1st PM Maliki Govt Pt 2 (2008)

This timeline covers the first half of the government of PM Maliki in 2008

 

Musings On Iraq interview with Reuters’ Parker on Maliki’s biography

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

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

Musings On Iraq Argument for Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman

Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia

Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism

Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance

Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq

Musings On Iraq review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary

Musings On Iraq review Fallujah Redux, The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle With Al-Qaeda

Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices of Iraqi Refugees

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

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 The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar

Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq, A View from the Ground Up

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

Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy

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

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

 

2008

Jan 1 Migration Minister said that govt plan was to return refugees to their homes and neighborhoods

Gen Petraeus didn’t think that possible because demographics had changed during civil war Said it would lead to violence Said many refugees would never return to their homes

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

 

Jan 2 Female suicide bomber killed Sahwa leader in Baquba

(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)

 

Jan 3 Representatives of Sadr and ISCI met for second time to try to reconcile after a half year of

fighting across the south Signed pact in October but didn't stop violence

 

Jan 4 Report found discrepancy with Lancet report that est 601,027 deaths in Iraq from 2003-06 Lancent

report said it had 22 missing or lost death certificates out of 629 recorded deaths All 22 were in Ninewa out of 16 provinces surveyed

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part I)

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part II)

(Musings On Iraq New Survey On Estimated Deaths In Iraq Refutes Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mark Van Der Laan on Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Michael Spagat on Lancet reports)

Jan 4 Iraqi Red Crescent reported 45,913 refugees returned from Syria from Sep-Dec 07 Govt claimed

60,000 had returned because inflating numbers 38,736 went to Baghdad Around 10,000 displaced returned home from Nov-Dec 07 Returnees finding it hard to find housing school health care

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

 

Jan 5 PM Maliki said Sahwa infiltrated by ISI and Baathists and attacked ISF

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

 

Jan 8 6 churches in Mosul and Baghdad bombed

Jan 8 US Op Phantom Phoenix began to secure Baghdad and belts in Diyala Salahaddin

Ninewa US kept offensive secret from most ISF fearing they would leak offensive to insurgents Still many insurgents escaped

Jan 8 Ret Gen McCaffrey warned that Awakening and Sahwa were good short term security solution but

didn’t mean long term political stability in Iraq

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

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

 

Jan 9 World Health Org released study on est deaths in Iraq Found 151,000 deaths from Mar 03-Jun 06

Compared to Lancet study that had 600,000 deaths Mar 03-Jul 06 WHO study had larger sample size than Lancet which was widely criticized for being inaccurate

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part I)

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part II)

(Musings On Iraq New Survey On Estimated Deaths In Iraq Refutes Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mark Van Der Laan on Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Michael Spagat on Lancet reports)

 

Jan 10 Amb Crocker and Gen Petraeus said that US no longer expected Iraq to reach benchmarks Said

Iraqis could solve their own problems now

 

Jan 11 Report Unpublished UN paper said 1000s detained in KRG for political crimes Govt contracts

given to political allies and friends in patronage networks

 

Jan 12 Accountability and Justice Commission replaced deBaathification Commission

(Musings On Iraq New DeBaathification Law)

Jan 12 145 MPs from Iraqiya Sadrists part of Dawa National Dialogue Front and others said they were

against turning over Kirkuk to Kurds

 

Jan 13 Sadrists Iraqiya, National Dialogue List signed agreement to maintain national control of Iraq’s

oil and oppose independent Kurdish oil contracts Nothing came of agreement

 

Jan 14 PM Maliki met with Presidency Council They told him he needed to reform govt consult with

them more get rid of some ministers and replace them with technocrats Warned there would be no confidence vote to remove him if didn’t act

Jan 14 Defense Minister Qadir said that Iraq couldn’t take responsibility for internal security until 2012

and wouldn’t be able to defend its borders until at least 2018

Jan 14 KDP said it opposed forming Sahwa units in disputed territories Said Peshmerga and Asayesh

were enough

Jan 14 Report US began vocational training for Sahwa because so few of them would be hired by govt

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

 

Jan 17 UN envoy to Iraq said country only had 6 months to turn security improvement into

reconciliation Said too much distrust within govt

Jan 17 US military reported 75% of Baghdad secured up from 8% in Feb 07

 

Jan 18 Fighting broke out between Soldiers of Heaven and Iraqi forces in Nasiriya and Basra Over 300

killed and wounded Group claimed persecution by govt Maliki govt claimed they were Baathists in attempt to cover up fighting

Jan 18 Gen Dubik in charge of training said ISF lacking in personnel, equipment, weapons, logistics and

would need U.S. help for up to a decade

Jan 18 Iraqi Accordance Front said that Accountability and Justice law met their demands and willing to

            end boycott of cabinet Wouldn’t happen until July

 

Jan 19 National Security Adviser Rubaie was trapped inside mosque by angry Sadrists crowd ISF had to

            rescue him

 

Jan 20 US general said number of EFP attacks down but Iran showed no sign of ending supplies and

training to militias

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

 

Jan 21 Fighting continued in Basra Nasiriya Diwniya for 3rd day between ISF and Soldiers of Heaven 200

casualties in Basra alone

 

Jan 22 Mahdi Army tried to kidnap PM Maliki’s national security adviser Mowafaq Rubaie in

            Baghdad

Jan 22 Oil Min blacklisted companies that signed oil deals with Kurdistan

 

Jan 23 Iraqi Ninewa campaign began to secure Mosul

Jan 23 20,000 pound bomb went off in Mosul Killed 15 wounded 132

 

Jan 24 Report 200 Sahwa killed and 500 wounded Jun-Dec 2007 by ISI 100 were killed just in Jan in

Baghdad and Diyala Increased after Dec 29 message by bin Laden against Awakening/Sahwa

Jan 24 Report 4 yrs after 2 battles of Fallujah city still largely destroyed Only 4 hrs of power Little

running water Sewage system didn’t work 70% unemployment Lack of fuel Tight security hindered trade and development US reconstruction projects small and local and couldn’t address large problems with services Fallujah blamed Baghdad neglect

 

Jan 26 FBI agent that interviewed Saddam after capture said he never expected a US invasion Thought

Bush would only bomb Iraq Saddam considered Iran real threat

 

Jan 27 Of roughly 100,000 Sahwa 9,000 were signed and screened to join the ISF Was far below what

govt promised

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

 

Jan 28 Electricity Min said no improvement in power supply in 2007 Said would have to wait until 2011

for progress

Jan 28 12 political parties signed agreement to resolve Kirkuk after Article 140 not implemented in 2007

Was never done

Jan 28 Report Iran backed Special Groups were attacking Sahwa units in parts of Baghdad

 

Jan 29 PM Maliki refused to have officials close to him be investigated for corruption

Jan 29 Suspicious fires at Central Bank of Iraq and Labor Ministry Some MPs claimed this was to

destroy documents implicating officials in corruption

(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)

Jan 29 Iraqi Red Crescent reported 46,000 refugees returned to Iraq Driving up housing prices in

Baghdad Many couldn’t return to their homes because demographics changed during civil war and militia control

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

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

 

Jan 31 Report US military blamed Bassima al-Jadiri on National Reconciliation Comm for blocking

integration of Sunnis into ISF Accused her of being sectarian US general in charge of police training said Jadiri should be removed Iraqi general submitted list of army recruits Jadiri rejected all the Sunnis US general sent list of 3,000 Sahwa to be integrated into police Jadiri only accepted Shiites

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

 

Feb 1 Female suicide bomber hit pet market in Baghdad 45 killed 82 wounded Followed

            by another woman bomber hitting another market 27 dead 67 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(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)

 

Feb 2 Accountability and Justice law passed to replace deBaathification legislation

(Musings On Iraq New DeBaathification Law)

Feb 2 Bombing 2 markets in Baghdad killed 99 wounded 145

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

Feb 2 Interior Min Bolani said large drop in Saudi foreign fighters coming to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq The Saudi Role In The Iraqi Insurgency)

 

Feb 3 US military said more attacks in Jan 08 by Iran-backed Special Groups then in last year

 

Feb 4 Sadr renewed Mahdi Army ceasefire after 6 months

 

Feb 5 Report Police carrying out kidnappings murder blackmail for money Many part of militias

 

Feb 6 Head of reconciliation for U.S. military in Iraq asked whether Shiite govt really wanted to

reconcile with Sunnis

Feb 6 Report Maliki govt only spent between 4-24% of its 2006 capital budget of $2.6 bil for investment

(Musings On Iraq GAO August 2008 report On Iraq’s Budget And Spending)

(Musings On Iraq NY Times Finds Iraq Spends Even Less Of Its Budget)

 

Feb 7 UN reported surge in refugees returning to Syria over Said most returned to Iraq not because Iraq

safer but because couldn’t afford to live in Syria anymore Now more Iraqis leaving Iraq then returning Intl Org for Migration said only 20-30% of returnees able to return to homes 50% unemployed and no govt aid Some become displaced

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

Feb 7 Report Mahdi Army had systematic strategy for taking over Sunni areas of Baghdad Started with

assassination of businessmen and community leaders Tried to co-opt Shiite residents before launching full attack upon area

Feb 7 Islamic Party head Samarrai said the Anbar Salvation Council had no support and backed

insurgency in 2007 Part of dispute for control of Anbar govt between Islamic Party and Awakening

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

 

Feb 8 Sahwa in Diyala went on strike demanding provincial police chief be replaced

            accused of running death squads and torturing prisoners arresting Sahwa

Feb 8 US military said number of attacks on Sahwa doubled since Oct 07

Feb 8 Report ISI trying to win back popular support by changing tactics Being more selective in

targeting and not trying to kill civilians

Feb 8 Constitutional Committee asked for another extension to amend the constitution Never finished

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

Feb 8 State Dept official in charge of Iraq said pro-Iran groups increasing attacks in 2008

Feb 8 Oil Min Shahristani asked international oil companies to invest in Iraq for first time

(Musings On Iraq Oil Minister Under Attack On Eve Of Awarding New Contracts)

 

Feb 9 Anbar Salvation Council gave Islamic Party 30 days to leave provincial council or be forced out

Two also competing over reconstruction contracts

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

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

 

Feb 10 US and ISF started op in Mosul Found nothing Insurgents likely tipped off beforehand

Feb 10 ISI set off 2 female suicide bombers in Baghdad markets 99 dead 2 car bombs hit tribal meeting

of Sahwa leaders 22 dead 42 wounded

(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)

 

Feb 11 Sadr renewed freeze on Mahdi Army for another 6 months

Feb 11 Report US Army buried 2005 RAND study of Iraq war planning because criticized White House

Report faulted Bush for never resolved rivalries between State and Def Depts over war planning Pentagon given control of postwar Iraq even though lacked planning and execution capabilities State’s Future of Iraq Project was not an action plan for Iraq Gen Franks had complete misunderstanding of postwar situation US believed Iraqi police and govt would be working day after war Believed Iraq could be rebuilt cheaply Lack of troops made situation worse Lack of planning and sealing borders increased insurgency Said more realistic discussion of cost of war couldn’t undermined support for invasion

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco by David Phillips)

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

Tragedy)

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

Feb 11 Baquba Sahwa held another protest demanding Diyala police chief be fired for attacking Sunnis

 

Feb 12 Report Sahwa in north Baghdad’s Tarmiya wanted to be integrated into police but Inter Min

refused Police arrested head of Sahwa on no charges

Feb 12 ISI commander from north Iraq interviewed Said group had been forced out of many cities and

was in difficult situation Said killing of civilians had cost group its reputation

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

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

 

Feb 13 Parliament passed Provincial Powers Act to devolve authority to governorates

            Never really implemented

Feb 13 Awakening leader Sheikh Abu Risha announced political party Iraq’s Awakening to run in 2009

provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

Feb 13 Report Anbar Awakening splitting over politics Sheikh Abu Risha made deal with VP Hashemi

and Islamic Party Sheikh Suleiman accused Hashemi of attempting to take over Awakening Accused Islamic Party of working with ISI

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

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

Feb 13 Report Only 10% of Sahwa started training to join ISF Govt promised 25% would join

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

 

Feb 14 Jordan put visa restrictions on Iraqis to try to stop flow of refugees moving there

Feb 14 Iraq justice system overwhelmed by prisoners captured during Surge More than half 26,000

prisoners held haven’t gone to trial and some have waited for years Prisons overcrowded Police often ignored orders to release prisoners Many guards worked with militias and released them Iraq didn’t have enough judges to deal with cases Not supported by govt

 

Feb 15 Report leaked US doc said Maliki govt didn’t feel urgency to integrate Sahwa Said ministries

interested in taking on Sahwa didn’t have capacity to do so

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

 

Feb 16 Maliki said Al Qaeda in Iraq had mostly been driven from Baghdad

 

Feb 17 2 car bombs at Awakening meeting in Anbar kill more than 20

Feb 17 Sadr announced end of truce with ISCI made in Oct 07 Didn’t stop fighting between two parties

Feb 17 Report 2007 avg 200 attacks per day against ISF Start of 2008 only avg of 82 per day

Feb 17 Report Almost half of displaced said they wouldn’t return to their old neighborhoods because

demographics changed in civil war Baghdad’s Adil neighborhood 70% of violence caused by conflicts between returnees and squatters occupying their homes ISF helping Shiites keep homes by arresting Sunnis and not allowing families back

Feb 17 US accused Iran of increased arms shipments to militias in Iraq

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

 

Feb 18 Report Kurdish police arrested activists trying to organize people to demand better services in

KRG

Feb 18 United Iraqi Alliance and Islamic Party made deal to end protests in Diyala against provincial

police chief accused of being sectarian and attacking Sunnis

 

Feb 19 1st day of trial of Sadrist fmr Dep Health Min Zamili and ministry security chief Gen Shammari

accused of killing and kidnapping Sunnis in hospitals 7 of 9 witnesses threatened Judge in case accused of agreeing to acquit 2 before trial

 

Feb 20 After Sadrist members were arrested Mahdi Army started fighting Iraqi army in Basra In

Diwaniya Sadrists accused ISCI controlled police of blowing up 4 houses

 

Feb 21 Op Sun 800 Turkish troops moved 10 mil into Kurdistan to attack PKK Also moved out of base

inside KRG and stopped by Peshmerga who surrounded the camp

Feb 21 Mahdi Army fought army unit controlled by Supreme Council in Baquba Diyala

 

Feb 22 Sadr renewed his freeze on Mahdi Army

 

Feb 23 Sadr said he failed because US still occupying Iraq and many of his followers

            had left his movement

Feb 23 2 suicide bombers killed Sheikh Mutairi of Anbar Salvation Council in Fallujah Part of ISI

campaign against Awakening/Sahwa

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

Feb 23 US general in charge of Baghdad said attacks down 75% since June 07 90% drop in civilian

deaths 85% drop in murders

Feb 23 Report Basra beset by violence between militias Professionals politicians and officials all

subjected to assassinations and kidnappings Many times police carry out murders Interior Min issued warrant for head of Basra Serious Crime Unit connected o Sadrists accused of running death squads but nothing done

 

Feb 24 Sheikh Suleiman of Anbar Salvation Council called for Anbar council to be dissolved because

controlled by Islamic Party

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

 

Feb 26 Health Min Hasnawi blamed corrupt officials for importing expired and counterfeit medicines

Feb 26 Fmr Defense Min Allawi said right after 03 invasion Badr Brigade sent in 10,000 fighters into

Iraq and took control of Baquba Kut and other southern cities along Iranian border

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

Feb 26 Report Tehran received files on Iraqi intel officers under Saddam that worked on Iraq and carried

out campaign to assassinate them

Feb 26 Report Badr provided intel on Sadrists to Americans to eliminate their rivals

 

Feb 27 Iraq’s intel chief accused Iran of sabotaging Sahwa

 

Feb 28 Report attacks on Sahwa went from 26 in Oct 07 to 100 in Jan 08 as part of ISI campaign

