Iraqi Insurgency (2002-Present)

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2001

Dec 10 Ansar al-Islam formed from 3 Kurdish Islamist groups

 

2002

Jul 17 Iraq issued arrest warrant for Zarqawi who had been traveling through the

            country from Iran

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS Inside The Army of Terror, Revised & Updated)

 

Aug 17 Iraq intelligence issued order to keep an eye out for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS Inside The Army of Terror, Revised & Updated)

 

2003

Feb 11 Bin Laden released tape saying Iraqi people had to resist U.S. invasion and called Baath

infidels

 

Mar 24 Al Qaeda spokesman called on Muslims to join the jihad against the US in Iraq

 

Mar 29 1st Suicide bomber in Iraq war hits US checkpoint in Najaf killing 4 soldiers

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

 

Mar 31 1st car bomb in Iraq hit US checkpoint north of Najaf

Mar 31 Ansar al-Islam issued statement Said it regrouped in north and would carry out

suicide bombings against the Coalition occupation

 

Apr 10 Suicide bomber hit Marine checkpoint in Baghdad wounding 4

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

 

Apr 11 Suicide bomber attacked Marine checkpoint wounding 4 in Baghdad 2 US soldiers killed

and several dozen wounded in firefights in different parts of Iraq

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

 

Apr 18 Suicide bomber hit Marines in Baghdad

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

 

May 25 Suicide bomber hit Badr HQ in Baquba Badr was attempting to seize local officers

Carried out assassination campaign against former regime members

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

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

 

May 27 Cleric at Fallujah mosque praised 1st serious attack on US troops 2 soldiers killed 9

injured at checkpoint

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Jun 12 1st bombing of an Iraqi oil pipeline near Kirkuk after invasion

 

Jun 25 Report Captured Zarqawi operative in Germany said Zarqawi independent terrorist not

part of Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Jul 16 Mayor of Haditha and his son assassinated by insurgents

 

Jul 21 UN-IOM convoy fired upon by insurgents in Babil 1st attack on humanitarian group in Iraq

 

Aug 7 Zarqawi bombed Jordanian embassy in Baghdad killing 17 wounding 40

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

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

 

Aug 15 Oil pipeline to Turkey bombed in Baiji Salahaddin shutting down exports for 2nd time in a

week

 

Aug 16  Insurgent attack on Abu Ghraib prison 6 prisoners killed 59 wounded

 

Aug 19 Zarqawi bombed UN headquarters in Baghdad killed 23 including UN Rep de Mello and

injured over 100

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Terrorists of Iraq, Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraqi Insurgency 2003-2014)

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

 

Aug 20 Report Claim up to 3,000 Saudis had gone to Iraq to fight U.S.

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

 

Sep 2 Zarqawi car bomb hit Baghdad police HQ killing 1 wounding 20

 

Sep 9 Zarqawi hit US intel base in Irbil with suicide car bomb killing 3 wounding 54

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

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

 

Sep 22 Zarqawi bombed Canal Hotel Baghdad 2 dead 19 wounded

 

Sep 27 Insurgents fired 3 rockets at Rashid Hotel in Baghdad

 

Sep 29 Islamic Army of Iraq founded

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 7 Muqawama Wa Intiqaam (Resistance And Reprisals), May-August 2003)

 

Oct 9 Zarqawi hit Sadr City police station with suicide car bomb killing 10

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

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Oct 12 Zarqawi hit Baghdad Hotel with suicide car bomb 8 dead 32 wounded

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

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

 

Oct 14 Ansar al-Sunna suicide car bombing of Turkish Embassy in Baghdad 2 dead 13 wounded

Part of Ramadan offensive

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 9 Down The Spider Hole, October-December 2003)

 

Oct 15 UK intel report Worried that Iraq would become new base for jihadists Significant number

of Islamists already traveled to Iraq Could become base for recruiting training attacks and could get worse

 

Oct 26 Baghdad’s Rashid Hotel hit by rocket while Wolfwitz staying there 16 killed 18 wounded

            Part of Ramadan offensive

 

Oct 27 Zarqawi bombed Red Cross HQ and 4 police stations in Baghdad Sixth attack foiled 35

            dead and 244 injured Part of Ramadan offensive

(Musings On Iraq How The U.S. Failed To Recognize The Insurgency In Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

Oct 27 Saddam called on insurgents to attack Iraqi security forces rather than US led coalition

 

Oct 30 US Natl Intel Est on Iraq said Iraqis not foreigners behind most of insurgency and local

grievances including US occupation were fueling violence

 

Oct 31 Insurgent attack on Fallujah govt center lasting for hours Destroyed complex Mayor Taha

fled

 

Nov 1 Zarqawi truck bomb hit Italian Carabinieri HQ in Nasiriya killing 14 Part of Ramadan

            offensive

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

 

Nov 2 US Chinook helicopter shot down near Fallujah Killed 15 soldiers Deadliest post-invasion

attack on US up to that point Was celebrated inside city

 

Nov 10 PUK HQ in Kirkuk bombed by insurgents

 

Nov 12 Zarqawi bombed Italian police in Nasiriyah killing 19 Italians 15 civilians and wounding

around 100

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

 

Nov 19 Car bomb at Sheikh Suleiman’s home after he made deal with US for police to take over

security in Ramadi

 

Nov 20 Suicide truck bomb hit PUK office in Kirkuk killing 5

 

Nov 22 US transport plane hit by missile at Baghdad International Airport

 

Nov 29 Insurgent attacks killed 7 Spanish intelligence officers and 2 Japanese diplomats in Iraq

 

Dec 9 Suicide Car bomb on Mosul camp wounded 41 US troops and 6 Iraqi civilians

 

Dec 15 Report Al Qaeda was going to divert fighters and funds from Afghanistan to Iraq

 

Dec 27 Zarqawi attacks on govt buildings and foreign troop bases in Karbala killed 19 wounded

            170

 

2004

Jan 4 Bin Laden said US war in Iraq attempt to control region’s oil and start of holy war in Middle

East

 

Jan 5 Zarqawi called on Muslims to join his jihad in Iraq

 

Jan 18 Truck bomb hit US headquarters at Republican Palace Baghdad Killed 20 wounded more

than 100

 

Jan 31 Car Bomb at Mosul police station killed 9 wounded 45

 

Feb 1 2 suicide bombers hit KDP and PUK offices in Irbil killed 117 injured 133

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

 

Feb 4 Future IS leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi arrested by Americans and sent to Camp Bucca

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

 

Feb 9 US released Zarqawi letter to Al Qaeda Said goal to start sectarian war by attacking Shiites to

rally Sunnis to its cause

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 11 The Gathering Storm)

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation) 

 

Feb 10 Car bomb hit Iskandiriya Babil police station killed 50

 

Feb 11 Suicide bombing on army recruitment center in Baghdad killed 36

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

 

Feb 13 Insurgents attacked ISF HQ in Fallujah for 2nd day Freed 100 prisoners Killed 23 ISF Police in

city collapsed Iraqi defense forces retreated to base outside city

 

Feb 22 US killed Nidhal Mohammed Arabiyat Al Qaeda in Iraq’s top bombmaker Developed

early car bombs

 

Feb 25 Insurgents killed deputy police chief in Mosul

 

Mar 2 5 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide bombers hit Karbala and Khadimiya during Ashura killing 270

wounding 570

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

 

Mar 20 Bombings against Shiite pilgrims in Karbala during Ashura left 165 dead more than 230

wounded Suicide bombers attacked Shiite pilgrims at Khadmiya shrine Baghdad

(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 31 Insurgents ambushed Blackwater convoy and killed 4 contractors in Fallujah 2 were strung

up on bridge

(Musings On Iraq review No True Glory, A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 12 Things Fall Apart Apr 2004)

 

Apr 5 Zarqawi recording released calling for more attacks upon US led Coalition and Shiites

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation) 

 

Apr 7 Insurgents attacked Hawija Kirkuk

 

Apr 8 Insurgents attacked Baquba Muqdadiya and Khalis in Diyala Baquba fell to militants

 

Apr 10 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped American Nick Berg and took him to Fallujah Would later be

beheaded by Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

Apr 10 Fighting in Ramadi ended with Marines defeating insurgents

 

Apr 15 Ansar al-Islam called on Iraqis to join the jihad against the US

 

Apr 21 5 car bombs in Basra and Abu al-Khasib 68 killed

 

Apr 24 Insurgents launched boat attack upon Basra oil terminal killing 2 US sailors

 

Apr 26 Zarqawi announced his group Tawhid wal-Jihad

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

 

May 7 Zarqawi beheaded American Nick Berg and video taped it

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

May 11 Zarqawi released video of himself beheading US hostage Nick Berg Zarqawi claimed

revenge for Abu Ghraib abuses

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

May 17 Zarqawi killed Iraqi Governing Council head Salim with a suicide bomber in Baghdad

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

 

Jun 12 Insurgents killed Deputy Foreign Minister Kubba

 

Jun 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide car bombing at army recruitment center Baghdad killed 35

            wounded 145

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

 

Jun 22 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded S Korean civilian Kim Sun-il

 

Jun 24 Al Qaeda in Iraq carried out multiple car bombs and attacks on police in Baghdad Baquba

Fallujah Ramadi and Mosul killing 92 wounding 285 Took over police station and city hall in Baquba and held city center for 6 hours

 

Jul 5 Report Zarqawi’s bombing moved him from margins of insurgency to the center

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

 

Jul 6 Car bomb at US-Iraqi National Guard post in Samarra Led to 450 of 500 Iraqi guardsmen to

quit

 

Jul 8 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Bulgarian civilians Georgi Lazov and Ivaylo Kepov

Jul 8 US and Iraqi intel reports said Zarqawi using Fallujah as a base

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 14 Fighting To The Elections, August-December 2004)

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

 

Jul 14 Insurgents assassinated Ninewa Governor Kashmoula

 

Jul 15 Report in 2003 UK intel found Zarqawi setting up cells in Baghdad 

 

Jul 18 Insurgents offered $285,000 reward for anyone that could kill PM Allawi

 

Jul 20 Filipino driver kidnapped by insurgents Was released after Philippines withdrew its 51

soldiers from Iraq

 

Jul 21 Insurgents kidnapped 2 Algerian diplomats in Baghdad

 

Jul 28 68 killed in suicide car bomb on police center Baquba Diyala

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

 

Aug 1 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed 6 churches in Baghdad and Mosul 12 killed 71 wounded

 

Aug 2 Al Qaeda in Iraq War Min Abu Masri executed Turkish civilian Murat Yuce

 

Aug 28 Iraqi insurgents kidnapped 2 French reporters Gave Paris 48 hrs to end ban on schoolgirls

wearing headscarves

 

Sep 2 2 Americans Jack Henlsey and Eugene Armstrong and Briton Kenneth Bigley kidnapped by

Zarqawi in Baghdad

 

Sep 9 Major fighting broke out between US forces and insurgents in Tal Afar 57 insurgents killed

along with 27 civilians and another 70 wounded

 

Sep 11 Zarqawi recording condemned Muslims who were not supporting jihad in Iraq

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

 

Sep 13 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Turkish civilian Durmus Kumdereli

 

Sep 14 Al Qaeda in Iraq car bomb hit Baghdad police station Killed 59 wounded almost 100

 

Sep 18 Zarqawi front group Jihad and Unification video aired on Al Jazeera saying it had

kidnapped 2 Americans and a Briton in Baghdad Demanded release of Iraqi women prisoners

 

Sep 21 Head of Fallujah Shura Council Janabi said city didn’t need Zarqawi Differentiated

between resistance vs occupation and Zarqawi who led terrorists Janabi said resistance wasn’t about killing innocent Iraqis and Zarqawi had harmed the insurgency and cost it support

 

Sep 22 US civilian Jack Hensley beheaded by Zarqawi Body dumped in Baghdad 

Sep 22 2 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 21 wounded 150

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

 

Oct 4 Car Bombs in Baghdad’s Green Zone and Mosul killed 21 Wounded 90

 

Oct 8 Family of British hostage Ken Bigley said he had been killed by insurgents

 

Oct 14 Insurgent suicide bombers penetrated Green Zone killed 5 wounded 18

 

Oct 15 US put Zarqawi on its terrorist list

 

Oct 16 Attacks upon 5 churches

 

Oct 17 Zarqawi pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda Tawhid wal Jihad became

            Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Oct 19 Head of aid group Care was kidnapped in Baghdad Later killed by insurgents

 

Oct 22 Report Around 20 families mostly exiles like the Majids who were cousins of Saddam

were financing the insurgency

 

Oct 23 Al Qaeda in Iraq dressed as police took 49 Iraqi soldiers off bus and executed them in

            Diyala

 

Oct 29 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Japanese civilian Shosei Koda

 

Oct 31 Report US intel est 8,000-12,000 insurgents in Iraq and well financed Was far more than

previously believed

 

Nov 2 Harith al-Dhari head of Association of Muslim Scholars said kidnapping by insurgents was

just like taking prisoners of war and killing them was justified

 

Nov 9 Insurgents seized 66% of Mosul’s police stations

 

Nov 10 Zarqawi and other insurgent group attacked Mosul ISF collapsed in 24 hrs Took control of

80% of city Insurgents retook Tal Afar

 

Nov 11 Zarqawi arrived in Ramadi after leaving Fallujah during 2nd battle for city

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

Nov 11 Al Qaeda in Iraq seized 14 police stations all the bridges and established temporary

control of Mosul Only 200 of 5,000 police in city fought

Nov 11 Insurgents attacked police stations across Ramadi causing collapse of force

 

Nov 14 Insurgents kidnapped wounded police from Mosul hospital and dismembered them Led to

½ of city’s police to quit All but one police station in city fell to militants US and ISF began op to retake city

 

Nov 19 Gen Smith dep cmdr CENTCOM said insurgents were carrying out effective intimidation

campaign before Jan 05 elections

 

Nov 25 Defense Science Board report Iraq invasion gave jihadists around the world a cause and

supported their narrative

 

Dec 3 members of Ansar al-Islam arrested for planning to assassinate PM Allawi

 

Dec 5 Suicide car bomb hit police station at main gate to Green Zone killed 7 wounded 50

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

 

Dec 9 Al Qaeda in Iraq said Shiites were supporting crusaders Called Ayatollah Sistani a

collaborator Attacked Iraqi forces fighting in Fallujah Said that Kurds and Christians were working with the Shiites and called Iraqi Islamic Party hypocrites

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

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

 

Dec 15 Zarqawi bombing in Karbala killed 7 and wounded aide to Ayatollah Sistani

 

Dec 19 Suicide bomber in Karbala killed 14 and wounded 30 and car bomb in Najaf killed 48

wounded 90

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

Dec 19 30 insurgents attacked members of Election Commission on Haifa St Baghdad Dragged

them from car and shot them in street

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 15 – Transformation IN A Time Of War, January-April 2005)

 

Dec 21 Ansar al-Sunna suicide bomber in Iraqi army uniform blew himself up inside US Mosul

base Killed 21 including 14 US soldiers Wounded 75 Led to mistrust of Iraqi army by US afterward

Dec 21 Insurgents released 2 French reporters they kidnapped 4 months ago

 

Dec 27 Al Jazeera aired bin Laden tape calling Zarqawi the prince of Al Qaeda in Iraq Bin Laden

            said focus of the Islamic world was war against US in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Tracking Al Qaeda in Iraq’s Zarqawi Interview With Ex-CIA Analyst Nada Bakos)

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

 

Dec 28 Bin Laden online statement praised Zarqawi giving him allegiance

(Musings On Iraq Tracking Al Qaeda in Iraq’s Zarqawi Interview With Ex-CIA Analyst Nada Bakos)

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

 

2005

Jan 4 Insurgents assassinated Baghdad Governor Haidari

 

Jan 7 Insurgents attacked power lines in Salahaddin that caused brief national blackout

 

Jan 10 Zarqawi’s forces assassinated Baghdad’s deputy police chief and his son

 

Jan 12 Zarqawi killed 2 senior aides to Ayatollah Sistani in Karbala and Baghdad

 

Jan 18 Bishop of Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul kidnapped

 

Jan 23 Zarqawi called candidates in Jan 05 election demi-idols Said those who voted were

apostates and could be killed Claimed elections US plot to empower Shiites

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 15 – Transformation IN A Time Of War, January-April 2005)

 

Jan 26 Insurgent umbrella group announced campaign to disrupt that year’s elections

 

Jan 27 Insurgents blew up school in Baghdad going to be used as polling station in Jan 05 vote

Videotaped execution of Iraqiya candidate Meant to intimidate voters

 

Jan 29 RAND Corp Iraq became center for jihadist cause and cause of terrorism in rest of world

Jan 29 Human Rights Watch US Abu Ghraib prison scandal became recruitment tool for

terrorists

 

Feb 7 Insurgents complained to Newsweek that Zarqawi was trying to hijack insurgency and

opposed his attacks upon Iraqi civilians

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Feb 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Kadhimiya

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

(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)

 

Feb 22 5 Zarqawi suicide bombers in Baghdad Killed 39 Wounded 150 people celebrating Ashura

 

Feb 28 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide truck bomb on police and National Guard recruits in Hillah killed

127 Was deadliest incident since 03 invasion

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

 

Apr 2 Al Qaeda in Iraq launched suicide attack on Abu Ghraib prison starting battle for town

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

 

Apr 28 Insurgents set off 17 car bombs killing 50 and wounding more than 100 to offset news of

new Iraqi govt

 

May 11 Al Qaeda in Iraq set off 9 car bombs in Baghdad Killed 112 Early step to start civil war in

Iraq

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 16 – Going West, April-August 2005)

 

May 12 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped Anbar Gov Mahalawi and his son Governor’s body found 3

weeks later

 

Jul 1 Insurgents killed senior aide to Sistani in Baghdad Car bomb hit PM Jaafari’s offices Mortars

shut down power station that cut water supply to much of Baghdad

 

Jul 3 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Egypt would not send another

ambassador until 2009 

 

Jul 5 Zarqawi announced Umar Brigades Would assassinate Badr members and Shiite

civilians in Baghdad and Anbar

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 16 – Going West, April-August 2005)

Jul 5 Insurgents attacked diplomatic convoys of Bahrain and Pakistan Led Pakistan to withdraw

ambassador

 

Jul 6 Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed it executed Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Ihab al-Sharif Egypt

would not send another ambassador until 2009

 

Jul 9 Al Qaeda’s 2nd in command Zawahiri Iraq strategy letter to Zarqawi Wanted to expel US

from Iraq Declare an emirate that would develop into the caliphate Extend jihad to neighboring countries Attack Israel Zawahiri also wanted Zarqawi to include more Iraqis in Al Qaeda in Iraq to not alienate the population Zawahiri also told Zarqawi that continued attacks upon Muslim civilians could cost heart and minds and support

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 16 – Going West, April-August 2005)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

Jul 12 Zarqawi responded to Maqdisi who criticized Al Qaeda in Iraq’s tactics of attacking

civilians and Shiites and suicide bombings Zarqawi said more important to attack Shiites than non-Muslims Accused Shiites of starting sectarian violence Cited Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir who supported suicide missions

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation) 

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

 

Jul 16 Musayib Babil suicide truck bomb left 250 casualties

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

Jul 16 Musayib Babil suicide truck bomb left 250 casualties

 

Aug 9 Suicide car bomb hit US convoy in Baghdad killing 7 and wounding more than 90

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

 

Aug 13 Al Qaeda in Iraq declared those who supported constitution apostates and they could be

killed

 

Aug 19 Al Qaeda in Iraq unsuccessful fired rockets from Jordan at 2 US ships docked in Israeli

port

 

Sep 7 Report Al Qaeda in Iraq controlled Qaim Anbar Made alliance with local tribe to run town

 

Sep 14 Al Qaeda in Iraq set off 12 car bombs in Baghdad 167 killed Almost 600 wounded

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 18 – Defeated By Democracy, Winter 2005-2006)

Sep 14 Zarqawi declared war on Shiites in response to U.S. offensive in Tal Afar

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

 

Sep 22 Report Shiite cleansing of Baghdad by insurgents increased especially in Dora Amiriyah

Ghaziliya Sadiya

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

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

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

 

Sep 29 Balad bombing killed 95

 

Oct 5 Suicide bomber hit mosque in Hillah, Babil killing 27 wounding 87

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

 

Oct 23 Islamic Army got in gun battle with Al Qaeda in Iraq in Taji north Baghdad over the latter

killing members of the Islamic Army

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Oct 24 Palestine Hotel and Sheraton Ishtar Hotel in Baghdad hit by truck bombs

 

Oct 27 Baghdad insurgent leader told Guardian he supported voting on Constitution and opposed

            Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Nov 9 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed 3 western hotels in Jordan Led to condemnation of Zarqawi by

Jordanians

 

Nov 10 Al Qaeda in Iraq took responsibility for hotel bombings in Jordan Later realized attacks

cost it public support and tried to justify them by claiming they were targeting Israelis and Americans and would never attack Jordanian public

 

Nov 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed Shiite mosque in Khanaqin Diyala 74 dead

Nov 18 Study 90-96% of insurgency were Iraqis only 4-10% foreign fighters

 

Nov 19 2 days of insurgent attacks upon Shiites left 324 civilians dead and wounded

 

Dec 11 Report Sunnis connected to insurgency said US withdrawal not stop fighting Said civil war

would breakout Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army 1920 Revolution Brigades joined together

 

Dec 12 DIA report Insurgents recruiting networking training in Iraqi prisons Could be more

dangerous after release

Dec 12 Report early 05 Islamist insurgents met with Al Qaeda in Iraq asking for a joint command

Al Qaeda in Iraq said no wanting control

 

Dec 14 Report Referendum on constitution divided insurgency Islamic Army supported taking

part and would stop attacks Insurgents in Ramadi threatened death to anyone that voted Al Qaeda in Iraq said would carry out attacks during election

