1st PM Maliki Govt Pt 3 09-10

This timeline covers the second half of the government of PM Maliki from 2009-10

 

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

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 Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism

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

Musings On Iraq review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective

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

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

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama

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

 

2009

Jan 1 US military handed over control of Green Zone to Iraqi govt

Jan 1 British transferred control of Basra Airport to Iraqi forces

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

 

Jan 2 UN condemned assassination of two candidates in Ninewa and raids and attacks upon al-

Hadbaa Party before provincial election

Jan 2 Dawa’s Askari accused ISCI of attempting no confidence vote against PM Maliki Said there

was a meeting in Kurdistan between Kurds, Islamic Party and ISCI that discussed removing Maliki

 

Jan 3 PM Maliki went to Iran Met with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and renewed ceasefire with it Maliki was

trying to use Asaib Ahl Al-Haq against Sadr

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

Jan 3 Oil Min Shahristani said KRG exaggerating how much oil it was producing and claimed

most of it was smuggled

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad-Kurdistan Rivalry Continues)

Jan 3 Iraq opened up 2nd round of auctions for 11 oil and gas fields

 

Jan 4 Maliki govt took control of Diyala Sahwa Promised 33% jobs in ISF Higher than 20%

promised to Sahwa in Baghdad 2 Sahwa leaders had warrants out for them Maliki had used carrot and stick approach with them to break them up and then co-opt them before provincial vote

(Musings On Iraq Here Comes The Carrot For Diyala’s Sons Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

 

Jan 5 Female suicide bomber hit Shiite pilgrims outside Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad 40 killed

72 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Jan 8 Marine cmdr in Anbar said he failed because Baghdad didn’t rebuild Anbar after Awakening

helped reduce violence Blamed sectarianism

 

Jan 9 US general said violence in Iraq down 93% in last quarter of 2008

Jan 9 UN report 2.8 mil displaced 1.2 mil were displaced before 06 1.6 mil displaced 06-08

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

 

Jan 10 Iraqi Union of Industries said 90% of industries had closed since 2003 Said 36,000 small

and medium companies closed Blamed cheap imports lack of tariffs electricity shortages banks not giving loans and skilled workers leaving country as reasons

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Closed Factories)

Jan 10 National Democratic Front quit Iraqi Accordance Front that was now down to just 2 parties

 

Jan 12 4 MPs from Independent Democratic Gathering left Iraqi Accordance Front National

Dialogue Council and Independent Bloc already left list accusing Iraqi Islamic Party of domination

(Musings On Iraq Who Speaks For The Sunnis?)

Jan 12 Report Many sheikhs in Anbar were having their wives run as candidates in 09 elections to

meet quota for women candidates Meant weren’t serious about having women win seats Wife of Sheikh Hayes of Awakening running as candidate Said she didn’t want to but did it for her husband

Jan 12 Report Security better in Mahmudiya, Baghdad that used to be battleground Had no services

ISF were working with militias

Jan 12 Pres Barzani interview Said PM Maliki was becoming authoritarian

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

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

 

Jan 13 Spec Insp Gen Iraq Recon report Found projects over budget little oversight potential of

projects unfulfilled Warned Iraqis not willing or capable of maintaining many US funded projects KRG worked on $146 mil project to improve gas plants in south Brought rotors for gas compressors but didn’t install them Iraqis had no plans to install rotors Plant working at under capacity as a result Jan 05 Iraq ordered KBR to stop project to improve loaing arms at Basra Oil Terminal Didn't want project and didn’t maintain improvements KBR made at facility US built power plant in Baghdad that Iraqis abandoned because turbines broke because Iraqis couldn’t operate them

(Musings On Iraq Iraqis Unwilling Or Incapable Of Maintaining U.S. Reconstruction Projects)

 

Jan 14 Report New Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Danafar was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary

Guards Quds Force

(Musings On Iraq New Iranian Ambassador To Iraq Confirmed As Revolutionary Guards Member)

 

Jan 15 Report Iran wanted to increase economic ties with Iraq after it signed Status of Forces

Agreement with US Offered $1 bil loan Wanted to boost trade

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Jan 17 Report Not enough votes to carry out referendum on Basra federalism

 

Jan 18 Report PM Maliki removed Wasit police chief after Dawa member accused police of tearing

down Dawa election posters and putting up Iraqiya ones Warrants also issued for officers but not followed through with ISC that ran Wasit council rejected new Maliki appointed chief

 

Jan 20 Iraq Election Comm announced autonomy plan in Basra failed to gain enough signatures

to hold referendum on issue

(Musings On Iraq Basra Federal Region Plan Fails)

Jan 20 VP Abdul Mahdi said PM Maliki was trying to be an autocrat Accused him of blocking

developing in south Iraq

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

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

Jan 20 Pres Barzani attacked PM Maliki’s Tribal Support Councils again Said any Kurd that joined

one was a traitor Said council would not be allowed in KRG Compared Maliki to Saddam

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

Jan 20 New poll of Iraqis 73% said they would vote in 09 provincial elections 42% said would vote

for secularists 31% said supported religious parties

Jan 20 Report All the major Awakening heads Abu Risha Hayes etc were running in 09 provincial

elections against each other

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

 

Jan 21 1st NSC meeting in Obama admin president said he wanted to withdraw from

            Iraq but preserve successes Wanted 3 options for Iraq policy

Jan 21 Samira al-Jassim called Mother of Believers arrested Accused of running ISI suicide bomber

cell Accused of training 80 women to carry out attacks 28 did so

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

Jan 21 New poll of Iraqis 23% said would vote for PM Maliki’s State of Law 12.6% Iraqiya 11.4%

ISCI Asked who would be best premier PM Maliki 23% Allawi 17% Jaafari 10%

 

Jan 22 El Salvador withdrew its troops from Iraq Were in Kut Wasit since 2003

Jan 22 Report govt workers in Basra said Fadhila intimidated them into signing Basra autonomy

petition

Jan 22 NGOs said many returning displaced lacked housing and services Received no govt aid

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

 

Jan 24 Basra Ops Cmd began crackdown in province before Jan provincial elections Continued

until Apr

(Musings On Iraq Massive Security Raids In Basra)

Jan 24 Yazidi MP accused 3rd Army Division of putting up posters for Kurdish parties in Ninewa

Jan 24 Report Integrity Comm found Basra oil workers stealing up to 500K bar/day in oil in early 08

Head of Integrity Comm said corruption deterred foreign investment in Iraq PM Maliki declared 08 anti-corruption year then pardoned 1,023 govt officials who were investigated for corruption Included Interior Min officials who were collecting salaries of 50,000 fake workers and Defense Min official who skimmed money from arms deals

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

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

 

Jan 25 Report PM Maliki tried to remove Kurdish officers from 2 army divisions in Ninewa Ninewa

Ops Command twice said it would remove KDP Dep Governor of Ninewa form office

 

Jan 26 Yazidi MP from Ninewa accused KDP of attacking his family after he accused Kurds in 3rd

Army division putting up posters for Kurdish parties

Jan 26 Report 16 Tribal Support Councils set up in Qadisiya Run by Dawa member Each member of

council able to hire up to 20 and give them govt jobs Part of patronage system for PM Maliki before 09 elections

Jan 26 Report Late 07 and Dec 08 2 attempts at no confidence vote against PM Maliki Couldn’t

agree on who should replace him US also opposed

Jan 26 Parliament passed Iraq’s 2010 budget for $72.4 bil up from $58.6 bil in 2009 Largest budget

since 03 70% of spending was for govt salaries pensions food ration system services Cut salaries of top officials by 10-20% Was so large because politicians wanted to use in 2010 election

(Musings On Iraq 2010 Iraq Budget Passed)

 

Jan 28 Early voting in provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Provincial Elections And Abuses)

(Musings On Iraq Information On Iraq’s Voting System)

Jan 28 Report 2005 Christians accused Kurds of preventing them from voting in Ninewa Qaraqosh

had no ballot boxes Neighboring town Kurds fixed the vote 

Jan 28 Finance Min asked international banks to open branches in Iraq and invest Said would clear

bureaucratic obstacles to doing business in Iraq Part of 2 day conference with banks from US England Turkey Iran Lebanon Jordan Bahrain No reforms ever made to Iraqi economy

 

Jan 29 Report parties offering money for votes in Dhi Qar Independent candidates asked to take

bribes and give votes to bigger parties

 

Jan 30 Report Sunnis boycotted 05 election giving Shiites control of Diyala govt Islamic Party tried

to co-opt Sahwa because didn’t have base Sahwa also important for party because used by US to distribute aid in Diyala Islamic Party took credit for US aid PM Maliki attempted to cut power of Islamic Party Created Diyala Support Council that only gave aid to Maliki allies Was given control of recruiting people into ISF US complained Council was undermining stability 08 Maliki created Tribal Support Council to take members away from Sahwa and divide and conquer Sunnis before 09 elections Maliki ordered raid on Diyala govt and arrested Islamic Party member then denied he was responsible Jun 08 Maliki launched offensive in Diyala that ended up going after Sahwa Arrested hundreds Next Maliki moved against Kurds in Khanaqin Dist demanding they leave

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Offensive Begins)

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

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish-Baghdad Tensions Over Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Ups the Ante on Kahanqin District of Diyala)

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

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

 

Jan 31 Provincial elections held Saw heavy Sunni turnout Voter participation was still down to 51%

vs 57% in Jan 05 and 76% in Dec 05

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Provincial Elections And Abuses)

(Musings On Iraq Information On Iraq’s Voting System)

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

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

Jan 31 1920 Revolution Brigade established truce with other insurgents in Diyala to conduct vote

Wanted representation

Jan 31 1000s couldn’t vote in provincial election Names weren’t on voter lists Some couldn’t find

their voting centers Kurds in Diyala and displaced complained

Jan 31 Election monitoring group said violations in Baghdad Ninewa Diyala Soldiers in Mosul