Feb 28 Report Interior Min investigation found 15-20% of police or 11,000 officers didn’t exist Anbar

25% of police didn’t exist

 

Feb 29 Chaldean Archbishop of Iraq Raho kidnapped and later found dead

Feb 29 Report Turkey said it would build 11 security bases along Iraq-Turkey border to prevent PKK

presence there

 

Mar 2 Mahdi Army and ISCI controlled ISF announced ceasefire in Nasiriya after 10 killed and 60

wounded in fighting between two sides

 

Mar 3 Court dropped charges against Sadrist fmr Dep Health Min Zamili and fmr head of Health Min

Facility Protection Force Shammari for lack of evidence Several witnesses did not appear after death threats Charged with allowing Mahdi Army to use Health Min vehicles and kidnapping and killing Sunnis at hospitals Stealing from contracts

Mar 3 Report Some estimated up to 30,000 Iranian operatives in Iraq Up to 1/3 of Iranian religious

students to Iraq were intel agents

 

Mar 4 Head of National Reconciliation Council announced 12,000 Sahwa had joined ISF Was still below

the number govt promised

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

 

Mar 5 Gen Petraeus and Amb Crocker said Iran failed to follow through with promise to PM Maliki to

cut support for militias Gen Odierno and CENTCOM cmdr Adm Fallon said that Iran biggest long term threat to Iraq Sill training and directing militias

Mar 5 Cabinet approved Oil Ministry to sign technical support agreements with foreign oil companies for

            first time

Mar 5 Emergency security plan in Basra announced to hunt down militias after Nasiriya police inspector

            general assassinated week before

 

Mar 6 Twin ISI bombing in Baghdad killed 68 wounded 120 Deadliest attack in 9 months

Mar 6 Fadhila called for early elections to replace PM Maliki

Mar 6 After Turkey’s Op Sun vs PKK in Feb 08 KRG asked Ankara to remove two army units with

1,200 troops total in four bases that had been in Kurdistan since 1996 Turkey refused

 

Mar 7 Pres Talabani visited Turkey Sign that Turkey was changing policy towards Kurds Refused to

meet with KRG Pres Barzani

 

Mar 8 5000 protested in Basra against army and police over deteriorating security and rising crime

Mar 8 Mahdi Army and army got into shoot out in Sadr City 18 soldiers taken prisoner

 

Mar 9 Basra officials said security situation worsening because of flood of weapons

            from Iran and called for Basra Operations commander to resign

 

Mar 10 Female suicide bomber killed sheikh and Sahwa leader in Diyala as part of ISI campaign against

            Sahwa

(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)

Mar 10 Report Iraqi intel said Sadr’s ceasefire and move to Iran during surge benefited Tehran the most

which was able to break away large sections of Mahdi Army

Mar 10 Speaker Mashadani said KRG had right to sign oil contracts Said courts would have final say on

            matter

Mar 10 Study of captured Baath docs found no evidence of operational link between Saddam and Al

Qaeda Said Saddam didn’t trust Islamists Mar 06 US military released study of Iraqi docs and found same thing

Mar 10 US military spokesman said caches found of Iranian weapons Accused Iran of recruiting Iraqis to

train them in Iran Hezbollah did much of the training

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

 

Mar 11 Report Awakening had broken up into 3 main factions under Sheikh Abu Risha Sheik Suleiman

and Sheikh Hayes They were fighting for political power in both Anbar and in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

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

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

Mar 11 Mahdi Army fought ISCI controlled police in Kut after they raided Sadrist areas Clashes in

several other southern cities ISCI leader in Babil assassinated Sadr said that Mahdi Army could use arms in self defense leading to new round of confrontations with its main rival for control of south Iraq

 

Mar 12 2nd day of fighting Mahdi Army forced police out of Kut Came after Sadr said militia could

defend themselves during freeze Police raided Sadrists areas in city leading to fighting

Mar 12 Pentagon said it would not publicly release its study that found no Iraq-Al Qaeda links based

upon 600,000 captured Iraq docs Would not even be posted on the Internet

Mar 12 US reported violence had hit nadir Hadn’t dropped from Nov 07-Feb 08 Avg number of

insurgents attacks went from 180 per day in Jun 07 to 60 per day in Jan 08

Mar 12 Sir Synnott former CPA official in charge of south Iraq said UK wanted to portray stable Iraq

after invasion but didn’t spend time and money to rebuild country Said CPA focused on large projects but not small sustainable ones that would have benefited more Iraqis

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

 

Mar 13 Dep PM Salah said strong military presence needed in Basra to get rid of militias Natl Sec Adv

Rubaie said Basra Gov Waeli had ultimatu to fight militias or lose backing of Baghdad Waeli replied Baghdad didn’t understand situation and neglected province Lead up to PM Maliki’s attack upon Mahdi Army

Mar 13 Army and US Special Forces deployed to take Kut back from Mahdi Army after it had expelled

police following raid on Sadrists areas of city Was 3rd day of fighting

Mar 13 Head of Baghdad Operations Command Gen Qanbar said sectarian violence down 90% in capital

Mar 13 Gen Petraeus complained that Iraqi leaders were not taking advantage of

            improved security in Iraq to move forward on reconciliation

Mar 13 US military said that ISI could be reduced but would not go away because it

            was so adaptable

Mar 13 Body of Chaldean Archbishop of Iraq Raho found outside of Mosul after being kidnapped

 

Mar 14 Basra commander Gen Mohan outlined security plan to US Would last from March to Gen Petraeus

was unhappy with plan

 

Mar 16 US-Iraqi meeting discussed security in Basra US said couldn’t be taken care of until Mosul op

over PM Maliki said he was going to take on security in Basra and that he was going to lead effort personally

Mar 16 Mahdi Army fought police in 2 villages in Diyala

Mar 16 Fmr head of Defense Policy Board Perle NYTimes OpEd said plan to turn over Iraq to Iraqis right

after invasion stopped by Sec State Powell Natl Sec Adv Rice and CIA Dir Tenet Said US thought it knew better than Iraqis Said Iraqi opposition should have run Iraq Said underestimated how badly Bush admin could mess things up

Mar 16 CPA head Bremer NYTimes OpEd Said US didn’t have postwar Iraq plan Didn’t have

counterinsurgency plan after invasion Only sent half the troops necessary Regreted not pushing for better military plan

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

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

Tragedy)

Mar 16 Report 1/3 or more of fuel from Baiji refinery stolen in 07 believed worth $2bil ISI thought

to make up to $100,000/day from refinery Feb 08 head of intel at refinery arrested for smuggling and supporting insurgents

Mar 16 Report PM Maliki advisor said would take years to rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure Adv to

Electricity Min said budget for reconstruction only half of what was needed Power plants only producing at 50% capacity

 

Mar 17 Clashes between Mahdi Army and police spread to Karbala 35 killed 130 wounded Before was

fighting in Diyala and Wasit Sadr blamed PM Maliki for violence 

Mar 17 Female suicide bomber hit crowd of Shiites in Karbala 40 killed 65 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

Mar 17 ISCI and Dawa delegation made deal with Sadrists to end week’s worth of fighting between ISF

and Mahdi Army in Kut Govt agreed to release Sadrist prisoners and only conduct raids with warrants

Mar 17 BBC ABC NK ARD poll found 55% of Iraqis said lives were good vs 39% in Aug 07 62% said

security better vs 43% in Aug 07 45% said next year would be better vs 29% in Aug 07

 

Mar 18 Report UK Chief of Def Staff Lord Boyce First Sea Lord Adm West and head of army General

Jackson were all unsure of legality of Iraq invasion

Mar 18 IOM reported 2.7 mil displaced Only 1% of refugees returned Most can’t go back to homes

because occupied or destroyed

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

 

Mar 19 Report US gave $20 mil contract to repair bridge Only cost $1 mil rest disappeared

Mar 19 Sadrists withdrew from reconciliation conference hosted by Maliki govt saying it was all

            for show

 

Mar 20 Report Gen Furayji in charge of Basra said militias had to be defeated in province before

            provincial elections

Mar 20 Fighting restarted between Mahdi Army and police in Kut after ceasefire negotiated Mar 17

Clashes began Mar 11

 

Mar 21 Fighting continued between Mahdi Army and police in Kut Clashes began Mar 11 Sadrists

claimed PM Maliki and ISCI were trying to attack party before provincial elections

Mar 21 Gen Petraeus met with Natl Sec Adv Rubaie to go over proposed op in Basra Was to use Surge

tactics and be launched in the summer PM Maliki wanted to start immediately

Mar 21 4 sahwa units quit 38 threatening to go on strike 2 on strike for not being paid by govt

 

Mar 22 Basra Ops Command presented security plan to U.S. and PM Maliki Premier said pre-emptive

had to be taken immediately and didn’t want to wait for plan Said he was going to Basra next day Blamed UK for problems in Basra

Mar 22 Gen Petraeus met with PM Maliki to go over proposed Basra op Maliki said he had his own plan

that would start within days Petraeus promised US support

 

Mar 23 PM Maliki flew to Basra to personally head Charge of Knights op

Mar 23 Mahdi Army in Sadr City started firing rockets into Green Zone

Mar 23 Report US asked UK to send troops back into Basra but London refused because set on

withdrawal

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

 

Mar 24 PM Maliki launched Charge of Knights against Mahdi Army in Basra Claimed op was against

militias and criminals Didn’t go after Badr or Fadhila only Sadrists who were biggest rival to Maliki’s plans for provincial and national elections Iraqi army brigade broke Half quit other half retreated

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Mar 24 Mahdi Army attacked joint US-Iraqi security station on edge of Sadr City

Mar 24 Oil Min asked foreign companies to submit plans to develop Iraq’s oil and natural gas fields for

first time since 03

Mar 24 Gen Petraeus blamed Iran for recent spate of rocket attacks upon Green Zone

Mar 24 Report Bush was never a fan of INC’s Chalabi before 03 invasion

Mar 24 Report Neither Sec State Powell nor Natl Sec Adv Rice objected to Pentagon taking control of

postwar Iraq Powell thought State would eventually take charge Rice thought US would only be in Iraq for a few months

Mar 24 Report From 03-08 demand for electricity increased 125% Supply increased during that period

but couldn’t keep up with demand

Mar 24 Report Sadrists complained about ceasefire Said they came under attack from PM Maliki and US

Claimed 2,000-2,500 of their followers arrested since start of ceasefire Blamed ISCI for attacks upon them in south Said they received new weapons and cash from Iran

 

Mar 25 U.S. Seal team arrived in Basra to liaison with Iraqi forces during Charge of

            Knights op against Mahdi Army

Mar 25 Curfew and vehicle ban imposed on Basra as part of Charge of Knights PM Maliki said militias

criminals and the local govt responsible for Basra’s problems

Mar 25 Mahdi Army seized 5 of 18 districts in Kut Sadrists marched in Samawa against Charge of

Knights Curfew imposed on those two cities 

Mar 25 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Nasiriyah and Hilla

Mar 25 Mahdi Army kidnapped policemen belonging to Badr in Baghdad Fought ISF and Badr in 6

neighborhoods Fired rockets at Green Zone Sadr offices called for civil disobedience in city Attacked 2 Dawa and Sistani offices in Sadr City Overran half of the checkpoints around Sadr City 230 police deserted in Shula neighborhood of Baghdad

Mar 25 US general in charge of Anbar said US hoped rebuilding would begin when security improved

but didn’t happen

 

Mar 26 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Basra, 5 neighborhoods in Baghdad Kut Diwaniya

Hilla Karbala Mortars fired on Green Zone Mahdi Army attacked US checkpoints in east Baghdad Clashes between Mahdi Army and Badr and Dawa office burned in Sadr City

Mar 26 PM Maliki gave gunmen 72 hours to turn in weapons in Basra

Mar 26 Sadrists walked out of parliament over govt crackdown on movement Called for no confidence

vote against PM Maliki

Mar 26 US and Iraqi forces began moving into Sadr City as fight against Mahdi Army

            moved from Basra to Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia)

Mar 26 Mass grave with 52 bodies of people executed by ISI found in Diyala River Valley

 

Mar 27 UK reported ISF suffered bad intelligence and bad planning and had to change Charge of Knights

op Also reported Iraqi Special Forces had failed to take any of their targets and had to withdraw Mahdi Army controlled most of Basra

Mar 27 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army continued in Basra Kut Diwaniya Amara Spread to Dhi

Qar Mahdi Army fired mortars at 2 neighborhoods in Baghdad and Green Zone Fighting in 2 of Baghdad’s neighborhoods Basra police chief escaped suicide car bomb Mahdi Army kidnapped spokesman for Baghdad Ops Command

Mar 27 Electricity Min said most power plants in south stopped working after attacked by mortars and

gunfire

Mar 27 Report Basra Ops Commander Gen Mohan wanted to wait 3 months to build up forces and

strategy to take on Mahdi Army but PM Maliki started early Warnings about fighting spreading throughout south Iraq were ignored by Maliki

Mar 27 Sadr called for talks to end Charge of Knights Maliki said no publicly but talks were going on in

Najaf Iran mediating

Mar 27 US told that Maliki did not want US advisers in Charge of Knights just US

            firepower

Mar 27 Pipeline in Basra blown up cutting exports by 1/3

Mar 27 Presidential Council approved General Amnesty Law as part of reconciliation Allowed release of

thousands of prisoners

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Amnesty Law)

 

Mar 28 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)

Mar 28 Report ISF made little progress in Basra 100s of police in city switched sides and joined Mahdi

Army

Mar 28 UK report Charge of Knights op in Basra stalemated and likely protracted fight

Mar 28 PM Maliki extended deadline for militias to turn over weapons in Basra until Apr 8

Mar 28 US carried out air strikes in support of Charge of Knights campaign in Basra for 1st time

Mar 28 Presidential Council KDP and PUK said they supported Charge of Knights campaign vs Sadr

Mar 28 1000s marched in Sadr City calling for removal of PM Maliki

Mar 28 Badr offices in Amarah Maysan attacked Sadrsits arrested in Babil and Qadisiyah Mahdi Army

seized control of Nasiriya and Shtra in Dhi Qar Fighting in 13 neighborhoods of Baghdad

Mar 28 Rockets fired at Green Zone by Mahdi Army

Mar 28 Pres Talabani met with 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)

 

Mar 29 PM Maliki’s deadline for militia to turn over weapons ended with few complying Was extended

            until Apr 8

Mar 29 Defense Min Obeidi said Charge of Knights had not gone as planned Was shocked by resistance

by Mahdi Army

Mar 29 Sadr said he was talking with Ayatollah Sistani to negotiate ceasefire with 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)

Mar 29 Maliki delegation met with Sadr in Iran to work out ceasefire in Basra

Mar 29 At meeting Gen Petraeus said that Maliki govt had set goals in Basra it couldn’t achieve National

Security Adv Rubaie told UK official Maliki had been led by his advisers into starting Charge of Knights by telling him Basra in more desperate situation than it was in

Mar 29 More police in Basra switched sides to Mahdi Army Reports more than 100 police fired in Basra

due to losing weapons and fleeing posts

Mar 29 Nasiriya retaken from Mahdi Army Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Karbala Babil

Baghdad

Mar 29 UK started air strikes on Mahdi Army in Barsa US carried out air strikes in Basra and Sadr City

Mar 29 Rockets fired at Green Zone

Mar 29 Report Iraqi army had no artillery planning communications system logistics transportation

service hospitals

 

Mar 30 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)

Mar 30 Fighting continued in Babil and Karbala between ISF and Mahdi Army Green Zone hit by

rockets

Mar 30 UK report situation in Basra unchanged during Charge of Knights Said ISF had no coherent

            plan and morale low

Mar 30 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

Mar 30 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)

Mar 30 ISCI held pro-govt demonstration in Karbala against Sadr

 

Mar 31 Report 103 bodies 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)