Dec 14 Report Taxes main form of revenue for IS Even if lost oil business would still be making

large sums of money Financial Times est IS made $23 mil from taxing govt salaries in Mosul in 2014 Taxes on grain and cotton could earn $20 mil Taxed trucking through IS areas

 

Dec 21 Report US negotiated ceasefire with insurgents for Dec election

 

Dec 22 Report Insurgents split over Dec voting Some provided security for polling stations Some

clerics called for people to vote Zarqawi threatened anyone that participated

 

Dec 27 Al Qaeda in Iraq fired 2 rockets from south Lebanon into Israel Zarqawi said he did it to

fulfill promise to bin Laden to attack Israel

 

Dec 29 Zarqawi took responsibility for rocket attack on Israel Said he was fulfilling promise to bin

Laden

 

2006

Jan 1 1920 Rev Brigade leader in Ramadi Latif and more than a dozen sheikhs and notables

formed Anbar People’s Comm Wanted to take over Anbar govt and police force Singed up 671 police recruits

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 21 Hope In Ramadi)

 

Jan 5 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide car bomb in Ramadi killed 80 tribal recruits for police organized

by Anbar People’s Committee

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 21 Hope In Ramadi)

 

Jan 7 Report US held talks with insurgents inside and outside Iraq since fall 2005 Not much

progress said to have been made

Jan 7 Report insurgents expressed complaints and splits with Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 19 The Iraqi Civil War Comes Into The Open, January-June 2006)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Jan 8 6 churches in Mosul and Baghdad bombed

 

Jan 11 Spanish police broke up recruiting network that raised money and sent fighters to Iraq

in coordination with Al Qaeda in Iraq

 

Jan 12 Report Islamic Army said in Oct it got into gun battle with Al Qaeda in Iraq in Taji Baghdad

Fighting lasted for days Al Qaeda in Iraq has fought Islamic Army Mohammed’s Army in Anbar Babil Salaahddin Sep 05 sheikh in Baghdad asked govt help to drive out Al Qaeda in Iraq Was assassinated as a result 2005 elections split insurgency over whether Sunnis should vote or not Al Qaeda in Iraq opposed both elections

 

Jan 15 Al Qaeda in Iraq created Mujahedeen Shura Council to try to cooperate with other

insurgent groups Shura Council was in part created due to Al Qaeda’s suggestion Zarqawi include more Iraqis in his jihad Said it was start of Islamic state

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

(Musings On Iraq How The Islamic State’s Caliphate In Iraq Was Originally Ignored)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 19 The Iraqi Civil War Comes Into The Open, January-June 2006)

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

Jan 15 Army of the Victorious joined Mujahedeen Shura Council

 

Jan 16 Sheikh Fahadawi of Albu Fahd in Ramadi assassinated by Al Qaeda in Iraq for talking with

US

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

 

Jan 18 Al Qaeda in Iraq killed Sheikh Mohammed Sadiq al-Battah in Baghdad Head of Albu

Chlaib tribe in Anbar

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

 

Jan 20 Al Qaeda in Iraq said Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi had become emir of new Mujahedeen

Shura Council

 

Jan 23 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed Sheikh Kharbite’s house in Ramadi of Albu Khalifa tribe and

member of Anbar security council

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

 

Jan 26 Al Qaeda sent letter to Ansar al-Sunnah suggested it merge with Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

 

Jan 29 Al Qaeda sent 2nd letter to Ansar al-Sunnah saying it sent representative to Iraq to work out

issues with Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

Jan 29 Sharia Committee for the Army of the Followers of the Sunnah and the Collective joined

Mujahedeen Shura Council Emir of group was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

 

Feb 5 Al Qaeda in Iraq defeated 1920 Rev Brigade in Ramadi Forced Brigade leader Latif who’d

tried to join Anbar politics to go into hiding

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 19 The Iraqi Civil War Comes Into The Open, January-June 2006)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 21 Hope In Ramadi)

 

Feb 10 Report 1920 Revolution Brigades Amman Brigades Mujahadeen Army working to expel

Al Qaeda in Iraq from Ramadi after it killed head of Albu Fahad tribe

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Feb 22 Zarqawi bombed Askari shrine in Samarra 25 Sunni mosques in Samarra 27 in Baghdad

attacked 3 imams killed 1 kidnapped US immediately got intel Zarqawi behind Askari shrine bombing Tunisian and 4 Saudis from Al Qaeda in Iraq did bombing Tunisian Al Qaeda in Iraq bomber was arrested in June 2006 and explained attack

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 19 The Iraqi Civil War Comes Into The Open, January-June 2006)

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

Feb 22 Al Qaeda in Iraq blamed Baghdad and Shiite militias for Samarra bombing to incite attacks

on Sunnis

Feb 22 Other insurgent groups blamed Baghdad for Samarra bombing and claimed govt was

allowing attacks upon Sunni mosques

 

Feb 23 Insurgents stopped vehicles in Baquba and executed 47 people who were heading to

protest against Samarra bombing

 

Feb 26 Al Qaeda in Iraq assassinated Gen Saab Manfi Mohammed al-Rawi of Albu Rawi Member

of Anbar Security Council

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

 

Mar 12 6 car bombs in Shiite areas in Baghdad killed 58 wounded 200

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

 

Mar 21 Insurgents took police station and courthouse in Baghdad Killed 17 police Freed 20

prisoners 200 insurgents from different groups took Muqdadiya police station in Diyala Executed 19 police Freed 33 prisoners

Mar 21 Report insurgents infiltrated into Tal Afar after successful counterinsurgency program by

3rd Armored Cav Reg ended and unit left

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

Mar 21 CIA report Insurgency undermining political and economic development in Iraq Said even

if Sunnis given larger role in Iraq govt Al Qaeda in Iraq would not stop attacks

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Mar 31 100 insurgents attacked Muqdadiya police headquarters Killed 19 police and freed 33

prisoners

 

Apr 7 3 suicide bombers detonated in Buratha mosque Baghdad Attempted to assassinate ISCI MP

Saghir suspected of running Badr death squads 85 killed 160 wounded

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

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

 

May 4 Zarqawi gave presentation saying Al Qaeda in Iraq needed to expand its base from Anbar

into Salahaddin and Diyala Said Ramadi was to be named capital of emirate

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

 

May 17 Insurgent detainee said he knew Al Qaeda in Iraq head Zarqawi’s spiritual advisor Sheikh

al-Rahman Would help lead to death of Zarqawi

 

Jun 3 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped and killed 4 Russian diplomats in Iraq

 

Jun 7 Zarqawi killed by U.S. F-16 jet north of Baquba

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

 

Jun 14 New Al Qaeda in Iraq war leader al-Masri issued statement saying he would follow

Zarqawi’s path Continue attacking Shiites Still loyal to bin Laden

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

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

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

 

Jun 16 Mujahedeen Shura Council kidnapped 3 US soldiers in Baghdad in revenge for US troops

raping Iraqi girl and killing her and her family Kidnapping derailed Iraq’s Operation Together Forward to secure Baghdad

 

Jun 26 Al Qaeda in Iraq robbed $7 mil from Rafidain bank branch in Ramadi

 

Jul 1 Truck bomb Sadr City killed 62 wounded 120

 

Jul 10 Mujahadeen Shura Council released video of 2 US soldiers it had kidnapped tortured

murdered Said retaliation for US soldiers raping and killing Iraqi girl in Mar 06

 

Jul 11 Islamic Army claimed responsibility for suicide bombing in Green Zone as revenge for US

soldiers raping and killing Iraqi girl in Mar 06

 

Jul 17 Insurgents attacked market in Mahmudiya Baghdad Killed 42

 

Jul 18 Suicide bomber hit Kufa Najaf near Shiite shrine 45 killed 88 wounded

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

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

 

Jul 24 Karrada Baghdad attacked by insurgents and forced out most Shiites

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

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

 

Jul 27 Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Salih al-Saudi Abu Abdullah al-Saudi and 14 fighters killed

in airstrike north of Ramadi Disrupted group’s operations in Ramadi

 

Aug 13 Bombing in Baghdad’s Zafaraniya set off gas explosion 58 killed 148 wounded

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

 

Aug 14 Zafaraniya Baghdad attacked by insurgents who forced out most Shiites

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

Aug 14 After threat by insurgents only around 100 of Fallujah’s 1700 police showed up to duty

 

Aug 17 Report 80% of insurgent attacks against Coalition 80% of casualties were Iraqi civilians Car

bombs and IEDs doubled from 2004 to 2005

Aug 17 US Marine report Starting Dec 05 Al Qaeda in Iraq started marginalizing and co-opting other

insurgent groups Was mad so many insurgents backed Dec 05 elections Wanted revenge

 

Aug 21 Al Qaeda in Iraq destroyed new Jazeera police station in Ramadi with suicide car bomb

Killed head of Albu Jassim tribe who aligned with US and provided tribesmen for Ramadi police Beheaded him and left body in desert

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 21 Hope In Ramadi)

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

 

Sep 7 US captured Al Qaeda in Iraq leader in Ramadi Abu Bakr setting back group in district

Sep 7 New Al AQaeda in Iraq War Min Abu al-Masri released 1st statement Called for each member

to kill an American and every Sunni to kill a Shiite in next 15 days to see who was with the group and who was not

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

 

Sep 25 Mujahadeen Shura Council issued statement saying it could fight the Hamza battalions

organized by Albu Mahal tribe in Qaim because they were enemies of Islam

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

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Anbar Before And After The Awakening Part V Sheikh Jassim Mohammed Salah al-Suwaidi And Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Janabi)

 

Sep 27 Report West Point published letter by Al Qaeda leader Attiya l-Jazari to Zarqawi Told

Zarqawi he had to look at bigger picture in Iraq instead of just military strategy Had to unite insurgency Reach out to Sunnis and tribes Needed to consult with Al Qaeda before making major decisions Said didn’t do that before starting attacks upon Shiites and bombing in Jordan Also called for greater cooperation with fellow Islamist insurgents like Ansar al-Sunna Warned vanity led to defeat of Algerian insurgency in 1990s

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Sep 28 Al Qeada in Iraq kidnapped brother of Sheikh Jassim Suwadawi and 3 tribesmen from Albu

Soda and executed them in Anbar Would lead tribe to turn against Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Anbar Before And After The Awakening Part V Sheikh Jassim Mohammed Salah al-Suwaidi And Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Janabi)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 22 – The Failed Transition)

Sep 28 Report UK Def Min think tank said that Iraq war radicalized disillusioned young Muslims

and led them to Al Qaeda War was recruiting tool for jihadist groups

 

Oct 3 US military said 50-70 foreign fighters entered Iraq each month Jan-Sep 06 US-ISF captured

630 foreign fighters Total number of foreign fighters in Iraq est 800-2,000 Most from Saudi Arabia Egypt Syria

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

Oct 3 Car bomb on Industry Min motorcade in Baghdad killed 14 wounded 75

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

 

Oct 4 US military said bomb attacks in Baghdad had reached all time high

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

 

Oct 5 Al Jazeera played tape by Islamic Army offering talks with US Said Iraq facing occupation by

US and Iranians and latter worse Said Zarqawi had made mistakes in Iraq

Oct 5 Al-Bubaz tribe in Baghdad Diyala Salahaddin said it was going to start working with Al Qaeda

in Iraq

 

Oct 12 Al Qaeda in Iraq’s Mujahedeen Shura Council joined 6 tribes to create Mutayibeen Coalition

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

 

Oct 13 Mujahedeen Shura Council became ISI Announced Islamic State in Baghdad Anbar Diyala

Kirkuk Salahaddin Ninewa Babil

(Musings On Iraq How The Islamic State’s Caliphate In Iraq Was Originally Ignored)

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

Oct 13 New ISI announced Abu Omar al-Baghdadi emir of Islamic State

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

Oct 13 Insurgents kidnapped 26 Shiite workers from Balad Bodies found decapitated in neighboring

Dhuluiya Was retaliation for ISI commander being killed in Balad Shiite elders in Balad called on Mahdi Army in Baghdad to send fighters to take revenge

Oct 13 Report Splits within ISI between Zarqawi’s lieutenants and followers of military chief Masri

 

Oct 15 6 car bombs in Kirkuk killed 10 and wounded dozens 52 killed in attacks in Baghdad

Oct 15 Mujahedeen Shura Council again announced ISI and Islamic State in Baghdad Anbar Diyala

Kirkuk Salahaddin Ninewa Babil Said its goal was to govern

 

Oct 16 ISI car bomb hit Sheikh Abu Risha’s compound head of Anbar Awakening in Ramadi

 

Oct 18 ISI held march in Ramadi to declare it capitol of Islamic caliphate and mark its new name

 

Oct 21 Insurgents started two days of attacks on police base in Baquba Diyala Up to 80 police

            killed

 

Oct 22 2nd ISI car bomb at Sheikh Abu Risha’s compound head of Anbar Awakening in Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Anbar Before And After The Awakening Part III Sheikh Ahmed Sattar Al-Rishawi Abu Risha)

 

Oct 28 ISI launched first chlorine bomb

 

Oct 31 ISI’s Furquan Institute for Media Production made its first release

 

Nov 6 Report insurgent intimidation campaign against ISF and officials in Fallujah U.S. officers

said not enough forces to secure city

 

Nov 12 2 suicide bombers hit crowd of police recruits in Baghdad Killed 35 wounded 56 In Baquba

Diyala 50 bodies found

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

 

Nov19 Suicide car bomb hit day laborers in Hillah killing 22 wounding 44 3 car bombs hit bus

station east Baghdad killing 10 injuring 45

 

Nov 23 6 car bombs and mortars by ISI hit Sadr City Killed 215 Injured 257

Nov 23 Insurgents launched 2 hour attack upon Health Ministry in Baghdad run by Sadrists Militias

fired mortars upon Abu Hanifa mosque offices of Assoc of Muslim Scholars and 2 Sunni neighborhoods in retaliation

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

Nov 23 Sheikh Jassim Suwadawi of Abu Soda tribe in Sufiya warned by ISI to take down

his checkpoints and stop working with US or be killed

 

Nov 27 Fighting between ISI vs Albu Soda and US in Anbar ended 55 Albu Soda and 68 ISI killed

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Anbar Before And After The Awakening Part V Sheikh Jassim Mohammed Salah al-Suwaidi And Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Janabi)

 

Dec 12 Car bomb in central Iraq targeted day laborers killed 71 and wounded 236

 

Dec 17 Insurgents shelled Taji in north Baghdad with mortars set up checkpoints and burned a

house to try to drive residents out

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

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

Dec 17 Insurgents took down 40 power towers from Baiji to Baghdad 42 towers from Baiji to

Kirkuk All lines from power plants in Musayib and Haditha to capital Part of campaign to deprive central Iraq of electricity

 

Dec 19 Report insurgents and gangs taking down power towers to Baghdad Insurgents launched

campaign to deprive capital of electricity Gangs stripping towers of aluminum that they sold Electricity Min said Baghdad in crisis Mar 06 1-2 power lines to Baghdad down at one time Summer 06 6-7 lines down Fall 06 up to 12 power lines down July insurgents took down every power line to Baghdad in coordinated attacks across central Iraq

 

Dec 30 Naqshibandi insurgent group formed by Baathists

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

 

2007

Jan 4 Baathist leader Izzat al-Duri declared war on Sadr and Hakim

 

Jan 7 ISI issued Baghdad defense plan Called for locals to create local defense units Divide

neighborhoods into sectors each with its own defensive plan Insurgents would launch offensive ops against Shiite areas

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

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

Jan 7 Report Insurgent groups willing to talk with US Called off negotiations after Saddam’s

execution Dec 30 Demands were unreasonable such as dismissing Maliki govt and replacing it with a political and military council

 

Jan 18 Baathist leader Izzat al-Duri offered to reduce insurgent attacks upon US forces if US

went after militias

 

Jan 28 ISI set of chlorine car bomb in Ramadi 16 killed

 

Feb 3 Truck bomb in Baghdad market killed 137 wounded 305

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

 

Feb 8 ISI told new Baiji refinery director general that only Sunnis were to be hired at the facility

 

Feb 9 1920 Revolution Brigades offered negotiation terms to US Included cancelling constitution

and govt Releasing prisoners Recognition of resistance Direct talks with US Disbanding militias Bringing back Saddam’s army

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Feb 13 Al Qaeda head Zawahiri released audiotape saying Bush gambled on Iraq and lost

 

Feb 15 Study Iraqi insurgency dominated by few large groups Sunni identity became basis for

groups Had no program for future of Iraq Iraqi insurgents rejected politics Believed they could win

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq)

 

Feb 17 3 car bombs in Baghdad killed 74 and wounded over 100

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

 

Feb 18 Report ISI targeting US helicopters Shot down 7 in 3 weeks Set up ambushes for US troops

looking to rescue crews

 

Feb 19 2 suicide car bombs hit Awakening head Sheikh Abu Risha’s compound Ramadi district

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

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

 

Feb 24 ISI Car bomb hit Habaniya mosque in Anbar Killed imam that spoke out against ISI along

with Islamic Army Jaish al-Mujahadeen and 1920 Revolution Brigades members Total 39 dead 62 wounded

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

 

Feb 25 Report ISI killing opponents in Anbar including imams and sheikhs that spoke out against

it

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

Feb 25 Suicide Bomber detonated device inside Mustansiriya Univ Baghdad 41 dead 55 wounded

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

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

 

Mar 2 300 ISI attacked funeral in Amiriya Fallujah for Feb 27 bombing of mosque attended by

Awakening leader Led to major battle between ISI vs Awakening police and army

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Mar 6 ISI attacked Badush prison in Ninewa freeing 68 prisoners

Mar 6 Bombing in Hillah killed 120

 

Mar 10 For 2 days ISI began burning homes in Muqdadiya Diyala causing dozens of families to

flee

 

Mar 13 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi released tape refuting criticism of his group

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

 

Mar 16 ISI set off chlorine bombs in Amiriya Fallujah Fallujah and Ramadi 2 Awakening sheikhs

killed

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview Lasting Lessons From The Anbar Awakening Interview with Carter Malkasian, Author of Illusions of Victory)

(Musings On Iraq interview Fallujah Redux Interview With Daniel Green On Fallujah During The Surge)

(Musings On Iraq review Fallujah Awakens, Marines, Sheikhs, and the Battle Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review Fallujah Redux The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle With Al Qaeda)

 

Mar 17 Report captured ISI docs said 06 decided to fight militias in Baghdad Wanted to force

Shiites from west Baghdad and attack Shiites in Anbar Diyala Salahaddin Mahdi Army took initiative and pushed insurgents out of large parts of Baghdad Insurgents now operating out of Baghdad belts more than Baghdad itself

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

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

 

Mar 18 ISI set off chlorine bombs in Ramadi, Fallujah, Amiriya Fallujah

 

Mar 19 ISI surrounded two police stations in Dhuluiya Salahaddin Told policemen to repent and

give loyalty to ISI then blew up stations 3 other stations destroyed in town in last 2 weeks

 

Mar 20 ISI launched 2nd large attack upon Amiriya Fallujah in two weeks to battle Awakening

forces

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

 

Mar 23 Insurgents out on streets of Haditha Demanded residents take down satellite TV dishes

claiming they spread vice and immorality

 

Mar 27 ISI killed al-Dhari head of 1920 Revolution Brigade in Anbar after he refused to give

it allegiance

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

Mar 27 2 car bombs killed 152 wounded 200 in Tal Afar Ninewa

Mar 27 Report fighting between Islamic Army and 1920 Revolution Brigades vs ISI in Anbar and

Abu Ghraib and Taji areas of Baghdad over tactics and ISI trying to dominate insurgency Also splits in Diyala

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

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

 

Mar 28 ISI set off chlorine bomb at Fallujah government center

Mar 28 2 truck bombs hit market targeting Shiite Turkmen in Tal Afar 152 dead 347 wounded

Militias and police went through Sunni district of town dragging people out of homes Executed up to 70 in the streets Wounded 30 Kidnapped 40 Iraqi army arrived and got into shootout with police until revenge killings ended

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

 

Mar 29 ISI began withdrawing from Ramadi leading to large drop in attacks

Mar 29 2 suicide car bombs at Baghdad market killed 82 and wounded 100

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

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

 

Mar 31 1920 Revolution Brigades commander said ISI killed one of its leaders leaving it to either

fight ISI or work with US

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

Mar 31 Report 103 people killed by ISI found around Zahamm in Diyala River Valley When ISI

first entered village said they were opposing occupation Set up training camp and weapons caches Then began kidnapping and executing people who worked with ISF or didn’t follow rules like banning music smoking wearing the veil breaking curfew Extorted money from residents

 

Apr 2 Report Islamic Army joined al-Rashideen Army Omar Brigades and Black Banners to fight

ISI

 

Apr 5 Islamic Army condemned ISI for imposing Islamic law and attacking other insurgent groups

Also attacking civilians and stealing women Forced women to cover themselves Banned satellite TV

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

Apr 5 Al Qaeda told Ansar al-Sunna that its complaints about ISI were unbelievable and it was

still under Al Qaeda’s leadership

 

Apr 7 Islamic Army said it had tried working with ISI but failed Blamed ISI for killing anyone that

didn’t follow it

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Apr 9 1920 Revolution Brigades said ISI was killing civilians and other insurgents

Apr 9 Islamic Army commander killed in Salahaddin for talking with govt ISI blamed

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Apr 10 Islamic Army accused ISI of killing 30 of its members and members of Mujahadeen Army

and Ansar al-Sunna

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Apr 12 Islamic Army announced it was no longer working with ISI Didn’t agree with declaration

of Islamic State and ISI attacking its men

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Apr 13 9 insurgent groups joined together to fight ISI including Islamic Army Ansar al-Sunna

1920 Revolution Brigades Islamic Army called on bin Laden to intervene

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Apr 15 Insurgents gave Christians in Dora Baghdad 24 hrs to convert to Islam or face death Led to

exodus of families Called Christians Crusaders

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

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

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

Apr 15 Insurgents told Sunni Turkmen to stop entering Shiite areas of Tal Afar and leave mixed

parts

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

 

