 4 Protest organizers released by govt Arrested by soldiers May 27 in Baghdad Activists held

press conference Said taken to Muthanna Prison and abused Accused of fake IDs Tearing up posters of PM Maliki Said they were Baathists and terrorists Demanded Maliki apologize to them

(Musings On Iraq Attempt To Squelch Iraq Protests By Government Fails)

2014 ISIS stormed Anbar Univ in Ramadi taking hostages and stole 15 bil dinars

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

2014 US warned Baghdad that ISIS moving forces from Syria to attack Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

2014 US wanted Peshmerga to move into eastern Mosul Ninewa Gov Nujafi in Irbil got assurance

that Peshmerga would help fight IS in city PM Maliki said no

(Musings On Iraq review The Rise of Islamic State, ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution)

2014 PM Maliki told US 9 brigades would be sent to Mosul US said wouldn’t arrive in time

2014 Gen Ghidan ground forces commander Gen Qanbar chief of staff took over defense of Mosul

2014 Badr said it would protect Askari shrine in Samarra against insurgent threat

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

2015 KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani accused Baghdad of breaking constitution by not

            giving Kurdistan budget payments KRG was not meeting its oil export quota under budget

(Musings On Iraq Strains and Stresses In The Kurdish-Iraq Central Government Budget Deal)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Reaches Another New High In Oil Exports As Budget Deal With Kurds Breaks Down)

2016 Protests in Dhi Qar and Baghdad calling for reform

2016 PM Abadi said people would be arrested for abusing displaced in Fallujah op Nothing


(Musings On Iraq Review Impossible Victory, How Iraq Defeated ISIS)

2016 UN called on Baghdad to protect displaced from abuses by govt forces Said reports of

displaced being stopped and abused to get confessions Also executions

2016 Badr’s Amiri and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali said abuses in Fallujah were done by

individuals and limited Wasn’t true

(Musings On Iraq Abuses Of Iraq’s Hashd In Fallujah Operation)

2016 Head of Anbar council called on PM Abadi to withdraw Hashd from Fallujah because of

abuses Said people trying to flee IS were tortured and harassed by Hashd Some killed

2016 Report 300 dead bodies found at school Were all from Saqlawiya Anbar Were allegedly

executed by Hashd

2016 Report ISF seized southern Fallujah Led by Golden Div Hadn’t advanced for 2 days due to

disagreements over strategy Police officer said ISF didn’t coordinate ops or share intel

2017 KRG announced independence referendum would take place 9/25/17

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

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

2017 Fmr Finance Min Issawi given 7 yrs for corruption

2017 Report Kirkuk threatened to cut off power to national grid if electricity generated in province

sent to Ninewa Said not enough power for Kirkuk to spare

2020 Police fired at protesters after burned Najaf governor guest house PM Kazemi did

nothing after he issued order banning shooting at demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq Will Iraq’s PM Follow Through With Promise To Punish Those That Attacked Protesters?)

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

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

2020 Were protests in Dhi Qar Diwaniya Muthanna demanding officials resign and political reforms

2020 MP said 10 km security gap along Diyala-Salahaddin border that IS was exploiting

2021 Charges against Hashd Anbar cmdr and head of Tufuf Brigade Muslih dropped by judiciary

Was arrested for rocket attacks upon Ain Al-Asad Base and assassination of Karbala protest leader Wazni

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Has 3rd Confrontation With Pro-Iran Hashd Factions)

(Musings On Iraq PM Kazemi Fails At 3rd Confrontation With Pro-Iran Hashd)

2021 Intel officer assassinated in Baghdad Might have been done by Hashd in retaliation for PM

Kazemi trying to take border crossings from Hashd

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