Mar 31 PM Maliki said would continue to go after Mahdi Army in Basra that didn’t follow

            cease-fire

Mar 31 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

Mar 31 Report US special forces in Basra to help with air strikes vs Mahdi Army

 

Apr 1 Maliki sent 1st Quick Reaction Division from Anbar to Basra to restart Charge of

            Knights offensive

Apr 1 PM Maliki said 10,000 tribesmen in Basra would be organized into a Sons of Iraq program Would

become Tribal Support Council

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Apr 1 Maliki praised Badr and Dawa militia for helping to fight Mahdi Army in Basra

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

Apr 1 Maliki promised jobs and better services after Charge of Knights in Basra

Apr 1 Report 400 ISF in Basra and 65 in Baghdad joined Mahdi Army 1 army brigade refused to fight in

Sadr City during Charge of Knights

 

Apr 2 Retired Gen McCaffrey said ISI’s urban insurgency was defeated but that the war was

unsustainable for US

Apr 2 Council on Foreign Relations’ Biddle told Senate US would have to stay in Iraq for a very long

time to maintain stability

Apr 2 Revenue Watch’s Said told Senate Iraq wasn’t using improved security to carry out any political

reforms Said ruling parties consolidating power and incapable of providing for public

Apr 2 Center for a New American Security’s Flournoy told Senate couldn’t have any more security gains

without political reforms Surge made Iraqis believe in US not Baghdad Iraqi govt unwilling to make any changes and US didn’t have strategy to get Baghdad to change

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

 

Apr 3 PM Maliki officially extended Charge of Knights op against Mahdi Army to Sadr City

Apr 3 PM Maliki said he would spend $100 mil for services in Basra and create 25,000 jobs Didn’t

happen

Apr 3 Report Western official said 50% of police in Sadr City sided with Mahdi Army during Charge of

Knights Interior Min fired 407 police in Basra 1000 soldiers deserted during fighting in Basra ISF only held ¼ of city before ceasefire

Apr 3 Report Charge of Knights stalled in Basra Was saved by massive influx of US support including

advisers air strikes and supplies Was due to PM Maliki ordering attack without a plan

Apr 3 UK Cabinet officials reported PM Maliki didn't’ tell UK about Charge of Knights beforehand

Excluded UK military for command center Then blamed UK for not helping ISF when it ran into problems in Basra

Apr 3 Iraqi special forces arrested head of Thar Allah party in Basra claiming it was stealing

            govt property and behind violence

Apr 3 RAND’s Kelly told Senate Iraqis probably wouldn’t reconcile for a generation US couldn’t

achieve all of its goals in Iraq because didn’t have capabilities Questioned whether Iraq could become functioning democracy

 

Apr 4 PM Maliki said he would stop raids against Sadrists

Apr 4 PM Maliki said he didn’t negotiate ceasefire with Sadr but Iran did

Apr 4 PM Maliki said he would recruit 10,000 local tribesmen into security forces in Basra

            after Charge of Knights

Apr 4 Report PM Maliki integrated 10,000 Dawa and Badr members into army

Apr 4 Report 30% of soldiers went AWOL during Charge of Knights in Basra Mahdi Army was supplied

by Iran during fight

Apr 4 Report National Intel Estimate said that Surge decreased violence but security fragile Insurgents

still capable of large attacks Slow progress towards reconciliation

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

Apr 4 Pres Talabani banned PUK members from criticizing govt in media or could be expelled Came

after PUK accused of corruption and power struggles

 

Apr 5 Meeting of ruling parties decided to back Maliki in Charge of Knights and

criticized Sadr

Apr 5 PM Maliki called on all political parties to disband their militias or they might get

            banned from politics

Apr 5 ISF and US forces cordoned off Sadr City as fighting continued between Mahdi Army and US

(Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia)

Apr 5 Iran’s Gen Suleimani met Pres Talabani and promised to stop arming militias Said

            Sadr was uncontrollable

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

 

Apr 6 PM Maliki said Mahdi Army needed to be disbanded if Sadrists wanted to run in

            2009 provincial elections

Apr 6 PM Maliki deployed militias to checkpoints in Baghdad

Apr 6 Green Zone and US base in south Baghdad hit by rockets by Mahdi Army Fighting continued in

Sadr City between Mahdi Army and US forces

(Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia)

Apr 6 Report US military believed that Iran had advisers in Basra helping Mahdi Army during Charge of

Knights

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 6 69 sheikhs signed pact to support govt, rejected violence in effort by PM Maliki to

            build up patronage amongst tribes

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Apr 6 Fmr UnderSecDef Feith interviewed on 60 Min Said US invaded Iraq to prevent next terrorist

attack after 9/11 Claimed Saddam’s record showed he was going to attack the US in the future Denied US invaded because Iraq imminent threat with its WMD Said didn’t think US should have based war on WMD Claimed Rumsfeld predicted some of the major problems that would happen in Iraq Admitted US didn’t have enough forces to secure Iraq after invasion Denied he wrote deBaathification plan Claimed Iraq would have been better off if US had given power to Ahmed Chalabi after invasion Blamed State CIA and Gen Franks for problems in Iraq

 

Apr 7 Sadr said Mahdi Army would not disarm after demand by PM Maliki and threat to exclude him

from 2009 provincial elections Then said would consider it if Ayatollah Sistani and Iranian clerics suggested it

Apr 7 Iran officially backed PM Maliki’s Charge of Knights Supported Mahdi Army during fighting and

then negotiated ceasefire

 

Apr 8 Report 10% of Basra police facing legal action for not fighting Mahdi Army during Charge of

Knights Around 1,600 fired arrested or went AWOL

Apr 8 End of Maliki’s deadline for militias to disarm in Basra Had not been successful ISF planned

sweeps through Basra to confiscate weapons but had been delayed twice

Apr 8 US forces moved into southern Sadr City to build wall to prevent attacks on

            Green Zone Led to fighting with Mahdi Army

(Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia)

Apr 8 Gen Petraeus told Congress Baghdad had only accepted 21,000 Sahwa out

            of 91,000 into ISF

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

Apr 8 Gen Petraeus said Shiite Special Groups were largest long term threat to Iraq

Apr 8 Amb Crocker told Congress that if US withdrew from Iraq without

            accomplishing constitutional reform Iranians would come out winners

 

Apr 9 Fmr Under Sec Def Feith said Bush had good war plan but got bad advice from CIA State NSC that

caused all the problems in Iraq Claimed CIA and State opposed Chalabi which screwed up postwar Iraq Justified setting up intel unit in Pentagon because CIA was “politicized” and ignored Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

Apr 9 Fmr UK Amb to US Greenstock said US had no real plans for postwar Iraq

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

Apr 9 Oil Minister Shahristani claimed Charge of Knights cleared militias and gangs out of Basra waterway

New oil police in Basra created to replace Fadhila controlled one

Apr 9 Report Fadhila Gov of Basra Waeli was under house arrest after Charge of Knights Head of Basra

council from Dawa was now running Basra

Apr 9 Iraqi general complained Iran interfering in Basra by supporting Mahdi Army

            during Charge of Knights op

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 9 Sadr claimed he consulted with clerics who said he didn’t have to disarm Mahdi Army

Apr 9 Ayatollah Sistani said he supported govt’s demand to disarm Mahdi Army

 

Apr 10 Bush said US would only leave Iraq when it became a democracy

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

Apr 10 Interior Min said it would start confiscating weapons in Basra as amnesty period ended

Apr 10 Sadr said he would disarm Mahdi Army if all the others militias disarmed

 

Apr 11 Sadr aide in Najaf killed Sadr blamed US and PM Was heading Sadrist negotiations with Baghdad

to end conflict

(Musings On Iraq Sadrist Cleric Assassinated In Basra)

Apr 11 US helicopters attacked Mahdi Army in Basra and Sadr City

Apr 11 US forces raided Sadr offices in Kut

Apr 11 ISF moved on other Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad besides Sadr City in

            fight against Mahdi Army

(Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia)

Apr 11 Gen Petraeus said Sadr had a legitimate political movement that govt needed

            to deal with

Apr 11 Amb Crocker told Congress Iran was trying Lebanonize Iraq by backing militias

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Apr 12 Maliki said 30,000 Peshmerga would be organized into 2 Army Divisions

Apr 12 2nd phase of Charge of Knights began with sweeps through 2 neighborhoods of Basra to

confiscate weapons

Apr 12 Fighting between US and ISF vs Mahdi Army continued in Sadr City

 

Apr 13 Report PM Maliki signed $833 mil arms deal with Serbia with no competitive bidding didn’t

follow anti-corruption rules Maliki stopped audit Later reduced to $236 mil Most of the equipment was unusable

Apr 13 1300 police and soldiers fired for not fighting Mahdi Army in Kut and Basra

Apr 13 Maliki ordered crack down on gas stations and oil distribution centers

controlled by Sadrists

Apr 13 Cabinet approved bill that would ban political parties that had militias from

            taking part in provincial elections

Apr 13 US National Security Adviser Hadley said Iraq had agreed to pressure Iran to stop

            arming militias

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Apr 14 Sadr returned to Iraq from Iran Fled to Qom during Surge fearing US would

            target him

Apr 14 Sahwa in Baghdad and Abu Ghraib formed political party to run in

            09 provincial elections

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

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

Apr 14 UK military report on Charge of Knights ISF underperformed vs Mahdi Army Relied heavily

upon US for communications rations and air strikes Said ISF had little planning nor targeting of Mahdi Army until US teams arrived Basra police chief said hundreds of police deserted 1st 24 hrs of op and others later on National Police sent from Baghdad did much better Were mostly Basra and wanted to fight Mahdi Army Iraqi army lost tactical engagements with Mahdi Army Iraqi Special Forces ineffective until US trainers arrived

 

Apr 15 US began building wall around Sadr City to cordon off areas controlled by

            Mahdi Army

(Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia)

Apr 15 Around 50 Iraqi soldiers abandoned their unit during fighting against Mahdi

            Army in Sadr City Was newly arrived unit upset they were sent to front lines

Apr 15 Breakaway Mahdi Army faction said it would not disarm in Basra

Apr 15 Report by refugee group said Maliki govt was not taking care of displaced/refugees and Sadrists

filling vacuum Said Migration Min didn’t believe all refugees were really refugees to reduce numbers and not give aid Accused some of being former Baathists

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

 

Apr 16 Accordance Front announced that it would end its boycott of cabinet Wouldn’t happen until July

Apr 16 National Dialogue Council left Iraqi Accordance Front Said it might form alliance with Shiite

            parties

Apr 16 Integrity Committee said it was investigating corruption in arms deal with

            Serbia

Apr 16 PM Maliki said $100 mil would be spent to rebuild Basra after Charge of Knights offensive

Money was mostly stolen by Dawa members or given out in patronage networks to win Maliki support

Apr 16 PM Maliki removed Basra Ops commander Gen Furaiji and Basra police commander Gen Khalaf

Apr 16 Dep Foreign Min accused Iran of supporting Mahdi Amy and other militias during Charge of

Knights

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 16 PM Maliki offered major concessions to Kurds Agreed to change oil law Legalize independent

Kurdish oil deals Pay for 190,000 Peshmerga Never happened

Apr 16 Gen Petraeus told Congress that Charge of Knights was not well planned

            op by Iraqis

 

Apr 17 Report Army officer said Mahdi Army constantly called him and threatened him during Charge of

Knights Said senior officers were pro-Sadr and gave intel to Mahdi Army Complained Mahdi Army often outgunned army units in Basra

Apr 17 Badr’s Hadi Ameri said that only Al Qaeda and Mahdi Army were fighting govt

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

Apr 17 Suicide bomber at funeral of 2 Sahwa members in Albu Mohammed killed 50

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

Apr 17 Report by US House Comm said US had no reconstruction strategy in Iraq Many projects ad hoc

uncoordinated with others and result of individuals rather than overall plan Also meant couldn’t measure whether rebuilding working or not

 

Apr 18 50 soldiers fled their posts in Sadr City rather than fight Mahdi Army

Apr 18 Sadrists refused to disband Mahdi Army after PM Maliki threatened to ban any party with a

militia from elections

Apr 18 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri speech said US had been defeated in Iraq

Apr 18 Sheikh Abu Risha of Anbar Awakening complained that authorities were trying to stop his

organizing for 09 provincial elections by shutting down offices

Apr 18 Suicide truck bomb hit funeral for Sahwa members killing 50 in Baghdad

(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)

Apr 18 US forces raided district in Muqtadiya Diyala to arrest Iraqi police involved in

            death squads

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

 

Apr 19 Phase 3 of Charge of Knights began with sweeps through Hayaniya in Basra and Nasiriya

Apr 19 Sadr threatened war against govt if didn't back down on raids against Mahdi Army in Basra

Apr 19 ISI military chief Muhajir called for all insurgent groups to unite under its banner

Apr 19 Al Karama party announced forming a list of Sahwa in Baghdad technocrats and members of

Islamic Army Eshreen Revolution Brigades Mujahadeen Army to take part in 2009 provincial elections

 

Apr 20 Report that Thar Allah head Sinawi executed in Baghdad after being

            captured in Basra during Charge of Knights

Apr 20 Report Pentagon organized more than 75 ex-military officers who worked as TV analysts to

promote Iraq War Many also profited from war as worked as consultants for defense contractors Got trips to Iraq Meetings with high level officials Were used to counter criticisms of war such as when ex-generals said Def Sec Rumsfeld mishandled war

 

Apr 21 Oil Minister Shahristani objected to Kurds’ independent oil deals

Apr 21 US general said if Sadr didn’t hold back Mahdi Army US would fight them

 

Apr 22 PM Maliki promised $150 mil to rebuild Sadr City after fighting Mahdi Army was over Money

was mostly stolen by Dawa members or given out in patronage networks to win support for Maliki

Apr 22 Female suicide bomber attacked Baquba police station

(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)

 

Apr 23 Female suicide bomber attacked police station in Diyala killing 18

(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)

 

Apr 24 ISF gained full control of central Basra Phase 4 of Charge of Knights began with sweeps through

            5 Mile Market

Apr 24 Captured ISI letters showed complaints about War Min Masri not consulting with others and

didn't take criticism Said ISI was passing off old Zarqawi videos as new operations

Apr 24 US report Most Iraqi ministries were under control of militias Acquittal of Sadrist Dep Health

Min Zamili on charges of corruption and running death squads and senior officials tendency to protect their subordinates made officials believe they were above the law 11 of 32 ministries either had acting ministers or not top officials PM Maliki kept many ministries leaderless so he could directly run them Said US attempts at better governance were fragmented and incoherent US agencies and military did not cooperate Recommended removing Chief Justice Medhat for screwing up Dep Health Min case and lackluster approach to prosecuting govt officials

 

Apr 25 Sadr said he was only opposed to US occupation not Maliki govt

Apr 25 Report Badr and Mahdi Army setting up checkpoints and killing each other in Qadisiyah and

Baghdad

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

Apr 25 Maliki said all parties supported his crackdown on Sadr and sign of reconciliation

Apr 25 Maliki said if Sadr disarmed dropped politics turn in wanted militiamen would

stop Charge of Knights

Apr 25 Fmr Under Sec of Def Feith said he warned of postwar chaos in Iraq but

            was ignored and Pentagon was on top of issue not State or CIA

 

Apr 26 Chalabi called Petraeus saying he could speak for militias to negotiate ceasefire

            in Sadr City

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

Apr 26 ISF said cleared last Sadr stronghold in Basra

Apr 26 Report Iran shifted from sending operatives into Iraq to manage militias to training militias in Iran

US said changed tactics after 20 Quds Force operatives were captured by US from Dec 06-Jan 07 Training program in Iran meant to create core of militiamen that could then train others inside Iraq

 

Apr 27 Baghdad Operations Command said they captured Iraqis trained and armed          

            by Iran to fight ISF

Apr 27 Spec Insp Gen for Recon Report 855 of 47,321 US rebuilding projects ended mostly due to

violence and costs 112 were ended because of poor job by contractors Many projects listed as complete even though weren’t Ex USAID gave $50 mil contract to Bechtel to build children’s hospital in Basra Ended in 2006 due to long delays US said project finished even though only 35% of work done