Apr 17 Report Islamic Army complained ISI was trying to take over Diyala by threats and killings

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

Apr 17 ISI head Abu Omar Baghdadi issued message calling for unity amongst insurgents Said ISI

would remain despite any criticism

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Apr 18 5 car bombs in Baghdad killed 171 wounded almost 200

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

 

Apr 19 ISI announced that Abu Ayub al-Masri was War Minister

 

Apr 20 ISI sent letter to Ansar al-Sunna apologizing for past attacks and asking for unification

Ansar said no

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Apr 22 ISI stopped bus and took 23 Yazidis off and executed them in Bashiqa, Ninewa

 

Apr 28 ISI set off bomb in front of Karbala shrine 58 killed 170 wounded

 

May 2 Islamic Army Mujahedeen Army faction of Ansar al-Sunna and al-Fatihin Army formed

Reformation and Jihad Front to fight ISI

 

May 3 Report ISI issued fatwa in Dora Baghdad for Christians to convert leave or be killed

Families immediately started leaving

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

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

 

May 13 Jihad and Reform Front got into gun battle with ISI in Baghdad

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review Caliphate At War)

 

May 16 200 insurgents attacked prison in Mosul with 6 suicide car bombs and IEDs laid on

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

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

 

May 23 ISI assassinated Sheikh Issawi from Albu Issa tribe Member of the Awakening Part of

campaign to kill Awakening leaders

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Fallujah Redux author Daniel Green on Fallujah during the Surge)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

 

May 29 Insurgents in Amiriya Baghdad told US they were going to attack ISI and needed help Gen

Petraeus said he would support them Became Sahwa

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

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Update)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

 

May 31 2nd day of fighting between ISI and Islamic Army in Baghdad’s Amiriya 1920 Revolution

Brigades and US unit joined to help Islamic Army Would lead to Sahwa being formed

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

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Update)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

 

Jun 1 Islamic Army spokesman went on Al Jazeera accusing ISI of belligerence since it declared

its state

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Jun 2 ISI’s Abu Omar al-Baghdadi told local commanders in Baghdad to stop fighting Islamic

Army of Iraq Dispute would be mediated

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

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

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

 

Jun 5 Report head of Islamic Army went to Saudi Arabia to ask clerics there for fatwa against ISI

Didn’t get one

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

 

Jun 6 Islamic Army and ISI announced truce after killings and accusations Didn’t last

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Jun 12 1920 Revolution Brigade turned on ISI in Diyala after made deal with US

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Jun 13 ISI bombed Askari shrine in Samarra 2nd time Used agents in Iraqi police Ayatollah Sistani

and Sadr called for calm Some Sunni mosques attacked in Baghdad and Basra in retaliation

 

Jun 25 ISI suicide bomber killed Sheikh Gaood of Albu Nimr tribe Sheikh Rifai al-Fahdawai of

Albu Fahad Sheikh Azziz al-Fahadawi Sheikh al-Assafir head of the Albu Assaf tribe in Baghdad hotel before meeting with US officials Were all Awakening members

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

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

 

Jul 4 US forces captured ISI’s media emir Mashadani Fed them disinformation that Abu Omar al-

Baghdadi was fake and ISI was still under Al Qaeda Contributed to US to continue to call the group Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

 

Jul 5 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri released video Called for people to rally around ISI Same time ISI had

to find unity with Iraqis Was acknowledgement insurgent groups were splitting with ISI

 

Jul 15 Report 45% of foreign fighters in Iraq came from Saudi Arabia More Saudis had been

suicide bombers than any other nationality US tried to not talk about issue because Saudis allies

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

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

 

Jul 16 Suicide truck bomb hit PUK compound in Kirkuk killing 85 Insurgents in army uniforms

rounded up people in Adwala Diyala executed 49 left 4 wounded

 

Jul 17 Truck bomb in Amerli Salahaddin killed 156

 

Jul 19 1920 Revolution Brigades Ansar al-Sunna Iraqi Hamas announced front group Political

Office for the Iraqi Resistance Said willing to negotiate a US withdrawal Attacked ISI for sectarian killings and suicide bombings vs civilians

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

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

 

Jul 26 Truck bomb in Baghdad’s Karrada market killed 92 wounded 127

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

 

Aug 8 2 studies found Saudis accounted for largest percentage of suicide bombers in Iraq

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

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

 

Aug 11 Sahwa leader in Adhamiya wounded in IED attack by ISI 1st Sahwa leader in Baghdad

targeted

 

Aug 14 4 suicide truck bombs hit Kahtaniya and Jazeera in Sinjar district killed 796 Yazidis and

wounded almost 1,500 Was deadliest bombing in Iraq since 2003

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

 

Aug 22 1920 Revolution Brigade leader killed by ISI in Baquba His mosque was destroyed and 15

people kidnapped as well

 

Aug 26 Report insurgents were extorting money from companies that got contracts to work with

Anbar Awakening

 

Sep 13 ISI assassinated Sheikh Abu Risha leader in Awakening in bombing in Ramadi Start of ISI

campaign to eliminate Awakening leaders

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Sep 14 ISI statement bragged about killing Awakening leader Abu Risha Said it was creating

special committee to hunt down and kill other sheikhs

 

Sep 15 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi announced Ramadan offensive named after Zarqawi

 

Sep 23 ISI accused Hamas of Iraq and 1920 Revolution Brigades of killing its members

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

 

Sep 25 ISI bombed meeting of police sheikhs and leaders of Hamas of Iraq and 1920 Revolution

Brigades in Baquba

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Oct 2 Hamas in Iraq accused ISI of beheading civilians for violating its fatwas Condemned ISI’s

chlorine attack upon Amiriya Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Oct 5 Report ISI carrying out assassination campaign vs Anbar Awakening leaders

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Oct 11 6 insurgent groups formed Political Council for the Iraqi Resistance Was accused of being

secular by Islamists

 

Oct 15 Report Gen Odierno said ISI had been degraded by 60-70%Gen McChrystal wanted to

declare victory vs ISI

 

Oct 22 bin Laden message to Iraq said insurgency was winning Had to overcome differences and

not work with US Said insurgency would undo the division of the Ottoman empire and a new Islamic age was coming

 

Oct 26 Islamic Army fought ISI outside Samarra Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

Oct 26 Report US and ISF targeting insurgent finance networks in Mosul Found kickbacks

overbilling illegal sales real estate deals black market gas and propane sales earned $40-$60 mil for insurgents over last few years

 

Nov 3 US found diary of ISI leader in Balad Said once had 600 men but was down to 20 or less

Lost weapons and allies Angry at tribes for creating Sahwa Finances from illegal businesses had also dried up

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

 

Nov 9 Islamic Army accused ISI of killing 4 of its leaders led to 2 days of fighting between two

groups in Samarra

 

Nov 10 2nd day of fighting between Islamic Army and ISI in Samarra after ISI blamed for killing 4

Islamic Army leaders

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

 

Nov 20 Captured ISI financier from Mosul said he had $6 mil budget and 500 men in his unit Got

money from extortion kidnapping and from Syria Said ISI had connections to most businesses in Mosul Said most joined for money not cause

(Musings On Iraq Analyzing The Finances Of Al Qaeda In Iraq Interview With RAND’s Patrick Johnson)

 

Nov 22 Report captured ISI docs from Sinjar showed 80-110 foreign fighters entered Iraq each

month first half of 2007 41% were Saudis followed by Libyans at 18%

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

Nov 22 Report Saudi Arabia and Libya biggest source of foreign fighters to Iraq Doc in IS

papers captured in Anbar Found list of 700 foreign fighters that came to Iraq since Aug 06 Said 80-110 foreign fighters came into Iraq each month 1st half of 07 Went down to 60 per month during summer 41% came from Saudi Arabia 18% from Libya 39% came from NAfrica

 

Nov 26 Report Islamic Army faction in Mosul condemned sahwa Said would continue fighting US

 

Nov 29 Car bomb found outside offices of Accordance Front leader Adnan Dulaimi Would lead

to him being placed under house arrest

 

Dec 3 ISI’s Abu Omar al-Baghdadi issued tape announcing campaign against Awakening

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

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

 

Dec 6 Report Insurgents forced out of Anbar and Baghdad to north Iraq Violence in Mosul

never changed during Surge Samarra and Baiji in Salahaddin and Muqdadiya in Diyala had increased insurgent activity Extorting businesses for finances

Dec 6 Report Surge and Awakening pushed insurgents out of Anbar and Baghdad into Mosul

including ISI War Min Masri

 

Dec 13 ISI’s security emir for northern Iraq and the emir for security in Mosul captured

in the city

 

Dec 15 Islamic Army spokesman said insurgent activity down due to fighting with ISI Said ISI had

declared war on insurgency and it was fighting back

 

Dec 16 Zawahiri called on insurgency to reconcile with itself Was in response to fighting between

ISI and other groups

 

Dec 17 Report Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was a fake played by actor and Masri real leader of ISI

Was misinformation spread by ISI to deceive US and Iraq

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

 

Dec 19 West Point study of captured ISI docs Largest group of foreign fighters were Saudis

41% Most were 24-25 yrs old 43% students Strength of ISI was able to constantly draw upon young recruits

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

 

Dec 22 ISI leader Baghdadi described the Awakening as agents of the cross and called on

followers to kill them

 

Dec 26 Car bomb hit Sahwa-army checkpoint in Baiji killing 25 Suicide bomber hit funeral of

Sahwa fighters in Baquba Part of ISI campaign against Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

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

 

Dec 27 Report Islamists running many US prisons Camp Bucca indoctrinating prisoners into

Islamism ISI members went after Anbar tribal members in prison blaming them for Awakening

 

Dec 29 bin Laden video said that insurgency had to rally around ISI Criticized Awakening and

those undermining the jihad

 

Dec 30 ISI forced out of Baghdad during Surge Relocated to Diyala especially in east around

Baquba Also Salahaddin Kirkuk and Ninewa

 

2008

Jan 2 Female suicide bomber killed Sahwa leader in Baquba Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

Jan 4 Report bin Laden said those that joined the sahwa sold out their religion for money

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

 

Jan 8 6 churches in Mosul and Baghdad bombed

 

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

 

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

another woman bomber hitting another market 27 dead 67 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

 

Feb 2 Bombing 2 markets in Baghdad killed 99 wounded 145

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

 

Feb 3 Report Car bombs in Baghdad went from 206 in Jan 07 to 253 in Feb 186 in Jul 13 in Nov and

12 in Dec Improved security under Surge

 

Feb 5 Report Diyala new base for insurgency Sunnis fearful of Shiites and didn’t trust Maliki govt ISI

and insurgents said they would protect Sunnis Married into local tribes Killed people in town where US tried to form a sahwa unit Forced out Shiites

 

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

targeting and not trying to kill civilians

 

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

meeting of Sahwa leaders 22 dead 42 wounded Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

campaign against Awakening/Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

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

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

 

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

 

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

against Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

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

adaptable

 

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

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

 

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

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

 

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

campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

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

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

campaign against Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

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

 

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

 

Apr 22 Female suicide bomber attacked Baquba police station

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

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

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

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

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

 

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

            bomber attacked Sahwa in Abu Saida both in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

May 2 Insurgents beheaded 11 police officers in western Anbar

 

May 3 300 ISI fighters held march in Diyala village

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

 

May 9 Report ISI regrouped in Mosul 14 of top 30 ISI operatives killed or captured have been in

Mosul Had supply lines from Syria to city

 

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

May 14 Female suicide bomber killed Iraqi army commander in Yusifiya Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

May 17 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa unit in Diyala Another female suicide bomber set

off car bomb against ISF in Diyala Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

May 18 Report Most ISI fighters fled Mosul before security op began ISF captured ISI emir for

Ninewa

 

May 19 ISI emir for Salahaddin captured in Mosul op

 

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

suicide bomber hit Sahwa leader in Mandali Diyala Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

May 21 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa HQ in Anbar Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

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

and Kirkuk main source of funds Stole from pipelines and fuel trucks Got protection money from gas stations and trucks Ran gangs Stole cars and kidnapped for ransom

(Musings On Iraq Analyzing The Finances Of Al Qaeda In Iraq Interview With RAND’s Patrick Johnson)

 

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

            in Sinjar Ninewa

 

Jun 7 Female suicide bomber hit police station in Khalidiya Anbar

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

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

Cup 34 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Jun 21 Female suicide bomber in Baquba killed 15 wounded 45

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

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

Awakening sheikhs

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

 

Jun 28 Female suicide bomber in Baquba killed 13 wounded 30

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Jun 29 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa council in Baquba Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

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

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

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

in insurgency

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

 

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

campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq 25th Female Suicide Bomber of 2008)

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

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

            wounded

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

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Aug 10 Female Suicide bomber killed 1 US soldiers 6 sahwa 3 Iraqi soldiers 14 civilians

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Aug 11 Report Sheikh Hayes of Awakening Said ISI demanded goats be covered Claimed

cucumbers were male vegetables and women couldn’t buy them Banned buying and selling ice cream because didn’t exist during time of prophet Attacked and bombed places that sold women’s make-up

 

Aug 12 Female suicide bomber hit army convoy in Baquba Diyala Killed 2 Tried to kill Diyala

governor and police commander

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Aug 15 2 female suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Iskandiriya 19 dead 75 wounded

 

Aug 18 Suicide bomber dressed as a women killed deputy head of Adhamiya Baghdad sahwa 20

wounded Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

 

Aug 21 Captured ISI member said group running out of money Could carry out operations but no

major attacks Few foreign fighters coming

 

Aug 26 Car bomb hit new police recruits drawn from Sahwa in Diyala Part of ISI campaign against

Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

 

Sep 1 Interior Min said that foreign fighters were almost gone from Iraq

 

Sep 11 US released captured letter from ISI to Al Qaeda Said ISI wasn’t getting good fighters Wasn’t

communicating with Al Qaeda Questioned leadership of War Min Masri who was misidentified as leader of ISI Same time claimed ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was not a real person Letter was ISI disinformation to mislead US and Iraq about group

Sep 11 Jihadist Internet forums posted names of more than 40 Awakening leaders assassinated by

insurgents

 

Sep 15 Female suicide bombing killed 22 and wounded 34 in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Oct 8 Female suicide bomber attacked courthouse in Baquba Diyala killing 9 wounding 21

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Oct 13 12th Christians killed in Mosul causing more from that community to flee city

 

Oct 14 13th and 14th Christians killed in Mosul Bomb in front of church 5,470 Christian fled as a

result

 

Oct 18 Female suicide bomber killed at Sahwa checkpoint in Salahaddin Part of ISI campaign vs

            sahwa

 

Oct 24 Interview with ISI War Min Abu Hamza al-Muhajir posted Said that sahwa members could

            repent and return to the insurgency

 

Nov 9 Female suicide bomber blew herself up in front of hospital in Fallujah Killed 3 wounded 10

Another female bomber attacked a checkpoint in Baquba Diyala Killed 4 sahwa

 

Nov 11 2 Christian girls killed in Mosul bringing total of 16 since Oct Christian families had just

started returning

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

 

Nov 12 Report 27 female suicide bombers in Diyala in 2008 Recruited by 3 ISI clerics Targeted

women who lost family members to US and Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

Nov 12 Gunmen attacked Christian house in Mosul killing 2 Was 17th and 18th Christian killed in city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

Nov 14 CIA Dir Hayden said Iraq not central front for Al Qaeda anymore Wasn’t sending as much

money weapons for foreign fighters

 

Nov 24 Female suicide bomber set off bomb in front of Green Zone 5 killed 17 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

2009

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

Wanted representation

 

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 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)

 

Apr 24 2 suicide bombers targeted Baghdad’s Khadmiya shrine 60 killed 125 wounded

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

Apr 24 Report 06 insurgent leaders told reporter they were defeated Were pushed by Al Qaeda in

Iraq militias and US They said militias would win because had backing of ISF Led to Sunnis to try to make deals with US forming sahwa PM Maliki now playing divide and conquer with Sunnis to enhance his power

 

May 11 Report 4 Tunisians in ISI responsible for Apr bombings that killed 370 1 captured

 

May 20 Car bomb in Baghdad killed 35 wounded 72

 

May 30 ISI head Abu Omar al-Baghdadi said claim Baghdad had arrested him was a lie to bring

him out in public Said he would only appear when he wanted to

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

 

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)

 

Jul 7 ISI head Abu Omar al-Baghdadi called other insurgent groups phonies who were trying to

overlook ISI Said period of nationalism patriotism Baathism had ended which was what other groups were calling for Said PM Maliki formed a rejectionist Shiite govt that embraced Khomeini and was aggressive towards anything Sunni Arab Said Shiites were using all the tricks Persians were famous for throughout history including democracy to establish Shiite state Said Awakening were collaborators with Shiite project

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

 

Jul 12 5 attacks on churches in Baghdad by insurgents Christian official assassinated in Kirkuk

 

Jul 15 Report Christians attacked again 5 churches in Baghdad bombed and assassination in

Kirkuk

 

Jul 29 Report ISI used to get most of its money from foreigners Foreign fighters often brought

cash Captured ISI papers said 70% of money came from foreigners Number of foreign fighters down 80% from yr ago ISI turned to extortion and robbery

 

Jul 30 Report Salahaddin Army Islamic Army of Iraq Baathists and ex-military met Agreed to

work together

 

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

local leader in Mosul In return ISI got % of the contract Also had contact with Dep PM’s chief of staff

Aug 7 ISI bombed Turkmen Shiite mosque in Sheikhan Ninewa Killed 44 More than 200 wounded

(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

 

Aug 10 2 truck bombs hit Shabak town of Khazan Killed 35 wounded 200

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

 

Aug 16 Report 1/3 of female suicide bombers came from Diyala Most lost male relative to violence

Many came from small Islamist communities Most sent by ISI

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

 

Aug 19 3 ISI car bombs in Baghdad Hit Finance & Foreign Mins & Rashid Hotel Killed 101

Wounded 565 PM Maliki blamed Baathists & Syria even though it was ISI Iraq withdrew its Syrian ambassador day after Maliki had visited Damascus 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 25 ISI claimed responsibility for Aug 19 Baghdad bombings

 

Aug 31 Iraqi TV show had ISI member who said Syrian intel trained foreign fighters Said got money

from Syria and Saudi Arabia

 

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

 

Oct 25 ISI bombed Justice Ministry and Baghdad govt building 155 dead 271 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)

 

Dec 8 4 ISI car bombs at 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 PM Maliki blamed Baathists and Syria

(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 23 Report ISI conducted 3 massive bombings in Baghdad on 8/19/09 10/25/09 12/8/09 Deadliest

since 2007 Killed 362 Wounded over 1233 ISI wanted to destabilize Iraq and rally Sunnis behind it

 

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

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)

 

Feb 26 Report 61 Christian families fled Mosul for Kurdistan due to threats and attacks

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

 

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

 

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

 

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

military withdrawal

 

Apr 20 Abu Shuhabi ISI head of military operations in Kirkuk Ninewa Salahaddin killed in US-

Iraq operation

 

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

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

 

May 10 ISI carried out coordinated car bombings in Baghdad Hillah Iskandiriya Basra 30 killed

226 wounded

 

May 21 Bombing in Khalis Diyala killed 30 wounded 80 6 policemen confessed to attack

(Musings On Iraq More Diyala Police Arrested For Alleged Ties to Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Police In Diyala Province Infiltrated By Insurgents)

 

Jun 1 Report 1920 Revolution Brigades Al-Rashideen Army and other insurgents met in Turkey in

Apr to discuss post-US withdrawal Iraq Baathists also met in Syria

 

Jun 20 2 ISI suicide car bombs in front of Trade Bank of Iraq in Baghdad 27 killed 55 wounded

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

 

Jul 5 Report ISI turning to organized crime as foreign support dropped off Robbing banks and

jewelry stores

 

Jul 18 Suicide bomber killed more than 40 sahwa near Baghdad 3 Awakening killed in suicide

bombing in Anbar

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

 

Jul 22 Report Insurgents attacking electricity grid during summer offensive Iran-Diyala line

Hamrin-Muqdadiya Baghdad-Haditha lines all taken down

 

Jul 23 ISI’s Justice Minister Finance Minister a judge and another official escaped prison in

Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Four Islamic State Members Escape From Prison)

 

Jul 26 ISI bombed Al Arabiya TV station

Jul 26 Report ISI robbed blood banks and hospitals to get supplies to treat its wounded Robbed

Qaim’s blood bank Hospitals were closed because of ISI threats

 

Jul 29 ISI overran checkpoint in Adhamiya Baghdad in middle of day Killed 10 ISF 4 sahwa 2

civilians

 

Aug 6 Report ISI offered money to sahwa to return to insurgency Tried to exploit Maliki govt

not hiring them

 

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

 

Sep 6 Report ISI turned to robbery for funding May robbed jewelry shops in Baghdad Jun attacked

Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad Aug $400,000 stolen from convoy in Anbar

Sep 6 Report ISI extorted money from most businesses in Mosul Trucks into city paid fee to pass

checkpoints Controlled smuggling to Syria Charged taxes on people

 

Sep 14 Report insurgents launched campaigns every Ramadan 2008 1st yr no major attacks 2010

were 20 mass casualty bombings by ISI in one month’s span from Aug-Sep Aug 25 launched attacks in 12 cities including ones in the south with over 300 casualties

 

Sep 26 Bin Laden wrote Libyan Al Qaeda member reputed story by Al Qaeda security chief Adil

about early cooperation between him and Zarqawi Adil claimed Zarqawi met bin Laden and Zawahiri in 1999 and agreed to work together Bin Laden said not true Zawahiri also wasn’t member in 1999

 

Oct 6 Report Insurgency went through 3 phases 1st led by Zarqawi 2nd Led by Abu Masri and Abu