Jan 31 Higher Educ Min said 2,000 fake degrees held by govt officials and faculty 2,000 held by

individuals claiming to be college graduates

 

Feb 2 Sheikh Hamid al-Hayes said he would burn Ramadi if Islamic Party won election in Anbar

Said he would start a tribal war against the party

 

Feb 3 Report Displaced in Diyala were not allowed to vote Turnout was only 50% Kurds said

16,000 families in Khanaqin couldn’t vote 700 families protested in Baquba on election day because couldn’t vote

Feb 3 Report European election monitor said registration for displaced was flawed Many were

registered in home provinces not where they were displaced Christians in Ninewa said they were pressured to vote for Kurds Security guards told they would lose jobs if didn’t vote for Kurds Displaced said they were handed out money in return for votes

 

Feb 4 Gen Austin said Iran still supporting Special Groups and found munitions from Iran in 2009

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Feb 4 Gilbert Burnham that led Lancet study that said 650,000 Iraqi civilians died Was questioned

by American Association for Public Opinion Research about his methods Burnham only gave partial responses Was censured by group for non-cooperation Study was widely refuted by experts

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

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

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

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

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

 

Feb 5 Report Sheikh Abu Risha said tribes would form own Anbar govt if Islamic party won Said

Islamic Party cheated 4 major parties formed from Awakening sheikhs Abu Risha made alliance with Islamic party before vote Sheikh Hayes said half the votes cast were fake

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

 

Feb 6 Report ISC won 55% of vote in 05 provincial elections Only got 5% in 09

 

Feb 7 Report Iraq offering jobs to former Saddam era soldiers Meetings began in Jordan

 

Feb 10 Sen Kerry went to Syria to try to improve relations as part of Obama’s new Iraq

policy of including neighbors in strategy

Feb 10 Report ISCI and Kurds biggest loser in 09 provincial elections ISCI lost in Baghdad and

south ISCI blamed for mismanagement and corruption Kurdish vote in Ninewa went from 75% in 05 when Sunnis boycotted to 25% in 09 Only got 17% in Diyala Maliki’s State of Law won in south but didn’t get a majority

Feb 10 Report Parties that ran on security and services did best over sectarian ones

Feb 10 World Bank Report Iraq’s economic performance better with improved security Cut

inflation Spending more of investment budget Govt slowly rebuilding Unemployment still high Services some of worst in Mideast

 

Feb 11 Iran’s Foreign Minister came to Baghdad to mediate between Dawa and ISCI after provincial

elections

Feb 11 Report PM Maliki claimed reconciliation almost over Said US could no longer pressure Iraq

Said his govt had fixed all the problems US created since 03

 

Feb 12 25 lists in Maysan said they would protest results claiming cheating

Feb 12 Iraq-Iran signed new trade deal Iran wanted trade to go from $4 bil currently to $5 bil Almost

all Iranian goods going to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Feb 12 Report Syria said 300,000 Iraqi refugees left to go back to Iraq Observers said almost same

number left Iraq

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

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

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

Feb 12 Nawal Smarraiea Women’s Affairs Minister resigned Said she was given no real power Said

ministry was created to give more posts to Sunnis Had no staff and small budget Said women had no real role in govt

(Iraqi Women Before And After The 2003 Invasion, Interview With Prof Nadje Al-Ali Univ of London)

Feb 12 Displacement Min said it would no longer register displaced Meant couldn’t get govt aid

Said would focus upon returns

 

Feb 13 Asst sec gen of PUK who was also VP of KRG quit over disagreement on how to deal with

corruption within party

 

Feb 15 Iraq Election Comm said fraud took place in 14 of Iraq’s 18 provinces but only effected

small fraction of votes 30 ballot boxes thrown out No revote

(Musings On Iraq Voter Disenfranchisement In Provincial Elections)

Feb 15 UN report Unemployment 18% Underemployment 10% 28% of men 15-29 not working Only

17% of women worked Warned that without development of private sector 450,000 new people would enter work force and not be able to find work

Feb 15 Transportation Min said budget cuts meant 10,000 workers would no longer have work but

would not fire them or stop paying them

 

Feb 16 Report US general in charge of training Iraqi army said still needed 3 yrs before it could

handle insurgency on its own Said logistics communications intelligence reconnaissance engineering all needed work Procurement also an issue as went up and down with oil prices

Feb 16 VP Abdul Mahdi said ISCI had dropped idea of no confidence vote against MP Maliki Was

focusing upon results of 09 provincial elections

Feb 16 Defense Min said it was send officials to Egypt Syria Yemen Jordan UAE to try to get former

            Baath era officers to return to Iraq for jobs or pensions

 

Feb 18 Pres Talabani met with PUK officials like Kosrat Rasul and Barham Salah who wanted

reforms within party or were threatening to leave Talabani promised transparency

(Musings On Iraq Pres Talabani Heads Off Political Revolt Within The PUK)

Feb 18 Report Housing price and rent up in Baghdad with violence down UN expected 500,000

refugees to return in 09 63% were from Baghdad Will find it hard to find housing Baghdad had new elite that mostly made money through corruption and reconstruction contracts

Feb 18 KRG PM Barzani said PM Maliki had not kep promises to Kurds Said afraid PM would move

            against Kurds after US withdrawal

Feb 18 MP Dani of Iraqi National Dialogue Front said govt had arrested 1 of his bodyguards and his

secretary in Feb Dani accused of mortar attack on Green Zone Bombing of parliament’s cafeteria Apr 07 Robbery Murder of 110 in Diyala

 

Feb 19 Provincial Election results announced PM Maliki’s State of Law won in 9 of 14 provinces

ISCI biggest loser as lost control of south

(Musings On Iraq Official Iraqi Election Results)

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

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

Feb 19 Electricity Min Wahid said power production passed pre-war levels Took 6 years

Production still didn’t meet demand

Feb 19 Report PM Maliki wanted to undermine Iraqi Islamic Party Said party couldn’t have both

vice presidency and speaker of parliament Thinks Islamic Party wanted no confidence vote against him along with Kurds and ISCI

Feb 19 US found new Iraqi weapons in south Iraq dated 2008

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

Feb 19 2 Baath era generals in exile said they told officers not to take up PM Maliki’s offer to have

them rejoin into army unless deBaathification law nullified

 

Feb 20 Report US met with fmr Baath era army officers in Jordan to try to get them to return to Iraq

Feb 20 ISF started Operation New Hope to secure Mosul Became main insurgent area after Surge

Feb 20 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq was thinking of running in 2010 election to challenge Sadr

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

Feb 20 Report Iran said it would stop militia attacks upon British forces in Basra if London

accepted Tehran’s nuclear program

 

Feb 21 Report Gens Petraeus and Odierno thought US would be involved in Iraq for years Joint

Chiefs thought Iraq strain on troops and resources

 

Feb 22 Sadr renewed his freeze on Mahdi Army

Feb 22 Report US claimed ISF taking lead in operations US didn’t trust many Iraqi units Still lacked

training Still infiltrated by insurgents

Feb 22 Report 60 Minutes producer went over his kidnapping in Basra in Feb 08 by police who

were part of militia Said he was shown Hezbollah video Freed by Iraqi army

Feb 22 Islamic Party accused its opponents of assassination campaign 1 member escaped car

bombing in Tikrit Two killed in Baghdad in last 3 days

Feb 22 Intl Organization for Migration said govt had no plan to deal with displaced returning 1.6 mil

displaced after Feb 06 Samarra bombing 300,000 returned Iraqi NGO said govt done little for displaced

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

 

Feb 23 Report Ex-Salafi insurgent leader said Saudis funded his group from 03-06

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

 

Feb 24 Iraqi police officer killed U.S. soldier, interpreter and 2 Iraqi police and wounded 2 police, 3

Iraqi soldiers and an interpreter in Mosul 3rd time ISF shot at U.S. troops since Nov 08

Feb 24 Kurdish Alliance and Iraqi Accordance Front agreed to coalition to rule Diyala Accordance

Front would get governorship Kurds the head of council

Feb 24 12 Iraqi police in Sadr city arrested for kidnappings and murders Killed sister of VP

Hashemi

Feb 24 Head of Iraq’s Chamber of Commerce said 24,000 factories were either closed or damaged

and govt aid not helping

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Closed Factories)

 

Feb 26 Iraqi Federation of Industries said 90% of factories closed since 1986

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Closed Factories)

Feb 26 Report Maliki govt put development projects on hold because pay raises on public workers

expansion of security forces and decline in oil revenues

 

Feb 27 Pres Obama announced withdrawal plan for US forces from Iraq by 2011 Obama would not

be keeping stay behind force as original planned and would not ask Iraqis about issue

(Musings On Iraq on Obama’s withdrawal announcement and US public opinion)

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

Feb 27 Incoming Ninewa Gov Nujafi said he would work with Kurds if they stuck to Ninewa issues

If not he would not cooperate Dep Ninewa Gov Goran said Nujafi’s Al-Hadbaa party wanted to get rid of Kurds in Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Al-Hadbaa Party Leader’s Vision For Ninewa)

Feb 27 Migration Minister Sultan said ministry ran out of money to pay refugees who returned to

Iraq Said govt had not helped refugees overall Said ministry lacked plans and resources to help refugees back to their original homes

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

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

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

 

Mar 1 Pro-PM Maliki Diyala Support Council organized 10,000 to protest against Accordance Front

and Kurdish Alliance creating new provincial council and excluding them

(Musings On Iraq Old And New Alliances Argue Over Control Of Diyala Provincial Council)

Mar 1 UNHCR reported 1.6 mil displaced and 2 mil refugees Since 2003 600,830 displaced

returned home along with 405,396 refugees

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

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

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

 

Mar 2 Report Kurds asked US military to stay in Kurdistan because afraid PM Maliki would move

against them once Americans withdrew

 

Mar 3 Report govt money for displaced returns caught up in bureaucracy and has not been

consistently paid out

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

 

Mar 5 Iraq passed 2010 budget Govt facing economic crisis with declining oil prices Only cut 7%

from budget Was for $58.6 bil

 

