2nd PM Maliki Govt (2010-14)

This timeline covers the second government of PM Maliki from 2010-14

 

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 review The Rise of Islamic State, ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution

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 Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict

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

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

Musings On Iraq review Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary At War

Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents

 

2010

Dec 21 PM Maliki finally put together new govt 9 months after elections Cabinet approved by

            parliament

 

Dec 22 Maliki’s second administration approved

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

 

Dec 28 PM Maliki said no changes would be made to the SOFA agreement with the US and all its

troops would leave Iraq

Dec 28 Sadrist became governor of Maysan in return for Sadr’s support for Maliki’s 2nd term

(Musings On Iraq Sadrists Gain Control Of Maysan Governorship)

 

2011

Jan 5 Sadr returned to Iraq after four years in Iran Fled to escape Surge

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Return To Public View)

(Musings On Iraq Why Sadr Left Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr’s Religious Training)

 

Jan 8 Sadr gave homecoming speech after returning from Iran Said was religious obligation to resist

the US occupation of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Return To Public View)

(Musings On Iraq Why Sadr Left Iraq)

Jan 8 Interior Minister Bolani claimed investigation into fake bomb detectors was a political

            move and no corruption in purchase

 

Jan 9 Parliament passed VP law taking away their power

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Approves Creation Of Three Vice Presidencies)

 

Jan 11 State of Law head of Baghdad council wrote law banning alcohol sales in

            province under Islamic Law

Jan 11 Police started raiding bars and clubs selling alcohol including Iraqi Writers Union

 

Jan 12 12 ISI members escaped from Basra prison

Jan 12 Kuwait Premier and Foreign Affairs Min arrived in Baghdad for first high level meet

            between 2 countries since 1990

 

Jan 14 12 ISI members escaped from prison in Basra Prisoners had help from prison and intelligence

officials

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Suspected In Escape Of Al Qaeda Officials Form Basra Prison)

 

Jan 17 Protesters cut Kirkuk-Baghdad highway Set tires on fire Blocked all traffic over lack of

electricity in Kirkuk Kirkuk governor was diverting power from a local power plant from Baghdad to Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq Electricity Protests Spread To Northern Iraq)

 

Jan 18 Suicide bomber hit a police recruitment center in Tikrit killing 54 wounded 137

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

Jan 18 Iraq Supreme Court ruled that all independent commissions and Central Bank of Iraq were under

PM Maliki instead of parliament Directly contradicted constitution that said all commissions were under the parliament

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Wins Control Of Iraq’s Election Commission)

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

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

Jan 18 PM Maliki and KRG PM Salah said they reached agreements on renewed Kurdish oil exports

and 2011 budget Oil Min would pay oil companies in KRG for their costs Issue of oil profits not resolved

(Musings On Iraq Has Baghdad And Kurdistan Finally Come To An Agreement Over Oil Exports And The 2011 Budget?)

 

Jan 21 3 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

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

 

Jan 22 Kirkuk made deal with Electricity Min that province would get larger power quota Would still

not meet demand Governor had cut off power line to Baghdad and kept electricity for province

(Musings On Iraq Tamim Cuts Deal With Baghdad Over Electricity Supply)

(Musings On Iraq Electricity Protests Spread To Northern Iraq)

 

Jan 23 Report found prison at Camp Honor Baghdad Prisoners held incommunicado No lawyers Torture

Facility was under direct command of PM Maliki

(Musings On Iraq New Complaints About Iraqi Prison Abuse)

 

Jan 24 2 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

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

Jan 24 Deputy Justice Min denied report prison at Camp Honor Baghdad was under Maliki’s control

Said run by Justice Min Said Red Cross and Human Rights Min had visited facility and found no torture or abuses Said families and lawyers could visit prisoners Red Cross said they were denied access to prison

(Musings On Iraq New Complaints About Iraqi Prison Abuse)

 

Jan 26 insurgents caught crossing from Syria to Anbar Said they got aid from Syrian govt

(Musings On Iraq More On Syria’s Support For Iraq’s Insurgency 2011-2012)

 

Jan 28 Protest in Mosul demanded govt release of prisoners

 

Feb 3 Wasit Governor Tarfa dismissed on corruption charges

 

Feb 5 Maliki spokesperson said he would not run for a 3rd term in 2014 but he did

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

 

Feb 8 Parliament human rights committee opened investigation of Camp Honor secret

            prison in Baghdad run by Maliki Nothing came of it

(Musings On Iraq New Complaints About Iraqi Prison Abuse)

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

 

Feb 13 Khairallah Babakir of Kurdish Alliance named Trade Minister in new Maliki govt

 

Feb 16 Maliki visited Kuwait after Kuwait premier visited Iraq in 2nd high level meeting

            between 2 countries since 1990

 

Feb 17 Protests in Sulaymaniya began demanding reform in KRG Attacked KDP

            HQ Fired upon by guards killing 2

 

Feb 19 Sulaymaniya protesters went to KDP headquarters to protest shooting of

            demonstrators on Feb 17

 

Feb 21 Group of men attacked protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square while police looked on

 

Feb 22 Independent Nalya Radio and TV station was set afire in Sulaymaniya probably by KDP

            supporters

 

Feb 23 National Reconciliation Min announced that 5 insurgent groups had agreed to join politics

 

Feb 24 All universities and institutes in Irbil closed to stop student protests

Feb 24 Kurdistan Students’ Union told students in Irbil had to end protests or all services at school

            would be closed to them

Feb 24 Protests in Halabja turned violent as govt building burned and 3 died

Feb 24 Kurdish protests spread to southern Kirkuk province

 

Feb 25 Day of Rage protests across Iraq 23 killed by security forces during protests

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

Feb 25 Protests in Hawija and Riyad led to police stations being burned and 3 police

killed

Feb 25 Police broke up protest in Irbil city

Feb 25 Pres Talabani went to Kuwait independence day in 3rd move to normalize

            relations between 2 countries

Feb 25 Maliki forced out Basra Governor Abbud

 

Feb 26 Riot police broke up protest in Sulaymaniya city 1 protester killed

 

Feb 27 Maliki set 100 day deadline to reform government in response to national protests

Feb 27 After Imam gave speech at Sulaymaniya protest was arrested and beat by peshmerga

Feb 27 Babil Gov Zarkani resigned after protests and pressure from Maliki

 

Mar 3 Gorran and 2 Islamic parties boycotted Kurdish parliament in support of protests

 

Mar 6 Independent radio station in Kalar attacked by armed men for supporting protests

 

Mar 11 KDP held rally against on going protests

 

Mar 14 Justice Min said it would close Camp Honor secret prison in Baghdad run

            by Maliki that used torture on prisoners Was not closed

 

Mar 18 KRG said that it would form committee to deal with protests in Sulaymaniya

 

Mar 19 Maliki said no secret prisons in Iraq after Camp Honor secret prison found

            in Baghdad

 

Mar 22 Gorran told Pres Barzani had to make good on his promises of reform after

            protests in Sulaymaniya

Mar 22 When police tried to break up protest in Halabja violence broke out with one

            policeman killed

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

 

Mar 23 National Reconciliation Commission claimed 5 insurgent groups agreed to

            put down arms and join political process

 

Mar 24 Riot at Rusafa prison over overcrowding

 

Mar 25 ISF blocked all entrances to Tahrir Sq to try to block protests but happened

            anyway

Mar 25 Were protests in Baghdad, Najaf, Diwaniya, Kut and Hillah against corruption

            and lack of services

Mar 25 Was 2nd protest in Tahrir Sq against reconciliation with former Baathists probably organized

            by Dawa

Mar 25 Prisoners in Rusafa Prison set up protest camp against poor conditions and

            sectarian warden

 

Mar 26 Maliki warned of sectarian conflict in Gulf after Saudi Arabia and UAE sent

            troops to Bahrain

Mar 26 Peshmerga announced withdrawal from parts of Kirkuk after political protests

 

Mar 27 Iraq parliament cancelled deal with Chinese National Petroleum Corp for Ahdab

            field in Wasit

 

Mar 29 Maliki presented nominees for security ministries never filled after 2010

            elections

Mar 29 Najmuddin Karim elected governor of Kirkuk

Mar 29 ISI attacked Tikrit provincial council building leaving 150 casualties

Mar 29 Parliament human rights committee found chronic abuses in Diyala prisons

including torture

Mar 29 Opposition parties boycotted KRG parliament because govt hadn’t responded

            to protest demands

Mar 29 Turkish Premier Erdogan went to Kurdistan first Turkish leader to visit region

 

Mar 30 Accountability and Justice Comm ruled 2 nominees for Interior and Defense

            Ministers made by Maliki were disqualified for Baathist past

Mar 30 Turkey’s Erdogan went on tour of Iraq to Baghdad 1st Sunni leader to go to Najaf

            shrine 1st Turkish leader to go to Irbil

 

Mar 31 Pres Barzani said he would prosecute security members who fired on

            protesters in Sulaymaniya

Mar 31 Protests in Kalar, Sulaymaniya become violent with rocks thrown at security

            forces

 

Apr 1 Protests in Baghdad against corruption and demanded release of prisoners

(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)

 

Apr 2 56 wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Sulaymaniya

 

Apr 4 Baghdad Operations Command accused Harith al-Dhari head of Muslim

            Scholars Association of being behind assassinations in Baghdad

Apr 4 Day of Dignity protests in Baghdad

Apr 4 Opposition parties walked out of KRG parliament when Peshmerga and Interior

            ministers refused to appear for questioning over treatment of Sulaymaniya

            protests

Apr 4 Sulaymaniya protesters called on KRG government to resign

 

Apr 5 Speaker Nujafi said parliament would work with provinces to deal with detainees

            in response to protests

Apr 5 Maliki said ministries could reform in 100 days to respond to protests

Apr 5 Govt talks with 5 insurgent groups broke down

Apr 5 Islamic Union and Islamic Group in KRG call for govt to step down and interim

            one formed to carry out reforms due to protests

 

Apr 6 Iraqi Assoc of Defending Journalists accused govt of cracking down on reporters

            trying to cover protests

Apr 6 Change Islamic Union and Islamic Group said they wanted a transitional govt in

            Kurdistan

 

Apr 8 Over 2,000 protested in Baghdad and Fallujah Demanded prisoners be released

            Some demanded US forces to leave

Apr 8 Soldiers from 11th Div in civilian clothes arrested protest organizer and held him

            for a week and tortured him 

Apr 8 KDP and PUK rejected call by opposition to disband govt to meet demands of

            protesters

Apr 8 Maliki told Sec of Def Gates Iraq did not need a U.S. military presence after withdrawal at end of year

Gates was in Iraq to try to convince Maliki and political parties to accept stay behind force of US soldiers

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary At War)

 

Apr 9 Protests started in Mosul calling on govt to release prisoners

Apr 9 Protests in Babil started demanding provincial council disband and better services

Apr 9 Protests started in Fallujah calling for Fallujah council to disband over corruption

            and poor services

Apr 9 Sadr held anti-US demonstration in Baghdad threatened to bring back Mahdi Army

            if US forces didn’t leave at end of year

Apr 9 Dep PM Mutlaq compared Maliki to Saddam

Apr 9 Speaker Nujafi said there was no power sharing in Iraq and Maliki concentrating

            authority in his hands

 

Apr 10 Sadr said that he still had a militia which continued to attack US forces

 

Apr 11 Maliki said ISF ready to take over full security duties after US military withdrawal at end of year

Apr 11 Govt spokesman Dabbagh said US military had to leave Iraq at end of year or would cause internal

problems

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

Apr 11 Another power sharing deal announced between Maliki Allawi and Kurds to try to

get security ministers named

Apr 11 Sulaymaniya protesters issued roadmap for negotiations with KRG including

            early elections and interim govt

Apr 11 Peshmerga Min survived no confidence vote in KRG parliament over treatment

            of protesters

Apr 11 Opposition parties boycotted KRG parliament over protests in Kurdistan

Apr 11 KRG PM Salah said Baghdad should pay foreign oil companies operating in

            Kurdistan

 

Apr 12 KDP and PUK said they were ready for unconditional talks with opposition over

            demands of Sulaymaniya protesters

Apr 12 PJAK attacked Iranian police station along Iran-Iraq border Iran shelled PJAK

            camps in Kurdistan

 

Apr 13 ISF raided union and women’s organization to arrest protest organizers in

            Baghdad

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

Apr 13 Baghdad authorities tried to ban protests in Tahrir Square

Apr 13 Head of Oil Police Gen Ibrahim said his forces were short 12,000 officers Led to

            signing 8,000 contractors

Apr 13 Reported split within SIIC Wanted to remove Ammar Hakim and Adel Abdul

            Mahdi and elect new leadership

Apr 13 Protesters in Sulaymaniya refused to meet with Pres Barzani delegation Protesters

            called for Barzani PM Salah and speaker to all step down

Apr 13 Gulf states asked Arab League to cancel summit in Baghdad due to Iraq criticizing

            crackdown in Bahrain

 

Apr 14 State of Law parliamentarians walked out of session to vote on vice presidents

            stopping election

Apr 14 Media activist beaten by Asayesh in Kalar

 

Apr 15 Protest in Baghdad demanding Maliki resign and prisoner release Was broken

up by police 20 protesters arrested in Baghdad and taken to secret prison at Muthanna Airport

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

Apr 15 Turkmen Front said peshmerga and Asayesh not needed in Kirkuk and caused

            divisions

 

Apr 16 Finance Ministry investigated charges of $17 bil dinars being embezzled from

            Central Bank of Iraq Nothing came of inquiry

Apr 16 Iraqiya accused Baghdad Operations Command of trying to limit protests

Apr 16 Anbar council announced deal to end arbitrary arrests in province after

            negotiations with Maliki

Apr 16 Iraqiya threatened no confidence vote against Maliki claiming his govt was

             a failure

Apr 16 Allawi said Iraqiya would withdraw from govt if power sharing agreement

            wasn’t implemented by Maliki

Apr 16 Kurdish security forces started arresting over 300 protesters in Sulaymaniya

 

Apr 17 Ninewa Gov Nujafi joined anti-govt protests in Mosul and broke curfew imposed

            by Ninewa Ops Command to try to stop demonstration

Apr 17 Around 90 injured in clashes between Kurdish security forces and protesters

            in Sulaymaniya 7 shot

Apr 17 Sadrist MP said ISF was capable of defending country without US help and

            blamed US for all of Iraq’s problems

 

Apr 18 Parliament repealed Article 136(b) that allowed ministers to stop corruption

            investigations

Apr 18 Anbar anti-terror police arrested 12 officers involved with insurgents Some were

            working with Syrian intelligence

Apr 18 Protest in Mosul Baghdad other areas calling for better services Some said

            Maliki should step down

Apr 18 Kurdish security forces moved to evict protesters from Sulaymaniya Police

            fired into crowd wounding 6, 1 died, another 90 hurt by beatings

Apr 18 Kurdish court sentenced spokesman for Sulaymaniya protests to one month

            in jail for defaming a KRG MP

Apr 18 Were first protests in Irbil Were beaten by police 22 wounded

 

Apr 19 Protest in Diwaniya over better work conditions broken up by police

Apr 19 Sulaymaniya govt banned all protests in city after protests broken up

            day before

 

Apr 20 Mass grave found in Anbar with more than 800 bodies in it Victims of

            Saddam

Apr 20 Arab League delayed summit in Baghdad due to Iraqi govt complaints

            about crackdown in Bahrain against Shiites

Apr 20 Independent TV station and a Kurdish poet said they were attacked by security

            forces during crackdown on protests

 

Apr 21 Human Rights Watch report Govt arrested and tortured protesters in

            Baghdad and held some in secret prison at Muthanna Airport

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

Apr 21 Drive by shooting on opposition radio station that supported protests in

            Sulaymaniya

Apr 21 2 offices of Kurdistan Islamic Group attacked in Sulaymaniya

Apr 21 Lawyers protested in Fallujah demanding US withdrawal and release of prisoners

Apr 21 Clash in Mosul as army tried to stop protests

Apr 21 Maliki told US joint chiefs head Adm Mullen ISF could handle security after

            US withdrawal

Apr 21 5,000 Sadrists held march in Basra to commemorate formation of Mahdi Army

 