Omar al-Baghdad 3rd by men who worked for Zarqawi Don’t have as much intl financing Not as many foreign fighters

 

Oct 21 Report 700 killed with sticky bombs more than 600 killed with silencers in 2010 Most

targeted ISF at checkpoints US military thought sign insurgents couldn’t carry out large bombings anymore Believed attacking checkpoints to allow movement through areas

 

Oct 22 Wikileaks docs show US didn’t understand Al Qaeda in Iraq initially US received 100s of

reports of attacks Some true others not US never sure of origin of foreign fighters captured Had false papers Very few references on Zarqawi’s Tawhid wal Jihad not really mentioned until Jul 04 Zarqawi pledged allegiance to bin laden Oct 04 Al Qaeda in Iraq not until July 05 Knew more about Ansar al-Islam Syria and Saudi Arabia main sources of foreign fighters US reports complained about Syrian allowing foreign fighters to enter Iraq 08 US said Syria was changing policy Early 08 Adm Smith said foreign fighters from Syria had been cut in half Foreign fighters began decreasing mid-07 Led ISI to turn to women for suicide bombings May 07 1st report of women bomber mentioned by US Al Qaeda in Iraq got money from Syria and Gulf States Also raised money in Iraq Kidnapping common money maker Extorted money Robbery Stole $1.6 mil from oil office in Mosul Dec 08

 

Oct 26 Report ISF said ISI mostly Iraqi Lost leaders and not as big as before 3rd generation of group

1st was mostly made up of foreigners 2nd was foreigners and Iraqis Aimed at attention grabbing attacks Wanted to return to former strongholds in Baghdad

 

Oct 31 ISI attacked Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad Took 100 hostages Goal was

            publicity and gain donations 68 killed

 

Nov 2 ISI set off 16 bombs in 90 min in Baghdad Killed 91 Wounded around 250

 

Nov 10 11 IEDs went off within 1 hr in 3 Christian neighborhoods in Baghdad 5 killed 20 wounded

Mortars fired at Christian neighborhood in Baghdad Done by ISI

 

2011

Jan 12 12 ISI members escaped from Basra prison Had help from govt officials including possibly

dir of security bureau in PM’s office

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

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Had Official Help In Prison Escapes In Baghdad And Basra)

Jan 12 Report Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 civilians killed by insurgency 2004-08

 

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

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

 

Jan 20 2 ISI car bombs outside Karbala killed 45 Shiite pilgrims

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

 

Jan 21 3 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

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

Jan 21 Report Many believed insurgency was based upon fmr Baathists and ex-ISF Was actually

large group of young Salafis who grew up in 1990s and networked Many arrested by Saddam Carried out small attacks vs Saddam regime Salafis brought the x-Baathists into their groups not other way around

 

Jan 22 2 Babil sahwa leaders arrested for Karbala bombing that killed 34 Accused of working for Islamic

Army

 

Jan 24 2 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

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

 

Jan 25 3 international hotels bombed in Baghdad

 

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

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

 

Feb 12 Suicide bomber at bus depot in Samarra Salahaddin Killed 48 Wounded 80

 

Mar 29 ISI attacked Tikrit provincial council building dressed in ISF uniforms Took people

hostage 3 councilmen executed Then killed themselves and all hostages with suicide belts 55 dead 95 wounded

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Insurgents Aim To Grab Headlines Again With Attack Upon Salahaddin Provincial Council Building)

 

Apr 6 Report Insurgents in Mosul ran legitimate business Extorted money from govt and

businesses Kidnapped for ransom Contractor said paid 10% of each contract to ISI Govt offices paid money to insurgents IS charged money on trucking from Syria and Turkey

(Musings On Iraq Analyzing The Finances Of Al Qaeda In Iraq Interview With RAND’s Patrick Johnson)

 

Apr 24 Bomb at Sacred Heart church in Baghdad

 

Apr 28 1920 Revolution Brigades agreed to disarm and join politics after talks with National

Reconciliation Min Didn’t happen

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

 

May 5 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station Killed 25 Wounded 80 to mark bin

Laden’s death

(Musings On Iraq In Light Of Bin Laden’s Death Al Qaeda In Iraq Pledges Allegiance To His No. 2 Ayman Zawahiri)

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

 

May 7 ISI members staged a prison revolt in Baghdad 6 police and 11 prisoners died Was failed

escape attempt Had help from Interior Min officials

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Had Official Help In Prison Escapes In Baghdad And Basra)

 

May 9 ISI gave allegiance to Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri and promised revenge for bin Laden’s death

(Musings On Iraq In Light Of Bin Laden’s Death Al Qaeda In Iraq Pledges Allegiance To His No. 2 Ayman Zawahiri)

 

May 19 Twin bombs in Kirkuk killed 30 wounded 90

 

May 23 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri complained about ISI’s Baghdadi and Jabhat al-Nusra’s Julani Told

them to reconcile

 

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Divisive DeBaathification Official Gunned Down In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Behind DeBaathification Leader’s Death)

 

May 30 ISI cell arrested that created fake human rights organization as front group

 

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

hospital 21 killed 70 wounded

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

 

Jun 14 ISI attacked Diyala provincial council building in Baquba Took ISF 2 hrs to control

situation

 

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

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Behind DeBaathification Leader’s Death)

 

Jul 15 3 bombs in Karbala left 100 casualties

 

Jul 16 Report ISI ran legitimate business to raise money Recently ISI companies selling generators

cars and car parts were closed

(Musings On Iraq Analyzing The Finances Of Al Qaeda In Iraq Interview With RAND’s Patrick Johnson)

 

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

churches in city

 

Aug 15 ISI attacked Sahwa in mosque in Yusifiya during Ramadan and bombed St Ephraim Syriac

Orthodox church in Kirkuk Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

 

Aug 20 On ISI’s 5th anniv released video with message that it was going to Syria

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Nov 28 Car bomb detonated outside Parliament building

 

Dec 6 Report Insurgents forced out of Anbar and Baghdad to north Iraq Violence in Mosul

never changed during Surge Samarra and Baiji in Salahaddin and Muqdadiya in Diyala had increased insurgent activity Extorting businesses for finances

 

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

 

Dec 22 4 car bombs suicide car bomb and 11 IEDs in Baghdad Killed 63 Wounded 194

 

2012

Jan 2 Report Fmr US intel officer thought Diyala center of insurgency Was recovery area for fighters

from Anbar Had networks into Baghdad Used for training safe houses smuggling Mosque in Baquba important Jihad center Early 04 Zarqawi declared his jihad from mosque Zarqawi killed in Diyala in 06 Oct 06 ISI said Baquba capital of their caliphate Were ISF units with connections to insurgency Islamic Army and 1920 Revolution Brigades ended up fighting ISI in Diyala

 

Jan 5 Bombings of Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen in Dhi Qar and Baghdad left over 160 casualties

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

 

Jan 14 Bombings of Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen left 190 casualties

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

 

Jan 27 Bombing of Shiite funeral left over 90 casualties

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

 

Jan 31 Report Jasim Mohammed Mashadani founded Islamic Army Began meeting people during

prayers in Baghdad after invasion Might’ve been fmr intel agent Said he was a businessman to cover his work Eventually formed ties with other insurgents Set up safe houses Formed units Imported vehicles Focused on propaganda for groups Experimented with new forms of IEDs Moved to Diyala Started working with Ansar al-Sunna Believed US never understood how insurgency started Thought social networks of ex-military and intel officers nationalists Islamists allowed people to meet and organize

 

Feb 9 Report ISI Created new commands in Anbar Salahaddin Diyala 3 main goals Gain new

members get new funders Win over locals Source said got some sahwa members to join after didn’t get govt jobs ISI also threatened to kill sahwa that didn’t join ISI wanted to create more sectarian conflict

 

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

 

Mar 20 ISI carried out 15 bombings in 10 different cities including Kirkuk Baiji Samarra Baquba

Mosul Fallujah Ramadi Karbala Hillah Car bomb in front of Foreign Ministry Church bombed and suicide bomber tried to kill council head all in Baghdad 50 killed

(Musings On Iraq One Reason Why The Security Forces Can’t Stop Bombings In Iraq)

 

Mar 21 ISI claimed responsibility for 15 bombings in 10 cities on Mar 20 that killed 50 Said

wanted to disrupt security before Arab League summit in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq One Reason Why The Security Forces Can’t Stop Bombings In Iraq)

 

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

 

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

 

Apr 18 ISI set off car bombs and suicide bomber in Baghdad Kirkuk Samarra Baquba Dibis 36

killed more than 150 wounded

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

 

Jun 13 ISI bombed Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad Karbala Salahaddin and Babil along with Anbar and

KDP HQ in Kirkuk 84 killed total almost 300 injured

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Insurgents Launch Summer Offensive In June 2012)

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

 

Jun 16 2 car bombs hit Shiite pilgrims heading for Kadhimiya, Baghdad 32 killed 67 injured

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

 

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

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

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

 

Jun 20 Fighting started between ISIS and pro-Naqshibandi tribes in Hawija Kirkuk

Jun 20 Insurgents bombed 7 power towers in Diyala Cut off power to Khalis in Diyala Baiji

in Salahaddin parts of Baghdad

 

Jul 14 Report Syria’s ambassador to Iraq defected Said he helped organize foreign fighters to go

to Iraq Said Syria worried about 2003 invasion Retaliated by working with Al Qaeda in Iraq Encouraged Islamists to go fight in Iraq

 

Jul 21 ISI leader Baghdadi announced Breaking Walls Campaign Was his first online

statement Said it was new phase of jihad 2 goals Return to areas ISI had lost Break its men out of prisons to return them to the field Sign ISI had returned after defeat

 

Jul 22 ISI set off 7 car bombs as start of Breaking Walls Campaign in Mahmudiya Ramadi Mosul

Najaf Said it would target judges 8 would be assassinated by end of 2012

 

Jul 23 ISI carried out 37 car bombs and other attacks across 20 cities as part of new Breaking

Walls Campaign 115 killed More than 200 wounded

 

Jul 27 Report 15 mayors in Baquba dist Diyala quit due to ISI threats 50 left overall since Jan

2012 8 assassinated

 

Aug 1 ISI attacked Taji prison Tried to break its members out to help rebuilding group

 

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

 

Sep 8 Report ISI rebuilding in Diyala and Anbar Charged shops and traders taxes and protection

money

 

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

100

 

Sep 21 Report ISI carried out 7 waves of major attacks since US military withdrawal Dec 2011

Major waves attacks in at least 10 cities in 1 day Jul 2012 new ISI head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced Destroying Walls campaign Wanted to release prisoners Return to areas they’d lost Jul 23 attacks with 30 car bombs in 20 cities killed more than 115 Aug and Sep attacks in 19 cities with over 100 dead each time

Sep 21 Fmr Jordanian Media Min said he helped suicide bombers get into Iraq

 

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

            prisoners

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

 

Oct 9 Report Iraq and US said ISI twice as large as it was in 2011 Helped by breaking former

members out of prison Avg 140 attacks/wk up from 74 attacks/wk

 

Oct 30 US govt report Flow of foreign fighters and money to Iraq down Forced ISI to become

            more like a gang to make money Used extortion and criminal violence

 

2013

Jan 5 Naqshibandi leader Dhuri said he supported protests Said they needed to overthrow PM Maliki

Naqshibandi tried to co-opt protests and turn them towards insurgency

 

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

 

Mar 14 5 suicide bombers and a car bomb hit Justice and Foreign Ministries, Communications

            Institute in central Baghdad 26 killed 63 wounded

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

 

Mar 16 Report ISI picked up ops since US withdrawal in 2011 Iraqi officials said more fighters

Benefited from US prison closures Start of 2011 were less than 200 incidents/month Now 800 incidents/month early 2013

 

Mar 17 2 car bombs in Basra Killed 9 Wounded 24

 

Mar 20 ISI took responsibility for series of attacks mostly in Shiite areas of Baghdad that killed

65 wounded more than 200

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

 

Mar 22 ISI took over Buhriz Diyala Set up roadblocks Took over police station Raised its flag

then withdrew

 

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

govt

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

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

 

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

more than 50

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

 

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

group was no longer and would be part of new ISIS

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

 

Apr 27 Naqshibandi claimed they were behind rise in violence after ISF attacked Hawija protest

site

(Musings On Iraq Hawija The Moment Iraq’s Insurgency Was Reborn)

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

 

Apr 29 ISIS set off 2 car bombs in central Karbala 2 car bombs in Amarah 1 car bomb in Diwaniya

 

Apr 30 Report Islamic Army met with Kirkuk tribes to form armed group after ISF attacked

Hawija protest site

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

Apr 30 Insurgents attacked Wasit municipal council building

 

May 20 ISIS launched 11 car bombs leaving 137 dead PM Maliki was asked how fake bomb

detectors were still being used afterward He said govt committees proved detectors worked 20-50% of the time Claimed the lawsuit against the UK manufacturer was about fake detectors but Iraq had real ones

(Musings On Iraq Fallout In Iraq From Conviction Of Fake Bomb Detector Maker)

 

May 23 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that Baghdadi was wrong for declaring ISIS without asking

permission first

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

 

May 27 13 ISIS car bombs in Baghdad killed 36 wounded 147

 

Jun 9 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that merger between ISIS and Al Nusra Front in Syria was over

Said Baghdadi and Jalwani had to reconcile Said Baghdadi would be in charge of Iraq and Jalwani in charge of Syria

 

Jun 10 5 car bombs in Mosul area

 

Jun 15 ISIS’ Baghdadi said he would not follow Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri’s decision to break

with Al-Nusra Front in Syria

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

 

Jun 19 ISIS’ spokesman Adnani released tape criticizing Zawahiri admonishing group for

declaring itself ISIS and expanding into Syria

 

Jun 20 Report ISI growing in Mosul Used it to operate in Syria Iraqi official said it was raising $1

mil/mo from crime in Mosul Ansar al-Islam and Naqshibandi also operating in Ninewa Politicians said ISI exploited govt repression of protests

(Musings On Iraq Analyzing The Finances Of Al Qaeda In Iraq Interview With RAND’s Patrick Johnson)

 

Jul 1 ISIS began Soldiers’ Harvest campaign

 

Jul 8 Report Awakening said insurgents moving from western desert into cities of Anbar

Attacking Awakening members

 

Jul 16 Report ISI able to rebuild After US withdrawal in 2011 prisoners released Some

rejoined insurgency ISF lacked intel to find networks ISI benefited from war in Syria Some Sunnis backed ISI because angry with govt ISF using mass arrests raids clear and leave tactics like US did before Surge that were ineffective

 

Jul 21 ISI attacked Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons Freed 500 prisoners from Abu Ghraib End of

Breaking Walls Campaign

 

Jul 22 ISI issued paper arguing that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was fit to be the next caliph

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

 

Jul 29 ISI started new car bomb wave as part of Soldiers’ Harvest campaign with 17 bombings

 

Jul 30 Report ISI targeted sahwa in Diyala Offered rewards to anyone that killed a sheikh who led

a sahwa unit ISI sent threatening texts

 

Jul 31 Report ISI had recovered Launched 45 mass casualty attacks per month with regular multi-

city bombings Tribes along Syrian border signed non-aggression pacts with ISI US withdrawal helped group

 

Aug 7 House of fmr Ninewa governor bombed by ISI

 

Aug 8 Head of Ninewa council hit by IED planted by ISI

 

Aug 13 450 sahwa quit in southwest Kirkuk due to threats by ISI

 

Aug 24 Report Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri mediated dispute between Ansar al-Sunna and Naqshibandi

over revenues in Kirkuk Insurgents collected rents on shops factories gas stations

 

Aug 28 71 killed in Baghdad by ISI bombings Most casualties for any one day in 2013 so far

 

Sep 4 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri wrote letter to ISI Said he had authority over ISI and Jabhat Al Nusra as

an emir ISIS head Baghdadi said that ISIS would remain

 

Sep 10 Report 2011 ISI sent Jawlani to Syria to create new organization there Led to Al Nusra Front

Apr 2013 ISI became ISIS Jawlani wanted to be independent and said he gave loyalty to Al Qaeda Many Nusra Front fighters left for ISIS

 

Sep 11 ISIS called for attacks on apostates in Ninewa

 

Sep 14 Several days of fighting between ISI and Ansar al-Sunna began in south Kirkuk Started after

ISI killed local sahwa commander

 

Sep 16 ISIS blew up 22 homes in Qayara Ninewa

 

Sep 17 ISI put up flyers in Shura Baghdad telling people not to work for govt Blew up 6 homes in

Qayara Ninewa Attacked Fallujah police station with 2 suicide bombers

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

 

Sep 23 Report 8 Ansar al-Sunna and 4 ISI killed fighting each other in south Kirkuk Lasted for

several days Started when ISI assassinated sahwa commander Ansar al-Sunna objected Said would turn tribes against insurgents

 

Sep 24 Insurgents attacked Ana Anbar along Syrian border Seized mayor’s home

Sep 24 ISIS issued warning to tribes to not join ISF

 

Sep 25 ISIS attacked Hawija govt building in Kirkuk with 2 suicide bombers

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

 

Sep 29 ISI assassinated four mayors Attacked Irbil Asayesh HQ with car bomb 4 suicide bombers

ambulance bomb

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

 

Oct 3 ISIS said it would re-occupy territory it lost in past and expand into new ones

Oct 3 20 sahwa units in Salahaddin said they were disbanding due to threats from ISIS

 

Oct 8 Iraqi special forces unit got into gun battle with 300 insurgents in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr Area

base for attacks into Mahmudiya and Latifiya SBaghdad Mahmudiya likely care bomb factory

Oct 8 Suicide bomber attacked Shiites in Adhamiya Killed 49 Wounded 75

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

 

Oct 9 Report IS started new Soldiers’ Harvest campaign in Jul Goal was attacking ISF and

establishing control of areas Was trying to expand form Diyala and Salahaddin into Ninewa Tried to cut off ISF supply lines to Mosul

Oct 9 50 families fled Baquba dist central Diyala due to ISI Blew up 18 homes in Kirkuk

 

Oct 13 Report ISI could not carry out several mass casualty bombings a month Wanted to undermine

govt Prison breaks increased group’s lethality Sunni marginalization and Syrian war helped recruitment Violence jumped after PM Maliki raided Hawija protest site

 

Oct 14 3 killed and others wounded in gun fight between ISI and Ansar al-Sunna in west Kirkuk 4th

time in 4 wks 2 groups fought each other in Kirkuk

 

Oct 19 IS held parade in southern Fallujah

 

Oct 21 ISF said ISI tried to take over a govt complex in Fallujah Were in control of building for a few

hours ISI also attacked Ana and Rawa

 

Oct 23 ISI bombed a mall and a restaurant in Mosul that didn’t pay it protection money

 

Oct 24 Sahwa leaders in Kirkuk said ISI trying to take over towns and hold territory

 

Oct 27 Report ISI controlled large parts of Anbar at night Set up checkpoints and killed people ISF

didn’t secure Anbar-Syrian border Anbar tribes not working with ISF

 

Oct 28 Report ISI was trying to co-opt Sunni protests Believed to have assassinated 4 leaders in

Mosul Protests stalled after provincial elections Oct ISI gunmen showed up at Ramadi protest site Anbar protests tried to counter ISI by starting talks with Maliki govt Protests divided

 

Nov 1 Report Ninewa officials said insurgents still making money off Mosul Extorted money

from shops petrol stations companies Earned millions and major source of funding Gov Nujafi admitted for years insurgents had taken money from province Claimed ISF was cracking down on practice

 

Nov 2 Report Ninewa politicians said insurgents controlled area between Ninewa Salahaddin Anbar

Said insurgents were operating in the open in Mosul Said ISF in Ninewa corrupt Said Ninewa was financial base for militants Extorted money and smuggled oil Source said ISF withdrew from some areas in Ninewa at night Defense Min had to pay extra to keep soldiers on duty in Ninewa

 

Nov 3 ISIS attacked Emergency Police HQ in Baquba Diyala

 

Nov 7 Report ISI bombing businesses in Mosul for not paying it protection money Mall and

restaurant bombed in Oct 2004 ISI moved into extortion business in city Now extorted money from mosques schools university professors power generator owners Controlled fuel blackmarket in Ninewa

 

Nov 13 Fallujah’s mayor killed by a sniper

 

Nov 14 US Natl Counterterrorism Center testified to Congress that ISIS was strongest since its peak

in 2006

 

Nov 17 Report ISI set up checkpoints in western Anbar Had laptops with names of ISF who they

were going to kill Said ISF morale bad in Anbar ISI wanted to cut ISF supply lines

 

Nov 28 Report Ansar al-Sunna and ISI were fighting each other in Kirkuk Police recorded 21 gun

battles between 2 Used to cooperate IS was trying to dominate Ansar al-Sunna

 

Dec 4 IS attacked intel HQ in Kirkuk city Led to heavy fighting and Peshmerga reinforcements

sent

 

Dec 21 Insurgents attacked al-Assad air base in Anbar

 

Dec 26 2 Suicide bombers attacked 1st Rapid Reaction Brigade HQ in Garma Anbar Ops

Command HQ mortared in new insurgent offensive in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

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

 

Dec 27 Army vehicle attacked near Ramadi protest site Blamed on ISIS

Dec 27 Ansar al Sunna claimed ISI killed 40 of its members in inter-insurgent fighting

(Musings On Iraq Infighting Between Iraq Insurgent Groups)

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

Dec 27 Report ISIS said it wanted to annex western Anbar to east Syria and create Islamic state

ISIS increased attacks in Anbar Included large ops vs ISF Anbar politician said asked for help for months from PM Maliki and got nothing Said ISIS moving back and forth form Syria to Anbar

 

2014

Jan 1 ISIS fighters moved into Ramadi and looted and burned police stations Fighting spread to

Garma

(Musings On Iraq Aftermath of Shutting Down Ramadi Protest Site In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Fallujah Fell To The Islamic State)