Mar 6 PM Maliki called for reconciliation with former Saddam era soldiers Came after talks with

former officers in Feb 09

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad’s Latest Reconciliation Effort)

 

Mar 7 2nd time PM Maliki called for amending constitution to strengthen power of central govt and

himself Also criticized govt quotas

Mar 7 Report Sex market in Baghdad selling teen girls to Syria Jordan and UAE Human rights

activists believed tens of 1000s of girls sold Govt did nothing

Mar 7 Govt arresting former Baathist era army officers At same time said wanted reconciliation with

Baathists 23 arrested in Baghdad recently

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad’s Latest Reconciliation Effort)

 

Mar 8 Suicide bombing in Baghdad killed 28 outside police academy

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

 

Mar 9 Turkey announced program to train Iraqi army in Turkey

 

Mar 10 Suicide bombing of tribal gathering with army in Abu Ghraib killed 33

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

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

 

Mar 13 ISCI’s Hakim said he wanted reforms within National Alliance due to disputes

            with Maliki

 

Mar 18 Sadr issued statement calling on his followers to give up on violence

 

Mar 19 PM Maliki met with Gen Austin Maliki worried that U.S. would withdraw too fast and

insurgency would make a comeback

 

Mar 24 Sahwa commander in Salahaddin said that Ansar al-Sunna and ISI had

            created new alliance

 

Mar 25 Iraqi embassy in Jordan announced program to register former soldiers who wanted

            to return to Iraq

Mar 25 Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen testified to Congress Said US invaded Iraq

not ready to rebuild country When security deteriorated so did the rebuilding effort CPA wanted to reform Iraq whether it wanted it or not but never had money personnel oversight or coordination to be successful Usually ignored needs of Iraqis and never adapted to situation Wasn’t until 2007 that some effective rebuilding was done

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General Testifies To Congress)

 

Mar 26 US and UN sanctioned Muthanna Dhari for financing ISI 1920 Revolution

Brigade and Islamic Army of Iraq

 

Mar 28 Counterterrorism Unit arrested Fadhil Sahwa leader in Baghdad on terrorism

            charges leading to firefight

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

 

Mar 29 Provincial election results announced State of Law won 126 of 440 seats 28% ISCI

            went from 200 to 50 seats

(Musings On Iraq Official Iraqi Election Results)

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

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

Mar 29 Maliki govt said in talks with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to get 5 British hostages it kidnapped

released Iraq UK US Iran Hezbollah worked out deal to release Brits in return for AAH leaders Qais and Laith Khazali, 300 AHH members and Iranian operatives held by US

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

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

Mar 29 PKK rejected call by Pres Talabani and Pres Barzani to disarm

Mar 29 Sahwa in Dora, Baghdad protested over not getting paid by govt

Mar 29 US and ISF disarmed Sahwa in Fadhil, Baghdad after fighting broke out day before

            when its commander arrested

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

 

Mar 31 British ended military mission in Iraq

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

Mar 31 Deadline for power sharing and provincial elections in Kirkuk passed with no progress

(Musings On Iraq Kirkuk Remains In Political Limbo)

 

Apr 1 National Reconciliation Committee said it began talks with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

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

Apr 1 Baghdad was supposed to take control of all Sahwa in Iraq from US forces

 

Apr 2 Arab Jabour Baghdad Sahwa leader arrested for killing ISI fighters as part of PM Maliki’s

crackdown on Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Problems With Integrating Sons of Iraq Continue)

 

Apr 4 Maliki said that Baathists and ISI had infiltrated Sahwa

Apr 4 Sahwa leader in Baghdad said govt was out to destroy Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

Apr 4 Sheikh Abu Risha said he would run with State of Law in provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Sheikhs Reach Out To Shiites)

 

Apr 5 Basra Gov Waeli escaped IED probably done by Special Groups or Mahdi Army

 

Apr 6 Court issued arrest warrant for former head of Diyala council for stealing

            150 bil dinars

Apr 6 PM Maliki had police raid 1st meeting of new Diyala council Had warrants for 6 members

accused of supporting insurgency US stopped arrests Came after Maliki’s State of Law not included in new provincial govt

(Musings On Iraq New And Old Provincial Councils in Diyala Embroiled In Controversy)

(Musings On Iraq Old And New Alliances Argue Over Control of Diyala Provincial Council)

(Musings On Iraq New Political Crackdown In Diyala)

 

Apr 7 Obama flew to Baghdad and met PM Maliki and Pres Talabani Said lots of political

            progress but still issues in Iraq

 

Apr 9 Sadr had mass rally in Baghdad to mark fall of Saddam in 03 and called for US

            withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Sheikhs Reach Out To Shiites)

Apr 9 Baghdad said it was committed to Sahwa but it would purge all those who were

            Baathist and ISI infiltrators

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

 

Apr 11 National Security Min Waili said Iraq Turkey US had new intelligence sharing

            agreement targeting PKK

 

Apr 12 Al-Hadbaa party took all the leading positions in new Ninewa govt Nujafi

            became governor after elections Kurds boycotted

(Musings On Iraq Al-Hadbaa Party Leader’s Vision For Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

Apr 12 Sheikh Abu Risha of Anbar said he was open to alliance with Maliki in 2010

            national elections

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Sheikhs Reach Out To Shiites)

 

Apr 13 Sinjar and Makhmour said they would not cooperate with Hadbaa led Ninewa

            council

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

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

Apr 13 Maliki signed technical military cooperation deal while on visit to Russia

            Including fixing equipment and opened door to buying arms

 

Apr 14 Parliamentarians picked Iyad al-Samarraie to become new speaker

Apr 14 Was reconciliation meeting in Abu Saifan, Baghdad between Sahwa, tribes

            and Mahdi Army

Apr 14 VP Mahdi said Sahwa had been infiltrated by ISI while Anbar Awakening was

            legitimate

Apr 14 Army had to take over 10 checkpoints in Iskandiriya after Sahwa walked off job

            because hadn’t been paid

Apr 14 Insurgents blew up 4 houses belonging to displaced families that had returned in

Baquba Flyers said returnees would be attacked

 

Apr 15 US stopped Iraqi police from raiding Diyala prov council building and arresting

            new councilmen on orders from PM Maliki

Apr 15 Head of Sinjar said district should become independent and join Kurdistan to

            protest new Hadbaa controlled Ninewa govt

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

 

Apr 18 US and British officials went to Jordan to talk with ex-Gen Hamdani to

            talk about reconciliation with former regime members

 

Apr 20 Kurdish Alliance complained about Hadbaa rule in Ninewa excluding them

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

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

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

Apr 20 Suicide bomber in Iraqi army uniform attacked US soldiers visiting Baquba

            mayor killing 11

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

 

Apr 21 Sahwa in Adhamiya put “X”s on houses of displaced Shiites and told them

            not to come back

 

Apr 22 16 Kurdish towns in Ninewa threatened to not cooperate with new Hadbaa run

            Ninewa council calling it Baathist

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

 

Apr 23 KRG Premier Barzani criticized Hadbaa party for monopolizing all the seats

            on Ninewa council

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

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

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

Apr 23 Iraq claimed it captured IS leader Abu Omar Baghdadi Didn’t happen Coincided with new

wave of bombings in Baghdad Might have been PM Maliki’s attempt to claim his govt was doing something about new violence

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Responds To Renewed Violence Pt. 1: Al Qaeda’s Prince Arrested Or An Imposter?)

(Musings On Iraq on false story of arresting Baghdadi)

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

Apr 23 AP est that 110,600 Iraqis died since 2003 invasion Said actual numbers might be 10-20%

higher 59,957 were killed during 2006-07 civil war

(Musings On Iraq How Many Have Died In Iraq And By What Means?)

 

Apr 24 2 suicide bombers targeted Baghdad’s Khadmiya shrine

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

 

Apr 25 Gorran List founded by former PUK leader Mustafa

Apr 25 Shiites protest in Khalis, Diyala claiming Baathists taking over new provincial

council after elections

Apr 25 Arab tribes in Makhmour and Qaraj demanded Asayesh withdraw claiming

            harassment

 

Apr 27 PM Maliki announced Iraqi forces captured ISI’s Abu Omar al-Bahgdadi Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Responds To Renewed Violence Pt. 1: Al Qaeda’s Prince Arrested Or An Imposter?)

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

Apr 27 PM Maliki condemned US raid in Kut that killed 2 civilians calling it a crime

Apr 27 Basra police chief escaped IED laid by either Mahdi Army or Special Groups

 

Apr 29 Police sent by Integrity Commission to arrest Trade Min Sudani for corruption got

            into shootout with guards in Baghdad

Apr 29 Interior Ministry said ISI had successfully penetrated ISF and used agents to

            carry out attacks

 

Apr 30 ISF started 2nd Operation Promise of Good in Diyala

Apr 30 Muthanna last to name new govt after Jan provincial elections PM Maliki’s State of Law

won in 9 of 14 provinces Got ruling coalitions in Babil Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar Qadisiya Wasit Maysan Najaf Karbala

(Musings On Iraq All Of Iraq’s New Provincial Councils Named (UPDATED))

(Musings On Iraq Breaking Down Iraq’s New Provincial Councils)

 

May 1 Op Promise of Good II started by ISF in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq New Political Crackdown In Diyala)

 

May 2 Sadr made first public appearance in 2 years in Turkey to meet followers Had

            fled Iraq over fear of US assassination during Surge

(Musings On Iraq Sadrist Sighting In Turkey)

 

May 3 Baghdad said it would not extend deadline for US forces to be out of country’s

            cities by Jun 30 2009

May 3 Arrest warrants issued for Trade Minister Sudani’s two brothers and other ministry

officials for corruption Charged with stealing up to $400 mil Sudani siphoned off most of the funds for the food rations system to give to Maliki’s State of Law for 2009 and 2010 elections