Apr 22 Protests in Baghdad, Mosul and other cities calling for release of prisoners better

services fighting corruption

Apr 22 Sadr announced new social organizing project Munasiroon in Basra

 

Apr 23 Karbala governor said province should think about becoming a federal region due to neglect by

Baghdad

Apr 23 5,000 protested in Mosul demanding release of prisoners

Apr 23 Sadrists marched in Baghdad against US occupation

 

Apr 24 Ayatollah Haeri in Iran issued fatwa against extending US troop presence in

            Iraq past 2011

Apr 24 Sadrists said they opposed any troops extension for US past end of year

Apr 24 Kurd opposition parties said KRG could either negotiate with protesters or

            suppress them

Apr 24 Press freedom group said 226 violations by KRG against media trying to cover

            Sulaymaniya protests

Apr 24 Bomb at Sacred Heart church in Baghdad

Apr 24 6,000 protested in Mosul demanding reform and releasing prisoners

 

Apr 25 Maliki claimed power had been decentralized in response to national protests

Apr 25 ISF tried to stop protesters from gathering in Mosul Led to clash killing 1

            demonstrator and wounding 9 others

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

Apr 25 Protest in Ramadi demanding US withdrawal close secret prisons and stop

            Iranian influence in country

Apr 25 Peshmerga Minister accused Kurdistan Islamic Group and Kurdistan Islamic

            Union of being saboteurs and fostering jihadists

Apr 25 Kurdistan Islamic Union said KRG had cut its monthly budget

Apr 25 Soldiers and KDP security got into shoot out in Kirkuk City after brother 12th Div

commander killed a taxi driver and was arrested

Apr 25 Speaker Nujafi said Iraq didn’t need US troops anymore and any extension

            would have to go through parliament

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

 

Apr 26 Maliki admitted his 100 day deadline to reform ministries was not enough time

Apr 26 State of Law held counter protest in Mosul supporting Maliki

Apr 26 Ninewa Gov Nujafi called for strike in response to security forces attacking

            protest camp in Mosul

 

Apr 28 1920 Rev Brigades and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq agreed to disarm and join politics after talks with National

Reconciliation Min Didn’t happen

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

Apr 28 Chief of staff of ISF Gen Zebari said Iraq would not be able to defend itself until 2020

Apr 28 US Gen 25th Inf Div said Iranian backed Special Groups were attacking US forces

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 28 Sadrists said that if US stayed passed end of year that would justify attacks upon them

 

Apr 29 Obama’s National Security Adviser suggested 10,000 US troops stay in Iraq after

            withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary At War)

Apr 29 Sadr threatened to bring back Mahdi Army if US forces stayed past end of year

Apr 29 KRG security forces arrested one of top protest leaders in Sulaymaniya

Apr 29 Anbar councilman Fallujah police chief and other officials arrested in Anbar

            Anbar Ops Command and Maliki blamed

 

Apr 30 Hundreds protested in Kut for better services and against corruption

Apr 30 Asayesh arrested four protest organizers trying to start demonstration in

            Sulaymaniya

Apr 30 US said Iranian investment projects in Karbala and Najaf were fronts for supported Asaib Ahl Al-

Haq and Kataib Hezbollah

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

 

May 1 KRG Dep Inter Min Karim said govt would not allow any protests without

            permission after crackdown in Sulaymaniya

 

May 2 Basra and Najaf tribes joined protest in Anbar against extending US troop stay

            in Iraq past end of year

May 2 Parliament investigation of Jan ISI prison break in Basra said had help from 2

intelligence officers

May 2 Fallujah Waste Water plant started partially working Work started 2004 after

            1st Battle of Fallujah

 

May 3 National Reconciliation Ministry said Asaib Ahl Al-Haq was joining reconciliation process Didn’t

happen

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

May 3 KRG parliament passed law to unite PUK and KDP Peshmerga Never completed

 

May 4 Speaker of US House Boehner said US forces should stay in Iraq past end of 2011 deadline

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

May 4 Maliki submitted new list of nominees for security ministries empty since 2010

            elections

 

May 5 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station killing 25 to mark bin

Laden’s death

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

 

May 7 Failed ISI attack upon a Baghdad prison

 

May 8 Anbar councilman complained that ISF continued arrest of former ISF members

            after Maliki promised to end them

May 8 ISI members staged a prison revolt in Baghdad killing 6 police and 11 prisoners

 

May 9 Maliki released insulting letter to Allawi

May 9 Former Health Minister warned that Iraq had become part of drug trafficking

            networks between Middle East and Europe

May 9 ISI was said to give allegiance to Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri and promised revenge for

            bin Laden’s death

 

May 10 Analyst estimated Iraq had lost $493 bil 03-11 due to bad administration planning

            and project delays

May 10 Army chief of staff Gen Zebari said US withdrawal would be bad for security in

            Iraq because ISF not ready to defend country until 2020

May 10 Allawi released insulting letter to Maliki

May 10 Protest in Mosul demanding US withdrawal release of prisoners govt reform

 

May 11 Maliki said US forces could stay past end of year if ruling parties agreed

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

May 11 Tribes in Basra threatened revolt if US forces stayed past end of year

 

May 12 Parliament elected 3 VPs after 2010 elections Mahdi Hashemi and Khuzai

 

May 13 Protest in Baghdad called for better services

May 13 Iraqiya blamed Maliki for assassination attempts on 3 of its members

May 13 World Health Org report said Iraq one of only 2 countries where life expectancy

            went down in MENA Dropped from 68 to 66 yrs from 2000-09

 

May 15 Sheikh Sulaiman said that tribes and politicians would make Anbar a federal

            region to protest Maliki govt

May 15 Salahaddin politicians met with Pres Barzani to discuss making province a

            federal region to protest Maliki govt

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

 

May 16 Gulf Cooperation Council rejected Iraq’s bid to join

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

            using friendly political parties

May 16 Security official blamed militias for wave of assassinations and sticky bombs in

            Baghdad

May 16 Qadisiyah council voted to make province a federal region to protest neglect by Baghdad

May 16 investigation into IS prison break in Basra caught in political controversy with

            ruling parties interfering 2 members of Maliki’s office implicated

May 16 Sadrists rejected any talk of extending US troop presence in Iraq past end of year

 

May 17 Interior Min investigation found IS prison break in Baghdad had inside help

May 17 Baghdad Operations Command said most assassinations of ISF personnel were

            done by militias not ISI

May 17 Pres Barzani said he was ready to talk with opposition parties in KRG parliament

            about reforms

 

May 19 Twin bombs in Kirkuk left 120 casualties

 

May 20 5 Madhi Army commanders escaped Taji prison

 

May 22 Red Cross interviewed people tortured by ISF at Camp Honor in Baghdad

 

May 23 Adviser to Diyala governor arrested by Maliki to intimidate province to not

            move towards federal region

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

 

May 24 Anbar councilman blamed Syria for allowing insurgents to cross its

            border into Iraq

May 24 Trade Min Sudani accused of stealing $245 mil while in office Helped fund PM Maliki’s State of

Law election campaigns in 2009 and 2010

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

May 24 Report US forces coming under increased attacks as withdrawal date at end of

            year approached

May 24 US Defense Secretary Gates went to Iraq to lobby for US troop presence past end of year

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary At War)

 

May 25 Iraq ranked 2nd to last in Global Peace Index

May 25 Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq could not defend itself after US withdrawal at end of year

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

 

May 26 Interior Ministry Explosive head Gen Jabri released after arrested for involvement

            in buying fake bomb detectors

May 26 ISI killed Accountability and Justice Committee head Ali al-Lami in east Mosul

May 26 Sadr told BBC that his militia was attacking US forces as they were withdrawing

            from Iraq

May 26 Sadrists held rally in Baghdad against US occupation

 

May 27 Anbar council rejected protest calls to make province federal region Most was to protest Maliki govt

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

May 27 Protest in Baghdad over lack of services demanded release of prisoners

 

May 28 Protests and clashes in Ramadi after raid killed police chief ISF said he was

            linked to ISI Residents complained about army raids

May 28 ISF raided protest organization HQ in Baghdad arresting 11 activists

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

May 28 Report Maliki turning to Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to counter Sadrists in Baghdad and southern Iraq

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

 

May 29 Iraqiya nominee for Def Min Obeidi escaped sticky bomb attempt on his life

            in Mosul

 

May 30 Ninewa Gov Nujafi escaped bombing on his motorcade in Mosul

May 30 Maysan council voted to keep US forces out of province as objection to a US raid

May 30 VP Mahdi resigned saying position no longer held power and Najaf objected to

            way VPs elected

 

May 31 ISI cell arrested that created fake human rights organization as front group

May 31 Protests in Ramadi demanding army withdraw from city after police chief

            killed in raid

 

Jun 1 Second day of protests in Ramadi calling for army to withdraw from city after

            police chief killed in Iraqi army raid

Jun 1 Iraq Ground Forces Commander Gen Ghidan made agreement with Anbar

            govt to move soldiers out of cities due to protests after raid

Jun 1 Amnesty Intl called on Baghdad to stop suppression of protests in Baghdad by

            arresting leaders

Jun 1 Protest in Nasiriyah calling for jobs services and demanded govt step down

Jun 1 Human Rights Minister escaped assassination attempt by sticky bomb in Baghdad

Jun 1 Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Iraq worse country in world due to

            deaths of reporters

Jun 1 Oil Min signed deal with South Korea’s KOGAS to develop Akkas gas field in

            Anbar

 

Jun 2 Obama told Maliki wanted Iraq parliament to approve stay behind US forces

            Maliki disagreed saying no new deal needed

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

Jun 2 Survey Iraqis seeing country going in right direction 45% in Nov 2010 Wrong direction 49% in Mar

2011

Jun 2 Human Rights Watch report govt arrested and beat protest leaders in Baghdad

Jun 2 Maliki ordered investigation of Trade Bank in Iraq after refused to back deal

            made by Maliki with S. Korean company

 

Jun 3 Suicide bomber in mosque in Tikrit during Friday prayers and then suicide

            bomber on hospital where casualties taken

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

Jun 3 Diyala governor threatened to resign if federal troops continued to carry out raids

            and arrests in province

Jun 3 Maliki led raid on Trade Bank of Iraq after it refused to back deal he brokered with

            S. Korean company

Jun 3 VP Hashemi accused Maliki of monopolizing power

Jun 3 Protest in Baghdad for better services

 

Jun 4 Source in Maliki’s office said he was planning on stopping protests

            in Baghdad and arrest leaders

Jun 4 Kurdish opposition presented reform program to KDP and PUK after Sulaymaniya

            protests broken up Nothing came of it

Jun 4 Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq would reach 3 mil/bar/day in oil production by

            end of 2011 It didn’t

Jun 4 Maliki said national unity govt didn’t work and called for majority rule

 

Jun 5 Report violence increasing in Iraq 2010 vs 2011

Jun 5 Maliki told human rights conference that some human rights groups were

            actually terrorists and criticized Baghdad protests

Jun 5 Maliki replaced head of Trade Bank of Iraq Arrest warrant issued for old head

            because didn’t back Maliki business deal

Jun 5 Rockets fired at Zubayr oil field in Basra Set oil reserves on fire

 

Jun 6 6 US soldiers killed in rocket attack in Baghdad by Kataib Hezbollah most lost in

one attack since 2009

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

 

Jun 7 Maliki’s 100 day deadline to reform ministries ended with no changes Was to

            appease protesters

Jun 7 Army started withdrawing from Fallujah as part of deal with Anbar govt to

            pull out of urban areas

 

Jun 8 Maliki said he was ready for another 100 day reform plan after 1st ended with

            no changes

Jun 8 Maliki said he was removing Chalabi as head of Accountability and Justice

            Commission

 

Jun 9 CIA Dir Panetta estimated 1,000 ISI fighters left in Iraq

Jun 9 Baghdad closed off Tahrir Square to protesters while pro-Dawa protesters

            allowed to march

 

Jun 10 Pro-Maliki tribesmen attacked protesters in Baghdad Burned images of Allawi

Jun 10 Allawi attacked Maliki calling him a liar hypocrite and agent of Iran

 

Jun 11 Protest organizers held press conference complaining about pro-Dawa tribesmen

            beating them in Baghdad day before

 

Jun 12 Suicide car bombing on Basra police headquarters killing 5

Jun 12 Sadr bloc threatened to pull out of National Coalition and push no confidence

            vote against Maliki if US troops given extension to stay in Iraq

Jun 12 US Amb to Iraq Jeffries said majority of Iraqi blocs supported troop extension for

            US except Sadr

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

Jun 12 Iraqiya withdrew from parliament after pro-Maliki march in Baghdad burned

            Allawi’s picture

 

Jun 13 Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq press conference on beatings of

            protesters in Baghdad broken up by plain clothes police

 

Jun 14 ISI attacked Diyala provincial council building in Baquba

Jun 14 Maliki said he wanted to reduce the number of ministries in response to protests

 

Jun 15 KRG opposition parties welcomed Pres Barzani’s reform proposals Never

            followed through with

Jun 15 Sadrists dared Maliki to try to form a majority govt

 

Jun 16 Maliki gave TV speech saying militias had infiltrated Interior Ministry and carried out assassinations

Said Baghdad protests were illegal and threatened security Said ISF would not be ready to secure Iraq after US forces withdrew at end of year

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

 

Jun 17 ISI took responsibility for killing deputy head of deBaathification Comm

            Lami

Jun 17 Anbar councilman said Syria still supporting insurgency

Jun 17 Maliki organized second march for his government in Baghdad and Karbala

Jun 17 Protests held in Baghdad and Dhi Qar against corruption Baghdad protesters

            attacked by Maliki supporters 2nd time

 

Jun 18 Shooting between Sadrists and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Sadr City

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

 

Jun 19 Def Sec Gates blamed Iran for giving weapons to Special Groups who were

            attacking US forces before withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

Jun 19 1st Iraqi army unit received artillery from US

Jun 19 Maliki govt accused Communist party and civil groups for protests in Baghdad

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

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

Jun 19 2 killed in electricity protests in Basra

 

Jun 20 Sadr statement called for arrest and punishment of ex-Mahdi Army Abu Dura

            and his followers Known as Shiite Zarqawi

Jun 20 Maliki and other political leaders met at Pres Talabani’s house in Baghdad to

            discuss power sharing

 

Jun 22 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq carried out recruiting program to get people to attack US forces before

they withdrew from Iraq

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

Jun 22 Basra council voted to ban US military from operating in province

 

Jul 3 MP said $1 mil fraud case for ISF buying dogs that couldn’t detect bombs used

            at checkpoints Nothing happened

Jul 3 ISF launched op in Maysan to block Iranian weapons flowing into Iraq as result

            of increased militia attacks on US forces

Jul 3 Protest in Nasiriya for turning Dhi Qar into autonomous region

 

Jul 15 3 bombs in Karbala left 100 casualties

 

Aug 2 Car bomb at Holy Family Syriac Church in Kirkuk 2 other car bombs defused

            at other churches in city

 

Aug 13 Obama proposed reducing stay behind force to 7000 US soldiers in Iraq after withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

 

Aug 15 ISI attacked Sahwa in mosque in Yusifiya, Baghdad during Ramadan and

            bombed St Ephraim Syriac Orthodox church in Kirkuk

 

Aug 17 Iraqi parliament oil committee submitted draft of new oil law Never passed

 

Aug 20 On ISI’s 5th anniversary it released video that include message that it was going

            to Syria

 

Aug 28 Suicide bombing on Um al-Qura mosque Baghdad during Ramadan killed 28

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

Aug 28 Iraq’s cabinet submitted draft of new oil law Never passed

 

Oct 18 Exxon signed oil and gas deal with KRG marking 1st major energy company to enter region

(Musings On Iraq New Twists In Exxon-Kurd Oil Deal)

 

Oct 21 US announced it would withdraw its force from Iraq on Dec 31

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

Oct 21 Obama told Maliki not getting stay behind US forces in Iraq was ok because US would still have

influence

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

 

Oct 27 Salahaddin council voted to start process to become a federal region PM Maliki blocked move Was

to protest Maliki govt

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

 

Nov 12 Diyala council voted to make province a federal region to protest Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Push To Make Iraq’s Diyala Province An Autonomous Region Fades)

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

 

Dec 2 Mobs attacked Christian and Yazidi businesses in several towns in Dohuk province

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

Dec 3 Maliki accused Turkey of meddling in Iraqi affairs as relations deteriorate between two countries 

 

Dec 8 Allawi said he was ready to reconcile with PM Maliki if he renounced earlier attacks upon

Iraqiya Invited Maliki and Pres Talabani to conference in January to discuss future of govt

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

 

Dec 11 Human Rights Min found mass grave in Basra from Saddam era

 

Dec 12 Nat Sec Adv Fayad announced NATO training mission would end close of 2011 because govt

would not grant trainers immunity

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Rejects NATO Trainers)

 

Dec 15 U.S. announced withdrawal of its forces from Iraq

Dec 15 ISF deployed outside homes of VP Hashemi, Fin Min Rafi Issawi and Dep PM Mutlaq in Green

Zone on orders of PM Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Finance Minister Next On Maliki’s Hit List?)