Jan 1 Insurgents took Fallujah police HQ Released 101 prisoners Blew it up and mayor’s office

Reports police deserting and joining insurgents

Jan 1 ISI began pushing families out of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil

 

Jan 2 ISIS fighters attacked Ramadi and helped take Fallujah with other insurgents

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

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Fallujah Fell To The Islamic State)

 

Jan 3 Insurgents declared Fallujah an Islamic state ISIS held parade and public prayers in city ISIS

actually shared power with Naqshibandi 1920 Revolution Brigades Islamic Army and others

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

 

Jan 5 Clerics sheikhs and insurgents created council to run Fallujah Said it didn’t include ISIS

Jan 5 Military Council of Anbar Revolutionaries announced Said it would fight Maliki govt and

ISIS

 

Jan 8 ISIS handed out flyers in Fallujah threatening to bomb houses of people who opposed them

Jan 8 Albu Nimr tribe joined Fallujah Military Council Was tribal and insurgent group

 

Jan 18 Report Insurgents tightened control of Fallujah since took city at start of yr ISIS 1920

Revolution Brigades Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army Rashidin Army Ansar al-Sunna Naqshibandi all in city ISIS handed out flyers Said it would impose Islamic code in city Protest leaders called for joint prayer but was ignored Police chief’s house bombed Mayor kidnapped Afterward both fled to KRG Insurgents named new mayor and police chief Insurgents checking residents to see whether connected to ISF or Awakening UN said roughly 80,000 fled Fallujah and Ramadi since fighting started

 

Jan 19 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his fighters to march towards Baghdad

 

Feb 2 Al Qaeda publicly renounced ties with ISIS

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

 

Feb 3 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri renounced ties to ISIS after it killed Jabhat al-Nusra emir in Raqqa,

Syria 

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

 

Feb 5 ISIS attacked Mukhisa Diyala forced out families Afterward ISF and militias killed civilians

and burned homes

 

Feb 8 ISIS joined Fallujah Military Council and agreed to cooperate with other militant factions while

trying to dominate city

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Fallujah Fell To The Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

 

Feb 11 Report ISIS Islamic Army Mohammed’s Army Asad Allah Brigades Hamas Iraq Omar

Brigade Fallujah Revolutionaries Sons of Fallujah joined together in Military Council for Fallujah Revolutionaries rejected Anbari attempts to end conflict with Maliki govt

 

Feb 23 ISIS sent 2 suicide bombers to kill Al Qaeda representative Abu Khald al-Suri who was

supposed to moderate differences between ISIS and Al Nusra Front

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

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

 

Feb 24 ISIS released statement in Ninewa attacking PM Maliki and telling people not to vote in

election

 

Mar 3 ISIS released statement telling people in Kirkuk not to vote

 

Mar 7 Insurgents bombed Kirkuk oil pipeline cutting northern exports

 

Mar 9 Suicide car bomb in Hilla Babil killed 50 wounded 160

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

 

Mar 15 Report insurgents skimmed salaries from ISF in Mosul and Tikrit Charged taxes on

imports to cities Got protection money from businesses and generator operators Kidnapped for ransom Believed to earn $8 mil/month from extortion in Ninewa 

(Musings On Iraq Insurgent Financing In Iraq’s Ninewa Province)

(Musings On Iraq Analyzing The Finances Of Al Qaeda In Iraq Interview With RAND’s Patrick Johnson)

 

Mar 20 ISIS held parade in Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Fallujah Fell To The Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

 

Mar 21 Insurgents occupied Sari Tapa Diyala 6 hr gun battle with ISF Afterward security forces

took out anger on village raiding houses and arresting people

 

Mar 22 ISIS seized control of Buhriz Diyala Held town for two days Hashd destroyed homes

burned 3 mosques after retaken Killed at least 2 civilians

 

Mar 25 ISIS took over Nibai for one day and then left

Mar 25 ISIS made call for declaring the caliphate as a trial balloon

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

 

Mar 28 Report ISIS condemned voting in elections Posted flyers against election Said it would

target voting centers

 

Mar 30 ISIS held parade in Abu Ghraib

 

Mar 31 ISIS released 2nd annual al-Naba report on its operations

 

Apr 6 ISIS governor of Kirkuk and another leader killed fighting Ansar al-Sunna in Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Infighting Between Iraq Insurgent Groups)

Apr 6 ISIS closed Fallujah Dam causing flooding

 

Apr 7 Naqshibandi leader and son killed by ISIS in Hamrin, Diyala ISIS had been kidnapping

Naqshibandi members in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Infighting Between Iraq Insurgent Groups)

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

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

 

Apr 10 Report insurgents bombed pipeline to Turkey several times stating in March Then stopped

repair crews from fixing it

Apr 10 Report ISIS began raids into Ramadi City council said families fleeing city due to shelling

and gun battles

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Government Admits To Losing Control Of Parts Of Ramadi)

 

Apr 11 ISIS conducted raid into Abu Ghraib district west Baghdad Killed 11 soldiers

 

Apr 12 ISIS issued orders to infiltrate Baghdad

Apr 12 ISIS posted pictures of over 80 police joining it from Albu Diab and Albu Shaban in Anbar

 

Apr 13 ISIS held parade in Baiji

Apr 13 ISF said it cleared part of Ramadi from insurgents Start of larger effort to secure city

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Government Admits To Losing Control Of Parts Of Ramadi)

 

Apr 17 IS attacked Al Qaeda saying that it was no longer leader of jihad

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

Apr 17 Insurgents blew up pipeline in Baiji leading to large oil spill contaminating water all the

way to Baghdad

 

Apr 18 ISIS commanders killed fighting Ansar al-Sunna in Rashad, Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Infighting Between Iraq Insurgent Groups)

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

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

Apr 18 Al Qaeda’s Abu Qatada said ISIS was misguided liars and ignorant

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

 

Apr 20 ISIS destroyed army column of T-62 tanks and APCs with anti-tank missiles in Kirkuk

 

Apr 25 Report Insurgents were split over whether to support elections or not ISIS Naqshibandi

Army of the Mujahadeen Ansar al-Islam against vote Islamic Army Hamas Iraq Salahaddin Brigades Political Council of the Iraqi Resistance supported election

 

Apr 28 ISIS seized control of 6 voting centers in Qara Tapa, Diyala

 

Apr 29 ISIS took credit for suicide bombing of PUK rally in Khanaqin, Diyala that killed 30

Wounded 64

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

 

Apr 30 ISIS ideologue Binali said that group didn't have to hold territory for Muslims to pledge

allegiance to it Was setting stage for declaration of Islamic State

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

 

May 2 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS had always pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda

May 2 Naqshibandi and ISIS fought in Diyala for 3 months Report Naqshibandi okayed killing

ISIS members in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

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

 

May 3 Report Ansar al-Sunna declared war on ISIS in Diyala

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

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

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

 

May 4 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS fighting in Syria was a disaster

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

May 4 Fighting between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Kirkuk

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

 

May 5 Report Fighting between Naqshibandi and Ansar al-Sunna vs ISIS in Hamrin Mountains 2

complained about ISIS kidnapping and killings its members

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

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

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

May 5 Ansar al-Sunna attacked home of ISIS leader in west Kirkuk ISIS pushed out of Riyad sub-

dist by Ansar al-Sunna

 

May 11 ISIS spokesman Adnani released video saying ISIS was following true path of Al Qaeda

while Zawahiri had split jihadist movement and only cared about promoting himself

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

 

May 13 ISIS began car bomb wave

 

May 28 ISIS killed 8 Naqshibandi fighters in Baiji

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

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

 

May 30 ISIS kidnapped and killed 8 Naqshibandi members in Baiji who would not give it

allegiance

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

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

 

Jun 1 ISIS leader ambushed and killed by Naqshibandi in Hamrin Mts Diyala in

retaliation for ISIS killing 8 Naqshibandi Fighting between 2 over few days left 70 dead

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

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

 

Jun 3 Diyala govt said 20 insurgents killed in fighting between ISIS and Naqshibandi last 2

months Said  ISIS trying to dominate other groups

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

Jun 3 ISIS killed Mohammed Khamis head of Ramadi Awakening Council

 

Jun 4 ISIS head of Military Council Bilawi killed by Iraqi special forces

 

Jun 5 Report ISIS demanded Army of Mujahadeen in Anbar give it allegiance

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

Jun 5 ISIS launched large scale raid upon Samarra Seized several districts before beaten back

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq And The Levant Storm Samarra In Salahaddin)

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

 

Jun 6 ISIS attacked counter-terror bureau in Baquba Diyala

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

Jun 6 ISIS continued attack on Mosul Took 5 neighborhoods

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

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

 

Jun 7 ISIS stormed Anbar Univ in Ramadi taking hostages and stole 15 bil dinars

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

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

 

Jun 8 ISIS reinforcements from Syria arrived in Mosul to attack last section of city under govt

control

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

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

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

Jun 8 ISIS captured Hawija Zab Riyad Abbasi Rashad Yankaja in Kirkuk Blew up bridge from

Amiriya Fallujah to Baghdad

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

 

Jun 9 ISIS seized provincial council building in Mosul Maliki govt claimed situation in Mosul

under control ISF had retreated from all of west Mosul

Jun 9 Car bomb at PUK headquarters in Tuz Kharmato killed 30

 

Jun 10 ISIS and Naqshibandi took Mosul after 6 days of fighting Gov Nujafi fled to Dohuk

500,000 began fleeing city

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

Jun 10 ISIS set up checkpoints around Mosul to arrest and execute members of ISF and Jabour

tribe

Jun 10 ISIS took Badush prison Ninewa Separated Sunni from Shiite prisoners Executed 670

Shiite prisoners over next few days

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

Jun 10 ISIS seized Shirqat Suleiman Beq Albu Ajeel Baiji weapons depot without a fight Also

took Hawija Zab Abbasid Riyad in SWKirkuk Started attacks outside of Tikrit Attacked Abu Ghraib in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

 

Jun 11 ISIS executed 17 police at Mosul airport 12 ISF in Dawasa Ninewa 10 ISF in Riyad Kirkuk

Burned all the police stations in Zab Kirkuk  

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

Jun 11 ISIS kidnapped staff of Turkish consulate in Mosul

Jun 11 ISIS seized Tikrit without a fight 30 police executed Burned provincial council building

and 4 police stations in city

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

Jun 11 ISIS took Baiji burned down police station Took Dour district in Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

Jun 11 ISIS attack upon Samarra turned back by ISF

Jun 11 ISIS spokesman Adnani said that group was going to attack Baghdad and overthrow

government

 

Jun 12 ISIS announced it was imposing sharia on Mosul ISF members had to repent or be executed

Killed 84 ISF and Imam of grand mosque in Mosul who refused to support group

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State of Iraq Attempts To Create A State in Syria And Iraq Interview With Aaron Zelin)

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq review Mosul Under ISIS, Eyewitness Accounts Of Life In The Caliphate)

Jun 12 ISIS committed Camp Speicher massacre executing cadets in Salahaddin

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

Jun 12 ISIS seized 10 towns in Salahaddin and attacked Amerli

Jun 12 ISIS announced that it was going to execute ISF in Dhuluiya Salahaddin Told tribes they

had to turn over ISF or they would be killed Refused and tribes starting fighting ISIS

Jun 12 Jabour tribe fighting ISIS in Alam east of Tikrit

Jun 12 Insurgents attacked and seized Kubaisa and Saqlawiya in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

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

 

Jun 13 ISIS demanded people return to jobs in Mosul Threatened to whip public workers that

didn’t Said it would run city govt Said it would destroy graves and shrines as polytheistic Banned smoking and drinking Told women had to dress decently

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State of iraq Attempts To Create A State in Syria And Iraq Interview With Aaron Zelin)

Jun 13 After Mosul fell city council formed of ex-officers Baathists insurgents Asked IS foreign

fighters to leave IS refused Said all groups had to give it allegiance withdraw from Mosul or be killed

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jun 13 Report up to 25 tankers with ISIS oil travelled into Kurdish controlled areas of Tuz

Kharmato per day

Jun 13 Insurgents seized police station in western Ramadi

 

Jun 15 ISIS began posting pictures online of Camp Speicher massacre

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

Jun 15 Insurgents attacked power plant that supplied electricity to most of Anbar Driven off

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

Jun 15 Insurgents attacked and turned back at Tal Afar, Ninewa 50 prisoners executed in Tal Afar

by govt forces

 

Jun 16 ISIS issued orders to start destroying churches in Mosul

Jun 16 12 insurgents killed in fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS for control of Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jun 16 Insurgent Military Council in charge of Mosul criticized ISIS for trying to establish control

over city

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

Jun 16 ISIS seized Hawija in Kirkuk and Tal Afar in Ninewa Attacked Habaniya air base in Anbar

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

 

Jun 17 Insurgents attacked 3 neighborhoods in Baquba, Diyala along with Hit and Garma in Anbar

 

Jun 18 Insurgents kidnapped 17 Shiites from Tuz Kharmato and executed them

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

Jun 18 Insurgents began attack upon Baiji refinery

 

Jun 19 ISIS set up 8 courts in Mosul to run city Was pushing out other insurgent groups that

helped take city

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State of iraq Attempts To Create A State in Syria And Iraq Interview With Aaron Zelin)

(Musings On Iraq review Mosul Under ISIS, Eyewitness Accounts Of Life In The Caliphate)

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

 

Jun 20 Fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS in Hawija killed 17 as IS tried to assert control

over area

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jun 20 Report ISIS had huge stock of money Managed money from Syria Local ISIS chapters

raised money Passed 20% to central leadership $8mil/mo from taxes on trade $20 mil/yr in oil sales $30 mil/yr from kidnapping foreigners Had front companies in MidEast

Jun 20 Interview with head of Islamic Army Said Mosul taken by Baathists ex-soldiers tribes

not ISIS Said fighting in Iraq uprising by Iraqis not ISIS Said didn’t believe in creating Islamic state like ISIS Said wanted to make PM Maliki step down and divide Iraq along ethnosectarian grounds

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

Jun 20 Report Sunni imam called fighting in Iraq popular revolution Muslim Brotherhood cleric

in Qatar supported insurgency

 

Jun 21 Fighting between Naqshibandi Ansar al-Sunna Islamic Army vs ISIS over control of

Hamrin, Diyala ISIS fought Naqshibandi over control of Riyad, Kirkuk

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Feb 21 ISIS executed 84 ISF in Tikrit

Feb 21 Report ISIS used to rely upon foreign donations esp from Gulf States Now was largely self-

sufficient

 

Jun 22 Fighting between ISIS and pro-Naqshibandi tribes in Hawija, Kirkuk for control

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

 

Jun 23 ISIS held large military parade in Mosul after city fell

Jun 23 Fighting between ISIS and Hawija Brigades in Hawija, Kirkuk for control

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

Jun 23 Jihad and Reform Front agreed to work with ISIS in summer offensive Said tribal

revolutionaries would sweep over Anbar

Jun 23 ISIS launched attack upon Baiji refinery Army officers worked out truce with ISIS Then

left without telling troops More than 400 soldiers fled afterward

 

Jun 25 Al-Nusra commander on Syrian-Iraq border gave allegiance to ISIS

Jun 25 3 ISIS killed by IED laid by Naqshibandi in Riyad Kirkuk ISIS fought Naqshibandi in

Sadiya Diyala Pushed Ansar al-Sunna out of Ajeel Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jun 25 ISIS began destroying 7 Shiite shrines in Tal Afar

 

Jun 28 Political financier Khamis Khanjar praised ISIS taking Mosul on Al-Arabiya TV

Jun 28 Human Rights Watch report IS told 950 Shiite Turkmen from 2 villages in Ninewa they had

to leave Destroyed 7 Shiite shrines in Tal Afar Took 60 Turkmen hostage

 

Jun 29 ISIS spokesman Adnani Promise of Allah statement said would form the caliphate under

Caliph Ibrahim/Abu Omar al-Baghdad Said that all Muslims had to give allegiance to the caliphate

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

 

Jun 30 ISIS killed Mohammed Khamis head of Ramadi Awakening Council

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

Jun 30 Report Naqshibandi cmdrs in Diyala said would not join IS Said ideological differences

between 2

 

Jul 1 IS released recording of its leader Baghdadi declaring a new caliphate

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

Jul 1 IS and Naqshibandi fought in Hamrin Mts Diyala leaving 4 dead

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

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

 

Jul 2 IS head Baghdadi said the caliphate had been established after the humiliation of Muslims

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

 

Jul 4 1st issue of IS’s English language Dabiq magazine came out saying caliphate was a de facto

state

Jul 4 Report IS tapped into both pipelines in Ninewa Operating oil wells there Sold refined oil

products in Iraq Smuggled crude to Syria

Jul 4 Fighting between IS and Naqshibandi in Sadiya Diyala

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

 

Jul 7 Report of gun battle between IS and Army of the Mujahdeen when the latter refused to give

IS allegiance in Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jul 7 IS took two small towns and blew up Shiite mosques in both Kidnapped 40 Turkmen in

Mosul

 

Jul 8 Report Insurgents leaving Fallujah after refusing to swear allegiance to IS Included

Mujahdeen Army

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jul 8 Tuz Kharmato mayor said IS smuggling 100 tankers/day of oil from Ajeel and other fields in

Salahaddin Doing same in Ninewa

 

Jul 10 IS’s Dabiq magazine included article with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calling for Muslims to

conduct hijra migration to the caliphate

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

 

Jul 11 IS and Naqshibandi fought in Ramadi and Fallujah districts 

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

 

Jul 12 Naqshibandi leader Izzat al-Duri welcomed and praised IS’s role in fighting against

Maliki govt

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

Jul 12 IS fought Naqshibandi in Garma Anbar

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

 

Jul 14 IS and Islamic Army fought in northern Diyala Led to 19 dead Report that IS executed

Islamic Army and Naqshibandi members in same area

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

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

Jul 14 Amnesty Intl IS kidnapped and killed people in every town it took

 

Jul 15 Mujahadeen Army posted flyers in Sadiya Diyala Said it refused to give allegiance to IS

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

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

Jul 15 IS blew up largest and oldest library in Tal Afar

 

Jul 16 Report IS Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army Naqshibandi Tribal Rebel Council Ansar al-

Sunna all in Mosul IS Naqshibandi Ansar al-Sunna strongest Each had control of own section of city

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

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

Jul 16 Report Meeting in Jordan said IS only small part of insurgency Said insurgency revolt

against PM Maliki 1 Sheikh said was a revolt of the oppressed and most fighting done by tribes

Jul 16 IS captured 42 soldiers in Salahaddin and executed them Blew up Shiites mosques in

Kirkuk Mosul Sada Distributed flyers in Mosul telling Christians had to convert pay religious tax or be killed

Jul 16 ISF attack upon Tikrit ambushed by IS suicide bombers and turned back

 

Jul 17 IS started making houses of Christians in parts of Mosul Led most Christians to flee Also

marked some Shiite homes

 

Jul 18 IS said all minorities in Mosul had to convert to Islam pay religious tax or die Started

exodus of Christians from city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

Jul 18 Fighting between IS and Naqshibandi in Sadiya Diyala again 3 houses burned

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jul 18 UN IS carried out executions in Ninewa Salahaddin Kirkuk since it seized Mosul in June

Included ISF prisoners clerics civilians

Jul 18 Report Ninewa Gov Nujafi claimed that Naqshibandi running Mosul as most IS left to fight

in Salahaddin Was untrue Claimed insurgents would eventually fight IS Were already fighting and losing to IS Claimed he might be able to work out deal with Naqshibandi IS had hearts and minds campaign in Mosul Took down checkpoints to free traffic Told shops not to sell western clothes Women govt workers told to go home Promised to pay govt workers

(Musings On Iraq review Mosul Under ISIS, Eyewitness Accounts Of Life In The Caliphate)

 

Jul 19 IS issued 2nd order telling Christians had to convert pay religious tax or leave Mosul

 

Jul 21 Diyala official said 11 killed in gun battle between IS and Ansar al-Islam in Sadiya

Started when Ansar leader refused to give allegiance to IS Naqshibandi killed IS photographer in same area Was major site of conflict between IS and other insurgent groups in province

Jul 21 Mujahadeen Army member said it made tactical alliance with IS Said all groups had gained

new members during summer offensive Tribal leader in Kirkuk was organizer of protests After ISF attacked Hawija he opened talks with ISIS to start insurgent group Said IS and other insurgent groups took Mosul Claimed IS only 10% of insurgency Claimed insurgents were running captured cities while IS was doing heavy fighting Said people wouldn’t accept IS’s Islamic rule in Mosul Claimed IS fighters didn’t want an Islamic state

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

Jul 21 IS carried out mass arrest of other insurgent groups in Mosul Meant to force other factions

to pledge allegiance to IS Some sheikhs tried to mediate between different groups to stop fighting IS arrested people opposed to forcing Christians out of city IS charged rent on houses in city

Jul 21 IS increasing ops in Baghdad Jul 19 6 car bombs in province Had bases in Baghdad belts

Sleeper cells in city Also clashed with ISF in southern and western towns

Jul 21 Insurgents afraid IS will turn on them and try to dominate like it did in Syria IS killed

insurgents that had not given it allegiance Dhuluiya tribe refused to turn over ISF members to IS Started fighting IS Ziwiya locals fought IS and got town destroyed IS said Ziwiya warning against those that opposed it Jul meeting of insurgent groups in Jordan to try to form umbrella group that didn’t include IS

 

Jul 22 Naqshibandi rejected IS’s decision to drive Christians out of Mosul Said it believed in

brotherhood of all Iraqis IS gave Christians 24 hrs to leave Mosul Chaldean patriarch said 200,000 Christians had left city