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

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

May 3 2 Iraqi soldiers opened fire at U.S. troops at an outpost in Mosul killing 2

            and wounding 3 Americans

May 3 Iraqi forces arrested Dhuluiya, Salahaddin Sawha leader Claimed he

            attacked Dujail during civil war

May 3 Sahwa in Iskandiriya walked off job for not being paid in months

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

 

May 4 Sadr said he had given up on armed struggle against US and wanted to

            focus upon politics

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

May 4 ISCI MP from Diyala said that no one trusted ISF or new Op Promise of Good II in

province Said false info being used to conduct arrests Another MP demanded that Gen Ghidan in charge of operation resign

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

 

May 5 Iraq Central Bank turned down Maliki asking to use surplus to cover budget

            deficit

May 5 Farmers tried to sabotage work of CNPC at Ahdab oil field fearing company

            would take their land

 

May 6 Sahwa in Ghaziliya Baghdad complained about his men leaving because not getting paid

by govt

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

May 6 Dawa MP said new offensive in Diyala would fail because insurgents had fled to Kurdistan

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

 

May 7 Trade Min Sudani’s brother arrested on corruption charges

May 7 KDP and PUK announced would run together in next election as Kurdish list

 

May 8 Gov Nujafi stopped by Peshmerga from going to hot air balloon festival in Bashiqa

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

May 8 KRG said they would start exporting oil from Taq Taq and Tawke fields after Oil Min

okayed connecting them to Turkish pipeline Oil Min said it wouldn’t pay oil companies however

(Musings On Iraq Breakthrough On Oil Deal Between Baghdad and Kurdistan? Not Quite)

(Musings On Iraq Companies Exporting Oil From Kurdistan Without Getting Paid)

 

May 9 US said Iran continued to train Iraqi militias but at lower levels than before

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

 

May 12 PM Maliki had head of Ghazilia Baghdad Sawha arrested Was tortured by ISF

May 12 Tribal march in Mosul for Hadbaa list and against Peshmerga and Asayesh presence in

province

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

May 12 Mass grave in Qadisiyah found with 100 Kurds killed during Anfal campaign

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

 

May 13 Denmark latest European country to start deporting Iraqi refugees

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

May 13 Hadbaa party was in talks with Baghdad to try to force Kurds to participate in

            Ninewa council that they were boycotting

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

May 13 ISCI’s Hakim said he wanted the United Iraqi Alliance reformed before the 2010 elections

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Role In The Revival Of The United Iraqi Alliance)

 

May 14 Trade Minister Sudani resigned before having to appear before parliament for

            corruption charges

 

May 15 Mass grave found in Najaf with 3,000 Kurds killed during Anfal

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

May 15 Oil Ministry said it wouldn’t pay oil companies exporting oil from KRG

May 15 PM Maliki called for majority government and ending sectarian quota system

May 15 PM Maliki claimed US releasing terrorists from prisons resulting in increased in

violence 2008 Maliki govt had negotiated quicker release of prisoners by US

 

May 16 Maliki promised major crackdown on corruption

May 16 Kurds deployed Peshmerga to Zummar, Ninewa in response to ISF move there

            Part of tension with Hadbaa running Ninewa govt

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

May 16 Head of British Army Gen Dannatt said UK’s participation in Iraq damaged its

            military reputation with US

 

May 17 Head of parliamentary integrity committee said Trade Min Sudani covered up

            his brothers’ involvement in corruption at ministry

May 17 Kurdish protest in Shikhan against Al-Hadbaa led Ninewa government

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

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

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

May 17 Oil Ministry criticized KRG’s independent oil deals

 

May 18 Integrity Commission official said Def Min officials charging $500 to join army

            Trade Min selling food rations to businesses

May 18 Defense and Interior Ministries fired 12,000 ghost soldiers and 70,000 ghost police

            US officials thought 25% of Defense Ministry payroll stolen

May 18 Head of Islamic Party in Diyala Khazraji and Sawha leader arrested on terrorism charges

as part of Operation Promise of Good II Warrants for 3 other members of Diyala council issued by Maliki dropped due to protests by parliament Arrests part of Maliki’s crackdown on Sunnis Sahwa before and after provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq New Political Crackdown In Diyala)

May 18 Baghdad released tape of man they claimed was ISI leader Baghdadi confessing Was not

Baghdadi

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Responds To Renewed Violence Pt. 1: Al Qaeda’s Prince Arrested Or An Imposter?)

(Musings On Iraq on false story of arresting Baghdadi)

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

 

May 19 Pentagon said foreign fighters still coming to Iraq from Syria and Iranian

            weapons still being found

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

May 19 US organized meeting between Sahwa and govt after 17 Sahwa leaders arrested

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

May 19 Iraqi govt survey found 23% of Iraqis living in poverty Poverty highest in Muthanna 49% Babil

41% Salahaddin 40% lowest in Dohuk 10% Irbil 3% Sulaymaniya 3%

(Musings On Iraq Survey Finds 23% of Iraqis Live In Poverty)

 

May 20 Report only 17,000 of 94,000 Sahwa given govt jobs so far

 

May 24 Hashemi resigned as head of Islamic Party

 

May 25 PM Maliki accepted resignation of Trade Min Sudani charged with corruption He used

stolen money to fund Maliki’s 2009 and 2010 election campaign s

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

 

May 26 Integrity Comm head attacked PM Maliki for allowing Trade Min Sudani to resign Said it

helped him escape questioning for corruption Sudani had used stolen money to pay for Maliki’s 2009 and 2010 election campaigns

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

 

May 27 US Army Chief of Staff Gen Casey said US could be fighting in Iraq for next 10 yrs

May 27 Iraq signed 2 year deal with IMF for $7 bil to help with budget deficit

 

May 28 Protest in Tal Afar to make it independent of Ninewa Complained about Gov Nujafi and

neglect Part of Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

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

May 28 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq demanded release of its members from jail and to run in

elections in return for releasing 5 Brits it kidnapped

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

May 28 Maliki said he gave up with outreach to Saudis Said futile and made Iraq look weak

May 28 Last British troops withdrew from Iraq

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

 

May 29 Video emerged of Trade Min Sudani and brothers drinking with prostitutes

            talking about Maliki Sudani from Dawa

 

May 30 Ex-Trade Min Sudani tried to leave Iraq but plane turned around and arrested at Baghdad

airport on corruption charges Used stolen money to fund PM Maliki’s 2009 and 2010 election campaigns

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

May 30 Ex-Trade Min Sudani’s brother arrested trying to leave Iraq by land Tried to

            bribe border police Also charged with corruption

May 30 Gov Nujafi accused Peshmerga of human rights abuses and breaking law in

Ninewa

 

May 31 Ex-Trade Min Sudani placed in Samawa prison for trial after arrested trying

            to leave country Charged with corruption

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

 

Jun 1 Ex-Trade Min Sudani appeared in court to answer questions on corruption

charges

Jun 1 Defense Minister claimed it captured leader of Ansar al-Sunna Mohammed Hardawi

Jun 1 KRG began exporting oil from Tawke and Taq Taq fields

(Musings On Iraq Talk of Renewed Kurdish Oil Exports)

(Musings On Iraq Companies Exporting Oil From Kurdistan Without Getting Paid)

Jun 1 Gun battle between Peshmerga and pro-Al Hadbaa tribes in Sinjar Ninwea 5 killed

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

 

Jun 6 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Laith Khazali released and AAH released bodies of 2 British

bodyguards they kidnapped and killed

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

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

 

Jun 7 Inter Min said it would investigate torture charges in Maysan and Qadisiyah Nothing

            happened

 

Jun 9 Shootout between Peshmerga and Iraqi police in Zummar as Ninewa Councilman visited

area Part of Kurd-Al Hadbaa List dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Political Dispute In Ninewa)

 

Jun 10 Def Min Obeidi said he wanted US forces to stay in Iraq for the next 5 years

Jun 10 Mass grave with 500 Kurds killed by Saddam found in Basra

Jun 10 26 killed in car bombing in Nasiriyah

Jun 10 Oil Ministry said it would not pay oil companies working in KRG

 

Jun 11 PM Maliki said Asaib Ahl Al-Haq head Khazali was a problem for the U.S. not his govt

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

 

Jun 13 Kurdish List in Ninewa said it was thinking of creating alternative administration of

districts that refused to work with provincial govt Part of Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Political Dispute In Ninewa)

 

Jun 15 Gen Odierno said foreign fighters coming to Iraq down and Syria trying to

            regulate border

 

Jun 16 43 police had been arrested for abuse in prisons Done to placate Sadrists

            complaining about abuse of their followers

 

Jun 17 US held talks with Syria to try to stop foreign fighters travelling through country

            to Iraq

 

Jun 19 speaker of KRG parliament said KDP and PUK taking $30 mil of KRG budget

            for themselves

Jun 19 2 British guards kidnapped and killed by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq returned to British

            embassy In return AAH members released from prison

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

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

Jun 19 Report PM Maliki and ISCI met and agreed to revive the United Iraqi Alliance before 2010

elections Maliki wanted it called State of Law and he would be its leader

 

Jun 20 Head of Kurdish list in Ninewa told Bashiqa teachers they should stop teaching

            in Arabic and switch to Kurdish Dispute with Hadbaa

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Political Dispute In Ninewa)

Jun 20 ISI bombed Shiite mosque killing 73 in Taza Kirkuk

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

 

Jun 21 Mayors in some Ninewa district threatened to join KRG Hadbaa dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

 

Jun 22 US commander in Diyala said govt had not paid 1000 Sahwa in province nor

            integrated them into govt

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

Jun 22 US turned over security in Anbar to Iraqi forces

 

Jun 30 US withdrew forces from Iraqi cities

(Musings On Iraq Iraq After The U.S. Withdrawal)

Jun 30 Iraq auctioned eight oil and gas fields to international energy companies Only Rumaila

received a winning bid Auction was considered a failure at first hurting standing of Oil Minister Shahristani who parliament was trying to remove

(Musings On Iraq 1st Oil Bidding Round Flops In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Continued Attempts To Develop its Oil Industry)

 

Jul 2 State Dept listed Abu Muhandis as a global terrorist

 

Jul 10 US released 5 Iran Rev Guards members it held since 2007 as part of SOFA that said US

had to release all prisoners by 2011

(Musings On Iraq 5 Revolutionary Guards Members Let Go By U.S.)