Dec 15 PM Maliki suggested Dep PM Mutlaq be barred from entering parliament at meeting of

National Alliance Idea rejected by list

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

Dec 15 Militiamen sent by PM Maliki stormed Diyala council building and set up roadblocks

throughout province to intimidate local govt over move to make province federal region Head of Diyala council had his house set on fire and one of his bodyguards killed Call for region was to protest Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Push To Make Iraq’s Diyala Province An Autonomous Region Fades)

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

 

Dec 16 Iraqiya meeting at VP Hashemi’s residence Declared list would boycott parliament until PM

Maliki included them in decision making shared power stopped arbitrary arrests

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

 

Dec 17 Baghdad Operations Command announced arrest warrant for VP Hashemi on terrorism charges

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

Dec 17 Maliki asked for no confidence vote against Dep PM Mutlaq

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

Dec 17 18 Diyala councilmen along with governor fled Baquba for Kurdish controlled Khanaqin dist

due to militias sent by PM over making province a federal region to protest Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Push To Make Iraq’s Diyala Province An Autonomous Region Fades)

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

 

Dec 18 VP Hashemi stopped at Baghdad airport some of his bodyguards arrested and then allowed to

fly to Sulaymaniya

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

Dec 18 Fin Min Issawi and Dep PM Mutlaq temporarily detained at Baghdad airport while trying to

take flight to Irbil to meet with Pres Barzani

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Finance Minister Next On Maliki’s Hit List?)

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

 

Dec 19 Arrest warrant for VP Hashemi issued forcing him into exile

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

Dec 19 3 of Hashemi’s guards appeared on TV saying they were involved in terrorist attacks

Dec 19 Report one of VP Hashemi’s guards had been arrested start of Dec on charges of building a car

bomb Guard confessed leading to 3 more guards and manager of Hashemi’s office to be arrested

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

Dec 19 PM Maliki ordered Dep PM Mutlaq barred from entering parliament

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

 

Dec 20 VP Hashemi gave TV speech from Irbil denying terrorism charges against him

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

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

Dec 20 3 car bombs hit checkpoints in Karbala during pilgrimage Killed 52 203 wounded

 

Dec 21 PM Maliki ordered Dep PM Mutlaq removed from office in response to Mutlaq calling for

Maliki to be replaced

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

 

Dec 22 Govt officials told press that Maliki govt would investigate Fin Min Issawi over allegations he

was connected to a militia in Fallujah that killed political opponents Some of Issawi’s bodyguards arrested as a result

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Finance Minister Next On Maliki’s Hit List?)

 

Dec 23 Maliki adviser said that Fin Min Issawi suspected of connections to terrorism Sadrists would

not go along with his removal

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Finance Minister Next On Maliki’s Hit List?)

 

Dec 27 Salahaddin council voted to turn province into a federal region Blocked by PM Maliki Was to

protest Maliki govt

 

Dec 31 U.S. withdrew its combat forces from Iraq as part of Status of Forces Agreement

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

Dec 31 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Sadrists got into gunfight in Sadr City and Kadhimiya Baghdad

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

 

2012

Jan 5 Bombings of Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen left over 120 casualties

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

 

Jan 14 Turkey’s Foreign Min Sinirlioglu visited Pres Barzani in Irbil without going to

            Baghdad

Jan 14 Bombings of Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen leave 190 casualties

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

 

Jan 16 Baghdad complained to Turkey’s ambassador about Ankara accusing Maliki of

            spreading sectarianism Turkey does same to Iraq’s ambassador to Ankara

 

Jan 22 Iraq voted in Arab League for a transition of power in Syria away from Assad

 

Jan 27 Bombing of Shiite funeral left over 90 casualties

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

 

Jan 30 Maliki warned Salahaddin governor that he would be removed if he pushed

            provincial autonomy

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

 

Feb 17 Mahoum Sarkhi offices set on fire Blamed on followers of Ayatollah Sistani

 

Feb 20 Saudi Arabia named its Jordan Ambassador as non-resident ambassador to Iraq

 

Feb 27 Diyala governor forced to resign after supported autonomy for province

Feb 27 Head of Election Commission said that it got forms to register voters for

            referendum on Salahaddin autonomy

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

 

Mar 4 ISI assassinated 2 police commanders in their homes and took a checkpoint in

            Haditha

 

Mar 5 Wearing ISF uniforms ISI attacked 5 checkpoints, took 27 police prisoner executed

            them then released video of attacks

 

Mar 13 Oil Ministry said KRG not meeting its export quota

 

Mar 14 Ninewa council voted to freeze Article 140 that was to determine future

            of disputed areas

Mar 14 Baghdad police held Russia Today reporters for 3 hrs because were doing story

 

Mar 15 One of Hashemi’s guards who had accused him of terrorism died in custody

            Authorities claimed kidney failure but pictures showed torture

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

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

 

Mar 17 Baghdad claimed KRG-Exxon oil deal was frozen but wasn’t

 

Mar 19 Sadrists held Day of the Oppressed protests in Basra for better services

 

Mar 20 Pres Barzani gave speech attacking Maliki’s misrule

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

 

Mar 23 ISI broke 19 of its men out of Kirkuk prison

 

Mar 24 Baghdad and Irbil agreed to increased joint patrols in Diyala

 

Mar 25 VP Hashemi claimed ISF tortured one of his bodyguards to death during

            questioning

Mar 25 Pres Barzani said that Maliki was abusing his powers and not following Irbil

            agreement made after 2010 elections

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

Mar 25 Pres Talabani called for reconciliation between Kurdish Alliance and Maliki

Mar 25 Displacement Ministry said Europe was deporting Iraqi refugees and wanted that

            to stop

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

Mar 25 Electricity Ministry said it would stop importing power in summer 2013 as

domestic production increased Didn’t happen

 

Mar 26 KRG said it would stop oil exports if it didn’t get paid for what it had already

            shipped Claimed owed $1.5 bil by Baghdad

Mar 26 Pres Talabani announced national conference to solve political differences over

            Maliki govt on Apr 5 Barzani and Allawi said they wouldn’t attend

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

 

Mar 27 Baghdad hosted Arab Summit marking major move back into Arab politics

 

Mar 28 Baghdad said it would pay KRG $558 mil for Kurdish oil exports from budget

 

Mar 30 Pres Barzani said Maliki becoming authoritarian

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

 

Mar 31 Oil Ministry paid oil companies in Kurdistan $650 mil for exports

 

Apr 1 Maliki said that if Pres Assad lost power there would be problems throughout

            the Middle East Condemned Gulf States for arming Syrian rebels

Apr 1 KRG halted oil exports for Baghdad over payment dispute

Apr 1 VP Hashemi went to Qatar violating his arrest warrant

 

Apr 2 Over 300 followers of Mahmoud Sarkhi arrested in Nasiriya

Apr 2 Oil Min Luaibi claimed Exxon was halting work in KRG so that it could continue

            working with central govt on oil industry Wasn't true

Apr 2 Dep PM Shahristani accused Kurds of smuggling oil to Iran

 

Apr 3 Kurds accused Shiite parties in Baghdad of smuggling oil to Israel via Jordan

            after Dep PM Shahristani accused KRG of smuggling oil to Iran

Apr 3 Sistani rep in Hillah had house bombed in wave of attacks against Ayatollah’s

            followers

Apr 3 Obama called Maliki about Iran flying weapons to Syria via Iraqi airspace

 

Apr 4 Dep PM Shahristani told Kirkuk governor had to stop oil smuggling to KRG

Apr 4 State of Law MP accused Kurds of trying to prevent army from buying new

            equipment

Apr 4 Maliki sent envoy to try to improve ties with Turkey but failed

 

Apr 5 US Amb Jeffrey met with Maliki 9 times since start of year to try to mediate

            Baghdad vs Irbil argument

Apr 5 New KRG cabinet under Premier Nechirvan Barzani sworn in Opposition boycotted

            ceremony

Apr 5 Pres Barzani said Iraq could become a dictatorship again due to Maliki

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

(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)

 

Apr 6 Proposed national conference to deal with protests and problems with Maliki

            didn’t happen

Apr 6 ISF closed off Tahrir Sq to try to stop protests

 

Apr 7 Kurdish Alliance said committee put together to work out problems with Maliki

Apr 7 Dep PM Shahristani complained about KRG oil contracts saying they were unrealistic

 

Apr 8 Sadr said that Maliki was becoming a dictator

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

(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)

 

Apr 9 KRG cabinet said that KDP and PUK Interior Ministries were going to unite

Apr 9 ISF attacked nightclubs and alcohol shops in Baghdad and shut them down

Apr 9 Pres Barzani said that Baghdad was marginalizing Kurds within ISF and

            that F-16s could be used against KRG

Apr 9 Iraqiya complained Maliki centralizing power

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

Apr 9 Parliament committee created to investigate mass arrests in Baghdad before

            Arab Summit Never made report

Apr 9 Parliament economic committee chairman accused foreign countries of

            pumping in counterfeit dinars into Iraq

 

Apr 10 Maliki said that if Assad deposed in Syria would cause greater problems in

            Middle East

Apr 10 Sadrist MP said no confidence vote against Maliki would not be good move

            Pushed for national conference instead to work out differences

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

 

Apr 11 Kurds attended Ninewa council for 1st time since boycotting in 2009 when Hadbaa

            won power Hadbaa boycotted in response

Apr 11 Court denied ex-VP Hashemi’s charge that 2 of his bodyguards were tortured to

            death by ISF

 

Apr 12 Kurdish MP said that VP Hashemi should not come back to Kurdistan after

            his tour of Middle East

Apr 12 Sit in started in Mosul demanding release of prisoners

Apr 12 Clash between followers of Mahmoud Sarkhi and police

Apr 12 Kurdish Alliance wanted Oil Min Shahristani to appear before parliament over

            corruption questions Shahristani filed lawsuit against them

Apr 12 State of Law MP announced arrest warrant on corruption charges against Election

Commission chief Part of Maliki intimidation move

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

 

Apr 13 ISI said it was responsible for March prison break in Kirkuk that freed 19

            prisoners

Apr 13 Head of Election Commission and another member were arrested on corruption

            charges brought up by Maliki to get rid of them

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

 

Apr 14 KRG official said there were around 700 advisers experts and general managers

            in Kurdish govt

Apr 14 Dep PM Mutlaq said arrest warrants for Election Commission members was

            political move

Apr 14 Pres Barzani said arrest of Election Commission head was another attempt by

            Maliki to centralize control over govt

Apr 14 Sadr said Maliki was behind arrests of Election Commission head so that he

            could control future votes

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

Apr 14 Integrity Comm reported prisons not following orders to release prisoners found

            not guilty or who had served sentences unless got payoffs

Apr 14 Followers of Mahmoud Sarkhi held protest in Baghdad demanding release of

            their followers

 

Apr 15 Head of Election Comm released after being arrested on corruption charges trumped

            up by Maliki to get rid of him

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

Apr 15 Kurdish members of Ninewa council stopped from entering Mosul at army

            checkpoint

Apr 15 Central Bank of Iraq set new rules on dollar auctions to try to stop large sales being manipulated by

insurgents foreign countries politicians banks Didn’t work

 

Apr 16 Report Maliki had shut out his adviser for Kurdish Affairs Adel Barwari

Apr 16 Iraqiya in talks with Kurdish Alliance and members of National Coalition to

            remove Maliki

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

Apr 16 State of Law said it would run on its own and not with other Shiite parties in 2013

            provincial vote

Apr 16 Integrity committee said it voted on dismissing Baghdad’s mayor Issawi for

            wasting money on fake contracts

Apr 16 Dep PM Mutlaq announced that 1100 prisoners would be released as concession

            by Maliki

 

Apr 17 Sadrists accused Sate of Law of trying to cancel elections so it could stay in power

            Said was why Election Comm head was arrested

Apr 17 Maliki’s adviser on Kurdish Affairs Adel Barwari removed from post

Apr 17 Maliki accused Kurds of smuggling oil to Iran

 

Apr 18 Oil Min Shahristani said Exxon would not start working in KRG until Baghdad

            approved contract Exxon went ahead anyway

 

Apr 19 Anbar councilman said province would move towards federal region to protest Maliki govt

Apr 19 ISI set off car bombs in Baghdad Kirkuk Samarra Baquba, Dibis 35 killed

            more than 100 wounded

Apr 19 After meeting Pres Barzani Turkish officials accused Maliki of spreading

            sectarianism

 

Apr 20 Oil Ministry said Exxon could continue work at West Qurna oil field despite

            signing oil deal with Kurds

Apr 20 Sadr met with KRG PM Barzani in Tehran to talk about removing Maliki

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

Apr 20 Pres Barzani gave speech saying power sharing agreement after 2010 elections

was dead due to Maliki Said that PKK would not be tolerated if it continued to use violence

Apr 20 Maliki called Turkey a hostile country

 

Apr 22 Attack on Najaf offices of Ayatollah Fayadh in wave of attacks against Iraq’s

            top clerics

Apr 22 Turkey’s Erdogan compared Maliki to Saddam

 

Apr 23 Iran tried to work out deal between Maliki and Sadr but failed Sadr moved

            into growing critic of Maliki’s rule

Apr 23 Iraq’s Foreign Ministry called in Turkey’s ambassador complaining about

            Ankara’s interference in Iraqi politics

 

Apr 24 Sound bomb at offices of Ayatollah Najafi in wave of attacks upon leading

            ayatollahs

Apr 24 Pres Barzani said that Exxon would follow through with its contracts to work

            with KRG despite threats from Baghdad

 

Apr 25 Accordance Front and Iraqiya threatened no confidence vote against Maliki unless

he followed Irbil power sharing agreement

Apr 25 Pres Barzani said that unless Maliki shared power would be a revolt by

            other ruling parties Said Maliki was like a dictator

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

(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)

 

Apr 26 Sulaymaniya court gave protest organizer life in prison after policeman killed

            at protest in Halabja

Apr 26 Report that Kurds being threatened and driven out of Khanaqin district northeast

            Diyala

Apr 26 Sadr went to Irbil to meet Pres Barzani over no confidence vote against Maliki

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

 

Apr 27 Kurdish Alliance returned to Ninewa council after boycott started in 2009

            when Hadbaa took all the top posts after elections

 

Apr 28 Pres Barzani Pres Talabani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi met in Irbil to

            discuss no confidence vote against Maliki

Apr 28 Sadr issued demands to Maliki saying he would be removed if didn’t submit

            to them

Apr 28 Pres Talabani tried to moderate between Maliki Barzani and Allawi over

            having no confidence vote against PM

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

 

Apr 29 Pres Barzani told US he objected to selling F-16s to Baghdad Said didn’t trust

            Maliki with them

 

Apr 30 KRG said Baghdad should pay foreign oil companies working in Kurdistan

Apr 30 Allawi said he wouldn’t go to national conference to resolve differences with

            Maliki

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

Apr 30 4 bodyguards of fmr Speaker Mashadani arrested for terrorism

 

May 2 Supreme Court issued decision weakening parliament’s ability to question

            ministers

 

May 4 Maliki’s media advisor Ghabban said he thought dispute between Baghdad and

            KRG would be over by end of 2012

May 4 Pres Barzani gave speech saying Kurds would never live under a dictatorship

            meaning Maliki

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

(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)