 

Apr 28 PM Maliki said he wanted Sadr City cleared of militias in 2-3 days Head of Baghdad Ops

Command US said impossible

Apr 28 ISCI and Dawa delegation went to Iran to meet Sadr and Iran Rev Guards Quds Force’s Gen

Suleimani to negotiate ceasefire to end Charge of Knights

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

 

Apr 29 2nd ISCI and Dawa delegation went to Iran to meet Sadr and Iran Rev Guards Quds Force’s Gen

Suleimani to negotiate ceasefire Iraqis provided evidence Iran supported militias including names of people locations of training camps and cells working with Tehran Iran denied everything Accused Iraqis of selling out to US and ignoring help Iran gave Shiite parties since 2003 Said it was wrong to go after Mahdi Army because they were Iran’s allies Said Mahdi Army needed to counter Sahwa created by US Sadr refused meeting

(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 Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 29 Report Iran Rev Guard Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani sent message to Gen Petraeus and Amb

Crocker that Iran not responsible for fighting between Maliki govt and Mahdi Army Iran gave weapons to Mahdi Army during fighting

Apr 29 MPs found torture at Karbala prison overcrowding in Babil ones

Apr 29 Turkey’s Foreign Minister said Ankara wanted better relations with KRG

Apr 29 Former Deputy Sec Def Wolfowitz said Bush admin never expected an insurgency in Iraq Said

there were enough US troops after invasion but US failed to create enough ISF Admitted Bush admin was clueless about counterinsurgency

Apr 29 Female suicide bomber attacked bus stop in Muqtadiya Another female suicide

            bomber attacked Sahwa in Abu Said both 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)

 

Apr 30 Maliki said that Mahdi Army had to be disbanded because couldn’t have

            militias and state

Apr 30 Sadr spokesman said Iranian weapons in Iraq was normal because Tehran

            would sell to anyone

Apr 30 Turkey said it would resume diplomatic relations with Kurdistan

Apr 30 Study said Surge didn’t achieve political goals Reconciliation has been between insurgents and

US not with Iraqi govt Still threat of violence if no political accommodation

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

 

May 1 PM Maliki created committee to investigate Iranian weapons shipments to Iraq

 

May 2 Insurgents beheaded 11 police officers in western Anbar

May 2 Sadr refused to meet with Iraqi delegation in Iran to end Charge of Knights

 

May 3 PM Maliki announced govt would launch offensive in Mosul and would be last to secure Iraq

May 3 300 ISI fighters held march in Diyala village

May 3 Iraqi delegation to Iran presented evidence that Tehran was arming and training

            militias fighting govt Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

 

May 4 ISF destroyed Thar Allah HQ in Basra after weapons found there

May 4 Govt spokesman said Iraq had hard evidence of Iranian support for militias and violence Later in

day changed to saying didn’t have hard evidence that Iran was sending weapons to Iraq It did

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

May 4 Iraq general in Karbala said Iran giving weapons to militias in city and

            undermining security

May 4 PM Maliki adv Haidar Abadi said Iran denied they were sending weapons to Iraq Iran told Iraq it

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

May 4 Report Captured Mahdi Army militiamen admitted to being trained by Hezbollah in camps in Iran

run by Iran Rev Guards Quds Force

(Musings On Iraq on Iran training Iraqi militias)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

 

May 6 ISF raided hospital and police stations in Baghdad accusing officers and staff

            of being Mahdi Army members

May 6 ISF raided Sadr offices in Kut

 

May 7 Fighting broke out between Mahdi Army and Badr in Baghdad’s Abu Dishr after Sadrists tried to

kill Badr commander

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

May 7 Report US officer in Baghdad’s Adhamiya frustrated with Iraqi govt Said application to integrate

local Sahwa into ISF rejected because form was in wrong ink

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

 

May 9 Government and Sadr signed ceasefire to end Charge of Knights Allowed ISF

            to conduct arrests and raids in Sadr City

May 9 Baghdad Operations Command said they found Iranian weapons with Mahdi

            Army in capital

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

 

May 10 Sadr announced ceasefire ending most fighting in Baghdad Led to many Special Groups and

Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to flee to Iran

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

May 10 Op Mother of Two Rivers started in Mosul after Charge of Knights ended Mosul main insurgent

base after Surge Offensive announced publicly before started so many insurgents left

(Musings On Iraq The Security Situation In Mosul)

 

May 12 Sadr issued another ceasefire to try to stop govt offensive against Mahdi Army

May 12 United Iraqi Alliance and Sadrists agreed not to attack each other politically after

            ceasefire announced

May 12 Report US judge who headed anti-corruption effort in Iraq in 07 said State Dept undermined

effort and allowed corruption to continue US embassy State Justice Depts and Iraqi govt ignored effort Jul 07 Amb Crocker told Iraqi official stole $1 bil in medical supplies and selling them on black market and to Syria US did nothing Judge worked on report on corruption Congress asked for copy State classified report and blocked testimony on it Embassy blocked Congress from interviewing anti-corruption officials in Iraq PM Maliki fired Sunnis on Integrity Comm and top investigator Head of Comm Judge Rahdi wouldn’t follow Maliki’s orders When Rahdi asked for asylum in US due to threats US Embassy wouldn’t help him

(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)

May 12 Deputy head of US anti-corruption effort said US did nothing as PM Maliki worked to subvert

Integrity Commission

May 12 Iran came out against Iraq signing Status of Forces Agreement with US

 

May 13 Report most insurgents fled Mosul before govt started offensive there

May 13 Report Iraqi officials were smuggling artifacts out of Iraq to be sold on the black market

May 13 Speaker of KRG parliament said Kurdish oil deals were legal and in accordance with

constitution

May 13 Constitutional committee turned over Art 140 that was to determine future of Kirkuk and other

disputed issues in constitution to parliament to resolve Nothing happened

 

May 14 ISI fighters crossed into Iraq from Syria and killed 11 policemen in their homes

            in Anbar

May 14 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)

 

May 15 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)

 

May 16 Maliki gave insurgents 10 days to hand in weapons in Mosul as part of Mother of

            Two Rivers offensive

May 16 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

 

May 17 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)

 

May 18 Maliki promised $100 mil for rebuilding Mosul after Mother of Two Springs operation Never

happened

May 18 Accordance Front MP said Baghdad agreed to integrate 20% of Ninewa Sahwa

            and 7,000 locals into security forces

May 18 Sadr ceasefire in Baghdad finally took effect

May 18 Police raided Sadr offices in Basra and captured large weapons cache and arrested

            militiamen

 

May 19 Fmr Dep Sec Def Feith claimed Iraq’s WMD was a threat Said Iraq had WMD programs and

could have produced WMD in 3-5 wks Wasn’t true Claimed he believed Iraqi army and police would maintain security after invasion but was wrong Feith wrote CPA order disbanding military

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

 

May 20 Mother of Two Springs op ended in Mosul without success

May 20 10,000 deployed to Sadr City after Sadr ceasefire finally took effect

May 20 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa and police station in Rutba Anbar Another

            female suicide bomber hit Sahwa leader in Mandali 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)

 

May 21 CENTCOM commander Gen Dempsey said ISI at its weakest point in Iraq

May 21 US commander for northern Iraq said attacks in Mosul down 85% after

            Mother of Two Springs op there

May 21 Pres Talabani said Iraq would be able to handle its own security without help

            of US by end of 2008 Didn’t happen

May 21 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa HQ in 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)

May 21 Report ISI turned to crime for financing Stealing money from oil industry in Ninewa

and Kirkuk main source of funds Steals oil from pipelines and fuel trucks gets protection money from gas stations and trucks Runs crime gangs Also steals cars and kidnaps for ransom

 

May 22 US got ISF to arrest Gen Zamel head of prisons for abuse torture extortion of prisoners extra

judicial killings and providing weapons to Mahdi Army

 

May 23 Clerics denied Sistani issued fatwa allowing attacks on U.S. forces

 

May 25 Report insurgents fled to Tikrit and Ramadi during Mother of Two Springs

            operation in Mosul

May 25 Mayor of Mosul escaped 4th bombing attempt on his life in 10 days Came day after Mother of

Two Springs op to clear city ended

May 25 USAmb Crocker said ISI had been severely disrupted in Iraq

May 25 US and ISF conduct weapons searches in Sadr City Arrested 200 Mahdi Army

            militiamen in Amil and Baya

May 25 Report Sadrists paid $300 for anyone that attacked UK forces in Basra Money

            came from Iran

May 25 PM Maliki attempted to assert control over Basra after Charge of Knights by firing Fadhila

officials who ran province Replaced heads of South Oil Company Basra Airport Oil Tankers Company Basra Refinery

 

May 26 US military reported attacks in Iraq at lowest level since May 2004

May 26 ISI elements that that fled Mosul during govt crackdown began attacking Yazidis

            in Sinjar Ninewa

May 26 Pentagon report Couldn’t account for $15 bil spent in Iraq Of $8.2 bil in contracts reviewed $7.7

bil didn’t follow accounting rules Distributed $1.8 bil in Iraqi money with no accounting

 

May 27 PM Maliki issued arrest warrant for Sahwa leaders in Diyala 2 days after they declared a political

party to run in 09 elections and 1 day before candidates could start organizing Warrants disqualified them from election

May 27 Former Undersecretary of Defense Feith criticized Bush for switching goal of Iraq

            war from threat of Saddam to spreading democracy

 

May 28 Sadr called for weekly protests against security agreement with US

May 28 Fmr White House press sec McClellan’s book said White House shaped war

debate so force only option vs Iraq Said that Iraq war was not necessary Said Bush never admitted to any mistakes and was isolated

May 28 Intl Org for Migration reported only 1% of refugees had returned Iraq largest refugee crisis in

world

 

May 29 US Amb to Iraq Crocker said ISI near defeat

May 29 Interior Min fired 7500 police for corruption ghost officers negligence

 

May 30 ISF raided Iraqi National Gathering HQ in Basra

May 30 CIA Chief Hayden said ISI near strategic defeat in Iraq

May 30 Ayatollah Sistani aide said he was opposed to Status of Forces Agreement with

            U.S.

May 30 Fmr White House spokesman McClellan said Bush White House so caught up

            in pushing war ignored intel that didn’t fit argument

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

 

May 31 Report only 15% of Sawha integrated into govt

May 31 PM Maliki said he wanted refugees to return Promised privileges for them Said govt had money

and plan to aid them NGOs reported Iraq had no program for returnees

 

Jun 1 Fmr PM Jaafari announced leaving Dawa to create own party National

            Reform

Jun 1 Australia began withdrawing its troops from Iraq Operated as trainers and

            advisers in south Ended combat operations

 

Jun 3 Australian PM Rudd said reasons given by PM Howard to invade Iraq were all wrong Didn’t stop

terrorist attacks No WMD found Didn’t stop rogue states Intelligence abused

 

Jun 4 Half of parliament signed letter saying they were against Status of Forces

            Agreement unless it included US withdrawal

Jun 4 Police arrested top 5 Mahdi Army commanders in Karbala aftermath Charge of

Knights

 

Jun 5 Over 100 weapons caches of Mahdi Army found in Sadr City Most weapons

            came from Iran Aftermath Charge of Knights

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

 

Jun 6 Kurds said they could export 150,000 bar/day in oil but no neighboring countries

            would allow it

 

Jun 7 Poland announced that it would withdraw its forces from Iraq by Oct 08

Jun 7 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)

Jun 7 5 years after invasion Oil Min Shahristani announced Iraq reached pre-war level of oil production

 

Jun 8 US arrested Basra Special Groups commander He forged papers so militiamen could go for training

in Iran

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Jun 8 Bahrain announced it was going to re-open embassy in Baghdad

 

Jun 9 Sheikh Hayes of Anbar Salvation Council said 4 groups joined together to challenge Islamic Party

in provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

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

Jun 9 UK intel report Charge of Knights driven Mahdi Army from streets of Basra opening opportunity

for economic growth in city Insecurity lack of govt capacity corruption laws competing political parties crime smuggling all hindered rebuilding Militias had driven off business people

Jun 9 Iran and Iraq defense ministers signed defense pact

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Jun 10 Dhi Qar police started operation to raid and arrest Sadrists

 

Jun 11 Report foreign fighters coming to Iraq down to single digits per month

Jun 11 UK intel report Predicted large Sunni turnout for 09 provincial elections Said many insurgents

considering participating in vote Sunnis wanted economic development services release of prisoners reforming deBaathification reviewing constitution

 

Jun 12 Maliki sent forces to Maysan to crackdown on Sadrists

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

Jun 12 Senior Sadrist and Iranian linked arms dealer arrested in Kut, Wasit

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

Jun 12 Islamic Party HQ in Anbar bombed in part of campaign against party

 

Jun 13 Sadr said that he was turning most of his movement into social and political

            organization disbanded most of Mahdi Army Would have special unit just to attack U.S.

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Leadership Or Lack Thereof)

Jun 13 Maliki said talks over new Status of Forces Agreement with US at dead end

 

Jun 14 Sadrist said they wouldn’t run as a party in 2009 provincial elections just support

            candidates

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Leadership Or Lack Thereof)

Jun 14 US Inspector General went to Kahn Bani Saad prison found no work being

            done Most of $1.2 mil in materials gone

Jun 14 Female suicide bomber in Qara Tappa targeted café where people watching World

            Cup 34 wounded

(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)

 

Jun 15 Report Sadr creating new militia units to attack US forces

 

Jun 16 Maliki gave ultimatum to militiamen to hand over weapons in Amarah, Maysan

            aimed at Mahdi Army

Jun 16 Report 2008 “Year of Transfer” US turning over projects to Iraqis Baghdad had

            problem maintaining them

Jun 16 New $277 mil water treatment plant opened in Nasiriya Dhi Qar but at only 20%

            capacity because couldn’t get enough power

 

Jun 17 Truck bomb by Mahdi Army in Baghdad killed 42 wounded 87 Was attempt to

            maintain control of neighborhood

(Musings On Iraq Desperation Move By The Sadrists?)

Jun 17 Report Start of June standoff between Peshmerga and oil workers Khurmala Dome oil field KRG

claimed field belonged to it Baghdad gave Peshmerga 24 hrs to leave and did

Jun 17 UN report displaced increased by 800,000 form 2007-08 45,000 refugees returned to Iraq from

2007-08

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

 

Jun 18 Los Angeles Times interview with CURVEBALL Iraqi defector in Germany who

claimed Iraq had mobile WMD labs Claimed everything he said was true and he should be treated like a king for helping overthrow Saddam

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

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

 

Jun 19 ISF launched Op Promise of Peace against Sadrists in Maysan

(Musings On Iraq Operation Promise of Peace in Maysan Province)

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Leadership Or Lack Thereof)

 

Jun 20 Report Reform and Change front that included 1920 Revolution Brigades reached out to political

parties trying to get involved in politics

Jun 20 ISF arrested Sadrist deputy governor 2 councilmen 700 police in Maysan during Operation

Promise of Peace against Sadr

(Musings On Iraq Operation Promise of Peace in Maysan Province)

Jun 20 Report Karama Party and Istiqlal Party formed by Sahwa leaders formerly with Islamic Army to

participate in 09 provincial elections Awakening Conference of Iraq headed by Sheikh Abu Risha and National Salvation Front headed by Sheikh Sulaiman said they would run candidates in Anbar

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

 

Jun 21 Petraeus issued new guidelines for US forces in Iraq to set up governance services

            build economy

 

Jun 22 Iraqi offensive against Sadrists in Maysan expanded to Dhi Qar and Wasit

Jun 22 Report IEDs down 90% from 2007

Jun 22 Female suicide bomber in Baquba killed 15 wounded 45

(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)

Jun 22 Report US reconstruction projects in Hit halted due to corruption of mayor and

            police chief

Jun 22 Baghdad Ops Command said Maliki issued order to integrate all Sahwa in

            province

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

 

Jun 23 Report govt came up with new displaced program to force squatters out of homes

and make them return to their original areas Were 2.7 mil displaced and 2.5 mil refugees

(Musings On Iraq Government’s Displaced Plan?)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

Jun 23 Report Interior Min complained Haswa Babil police chief was arresting too many Shiites and had

to arrest more Sunnis When he didn’t he was investigated and relieved of duty

Jun 23 Report Iran cut power supply to Basra after Charge of Knights op cutting electricity to only 6 hrs

            a day

Jun 23 Report Amiriya Baghdad Sahwa leader said Maliki govt had arrest warrant out for him Part of

intimidation campaign vs Sahwa

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

Jun 23 PM Maliki announced 17 Tribal Support Councils would be formed in Maysan after Op Promise

of Peace Councils became part of Maliki’s patronage network to create support for Dawa/State of Law

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

 

Jun 24 PM Maliki promised $100 mil for reconstruction in Maysan after Op Promise of Peace went

            after Sadrists there

Jun 24 Interior Min declared Amarah Maysan free of militias after Op Promise of Peace went after

            Sadrists

Jun 24 Special Groups bombed Sadr City council building killing 6 councilmen and 4 Americans 10

wounded because meeting with U.S.