Jul 10 KRG parliament agreed to postpone referendum on new constitution that laid claim to

disputed areas and would have given Pres Barzani greater powers

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Agree To Suspend Vote On Controversial Constitution)

 

Jul 12 VP Hashemi said Baghdad would fight PKK and would form special units to do so Meant

            to appease Turkey

 

Jul 13 IED on US Amb Hill’s convoy in Dhi Qar likely by a militia

(Musings On Iraq The Return Of The Special Groups)

 

Jul 16 Sadr visited Abdul Hakim in Tehran and said he was willing to rejoin the United Iraqi

Alliance Came as a result of Iranian lobbying to re-unite the Shiite lists for upcoming elections

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Role In The Revival Of The United Iraqi Alliance)

 

Jul 25 KRG held parliamentary and presidential elections

(Musings On Iraq Implications of the Kurdish Elections On Iraq’s Parliamentary Vote)

 

Jul 29 Results of KRG election Barzani re-elected president with 69% of vote KDP-PUK list won

57% of parliamentary vote Change 23%

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Election Results And Implications)

(Musings On Iraq Full Kurdish Election Results)

(Musings On Iraq Ruling Kurdish Parties Try To Co-Opt And Intimidate Opposition)

 

Aug 2 Maliki govt transitioned 1st batch of 3,331 sahwa Were assigned to ministries and had to apply

for jobs instead of given them as promised

 

Aug 3 PM Maliki met with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Claimed group renounced violence and wanted to

run in 2010 elections Agreed to release AAH members held by US Part of plan for Maliki to undermine Sadr before vote

(Musings On Iraq League Of Righteous Breaks Off talks With Baghdad)

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

 

Aug 7 ISI document said that it negotiated contract with Communications Ministry to

            give deal to an Arab leader in Mosul In return ISI got % of the contract

Aug 7 ISI bombed Turkmen Shiite mosque in Mosul Killed 38 wounded 140

(Musings On Iraq Political Parties Playing Into Hands Of Insurgent Attacks)

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

 

Aug 9 Suicide bomber hit Mosul mosque killing 23 wounding 130

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

 

Aug 10 2 truck bombs ht Shabak town of Khazan Killed 28 wounded 155

(Musings On Iraq Political Parties Playing Into Hands Of Insurgent Attacks)

 

Aug 14 PM Maliki told reporters that they had to cooperate with govt and not criticize it

 

Aug 17 PM Maliki visited Syria and promoted closer ties between the two Major reconciliation

move as Syria had supported insurgents

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

 

Aug 18 ISI set off 3 car bombs in Baghdad hitting Finance and Foreign Ministries and Rashid

Hotel killing 101 and wounding 565 PM Maliki blamed Baathists and Syria for bombings even though it was ISI Iraq withdrew ambassador to Damascus in protest 1st of 3 mass casualty bombings ISI would carry out in Baghdad during the year

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

 

Aug 22 Iraqi govt said it was arresting Baathists involved in Aug 18 Baghdad bombings when it

was actually ISI

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

 

Aug 23 Baghdad Operations Command aired taped confession of man who said he was a Baathist

and involved in Aug 18 Baghdad bombings Said attack ordered by Syria Was actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

 

Aug 24 Sadrists ISCI and Jaafari announced creation of National Alliance

(Musings On Iraq The New National Alliance And Other Political Maneuverings)

 

Aug 25 Iraqi govt demanded Syria turn over 2 Baathists accused of involvement in Aug 18

Baghdad bombings and expel all terrorists Iraq and Syria ended up withdrawing their ambassadors Ended Maliki’s reconciliation with Syria

Aug 25 ISI claimed responsibility for Aug 18 Baghdad bombings

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

 

Aug 29 Interior Min announced it arrested 14 ISI members behind Aug 18 Baghdad bombings

PM Maliki had blamed Baathists and Syria

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

 

Sep 1 US negotiated joint Iraqi-Kurdish-US patrols in Ninewa after series of mass casualty bombings

Meant to fill security gaps in disputed areas and help Baghdad-Irbil relations

(Musings On Iraq Joint US-Iraq-Kurdish Patrols Okayed In Ninewa Objected To In Kirkuk)

(Musings On Iraq Joint US-Iraq-Kurdish Patrols In Disputed Areas Remains A Political Football)

 

Sep 4 3rd British guard kidnapped and murdered by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq had body released

(Musings On Iraq League Of Righteous Breaks Off talks With Baghdad)

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

 

Sep 5 500 demonstrated in Hawija against joint Iraq-Peshmerga-U.S. patrols in town Said

            only army should be doing security in district

 

Sep 9 Iraq and Syria agreed to stop media attacks upon each other return ambassadors after PM

Maliki accused Baathists and Syria for Aug bombings in Baghdad Was actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq-Syria Dispute Update)

 

Sep 12 Report Najaf and Karbala businesses complained that Iraqi parties close to Iran like ISCI

gave Iranian companies monopolies over religious tourism in two cities

(Musings On Iraq Najaf and Karbala Complain About Iranian Business Deals Surrounding Religious Tourism)

 

Sep 16 US closed Camp Bucca prison which had served as recruiting ground for

insurgents

 

Sep 18 Report Norway investigated insider trading involving KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami

and DNO that had oil contract in KRG Oct 08 DNO sold 43 mil shares for $29.7 mil to Genel Energy with Hawrami acting as middleman

(Musings On Iraq Oil Scandal Hits Kurdistan)

 

Sep 25 Report Sadr was attempting to reconcile with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq before 2010 elections

AAH was to send delegation to Iran to meet with Sadr

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Reconcile With Breakaway League Of The Righteous)

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

 

Sep 30 PM Maliki released over 100 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members in deal where group said it

renounced violence and would run in 2010 elections

(Musings On Iraq League Of Righteous Breaks Off talks With Baghdad)

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

 

Oct 1 PM Maliki announced new State of Law list to run in 2010 elections

(Musings On Iraq Malik’s New State Of Law List May Not Be Enough)

 

Oct 5 UN report 71% of Iraqis live in urban areas Of those 57% lived in slum conditions

(Musings On Iraq Almost Half Of Iraqis Live In Slum Conditions)

 

Oct 11 Insurgents attacked Anbar provincial council building in Ramadi 23 killed 65 wounded

 

Oct 14 Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry reported 85,694 dead 147,195 wounded civilians and ISF

from 2004 to Oct 2008

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Ministry Counts 85,000 Dead From 2004-Oct 2008)

 

Oct 15 Sadrists held primary election meant to rally support for 09 provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq The Sadrist Primaries)

 

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

Oct 21 Obama told Maliki not getting stay behind US force 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 25 ISI set off 2 car bombs at Justice and Municipalities Ministries in Baghdad 155 dead 721

wounded 2nd mass casualty bombing by ISI in Baghdad in 2009

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

 

Oct 30 Iraq said Syria and Baathists behind Oct 25 bombings of Justice Min and provincial

council in Baghdad Was done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Returns To Blame Game Over Baghdad Bombings)

 

Nov 2 Eni Occidental and KOGAS signed deal to develop Zubayr oil field in Basra

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Moves Ahead With Oil Deals)

 

Nov 3 Intl Org for Migration report said 1.6 mil displaced since Feb 06 Samarra bombing 1.5 mil

refugees Baghdad Diyala Ninewa saw 90% of the displacement 58,000 returned since Feb 06

(Musings On Iraq Number of Displaced Returning Likely To Increase, Will Iraq Be Ready?)

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

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

 

Nov 4 BP and CNPC singed deal to develop Rumaila oil field in Basra

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Moves Ahead With Oil Deals)

Nov 4 2 Hezbollah members captured in Baghdad Hezbollah used by Iran to support militias

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Parliamentary Speaker’s Visit Raises Questions About Tehran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

 

Nov 5 Oil Min signed deal with Exxon and Shell to develop West Qurna 1 field in Basra Won

auction in Jun 09

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Moves Ahead With Oil Deals)

 

Nov 8 Parliamentary election law passed expanding number of seats to 325

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Finally Does Its Job – Passes Election Law)

 

Nov 9 Sahwa leaders in Dora Baghdad and Baquba Diyala arrested Part of PM Maliki’s crackdown

on Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Problems With Integrating Sons of Iraq Continue)

 

Nov 10 Human Rights Watch report After 03 Kurds kicked out Arabs around Mosul Helped lead

to insurgency in Ninewa Insurgents targeted Christians Yazidis Shabaks Oct 08 insurgents tried to drive Christians out of Mosul 40 killed 12,000 fled Kurds tried to co-opt Ninewa minorities via patronage intimidation threats attacks

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch: Ninewa’s Minorities Under Pressure From Both Sunni Insurgents and Kurds)

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

Nov 11 Guardian paper fined £52,000 in Iraqi court for Apr 09 article saying PM Maliki was

acting like an autocrat

 

Nov 12 PM Maliki told sheikhs in Sadr City that enemies of Iraq were going to use 2010 elections

undermine the country

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Returns to Sectarian Politics)

 

Nov 15 PM Maliki said that Baathists would use 2010 elections to return to power but he would

never let that happen Maliki had been emphasizing Baathist threat since Aug Baghdad bombings which were actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Returns to Sectarian Politics)

 

Nov 16 PM Maliki said Baathists would not be allowed to run in 2010 elections Maliki had been

emphasizing Baathist threat since Aug Baghdad bombings which were actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Returns to Sectarian Politics)

Nov 16 NY Times editorial by US economist Gunter said unemployment in Iraq 17.3%

Underemployment 29.4% for total 46.7% Men aged 15-29 yrs had unemployment rate of 28% Problem was govt couldn’t employ young population and private sector to small to contribute Warned could lead to social unrest