May 4 KRG called for Baghdad to pay oil companies operating in Kurdistan

May 4 KRG said in talks with Turkey to build an oil and gas pipeline between two

 

May 5 Anbar council said it finished preparation to hold referendum on making province a

            region

May 5 Pres Talabani Pres Barzani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi issued ultimatum

            to Maliki follow power sharing Irbil agreement

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

 

May 7 Iraqi court ruled that Hezbollah’s Ali Mussa Daqduq would be released for lack

evidence Daqduq was liaison with militias

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

May 7 At meeting with Turkish businesses and reporters KRG Premier Barzani said

            Ankara saw Kurdistan as strategic partner

 

May 8 Maliki held cabinet meeting in Kirkuk to highlight problems between Arabs and

            Kurds

May 8 Allawi said Maliki was becoming an autocrat

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

(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)

 

May 9 Report that $5 mil being stolen a month from contract for Turkish ships to

            provide electricity to Basra

May 9 Maliki said Peshmerga should leave Kirkuk while Kurds criticized PMs visit

            to city

May 9 Turkey said it would not arrest former Vice Pres Hashemi who was residing

            there after Interpol notice for him

 

May 11 Maliki said Turkey was not respecting Iraq

 

May 12 KRG complained about Maliki holding cabinet meeting in Kirkuk Listed all

            grievances with Baghdad over oil Article 140 etc

May 12 KRG Natural Resource Min said if Baghdad didn’t deliver regions’ share of

            budget it would truck oil for exports independently

 

May 13 Report that Pres Talabani supported Maliki while Sadr Speaker Nujafi Pres

Barzani and Allawi wanted no confidence vote

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

May 13 State Dept cut Iraq police training program

May 13 Report that Syrian govt was arresting and deporting Iraqis

 

May 15 Trial of ex-VP Hashemi began Bodyguard claimed Hashemi implicated in 150 attacks

            from 2005-11

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

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

May 15 Genel Energy said it would expand its oil holdings in Kurdistan

 

May 16 End of deadline set by Sadrists for Maliki to implement Irbil power sharing

agreement Maliki did not respond

May 16 Pres Barzani said he was fed up with Maliki and could not work with him

anymore

May 16 Maliki allowed Dep PM Mutlaq back to work after dismissing him as political

            threat during no confidence move

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

 

May 17 Asayesh arrested 3 Yazidis for attending govt sponsored conference to intimidate

            them to stay away from Baghdad

May 17 Maliki withdrew no confidence request to parliament against Dep PM Mutlaq to

            try to stop no confidence move against himself

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

 

May 18 Human Rights Watch reported secret prison in Green Zone run by Maliki said to

            be closed in March 2011 still operating

May 18 KRG began preparations to build independent oil pipeline to Turkey

 

May 19 Sadr called conference with Kurds Speaker Nujafi Ahmed Chalabi about

            Maliki

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

May 19 Ayatollah Haeri called on Sadr to stop trying to divide Shiites showing Iran’s

            displeasure with moves against Maliki

May 19 France’s Total announced talks with KRG about oil deals there over objections

            of Baghdad

May 19 Protest in Basra against Turkey hosting wanted ex-VP Hashemi

 

May 20 PUK and KDP Finance Ministries said they had merged

May 20 KRG said it was building independent oil pipeline to Turkey Said it would reach 2

            mil/bar/day in production by 2014 Didn’t make that mark

May 20 Meeting of political leaders decided to hold off on no confidence vote against

            Maliki

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

 

May 21 KRG announced energy deals with Turkey Baghdad warned KRG it could not

sign independent oil deals with Turkey Oil Minister Shahristani ordered ministry to stop petrol deliveries to KRG Would later deny he gave order

 

May 23 Iraq hosted nuclear talks between Iran and six countries

 

May 24 KRG PM Barzani said that if Baghdad cut off fuel deliveries KRG would

            export oil independently

May 24 Sadr asked National Alliance to replace Maliki

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

 

May 25 Dawa held march in Baghdad to support Maliki during no confidence drive

            against him

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

May 25 Baghdad said that all Kurdish oil deals with Turkey had to be approved by the

            central govt

 

May 27 Pres Barzani said KDP and PUK peshmerga would be united by end of year Still

            hasn't happened

May 27 Kurdish Coalition said hadn’t decided on no confidence vote against Maliki 

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

 

May 28 KRG PM Barzani compared Maliki to Saddam claiming Kurds were being

            expelled from Diyala and Kirkuk

May 28 Meeting in Irbil with Speaker Nujafi Allawi Sadr spokesman and Kurds over

            no confidence vote against Maliki

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

 

May 29 Basra council called for province to become federal region

May 29 Maliki held cabinet meeting in Mosul to try to undermine no confidence vote

            against him Kurds boycotted meeting

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

May 29 Iraqi court found Hezbollah operative Daquq innocent of terrorism charges Was

            liaison between Iran Hezbollah and militias

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

May 29 Oil Min Shahristani denied that he ordered stop of fuel deliveries to KRG even though he did in

dispute over oil deals

 

May 30 Maliki said he was reinstating Saddam era army officers as concession to Sunni

            parties to stop no confidence vote against him

May 30 Pres Talabani met Pres Barzani Allawi Speaker Nujafi Dep PM Mutlaq in

            Sulaymaniya and refused to back no confidence vote vs Maliki 

May 30 Sadr said if Iraqiya and Kurdish Coalition backed no confidence vote against

            Maliki he would support it

May 30 Badr and Fadhila wrote letter to Maliki saying they supported him during no confidence move

against him

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

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

May 30 Iraq Oil Ministry held 4th auction for 12 oil and gas fields Only 1 winning bid

 

May 31 2nd day of 4th auction round for Iraq oil and gas fields Only 2 winning bids

May 31 Iraq announced 5th auction round for Iraqi oil and gas fields would be held

            after disappointing 4th auction

May 31 Ninewa Gov Nujafi claimed almost enough votes in parliament to hold

            no confidence move against Maliki

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

 

Jun 1 US asked Iraq to extradite Hezbollah operative Daqduq to US after Iraqi court

            found him innocent of terrorism Didn't happen

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

Jun 1 During anniversary of founding PUK Pres Talabani mentioned Gorran head

            Mustafa 29 times pointing to possible reconciliation

Jun 1 Report Iran pressured Sadr to pull support for no confidence vote against Maliki

            Sadr called for all parties to move against Maliki

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

 

Jun 3 Dep PM Mutlaq said no confidence vote against Maliki would reflect

            popular mood in Iraq

Jun 3 Sadrists again said they supported no confidence vote against Maliki

Jun 3 Ayatollah Haeri issued fatwa against voting for secular candidates as pressure

            on Sadr to drop no confidence vote vs Maliki

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

 

Jun 4 176 parliamentarians signed no confidence vote against Maliki and given to

Pres Talabani for verification Maliki office claimed signatures were collected illegally

Jun 4 Iran called Sadr to talk him out of backing no confidence vote against Maliki

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

Jun 4 Shiite Endowment offices in Baghdad bombed 18 dead 125 wounded Bomb

            at Sunni Endowment defused but hit by mortar

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

Jun 4 Inter Min head of explosives Gen Jabiri given 4 yrs in prison on misdemeanor

charges for buying fake bomb detectors

 

Jun 5 US intel report attacks by ISI went from 19 per month in 2011 to 25 per month

            in 2012

Jun 5 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said KRG could reach 2 mil/bar/day

            in production by 2019

Jun 5 Sadr criticized Asaib Ahl Al-Haq march in Baghdad claiming it was directed by Iran 2 State of Law

officials attended event

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

Jun 5 Sadrists/Mahdi Army members started riots in two different prisons in Baghdad

Jun 5 Report Maliki tried to get Sadr kicked out of National Alliance because

            supported no confidence vote

Jun 5 Sadr said Maliki should be investigated for trying to stop MPs from signing

            no confidence vote against him

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

 

Jun 6 PM Nechirvan Barzani talked with Turkish PM Erdogan about KRG exporting

            oil to Turkey

Jun 6 Report front companies acting as recruiters for Iraqis to go fight in Syria for Assad

            govt

 

Jun 7 Maliki welcomed new breakaway party that had 7 MPs that didn’t sign no

            confidence vote against him

 

Jun 8 Maliki and State of Law started working on getting MPs to remove names from

            no confidence vote against Maliki

Jun 8 Loyalty of Iraq announced 20 MPs said they took names off Maliki no confidence

            vote

Jun 8 Solution Movement within Iraqiya said withdrawing from no confidence vote

            against Maliki

Jun 8 Sadrists called for parliament to hold no confidence vote against Maliki

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

Jun 8 Sadr denied that any of his followers fighting in Syria They were

Jun 8 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq suspected of killing leading Sadrist in Baghdad 1st of 5 such assassinations between

2 groups

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

 

Jun 9 Iraqiya called for parliament to hold no confidence vote against Maliki

Jun 9 Sadrists said didn’t want no confidence anymore against Maliki just political

            reform after Iranian pressure

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

 

Jun 10 List of MPs for no confidence vote against Maliki was down to 160 Then 157

Jun 10 Pres Talabani rejected no confidence letter against Maliki claiming not enough MPs

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

 

Jun 11 After Pres Talabani rejected no confidence vote Barzani and Iraqiya said they would still

            push issue

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

Jun 11 Pres Talabani’s office announced it was holding talks with PKK to work out a ceasefire

            with Turkey

 

Jun 12 Kurdish MP claimed if no confidence vote against Maliki went to parliament

            would be passed

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

Jun 12 Maliki held cabinet meeting in Dhi Qar trying to prop up base against no

            confidence vote

 

Jun 13 ISI bombed Shiite pilgrims and KDP HQ 84 killed total almost 300

            injured

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

Jun 13 Report Ayatollah Khamenei tried to persuade Sadr to drop opposition to

            Maliki Quds Force commander Gen Suleimani already failed

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

 

Jun 14 Gorran and PUK held meeting to try to reconcile Didn’t work

Jun 14 Gov Nujafi reversed course and said that he now supported Kurdish oil deal with

            Exxon

Jun 14 Sadr returned from Iran said still for no confidence vote against Maliki but

            thanked him for cabinet meetings in provinces Sadr started to give into Iranian pressure

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

 

Jun 15 Sadrist MP said movement now not for removing Maliki anymore after pressure

            from Iran

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

 

Jun 16 2 car bombs hit Shiite pilgrims heading for Kadhimiya, Baghdad 32 killed

            67 injured

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

Jun 16 Sadr said that removing Maliki was God’s will but he was already backing off

            no confidence vote due to Iranian pressure

Jun 16 Sadrists and State of Law in talks to try to end no confidence move against Maliki

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

Jun 16 Kurdish list said their goal was still to remove Maliki

 

Jun 17 Sadr said he would not accept a 3rd term for Maliki

Jun 17 MP Othman said that KDP wanted Maliki out while PUK didn’t

 

Jun 18 Report Gov Nujafi and Hadbaa made deals with Kurds in Ninewa after two

            opposed each other

Jun 18 2 suicide bombers hit Shiite funeral in Baquba killing 22

(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)

 

Jun 19 Report Iran trying to stop no confidence vote against Maliki

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

Jun 19 Maliki said Exxon deal with KRG could lead to break up of Iraq Baghdad asked

            US for help to stop deal

Jun 19 Maliki’s media adviser said Baghdad would stop any KRG-Exxon oil deal that

involved disputed areas

 

Jun 20 Sadr MP said 3rd term for Maliki would lead to dictatorship

(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)

Jun 20 Sadrist protest in Baghdad claimed govt cracking down on independent

            press

 

Jun 21 Maliki called for Gov Nujafi to be dismissed saying he violated constitution by

            holding talks with Kurds over oil deals in disputed areas

 

Jun 22 Def Sec Panetta asked Iraq to hold Hezbollah operative Daqduq in prison Captured

            by US and turned over to Iraqis

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

Jun 22 Iraq’s national grid ran out of fuel shutting down electricity across entire country

            for 24 hrs

Jun 22 Sadr criticized Ayatollah Haeri and Iran for trying to interfere with his followers

            during no confidence move vs Maliki

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

 

Jul 3 Parliament passed $9 bil supplemental budget fueled by high oil prices

Jul 3 Iranian delegation arrived in Iraq to try to improve relations between Maliki

            and Sadr

 

Jul 9 KRG said it would barter oil for refined products with Turkey

 

Jul 10 During visit to Irbil Pres Barzani tried to get Syria’s Kurdish Natioanl Council

            and Democratic Union Party to unite and not align with PKK

 

Jul 15 Iraq complained about KRG-Turkish oil deals saying it would affect relations

            between two countries

 

Jul 17 After Iraq complained that Turkish air force was crossing border shut down air

            space to Turkish passenger flights saying it was a technical problem

 

Jul 21 ISI leader Baghdadi announced the Breaking Walls Campaign in Iraq Was his first

            online statement Said it was new phase of jihad Campaign sign IS had rebuilt after defeat

 

Jul 22 ISI head Baghdadi announced it had returned to its strongholds that it was driven

            out of by by Surge

 

Jul 23 ISI carried out 30 car bombs and other attacks across 20 cities as part of new

            Breaking Walls Campaign that killed more than 115

 

Jul 26 Protests in Basra against lack of electricity

 

Jul 31 France’s Total signed contracts for two oil blocks in KRG

 

Aug 1 Russia’s Gazprom signed deal for 2 oil blocks in KRG

Aug 1 KRG said it would restart oil exports for Baghdad to try to get a new revenue

            deal with the central govt

 

Aug 2 Turkey’s Foreign Min Davotoglu visited Kirkuk City which Iraq’s Foreign Ministry

            called interference in Iraqi affairs

 

Aug 7 KRG re-started oil exports for Baghdad to try to get a new revenue sharing

            deal with central govt

Aug 7 Turkey’s Foreign Min Davutoglu visited Irbil and then Kirkuk 1st Turkish

            visit to that city since 1976

 

Aug 15 Maliki said he wanted better relations with Turkey but also complained about

            Ankara’s ties to Kurdistan

 

Aug 16 ISI carried out attacks in 19 cities leaving over 100 dead

 

Aug 17 VP Biden called Maliki about Iran flying military supplies to Syria over Iraqi

            airspace

 

Aug 20 US warned that oil companies signing deals with Kurds without Baghdad’s

            approval were taking risks

 

Sep 8 Gunmen killed radio personality Hadi Mahdi after he posted on Facebook that he

            was receiving threats from pro-Maliki loyalists for supporting protests

 

Sep 9 ISI carried out 21 car bombs along with ten other attacks across 18 cities killing more

            than 100

Sep 9 Court sentenced former VP Hashemi to death for alleged killing of two people in

            terrorist attacks

 

Sep 12 insurgents took bus in Anbar and killed 22 Shiite pilgrims

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

 

Sep 14 New Baghdad-Irbil oil export/revenue sharing deal announced

 

Sep 18 Cabinet approved new oil export-revenue sharing deal with KRG

 

Sep 19 Irbil and Baghdad made agreement for KRG to deliver 200,000 bar/day of oil

            by end of 2012 for Oil Ministry

 

Sep 27 ISI attacked Tikrit prison with car bombs mortars suicide bombers & released 100

            prisoners

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

 

Oct 8 Maliki went to Russia and signed $4.2 bil in arms deals

 

Oct 14 MP announced arrest warrant issued for head of Central Bank of Iraq Shabibi after he refused

to cooperate with Maliki over the dinar

 

Oct 16 Maliki suspended Central Bank of Iraq head Shababi after he refused to stop dinar re-valuation

Appointed ally Turki head of Board of Supreme Audit as new bank head

 

Oct 30 Election Commission called for provincial elections on 4/20/13 that excluded Kirkuk and KRG

 

Nov 6 Pres Barzani called on Democratic Union Party and Kurdish National Council to stop fighting each

other in Syria

 

Nov 8 US Treasury Dept designated Kataib Hezbollah a terrorist organization

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

 

Dec 6 US mediated withdrawal of federal and Kurdish forces from Tuz Kharmato and creation of local

security forces along disputed areas Agreement on security forces in disputed areas only partially implemented

 

Dec 12 Diyala council voted to hold a referendum on turning province into a region in response to

            Maliki govt

 

Dec 18 Pres Talabani had a stroke effectively ending his political career although he would

            remain in office

 