 

Jun 25 KRG signed oil deals with 2 Canadian firms to work in disputed areas of Kirkuk

Jun 25 Spokesman for Baghdad security plan said 9,000 Sahwa had joined city’s police and more would

be integrated in future

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

 

Jun 26 ISI suicide bomber hit tribal council meeting Killed 26 including Garma mayor and Awakening

sheikhs

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

 

Jun 27 Chief Justice Majeed assassinated in east Baghdad during spate of attacks upon judiciary in

            capital

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Judiciary Under Attack)

Jun 27 Suicide bomber attacked meeting of Anbar Awakening killing 20 including several

            sheikhs

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Dispute Between Sunnis Growing)

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

 

Jun 28 Accountability and Justice law amended to stop former ISF officers for being fired

            for Baathist past and those that quit could now get jobs with govt

(Musings On Iraq DeBaathification and Elections Update)

Jun 28 PM Maliki met with Ibadah tribe Offered it limited autonomy in return for joining Tribal Support

Council to support him

Jun 28 Baghdad-Irbil formed committee to work out oil law Nothing came of it

Jun 28 Sahwa in Adhamiya Baghdad protested after army arrested their leader on kidnapping charges

Part of PM Maliki intimidation campaign vs Sahwa

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

Jun 28 Female suicide bomber in Baquba killed 13 wounded 30

(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)

 

Jun 29 PM Maliki promised Jabouri tribe limited autonomy in return for their support and joining Tribal

            Support Council

Jun 29 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa council in Baquba

(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)

Jun 29 US Army released history of 2003-05 occupation of Iraq Criticized Gen Franks for withdrawing

from Iraq right after invasion and turning over control to Gen Sanchez who didn’t have staff to manage war Army should’ve demanded better postwar planning but didn’t because made best case planning US didn’t have enough troops for occupation

 

Jun 30 IEDs targeted 5 judges in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Judiciary Under Attack)

Jun 30 Iraq offered 8 oil fields and 2 gas fields for foreign investment Wanted to sign deals in one month

Pre-approved 41 companies to bid on fields Before said would have no bid contracts Wouldn’t happen until a year later

Jun 30 Report during ISF fighting Mahdi Army in Baghdad in Mar-Apr Sunnis were expelled from 5 east

Baghdad neighborhoods by militias

Jun 30 PM Maliki and VP Hashemi made deal to allow Iraqi Accordance Front to return to govt

Accordance Front got nothing in return Boycotted govt in Aug 07 to protest being excluded by Maliki

 

Jul 1 Report US didn’t have people or plans for postwar Iraq Chaos that ensued set conditions for

insurgency Were many groups working on postwar plans but few made it into the war plans Top officials had best case scenario for postwar Iraq which overrode plans for bad situations Almost all planning went to war as a result Gen Franks only cared about war which made accomplishing postwar goals harder NSC provided no strategy despite multiple requests Left each agency to carry out individual plans Meant no coordination of planning NSC never mediated between Defense and State Pentagon given control of postwar plans but cared about war more Created ORHA to run Iraq only 8 weeks before invasion but didn’t have expertise or personnel to run it Problems lasted postwar State Dept’s Future of Iraq Project was not a postwar plan

Jul 1 KRG released report that its oil deals were far superior and Baghdad’s oil plan would be disastrous

for the country

Jul 1 2 Sadrist politicians and an Iraqi army officers said Hezbollah ran two training camps in Basra

since 2006 Up to 10 Hezbollah operatives trained Special Groups there Closed during Charge of Knights Said Hezbollah involved in Jan 07 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq raid on Karbala that killed US soldiers and involved in AAH kidnapping of 5 Britons from Finance Min in Baghdad May 07

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

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

 

Jul 2 ISF arrested Maysan Governor Muhoder head of the provincial council and two other council

members for their connection to the Mahdi Army A police chief was detained for being a Special Groups leader

 

Jul 4 Report Anbar council dismissed Anbar police chief from Awakening but refused to step down Said

police would only follow him Sheikh Abu Risha from Awakening said it was now running Anbar and Islamic Party that ran provincial council couldn’t stop it

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

 

Jul 5 PM Maliki claimed terrorists in Iraq were defeated

Jul 5 Head of Islamic Party in Fallujah escaped assassination attempt in campaign against the

            party

 

Jul 6 Fmr Undersec Def Feith claimed WMD was not one of core argument for Iraq invasion Claimed CIA

pushed Iraq being a WMD threat

Jul 6 UAE cancelled $7 bil in Iraqi debt Announced would be sending ambassador to Baghdad

 

Jul 7 Maliki said he wanted a memo of understanding on withdrawal of US forces

            instead of a Status of Forces Agreement which was stalled

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Asks US To Draw Up Withdrawal Plans: Move Towards Autonomy, Electioneering, Or Brinkmanship by the Maliki Government?)

Jul 7 Female suicide bomber hit market in Baquba 23 female suicide bombing of the

            year

(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)

Jul 7 Report 94% decline in attacks by ISI 25 in Nov 07 vs 334 Nov 06

 

Jul 8 Report Al Qaeda sent foreign fighters to Sudan and Somalia rather than Iraq due to

            downturn in insurgency

(Musings On Iraq Demise of Al Qaeda In Iraq Update)

Jul 8 Head of Kurdish bloc in parliament Othman said KRG oil deals were illegal 1st Kurdish official

            to criticize deals

 

Jul 10 Report 20% of Iraqis displaced UN said 2nd largest refugee problem in world Most fled after 06

Samarra bombing Early 07 11 of 18 provinces blocked displaced from returning PM Maliki criticized refugees saying they should have stayed in Iraq

Jul 10 Report Baghdad hired 12,000 new police in Basra after Charge of Knights but didn’t pay them

Fadhila still controlled governorship Dawa and ISCI took over ports and corruption involved with them

 

Jul 11 PM Maliki promised to rebuild and invest in Basra after Charge of Knights Money unspent

because of red tape lack of govt capacity arguments between ruling parties

 

Jul 13 Islamic Party said Iraqi forces should not take control of security in Anbar because

            Awakening was not ready Sheikhs Sulaiman and Hayes agreed

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Dispute Between Sunnis Growing)

 

Jul 14 Report 2005 elections 82,000 Kurds couldn’t prove residency in Kirkuk and were going to be

barred from election but KDP and PUK threatened boycott if they weren’t allowed to vote

Jul 14 Report 5000 solar powered streetlights installed in Baghdad city and 1,000 in each of Iraq’s

provinces Extreme heat degraded batteries and grime and dust cut electricity production of solar panels

Jul 14 Report Mahdi Army and Special Groups using new armaments Interior Min said came from Iran

Groups being rearmed after Charge of Knights in Basra and Promise of Peace in Maysan aimed at militias

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

 

Jul 16 US Surge officially ended

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

Jul 16 US turned over security for Qadisiyah to Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Gains Control of Diwaniyah Province)

Jul 16 Govt told squatters in two Baghdad neighborhoods had 3 days to leave Supposed to encourage

displaced to return Nothing happened

(Musings On Iraq Returns And Removals In Bahgdad)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

 

Jul 17 Report with unemployment est 35-50% Maliki govt starting job program Hired over 5,000 into

            govt workforce in menial jobs

Jul 17 Cleric and head of Sadr office in New Baghdad Lami assassinated Was pushing reconciliation

Jul 17 Kuwait named ambassador to Iraq First since 1990

 

Jul 18 Report US forces trying to shut down Iranian supply networks to militias in Basra

            Maysan Wasit Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Going After Iran’s Supply Lines In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

Jul 18 IOM reported 2.8 mil displaced in Iraq Can’t find housing food medical care water services Many

            squatting

 

Jul 19 Gen Petraeus said Al Qaeda was changing focus from Iraq to Afghanistan

(Musings On Iraq Demise of Al Qaeda In Iraq Update)

Jul 19 100 MPs from Iraqiya Sadrists Iraqi National Dialogue Front Reform Movement walked out to

protest Iraqi Islamic Party claiming all of Iraqi Accordance Front ministers who were being voted on after boycott over PM Maliki’s rule

Jul 19 Sadrist Karbala councilman arrested in Aug 07 admitted to being head of Mahdi Army death

squad that killed head of anti-corruption council in Karbala 4 members of humanitarian group district chief of Karbala city woman rights leader several women accused of being prostitutes

 

Jul 20 Iraqi Accordance Front ended 11 month boycott of parliament gaining no concessions

            from Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Sunni Accordance Front Returns To Maliki’s Government Amidst Recriminations and Challenges)

 

Jul 22 109,087 pardoned under Amnesty Law Govt originally claimed only had 26,000

            prisoners

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Amnesty Law)

 

Jul 23 Kurdish List got Pres Talabani to veto draft provincial election law that included equal

            division of power in Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq Conspiracy Theories Abound On Election Law Veto)

 

Jul 24 US Amb Crocker said insurgency had lost most of its relevancy

(Musings On Iraq Demise of Al Qaeda In Iraq Update)

Jul 24 Female suicide bomber killed Sahwa leader and 7 others 24 wounded in Baquba

(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)

 

Jul 27 Report Mahdi Army took protection money from gas stations minibus service power stations

markets ice factories and squatters in Sadr City 4 main gas stations in district used to pay $13,000/a day Controlled 12 trucks that delivered gas canisters

 

Jul 28 3 female suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad’s Karrada 32 dead 100

            wounded

(Musings On Iraq 26th Female Suicide Attack In Iraq Takes Dozens Of Lives In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

Jul 28 Suicide bomber attacked Kurds protesting provincial election results in Kirkuk 24

killed Crowd burned down Turkmen Front office and attacked Arab councilman’s house afterward

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Frustrations Over Provincial Elections Boil Over After Suicide Bombing)

 

Jul 29 Op Omens of Prosperity in Diyala began Most insurgents fled beforehand because announced

days before ISF targeted Sahwa in Baquba instead

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Offensive Begins)

(Musings On Iraq Recent Government And Sons of Iraq Relations)

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

Jul 29 Report after anti-Sadr op in Maysan Maliki govt promised to purge provincial ISF of Mahdi

Army Pro-ISCI tribes told to sign up for ISF

Jul 29 Report PM Maliki and Dawa officials handed out cash to people in Baghdad to build patronage

            network

Jul 29 Report govt arresting Sadrist officials as well as Mahdi Army members Sadr’s rivals taking

advantage of situation to assassinate leaders in Sadr movement

 

Jul 30 U.S. forces officially withdrew troops from Iraqi cities

Jul 30 Sadr said he was leading a nationalist movement against the US and needed to restrain abuses and

violence of Mahdi Army Said militia would not operate in cities or target civilians or govt only US military

Jul 30 Report PM Maliki replaced head of South Oil Company and fired heads of gas tanker and refinery

companies in Basra Replaced them with loyalists to control resources before 2009 election

Jul 30 Report 103,000 Sahwa Baghdad promised to take over program Only 15% integrated into ISF US

created vocational school because govt not following through with promises of integrating Sahwa but few wanted training

 

Jul 31 US and Iraq missed deadline to sign Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq

(SOFA) US wanted residual military force to stay in Iraq after official withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq Missed Deadlines)

Jul 31 Kirkuk council threatened to annex province to Kurdistan

Jul 31 Police shut down Sahwa group in Kut Wasit Had formed political party to run in 2009 elections

PM Maliki opposed US creating Sahwa in Shiite areas seeing them as threat to his base

(Musings On Iraq Recent Government And Sons of Iraq Relations)

 

Aug 1 PM Maliki issued one month ultimate for squatters to vacate houses Part of govt plan to get

displaced to return by kicking out people living in their homes

Aug 1 Kurdish parties in Kirkuk asked for KRG to annex province as symbolic protest

            of provincial election law that included power sharing in Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Come Out Swinging)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 1 PM Maliki offered Musawiya tribe limited autonomy in return for joining Tribal Support Councils

 

Aug 2 Report on wave of female suicide bombers in Iraq Most had family member killed

or arrested and wanted revenge or maintain family honor Main target Sahwa and Iraqi forces

(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)

 

Aug 3 Report UK made ceasefire deal with Sadrists in Basra Would release all Mahdi Army prisoners

and in return UK would withdraw from city Allowed Mahdi Army to take over most of city

 

Aug 4 Flyers posted in Baghdad’s Dora warning Shiite families not to return to district

            Up to 50% Shiite families had been driven out during civil war

(Musings On Iraq Only Sunni Displaced Welcomed in Baghdad’s Dora District?)