(Musings On Iraq Former US Economic Adviser Warns Of Impending Jobs Crisis In Iraq)

 

Nov 17 Transparency Intl ranked Iraq 4th most corrupt country in world Was #3 in 2008

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Moves Down List Of Most Corrupt In The World)

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Stuart Bowen Special Inspetor General for Iraq Reconstruction)

Nov 17 Displaced families in Diyala protested against election law which said displaced could

only vote in their home provinces Threatened a boycott

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Displaced Forgotten In Debate Over Election Law)

 

Nov 18 VP Hashemi vetoed parliamentary election law saying it would reduce Sunni seats

Kurdish Alliance State of Law ISCI amended law to cut possible seats for Sunnis

(Musings On Iraq VP Hashemi Shoots Himself In The Foot With Veto Of Iraqi Election Law)

 

Nov 20 ISCI head Hakim said Baathists should be able to take part in Iraqi politics if didn’t have

blood on their hands Was counter to PM Maliki increasingly talking about Baathist threat before 2010 elections

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Returns to Sectarian Politics)

Nov 20 Fadhil Baghdad Sahwa head Mashhadani sentenced to death for murder during civil war

Part of PM Maliki’s crackdown on Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Fadhil Sons of Iraq Leader Sentenced To Death)

 

Nov 21 Report on failed US funded reconstruction projects $270 mil water plant in Nasiriya only

worked at limited capacity because too sophisticated for Iraqi workers $4 mil maternity hospital in Hilla didn’t have staff or enough supplies Iraqis never trained on equipment US installed $98 mil wastewater treatment plan in Fallujah only reached 1/3 of homes because govt doesn't deliver fuel $7.9 mil hospital in Baghdad didn’t have staff or supplies so it was closed $165 mil Basra Children’s Hospital was $115 mil over budget

(Musings On Iraq More On Wasted Reconstruction Projects In Iraq) 

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

 

Nov 22 Baghdad aired video confession of 3 men claiming they were Baathists behind Oct 09

Baghdad bombings Were actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Returns to Sectarian Politics)

 

Nov 24 England started Chilcot Inquiry into causes of Iraq War

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

Nov 24 Report Govt workers in Baghdad created fake workers and pocketed $20 mil in salaries

 

Nov 26 Former UK Amb to US Meyer testified to Chilcot Inquiry Said US decided on Iraq war

before UN weapons inspectors returned in Nov 02 Said US already had invasion plan with war starting Jan 03 which was pushed back to March Meyer said UN inspectors had no time to finish their work US and UK only wanted a smoking gun to justify war

(Musings On Iraq Former British Diplomat Confirms that U.N. Inspectors Were Means To War With Iraq)

 

Dec 1 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq ended talks with PM Maliki over running in 2010 elections because

leader Qais Khazali not released

(Musings On Iraq League Of Righteous Breaks Off talks With Baghdad)

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

 

Dec 8 ISI set off 5 car bombs hit Finance Justice Foreign Ministries in Baghdad killing

127 wounded 448 3rd mass casualty bombing in Baghdad US and Interior Min warned Baghdad Ops Cmd in morning of an impending car bomb

(Musings On Iraq Terrorists Strike Baghdad With Massive Bombings For Third Time)

(Musings On Iraq Islamist Terrorists Return To Sectarian Attacks)

(Musings On Iraq Incompetence Of the Iraqi Security Forces Before the December 8 Baghdad Bombings?)

Dec 8 PM Maliki dismissed Baghdad security chief Gen Qanbar and called for Interior Min Bolani

to resign after Baghdad bombings Dawa tried to blame Bolani for attacks

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Bombings Set Off Political Bickering Amongst Iraqi Elites)

Dec 8 Parliament demanded to question Interior Defense National Security ministers head of Iraqi

intelligence head of Baghdad Ops Cmd and PM Maliki over Baghdad Maliki refused saying would only help his enemies

 

Dec 11 Oil Min started second auction for international energy companies to invest in oil fields 3

bids accepted

(Musings On Iraq First Day Of New Bidding Round On Iraqi Oil Fields)

(Musings On Iraq 2nd Round of Bidding On Iraq’s Oil Fields Ends As A Success)

 

Dec 12 Iraq ended 2nd auction for international energy companies to invest in oil fields 4 more

bids accepted for total of 7 Oil Min Shahristani claimed Iraq could reach 12 mil/bar/day in capacity in 6 yrs Would reach a quarter of that mark

(Musings On Iraq Will New Oil Deals Provide Jobs For Iraqis?)

(Musings On Iraq 2nd Round of Bidding On Iraq’s Oil Fields Ends As A Success)

Dec 12 Blair said he would still have removed Saddam without WMD and that

            Saddam was a threat to world no matter what

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

(Musings On Iraq Hans Blix Replies To Tony Blair)

Dec 12 Maliki questioned by parliament over Baghdad bombings starting in August

            MPs complained about lack of coordination by ISF

 

Dec 14 Fmr head UN weapons inspector Hans Blix replied to Tony Blair interview where he said

he would have invaded Iraq without WMD because Saddam was a threat Blix said UK was more interesting in invading Iraq than disarming it

(Musings On Iraq Hangs Blix Replies To Tony Blair)

 

Dec 18 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq issued fatwa on Syria War saying it wasn’t about defending Sayid

Zeinab shrine but fighting infidels and defending Islam

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

Dec 18 Iranian soldiers occupied Well No 4 in Fauqi oil field in Maysan PM Maliki said nothing

Interior Min said was not important Foreign Min said Iran and Iraq would talk about border soon

(Musings On Iraq Disputed Oil Field Leads To Flare Up Between Iraq And Iran)

(Musings On Iraq More Questions Than Answers On Iran-Iraq Oil Field Dispute)

 

Dec 20 Iran said it withdrew its troops from Well No 4 in Fauqi oil field in Maysan it occupied 2

days later but Iraqis said they were still on Iraqi territory

(Musings On Iraq More Questions Than Answers On Iran-Iraq Oil Field Dispute)

(Musings On Iraq Disputed Oil Field Leads To Flare Up Between Iraq And Iran)

 

Dec 23 Protest in Pirmargrun Sulaymaniya turned into a riot after mayor said population didn't

appreciate his improvements to the community People complained about corruption and lack of services Asayesh and riot police called out

(Musings On Iraq Anti-Government Protests In Both Southern and Northern Iraq)

Dec 23 Protests in Karbala and Anbar against Iranian troops occupying Well No 4 in Fauqi oil

field in Maysan

(Musings On Iraq More Questions Than Answers On Iran-Iraq Oil Field Dispute)

 

Dec 24 2nd day of protests in Pirmargrun Sulaymaniya over mayor and lack of services PUK

guards broke up demonstration using gunfire

(Musings On Iraq Anti-Government Protests In Both Southern and Northern Iraq)

 

Dec 26 Pilgrims to Karbala launched protest against PM Maliki over corruption and Iranians

stealing oil

(Musings On Iraq Anti-Government Protests In Both Southern and Northern Iraq)

 

Dec 27 Barzani held meeting to create Peshmerga Ministry in attempt to unify KDP and PUK’s

forces

Dec 27 Dep US Cmdr in Iraq said govt integration of Sahwa would have to wait until after 2010

elections Maliki govt originally agreed to integrate them by end of 2009

(Musings On Iraq Integration Of Sons Of Iraq Delayed Until Mid-2010)

 

Dec 30 British hostage Peter Moore released by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in return for release of leader

Qais Khazali Moore and 4 bodyguards kidnapped from Fin Min building Baghdad in May 2007 Op planned by Iran’s Rev Guard Brits were held in Iran for most of 2 year captivity 4 bodyguards were killed

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

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

(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)

Dec 30 2 suicide bombers hit provincial council building in Ramadi killing 27 and injuring 100

including Gov Fahadawi

(Musings On Iraq Voter Dissatisfaction Growing In Anbar?)

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

 

2010

Jan 3 PM Maliki said Baghdad and Irbil should talk about oil contracts Said talked about issue

with KRG PM Salah

(Musings On Iraq Talk Of Renewed Kurdish Oil Exports)

 

Jan 5 Report that US was in talks with Baathists in Iraq to try to get them to reconcile Maliki

govt criticized talks

(Musings On Iraq Is The U.S. Negotiating With Baathists?)

 

Jan 7 Accountability and Justice Commission banned 511 candidates from 14 lists from election

for Baathist ties Was part of move by Shiite parties to make Baathists part of election

(Musings On Iraq Accountability And Justice Commission Attempts To Interfere In 2010 Elections)

(Musings On Iraq Return Of Sectarian Politics To Iraq)

 

Jan 11 US general said 10,000 Sahwa had gotten jobs in ISF and 30,000 were employed in

ministries Left 78,000 unintegrated

(Musings On Iraq More Sons of Iraq Integrated While Others Walk Off The Job In Diyala)

 

Jan 12 US Amb Hill met with PM Maliki over banning of Sulah al-Mutlaq from 2010 elections by

Accountability & Justice Comm Hill said no grounds for banning Mutlaq as he’d already served in parliament Maliki accused Mutlaq or working with Baathists in Syria in a conspiracy against him Claimed he was powerless to stop the ban

 

Jan 13 Joint Iraq-Peshmerga-US checkpoints opened in Diyala’s disputed territories to increase

cooperation amongst parties

(Musings On Iraq Joint Iraq-Peshmerga-U.S. Patrols Begin In Disputed Territories)

 

Jan 14 Election Comm approved Accountability and Justice Comm banning of 500 candidates

before March parliamentary vote

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Election Commission Okays Ban On Mutlaq And Others From 2010 Vote)

(Musings On Iraq The Continuing Saga Of The Candidate Banning In Iraq)

Jan 14 Joint U.S.-Iraqi-Peshmerga patrols announced for Mosul to increase cooperation between

Baghdad and Irbil on security

(Musings On Iraq Joint Iraq-Peshmerga-U.S. Patrols Begin In Disputed Territories)

 

Jan 17 Chemical Ali sentenced to death for Halabja attack

 

Jan 18 KRG said it was willing to talk with Baghdad about energy Said it would publish deals it

signed with foreign companies in 2009 something Baghdad had demanded KRG wanted to restart its independent oil exports Kurds demanded that Baghdad pay the oil companies in KRG In return KRG would share profits from exports

(Musings On Iraq Talk Of Renewed Kurdish Oil Exports)

 

Jan 19 Report Maliki govt claimed 15,000 Sahwa gotten jobs in ISF 33,000 positions in govt Said

by middle of 2010 all Sahwa would be integrated Never happened

(Musings On Iraq More Sons of Iraq Integrated While Others Walk Off The Job In Diyala)

 

Jan 21 Report Iraq reconciliation committee holding talks with insurgents and Baathists in Jordan

UAE Syria Before Maliki had criticized US for similar talks

(Musings On Iraq Is The U.S. Negotiating With Baathists?)