Dec 19 Maliki ordered arrest of Finance Minister Issawi on terrorism charges Detained 10

            of his bodyguards 1 yr after having warrant issued for VP Hashemi for terrorism 

Dec 19 Pres Obama called Fin Min Issawi US Amb Beecroft visited Issawi US Embassy issued protest

to Iraq’s Foreign Min over warrant for Issawi

Dec 19 Protests started in Anbar Salahaddin Adhamiya in Baghdad over warrant for Fin Min Issawi

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

 

Dec 21 Protests started in Fallujah in response to Maliki issuing arrest warrant for Finance Min Issawi

 

Dec 22 Iraqiya boycotted cabinet over arrest warrant for Fin Min Issawi

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

 

Dec 23 Iraqiya boycotted parliament over arrest warrant for Fin Min Issawi

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

 

Dec 25 Iraqiya boycotted cabinet 2nd time over arrest warrant for Fin Min Issawi

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

 

Dec 26 Fin Min Issawi addressed Ramadi protest camp condemning actions of Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

 

Dec 27 Protest in Mosul called for Iraqi forces to withdraw from city after arbitrary arrests

Dec 27 Tribal delegation from Basra joined Ramadi protest

 

Dec 28 Protests spread from Fallujah to Diyala Ninewa and Salahaddin in response to Maliki issuing

warrant for Fin Min Issawi

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

 

2013

Jan 14 Maliki released 300 prisoners in concession to Sunni protests

 

Jan 25 ISF killed 9 protesters at Fallujah protest camp for throwing stones

 

Feb 20 Iraq signed deal to build natural gas pipeline from Iran across Iraq to Syria

 

Feb 27 Wissam al-Hardan elected new head of Awakening Was move against Ahmed Abu

            Risha who supported Anbar protests Hardan aligned with PM Maliki

 

Mar 4 ISI and Al Nusra Front ambushed 48 Syrian soldiers in Anbar and executed them

 

Mar 9 Babil intel arrested 12 ISI members Claimed they were backed by Sheikh

Sulaiman and Sheikh Abu Risha who were leaders in Anbar protests

Mar 9 Free Iraq Intifada leader arrested Group issued ultimatum to release him or face

rebellion Hoping to turn protests to violence Free Iraq Intifada Naqshibandi front group organizing protests in Mosul, Hawija, Kirkuk and Tikrit

 

Mar 11 Anbar council voted to delay provincial elections there due to security concerns

 

Mar 14 5 suicide bombers attacked Justice and Foreign Ministries, Communications

            Institute in central Baghdad

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

 

Mar 18 Kurdish MPs meet with Pres Barzani and agreed on boycotting Iraqi parliament

            over disputes with Maliki

 

Mar 19 Cabinet announced postponing provincial elections in Anbar and Ninewa for 6

            months because of security

Mar 19 After criticizing Maliki Sadr withdrew his ministers from cabinet

 

Mar 20 Sadrists ended boycott of parliament over postponement of provincial voting in

Anbar and Ninewa

 

Mar 21 Sheikh Abu Risha demanded cabinet reverse delayed provincial elections

            in Anbar

Mar 21 Sadr called cabinet decision to postpone provincial vote in Anbar unconstitutional

Mar 21 Sadr cleric gave Friday sermon calling on Maliki to step down

 

Mar 22 ISI took over Buhriz, Kirkuk

Mar 22 Anbar councilman filed lawsuit over provincial vote being postponed in Anbar

 

Mar 24 Naqshibandi sent group to Ramadi protest site to try to push it towards

            violence against govt

 

Mar 25 Committee created to come up with laws to meet demands of protesters Never

            happened

Mar 25 Turkey signed trade deal with KRG

 

Mar 26 Cabinet said that it agreed to meet major demands of protesters dealing with

arrests, amnesty, etc Never did

 

Mar 28 Iran delivered bodies of Iraqi militiamen killed fighting for it in Syria

 

Apr 1 ISI suicide truck bomb on Tikrit police station and govt center

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

Apr 1 PUK said it would run independently of KDP in next KRG elections

 

Apr 2 Insurgents attacked Akkas gas field in Anbar

Apr 2 Gunmen in army uniforms attacked 4 independent newspaper offices in Baghdad

            Mahmoud Sarkhi blamed

Apr 2 Election Commission said provincial vote in Anbar and Ninewa would be

            delayed until May

Apr 2 Sadrists said they would end cabinet boycott

 

Apr 4 Turkey said it was willing to split payments of oil exports between Baghdad and Irbil

 

Apr 5 Iran delivered bodies of Iraqi militiamen killed fighting for it in Syria

Apr 5 National Alliance delegation went to KRG to try to end Kurds boycott of govt over budget

Apr 5 Maliki said he was open to better ties with Turkey which US had been pushing

Apr 5 Iraq threatened legal action against Turkey for oil deals with Kurdistan

Apr 5 1st shipment of Kurdish oil sold on international market

Apr 5 Maliki said he would form a majority govt and not follow sectarian quotas anymore

 

Apr 6 Suicide bomber attacked political rally for provincial vote in Baquba killed 22

wounded more than 50

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

Apr 6 Court issued arrest warrant for Finance Min Rafi Issawi on corruption

 

Apr 7 Cabinet said it was going to amend Accountability and Justice Law to meet

            demands of protesters

Apr 7 Maliki said early elections should be considered to solve political stalemate

            in country

Apr 7 KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani said Maliki was violating constitution and

            consensus politics with dispute over budget

Apr 7 Report claimed soldiers in army brigade were told to vote for Maliki in elections

 

Apr 8 ISI released statement that it sent operative Jalwani to Syria to create Jabhat al-

Nusra That group was no longer and would be part of new Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

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

 

Apr 9 Iran delivered bodies of Iraqi militiamen killed fighting for it in Syria

Apr 9 Gorran rejected extending Pres Barzani’s term

Apr 9 Turkey said it was ready to build a pipeline for Kurdish oil exports

 

Apr 10 Gorran Islamic Union Islamic Group all said opposed to Barzani extending

            his term as president of KRG

 

Apr 13 Sadrists in Karbala and Iraqiya in Mosul claimed ISF were being told to vote

            for State of Law in provincial elections

 

Apr 14 Maliki said he would expose politicians connected with terrorism if he was made

            to appear before parliament for questioning

Apr 14 Maliki said provincial elections would be step to forming majority govt

Apr 14 Were coordinated bombings in Baghdad, Babil, Dhi Qar, Salahaddin, Anbar,

            Kirkuk, Diyala and Ninewa

Apr 14 Sulaymaniya mayor died in custody Asayesh said he hung himself His family

            claimed he was tortured

Apr 14 Gorran leader said he was against 3rd term for Pres Barzani

 

Apr 16 500 protested at West Qurna 2 oil field demanding jobs and benefits from

            Lukoil that ran site

 

Apr 17 KRG said it was ready to export oil to Turkey directly when it finished its

            pipeline

 

Apr 19 Checkpoint outside Hawija protest site attacked 1 soldier killed Led to stand

off between 2 sides Hawija site was run by Naqshibandi that wanted to provoke confrontation with ISF to push protests towards violence

 

Apr 20 Provincial elections held in 12 of Iraq’s 18 provinces No voting in KRG or Ninewa,

            Kirkuk and Anbar

 

Apr 21 Maliki blamed anti-govt protests for increase in violence in country

Apr 21 Protest leader in Hawija said army had arrested 114 demonstrators after

            checkpoint was attacked and 1 soldier killed

 

Apr 22 Tigris Ops Command stopped parliamentary delegation from visiting Hawija

            protest site after checkpoint attacked

 

Apr 23 Maliki ordered raid on Hawija protest camp run by Naqshibandi leading to over 40

dead and 70 wounded Violence spiked in Iraq after Hawija raid and helped mark return of Iraqi insurgency

Apr 23 Mohammed Abu Risha called for protesters to arm themselves after ISF attack upon

            Hawija protest site

Apr 23 Clash between protesters and ISF in Ramadi 6 soldiers killed

Apr 23 Fighting broke out between ISF and insurgents in Suleiman Beq, Salahaddin

Apr 23 British court found maker of fake bomb detectors guilty of 3 counts of fraud

 

Apr 24 Maliki called for dialogue with Sunni protests after raided and killed protesters in

            Hawija Also called for law and order

Apr 24 Mutahidun complained Maliki allowing militias to operate in Iraq

Apr 24 Insurgents took control of Suleiman Beq, Salahaddin after ISF attacked Hawija

            protest site

Apr 24 Hawija protest group announced that it was joining Naqshibandi after ISF attacked

            protest site

 

Apr 25 Maliki gave TV speech saying security would be restored after ISF attack

            on Hawija protest site led to spike in violence

Apr 25 Heavy fighting in Mosul 10 police and 31 insurgents killed

 

Apr 26 4 Sunni mosques bombed in Baghdad after noon prayers

Apr 26 Anbar protest leaders called for a popular army to be formed to protect demo sites

Apr 26 Fallujah protest site announced formation of Pride and Dignity Army to protect

            demonstrators from ISF

Apr 26 5 Intelligence officers killed at Fallujah protest site

Apr 26 ISF retook Suleiman Beq from insurgents who seized town for several days

 

Apr 27 Peshmerga said it was moving into disputed areas of Kirkuk Diyala Salahaddin

            to protect against increased violence

Apr 27 Maliki blamed Syria for rise of sectarianism and increased violence in Iraq

Apr 27 Naqshibandi claimed they were behind rise in violence after ISF attacked

            Hawija protest site

Apr 27 Anbar Operations Command set 24 hrs deadline for killers of 5 soldiers at

            Fallujah protest site to be turned over

Apr 27 5 Anbar tribes said they were arming to fight ISIS in province after 5 soldiers

            killed at Fallujah site

Apr 27 2 tribes withdrew from Anbar protests after 5 soldiers killed at Fallujah site

 

Apr 28 Sheikh Abu Risha turned over 2 people said responsible for killing 5 soldiers

            at Fallujah protest site

 

Apr 29 Maliki and Pres Barzani agree on 7 point program to repair relations between

            Baghdad and Irbil

Apr 29 ISIS set off 2 car bombs in central Karbala 2 car bombs in Amarah 1 car bomb

            in Diwaniya

Apr 29 Turkmen in Kirkuk demanded peshmerga withdraw from disputed areas

 

Apr 30 Kurdish ministers ended boycott of govt

Apr 30 Islamic Army met with Kirkuk tribes to form armed group after ISF attacked Hawija

            protest site

Apr 30 Sheikh Sulaiman said that protesters would go to war with govt after crackdown on

            Hawija protest site

Apr 30 Insurgents attacked Wasit municipal council building

Apr 30 Dep PM Mutlaq criticized ISF attack on Hawija protest site

 

May 1 Maliki said he would take on armed protesters in Anbar

May 1 Kurdish alliance said new deal with Maliki would end their boycott of cabinet

Maliki didn’t follow through Maliki-Kurd deal included dealing with disputed areas, amending budget paying peshmerga distributing revenues

 

May 2 Fake bomb maker Jim McCormick got 10 yrs prison for fraud in making detectors

May 2 Parliamentary investigation said ISF used excessive force when attacked Hawija

            protest site

 

May 3 Police told AFP they had orders from Interior Ministry to use fake bomb

            detectors even though knew they didn’t work

May 3 Friday prayers at Fallujah protest site urged people to stay peaceful and

            demanded Maliki resign

May 3 Friday prayers at Kirkuk protest site warned that Baghdad had ignored

            their demands and could lead to civil war

May 3 Samarra and Mosul protest sites demanded either Maliki resign or Salahaddin

            and Ninewa would become federal regions

 

May 4 Election Commission announced final results for provincial elections State of Law

            lost 30% of its seats from 09 vote

May 4 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq rally in Baghdad announced it was fighting in Syria as part of Abu al-Fadhl al-

Abbas Brigade

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

(Musings On Iraq Abu Fadhl Al-Abbas Brigade From Fighting In Syria To Iraq)

 

May 5 KRG said unless Baghdad paid them money owed they would start exporting

            oil independently

May 5 Sheikh Abu Risha rejected making Anbar a region

May 5 Maliki claimed Iraq took care of fake bomb detectors even though still used

 

May 6 Report said politicians manipulating Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions

 

May 7 Hakim and Sadr met in Najaf to discuss how to deal with Maliki Decided on

            forming alliance to take power in new prov govts in south

 

May 8 Iraqiya said Maliki was allowing militias to operate in country

 

May 9 Pres Barzani said KRG was training Kurds to fight in Syrian war

 

May 12 Iraqi paper got memo showing Maliki okayed purchase of fake bomb detectors

May 12 Supreme Council and Fadhila agreed to form coalition in 7 new provincial

            govts in south

 

May 13 Arguments between Ramadi and Fallujah protest sites over which represented Anbar

            demonstrators

May 13 Sheikh Saadi said talks beginning between Ramadi protest site and govt

 

May 16 Gov Nujafi of Ninewa escaped IED attack on his convoy

May 16 ISF raided Sheikh Suleiman’s farm in Anbar leading to shootout with guards

 

May 18 Protest leaders in Mosul Anbar Salahaddin Diyala Kirkuk had meeting saying

            armed struggle or regions only options left

May 18 Ramadi protest leader called for a Sunni region in Iraq

May 18 Arrest warrant for Mohammed Abu Risha Ramadi protest leader led to

            gunfight with ISF in city

 

May 19 Provincial election results finalized State of Law won 112 seats Down from 126 in

            2009

May 19 PM Maliki responded to protest movement Said provinces could become regions if

            followed constitution Maliki was actively working to undermine attempts

May 19 Sheikh Saadi religious leader in Anbar protests said he gave up on his initiative to

            hold talks with Baghdad

 

May 20 ISIS launched 11 car bombs leaving 137 dead

May 20 Maliki said some of the fake bomb detectors worked 20-50% of the time

May 20 Anbar councilman said foreign companies were fleeing province due to

            increasing violence

May 20 Cabinet announced provincial elections in Anbar and Ninewa would occur

            Jun 20

 

May 21 Sheikh Hayes threatened to tear down protest tents in Ramadi if didn’t disperse

            after attacks on ISF and kidnappings

May 21 KRG said it wanted to build a second independent oil pipeline to Turkey

 

May 22 Pres Barzani attacked PYD for arresting KDP affiliated group in Syria

 

May 23 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that Baghdadi was wrong for declaring ISIS without

            asking permission first

May 23 Mutahidun accused Maliki of supporting militias and targeting civilians

May 23 Sheikh Hayes said Ramadi protesters had 2 days to turn over those who killed

            5 soldiers

May 23 State of Law offered SIIC control of 3 southern provinces in return for control of

            Basra SIIC turned down offer

 

May 24 Integrity Commission said it was opening investigation into buying fake bomb

            detectors Went nowhere

May 24 Clash at Ramadi protest site between those for and against turning Anbar

            into federal region

May 24 Imam at Mosul protest site argued for making Ninewa federal region

May 24 Sadrist killed fighting in Syria had funeral attended by movement members         

            showing Sadr’s participation in Syria war

 

May 25 Mutahidun accused Maliki of backing militias with government money

 

May 27 13 ISIS car bombs in Baghdad killed 36 wounded 147

May 27 Sadr gave Maliki 24 hrs to have ISF clear Asaib Ahl Al-Haq from streets of Baghdad

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

 

May 28 Security ops against ISIS in Anbar Ninewa Diyala Salahaddin Babil Baghdad

 

May 30 Sadrists said replacing Maliki only solution to political crisis in Iraq

May 30 3 Reports militias killing civilians kidnapping people manning checkpoints with

ISF in Baghdad

May 30 Anbar governor escaped car bombing in Ramadi

 

May 31 Fight broke out amongst protesters in Fallujah between those for and against

            Anbar becoming federal region Federalism was to protest Maliki govt

 

Jun 1 Kurdish parliament extended Pres Barzani’s term for 2 years

Jun 1 Defense Ministry claimed it broke up ISIS cell working on chemical weapons

Jun 1 Salahaddin governor escaped mortar fire on his home north of Tikrit

Jun 1 Ninewa Governor Nujafi escaped 2nd IED on his convoy west of Mosul

Jun 1 Sheikh Sulaiman said Anbar governor’s committee to negotiate with Baghdad did

            not represent protest movement

Jun 1 Sheikh Ubaidi of Albu Obeid tribe said Anbar protesters supported talks with