 

Aug 6 KRG moved 2 Peshmerga brigades outside Kirkuk city Baghdad sent Defense

Minister to check on situation Was protest over provincial election law that called for power sharing in Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Come Out Swinging)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 6 US Govt report Iraq revenues up and could take more responsibility for

reconstruction but most of budget going to salaries and benefits and barely spending investment budget Only 23% in 2005 19% in 2006 28% in 2007 Iraq was now outspending US however on reconstruction

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Outspends US on Reconstruction)

Aug 6 Iran and Iraq signed trade agreement to create free trade zone Tehran one of Iraq’s

            top 2 trade partners

(Musings On Iraq Iraq-Iran Trade Agreement)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Aug 6 Govt gave squatters 1 month to leave or be sued or arrested Would be given

limited compensation Part of Maliki displaced program to force people to return home Complaints that govt had no real plan or funding for program

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Issues Ultimatum To Squatters)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

 

Aug 7 Defense Min set up committee to recruit former Saddam soldiers into army Only had one month

            to sign up

 

Aug 8 Report UN survey found only 4% of Iraqi refugees wanted to return to Iraq Was

            down from 14% in Nov 2007 Were concerned with security

(Musings On Iraq Few Iraqi Refugees Want To Return)

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

Aug 8 Over 100 Iraqi and international NGOs signed petition saying PM Maliki should stop his

policy to get refugees to return to Iraq Said could destabilize country still violence lack of services

Aug 8 Sadr statement said that Mahdi Army were going to join new social group Mumahidoon and focus

            on education aid education

Aug 8 Report Thar Allah formed in Basra Oct 03 Connected to Basra police intel Started by killing

Baathists Thar Allah head ran in Jan 05 Basra elections with SIIC Thar Allah head became commander in police UK Created Special Ops Dept in Basra Police Run by Badr that also killed and imprisoned Baathists 05 Thar Allah Badr Mahdi Army went after professionals unionists secularists in Basra Oct 05 UK raided Thar Allah HQ Found 50 prisoners in secret prison Thar Allah members confessed to rapes robberies assassinations extortion Was backed by Iran Feb 07 Thar Allah head named Basra dep governor Apr 08 made head of security comm Basra council Thar Allah head arrested during Charge of Knights

 

Aug 9 PM Maliki started meetings with more tribes to get them to joint Tribal Support Council and back

him

 

Aug 10 PM Maliki turned Op Promise of Good in Diyala from hunting insurgents to

confrontation with Kurds over disputed area in Khanaqin Baghdad called for Peshmerga to withdraw from Jalawla Kurds refused saying they only followed KRG

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish-Baghdad Tensions Over Diyala)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

 

Aug 11 Diyala council voted to dismiss provincial police chief Connected to Badr Accused of killing

Sunnis and attacking Mahdi Army Fired 4,000 police from Sahwa and replaced them with Badr men Led Sahwa to boycott their jobs in Feb 08 PM Maliki refused his removal

Aug 11 During Op Omens of Prosperity PM Maliki sent ISF into Khanaqin dist east Diyala

and told Peshmerga they had to withdraw Kurds refused Maliki attempting to pressure Kurds and establish control over disputed areas

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 11 PM Maliki’s private jet brought back 236 Iraqi refugees from Egypt Part of Maliki’s

            new refugee policy to encourage people to return with improved security

(Musings On Iraq Déjà Vu? Government Returns Refugees)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

Aug 11 Defense Min said Iraqi forces could operate independently by mid-09 without any US support

Didn’t happen

Aug 11 Jordan’s King Abdullah II visited Baghdad 1st Arab leader to come to Iraq since 03 invasion

 

Aug 14 Report election official said ISF intimidating people registering to vote In Sadr City police officer

demanded that voter registration director turn over names and addresses of voters

 

Aug 15 2 female suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Iskandiriya 19 dead 75 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

Aug 15 Baghdad-Irbil deal to have Peshmerga withdraw from Khanaqin Diyala and turn

over area to central govt control Confrontation ensued when ISF began evicting Kurdish parties and Peshmerga from town

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish-Baghdad Tensions Over Diyala)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 15 Officially some Iraqi army divisions reported 130% of their soldiers were on duty Iraq’s 7th Div

had 11,478 soldiers on payroll Only 7,556 were on duty 3,922 were on leave in training AWOL wounded or killed Typical of army units where many on leave and others were ghost soldiers commanders used to collect pay

Aug 15 Report US military intel officer said captured militiamen claimed Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force

and Hezbollah training Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah members in four bases in Iran Were going to assassinate officials in Iraq like judges Before March 08 Iran was training militia in Qadisiya Dhi Qar Basra

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

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

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

(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)

 

Aug 17 PM Maliki admitted that Op Mother of Two Rivers in Mosul failed to improve

security Blamed citizens for not cooperating with govt Govt never provided $100 mil in reconstruction after op

(Musings On Iraq Back To Mosul)

Aug 17 Oil Min gave up plan for quick deals with oil companies after talks failed Wouldn’t be until

            summer 09 when contracts made

 

Aug 18 Georgia withdrew its 1800 troops from Iraq Had deployed them in 2003 Lost 5 soldiers

Aug 18 Report 2 Sahwa units in Diyala complained members arrested Offices closed PM Maliki said he

wouldn’t integrate Sahwa that were former insurgents Maliki aide said Sahwa were unacceptable Only 23,000 Sahwa had been accepted in ISF so far

 

Aug 19 PM Maliki sent Special Forces to Diyala govt building Got into gun battle with governor’s guards

Killed governor’s secretary and wounded 4 guards Arrested Sunni councilman Beat deputy governor Stole SUVs that belonged to council Got into 2nd gun battle on way out that killed 4 police Arrested president of Diyala Univ Councilman and president accused of killings US helicopters sent to check on situation were fired upon by ISF Special forces had to call ground forces commander to get police to back off Afterward Maliki denied he was behind operation and ordered investigation Nothing happened

Aug 19 Iraq signed agreement to import fuel from Iran

 

Aug 20 As part of Maliki-Pres Barzani deal Peshmerga began withdrawing from Qara

Tappa and Jalawla in Diyala after Baghdad sent in army and demanded them to withdraw from disputed area

(Musings On Iraq Khanaqin Deal Off?)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 20 Report PM Maliki opposed to Sahwa Accused them of being ISI Army considering November

deadline to arrest Sahwa that had not been integrated by then In Diyala committee set up to integrate 24,000 Sahwa but dissolved and then restarted US said hardly any Sahwa had been given jobs in govt recently

Aug 20 Dep head of parliament’s migration committee said PM Maliki bringing back refugees from

Egypt was a PR move Criticized govt for providing no security for returning refugees/displaced especially in Baghdad where demographics had changed

Aug 20 Son of Accordance Front leader arrested for planting IED in Baghdad aimed at returning

displaced Shiites Leaders other son arrested Nov 07 for explosives

 

Aug 21 Report Finance Min counted all money appropriated in budget as spent when

little of it actually was Govt claimed it spent 57% of the 2008 budget by Aug when only 18% had been used

(Musings On Iraq NY Times Finds Iraq Spends Even Less Of Its Budget)

Aug 21 US commanders started telling Sahwa in north Iraq program ending and they had to get jobs

because govt wouldn’t integrate them

Aug 21 Gen Petraeus said Maliki govt purposely not integrating Sahwa Defense Ministry officials talked

about arresting Sahwa by end of 2008

 

Aug 22 US Amb Crocker cable Said PM Maliki acting more self confident but also causing backlash

amongst Sunni and Kurdish parties Quoted Adv to VP Hashemi that Islamic Party backed Maliki during Charge of Knights but now PM was accusing them of being terrorists Arresting party members during security op in Diyala Said was move to sideline Maliki’s rivals before 2009 provincial elections

Aug 22 Report US and Iraqi military said there are orders to arrest 100s of Sahwa in Diyala 5 senior

Sahwa already detained Sahwa unit in Abu Ghraib said 650 of their men arrested Iraqi general in west Baghdad said Sahwa were like a cancer

 

Aug 23 Report 2 Mahdi Army men said Hezbollah training the militia in Lebanon

(Musings On Iraq Continued Reports of Iranian and Hezbollah Training of Shiite Militants)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

 

Aug 24 Maliki broke deal with Kurds and moved ISF into Khanaqin east Diyala Kurds

            organized demonstrations in response

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turn Hot)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 24 Report 45% of Iraqi businesses in survey said they expected sales to increase in next 6 months

with improved security World Bank ranked Iraq 141 out of 178 in business environment Lower score than in 2006 Govt had big plans to improve infrastructure but not spending investment budget

Aug 24 Report US military trying to stop Maliki govt from arresting Sahwa members and getting some of

those detained released

Aug 24 Report of more than 151,000 families that fled Baghdad only 7,112 returned Many didn’t go

back to their original neighborhoods because demographics changed and feared violence

 

Aug 25 Electricity Min announced that power production had reached same level as 2002

before US invasion Only 50% of demand was being met though due to huge increase in usage after 2003 Later turned out Ministry included power provided from Iran and Turkey

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Power Expert Questions Government’s Figures)

Aug 25 After PM Maliki broke deal with Kurds over KRG withdrawal from some disputed areas of

Diyala Peshmerga commander threatened retaliation if ISF entered Kurdish towns in province

 

Aug 26 Kurds in Kahanqin Diyala protested arrival of Iraqi forces leading them to withdraw

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish-Baghdad Tensions Over Diyala)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 26 Car bomb hit new police recruits drawn from Sahwa in Diyala Part of ISI campaign against Sahwa

 

Aug 27 Maliki govt leaked arrest warrants for Diyala Univ president and Diyala security head accusing

both of terrorism and sectarian killings to justify Aug 19 raid on Diyala council bldg where Special Forces killed governor’s secretary and wounded 4 guards and beat deputy governor

Aug 27 Kurds protested in disputed area of Diyala over PM Maliki sending ISF there

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Ups the Ante on Kahanqin District of Diyala)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 27 US military said 24,000 Sahwa had been integrated into govt in 2 years Only 946 were in ISF

2,300 had been vetted for ISF but not joined

 

Aug 28 Report power expert questioned claim by Electricity Min it met pre-war production Claimed

ministry was counting electricity imports from Iran and Turkey in Iraqi production

Aug 28 Sadr announced Mahdi Army ceasefire would continue indefinitely Said was part of plan to

transform militia into social group

Aug 28 Chalabi deputy and member of DeBaathificaton Comm Lami arrested by US accused of working

with Special Groups and attacks on US

 

Aug 29 PM Maliki in confrontation with KRG warned that if Peshmerga operated

            outside of Kurdistan they would be breaking the law

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Ups the Ante on Kahanqin District of Diyala)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Aug 29 Report US would be arming Fallujah police because Baghdad wouldn’t give them supplies

 

Aug 30 Integrity Comm head said no govt official had filled required financial disclosure

form Said Jan 08 Amnesty Law threatened up to 700 corruption cases in Baghdad alone

Aug 30 Sadr demanded blood oath from followers to resist U.S.

 

Sep 1 Security in Anbar turned over to Iraqi forces Was 11th of 18th provinces to come

            under Baghdad’s control

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Under Iraqi Control But Political Disputes Continue)

Sep 1 Report conflict between Awakening and Islamic Party for control of Anbar increasing Awakening

wanted US forces to stay to secure provincial election Anbar police chief fired by Interior Min Awakening said was part of move to control police by Islamic Party Awakening afraid new Anbar police chief would purge Awakening members from force

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

Sep 1 PM Maliki issued Order 101 that all squatters be evicted or face fines Govt would provide funds

to help them find a new place to live Was supposed to help displaced/refugees return to their homes

(Musings On Iraq on Order 101)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

Sep 1 Interior Min said that foreign fighters were almost gone from Iraq

 

Sep 2 Deadline for all displaced squatters to leave Baghdad set by PM Maliki Threatened

            legal action against those that didn’t leave Little compliance

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Sets A Deadline For Squatters (Again))

(Musings On Iraq Returns And Removals In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

Sep 2 Report Around 650 Sahwa in Abu Ghraib had warrants out for them forcing many to flee Part of

            PM Maliki’s crackdown on Sahwa before all were to be transferred to Iraqi control

Sep 2 Report Maliki govt promised to integrate 1500 Sahwa in Abu Ghraib into govt Were accused of

attacking army units that didn’t happen Told they had to go to training in east Baghdad that required going through Shiite neighborhoods Part of barriers govt has put up to stall integration of Sahwa

 

Sep 3 ISF began removing displaced squatters in Baghdad and help them return to their

            homes Govt claimed 275 families returned to homes showing plan worked

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Sets A Deadline For Squatters (Again))

(Musings On Iraq Returns And Removals In Baghdad)

Sep 3 Oil Min ended talks with major energy companies started in June Was hoping for quick 6 no bid

contracts but couldn’t come to any agreement

Sep 3 Maliki govt-KRG announced deal over Khanaqin dist Diyala Iraqi army would

withdraw from Qara Tappa and Jalawla areas just occupied Peshmerga would return to them

(Musings On Iraq Khanaqin Deal Off?)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

 

Sep 4 Report Sahwa leader in Baquba Diyala said govt warrants out for Sahwa were meant to break them

up before 09 elections US paying Sahwa in Diyala to stay home to avoid confrontations with govt US officer said no govt jobs for Diyala Sahwa Interior Min general said Sahwa in Baquba were over

 

Sep 5 Pres Barzani said Kurds not treated fairly in govt Being cut out of key decisions

Baghdad not fulfilling promises made to KRG Called Maliki an autocrat Claimed Arabs were out to get Kurds and asked whether Kurds should continue to support Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Come Out Swinging)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 5 Maliki govt spokesman said no deal with KRG over Khanaqin, Diyala after one

            announced day before

(Musings On Iraq Khanaqin Deal Off?)

 

Sep 7 Cholera outbreak announced in Iraq in Babil Baghdad Karbala Najaf Basra Diyala

            Maysan

(Musings On Iraq Cholera Cases Multiplying)

Sep 7 Iraq approved deal with Shell to capture natural gas in Basra from oil fields

 

Sep 8 PM Maliki said govt would take responsibility for Baghdad Sahwa and integrate them into govt

Claimed US figures on Sahwa were too high and wanted audit to confirm their identities before they would be paid

(Musings On Iraq Will Baghdad Pay For The Sons Of Iraq?)

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

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

Sep 8 Speaker of KRG parliament asked US to promise that weapons sold to Iraq would

not be used against Kurds Claimed Baathism making a comeback within Iraqi govt Said PM Maliki had no right to send ISF into Khanaqin district Diyala Part of Pres Barzani’s dispute with Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Come Out Swinging)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 8 Iraq cabinet approved natural gas contract with Shell in Basra

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Signs Natural Gas Deal As Half Of Oil Plan Is Dropped)

 

Sep 9 Maliki govt denied deal with Kurds to withdraw army and Peshmerga from

            Khanaqin dist Diyala leaving Kurds still in political control of district

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between and Kurds Turns Hot)

Sep 9 PM Maliki said govt would integrate 20% of Sahwa into ISF and rest would receive govt jobs

when became available PM spokesman said govt would go after bad elements within Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Will Baghdad Pay For The Sons Of Iraq Update)

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

Sep 9 US and Iraqi military officials met and said govt not going after Sahwa It was

Sep 9 Report Iraqi army little logistics Full of corruption Funds rarely trickled down from Def Min down

to the units

Sep 9 Report $75 bil in investment from US Europe Gulf States stuck in red tape Only one project started

 

Sep 10 ISF still weak on logistics Base had $51 mil in parts but not distributing them to units forcing

them to strip vehicles for parts

 

Sep 11 Gen Petraeus said couldn’t declare victory in Iraq Said improvements in Iraq could be reversed

Warned Iraq would take a very long time to find peace and stability

Sep 11 US released  captured letter from ISI to Al Qaeda Said that ISI wasn’t getting good fighters Wasn’t

communicating with Al Qaeda Questioned leadership of War Min Masri who was misidentified as leader of ISI Same time claimed ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was not a real person Letter was ISI disinformation to mislead US and Iraq about group

Sep 11 Parliament’s human rights comm found secret prison in Basra with 200 unfed sick tortured

prisoners None had gone to trial Facility run by Def Min

 

Sep 12 Maliki govt said that US was claiming more Sahwa than existed and would audit them in Baghdad

to confirm numbers Said couldn’t pay them until audit done Army general said audit would also be aimed at weeding out insurgents in Sahwa

 

Sep 13 Iran and Iraq agreed on 3 new free trade zones in Wasit Maysan Sulaymaniya Would add to

existing free trade zone with Basra Trade was at $2.8 bil/yr with bil more in illegal trade Almost all Iranian goods going to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran-Iraq Agree Upon New Free Trade Zones)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Sep 15 Latest female suicide bombing as woman killing 22 and wounded 34 in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Sep 16 Pres Barzani told US Amb Crocker that Maliki was beginning to act like a dictator

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

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

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

Sep 16 Gen Petraeus said ISF were ready to take on security throughout country

Sep 16 Report 2 Sahwa leaders in Dora Baghdad arrested by govt as part of PM Maliki’s crackdown on

Sahwa while deadline to integrate them neared Sheikh said he felt US had betrayed them

Sep 16 Syria announced it would be sending ambassador to Iraq 1st time since 2003 one appointed

Sep 16 Report Iraqi army beating squatters to force them out of homes in Baghdad 600 families removed

from buildings Part of PM Maliki’s plan to remove squatters to encourage displaced and refugees to return

 

Sep 17 ISCI accused Maliki of creating Tribal Support Councils to bolster his support

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

 

Sep 18 Iraqi army demanded Peshmerga withdraw from Jalawa Diyala after negating deal

with Kurds to allow them to remain in town Part of Maliki policy to pressure Kurds in disputed areas

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 18 Report PM Maliki formed Tribal Support Councils in Babil Karbala Maysan Basra ISCI claimed

these were not about security but Maliki building support before 09 elections

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Sep 19 Sadrist cleric Sheikh Ajrish assassinated in Basra Had been wave of assassinations

            of Sadrist officials since start of year

(Musings On Iraq Sadrist Cleric Assassinated In Basra)