 

Jan 23 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq kidnapped US contractor Issa Salomi which it swapped for 4 of its

members held in prison

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

Jan 23 Report Diyala Sahwa told to abandon posts by commanders due to Maliki govt crackdown

Sahwa sheikh claimed 425 Sahwa and 25 senior leaders had been arrested by govt on charges they belonged to ISI

(Musings On Iraq More Sons of Iraq Integrated While Others Walk Off The Job In Diyala)

 

Jan 25 3 international hotels bombed

 

Jan 29 Blair testified to Chilcot Inquiry that Saddam was a threat to the world that had to be dealt

with That if Iraq wasn’t invaded in 2003 world would have to deal with Saddam later and could have been more difficult Said 9/11 changed perceptions of Iraq in both US and England

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

 

Feb 1 Ninewa Gov Nujafi visited Wana Was met by Kurdish protest Nujafi’s convoy was shot at

Mayor or nearby Qosh who went to visit Nujafi was harassed by Asayesh Nujafi’s bodyguards arrested people charging them with shooting at convoy Kurds responded by taking hostages Gen Odierno sent Emma Sky to negotiate end to confrontation

 

Feb 3 Iraq appeals court ended ban of candidates for Baath ties before parliamentary elections

Sadr said court decision was betrayal of Iraqi people Maliki said ending bans was US interference in Iraqi elections

(Musings On Iraq Accountability And Justice Commission Attempts To Interfere In 2010 Elections)

 

Feb 8 Sheikh Abu Risha said he formed ruling coalition in Anbar to keep Islamic Party out of power

Had talk with Mutlaq of Iraqi National Project who is also against Islamic Party

Feb 8 Report KRG PM Barzani accused PM Maliki of trying to move troops into Kirkuk to take it

over Complained about deployment of army’s 12th Div Asked U.S. to intervene

 

Feb 9 Report 30,000 displaced returning home per month Main problem occupied houses Govt has

no process to deal with issue Courts can’t handle it

 

Feb 11 Iraqi Special Forces with US advisers raided Kataib Hezbollah in Maysan killing 8

Iraqi politicians condemned raid After raid Maliki ordered all raids be authorized by him personally Led several Iraqi commands to suspend ops with US

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

 

Feb 15 Maliki reversed order to have all raids authorized by him Came after he protested

            US-Iraq raid on Kataib Hezbollah

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

 

Feb 16 ISI set off 4 suicide car bombs targeting hotels in Baghdad where foreign press stayed

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

 

Mar 7 Parliamentary elections held leading to 2nd Maliki term

 

Mar 9 Kurdish Awene newspaper said electoral fraud in Irbil election and sued by KDP

 

Mar 10 Iran invited Shiite politicians to celebrate Nowruz and pushed them to reunite

            behind Maliki

 

Mar 11 US captured ISI governor for Baghdad Rawi who provided intel that led to killing of ISI

leaders Masri and Baghdadi

 

Mar 22 9 provinces from central and southern Iraq demanded recount in election

Mar 22 Iran got Shiite parties to agree to keep Talabani as president

 

Mar 24 Maliki announced new anti-corruption campaign

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

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

 

Mar 25 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq released US contractor it kidnapped Issa Salomi

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

Mar 25 State of Law threatened lawsuit unless Election Commission made a recount of national

vote

Mar 25 State of Law members protested in Basra, Najaf, Karbala, Kut calling for recount

 

Mar 26 Election results announced Iraqiya 91 seats State of Law 89 National Alliance 70

            Kurdish Alliance 43

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

Mar 26 Pres Talabani and VP Mahdi went to Tehran to talk about national elections

Mar 26 State of Law met with Sadr in Qom to try to win his support for 2nd Maliki

            administration

Mar 26 State of Law protest in Amara called for recount in national elections

Mar 26 Human Rights Min said it found 84 mass graves in Baghdad and Diyala all from

post-03 violence

 

Mar 27 Kurdish Alliance said wanted assurances on Kirkuk and Article 140 before it joined

            any new govt

 

Mar 28 Supreme Court ruled that any coalition that gained a majority after elections could get 1st

opportunity to form a new govt Changed meaning of constitution and made election victory meaningless Ruling undermined Allawi’s Iraqiya right to form a new govt and gave it to Maliki’s State of Law

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

 

Mar 29 Peshmerga withdrew from Jalawla, Diyala after argument over control of

            disputed areas with Baghdad

 

Mar 30 Allawi complained about Iran’s interference in forming new Iraqi government

Mar 30 VP Hashemi said Iran trying to unite Shiite parties behind 2nd Maliki term

 

Mar 31 VP Hashemi said an Arab should be president no longer a Kurd

Mar 31 Iraqiya said it would implement Art 140 on disputed areas to try to get Kurdish

            backing for Allawi as premier

Mar 31 Sadr said there would be a referendum on who his followers wanted as premier

 

Apr 1 Iran said it would host Iraqi parties that wanted to talk about forming new govt

Apr 1 Gorran head Mustafa taken to court for defamation against Pres Talabani

Apr 1 Iraqiya announced regional tour of Egypt Qatar Turkey Syrian and Iran to drum

            up support for forming new govt

 

Apr 2 Maliki said he was going to form alliance with Kurds and backed Talabani to

            remain as president to form new govt

Apr 2 Sadrists began referendum amongst followers to see who they wanted to be new

            premier

Apr 2 PM Maliki’s talks with National Alliance failed as ISCI’s Hakim opposed Maliki’s 2nd term

 

Apr 4 3 car bombs on Iranian Egyptian and German Embassies in Baghdad killed 41

 

Apr 5 World Bank gave $250 mil loan to Iraq to help with budget

Apr 5 UNAMI held meeting between Hadbaa and Kurdish Alliance in Ninewa to try to

            repair relations

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

 

Apr 6 7 bombs in Baghdad destroyed 7 buildings and killed 35 over 100 wounded

Apr 6 Dir of Central Organization for Statistics said 25% of Iraqis lived below

            poverty level

 

Apr 7 Sadrist referendum on who movement wanted as new premier picked Jaafari

            after national vote

 

Apr 9 Sadrists held demonstration in Najaf to mark fall of Saddam and protested US

            occupation

 

Apr 10 Iranian Amb said next Iraqi govt should be national unity one with Sunnis

            implying that Allawi’s Iraqiya should be included

Apr 10 Insurgents like 1920 Revolution Brigades held meeting in Istanbul to discuss

            Iraq after US military withdrawal

 

Apr 11 State of Law called for recount in 5 provinces claiming voter fraud after national

            elections

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

Apr 11 Report that Sadrists asked for 10 ministries in return for supporting Maliki’s 2nd

            term

Apr 11 Sadr called Maliki a liar and blamed him for arresting Sadrists

Apr 11 ISF withdrew from Salahaddin provincial council building after occupying it

            for 2 months on orders from Maliki to block federalism move

 

Apr 12 KRG said it had reached agreement with Oil Ministry over oil exports Baghdad

            would split revenues with it

Apr 12 Maliki said Sahwa had a role in helping with securing country

Apr 12 CIA ranked Iraq 160th in world in per capita income 2nd lowest in Middle East

 

Apr 13 State of Law said it didn’t have any red lines with Iraqiya but said some members

            were tied to Baathists

Apr 13 Basra announced free trade zone with Iran

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 13 KRG parliament passed regional budget Gorran and Islamic Group dissented

saying that no reforms included in it

 

Apr 14 State of Law complained about parties going to other countries to discuss

            putting together new govt

Apr 14 Dep PM Issawi went to Iran to talk about forming new govt

Apr 14 Pres Talabani said when Shiite parties agreed on premier Kurds would support

            them

Apr 14 Iraq asked to buy 24 F-16 fighters from US

Apr 14 Iranian Amb to Iraq said trade between two countries had reached $7 bil in 2009

            Was almost all Iranian imports to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

 

Apr 15 VP Hashemi went to Saudi Arabia to talk about forming new govt after national

            vote

Apr 15 Iran said it wanted all parties to be included in new govt after national vote

 

Apr 16 Maliki said new government would include Allawi’s Iraqiya Iraqiya said it won so

            it should be only party trying to put together new government

Apr 16 State of Law said it and National Alliance would soon merge into one list

 

Apr 18 U.S. and Iraqi forces killed ISI leaders Abu Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi near Tikrit

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

 

Apr 19 State of Law called for revote after lost to Iraqiya Charged fraud but no

irregularities found

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

 

Apr 21 State of Law said Sadr reason no new govt after elections because Sadr opposed

            to Maliki 2nd term

 

Apr 22 Parliamentary election results were supposed to be certified but political disputes

            delayed that

 

Apr 23 5 car bombs hit Shiite mosques in Baghdad kill 72

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

 

Apr 25 Iraqi Airways flew to London for first time in 20 years

Apr 25 Court upheld Accountability and Justice Comm banning 52 winning candidates

            for Baathist ties

 