            Baghdad

 

Jun 2 Report Sadr got into argument with Hezbollah’s Nasrallah over backing Assad

            in Syria

Jun 2 Sadr accused Asaib Ahl Al-Haq of trying to assassinate leaders in his movement in Baghdad

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

 

Jun 3 Shahristani claimed Iraq’s electricity crisis would be solved by end of year

Jun 3 Protests over lack of electricity started in Nasiriyah

Jun 3 Kirkuk governor said all the displaced Arabs in province fleeing violence

            should be made to leave

Jun 3 Sadr issued statement accusing Asaib Ahl Al-Haq of trying to assassinate one of his aides

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

 

Jun 4 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq denied it tried to assassinate a Sadrist leader

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

 

Jun 5 Mass graves found in Irbil and Sulaymaniya with victims of Saddam

Jun 5 Provincial elections in KRG delayed because of problems with election law

Jun 5 Anbar protest movement told Anbar Governor Fahadawi he should not hold talks with

            Baghdad

Jun 5 Def Min tried to replace 16th Bgd commander a Kurd with a Shiite Arab and commander

refused to give up command Def Min attempted to force 16th Bgd to leave Tuz Kharmato after commander refused to be replaced Ministry backed down

 

Jun 6 Mass grave found in Diwaniya with victims of Saddam

Jun 6 Govt sponsored meeting to try to get Anbar tribes to organize against ISIS

Jun 6 Baghdad asked Kurds to withdraw Peshmerga from Tuz Kharmato and Suleiman Bek

            Kurds said no

Jun 6 VP Hashemi said he supported Sunni region in Iraq

 

Jun 7 Sadrists State of Law and SIIC agreed on new provincial govt in Maysan Sadrists

            would retain governorship

 

Jun 8 7th day of protests in Nasiriya over lack of electricity

Jun 8 State of Law and local list announced they would shut out Sadrists and SIIC

            from new provincial govt in Najaf

Jun 8 Sadrists and SIIC announced alliance in Baghdad Dhi Qar and Wasit provincial

govts

 

Jun 9 Shoot out between Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Sadrists in Kadhimiya, Baghdad

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

Jun 9 Maliki visited Irbil to try to repair relations with Barzani

Jun 9 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that merger between ISIS and Al Nusra Front in Syria

            was over

Jun 9 Joint committee announced deal over disputed areas energy budget between

            Baghdad and Irbil

Jun 9 State of Law lost control of Basra province to Basra First list

 

Jun 10 5 car bombs in Mosul area

Jun 10 Maliki visited Irbil for first time in 2 yrs to try to resolve disputes with Kurds

 

Jun 11 Sadrist rally in Kadhimiya Baghdad led to shootouts with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in

            northern and eastern Baghdad

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

 

Jun 12 Charge of Knights of the Tigris anti-insurgent op started in Muqtadiya Abu Saida

            Hamrin Jalawla in Diyala

Jun 12 Sadr-Supreme Council alliance took Basra governorship from State of Law after

            provincial elections SOL got head of council

 

Jun 13 SIIC and Sadrists complained State of Law and Loyalty to Najaf broke deal

            and formed new Najaf govt illegally

 

Jun 14 ISF security sweep through western Anbar along Syrian and Jordanian border

 

Jun 15 ISIS’ Baghdadi said he would not follow Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri’s decision to break

with Al-Nusra Front in Syria

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

Jun 15 New Baghdad govt announced State of Law shut out of major positions by            

            Sadrists Supreme Council Mutahidun State of Law won governorship of Babil

 

Jun 16 Security op in Anbar to prepare for elections criticized for arbitrary arrests and

            raids

Jun 16 Car bombs in Najaf and Wasit, IED in Basra

Jun 16 KDP and PUK agreed to delay KRG presidential elections supposed to happen Sep

            2013 until issues of Barzani’s term resolved

Jun 16 Sadr-SIIC alliance won governor and head of council in new Wasit govt

Jun 16 State of Law-Solidarity alliance won governor and head of council in Dhi Qar

 

Jun 17 Kataib Hezbollah attacked Mujahedeen e-Khalq camp with rockets

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

Jun 17 Badr said one of its men died fighting in Syria before its presence officially announced

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

Jun 17 Exxon signed 3rd contract with KRG to explore for oil in Sulaymaniya

Jun 17 Sadrists maintained control of Maysan governorship in new govt

Jun 17 State of Law-SIIC-Sadr alliance formed new govt in Qadisiyah SIIC got governorship 

 

Jun 19 ISIS’ spokesman Adnani released tape criticizing Zawahiri admonishing group for declaring itself

ISIS and expanding into Syria

Jun 19 Pres Barzani sent draft constitution back to KRG parliament for discussion

            and passage

Jun 19 Iraqi army claimed it was responsible for split between ISIS and Al Nusra in

            Syria because it controlled Iraq-Syria border

Jun 19 Iraqiya Diyala-Sadr list formed new govt in Diyala shutting out State of Law

Jun 19 State of Law held protests against new govt in Diyala Militias blocked roads around

            Baquba

Jun 19 State of Law and local lists alliance formed new govt in Karbala Sadrists and

            SIIC shut out

Jun 19 State of Law won head of council in Karbala Sadrists boycotted session

Jun 19 All 12 provinces that had elections formed new govts

 

Jun 20 Chevron signed new exploration deal with KRG for work in Irbil

Jun 20 Gazprom met with Pres Barzani to discuss oil deals in KRG

Jun 20 Shahristani claimed Iraq’s electricity problems would be solved by end of year

Jun 20 Election Comm said voter turnout only 35% in Ninewa and 37% in Anbar in

            delayed provincial elections

 

Jun 21 Transportation Minister and Badr head Amiri said Iraq’s Shiites would fight ISIS in Syria if shrines

were attacked

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

 

Jun 22 ISF launched operation in Rawa, Anbar

Jun 22 Anbar governor claimed Iraqi Islamic Party cheated in provincial elections

            paying off voters

 

Jun 23 Parliament amended 2008 Provincial Powers Law but not implemented

 

Jul 7 Pres Barzani visited Baghdad to try to resolve problems with Maliki

 

Jul 21 ISIS attacked Abu Ghraib and Tikrit prisons Freed 500 prisoners from Abu

            Ghraib End of Breaking Walls Campaign

 

Jul 22 ISIS issued paper arguing that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was fit to be the next caliph

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

 

Jul 29 ISIS started new car bomb wave as part of Soldiers’ Harvest campaign

 

Sep 21 Elections for Kurdish parliament held

 

Oct 19 IS held parade in southern Fallujah

 

Nov 1 Iraq said it supported Geneva II meeting to arrange political transition in Syria for Assad to step

down

 

Nov 13 Fallujah’s mayor killed by a sniper

 

Nov 14 US National Counterterrorism Center testified to Congress that ISIS was strongest

            since its peak in 2006

 

Nov 16 Erdogan met Barzani in Turkey and asked for his help with Kurdish vote in

            Turkey’s 2014 elections Asked Barzani to found a Turkish Kurdish party

 

Dec 1 Fallujah protest leader Sheikh Khalid Hamoud al-Juamili assassinated

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 7 Pro-Maliki Sheikh Hayes house mortared in Ramadi Nephew Sheikh Moahmmed al-Hayes

assassinated Sheikh Hayes blamed protesters Gave protest site 48 hours to turn over perpetrators or his men would storm the camp

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 9 Sheikh Issawi hit by sticky bomb in Ramadi dist in spate of attacks upon Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 10 Pro-Maliki Sheikh Hayes had his house hit by mortar fire in Jazeera in spate of violence against

Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 12 Iraq signed $1.1 bil deal to buy 24 FA-50 light fighter jets from South Korea

Dec 12 Parliamentarian called on govt to stop blockading Tarmiya Baghdad Said town had been on

lockdown for over a week

Dec 12 Sheikh Dulaimi assassinated north of Ramadi in spate of attacks against Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 13 Sheikh Shorka house hit by two bombs in Jazeera in spate of violence against Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 15 Sheikh Saadi spiritual leader of Anbar protests had his house shot at in Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 16 Maliki appointed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Safi from State of Law as acting Finance

Minister

 

Dec 19 Sheikh Mohammed al-Hayes’ house in Ramadi bombed in spate of violence against Anbar

notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 20 Sheikh Fahadawi’s house hit by mortars in Ramadi in spate of violence against Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 21 7th Div commander and leadership of division all killed by IS booby trapped house in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

Dec 21 Insurgents attacked al-Assad air base in Anbar

 

Dec 22 Maliki announced major military campaign in western Anbar desert region after IS killed

leadership of 7th Div

Dec 22 Anbar council said it would work with govt to fight ISI

Dec 22 PM Maliki said Ramadi protest site base for ISI and demanded it closed

(Musings On Iraq Crackdown On Protest Site In Iraq’s Anbar Province Seemingly Averted)

Dec 22 Ramadi protest sheikhs said Ramadi would take up arms against any forces trying to stop

demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

 

Dec 23 Sheikh Sulaiman said tribes would protect Ramadi protest site against Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

Dec 23 Anbar Ops Command outside Ramadi hit by mortars in new insurgent offensive

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 24 Maliki ordered ISF to surround Ramadi protest site

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

Dec 24 Def Min Dulaimi’s convoy hit by IED

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 25 Acting Def Min Dulaimi said govt would not shut down Ramadi protest site

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

 

Dec 26 2 Suicide bombers attacked 1st Rapid Reaction Brigade HQ in Garma Anbar Ops Command HQ

mortared in new insurgent offensive in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

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

 

Dec 27 Maliki said was last time would be Friday prayers at Ramadi protest site Demanded tribes end

protest

Dec 27 Iraqi forces tightened security around Ramadi protest site searching people coming

            and going

Dec 27 Army vehicle attacked near Ramadi protest site Blamed on ISI

Dec 27 Pro-Maliki Sheikh Hayes said Ramadi base for Al Qaeda Called on Maliki to burn down the

Anbar protest camps Hayes met with delegations from Albu Diab Albu Jaber Albu Ali al-Jassim Albu Fahd Albu Shaban Albu Hamza tribes who all pledged support for govt

(Musings On Iraq Violence In Iraq’s Anbar Highlights Divided Tribes There)

Dec 27 Several sheikhs warned govt about closing down Ramadi protest site

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

Dec 27 Ansar al Sunna claimed ISI killed 40 of its members in inter-insurgent fighting

Dec 27 Commander Anbar Rapid Reaction Force hit by IED Army base east of Ramadi hit by mortars

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 28 Maliki ordered arrest of MP Alwani for taking part in protests Gun battle ensued

            killing Alwani’s brother and some of his bodyguards

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

investigation

Dec 28 Speaker Nujafi’s parliamentary investigative group into arrest of MP Alwani blocked from

entering Anbar by ISF

Dec 28 Maliki ordered arrest of Sheikh Sulaiman for his role in Anbar protests Sulaiman fled to Irbil

(Musings On Iraq With Fighting Still Going On In Anbar Province Iraq’s Premier Maliki Continues To Issue Arrest Warrants From Protest Leaders)

Dec 28 Curfew imposed in Ramadi

 

Dec 29 Head of Anbar council called for end of Ramadi protests in exchange for govt releasing MP

Alwani

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

 

Dec 30 Anbar sheikhs gave govt 12 hour ultimatum to release PM Alwani

Dec 30 PM Maliki used death of army’s 7th Div cmdr to order Ramadi and Fallujah protest camps to be

closed Led to call to arms in Fallujah Closure helped insurgency to return

Dec 30 Gunmen appeared in Fallujah after protest site there closed setting up checkpoints and fighting

with ISF Some mosques in Ramadi called for jihad Police cars seized in Ramadi and burned Clashes in Hit

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

(Musings On Iraq Aftermath of Shutting Down Ramadi Protest Site In Iraq)

Dec 30 Army base east of Fallujah hit by mortars

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

 

Dec 31 Anbar council negotiated withdrawal of 2 ISF units from Ramadi to try to control protests and

fighting

Dec 31 Maliki said he would withdraw ISF from cities in Anbar after closing protest sites led to fighting

Dec 31 Speaker Nujafi announced Mutahidun withdrawing from govt to protest Maliki shutting down

Ramadi protest site

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

Dec 31 10 houses in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr blown up by ISI forcing 84 families to flee

Dec 31 Army base outside Ramadi hit by rockets Base in Baghdadi Anbar shot at Police station in

Ramadi taken over 2 army bases in Haditha and Baghdadi overrun Part of new insurgent offensive after PM Maliki shut down Anbar protests

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

(Musings On Iraq Aftermath of Shutting Down Ramadi Protest Site In Iraq)

 

2014

Jan 1 ISI fighters moved into Ramadi and looted police stations Reports police in Fallujah deserted

and joined insurgents Fighting spread to Garma

(Musings On Iraq Aftermath of Shutting Down Ramadi Protest Site In Iraq)

Jan 1 Sheikh Abu Risha called on Anbar to fight ISIS

Jan 1 ISIS began pushing families out of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil

 

Jan 2 ISIS fighters attacked Ramadi and helped take Fallujah with other insurgents

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

Jan 2 Meeting of sheikhs clerics and notables to work out plan to retake Fallujah

Jan 2 Mutihadun said wanted govt to release PM Alwani and police to restore

            security in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

 

Jan 3 Insurgents declared Fallujah an Islamic state ISIS held parade and public prayers in

            city

 

Jan 4 Indiscriminate govt shelling of Fallujah was causing hundreds to be displaced

(Musings On Iraq Counterproductive Tactics Of The Iraqi Security Forces)

 

Jan 5 Secretary of State Kerry said US would assist Iraqi govt with renewed insurgency

 

Jan 13 Tribal Military Council tried to unite all the insurgent groups in Fallujah

 

Jan 15 Bodies of 14 Sunni men found in Tarmiya day after they were kidnapped by

            men in ISF uniforms and vehicles

 

Jan 19 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his fighters to march towards Baghdad

 

Jan 21 NGO warned that 5,000 had been forced from their homes in Baghdad Diyala Ninewa Basra

Reports gunmen threatened and forced Shammar tribe to flee Baquba Diyala ISIS forced 300 families out of province Shabaks in Ninewa targeted in Mosul Sunnis threatened and attacked in Basra in retaliation for terrorist attacks in rest of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Forced Displacement Returns To Iraq Part II)

 

Jan 24 As fighting and insurgency took off in Anbar when PM Maliki shut down protest sites mass

displacement started UN said 140,000 displaced from Anbar up from 65,000 week before

(Musings On Iraq Major Displacement In Iraq’s Anbar Due To On Going Fighting)

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

 

Jan 30 8 gunmen stormed Human Rights Min office in Baghdad and took hostages

            Were killed

 

Feb 2 Al Qaeda publicly renounced ties with ISIS

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

 

Feb 3 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri renounced ties to ISIS after it killed Jabhat al-Nusra emir in

            Raqqah, Syria 

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

 

Feb 5 ISIS attacked Mukhisa, Diyala forcing out families Afterward ISF and miltias

            killed civilians and burned homes

 

Feb 8 ISIS joined Fallujah Military Council and agreed to cooperate with other militant factions

 

Feb 23 ISIS sent 2 suicide bombers to kill Al Qaeda representative Abu Khald al-Suri who was supposed to

moderate differences between ISIS and Al Nusra Front

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

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

 

Feb 24 ISIS released statement in Ninewa attacking Maliki and telling people not to vote in

            election

 

Mar 3 ISIS released statement telling people in Kirkuk not to vote

 

Mar 6 Transportation Min Amiri turned around Middle East Airlines plane in flight so

his son who was late could get on

 

Mar 7 Insurgents bombed Kirkuk oil pipeline cutting northern exports

 

Mar 20 ISIS held parade in Fallujah

 

Mar 24 After Burhiz, Kirkuk retaken from IS Militias killed at least 2 civilians and

            burned homes

 

Mar 25 Militias held parade in Balad, Salahaddin which local officials tried to deny