Sep 19 Study argued Sunni cleansing of Baghdad not Surge led to reduction of violence in Baghdad

based upon electricity use in city using satellite photos taken at night

 

Sep 20 Dhi Qar police chief warned Special Groups returning to Iraq from Iran via Maysan

 

Sep 21 Kurds made another deal with Maliki to evacuate govt buildings in Khanaqin dist

            Maliki was attempting to pressure Kurds and assert control of disputed areas

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 21 Report Sheikh Hayes Sheikh Abu Risha Sheikh Sulaiman formed Anbar Salvation Council to run

in 09 elections Was Awakening sheikh’s attempt to gain political control of Anbar from Islamic Party

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

 

Sep 22 Wasit council headed by ISCI refused to set up Tribal Support Councils because

            seen as tool of Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 22 Iraqi-American who was advisor to Def and State Dept’s testified to Senate that corruption taking

over Iraq Justice system didn’t work US didn’t really care Said ministers judges and politicians got money from foreign countries Some ministers ran kidnapping rings for money Amnesty Law used to end corruption investigations and release corrupt officials Electricity Min Samarraie was convicted of taking kickbacks A private security company broke him out of prison and flew him to US

Sep 22 Adhoob chief inspector at Integrity Comm 04-07 testified to Senate Fled Iraq to US Said $18 bil

lost via corruption and waste in Iraq $4 bil alone lost by Defense Min 31 members of Integrity Comm killed Worked with Bureau of Supreme Audit that said it couldn’t find $13 bil in US reconstruction funds Bureau found fake projects projects govt didn’t want payment for work never done $24.4 mil spent on Ninewa electricity project that didn’t exist Relatives for PM Allawi’s Def Min set up two fake companies to get contracts from ministry and steal money 04 Def Min spent $1.7 bil to create 2 special forces divisions Given to companies run by relatives $850 mil supposed to buy 64 Mi-18 helicopters Only 4 bought and were 25 yrs old Iraqi army rejected them Rest of deal for supplies most of which never delivered Brother in law of Allawi’s Def Min diverted some money from ministry to Al Qaeda in Iraq Many projects by Planning Ministry never existed Said PM Maliki not interested in corruption and stopped many investigations

Sep 22 Prof Mehdi who worked in Iraq in 06-07 for USAID in PM’s office cabinet Ministry of Planning

and Investment Comm testified to Senate Found corruption endemic in Iraqi govt Iraqi institutions weak and couldn’t confront problem Integrity Comm didn’t have power to crackdown on corruption High officials never went on trial Amnesty Law stopped 700 corruption investigations in Baghdad alone

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Stuart Bowen Special Inspetor General for Iraq Reconstruction)

Sep 22 Report Lawyers believed about 50% of 6500 at Rusafa prison held for 3 yrs 5,000 of them

applied for amnesty 1400 released Justice Min didn’t release prisoners after cases dropped or found innocent Justice Min often looked for new charges to stop prisoner releases

Sep 22 Human Rights Watch interviewed Iraqi refugees returning from Syria 90% said came back

because of new Syrian restrictions May 08 UN found slightly more Iraqis leaving for Syria then returning

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

 

Sep 23 Transparency International ranked Iraq 2nd most corrupt country in world tied with Myanmar

Sep 23 3 director generals in Trade Ministry and some lower ranking officials dismissed for corruption

Parliament’s integrity committee wanted Trade Min Sudani to resign as well Head of committee said all contracts in ministry were under Sudani so he must have known about corruption 2009 Min Sudani would be arrested for stealing up to $400 mil which was used to fund PM Maliki and Dawa

 

Sep 24 Provincial Election Law passed allowing vote on Jan 31, 2009 by not including

            Kirkuk and KRG

(Musings On Iraq Election Law Passed, Now To Get People To Vote)

Sep 24 Natl Command Center said 2000 Diyala Sahwa had been hired into police since July

and looking to recruit 4000 more Def Min said 3000 Diyala Sahwa joined army Came after arrest of Sahwa leaders in May who wanted to run in elections and raids upon Islamic Party aligned with Sahwa Part of Maliki’s attempt to divide and conquer Sahwa in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Carrot and the Stick With Diyala’s Sons of Iraq, Or Just The Sticks?)

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

Sep 24 Report more than half of Sahwa in Smarra unpaid by govt Out of 3000 only 730 had gotten jobs

in ISF

Sep 24 Wasit council refused to allow PM Maliki to create Tribal Support Councils there which were part

of his patronage network

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Sep 25 South Korea’s National Oil Corp signed deal to work on 8 sites in KRG

 

Sep 26 Refugees International said Maliki govt ignoring refugees Said not committing any money for aid

and only cared about pressuring them to come home Many refugees still afraid to come back to Iraq

 

Sep 27 Iraqi police and Asayesh got into gun battle in Jalawla east Diyala over dispute with Asayesh 1

policeman and 1 KDP member killed 2 police wounded Ended deal with Kurds to withdraw from govt buildings in district Maliki moved ISF into district to pressure Kurds leading to these confrontations

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 27 Oil Min Shahristani again said that Kurdish oil deals were illegal

 

Sep 28 ISCI Governor of Dhi Qar came out against establishing Tribal Support Councils

            there because seen as tools of Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 28 Investigation started in Mosul over killing 11 Christians which would lead to 1000s fleeing

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

 

Sep 29 Report Diyala sahwa said Maliki trying to disarm them Many sahwa leaders had fled to Syria

because afraid govt would arrest them US trying to mediate between Sahwa and Maliki govt

Sep 29 Report Special Groups that fled during Charge of Knights returning from Iran via Maysan Already

suspected of two attacks on Interior Min officials

 

Sep 30 Sheikh announced 20 Tribal Support Councils created in Dhi Qar by PM Maliki Creation of

Tribal Support Councils in Dhi Qar led to attacks upon sheikhs in political rivalry between ISCI and Dawa

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Sep 30 Def Sec Gates criticized US military for mishandling Iraq Said military was slow to adapt to

counterinsurgency Pentagon got in the way of commanders who tried to change

Sep 30 Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Recon reported that due to Amnesty Law 690 corruption cases had been

            stopped

Sep 30 Report Baghdad Sahwa afraid of govt take over Afraid of arrests US told Maliki govt couldn’t

enforce any warrants from last 6 months US said 3400 of 54000 Sahwa in Baghdad had been integrated into ISF

 

Oct 3 US turned over control of security in Babil to Iraq 12th of 18th province to do so

(Musings On Iraq Babil Province Handover To Iraqis)

Oct 3 Dhi Qar Governor said that Tribal Support Councils were violation of law

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

 

Oct 4 Poland announced withdrawing its 900 troops that were stationed in Diwaniya by end of Oct Was

part of invasion force Lost 21 soldiers and 70 wounded

Oct 4 Large numbers of Christian began fleeing Mosul after 11 killed in Sep

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

Oct 4 Dana Gas and Crescent Petroleum announced they would start producing natural gas in KRG

Oct 4 ISF forced Kurdish Toilers Party out of office in Jalawla Part of PM Maliki’s confrontation with

            Kurds over disputed area in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

 

Oct 5 Egyptian Foreign and Oil Ministers visited Iraq 1st Egyptian official visit since 1990 Said would re-

open mission Closed offices in July 05 after diplomat kidnapped and killed by Al Qaeda in Iraq

Oct 5 Report Govt raised salaries 50-75% to try to keep professionals More than 7000 doctors fled Iraq

600 came back Higher Educ Min said 6700 professionals left 150 came back

Oct 5 Displacement Min trying to close displacement camp in Najaf Maliki govt wanted to close all

camps to claim displacement over

 

Oct 6 Report Christians Turkmen Yazidis said Kurdish parties blocked many of them from voting in 05

            elections

Oct 6 Iraq said it would hold two rounds of auctions for its major fields covering 115 bil/bar of oil in

2009 Happened after attempt to sign quick oil contracts failed

Oct 6 Maliki govt offered free bus and plane rides from Syria to Iraq for refugees

 

Oct 7 Armenia announced it was withdrawing its 46 soldiers Were deployed in Diwaniya Sent troops in

Jan 05

Oct 7 ISF arrested women in Baquba Diyala said to be recruiter for women suicide bombers

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Oct 8 Christian families began fleeing Mosul after 5 killed

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

Oct 8 Macedonia announced it would withdraw its 77 soldiers from Salahaddin by end of the year Sent

            troops in 2003

Oct 8 Female suicide bomber attacked courthouse in Baquba Diyala killing 9 wounding 21

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Oct 9 PM Maliki said he would disband any Tribal Support Council working with a political

            party after ISCI criticized groups Were created to support Maliki before elections

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Responds To His Critics On Tribal Support Councils)

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Oct 9 Sadrist MP killed by IED in Baghdad 1000s protested his death Sadrists first blamed ISF and US

leading to nighttime clash between Mahdi Army and ISF and US Part of wave of assassinations of Sadrist officials

(Musings On Iraq Another Sadrist Assassinated)

Oct 9 2 days 75 Christian families fled Mosul after 5 killed

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

Oct 9 Report 200 attacks with sticky bombs and silenced pistols so far in 08 Jul-Aug 10 assassinated

each month in Baghdad by pistols 8 Interior Min officials killed/wounded in pistol attacks

 

Oct 10 Sadrists marched in Baghdad to protest assassination of MP Auqaeili day before

(Musings On Iraq Another Sadrist Assassinated)

Oct 10 Report Health Min bought $11 mil worth of expired chlorine from Iran to purify water in

Diwaniya Karbala Babil during cholera outbreak ISCI officials in Babil used expired chlorine Babil had most cholera cases as a result

(Musings On Iraq Political Intrigue and the Cholera Outbreak)

Oct 10 Report UN and Iraqi govt arguing over number of refugees returning UN says still more Iraqis

leaving country than returning Interior Ministry said opposite Head of displacement committee in parliament said many refugees who returned left again

 

Oct 11 Almost 1,000 Christians fled Mosul after murder of 11 Christians in city since Aug

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

 

Oct 12 3 Christian homes blown up 3 found dead in Mosul Since Oct 4 3,750 Christians fled city

Baghdad sent 1,000 police to protect community

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

Oct 12 Interior Min announced it fired 20,000 police over last 2 yrs due to corruption and incompetence

Oct 12 Report 16,000 refugees returned to Iraq in Jun 20,000 in Jul 37,000 in Aug 23,000 in Sep 90%

returned to Baghdad and Diyala

 

Oct 13 12th Christian killed in Mosul causing more from that community to flee city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

 

Oct 14 13th and 14th Christians killed in Mosul Bomb in front of church 5,470 Christian fled as a result

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

Oct 14 140 Iraqi refugee families returned from Syria as part of PM Maliki’s campaign to encourage

refugees to come back to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Continues To Encourage Return Of Refugees)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

Oct 14 Turkish dep Foreign Min met with Pres Barzani Made deal not to allow PKK to use KRG for

attacks on Turkey KRG had no control over Iraq-Turkey border

Oct 14 1st Syrian ambassador in 25 yrs arrived in Iraq Iraq-Syria restored diplomatic relations in Nov 06

Oct 14 Iraq’s Human Rights Min reported 85,694 Iraqis killed and 147,195 wounded from 2004-Oct 08

 

Oct 15 Moldova announced withdrawing its 20 soldiers Dec 08 Were supposed to stay until March 09

Said improved security meant not needed anymore

Oct 15 US and ISF started new campaign to secure Mosul Started in western half Was ISI’s new base

Campaign failed

 

Oct 17 ISF arrested 4 ISI members planning attacks on Christians in Mosul Since attacks started in Oct

9,360 had fled city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

Oct 17 UN reported more Iraqis seeking asylum than any other nationality 1st 6 months of 2008

            165,100 Iraqis asked for asylum

 

Oct 18 Female suicide bomber killed at Sahwa checkpoint in Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

Oct 18 Govt committee to investigate attacks on Christians in Mosul found some army units worked with

armed groups and weren’t protecting Christians

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

Oct 18 4 armed members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard were found and arrested in Diyala by ISF

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

 

Oct 20 7 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard had been arrested in Iraq over last two days in

            Wasit and Diyala ISF got into gun battle with them in Wasit killing 1

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

Oct 20 Georgia and Kazakhstan withdrew its last troops from Iraq Both had deployed troops in 2003

 

Oct 21 ISF raided head of Sahwa in Buhriz Diyala Arrested spokesman for Diyala Sahwa and beat him

Was part of PM Maliki crackdown on Diyala Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Government Continues Its Crackdown On Diyala Sons Of Iraq)

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

Oct 21 Report US and Iraq had no reliable numbers on ISF Didn’t know how many soldiers and police

there were because of faked numbers to steal salaries Also hired more personnel then authorized Many were not trained 7th Army Div had 11,478 on payroll Only 7556 on duty Rest were on leave AWOL killed or wounded Dec 07 Interior Min said it got rid of 2500 ghost employees

 

Oct 24 2 Iranian agents intercepted attempting to infiltrate into Wasit One killed one arrested Were

allegedly planning military operations in Iraq 3rd such incident in Oct

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

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

Oct 24 UN estimated 13,000 Christians fled Mosul after 14 killed in city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

Oct 24 Report on avg 1,000 Iraqi soldiers AWOL 1,000 in jail 2,000 in hospital or recuperating per day

US hired company to install computers and software to track Iraqi soldiers for $21 mil Only 1 computer working by Jan 08 Officers rejected system because would interfere with ghost soldiers and stealing salaries

 

Oct 26 US Special Forces raided ISI camp in Syria used to ferry foreign fighters into Iraq captured

huge amount of documents

Oct 26 US threatened to cut all services to Iraq if Status of Forces Agreement not passed

 

Oct 27 Iranian agent arrested attempting to infiltrate into eastern Basra 4th such incident in Oct

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

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

 

Oct 28 Report PM Maliki tried to set up Tribal Support Council in Khanaqin Diyala Maliki tried to assert

federal control over district run by Kurds for months Maliki also just said he was closing all councils

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Still Pushing The Kurds On Khanaqin District)

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

Oct 28 Last Polish troops withdrew from Iraq Were stationed in Diwaniya 1st deployed troops during

            2003 invasion

Oct 28 US general in charge of Mosul said Maliki govt’s reconstruction plan after Op Mother of Two

Springs was a failure

Oct 28 Report Iraq’s bureaucracy lacked skilled workers Doesn’t have procurement budgeting

contracting expertise Many skilled workers left due to war Baghdad counted money allocated but not spent as spent in budget

 

Oct 29 US turned over Wasit to Iraqi control 13th of 18th province to do so

(Musings On Iraq Wasit Province Turned Over To Iraqi Control)

Oct 29 South Korea announced it would withdraw troops in December Had been in Iraq since 2003

 

Oct 30 Report Iraq didn’t have full metering of oil production Incomplete records of assets and contracts

Didn’t keep track of bartered oil deals worth $426 mil and State Oil Marketing Company bank account with $779 mil Said Iraq couldn’t account for its oil revenue adequately

 

Oct 31 600 Sahwa arrived at Al Furat Iraq Police Training Center in Baghdad to receive basic training

Was supposed to be 1,300

(Musings On Iraq Will Baghdad Pay For The Sons Of Iraq Update)

 

Nov 1 PM Maliki govt took over control of Baghdad Sahwa Said would pay and integrate them Cut

salaries from $300 to $250/month to undercut Sahwa which Maliki opposed to

(Musings On Iraq Will Baghdad Pay For The Sons Of Iraq?)