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

Jul 22 IS distributed flyers in Mosul Told Kurds to leave or be killed

Jul 22 Report When locals resisted IS in Alam Salahaddin 30 families were kidnapped and

threatened with death unless town surrendered It did Dhuluiya tribesmen helped police fight IS Govt sent reinforcements forcing IS to withdraw Reinforcements left IS attacked Dhuluiya again Ziwiya fought IS Salahaddin govt and police chief promised help but never came Most of town destroyed

 

Jul 23 Report IS controlled 4 small oil fields in Salahaddin and Ninewa Sold oil and gas

Controlled fuel sales in area under its control Took crude from Ninewa to refineries in Syria to refine into gas and sold it in Mosul Smuggled oil to Turkey

Jul 23 IS blew up Imam Yahya Abu al-Qassim shrine in Shafa Ninewa and Prophet Daniels’

shrines in Mosul

 

Jul 24 IS attacked State Company for Pharmaceutical Supplies in Ninewa to capture bomb

supplies

Jul 24 Report IS forcing Shiite Turkmen out of Tal Afar in Ninewa Govt flew 15,000 Turkmen to

Baghdad Najaf Karbala

Jul 24 IS blew up Imam Abdul Oula shrine Aoun al-Din Bin al-Hassan shrine Nabi Younis Shrine

Ali al-Asghir Bin al-Hassan shrine in Mosul

Jul 24 IS making more money from oil than originally estimated Came after US raid in Syria

that found IS papers on finances US originally est IS making $8-$10 mil/month from oil sales New docs showed IS made $40 mil in one month Coalition air strikes tried to destroy business

 

Jul 25 Report IS put up banner at mosque with rules such as women had to cover faces and dress

modestly in Mosul

(Musings On Iraq review Mosul Under ISIS, Eyewitness Accounts Of Life In The Caliphate)

Jul 25 IS gave Army of Islam Ansar al-Islam Naqshibandi Mujahadeen Brigades Islamic Army in

Sadiya Diyala 48 hours to give it allegiance or be attacked

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

 

Jul 26 Ansar al-Islam refused to give allegiance to IS in Sadiya Diyala Led to fighting

            between two with IS winning

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

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

Jul 26 Report IS moved back into Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr after recent security op there

Jul 26 IS blew up Prophet Sheet Shrine Nabi Jarjees Shrine Qatheeb al-Ban shrine in Mosul

 

Jul 27 Report IS trying to push other insurgent groups out Started arresting and killing those who

refuse to give it allegiance Started rounding up ex-Saddam era officers Threatened Islamic Army Hamas Iraq Mujahadeen Brigades Naqshibandi

Jul 27 40 bodies found in ditch in Shirqat Salahaddin Executed by IS

 

Jul 30 IS fought Naqshibandi again in Sadiya Diyala 5 IS fighters killed

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

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

 

Jul 31 Report IS infiltrated back into Jalawla sub-dist NEDiyala after Peshmerga cleared area

 

Aug 1 IS set deadline for women to follow Islamic dress code in Sadiya Diyala Burned 3 hair

salons in area

 

Aug 2 Report IS took control of 2 oil fields in Ninewa Helped fund group

Aug 2 IS started attack upon Sinjar Ninewa KDP withdrew without a fight

 

Aug 3 IS seized Sinjar Zumar Wana in Ninewa Peshmerga withdrew without a fight Began massacre

and enslavement of Yazidis 20 Yazidis killed in Solagh 50-60 executed in Qahtanya 85-90 killed in Qiniyah

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Government Tries to Create New Narrative Of What Happened To Iraq’s Yazidis)

(Musings On Iraq interview with AUIS’s Christine van den Toorn on what happened to Yazidis when IS invaded Sinjar) 

Aug 3 IS attacked north into Irbil

 

Aug 4 Report Late Jul 400 IS attacked Jurf al-Sakhr and pushed ISF out

Aug 4 IS executed 320 Yazidis in Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Government Tries to Create New Narrative Of What Happened To Iraq’s Yazidis)

 

Aug 5 ISF suddenly withdrew from two areas east of Ramadi IS moved in afterward

 

Aug 6 Peshmerga withdrew from Gwar Ninewa and IS took area Makhmour also fell to IS

 

Aug 7 Peshmerga withdrew from Hamdaniya Bashika Qaraqosh in Ninewa IS moved in afterward

 

Aug 9 IS attack on Tuz Kharmato turned back by Peshmerga Insurgents took 4 areas around Haditha

Defense Min claimed it cleared Hamrin Mts in Diyala of insurgents Didn’t

 

Aug 11 IS attacked Jalawla, Diyala with suicide truck bomb and 12 suicide bombers

            dressed in Peshmerga uniforms IS told workers at Mosul Dam to stay on their job

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

 

Aug 13 IS night attack upon Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin turned back by Peshmerga

 

Aug 15 IS killed 90 Yazidi men in Kojo Ninewa Took all the women and children

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Government Tries to Create New Narrative Of What Happened To Iraq’s Yazidis)

 

Aug 16 IS forced out of 5 villages in Sadiya Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Government Tries to Create New Narrative Of What Happened To Iraq’s Yazidis)

Aug 16 Report IS took hundreds of Yazidi women from Sinjar Ninewa Told had to convert to Islam

and then married to IS fighters

 

Aug 17 Report When IS took Kojo in Sinjar Ninewa told Yazidis they had 48 hrs to convert to Islam

or die Were given 3 extra days Then massacred 80-100 men killed Women taken away to become IS wives

 

Aug 19 IS posted video of beheading of journalist James Foley part of video series A Message To

America in response to Obama’s decision to bomb IS

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

 

Aug 21 IS and Mujahadeen Army fought in Garma Anbar 4 IS members killed by Naqshibandi in

Jalawla Diyala

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

 

Aug 22 IS and Mujahdeen Army made truce after fighting between 2 in Garma Anbar Mujahdeen

Army accused IS of kidnapping its men

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

 

Aug 27 Report 70 fighters from Naqshibandi Islamic Army Mujahdeen Army pledged allegiance to

IS in Jalawla Diyala IS assassinated some of its rival insurgents in Diyala

 

Aug 28 Report IS took control of over insurgent groups in Fallujah Told other groups to turn in

weapons Many left instead of giving into IS Majahadeen Army prisoners paraded around city by IS Group had declared war on IS within city

Aug 28 IS killed Mujahadden Army emir from Haditha Anbar Tried him in court in Fallujah

 

Aug 29 Bodies of 7 soldiers executed by IS found in Wahda Diyala

 

Aug 31 IS executed 19 in Sadiya Diyala for not giving it allegiance 5 police executed in Baquba

Aug 31 IS siege of Amerli Salahaddin broken

 

Sep 1 Yazidi villages of Kotan Hareko Kharag Shafrsky in Ninewa were burned by IS

 

Sep 2 IS released video beheading of US reporter Steven Slotoff Threatened to kill UK hostage if US

didn’t withdraw from Iraq Attacked Haditha Anbar from 3 directions Turned back

Sep 2 IS blew up Abdullah al-Baqir al-Hassani mosque al-Sahirchy Sunni tomb Imam Abdul

Rahman tomb in Mosul

Sep 2 Amnesty Intl IS took away women and children from Solagh Ninewa Executed 20 men Killed

90 Yazidis in Kojo Took away women and children Yazidis in Qiniyah massacred 50-60 men executed in Sinjar

 

Sep 3 IS destroyed Sheikh al-Shat mosque and Ain Sada cemetery in Mosul

 

Sep 7 Report 17 yr old Yazidi girl seized with 40 other women by IS Taken from Sinjar to village

south of Mosul Were raped by IS

 

Sep 9 Peshmerga found 14 Yazidi bodies in a mass grave in Ninewa Executed by IS

 

Sep 13 Report US trying to cut off IS oil smuggling Turkey hasn’t helped IS could be making $1-$2

mil/day from oil Oil fields in Iraq producing 25,000-40,000 bar/day

Sep 13 IS held parade in central Hawija Kirkuk

 

Sep 14 IS released video Message to America’s Allies showing beheading of UK hostage David

Haines

 

Sep 15 Report IS used to earn around $1 mil/day from oil smuggling Now might be making only

$250,000/day IS believed to be producing 25,000-40,000 bar/day of oil in Iraq and Syria Most trucked to Turkey Some oil refined IS took 7 oil fields in Iraq in Aug 2 retaken by peshmerga

 

Sep 18 Report Tikrit under IS control Islamic Army Naqshibandi outside city Tikrit taken by

combination of insurgent groups IS pushed them all out Jan Fallujah taken by group of armed factions IS slowly dominated city through threats and co-option Only 2 independent groups in Fallujah 1 tribal group Other ex-Saddam soldiers

Sep 18 IS unsuccessfully attacked prison in Kadhimiya Baghdad Tried to break members out

Sep 18 IS counterattack in Saqlawiya Anbar surrounded Rapid Intervention Force and seized base

Biggest IS victory in 2 months

 

Sep 24 Report IS used 3 car bombs and a suicide bomber to try to take Baiji Refinery Salahaddin

Iraqi air force attacked insurgents to keep them at bay

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

Sep 24 Report Residents in Dujail Salahaddin said under attack by IS and area might fall

 

Sep 28 Report Some estimated IS made $2-$3 mil/day from oil smuggling Thought overestimate

Lost 7 oil fields Still holds 2 but neither produced much Still had fields in Syria

Sep 28 IS took 3 districts in central Ramadi Attacked Amiriya Fallujah but turned back

 

Sep 30 Report IS controlled around 40% of Iraq’s wheat farming areas Have been depriving

Christians and Yazidis of food Seized crops mills and livestock Was controlling farmers who sold products to govt

 

Oct 3 IS released video of beheading of UK hostage Alan Henning and threatened to behead US

hostage Peter Kassig

Oct 3 IS took Hit Anbar

 

Oct 5 Anbar Ops Command said ISF withdrew from areas north of Fallujah which were then taken

by IS Also seized Kubaisa and Muhammadawi in Anbar after Hit fell

 

Oct 7 IS attack on Haditha Anbar turned back

 

Oct 8 IS issued another order for Mosul’s Christians to convert to Islam or leave

 

Oct 12 IS magazine Dabiq article justified enslavement of Yazidis

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State’s Destruction Of Iraq’s Yazidi Community)

Oct 12 Human Rights Watch IS holding 100s of Yazidis in Iraq and Syria Took women from

families Carried out forced marriages Took young boys and formed them to convert to Islam Shabak leader said 137 men taken by IS in Ninewa

 

Oct 13 Insurgents took army base outside Hit Anbar Hit under IS control ISF claimed made tactical

withdrawal from city

 

Oct 14 Baghdadi Anbar surrounded and under siege by IS Fighting in Garma

 

Oct 15 IS attacked Amiriya Fallujah in Anbar from three direction Police chief said ISF were almost

trapped IS surrounded Al-Assad base

 

Oct 17 IS began final assault on Ramadi

 

Oct 18 IS attacked Baghdadi Anbar City now surrounded on all sides Est IS controlled 80% of

Anbar

 

Oct 20 Report Spanish intel said IS smuggling drugs into Europe to finance itself Started with Al

Qaeda in Iraq 

Oct 20 IS attacked Qara Tapa Diyala Dressed as Peshmerga Half population fled IS executed 9

civilians and kidnapped 6 others IS attacked Mount Sinjar

Oct 20 Mass grave found outside Fallujah with 19 civilians killed by IS

 

Oct 22 Report IS took control of Euphrates area northwest of Hit Anbar Arrested 98 people

including police and local officials Executed police chief

Oct 22 IS launched new attack upon Amiriya Fallujah Anbar driven off with help of air strikes

 

Oct 23 Report IS earned up to $1 mil/day from smuggling oil Went through KRG to Turkey KRG

and Turkey denied it bought IS oil 2 peshmerga arrested for buying IS oil

 

Oct 24 Report Sep CIA est IS had 20,000-31,500 fighters Large increase from last CIA report that

said 10,000 fighters Due to heavy recruitment and new foreign fighters CIA est 15,000 foreign fighters went to Iraq and Syria over last few yrs IS went into Arab villages in Ninewa to recruit Also recruited amongst other insurgent groups in Iraq and Syria After fall of Mosul got more recruits Other insurgent groups joined IS

Oct 24 IS attacked Edheim NDiyala

 

Oct 26 IS destroyed a Suffi shrine and a Sunni one in Salahaddin

 

Oct 27 IS rounded up families in Anbar from Albu Nimr tribe after took town Executed most of

them

 

Oct 29 IS took 40 captured tribal fighters from Albu Nimr and executed them in center of town in

Anbar in front of residents Report IS executed them after they repented to IS Kicked out family members and took their homes

 

Oct 30 IS executed 75 members of Albu Nimr tribe in Anbar

Oct 30 Human Rights Watch IS executed 600 inmates at Badush prison after Mosul fell IS

            separated Sunnis from Shiites and executed Shiites

 

Oct 31 IS executed head of Abu Nimr tribe in Anbar

 

Nov 1 IS executed 50 civilians in village in Anbar

 

Nov 2 IS executed 50 members of Albu Nimr tribe in Hit and another 77 in Thar Thar

 

Nov 3 IS killed 36 civilians in Hit Anbar

 

Nov 4 IS attacked Haditha and Amiriya Fallujah in Anbar

 

Nov 9 IS killed 70 more members of Albu Nimr tribe in Hit Anbar

 

Nov 10 IS announced it got allegiance from groups in Egypt Libya Yemen Algeria Saudi Arabia

Nov 10 2 step brothers of Pres Barzani cousin of Pres Talabani PUK leader in Diyala Kirkuk police

chief accused of buying oil from IS 2 car companies in KRG accused of selling vehicles to IS

 

Nov 13 IS executed 16 members of Albu Nimr tribe in Hit Anbar Included 2 kids and a woman

Families had been in Awakening 100 other members of tribe held as prisoners

 

Nov 24 Report 2013 IS rebuilt networks in southern Baghdad-northern Babil Jurf al-Sakhr was

major base used to send car bombs into Baghdad and attack Anbar Jul 2013 Abu Ghraib prison break provided more men Apr 2014 IS attacked Amiriya Fallujah from Fallujah Jun Took Mosul and Tikrit as well as attacked north Babil Jurf al-Sakhr cleared of IS that reduced IS activity in Babil 

Nov 24 IS blew up Christian monastery in Mosul

 

Nov 25 Report Sep IS started major campaign in Anbar Oct executed members of Albu Nimr tribe

Killed Anbar police chief Took Camp Hit ISF responded by shelling Fallujah that had no effect on IS op IS tried to take Baghdadi but failed ISF tried to take Fallujah but failed IS brought in 3000 fighters from Syria into Anbar IS attacked Amiriya Fallujah Then Ramadi and Jazeera IS executed commander in Amiriya Fallujah Albu Nimr and ISF then attacked Hit but failed IS couldn’t take Amiriya Fallujah Led to mass executions of Albu Nimr members Nov ISF retook Camp Hit 

 

Nov 28 Report Ansar al-Islam gave allegiance to IS Ansar al-Islam was connected to Al Qaeda in

KRG before 03 After US invasion became Ansar al-Sunna 2007 split into 2 groups Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Sunna 2011 Ansar al-Islam moved into Syria to fight vs Assad Was rival to IS Fought IS in Ninewa and Kirkuk 2013 Ansar al-Islam asked Al Qaeda to restrain IS but nothing happened 2014 2 groups worked together to take Mosul and Tikrit Then IS tried to push Ansar al-Islam out Majority of group then went over to IS

 

Nov 30 Report Aug 06-Aug 07 more than 600 foreign fighters went from Syria into Iraq Syrian govt

facilitated foreign fighters Promoted insurgency in Iraq to deter US from striking Syria Ex-Syrian intel officer est 5000 foreign fighters went from Syria to Iraq

 

Dec 3 2 mass graves with 200 bodies of people killed by IS found in Jalawla Diyala Another mass

grave with 40 bodies found in south Ninewa

 

Dec 7 2 mass graves found in 2 towns in Ninewa with 100s of people killed by IS

 

Dec 13 Report IS published pamphlet in Mosul justifying sex slaves

 

Dec 14 IS used sleeper cells assassinations and other means to intimidate tribes in Anbar Collected

info on tribes and distributed it to units Ran checkpoints Did background checks on people Went after people involved in Awakening and sahwa

 

Dec 15 IS attacked Bahgdadi Anbar Stopped by air strikes Attacked Amiriya Fallujah

 

Dec 20 IS attacked Baghdadi Anbar 2nd time Stopped again by Coalition air strikes

 

Dec 22 IS withdrew from Qaim Anbar

 

2015

Jan 6 Report IS made strategic mistakes Depended upon taking territory and assets to sustain itself

Benefited from attacking weak enemies Summer 2014 offensive that took Mosul based upon local alliances with Sunnis and other insurgent groups Turned on all of them afterward Thought attack on Sinjar in Aug was mistake Brought KRG into war Beheading of US reporter Foley assured US involvement Hadn’t seized any major territory since seizing Hit Anbar in Oct

 

Jan 20 IS suicide car bomb and assault on Nikhaib Suicide truck bomb in Albu Ghanim Suicide

car bomb and assault upon Abu Risha 7 suicide car bombs in Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Insurgents Pick Up Attacks In New Year)

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State Launches New Car Bomb Wave In Iraq)

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

 

Jan 30 Report 2 villages in central Diyala complained ISF withdrew and IS moved in Was burning

orchards

 

Feb 3 Report Pentagon said oil smuggling no longer main source of IS revenue due to Coalition air

strikes Before summer 2014 was believed IS produced more than 80,000 bar/day of oil earning $1-$3 mil/day Oct 2014 Intl Energy Agency said IS only produced 20,000 bar/day Falling oil prices also affected IS

 

Feb 4 Report IS got funds from oil smuggling taxes selling artifacts ransoming hostages Also got

money from taxing people under its control Iraqi govt workers still got salaries and pensions in IS areas Baghdad paid $130 mil/mo to govt workers in Mosul

 

Feb 5 IS fought Naqshibandi in Hawija Kirkuk for 2 hrs 18 killed

 

Feb 13 IS took large parts of Baghdadi Anbar

 

Mar 11 IS launched new offensive to take Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Goes On The Offensive In Salahaddin, Kirkuk and Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Ramadi Has Not Fallen But The Islamic State Has Gained Ground)

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

 

Mar 12 Report IS had special group to find and sell antiquities in Mosul Employed locals to

help IS making news destroying historical sites but was more interested in looting them first IS earned up to $24 mil in Feb 2015 from stolen artifacts from Mosul Museum

(Musings On Iraq Destruction Of Historical Sites In Iraq Hides Looting Campaign By Islamic State)

Mar 12 Report IS burned 1500 historic manuscripts Bulldozed Assyrian city of Nimrod and Hatra in

Ninewa Looted Assyrian city of Khorsabad Bombed Ibn al-Atheer shrine and Mosque of the Prophet Yunus after took Mosul in 2014 Looted sites and sold items on black market

 

Mar 13 Report IS started new rules to keep people in Mosul Orders said people could only leave to

collect pensions Travel by non-Muslims was banned Said if someone left Mosul could not take family with them

 

Mar 14 Report IS selling looted artifacts on eBay Was looting historic sites Imposed taxes on

artifacts to maintain control over trade Had connections to crime rings in Turkey Lebanon and Jordan to sell items Money used to finance group

(Musings On Iraq Destruction Of Historical Sites In Iraq Hides Looting Campaign By Islamic State)

 

Apr 1 IS released video of Ninewa sheikhs giving it allegiance

 

Apr 9 IS began multi prong attack upon Ramadi in Albu Jassim Albu Risha Albu Faraj and 2

neighborhoods in city Included 5 car bombs 3 suicide bombers

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Ramadi Has Not Fallen But The Islamic State Has Gained Ground)

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

 

Apr 10 IS captured Albu Faraj north of Ramadi Executed 33 people afterward Part of effort to

capture Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Ramadi Has Not Fallen But The Islamic State Has Gained Ground)

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

Apr 10 Report IS attacked Ramadi from 5 sides started Apr 9 Policeman said army had cleared area

around Ramadi Then turned it over to police who were driven off by IS Sahwa and tribal fighters complained govt hasn’t armed them PM Abadi promised to incorporate 10,000 tribal fighters into Hashd

 

Arp 11 Report IS lost many of the oil fields it controlled in Iraq Oil prices also dropped Nov 2014

UN est IS making up to $1.6 mil/day from oil Was selling oil in Turkey IS looking into other financing like smuggling cigarettes Selling artifacts

 

Apr 13 IS attacked Baiji refinery

(Musings On Iraq Iranian & Hezbollah Advisers Committed To Baiji Refinery And Ramadi Ops Leading To Another Loss For The Revolutionary Guard)

 

Apr 15 IS took control of 1/3 of Baiji Refinery Also seized four towns around Ramadi Sufiya Albu

Ghanim Albu Mahal Albu Soda Army and Hashd withdrew from area northeast of Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Iranian & Hezbollah Advisers Committed To Baiji Refinery And Ramadi Ops Leading To Another Loss For The Revolutionary Guard)

 

Apr 16 IS said to be in control of 70% of Ramadi

 

Apr 20 IS held ceremony where Ramadi sheikhs gave it allegiance

 

Apr 21 IS attacked Sahl al-Milh in Ninewa Next day Peshmerga kicked out Sunnis looted and

burned homes

 

Apr 24 IS took army regiment HQ in Anbar Executed 22 soldiers

 

Apr 25 IS took over army base in Thar Thar, Anbar 141 soldiers killed in fighting including 1st Div

cmdr Base had been calling for reinforcements for a week and got nothing

 

Apr 27 IS head Baghdadi called on Syrian fighters to help fight in Salahaddin and Anbar

 

Apr 30 IS seized half of Baiji refinery 250 ISF held out within facility

 

May 2 Report IS controlled 90% of Baiji refinery and 200 ISF trapped inside

 

May 5 IS started attack upon central Ramadi Turned back by Golden Div and helicopters

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

 

May 8 IS broke out 30 prisoners from facility in Diyala posing as inspectors

 