Mar 25 ISIS took over Nibai for one day and then left

Mar 25 ISIS made call for declaring the caliphate as a trial balloon

Mar 25 Transportation Ministry set up special flights to take ISF members from Mosul

            to homes in Baghdad to avoid attacks along highway

Mar 25 Dozens of Sunni families fled Buhriz, Diyala after being attacked by militias

 

Mar 26 Sadr condemned militias in Diyala after several reports of them killing civilians

            and destroying property

Mar 26 Mutahidun said militias had killed civilians in Buhriz and destroyed houses

            and mosques

 

Mar 27 Islamic Party accused ISF of being involved in killing civilians in Buhriz, Diyala

 

Mar 28 Families from Qara Tapa, Diyala started fleeing militias

 

Mar 31 ISIS released 2nd annual al-Naba report on its operations

Mar 31 ISIS held parade in Abu Ghraib

Mar 31 Fmr Communications Min Allawi Fmr Fin Min Issawi and 8 general mangers

            charged with corruption

Mar 31 Mutahidun claimed 44 civilians killed by Hashd in Buhriz, Diyala with

            complicity of ISF

 

Apr 1 KRG said it would export oil for Baghdad to help with negotiations with central

            government over industry but didn’t happen

Apr 1 Kataib Hezbollah said that it was involved in Shjariya operation in Anbar

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

 

Apr 3 Sadr said Maliki should not run for 3rd term as premier

 

Apr 5 25 families fled Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil as ISIS moved into area from Anbar

Apr 5 Sadrists began campaign for national elections calling for majority govt and

            end to sectarian quotas

 

Apr 6 2 ISIS leaders killed fighting Ansar al-Sunna in Kirkuk

Apr 6 ISIS closed Fallujah Dam causing flooding

 

Apr 7 Maliki told Shiite politicians he was turning to militias for security because frustrated with ISF’s

performance Gave Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah control of security in Baghdad belts

(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)

Apr 7 Naqshibandi leader and son killed by ISIS in Hamrin, Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

 

Apr 10 Mutahidun accused militias of attacking civilians throughout central Diyala

 

Apr 11 Gunmen suspected to be from Asaib Ahl Al-Haq shot up homes and burned a mosque in Bodaja,

Diyala

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

Apr 11 Diyala governor warned that militias were operating in province and increasing

            tensions and violence

Apr 11 Fighting broke out in Kirkuk between PUK and KDP supporters leaving 17

            wounded before KRG elections

 

Apr 12 ISIS issued orders to infiltrate Baghdad

Apr 12 ISIS posted pictures of over 80 police joining it from Albu Diab and Albu

            Shaban in Anbar

 

Apr 13 ISIS held parade in Baiji

 

Apr 15 New security operation launched in Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil

Apr 15 Flyers dropped over Fallujah telling people to leave due to impending security

            operation to free city Wasn't taken until 2016

 

Apr 17 IS attacked Al Qaeda saying that it was no longer leader of jihad

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

Apr 17 Insurgents blew up pipeline in Baiji leading to large oil spill contaminating

            water all the way to Baghdad

Apr 17 KDP and Gorran said they had agreement to form new government in KRG

 

Apr 18 ISIS commander killed fighting Ansar al-Sunna in Rashad, Kirkuk

Apr 18 Al Qaeda’s Abu Qatada said ISIS was misguided liars and ignorant

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

Apr 18 Anbar council asked if ISF were competent enough to retake Fallujah

Apr 18 Former Diyala governor and Mutahidun MP said militias were trying to take over

Mukhisa and force people out of town

Apr 18 Maliki gave speech in Babil calling for majority govt after elections

 

Apr 19 Head of Ninewa Operations Command accused of extorting money and arresting

            people for ransom

Apr 19 Protest in Baghdad and other provinces for reform

 

Apr 20 Anbar Ops Command announced offensive to retake Fallujah while Anbar

            council said no op started

 

Apr 22 Pres Barzani threatened independence of Kurdistan if oil dispute with Baghdad

            continued

 

Apr 23 PM Maliki ordered Office of Commander in Chief to raise a popular army using militias

 

Apr 24 Was fighting between ISIS and Military Council in Fallujah

 

Apr 25 Boko Haram pledged support to ISIS

Apr 25 US sent intelligence officers to assist Iraq with fighting insurgency, started

            training Iraqi Special Forces in Jordan

Apr 25 KRG offered North Oil Company to use its pipeline to Turkey

Apr 25 Report that insurgents were split over whether to support elections or not

 

Apr 27 ISF claimed it was starting op to retake Fallujah that Anbar council denied

            was happening

 

Apr 28 Ibrahim Jaafari said that Maliki’s mistakes led to deterioration in security

Apr 28 ISIS seized control of 6 voting centers in Qara Tapa, Diyala

Apr 28 Iran signed oil and natural gas deal with KRG

Apr 28 Special voting started in national elections for parliament

 

Apr 29 ISIS took credit for suicide bombing of PUK rally in Khanaqin, Diyala that killed

            30

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

Apr 29 Report that US intel believed Maliki getting re-elected PM would divide Iraq

            more

 

Apr 30 KRG parliamentary elections 1st in 8 years

Apr 30 Anbar tribes claimed Baghdad agreed to some of protesters’ demands to end

            fighting Didn’t happen

Apr 30 ISIS ideologue Binali said that group didn't have to hold territory for Muslims to pledge allegiance

to it Was setting stage for declaration of Islamic State

 

May 2 Zawahiri said that ISIS had always pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda

May 2 Naqshibandi and ISIS fought in Diyala for 3 months Report Naqshibandi okayed

            killing ISIS members in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

 

May 3 Ansar al-Sunna declared war on ISIS in Diyala

 

May 4 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS fighting in Syria was a disaster

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

May 4 Fighting between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Kirkuk

May 4 Sadrists said talks with SIIC, Kurds and Allawi to block Maliki from 3rd

            term as PM

 

May 5 Heavy fighting reported between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Riyad, Kirkuk

May 5 ISF claimed it cleared most of Saqlawiya Anbar but fighting continued there

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

 

May 7 Meetings in Irbil and Amman with sheikhs failed to end fighting in Anbar

May 7 Iraqi forces assault on Fallujah failed

 

May 8 US restarted training for Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in Jordan

May 8 Anbar council again denied stories that ISF launched operation to free       

            Fallujah

 

May 9 Govt claimed 90% of Ramadi cleared of ISIS when insurgents still occupied large

            areas of city

 

May 11 Gen Austin and US diplomats met Maliki who asked for drones and air strikes

            Obama turned him down

May 11 Protest in Basra about lack of electricity

May 11 ISIS spokesman Adnani released video saying ISIS was following true path of Al Qaeda while

Zawahiri had split the jihadist movement and only cared about promoting himself

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

 

May 13 ISF claimed progress in Fallujah op MPs and experts warned that ISF failing due

to bad logistics

May 13 ISIS began car bomb wave

 

May 16 Reports of barrel bombs and indiscriminate shelling of Fallujah by ISF leading to

large displacement of civilians

 

May 17 Sheikh Hayes blamed protesters for creating environment for return of insurgency

in Anbar

May 17 4 Kurdish parties accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya voting

May 17 Kurdish parties announced united stance when negotiation to form new Iraqi govt

 

May 18 Head of Mosul intelligence claimed he received report ISIS planning to attack

            Mosul and told Ninewa Operations Command

May 18 Babil police chief claimed Jurf al-Sakhr mostly cleared Town actually wouldn’t

            be freed until Oct 2014

May 18 Financial experts warned Iraqi economy heading towards recession

May 18 Maliki said no 2014 budget until a new government was formed

May 18 Report that 400,000 people fled Fallujah due to shelling and barrel bombing by

            ISF

 

May 19 Election results announced with Maliki’s State of Law coming in first

May 19 Sulaymaniya Educ dept went on strike over not getting paid and protests in 2

            towns over lack of services in KRG

May 19 ISF went on rampage in Khalis, Diyala after checkpoint attacked burned mosque

            fields 2 houses

 

May 20 Iraqi intel warned army that large ISIS attack on Mosul coming in June

May 20 Iraqi army said it was surrounding Fallujah Said it controlled Saqlawiya but untrue

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

May 20 KRG parliament voted Qubad Talabani Dep PM

May 20 Electricity and Municipality depts. in Sulaymaniya protested over not being

            paid salaries

May 20 KRG oil started being loaded on tanker in Turkey for first time

 

May 22 KRG provincial election results released Gorran won most seats in Sulaymaniya

May 22 Oil Ministry warned potential buyers not to buy 1st shipment of independent KRG

oil

May 22 Mutahidun and Sadrists rejected 3rd term for Maliki

 

May 23 Babil Operations Command claimed Jurf al-Sakhr freed from IS Would not be

            liberated until Oct 2014

May 23 Gorran accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya vote

May 23 KRG said it sold 1st tanker of independent oil exports Oil Ministry filed legal

            papers over sale

 

May 25 Anbar Operations Command claimed 90% of Ramadi freed ISIS still occupied

            major parts of city

May 25 Anbar Operations Command said 40 attempts to take Fallujah from Jan-May

            2014 and all failed

May 25 Sadrists threatened to go into opposition if Maliki got 3rd term as PM

 

May 26 Jihadist intellectual Maqdisi said talks to heal ISIS-Al Qaeda rift had failed Said Abu Bakr al-

Bahgdad and his followers were deviants and called on ISIS members to join Jabhat Al-Nusra

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

 

May 27 New operation to clear Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil four days after declared freed

May 27 Protest in Nasiriya over lack of electricity and services

May 27 Report Iran pushing PUK to support 3rd term for Maliki

 

May 28 ISIS killed 8 Naqshibandi fighters in Baiji

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

May 28 Peshmerga Min punished Peshmerga who protested not getting paid in Sulaymaniya

May 28 Iraqi intelligence received report on neighborhoods in Mosul ISIS would attack in June

 

May 29 Mutahidun Arabiya and Nationalists formed Union of National Forces list

 

May 30 Ramadi protest leader said Sunni autonomy was way to go and rejected

            armed struggle

May 30 Protest in Qadisiyah over lack of services and development

May 30 Report Iran funding Asaib Ahl Al-Haq operations in Fallujah and Jurf al-Sakhr

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

 

May 31 ISIS kidnapped and killed 8 Naqshibandi members in Baiji who would not

            give it allegiance

May 31 Operation started to clear Saqlawiya north of Fallujah in Anbar

 

Jun 1 ISIS leader ambushed and killed by Naqshibandi in Hamrin Mts, Diyala in

retaliation for ISIS killing 8 Naqshibandi Fighting between 2 over few days left 70 dead

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

 

Jun 3 11 tribes in Fallujah district declared war on ISIS

Jun 3 ISIS killed Mohammed Khamis head of Ramadi Awakening Council

 

Jun 4 ISIS head of Military Council Bilawi killed by Iraqi special forces

Jun 4 Babil police chief press conference with 6 prisoners confessing to car bombing

            then posted 4 of them executed on his Facebook hours later

Jun 4 Report State of Law delegation went to Iran and got backing for 3rd term for Maliki

 

Jun 5 Maliki said ISIS were being chased like rats and were incapable of fighting the tribes and

            Iraqi army

Jun 5 Report ISIS demanded Army of Mujahadeen in Anbar give it baya

Jun 5 ISIS launched large scale raid upon Samarra Seized several districts before beaten

            back

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq And The Levant Storm Samarra In Salahaddin)

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

Jun 5 Mosul intel chief warned that ISIS would attack 2 neighborhoods in city That night

            ISIS began its attack upon Mosul eventually taking city

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

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

Jun 5 Turkey said 2nd tanker of oil exports by Kurds through independent pipeline was

being loaded KRG said 1st tanker of independent oil exports had been sold but was actually told to leave Morocco’s waters

 

Jun 6 37 Sunnis abducted shot and dumped in Samarra in separate incidents

Jun 6 ISIS attacked counter-terror bureau in Baquba Diyala

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

Jun 6 ISIS continued attack on Mosul Took 5 neighborhoods

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

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

Jun 6 Head of Ninewa Ops Command Gen Gharawi ordered defensive line in western Mosul

Jun 6 Maliki told Gen. Gharawi to hold city until Gen Ghidan ground forces commander and

            Gen Qanbar chief of staff arrived

 

Jun 7 ISIS stormed Anbar Univ in Ramadi taking hostages and stole 15 bil dinars

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

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

Jun 7 US warned Baghdad that ISIS moving forces from Syria to attack Mosul

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

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

Jun 7 US wanted Peshmerga to move into eastern Mosul Pres Barzani offered Maliki said no

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

Jun 7 Maliki told US 9 brigades would be sent to Mosul US said wouldn’t arrive in time

Jun 7 Gen Ghidan ground forces commander Gen Qanbar chief of staff took over defense of

            Mosul

Jun 7 Badr said it would protect Askari shrine in Samarra against insurgent threat

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

 

Jun 8 Interpol issued arrest warrant for Iraqi official for buying fake bomb detectors Nothing

            done

Jun 8 ISIS reinforcements from Syria arrived in Mosul to attack last section of city under govt

            control

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

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

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

Jun 8 ISIS sleeper cells in Mosul joined fight

Jun 8 Gen Ghidan ground forces commander Gen Qanbar chief of staff said they were

            withdrawing to eastern Mosul while ISIS attacking city

Jun 8 Many ISF thought Ghidan and Qanbar going to east Mosul was a retreat and began

            deserting

Jun 8 ISIS captured Hawija Zab Riyad Abbasi Rashad Yankaja in Kirkuk

 

Jun 9 Gov Nujafi walked streets of Mosul calling on locals to defend city from ISIS

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

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

Jun 9 ISIS seized provincial council building in Mosul Maliki govt claimed situation

            in Mosul under control

Jun 9 Emergency called in Salahaddin All police ordered on duty to defend Tikrit

            Army was not put on alert

Jun 9 Baathist Naqshibandi said to have joined ISIS summer offensive in Ninewa

            Salahaddin Kirkuk

Jun 9 Car bomb at PUK headquarters in Tuz Kharmato killed 30

 

Jun 10 Gen Ghidan ground forces commander Gen Qanbar chief of staff fled Mosul to

            KRG causing general desertion

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

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

Jun 10 ISIS took Mosul after 6 days of fighting Gov Nujafi fled to Dohuk 500,000

            began fleeing city

Jun 10 Defense Ministry said it was sending Golden Division to retake Mosul Never arrived

Jun 10 Maliki declared that government would retake Mosul in 24 hrs

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

Jun 10 Maliki asked U.S. for military aid to fight ISIS Maliki claimed US didn’t help

            until August but US started sending supplies next day

Jun 10 ISIS set up checkpoints around Mosul to arrest and execute members of ISF and Jabour

            tribe

Jun 10 ISIS took Badush prison Ninewa and started executing 670 Shiite prisoners over

            next few days

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

Jun 10 ISIS seized Shirqat, Suleiman Beq and Baiji weapons depot without a fight

            Started attacks outside of Tikrit

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

Jun 10 When word that Mosul fell ISF began deserting in Tikrit and Baiji

Jun 10 ISIS attacked Abu Ghraib district Baghdad

Jun 10 Def Min told retreating troops from Ninewa Salahaddin Kirkuk to rally in Taji, Baghdad

Jun 10 Peshmerga moved into Kirkuk city and Tuz Kharmato in Salahaddin Khanaqin dist

            in Diyala after ISF began retreating Lost most of Khanaqin to insurgents

Jun 10 Maliki called for militias to help fight insurgents

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

Jun 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guard said to be mobilizing and entering Iraq to aid govt

(Musings On Iraq Continued Collapse Of Iraqi Security Forces And Fighting In Baghdad Leads to Militia Mobilization And Arrival Of Iran)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

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

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

 

Jun 11 PM Maliki issued Decree 301 to organize volunteer for popular army Used militias

Jun 11 ISIS executed 17 police Mosul airport 12 ISF killed in Dawasa, Ninewa after Mosul

            seized

Jun 11 ISIS kidnapped staff of Turkish consulate in Mosul

Jun 11 Salahaddin provincial police chief went to Camp Speicher demanding army help vs ISIS

            Turned down

Jun 11 ISIS seized Tikrit without a fight 30 police executed Burned provincial council building

            and 4 police stations in Tikrit

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

Jun 11 ISIS executed 10 ISF in Riyad, Kirkuk Burned all the police stations in Zab