(Musings On Iraq Will Baghdad Pay For The Sons Of Iraq Update)

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

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

Nov 1 International Organization for Migration report Before Feb 06 Samarra bombing 1.2 mil displaced

Afterward another 1.5 mil displaced

(Musings On Iraq International Organization for Migration’s November Report on Iraq’s Displaced)

 

Nov 2 Hundreds of Shabaks protested in Ninewa asking to be integrated into Kurdistan

 

Nov 3 UN official said PM Maliki’s plan to fly Iraqi refugees back to Iraq and give them money for doing

so was a media campaign to make the govt look good Over 400 Iraqis had left for Syria vs 245 that had signed up to return since program announced

 

Nov 5 PM Maliki met with tribal leaders in Kirkuk to announce he was going to create a Tribal Support

Council Was part of plan to build patronage networks for Maliki before the 2009 elections

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Nov 6 Report 2400 Christians out of 13000 that fled Mosul returned to city after 14 killed

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

 

Nov 8 PM Maliki said he wanted constitution amended to give Baghdad more control over provinces

            Was aimed at Kurds and their control of disputed areas

Nov 8 KDP and PUK said they were against PM Maliki creating Tribal Support Council in Kirkuk

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Nov 9 Female suicide bomber blew herself up in front of hospital in Fallujah Killed 3 wounded 10

Another female bomber attacked a checkpoint in Baquba Diyala Klled 4 sahwa

(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)

Nov 9 US general reported 2,750 Sahwa from Baghdad entered police academy 6,000 more expected US

had to pressure Maliki govt to do so

 

Nov 11 2 Christian girls killed in Mosul bringing total of 16 since Oct Christian families had just started

returning

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

Nov 11 Iraq and China finalized $3 bil deal to allow Chinese company to develop Ahdab oil field in

Wasit Re-did old Saddam era deal

Nov 11 Report religious minorities that complain about Kurdish authorities often arrested KDP

pressured Yazidis and Arabs in Sinjar to support it Christian security forces in Ninewa Plains funded by KRG

Nov 11 Another Iranian agent arrested in Kut Wasit Brought up total of 11 Iranians arrested since Oct

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

 

Nov 12 Report 27 female suicide bombers in Diyala in 2008 Recruited by 3 ISI clerics Targeted women

who lost family members to US and Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

Nov 12 Gunmen attacked Christian house in Mosul killing 2 Was 17th and 18th Christian killed in city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

Nov 12 Deputy speaker of parliament said PM Maliki’s Tribal Support Councils were unconstitutional

Delegation from Muthanna went to Baghdad to complain about councils there Councils were part of Maliki’s patronage network he was creating for 2009 election

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Nov 13 Iraqi Army following Order 101 moved to evict 4,000 squatters from Hurriya Baghdad Was

supposed to allow displaced to return to area Were mostly Shiite who had moved into area after Sunnis were expelled during civil war

(Musings On Iraq Government Moves Against Squatters In Hurriyah, Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

Nov 13 MP Latif gave petition to Election Commission calling for referendum to turn Basra into

federal region Effort failed

(Musings On Iraq Proposition To Form Basra Federal Region)

Nov 13 Bulgaria announced it would withdraw troops by end of 08 Deployed in 2003 13 soldiers and

            6 civilians killed

Nov 13 Head of Diyala council said most police jobs in province given out through secret deals between

police chief and tribes

 

Nov 14 PM Maliki officially came out in support of Status of Forces Agreement with US

Nov 14 PM Maliki announced power plan to have production meet demand by 2012 Would cost up to

$5.5 bil Came after govt signed contracts with GE and Siemens in Sep to boost production

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad’s Electricity Plan)

Nov 14 Azerbaijan parliament voted to withdraw its forces from Iraq which had been deployed there

            since 2003

Nov 14 CIA Dir Hayden said Iraq not central front for Al Qaeda anymore Wasn’t sending as much money

weapons for foreign fighters

Nov 14 Sadr said his militia would renew attacks upon US if Status of Forces Agreement passed Called

for immediate US withdrawal

Nov 14 Sadr asked Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to rejoin his movement They refused

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

 

Nov 15 Australia’s former military chief Adm Barrie told TV show that he thought Australia should have

never gone into Iraq

Nov 15 PM Maliki put Interior Min in charge of security in Mosul Had been transferring Kurdish units

out of Ninewa Switched Kurdish officers out of units in DIyala Ninewa Salahaddin Was part of Maliki’s confrontation with KRG

Nov 15 PM Maliki organized protests in Nasiriya Tikrit Basra Hawija Karbala Najaf Nasiriya Samawa

Hillah using Tribal Support Council he created Chanted against Kurds taking disputed areas

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

Nov 15 Shiite politicians met with Ayatollah Sistani over Status of Forces Agreement with US Sistani

said he supported it

 

Nov 16 Iraqi cabinet passed Status of Forces Agreement with US

Nov 16 Pres Barzani on Al Jazeera criticized PM Maliki for making all the decision by himself Criticized

creation of Tribal Support Councils Said they were created to support Maliki and could lead to conflict

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

Nov 16 PM Maliki said Sahwa that weren’t wanted for crimes shouldn’t be arrested in carrot and stick

strategy

 

Nov 17 US Inspec Gen for Iraq Recon found that Pentagon spent $600 mil on 1,200 cancelled contracts

42% canceled because of bad work 48% cancelled because of security lack of funds of standards changed

Nov 17 Report Mahdi Army cmdr in Sadr City said militia weak 12 of 15 commanders from district fled

to Iran Were trying to come back but no longer followed Sadr

 

Nov 18 US signed Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that set 12/31/11 withdrawal date for US forces

Nov 18 Report PM Maliki fired or replaced 17 anti-corruption officials Some were inspector generals at

Water, Culture, Trade, Youth Ministries and perhaps Foreign Affairs Ministry, Central Bank of Iraq, Sunni and Christian Endowments Some replaced by Dawa officials to strengthen Maliki’s hold over ministries

(Musings On Iraq Lack Of Commitment To Fight Corruption In Iraqi Government)

Nov 18 US forces arrested another Iranian Rev Guard Quds Force member This time at Baghdad airport

12th Iranian arrested since Oct US accused him of smuggling weapons into Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

Nov 18 Presidential Council sent letter to PM Maliki that govt money being spent on his Tribal Support

Councils should be spent upon ISF instead Councils were created as patronage networks for Maliki before 2009 elections

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Nov 20 PM Maliki accused Kurds of violating constitution Said had diplomatic offices from other

countries Peshmerga were outside KRG Signed oil contracts Called for constitution to be amended to increase power of central govt to counter Kurds

Nov 20 Sadrists twice disrupted reading of Status of Forces Agreement in parliament Rushed speaker and

threatened ministers Security guards called in to stop them

Nov 20 Report competition between Islamic Party that ran Anbar and Awakening growing Sheikhs

claimed Islamic Party bribing voters and handing out land Islamic Party said same thing about Awakening Also trying to divide Awakening sheikhs Sheikh Abu Risha joined with Islamic Party

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

Nov 20 Report PM Maliki demanding Diyala Sahwa be turned over to govt control by Jan 09 Govt agreed

to integrate 33% of Diyala Sahwa into ISF Build vocational training centers for rest Maliki appointed Diyala police chief accused of running death squads and targeting Sunnis Arrested Diyala Sahwa who were going to run in 09 election

 

Nov 21 Presidential Council said Tribal Support Councils should be integrated into provincial govts

Were created as part of patronage network by PM Maliki before 09 election

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Nov 22 Iranian arrested in Wasit 13th detained since Oct Local source thought he might be involved in

voter fraud for 09 election

 

Nov 23 Sadr called for opposition to SOFA with US Thousands protested in Baghdad

 

Nov 24 Female suicide bomber set off bomb in front of Green Zone 5 killed 17 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

Nov 24 US official said Maliki considered Sunnis roadkill he could run over

Nov 24 Baghdad mayor announced 10 yr $10 bil reconstruction plan for Sadr City

Nov 24 After PM Maliki attacked KRG for independent oil deals Oil Min Shahristani met with KRG PM

Barzani Agreed to Kurdish exports from Taq Taq and Tawke fields and partial development of Khurmalla dome field to try to get oil law passed Neither happened

Nov 24 Report Sheikh Suleiman formed Tribal Support Council in Anbar to support PM Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

Nov 24 Reports some political parties discussing removing PM Maliki Hindered by Kurdish-Sunni

divisions

 

Nov 25 BBC went to Rusafa Prison Baghdad Found it overcrowded Many prisoners never been charged

Justice system overloaded with cases

 

Nov 27 Iraq passed Status of Forces Agreement with US setting withdrawal date for US forces 12/31/11

(Musings On Iraq The Status Of Forces Agreement)

(Musings On Iraq SOFA Passes)

(Musings On Iraq July SOFA Referendum)

 

Nov 28 Japan announced it would end its military mission in Iraq Deployed in 2004

Nov 28 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said KRG would start exports at 100,000 bar/day with goal

of 250,000 bar/day by end of 09 Oil Ministry said hadn’t agreed to that

 

Nov 29 Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrew its military forces from Iraq

 

Nov 30 South Korea withdrew its military forces from Iraq

Nov 30 5 committees created to try to work with KRG to pass oil law Baghdad said it would allow KRG

to exports its oil via Turkey if deal made Didn’t happen

Nov 30 Report Honor killing of women up 70% in Basra 81 women killed there in 08 vs 47 women killed

in 07 Police said they supported killings Could hire killer for $100 to kill a woman Some women killed for talking to a man in public 9 of 12 women groups in Basra closed

 

Dec 1 KRG issued statement accusing PM Maliki of acting like Saddam trying to centralize power and

undermine Kurdistan

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

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

Dec 1 Pres Talabani said he would be taking PM Maliki’s Tribal Support Councils to court

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Dec 2 US and Iraqi officials met about Sahwa Maliki said he agreed with Americans organizing Sunni

tribes but southern Iraq was off limits Said southern tribes could threaten Shiite parties Came after US Marines were organizing Sahwa in Qadisiyah to counter militias

(Musings On Iraq Another Chapter In The Government’s Opposition To The Sons Of Iraq)

Dec 2 Oil Min Shahristani demanded KRG void its oil contracts in return for deal to allow it to export

            oil

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad-Kurdish Oil Export Deal Collapses)

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad-Kurdistan Rivalry Continues)

Dec 2 Romania said it would keep its troops in Iraq until 2011

Dec 2 European officials said PM Maliki had no real plan to help returning refugees Govt promised

money houses and schools but none of it happening

 

Dec 3 Presidential Council passed Status of Forces Agreement with US setting withdrawal date for

US forces 12/31/11

Dec 3 Baghdad-Irbil oil talks broke down KRG refused to cancel its oil contracts and demanded share

of oil revenues Oil Min Shahristani refused

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad-Kurdish Oil Export Deal Collapses)

Dec 3 Report Maliki govt stopped officially releasing casualty figures in January 07 because made it

look bad January 07 UN reported 34,452 Iraqis killed in 06 Govt said only 12,357 deaths

 

Dec 4 Bush said that Iraq intelligence failure was his biggest regret

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

Dec 4 Czech Republic ended its mission in Iraq

Dec 4 PM Maliki claimed his Tribal Support Council created as part of patronage network for 2009

elections was a sign of successful reconciliation

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Dec 5 Report PUK fired several members in England Blamed PUK co-founder Mustafa for building up

opposition to leadership Called for Talabani to resign Would lead to Change Party

 

Dec 7 Qadisiyah Gov told Marines to shut down Sahwa in province on orders of Maliki

            Sahwa were meant to counter militias

(Musings On Iraq Another Chapter In The Government’s Opposition To The Sons Of Iraq)

 

Dec 9 Ukraine withdrew its forces from Iraq

 

Dec 10 Presidency Council of Pres Talabani VP Abdul Mahdi and VP Hashemi met in Sulaymaniya with

Pres Barzani Talked about no confidence vote against MP Maliki Nothing happened

Dec 10 Report 14 Tribal Support Councils formed in central Diyala to fight Al Qaeda Move by PM

Maliki to undermine province’s Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

 

Dec 12 Senate Armed Service Comm report blamed Def Sec Rumsfeld and other Bush admin officials for

Abu Ghraib prison scandal Rejected White House claim torture was necessary for national security Rejected Rumsfeld’s claims his orders on enhanced interrogation had nothing to do with Abu Ghraib

 

Dec 14 Bush and Maliki signed Status of Forces Agreement 

Dec 14 During signing ceremony for SOFA in Baghdad reporter threw his shoes at Bush and Maliki

 

Dec 15 Sec State Rice claimed US crackdown made Iran backdown in Iraq Said Charge of Knights was

turning point

 

Dec 17 Denmark withdrew its troops from Iraq

Dec 17 Mashadani resigned as speaker of parliament Claimed anti-Maliki forces wanted him out to hold

            no confidence vote

Dec 17 Women Affairs Minister Samarrie said human rights abuses bad conditions mistreatment of

women common in Iraqi prisons Authorities knew and did nothing

 

Dec 18 Congressman Waxman released memo saying Natl Sec Adv Rice and Attny Gen Gonzalez misled

Congress about Bush claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa in his 02 State of the Union Rice claimed she didn’t know CIA objected to the story when her staff was warned 4 times not to use it Gonzalez lied to Senate saying CIA approved Bush using story twice when it didn’t

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

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

Dec 18 Ninewa council voted to postpone 09 provincial elections Council controlled by Kurds who were

afraid they would lose power

Dec 18 PM Maliki had Counter Terror Unit raid Interior Min and arrested 23 workers he claimed

were involved in Baathist plot Charges later dropped Many believed it was a warning to Interior Min Bolani who formed his own party to run in 09 elections

 

Dec 19 Talabani proposed reforms to PUK at politburo meeting to address factionalism

Dec 19 US arrested Iranian Quds Force member in Diyala 13th Iranian arrested or killed in Iraq

since October

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

Dec 19 Report U.S. official said no deterrence in Iraq against corruption Many inspector generals were

banned from their own ministries intimidated and attacked Last head of Integrity Commission fled in 2007 due to threats Ministries could stop investigations

(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)

 

Dec 22 Oil Min Shahristani said only central govt had authority to sign deals to develop Iraq’s oil Was

criticism of KRG

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad-Kurdistan Rivalry Continues)

Dec 22 Report ISF reported attacks down 86% from 07 to 08 Went from avg 180 per day in 07 to avg 10

per day in 08

 

Dec 23 El Salvador announced it would withdraw its troops by end of 08 Had been deployed since 03

Dec 23 Outgoing Speaker Mashadani praised reporter for throwing shoe at Pres Bush and PM Maliki

Dec 23 Sadr said he would not support any party during 09 elections but back independent candidates

Dec 23 Iraq signed $80 mil contracts to survey and improve Basra ports Wanted to increase oil

production to 6 mil/bar/day and oil exports to 5 mil/bar/day by 2018 By 2018 Iraq would only avg 3.4 mil/bar/day in exports

Dec 23 Report With violence down Maliki govt was trying to get professionals to return 200,000 had left

Iraq since 03 30,000 medical professionals fled after 05 Less than 1,000 had come back

Dec 23 Report VP Cheney threatened to destroy reputation of head UN weapons inspector Blix and head

of Intl Atomic Energy Agency El Baradei if they didn’t find WMD

(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)

 

Dec 24 Iraqi National Dialogue Council left the Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF) claiming that the Islamic

Party was attempting to monopolize power Ended IAF

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Accordance Front Beaks Apart)

 

Dec 26 Report Talk of no confidence vote against PM Maliki Major parties met start of Dec to discuss

removing him Complained he was becoming an autocrat

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

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

 

Dec 27 3,000 marched in Basra city demanding province be turned into a federal region

(Musings On Iraq Basra Federal Region Update)

 

Dec 30 Govt announced it had allocated $129 mil from 08 budget for Maysan Was supposed to fund 241

            projects Only 41 completed

 

Dec 31 Prices for Iraqi oil went from $145 per barrel in July 08 to $38 per barrel setting off economic crisis

in Iraq

Dec 31 Auditors hired by Oil Ministry found only 33% of oil installations had meters Meant Iraq had no

            idea about numbers of its most important industry

 

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