May 13 Report Abu Ala al-Afri deputy IS leader killed in air strike in Tal Afar Ninewa

 

May 14 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during reports he

was injured in air strike

May 14 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs and infiltration in final drive to take city

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

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

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

 

May 15 IS seized govt center in Ramadi with 10 suicide car bombs in final drive to take city 50

police taken prisoner executed

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

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

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

 

May 16 IS leader Baghdadi issued speech saying Anbari displaced being mistreated by Baghdad for

sectarian reasons

May 16 Ramadi fell to IS after months of fighting Report IS went through city executing

government workers and Sahwa members

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

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

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

 

May 17 IS seized Anbar Ops Command with 3 suicide car bombs Sealed control of Ramadi Tribes

wanted to counterattack but were no plans to do so

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

(Musings On Iraq Disarray Over How To Retake Iraq’s Ramadi)

May 17 IS unilaterally began withdrawing from Baiji refinery after Ramadi taken Used fighting in

Baiji as diversion

 

May 18 IS called on medical professionals to return to Mosul or have their property confiscated

 

May 21 IS broke through ISF defensive line in east Anbar Took Husaiba

 

May 22 IS took Husaiba and Albu Fahad in Anbar Attacked Khalidiya and Baghdadi

(Musings On Iraq Fight For Iraq’s Anbar And Salahaddin, 4th Week of May 2015)

 

May 23 Report on fall of Ramadi IS used sleeper cells ISF lacked command and control Golden Div

suddenly left city Wasn’t enough coalition air strikes Tribes said not supplied by govt to fight Federal Police reinforcements turned back by IS Broke morale of ISF in city Anbar governor said 286 police died in fighting

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

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

 

May 26 IS executed Iraqi soldier from Sadr City in Fallujah Hung him from bridge Hashd used it to

justify attacking city in July

May 26 Report IS withdrew from Baiji Refinery day it took Ramadi Tried to destroy as much of

facility as it could Badr Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Khorasani Brigade Kataib Imam Ali Jund al-Imam in area with Iranian and Hezbollah advisers Were operating artillery mortars anti-tank missiles UAVs 

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

(Musings On Iraq Khorasani Brigade Another Iraq Militia That Returned Home From Syria To Fight The Insurgency)

 

Jun 3 IS held ceremony in Ramadi where sheikhs gave it allegiance

 

Jun 4 IS held ceremony for Fallujah sheikhs to give it allegiance

 

Jun 10 IS executed 130 prisoners

 

Jun 13 IS executed 27 captured members of the ISF in Badush Ninewa

 

Jun 21 IS executed 3 former Iraqiya candidates in Mosul Mass grave discovered in Tal Afar with 70

soldiers executed by IS

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Government Offensive In Anbar And Salahaddin Dragging On For Weeks Or Put On Hold)

 

Jul 5 IS attacked Baiji Salahaddin Started with 2 suicide car bombs Followed by infantry attack

Pushed Hashd and ISF back

(Musings On Iraq Heavy Fighting In Four Of Iraq’s Provinces During Start Of July 2015)

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

 

Jul 6 IS launched major attack upon 8 towns taking 3 of them before being turned back by Coalition

air strikes and Peshmerga

(Musings On Iraq Heavy Fighting In Four Of Iraq’s Provinces During Start Of July 2015)

 

Jul 9 Report IS smuggling oil to KRG Made up to $1 mil/day Stole oil from pipelines storage tanks

oil fields Took over trade by pushing out competitors Peshmerga initially allowed trade then tried to stop it

Jul 9 Report Naqshibandi carrying out assassination campaign vs IS in Diyala Last 2 weeks 2 IS

leaders killed Also gun battles between the two in Salahaddin Kirkuk Anbar Ninewa

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

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

Jul 9 IS kidnaped 60 ex-soldiers from three neighborhoods in Mosul IS took Ziwiya Salahaddin

Killed 50 villagers Destroyed 25 homes IS took Azwip Salahaddin executed 15 civilians and started destroying houses

 

Jul 17 Car bomb in Khan Bani Saad Diyala killed 130 Wounded 155

 

Jul 29 Report IS and Naqshibandi fought in Hawija dist Kirkuk with 13 dead

 

Aug 13 Report IS set up system to sell Yazidi women into slavery Yazidi leaders said 3,144 Yazidi

women were held by IS Dabiq magazine said IS planned enslavement of Yazidis before attacked Sinjar

 

Aug 18 IS second in command Abu Muslim al-Turkmani killed by US drone strike in Mosul

 

Aug 19 IS and Naqshibandi fought in Hawija Kirkuk

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

Aug 19 Report IS made $11 mil/month from Ninewa before took Mosul in Jun 2014 Charged

taxes on petroleum products sent from Baiji refinery to Ninewa Taxed cement companies Got salaries of 300 contractors in Mosul Doctors power generator owners paid protection money

 

Aug 21 Report US announced Haji Mutazz IS commander in charge of military ops in Iraq killed in

drone strike near Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State’s Second In Command Killed For 3rd Time In Iraq)

 

Aug 22 US announced it killed IS spokesman Adnani

 

Aug 27 Report Jun 2014 IS was earning $11 mil/mo in Mosul Early 2014 IS started destroying

bridges and blocking supply routes to Mosul

 

Aug 30 People in Rutba Anbar protested after IS executed a man who killed an IS member IS

arrested 70 people

 

Sep 10 Report IS killed 34 Naqshibandi in Kirkuk and Salahaddin Accused them of apostasy

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

 

Sep 21 IS captured Saqlawiya Attacked Dujail Salahaddin

Sep 21 Report IS smuggled up to 80,000 bar/day in oil Controlled 4 oil fields in Iraq Turkey and

KRG said it was cracking down on smuggling Doubted would be enforced KRG didn’t want gas prices to rise if smuggling ended

 

Oct 2 28 IS and Naqshibandi fighters killed in clashes between two groups in Kirkuk

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

 

Oct 21 US launched Op Tidal Wave II to degrade IS oil industry

 

Oct 23 Report US thought IS oil revenues down 66% due to air strikes US est IS earned $500 mil/yr

Meant early est IS making $1.4 mil/day was off

 

Oct 25 IS destroyed Yazid shrine on Mount Sinjar Ninewa

 

Nov 12 Report IS told members if fought for money not fighting for God Feb IS cut salaries from

$233 to $76 probably due to reduction in revenue

 

Nov 14 Gunfight between IS and Naqshibandi south of Mosul 14 killed Started over money dispute

 

Nov 29 Report IS set up system of fees for funding Charged tolls and taxes Gave traffic tickets

Charged rents and electricity and water bills Fines Some est these earned up to $1 bil/yr RAND analyst said that if IS lost land would lose funding

 

Dec 7 Report IS set up huge bureaucracy to govern territory it controls Had 16 depts for services

and governance After Mosul fell in 2014 focused on rules for citizens 2015 worked on state building IS doc said it made 23% of its money from oil and gas 63% of its spending on military 17% on services

 

Dec 8 Report Number of foreign fighters going to Iraq and Syria doubled last yr to around 27-31,000

Came from 86 countries

Dec 8 Report IS killed 3 Naqshibandi leaders in Hawija Kirkuk because refused to pledge loyalty

 

Dec 11 Banker said IS made $25 mil/mo from Central Bank of Iraq auctions US Treasury Dept and

Fed Reserve made investigation of auctions Central Bank made changes afterward IS still used auctions IS sent dinars form Mosul Banks to Jordan Then brought money in cash back into Iraq Sent it to exchange houses and Iraqi and Turkish banks that bought dollars in auctions IS then sold dollars at exchange for a profit

 

Dec 15 Report Est IS spent 2/3 of its revenues on military Fighters get full benefits IS had

centralized budget run out of Mosul Spending decentralized Had regional budgets run by governors Had taxes and fines in each province Est spent $20 mil/mo on fighters $15-$20 mil/mo on locals and auxiliaries $10 mil/mo on services Coalition est 30,000 fighters with 50-70,000 members

 

Dec 23 Report Jun 2014 only a few 100 insurgents seized Mosul 1000s of Baathists helped IS during

summer offensive seize Salahaddin and Kirkuk after Mosul Baathists and ex-Saddam era soldiers believed they could regain power by working with IS Jan 2014 was meeting of Baathists in Mosul that formed council to work with IS Baathist Naqshibandi and Mujahadeen Army both helped IS take Mosul Made deal Baathists would get Mosul and IS would get other cities August 2014 IS rounded up 6 Baathist leaders and executed them claiming part of coup Baathists Naqshibandi Mustafa Army Mohammed Army Al Fadayeen all split with IS 

 

Dec 27 IS head Baghdadi released message US afraid to fight IS and Islam destined to rule world

until judgment day

 

2016

Feb 9 Report Oct 06 ISI announced Jan 07 Sheikh said ISI would prosecute criminals and sinners

implement religious punishments resolve conflicts provide security regulate resources Carried out moral policing Attacked other insurgent groups who didn’t join ISI went to Syria presenting itself as friend of revolution Attacked other groups leading to in fighting Focused upon conquering east Syria

 

Feb 28 IS attacked Abu Ghraib west Baghdad Started with 5 suicide bombers hitting army base

Occupied Customs Dept Target was grain silo where food stolen and taken back to Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State’s Raid On Iraq’s Abu Ghraib)

 

Mar 13 IS withdrew from Qaim Hit Kubaisa Rutba in Anbar

 

Mar 14 IS moved back into Rutba Anbar after leaving it day before Was meant to lure ISF into city

and then entrap them Fighting continued in Hit

 

Mar 21 IS attacked base in Makhmour Ninewa where US providing artillery support for Iraqis US

soldier killed by rocket fire 2 days before US denied there were any combat forces in Iraq

 

Apr 17 Report IS’s revenues dropped 30% since mid-2015 Led to new taxes Oil production down

mostly due to US and Russian air strikes

 

Apr 22 Report IS on the retreat Last major gain May 2015 when took Ramadi Lost footholds in

Diyala and Babil Tikrit Baiji Ramadi Kubaisa liberated Failing at recruiting many new fighters IS has been increasing fees to make up for financial loses 

 

May 11 3 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 113 wounded 187 Deadliest day in years in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State’s New Spring Bombing Campaign In Iraq)

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

 

May 12 IS began final assault on Ramadi with 12 suicide car bombs ISF morale broke and began

retreating

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

 

May 13 IS attacked ISF bases around Ramadi with 20 suicide car bombs

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

 

Jun 18 IS seized 3 villages in Tuz Kharmato dist When expelled Peshmerga tried entering 2 of the

villages but stopped by Hashd Led to gunfight Iranian official negotiated ceasefire

 

Jun 20 Report IS attacked 3 villages in Tuz Kharmato dist Peshmerga tried to enter 2 villages but

stopped by Hashd Led to gunfight IEDs car bombings blamed on Peshmerga-Hashd dispute Iranian diplomat tried to negotiate ceasefire between two 

 

Jul 10 US airstrike killed IS War Minister Shishani near Mosul

 

Jul 24 IS banned Internet in Mosul to try to isolate population from outside world

 

Jul 28 Report Loss of territory cost IS most of its oil economy Used to truck 50 tankers/day in

Ninewa Down to around 5/day May 2016 US est IS oil revenue dropped $250 mil/yr Apr 2015 IS lost Ajeel and Hamrin fields in Salahaddin IS cut prices to try to keep sales going

 

Aug 11 Report Military intel officer said IS laundered money and invested in regular businesses in

Iraq like car dealerships shopping malls farms hospitals Manipulated Central Bank of Iraq dollar auction Bought and sold medicine Used middlemen who are regular businessmen 

 

Sep 9 Report Foreign fighters to IS declined Used to be 2,000/month US intel said down to

50/month

Sep 9 Report IS families in Dhuluiya Salahaddin told to leave 52 houses emptied Samarra Ops

Command marked houses of expelled families Interior Ministry condemned move UN warned IS families being expelled across Iraq 170 families in Hit Anbar told they had to leave

 

Sep 27 Report IS may be making more money from agriculture as other revenue sources dry up

Farming provided food and taxes IS charged taxes on irrigation and crops Estimated to have made $56 mil from wheat and barley tax Also taxes livestock

 

Oct 21 IS attacked Kirkuk city Afterward Kurdish forces forced out 100s of displaced Sunni Arabs

Kurds also expelled Arabs from nearby town

 

Oct 23 IS spokesman Adnani before killed said group was going to lose its state but wouldn’t end

Said it would go to the deserts and revive 08 US and Iraq drove IS underground Demise due to losing Sunni support Killed tribesmen created tribal feuds harassed civilians imposed religious rule cut into tribes business Comeback based upon winning back some tribes Proselytized amongst them Took sides in disputes Bribed sheikhs Killed those that didn’t cooperate Played carrot and stick with tribes Rebuilt manpower Jailbreaks helped free members Carried out dramatic attacks on govt Took advantage of 2011 US military withdrawal and Syria Used ideas of Maoist revolution

 

Oct 25 Report 07 ISI was pushed out of Anbar and relocated in Diyala 2014 Diyala not a priority for

IS Captured docs showed IS cells were running deficit Was fighting Ansar al-Sunna and Naqshibandi in summer Summer 2014 IS threatened Baquba IS focused on Muqdadiya and Khanaqin dist in center and NE Aug took Jalawla from Peshmerga IS made deals with tribes Oct 2016 IS worked to isolate towns 2015 areas in north under de factor IS control Used Diyala to attack Baghdad

 

Oct 26 Early 2015 IS was producing 50,000 bar/day in oil Earned $40-$50 mil/mo Industry now

devastated by Coalition air strikes and lost territory Jun 2016 US destroyed IS’s oil ministry HQ in Mosul Aug Peshmerga killed IS oil minister in raid with US Oil professionals quit working for IS Oct 2015 US started Op Tidal Wave II to conduct air strikes on oil industry Went after production areas and middlemen that bought and sold IS oil IS had to lower prices as a result to attract new middlemen IS tried to spread out network to avoid attacks Buried pipelines and storage tanks underground

 

Oct 29 Report Oct 21 IS attacked Kirkuk city Came from Hawija in 7 trucks Attacked Emergency

Police HQ PUK sent counterterrorism forces from Sulaymaniya to secure city IS set up ambush to intercept them IS hoped to start revolt by Arabs in city

 

Nov 1 Report IS killed 40 fmr soldiers in town south of Mosul Rounded up civilians from southern

            town and moved them to Mosul for human shields

 

Nov 8 UN said IS abducted 300 fmr soldiers in Ninewa 100 were taken to villages west of Mosul

195 taken to Tal Afar in western Ninea Also forced 1500 families out of Hamam al-Alil and drove them to Mosul Were used as human shields

Nov 8 Report IS ordered people out of Abu Saif south of Mosul into city

 

Nov 9 Report IS forced 25,000 people from Shirqat Salahaddin into Hawija Kirkuk to be used as

human shields

 

Nov 12 Report UN found around 100 bodies in mass grave in Hamam al-Alil Ninewa Victims of IS

Could be as many as 300 bodies

 

Nov 23 2006 Al Qaeda leader al-Iraqi went from Afghanistan to Iraq to talk with Zarqawi Al-Iraqi

had backed Zarqawi in Afghanistan in 90s 03-04 Zarqawi often asked for aid from Al Qaeda in return for giving it allegiance Al-Iraqi was who Zarqawi usually talked to Al-Iraqi was against Zarqawi’s plan to attack Shiites and start sectarian war Al-Iraqi said shouldn’t attack fellow Muslims Al-Iraqi wanted to send more Al Qaeda men to Iraq to assess situation Jul 05 Zawahiri sent letter to Zarqawi said not to kill Iraqis because would alienate public Nov 05 Zarqawi bombed 3 hotels in Jordan which angered Al Qaeda It ordered Zarqawi to stop attacks outside Iraq Jan 06 Zarqawi formed Mujahadeen Shura Council to expand base and include more Iraqis Jan 06 Zawahiri told Ansar al-Sunna to join Zarqawi twice Al-Iraqi went to Iraq to work out deal between 2 groups Zarqawi was killed and then successor Baghdadi announced Islamic State of Iraq without telling Al Qaeda Al-Iraqi arrested in Turkey trying to go to Iraq Al Qaeda sent another operative who tried to repair relations with ISI

 

Nov 28 Report Aug US killed IS spokesman Adnani in airstrike Jul IS War Min Shishani killed in

airstrike in Ninewa Sep IS head of security in Mosul killed in airstrike Nov al-Iraqi head of IS western ops killed by US

 

Nov 30 Report Interviewed survivor from IS massacre in Hamam al-Alil Ninewa Saw IS kill 8

buses worth of people Said was around 300 victims Afterward IS moved 100s of people from nearby town into Hamam al-Alil for human shields Pulled out ex-ISF from group and killed them

 

Dec 7 Report IS forced civilians from 3 neighborhoods in Mosul into eastern side of city to be used

as human shields

 

Dec 12 Report IS took 250 people from town southo f Mosul and forced them into city to be used as

human shields

 

Dec 17 Report Diyala govt said IS setting up checkpoints in Kanaan Diyala again esp at night in rural

areas Sleeper cells operating in province

 

Dec 26 Report 90 Iraqi companies accused of working with IS Dec US Treasury froze assets of 2

money exchanges for helping IS Central Bank of Iraq said companies in Baghdad Salahaddin Anbar Kirkuk all suspected of involvement with IS

 

2017

Jan 24 UN IS continued to kill civilians in liberated parts of east Mosul Attacked civilians trying to

escape Airstrikes in Mosul also causing civilian casualties Video released of ISF beating 4 IS and then executing them in east Mosul Said govt had to deal with violations

 

Feb 9 Report Army found 2 mass graves of people killed by IS in Rutba Anbar Were mix of

civilians and ISF Looked like they were killed in 2014

 

Mar 13 Mass grave with 160 bodies found in Mosul Mostly former ISF executed by IS after took

city in 2014

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 148, March 13, 2017)

 

Mar 20 IS forced 38 families out of their homes to be used as human shields in west Mosul IS shot

at people trying to flee

 

Mar 22 IS seized Rajm al-Hadid neighborhood in west Mosul 1st time IS seized territory since

start of battle for city

(Musings On Iraq Mosul campaign Day 166-167 March 31-April 1, 2017)

 

Mar 27 Mass grave found in Jalawla Diyala Thought to be peshmerga executed by IS Another mass

grave found in Sadiya where 100 civilians went missing

 

Apr 1 IS seized control of neighborhood in west Mosul 1st time it had taken any area since battle for

west Mosul began

(Musings On Iraq Mosul campaign Day 166-167 March 31-April 1, 2017)

 

Apr 3 IS shelling of 4 neighborhoods in east Mosul killed 32 IS mortar fire into Badush which it

recently lost killed 32 Bodies of 81 people found in Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 169, Apri 3, 2017)

 

Apr 4 IS spokesman Abu Hussan released audio tape calling Trump an idiot who didn’t know what

Syria Iraq or Islam was

 

Apr 7 Report IS released video of Ninewa sheikhs giving it allegiance Included Hamadi brother of

Ninewa Governor

 

Apr 18 IS admitted to using chlorine gas in Battle of Mosul

 

Apr 20 IS fighters fled into house in Mosul and then exited Was hit by airstrike 2 civilians killed 102

wounded

 

May 1 IS executed 51 in Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 197, May 1, 2017)

 

May 12 3 mass graves found outside Saqlawiya Anbar Contained ISF executed by IS

 

May 26 IS executed 27 people trying to flee Mosul

 

May 30 10 mass graves found in Sinjar with IS victims

 

Jun 3 IS killed 41 civilians trying to flee Mosul

 

Jun 14 IS counterattacked in Old City Mosul with 7 car bombs 25 suicide bombers Federal Police

withdrew

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 241 Jun 14 2017)

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

 

Jun 21 IS blew up the historical Nouri Mosque and al-Hadbaa minaret in west Mosul as ISF

            was advancing on them

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 248 Jun 21 2017)

 

Jun 23 IS suicide bomber amongst displaced in west Mosul killed 12 wounded 20 3 suicide bombers

at Muthanna Market in east Mosul killed 15 wounded 30 5th suicide bomber killed

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 250 Jun 23 2017)

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

 

Jun 25 IS attacked three neighborhoods of Mosul that had been freed Set cars and buildings on fire

Civilians fled Army withdrew Golden Div stopped attack

 

Jul 10 Amnesty Intl IS kicked people out of homes in Mosul to use them as fighting positions

Threatened people if tried to leave Executed people who fled Took over hospitals and denied civilians medical care Denied food and water as well ISF used indiscriminate shelling in heavily populated areas of city Coalition airstrikes likely killed 1000s of civilians

 

Jul 24 Mass grave of 60 bodies found in Old City Mosul Around 40 were ex-police executed by IS 6

mass graves found in Sinjar dist

(Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 14 Jul 24 2017)

 

Jul 31 16 families fled Qara Tapa in NEDiyala after threats by IS

 

Aug 4 UN said nothing done to punish those responsible for Yazidi massacre in Sinjar 1000s still

missing 3000 women used as slaves in Syria Around 9900 Yazidis killed by IS when took Sinjar Aug 2014

 

Aug 11 IS still smuggling oil and refined products Had 1600 makeshift refineries in north Iraq 2014

IS seized large oil fields in Iraq and Syria US Op Tidal Wave II targeted IS oil industry Was largely successful 2014 IS exporting oil from Ajeel field Aug Coalition airstrikes hit pumping station at field Limited use Mar 2015 Hashd took Ajeel field IS set fire to 9 wells as retreated Oct 2016 Peshmerga and ISF took Qayara oil field in Ninewa IS set fire to 20 oil wells Burned for 8 months Aug 2016-Jul 2017 IS attacked Bai Hassan field in Kirkuk and Ajeel to deny it to govt Airstrikes forced IS to use small refineries and sell to locals

 

Aug 13 IS rocket attack on base in Tal Afar dist Ninewa killed 2 US soldiers Wounded 5