Apr 26 Baath exile faction led by Ahmad Yunis said wanted to unite with other faction

led by Izzat al-Duri during meeting in Damascus

Apr 26 Human Rights Watch interviewed prisoners who were held at secret

            prison at Baghdad Muthanna Airport and tortured by ISF

Apr 26 Kurdish member of Kirkuk council said displaced Arabs had to leave province

            and go home

 

Apr 28 Court acquitted former Trade Min Sudani of corruption for lack of evidence after

            witnesses disappeared or changed testimony under State of Law pressure

Apr 28 Accountability and Justice banned Iraqiya members of Diyala council for Baath

            past

Apr 28 Baathists held meeting in Damascus trying to unify two factions of Mohammed

            Yunis and Izzat al-Duri

 

Apr 29 Maliki said that there were no secret prisons in Iraq after one at Muthanna Airport

prison was revealed Claimed that torture victims at Muthanna prison gave themselves scars to fake abuse

Apr 29 US accused Iran of using Hezbollah to carry out attacks against its forces in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

Apr 29 Sadrists said Maliki could not get a second term as premier

 

Apr 30 Def Min said that ISI had lost its direction after 2 leaders Masri and Baghdadi

            killed

Apr 30 PM Maliki claimed foreign countries were plotting coup against him

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

Apr 30 Iraqiya threatened boycott after courts banned winning candidates for Baathist

            past

 

May 2 Pres Barzani said he believed in dividing Iraq into 3 federal areas along

            ethnosectarian lines

May 2 Iran Iraq announced deal to develop 5 oil fields that straddle two countries

 

May 3 Abu Abdullah al-Shafi emir of Ansar al-Sunnah was captured in Baghdad

May 3 Baghdad started recount requested by Maliki after came in 2nd in election to

Allawi

 

May 4 Baathist leader apologized for mistakes of party Said wanted to join politics

            Public needed to remember achievements of party

May 4 State of Law and National Alliance announced joining to form National Coalition

            after national elections after meetings organized by Iran

 

May 6 Maliki govt announced start of 5 year anti-corruption plan

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

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

 

May 8 Pres Barzani set up investigation into murder of journalist Zardasht Osman

            KDP was accused of involvement

 

May 9 Protests in front of KRG parliament over murder of journalist Zardasht Osman

 

May 10 Kurdish list in Ninewa said open to deal with Hadbaa to join provincial council

            which Kurds had boycotted since 09

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

May 10 ISI carried out coordinated car bombings in Baghdad Hillah Iskandiriya Basra

May 10 Iranian helicopters attacked Kurdish villages and got into shootout with

Peshmerga trying to target PJAK

 

May 11 US arrested Kataib Hezbollah commander accused of attacking US and Iraq forces

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

May 11 Report that Iran Rev Guards Quds Force’s Gen Suleimani helped negotiate State of Law-

National Alliance merger into National Coalition

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

 

May 12 US general warned Sadrists carrying out attacks extortion intimidation in southern

            Iraq

 

May 13 Iraqi general said Sahwa were like a militia that needed to be disarmed and that

            members of Maliki govt distrusted them

May 13 Christian party said insurgents were threatening Christians and Assyrians in

            Mosul trying to drive them out of city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

May 14 Election Commission finished recount in Baghdad requested by Maliki who

            claimed cheating Found no problems

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

May 14 Abu Suleiman became new War Minister for ISI after Masri killed by US April

            2010

May 14 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed

 

May 16 Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi named new leader of ISI after Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

            killed April 2010

 

May 17 China’s CNOOC and Turkey’s TPAO signed deal to develop Maysan oil field

May 17 KRG Natural Resource Min said Kurdish oil exports wouldn’t start until new

            Iraqi govt formed

 

May 18 Interior Ministry source claimed Iranian explosives and shells used in recent

            bombing in southern Iraq

May 18 Sadrists said they supported Jaafari to be PM not Maliki

 

May 19 Talks held between Hadbaa and Kurds over Ninewa provincial council which

            Kurds had boycotted since 09 elections

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

 

May 20 Sadr said he was returning to Iraq after leaving for Iran in 07 over fear of US

assassination during Surge

May 20 Sadr leader said that Sadrists opposed 2nd term for Maliki

May 20 US said Iran training and arming militiamen to destabilize Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

May 20 KRG said it would start oil exports the next day and Baghdad okayed it Demanded

            Baghdad pay oil companies in KRG

 

May 21 Reports that both Iran and US supported 2nd term for Maliki

 

May 23 ISF blamed U.S. releasing prisoners for increase in violence In 2008 Maliki had

            negotiated quicker release of prisoners by US

 

May 29 Sadrists said they would not allow dictatorship or autocracy to return to Iraq

            referring to Maliki

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

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

(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 30 Diyala police chief complained his forces were infiltrated by insurgents

May 30 Maliki met with Pres Barzani in Irbil to lobby for 2nd term

 

Jun 1 Parliamentary election results were certified

Jun 1 Maliki attended PUK congress to lobby for new term as PM

Jun 1 PKK ended ceasefire with Turkey hoping to spark peace talks Didn’t happen

Jun 1 Electricity Min doubled bills for users to cut consumption but Iraqis unused to

            paying for power No effect

 

Jun 2 Adm Mullen said ISI had been devastated by deaths of leadership

Jun 2 Pres Barzani met with Turkish PM Erdogan to talk about security

 

Jun 3 Pres Barzani went to Turkey for first time in 6 years Said he would stop PKK

            operations

 

Jun 4 Gen Odierno US cmdr in Iraq said 34 of ISI’s 42 leaders had been killed or

            captured

 

Jun 5 Iraqi army banned Sahwa in Diyala carrying weapons Sahwa replied they would

            stop working with govt

Jun 5 Iraqiya member Faris Jabouri assassinated in Mosul 3rd member of Iraqiya

            killed in city before and after elections

Jun 5 Iraqiya member killed in Qaim, Anbar by IED

 

Jun 7 Oil Min said oil production would reach 12 mil/bar/day by 2017 Didn’t happen

 

Jun 10 State of Law merged back with other Shiite parties after elections in National

            Coalition giving them 159 seats

Jun 10 Protests in Baghdad Babil Qadisiyah Nasiriya Najaf Kirkuk Karbala Ninewa

            Basra Chanted against Maliki and for better services

 

Jun 13 Iraq Central Bank attacked by ISI dressed in military uniforms Started

            with 7 suicide bombers 25 killed 50 wounded

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

 

Jun 14 New parliament seated 3 months after elections Only met for 18 minutes Was

supposed to start work on electing new president but didn’t Maliki adjourned session indefinitely to stall for time

 

Jun 15 1st session of new parliament held to meet deadline Was supposed to elect new

            speaker but didn’t because of political disputes

 

Jun 16 Turkey sent troops into Kurdistan and bombed areas chasing PKK fighters

            after attack on Turkish army base

Jun 16 State of Law and National Alliance in talks to try to limit powers of next

            PM in negotiations to form new govt

Jun 16 Maliki met with Kurdish list claiming he would implement Article 140 on

            Kirkuk and disputed areas

 

Jun 19 Protest in Basra over power shortages 1 demonstrator killed by police

Jun 19 Sahwa leader in Diyala warned that ISI using carrot and stick against sahwa

            members in attempted comeback in province

 

Jun 20 2 car bombs in front of Trade Bank of Iraq in Baghdad 27 killed 55 wounded

Jun 20 Funeral for protester killed in Basra led to march calling for Maliki to step

            down

Jun 20 Ayatollah Najafi issued statement condemning electricity shortages and supported

            right of people to protest problem

 

Jun 21 ISF broke up protests in Nasiriya over lack of electricity Protests in Basra too

Jun 21 Electricity Minister Hassan resigned due to protests

 

Jun 22 Protests in Ramadi and Nasiriya over lack of electricity

Jun 22 Army arrested sons of protest organizer in Basra demanding leader turn himself

            in Basra council condemned Army’s move

 

Jul 3 VP Biden made surprise visit to Iraq to try to help form new govt after elections

 

Jul 26 ISI bombed Al Arabiya TV station

 

Aug 17 ISI suicide bomber hit army recruits in Baghdad killing 60

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

 

Aug 25 ISI coordinated attacks in Mosul Kirkuk Tikrit Dujail Baquba Muqtadiya

            Ramadi Fallujah Karbala Kut Basra Baghdad

 

Aug 31 US officially ended combat operations in Iraq

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

 

Sep 25 Report US donated 8,080 computers worth $1.8 mil to schools in Babil Customs in Basra

refused to release them Investigation found 4,200 computers sold in Aug 2010 for $45,700 Rest of computers disappeared

(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)

 

Oct 1 National Alliance picked Maliki as its candidate for premier due to Sadr switching to

            back Maliki under Iranian pressure

 

Oct 2 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said Kurds were ready to send 60 bil cubic

            meters of natural gas to Turkey

 

Oct 6 Obama adm review of Iraq policy VP Biden said wanted Maliki to stay as PM &

            Obama agreed

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

 

Oct 12 Turkey opened consulate in Irbil as part of improved relations with KRG

 

Oct 20 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said Kurds were ready to send 60 bil cubic meters of

natural gas to Turkey

 

Oct 21 Maliki went to Turkey to try to help his attempt to form new govt

 

Oct 22 Wikileaks released thousands of classified US reports on Iraq

 

Oct 31 ISI attacked Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad Took 100 hostages Goal was publicity

and gain donations 68 killed

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

Nov 3 KRG issued demonstration law saying protesters had to registers 48 hours before any event

 

Nov 7 Turkey’s Foreign Min Davutoglu travelled to Iraq to try to help form new govt

 

Nov 10 Pres Barzani called meeting and agreed on new govt Maliki would remain PM Talabani

stayed Pres Allawi would head new strategic council Nujafi would be speaker of parliament Called Irbil Agreement

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

 

Nov 11 New parliament had 2nd session in 5 months Elected Nujafi new speaker

 

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

parliament

 

 

 

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