Jun 11 ISIS took Baiji burned down police station Also took Dour district

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

Jun 11 Separate reports that Tikrit and Baiji had been freed by ISF proved false

Jun 11 ISIS attack upon Samarra turned back by ISF

Jun 11 ISIS spokesman Adnani said that group was going to attack Baghdad and overthrow

            government

Jun 11 US said it was sending Hellfire missiles, light and medium weapons to aid Iraq PM Maliki

            later claimed this didn’t happen

Jun 11 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said that it would defend Iraq and holy shrines

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

Jun 11 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq accused of kidnapping 53 Sunni men in Hillah Babil and executed them

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

Jun 11 Ammar Hakim said he was calling for volunteers to fight insurgency

Jun 11 Sadr called for his Saraya al-Salam militia to protect Iraq’s shrines from insurgents

(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilization)

Jun 11 Militiamen took 137 men from Latifiya market south Baghdad 30 later found dead

Jun 11 150 man Iranian Revolutionary Guard unit sent into Iraq to assist govt against insurgents

(Musings On Iraq Continued Collapse Of Iraqi Security Forces And Fighting In Baghdad Leads to Militia Mobilization And Arrival Of Iran)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

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

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

Jun 11 UNAMI warned that it didn't have funds to deal with displacement crisis caused

            by insurgency

 

Jun 12 ISIS announced it was imposing sharia on Mosul ISF members had to repent

or be executed Killed Imam of grand mosque in Mosul who refused to support group Executed 84 ISF in Mosul

Jun 12 ISIS committed Camp Speicher massacre executing cadets in Salahaddin

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

Jun 12 ISIS seized 10 towns in Salahaddin and attacked Amerli

Jun 12 ISIS announced that it was going to execute ISF in Dhuluiya, Salahaddin ISIS told

local tribes in Dhuluiya they had to turn over ISF or they would be killed Refused and tribes starting fighting ISIS

Jun 12 Jabour tribe fighting ISIS in Alam east of Tikrit

Jun 12 Army and Sahwa withdrew from three major entrances to Fallujah

Jun 12 Insurgents attacked and seized Kubaisa and Saqlawiya in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

Jun 12 ISF withdrew from Qaim and Mazra army base without a fight in Anbar ceding

            Syrian border to insurgents

Jun 7 ISIS stormed Anbar Univ in Ramadi taking hostages and stole 15 bil dinars

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

Jun 12 ISF withdrew from Sadiya district Diyala Insurgents burned abandoned ISF base in district

(Musings On Iraq Continued Collapse Of Iraqi Security Forces And Fighting In Baghdad Leads to Militia Mobilization And Arrival Of Iran)

Jun 12 Emergency session of parliament to discuss security crisis cancelled due to lack of quorum

Jun 12 Supreme Council announced that it sent first unit of militiamen to fight insurgents

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

Jun 12 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq set up checkpoints near Dhuluiya Salahaddin Opened fire on 3 vehicles killing

12 civilians

Jun 12 3 Sunni men kidnapped and killed by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Sadiya, Baghdad

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

Jun 12 Iran’s Quds Force commander Gen Suleimani went to Baghdad to help coordinate security policy

against insurgents

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

Jun 12 2 Brigades of Iranian Revolutionary Guard deployed to Samarra Najaf and Karbala to protect

shrines

Jun 12 Iranian Revolutionary Guard deployed to Iran-Iraq border Iran air force put on alert

(Musings On Iraq Continued Collapse Of Iraqi Security Forces And Fighting In Baghdad Leads to Militia Mobilization And Arrival Of Iran)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

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

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

 

Jun 13 Ayatollah Sistani issues fatwa for men to defend country leading to creation of

            Hashd al-Shaabi

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Tel Avav Univ’s Rachel Kantz Federa on Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa To Defend Iraq)

Jun 13 3 Iraqi army divisions disintegrated in collapse of Mosul Tikrit etc

Jun 13 Peshmerga moved into Sadiya and Jawala, Diyala and Kirkuk City after ISF fled

Jun 13 North Oil Company shut down oil to Baiji refinery because of fighting

Jun 13 ISIS demanded that people return to their jobs in Mosul after taking city

Jun 13 Report up to 25 tankers with ISIS oil travelled into Kurdish controlled areas

            of Tuz Kharmato per day

Jun 13 Insurgents seized police station in western Ramadi

Jun 13 Badr head Amiri given control of security in Diyala by Maliki

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

Jun 13 Report 500 Iranian Revolutionary Guards deployed to Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

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

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

Jun 13 Sunni imam and two aides arrested in Baghdad by ISF later found dead

 

Jun 14 Ayatollah Sistani issued clarification that his fatwa to defend country was for men

            to join the ISF not militias

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Tel Avav Univ’s Rachel Kantz Federa on Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa To Defend Iraq)

Jun 14 Insurgents seized Jalawla, Diyala

Jun 14 12 imams in Mosul executed by ISIS for not giving it baya

Jun 14 128 bodies of soldiers and police executed by ISIS in Mosul recovered

Jun 14 Report differences emerging between ISIS and Naqshibandi over control of Mosul

Jun 14 Ishaqi and Mutasim Salahaddin recaptured by ISF 1st victories vs insurgents after

            sweep through north

Jun 14 ISF and tribes forced insurgents out of Dhuluiya Ishaqi declared freed but still fighting 

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

Jun 14 ISF and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq pushed insurgents out of Muqtadiya, Diyala

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

Jun 14 ISF withdrew from Rawa and Ana giving Anbar border to ISIS Fighting in Hit

            Habaniya Ramadi

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

Jun 14 ISF started op to try to retake Saqlawiya, Anbar

Jun 14 Report Peshmerga told remaining ISF in Kirkuk city to leave

Jun 14 Sadr called for military parades by his militia in all the provinces to show their

            strength in face of insurgents

(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilization)

Jun 14 1500 Iranian troops in Khanaqin district Diyala and 500 in Wasit to secure

            Iran-Iraq border areas

Jun 14 1st Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps member killed in fighting in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Fifth Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force Member Dies In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

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

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

 

Jun 15 Baghdadi issued audio message saying ISIS was going to create caliphate

Jun 15 ISIS began posting pictures online of Camp Speicher massacre

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

Jun 15 Insurgents attacked power plant that supplied electricity to most of Anbar Driven

            off

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

Jun 15 Insurgents attacked and turned back at Tal Afar, Ninewa 50 prisoners executed in

            Tal Afar by govt forces

Jun 15 ISF fled Qara Tapa, Diyala and peshmerga moved in

Jun 15 Yazidi leader in Sinjar district asked KRG for protection from insurgents

Jun 15 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq leader Khazali blamed ISIS Baathists Kurds regional countries

            for security crisis in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

 

Jun 16 All work at Baiji refinery shut down because of insurgency

Jun 16 US and Iranian diplomats met to discuss Iraq and ISIS

Jun 16 275 U.S. troops sent to Iraq to help with war vs ISIS

Jun 16 ISIS issued orders to start destroying churches in Mosul

Jun 16 12 insurgents killed in fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS for control of Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

Jun 16 Insurgent Military Council in charge of Mosul criticized ISIS for trying to

            establish control over city

Jun 16 ISIS seized Hawija, Kirkuk

Jun 16 Badr killed 51 prisoners in Tal Afar prison

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

Jun 16 Hashd killed 50 prisoners at Baquba police station

Jun 16 KRG asked for 25% of Iraqi budget claiming its population had grown

Jun 16 Maliki loyalist MP Fatlawi blamed Kurds for helping insurgents take Mosul

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

Jun 16 Liwa Abu Fadhl al-Abbas Iraqi militia in Syria sets up branch in Iraq and

            deployed 1500 fighters to Samarra

(Musings On Iraq Abu Fadhl Al-Abbas Brigade From Fighting In Syria To Iraq)

Jun 16 KRG Premier Barzani went to Tehran to assure it about its seizure of Kirkuk

            and disputed areas

Jun 16 1st Iranian Rev Guard member killed during war vs IS Officially died in accident in Karbala

Friends claimed he was a martyr in war

(Musings on Iraq Fifth Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force Member Dies In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

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

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

 

Jun 17 Security operation to clear Qaim, Anbar began

Jun 17 Tuz Kharmato declared freed

Jun 17 Rawa Ana Saqlawiya Amiriya Fallujah Ramadi Khalidiya in Anbar all

            declared freed half of them weren’t

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

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

Jun 17 Insurgents attacked 3 neighborhoods in Baquba, Diyala along with Hit

            and Garma in Anbar

Jun 17 Prisoner that was wounded when Hashd executed 43 prisoners in Baquba

            was taken from hospital by police and killed

Jun 17 Maliki dismissed Gen Gharawi head of Ninewa Ops Command for fall of

            Mosul

Jun 17 Hezbollah’s Nasrallah said that Shiite shrines in Iraq needed to be

            protected from insurgents Said that Hezbollah would send men to fight in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

 

Jun 18 Tal Afar, Ninewa declared cleared but wasn’t

Jun 18 Maliki said he would not step down in return for U.S. military aid

Jun 18 Joint Chiefs head Gen Dempsey and Sec of Def Hagel told congress Iraqi govt had

            to reach out to Sunnis to end insurgency

Jun 18 Insurgents kidnapped 17 Shiites from Tuz Kharmato and executed them

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

Jun 18 Insurgents began attack upon Baiji refinery

Jun 18 New security operation in Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil began

 

Jun 19 Maliki ordered govt to pay salaries and benefits to Hashd

Jun 19 State Dept’s McGurk denied US was pushing for removal of Maliki

Jun 19 ISIS set up 8 courts in Mosul to run city Was pushing out other insurgent

            groups that helped take city

Jun 19 Sadr offices announced taking volunteers for new Peace Brigades to

            fight insurgency

(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilization)

Jun 19 Fighting in Saqlawiya Anbar after it was declared freed Ishaqi Salahaddin declared freed 2nd time

but fighting continued

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

 

Jun 20 Tanker sold Kurdish oil to Israel exported through KRG’s independent pipeline to

            Turkey

Jun 20 Fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS in Hawija killed 17 as IS tried to assert

            control over area

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

Jun 20 45 bodies found executed by insurgents in Tigris River in Salahaddin

Jun 20 Turkman leaders in Tuz Kharmato said happy Peshmerga moved into city but

            wanted power sharing

Jun 20 Sistani spokesman called for new govt that “avoids past mistakes” Most took

            that as criticism of Maliki

 

Jun 21 Rawa Ana Rutba Albu Hayat Jubba in western Anbar fell to ISIS

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

Jun 21 ISF executed 25 prisoners in Rawa before withdrawing

Jun 21 Fighting between Naqshibandi Ansar al-Sunna Islamic Army vs ISIS over control

            of Hamrin, Diyala

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

Jun 21 ISIS fought Naqshibandi over control of Riyad, Kirkuk

Jun 21 ISIS executed 84 ISF in Tikrit

Jun 21 New security op to clear Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil

Jun 21 ISIS attacked Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin and turned back

Jun 21 Sadrists paraded in Baghdad Amarah Basra and other locations in south Iraq to show that it was

            defending the country

(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilization)

 

Jun 22 ISF withdrew from Qaim, Anbar ISIS seized Trebil and Walid border crossings

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

Jun 22 ISF withdrew from Tal Afar, Ninewa turning it over to ISIS

Jun 22 Fighting between ISIS and pro-Naqshibandi tribes in Hawija, Kirkuk for control

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

Jun 22 Human Rights Ministry report 480 Shiite prisoners were executed by ISIS

            in Badush prison after Mosul captured

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

Jun 22 Iraqi forces again claimed Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil freed of insurgents Wasn’t

Jun 22 Report Iraq lost 60 of 243 Army battalions with all of their equipment 5 of Iraq’s

            14 Divisions combat ineffective

Jun 22 Iran objected to US sending military advisers to help Iraq against insurgency

            Claimed US supporting Baathists and ISIS

 

Jun 23 ISIS held large military parade in Mosul after city fell

Jun 23 Fighting between ISIS and Hawija Brigades in Hawija, Kirkuk for control

Jun 23 Jihad and Reform Front agreed to work with ISIS in summer offensive Said tribal

            revolutionaries would sweep over Anbar

Jun 23 Albu Mahal tribe surrendered Qaim Anbar to ISIS

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

 

Jun 24 Operation to try to free Tal Afar launched and failed

Jun 24 Al-Nusra commander on Syrian-Iraq border gave allegiance to ISIS

 

Jun 25 Ishaqi Salahaddin declared freed 3rd time in just a few days

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

 

Jun 28 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria became the Islamic State

 

Jun 29 ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued Promised of Allah statement

Said ISIS would form the caliphate and Abu Omar al-Bahgdadi would be the caliph since he was from the Prophet’s Qurayshi tribe Said all Muslims had to give allegiance to the caliph

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

 

Jun 30 ISIS killed Mohammed Khamis head of Ramadi Awakening Council

 

Jul 1 IS released recording of Baghdadi declaring a new caliphate

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

 

Jul 2 ISIS head Baghdadi said that the caliphate had been established after the

            humiliation of Muslims at the hands of secularists, nationalists and Baathists

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

 

Jul 3 ISF claimed parts of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil cleared Was still under IS control

Jul 3 Khalidiya, Anbar cleared by ISF

Jul 3 Report over 2,500 IS cells operating in Baghdad province

Jul 3 Pres Barzani called on KRG parliament to create commission to create referendum

            on KRG independence

 

Jul 4 ISIS head Baghdadi gave Friday sermon at Nouri Mosque in Mosul Said ISIS

            would now be the Islamic State ruled by him Caliph Ibrahim

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

Jul 4 1st issue of IS’s English language Dabiq magazine came out saying caliphate was

            a de facto state Called on people to immigrate to the state

 

Jul 9 Human Rights Watch recorded 61 Sunni civilians killed by Hashd in last

            month

 

Jul 10 IS’s Dabiq magazine included article with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calling for Muslims to conduct

hijra migration to the caliphate

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

 

Jul 12 Naqshibandi head Izzat al-Dhuri welcomed and praised IS’s role in fighting

            against Maliki govt

 

Jul 18 IS said all minorities in Mosul had to convert to Islam, pay religious tax or die

            Started exodus of Christians from city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

Jul 24 IS attacked State Company for Pharmaceutical Supplies in Ninewa to capture

            bomb supplies

 

Jul 26 Ansar al-Islam refused to give allegiance to IS in Sadiya Diyala Led to fighting

            between two with IS winning

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

 

Aug 3 IS seized Sinjar Zumar Wana in Ninewa Began massacre and enslavement of

            Yazidis

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Government Tries to Create New Narrative Of What Happened To Iraq’s Yazidis)

(Musings On Iraq interview with AUIS’s Christine van den Toorn on what happened to Yazidis when IS invaded Sinjar) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg on dispute between KDP Hashd and Yazidis in Sinjar)

Aug 3 IS attacked north into Irbil

 

Aug 7 Pres Obama announced beginning of bombing campaign against IS in Iraq

 

Aug 8 US began air strikes against IS in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

 

Aug 11 IS attacked Jalawla, Diyala with suicide truck bomb and 12 suicide bombers

            dressed in Peshmerga uniforms

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

 

Aug 14 PM Maliki agreed to step down after elections Was under pressure from US and

            Ayatollah Sistani

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

 

Aug 19 IS posted video of beheading of journalist James Foley

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

Aug 22 ISF and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq raided mosque in Diyala and killed worshippers

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

 

Sep 1 ISF recaptured Suleiman Beq, Salahaddin

Sep 1 German cabinet voted to arm the Peshmerga

Sep 1 Yazidi villages of Kotan, Hareko Kharag Shafrsky in Ninewa were burned by IS

 

Sep 2 Peshmerga recaptured Zumar, Ninewa

Sep 2 Relatives of Camp Speicher massacre stormed parliament and demanded explanations

            for what happened

Sep 2 ISI released video beheading of US reporter Steven Slotoff Threatened to kill UK

            hostage if US didn’t withdraw from Iraq

Sep 2 US sent another 250 troops for force protection to Iraq

 

Sep 5 Germany sent first shipment of military supplies to Peshmerga

 

Sep 7 Anbar’s Governor Dulaimi seriously wounded by mortar fire in Barwana

 

 

 

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