 

Aug 26 Mass grave in Tal Afar discovered by Iraqi forces Had bodies of 80 civilians and ISF killed

by IS

(Musings On Iraq Tal Afar Battle Day 7)

 

Sep 11 Report IS still held Ajeel and Alas Dome oil fields Smuggled some oil to Turkey and Syria

 

Sep 27 IS attacked checkpoints outside Ramadi Held areas for 10 hrs Executed hostages Eventually

expelled 

 

Oct 12 IS magazine said group was switching to insurgency

 

Oct 27 Diyala councilman said IS was holding out along Salahddin-Diyala border

 

Nov 1 Report Nov Naqshibandi called for people of Mosul to rise up against IS Warned Hashd to

stay out of city IS formed alliance with Naqshibandi to take Mosul in 2014 After Mosul fell committee created to run city that included for officers Baathists insurgents Asked IS foreign fighters to leave It refused Told everyone that didn’t give it allegiance to leave Mosul or be killed IS started attacking other insurgent groups like Naqshibandi Ansar al-Sunna to drive them from Mosul

 

Dec 13 Mayor in Diyala said IS moving back and forth between Diyala and Salahaddin and terrorizing people in rural areas

 

Dec 21 Report Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on IS to fight to death in Mosul Then hardly fought in

Tal Afar Surrendered or fled in Hawija Hardly fought in west Anbar Thought strategic retreat to conserve forces and return to insurgency

 

Dec 27 Report IS back in Hawija Kirkuk Had tunnels Few ISF to protect district

 

2018

Jan 10 Report 5 villages in Qara Tappa dist in central Diyala abandoned due to IS Insurgents were

moving from Hamrin Mts in Diyala-Salahaddin border in NW through Diyala

 

Jan 15 2 suicide bombers central Baghdad left 143 casualties Last major mass casualty bombing in

Baghdad was Feb 2017 car bomb that left 125 casualties

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq, Jan 15-21, 2018)

 

Jan 17 Report IS defeated on battlefield but still had large finance network Exploited corruption in

Iraq and Syria Iraqi politician said IS had around $400 mil in cash Controlled smuggling routes Sold antiquities and gold Put $250 mil into legitimate businesses Exploited Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions Weak Iraqi govt couldn’t stop IS’s work

 

Jan 29 Report After IS took Mosul banned cigarettes Told women they had to stay at home Got rid of

opponents Set up intel network to spy on population Went through city docs to find out who owned what Labeled homes of and shops owned by Christians Told had to convert to Islam pay tax or leave Mosul Some Christians arrested or taken as sex slaves Banned all mixing of men and women Confiscated property given to IS members

 

Mar 28 Report IS set up fake checkpoint and abducted 9 Federal Police in Kirkuk Then executed them and posted it on social media Past week IS accused of setting up 6 fake checkpoints

(Musings On Iraq June 2018 Islamic State Rebuilding In Rural Areas Of Central Iraq)

 

Apr 4 Report on IS Docs When took Mosul threatened govt workers to return to work Set up tax system that earned more than oil revenues Business and agriculture mostly taxed Seized land belonging to Shiites Christians Yazidis in conquered territories and sold it to farmers and followers Set up sharecropping for farmers who couldn’t pay for land

 

Apr 18 Report IS went back to insurgency Pushed losses as victories Would use past to keep up morale and support Said losing land not defeat

 

Apr 20 IS said it would attack candidates in parliamentary elections Referenced Zarqawi’s 2005 call for war against elections Claimed attacks in Anbar and Kirkuk

 

Apr 22 IS released recording Said Sunnis should not vote Said would attack polling stations during election

 

May 30 Report IS in Metibiji mountains and Hamrin Mountains along Diyala-Salahaddin border

 

Jun 5 IS docs posted online Were disputes over excommunicating Muslims Different IS depts

were accusing each other over issue

 

Jul 12 Report IS tried to rebuild in Salahaddin Executed locals Setting up safe houses Attacked

towns and local ISF

 

Jul 17 Report IS rebuilding in remote areas of Iraq Posted video of people it captured at fake

checkpoint and executed

 

Jul 24 IS focused on Diyala Kirkuk Salahaddin Mar 7 kidnappings/murders in 3 provinces 30 in

May 83 in Jun IS kidnapping for ransom Lack of coordination between ISF units Based in Hamrin Mts and used it to move back and forth between Diyala and Salahaddin Dep police chief in Salahaddin said IS couldn’t infiltrate cities because lacked support Diyala Ops commander claimed only 75 IS in

 

Jul 26 Ninewa councilman said IS moving back and forth across Iraq-Syria border

Jul 26 Report Kurdish village Mardan in Khanaqin dist NEDiyala abandoned due to IS

 

Aug 3 IS began two days of blowing up power towers in Kirkuk Ninewa Salahaddin Diyala

 

Aug 9 People of Burima in Hawija dist Kirkuk fled IS handed out flyers Told people had 72 hrs to

leave Around 20 villages in Diyala’s Khanaqin dist abandoned because of IS attacks

 

Aug 25 Report People fleeing villages in Daquq dist of Kirkuk due to IS Some homes burned

People kidnapped

 

Aug 26 Report IS leader Baghdadi released 1st recording in 11 months Said group should target

tribal Hashd Carry out targeted killings and recruit in Sunni community Said IS still a force in Mideast

 

Sep 16 Report IS operating in rural Hawija in Kirkuk and Tuz Kharmato in Salahaddin

Sep 16 Report IS fled Hawija dist in Kirkuk rather than fight when freed by Iraqi forces Now

operating there again Kidnapped several people

 

Sep 18 Report Large number of IS in Hawija Hamrin Makhoul and Metibija areas of Kirkuk and

Salahaddin

 

Sep 28 Report Last 2 months 3 villages emptied of people in Qara Tapa in Diyala because of IS

Some areas off limits to ISF at night IS threatening people if cooperate with Iraqi forces

 

2018 US govt Report IS controlled Iraq-Syria border Still involved in drug trafficking extortion

Attacked electricity infrastructure Brought in people from Syria IS focusing upon rural-mountain areas 

 

Oct 17 Human Rights Comm said 2265 bodies found in Ninewa after liberated from IS

 

Nov 1 Report Salahaddin intel officer said IS reorganizing in province along border with Ninewa

            Also active in Anbar south Kirkuk Had tunnels and hideouts

 

Nov 6 UN said 202 mass graves left by IS in Iraq 95 in Ninewa 37 in Kirkuk 36 in Salahaddin 24

in Anbar Est 6,000-12,000 people killed and in graves

 

Nov 15 Report IS moving from Syria into Iraq KRG Security Council said convoy of IS

vehicles entered Anbar in Oct Was ambush of IS fighters along border in Ninewa and Anbar

 

Dec 13 Report People fleeing villages in Diyala’s Khanaqin dist due to IS 1 month IS attacked

villages 143 times Local mayor said ISF only in area during day No night presence when IS active

 

Dec 29 Report IS using kidnappings for funding Kidnapped 15 people from 2 villages in

Kirkuk and Salahaddin Stole sheep Constantly attacked electricity towers in Hawija Kirkuk

 

2019

Jan 5 Report IS active in northern Muqdadiya dist central Diyala Stopping farming Carried out

night attacks and set up checkpoints

 

Jan 18 Report People fleeing Khanaqin Dist Diyala due to IS attacks Last 16 days 10 attacks in

Khanaqin and Jalawla Over 20 villages empty of people

 

Jan 23 Report Head of Abu Saida dist central Diyala said most villages in south part of dist

under IS control Said ISF constantly targeted Said 4 villages used as IS bases

 

Jan 24 Salahaddin councilman said IS active in Hamrin Mts Said villages were attacked and IS

kidnapping people

 

Jan 25 Sit in protest in Abu Saida subdist central Diyala over IS night attacks Diyala MP called

for ISF to be sent to Abu Said because towns being hit every night by IS mortars

 

Feb 5 Report Pentagon said IS regrouping in Iraq faster than in Syria Said if Sunni grievances

not addressed IS could return

 

Apr 7 Report IS based in Mount Qarachogh in Makhmour dist of Ninewa Charging taxes and

extorting money from locals

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

 

Apr 27 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in video 1st since 2014

 

May 13 Report IS had cave network in Badush Ninewa Carrying out attacks kidnappings

extortion ISF arbitrary in response Human Rights Watch documented torture to get confessions Badush was IS base before it seized Mosul in 2014

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

May 13 IS started burning farms in Qara Tapa dist northern Diyala

 

May 14 IS burned fields in Makhmour Ninewa

 

May 18 Report IS burned fields in Jalawla Muqdadiya Qara Tappa in Diyala Also in

Salahaddin Attacked village south of Mosul burned 20 homes 4th time attacked in 2 wks Govt said it would arm villages in area People from 30 villages fled in Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

 

May 25 Report IS changing tactics Attacking civilians more than ISF Trying to drive people

out of areas Attempting to extort more money for funding

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

May 25 IS burned 8 fields in Kirkuk 

 

May 26 Farms burned in 4 districts of southern Kirkuk Hashd spokesman said IS was

burning fields to make farmers pay taxes which they refused

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

 

Jun 3 Report Families being forced out of Abu Saida central Diyala by IS Assassinating

locals

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

 

Jun 13 IS issued new video Warned Sunnis they would be killed if worked for govt

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

 

Jul 15 UN IS defeated in war Suffered heavy losses Trying to rebuild networks and preserve

core Power being decentralized Loss of territory meant finances declined Still smuggling kidnapping extorting money selling artifacts

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

 

Jul 27 Diyala MP called on Defense Min to defend 3 towns in NE Diyala govt said Waqf

basin in center of Diyala under IS threat Another MP said IS fighters entering Diyala from Salahaddin

 

Aug 13 MP said families fled 5 villages in Imam Weis dist NEDIyala because of IS attacks

 

Aug 15 50 families fled Daquq dist southern Kirkuk due to IS

 

Aug 24 IS attacked village in Kirkuk Almost all residents fled Village attacked in July and 50

families left 6 villages empty of people in area

 

Aug 25 Dep Speaker of parliament said villages in Kirkuk needed to be protected Met

delegation from Daquq dist that talked about IS attacks

Aug 25 3 months after Hawija Kirkuk declared freed IS returned Set up fake checkpoints

Killed dozens Separate group White Flags also operated in district

 

Aug 26 15 families fled Shura dist south Ninewa due to IS attacks

 

Sep 9 Head of Azm district called on govt to clear Mutabeija basin along Diyala-Salahaddin

border Used as IS base

 

Sep 13 Tribes in Sinsel Basin central Diyala gave ISF a week to protect them from IS

attacks

 

Sep 16 IS head Baghdadi released new recording Said group would break its members out of

prison and displaced camps

 

Sep 25 Report Around 100 IS in Khanaqin Diyala Exploiting gaps in security between

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces Has camps in Hamrin Mountains along Diyala-Salahaddin border

 

Sep 30 Report IS families moved from Baiji to Tikrit to Shirqat in Salahaddin Are towns in

Suleiman Beq Amerli and 40 villages in surrounding area that were 100% destroyed

 

Oct 11 Report IS limited to rural areas of Iraq Had underground bases and buried caches of

weapons Lost most of its networks Extort money and did kidnappings for ransom Worked in small groups which meant small attacks Few car/suicide bombings Aimed to isolate people from govt and ISF Exploited gap between ISF and peshmerga in disputed areas Hadn’t been able to penetrate cities IS said it was in long struggle and war of attrition Not as many Sunnis supported IS

 

Oct 16 Head of Edheim council Diyala said that IS was working in Metibijah basin on Diyala-

Salahaddin border

 

Oct 19 People in village in Khanaqin dist Diyala fled due to IS threats and attacks

 

Oct 21 Report People in Mukhisa Diyala told ISF they had 10 days to deal with IS or they

would abandon village

 

Oct 22 Report 15 villages along Diyala-Salahaddin border in Metibijah basin abandoned due

to IS Insurgents were attacking Edheim dist in same area

 

Oct 25 Report Anbar source said IS operating along Salahaddin-Ninewa border

 

Oct 27 IS leader Baghdadi killed in US raid in Syria

 

Oct 31 IS named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraayshi new caliph to replace Baghdadi Was from

            Tal Afar Ninewa

 

Nov 3 Report People fleeing rural villages in Khanaqin Dist Diyala due to IS

 

Nov 14 Peshmerga general said IS had tunnels and bases in Makhmour Mountains Operated

at night

 

Nov 15 People left village in central Diyala due to IS threats

 

Nov 20 US govt report IS disjointed in Iraq Lacked public support or ability to carry out large ops

 

Nov 22 Report Abu Karma and Mukhisa villages in central Diyala completely empty of people

after IS attacks

 

Dec 3 50 out of 70 families fled town in Kahanqin dist Diyala because of IS 6 villages in area

completely empty

 

Dec 24 Human Rights Comm said 250 families displaced by IS in Diyala’s Khanaqin Dist

 

2020

Jan 27 IS spokesman Qurayshi released speech Said IS needed patience and would endure despite

setbacks

 

May 15 IS released video announcing new battle of attrition campaign in Iraq

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

 

May 26 Report IS governor of Iraq and head of foreign operations Jabouri killed in Syria by

Coalition air strike Was assisted by Counter Terror Service

 

Jul 22 Report IS moving back and forth across Iraq-Syria border Usually went to Jazeera desert

between Ninewa Salahaddin Anbar and then taken to south Ninewa or Hamrin Mts between Diyala-Salahaddin

 

Aug 11 Report IS rebuilding in north Diyala Southeast Salahaddin South Kirkuk Cut off

roads Set up camps Aimed to take over rural areas 185-200 villages abandoned due to IS Had large weapons market Included disputed areas where conflicts over who had security authority over them IS earned $2.5-$3 mil/mo from royalties from companies

 

Aug 14 Qaim Mayor said IS still operating in Anbar’s western desert

 

Aug 31 Edheim dist director in Diyala said 18 villages in area were being used by IS

Aug 31 KDP rep in Dibs Kirkuk said more than 20 villages had been evacuated last 3 yrs due to IS

attacks

 

Sep 9 MP on security committee said IS moving back and forth between Diyala and Salahaddin

 

Sep 17 IS held parade on Diyala-Salahaddin border MP said 15 villages along border with no security

Many villages are empty of people

 

Sep 18 Report Hashd built defensive fortifications around 15 villages in Azm dist Diyala to stop IS

 

Sep 20 Report 40 km gap between Iraqi forces and Hashd in northeast Diyala Exploited by IS

 

Sep 22 Report IS still infiltrating into Iraq from Syria Also smuggling Local officials claimed some

Hashd made deals with IS to cross border Most infiltrations in Ninewa

 

Oct 31 Report IS killed sheikh and booby trapped body in town in Diyala IS operates in 5 empty

villages in central Diyala Around 50 villages in Muqdadiya that are off limits to Iraqi forces

 

Dec 17 Report Head of farmers union in NDiyala said that 60% of farmers in village lost orchards due

to IS attacks Couldn’t go into fields due to lack of security

 

2021

Jan 15 Dual suicide bombing in central Baghdad left 32 dead 110 wounded Last such deadly

incident occurred in same neighborhood in Jan 2018

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Jan 15-21, 2021)

 

Jan 27 Electricity supply down in all provinces IS attacked infrastructure Blew up power lines in

Diyala Ninew Salahaddin Anbar that cut power in Ninewa Salahaddin Kirkuk Diyala

 

Jan 28 PM Kazemi announced death of deputy head of IS Issawi Killed by Counter Terror Service in

Kirkuk Was Wali of Iraq 17 of his associates found in Kirkuk and Salahaddin over last 5 months

 

Feb 4 Report Iraqi cmdr said IS rebuilding in Hamrin area between Salahaddin Diyala Kirkuk

Rugged environment provided cover for insurgency Women moved money food and messages for group

 

Apr 13 IS started Ramadan offensive Lethality of attacks down due to lack of resources and

inexperienced members

 

May 14 IS started campaign against Iraq’s power grid blowing up two power towers in Anbar Would

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

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

 

Jul 5 IS forcing out families from Azim northwest Diyala

 

Jul 19 IS suicide bomber hit market in Sadr City Killed 35 3rd mass casualty bombing in Baghdad in

2021

 

Jul 25 Villages in Hamrin along Diyala-Salahaddin border emptying due to IS attacks

 

Jul 29 KDP official in Khanaqin dist said over 5000 Kurdish families fled since 2017 due to IS Are

up to 40 empty villages in dist

 

Aug 11 Daquq Mayor in Kirkuk said 45 villages empty after army pushed Peshmerga out of area in

Oct 2017 Said being used by IS

 

Aug 13 IS knocked out power in West Baghdad by blowing up power tower in Tarmiya NBaghdad

 

Aug 29 Mayor of Dhululiya Salahaddin said border between Salahaddin and Diyala controlled by IS

 

Sep 3 ISF evacuated village in Kirkuk due to IS attacks

 

Nov 3 US govt report IS attacks down Recruited amongst displaced Lacked resources and

popularity Worked in small cells DIA said IS wanted to control territory and rebuild Treasury Dept est IS still had tens of millions of $ Smuggled oil Kidnapped for ransom Extorted money

 

Dec 16 Report 2 groups rejected working with new Iraqi state Baathists and Salafi-Jihadists

Jihadists considered new Iraqi state heretical Baathists were banned Both talked about a new state under their control Political Salafis clerical and nationalist Islamists were willing to work with new system under conditions and didn’t have consistent message Didn’t see Sunnis in govt as apostates Jihadists wanted to change society to fit its image Especially true for IS Jihadists opposed elections Political Salafis willing to take part in voting IS went through 3 stages 1st 03-04 was little cohesion amongst insurgents Were different groups with shifting membership Allowed cooperation between groups Former regime members dominated early insurgency After Saddam captured in Dec 03 many Baathists joined Islamist groups Nationalist groups like Army of Mohammed funded by Baathists slowly radicalized 2004 1920 Revolution Brigades and Islamic Army emerged 1920 Revolution Brigades led by former regime members and aligned with Assoc of Muslim Scholars and Islamic Party Islamic Army ex-soldiers who were Salafis When Zarqawi created Tawhid wal Jihad was mostly foreigners and small Recruited Iraqi Salafis May 04 Ansar al-Sunna members began joining Zarqawi He worked with other groups in 2 battles of Fallujah 04-06 Al Qaeda in Iraq worked with some groups and competed with others Wanted to dominate Iraq Insurgency changed after 2nd Battle of Fallujah Reconsidered fighting Sunnis boycotted Jan 05 election which led some to reconsider participating in politics Brought them into conflict with Zarqawi Al Qaeda in Iraq began demanding others pledge allegiance to Zarqawi 05 members of Islamic Army and Army of Mohammed began joining Al Qaeda in Iraq Dec 05 80% of Sunnis voted Islamic Army guarded polling stations Was blow to Al Qaeda in Iraq Ramadi Shura Council led by cmdr in 1920 Revolutions Brigade used elections to start revolt vs Al Qaeda in Iraq Al Qaeda in Iraq began assassinating Shura Council members Leader of Shura Council fled Albu Mahal tribe in Qaim rose up against Al Qaeda in Iraq but put it down US recruited Sunnis into ISF led to another split within insurgency Tribes in Ramadi began joining ISF Al Qaeda in Iraq attacked recruiting centers and new police 1920 Revolution Brigades put together anti-Al Qaeda in Iraq coalition Al Qaeda in Iraq defeated it Other insurgent groups began asking Al Qaeda to rein in Zarqawi Zawahiri wanted Zarqawi to join 1920 Revolution Brigades and Assoc of Muslim Scholars Zarqawi ignored Zawahiri Jan 06 Al Qaeda in Iraq announced Mujahadeen Shura Council with 6 other groups Start 06 some insurgent groups began talks with US Ended after Feb 06 Askari shrine bombing by Al Qaeda in Iraq Evidence bombing done to stop reconciliation between insurgency US and Iraqi govt 06-14 IS moved to coercively force other groups under its control 06 Anbar Awakening started 06 ISI announced Moved to dominate other groups Called for all Sunni fighters scholars sheikhs to pledge allegiance to ISI Attacks on other groups and groups joining Awakening increased 07 several insurgent coalitions formed Many began talks with US Start of Sahwa increased ISI attacks upon them US withdrawal from cities hurt insurgent groups trying to reconcile with govt US withdrawal from rural areas led to many insurgent groups to demobilize Left Baathists and Jihadists as main groups 2010 IS started new plan of tribal engagement and defeating its rivals Killed over 2000 Awakening members Started new wave of suicide bombings vs Shiites After US withdrew from Iraq ISI began new bombing campaign Expanded into Syria 2011 also when PM Maliki began moving against rivals which increased tensions and new people joined insurgency 2013 Maliki crackdown on protests led to re-emergence of insurgency Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army Naqshibandi re-emerged 2013 ISIS announced Zawahiri condemned new name Led to break with Al Qaeda Many groups worked with ISIS to seize Mosul in Jun 2014 After Mosul fell IS went after all rivals groups Almost all defeated disappeared or joined IS Left IS as only insurgent group in Iraq

 

2022

Feb 3 IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi killed by US in Syria

 

Mar 10 IS announced new leader Abu Hassan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi eldest brother of dead

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad

 

Jun 22 Report 12 villages in Shirwan Basin in central Diyala threatened with displacement due to

IS threats

 

Aug 27 Diyala official said IS increased presence in SW of province along Baghdad border Said area

had empty villages and little security presence

 

Sep 26 Report Qara Tapa director in Diyala said no IS bases in district Said just used area to move

through Sadiya Diyala director said no IS threat in his area Security expert said IS was in both areas Said 20 abandoned villages in Sadiya where no one would return because of IS Said Muqdadiya and Sadiya IS HQs in Iraq

 

Nov 30 IS said its leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi was killed and Abu al-Hussein al-

Husseini al-Qurashi was its new leader

 

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