PM Kazemi (2020-Present)

This timeline covers the govt of PM Kazemi

 

2020

Apr 9 Iraqi intelligence head Mustafa al-Kazemi became new prime minister candidate after

 Adnan al-Zurfi failed to reach consensus on his govt

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Has 3rd Candidate For Premier)

 

Apr 16 Iraq cabinet ordered halt to monthly budget payments to Kurdistan It had not

followed 2019 budget to export oil in return for money

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Cuts Off Budget Payments To Kurdistan Once More)

 

Apr 22 4 pro-Najaf Hashd brigades sent letter to Hashd Commission head Falah Fayad saying

the would now be under Commander in Chief Said had blessing of religious establishment

(Musings On Iraq Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi Doesn’t Accept Units Leaving Hashd Commission)

 

Apr 24 Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi said he didn’t accept 4 pro-Najaf Hashd leaving Hashd

Commission Said he wanted to keep all Hashd united

(Musings On Iraq Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi Doesn’t Accept Units Leaving Hashd Commission)

 

Apr 25 Ansar al-Marjaiya pro-Najaf Hashd called on other brigades to follow its lead and

leave Hashd Commission

(Musings On Iraq Resigned PM Abdul Mahdi Doesn’t Accept Units Leaving Hashd Commission)

 

May 7 Fmr intelligence head Kazemi elected new premier of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Can Iraq’s New PM Maneuver The System Or Have To Follow It?)

 

May 10 Protests re-started in Iraq against election of new PM Kazemi govt

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq Can New Govt Respond To Their Demands?)

 

May 11 PM Kazemi ordered raid on Thar Allah offices in Basra after it killed a protester

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq Can New Govt Respond To Their Demands?)

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

May 11 Sadr gave PM Kazemi 100 days to carry out reforms

 

May 15 IS released video announcing new campaign in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State Calls For More Attacks During Covid Crisis In Iraq)

 

Jun 6 Kazemi created committee to assess performance of governors after protests called for

their dismissal

 

Jun 7 Police fired at protesters after burned building used by Najaf governor PM Kazemi did

nothing after he issued order banning shooting at demonstrations

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

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

 

Jun 8 Pro-Iran groups restarted attacks upon targets housing Americans with rocket strike on

Baghdad Airport as Iraq entered talks with US over new security agreement

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Factions Continue To Defy Iraq’s PM)

 

Jun 10 Parliament reversed 10% pay and pension cuts made by cabinet to reduce budget

during economic crisis

(Musings on Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Refuses Budget Cuts During Economic Crisis)

 

Jun 13 Kataib Hezbollah warned US forces if they didn’t withdraw from Iraq they would be

attacked Came in middle of rocket attacks in Baghdad upon targets housing Americans

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

 

Jun 14 Joint Operations Command warned Hashd factions about rocket attacks in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

 

Jun 15 PM Kazemi repeated past orders that Hashd not to take part in politics

Jun 15 Report Shiite Endowment and Hashd units were seizing property in Mosul

 

Jun 16 Fmr Finance Min Issawi turned himself into authorities Was convicted in absentia of

corruption

 

Jun 17 PM Kazemi said that ISF had to find those responsible for rocket attacks in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

Jun 17 Interior Min claimed it arrested some involved in rocket attacks in Baghdad Nothing

came of it

 

Jun 18 PM Kazemi warned against outlaws threatening Iraqi security by firing rockets in

Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

 

Jun 25 Counter Terror Service raided Kataib Hezbollah HQ in Baghdad and arrested members

on charges they were responsible for rocket attacks in Baghdad Dep head of Hashd Comm Abu Fadak organized protest into Green Zone to demand their release

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

 

Jun 26 Detained Kataib Hezbollah members turned over to Hashd Security Directorate after

political negotiations

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

 

Jun 29 Kataib Hezbollah members arrested for rocket attacks in Baghdad by Counter Terror

Service released by Hashd Security Directorate for lack of evidence

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

 

Jul 9 Sustained protests in southern Iraq started over lack of electricity and delayed

salaries to govt workers

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Southern Iraq Over Electricity Shortages And Delayed Salaries)

Jun 9 Cabinet passed austerity measures including cutting govt worker benefits cutting unessential

spending to deal with economic crisis

 

Jun 10 Parliament rejected austerity measures to deal with economic crisis passed by cabinet

 

Jul 11 Pro-Iran groups began new tactic of attacking convoys carrying supplies to US with attack

upon trucks in Muthanna

 

Jul 12 Protests over lack of electricity services and govt workers not being paid in Basra Wasit

Diwaniya Dhi Qar Muthanna Babil Most provinces since demonstrations started on Jul 9

Jul 12 Protest in Baghdad by victims of Saddam complaining their pensions were cut Stopped at

checkpoint and fired on by ISF killing 2

 

Jul 16 Report KRG contracted Pakistani businessman to handle deals with Rosneft and traders

that handled all the regions oil sales after 2017 Companies would pay businessman and he would disperse funds to the KRG along with make payments to oil companies producing KRG oil Businessman had $1 bil in Lebanese bank that was probably KRG’s Was frozen after banking crisis in Lebanon that caused financial crisis in KRG

Jul 16 Protest activist kidnapped in Baghdad Would start new wave of repression against

demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

 

Jul 17 Activist shot in Basra City by men on motorcycles Part of new crackdown on Protests

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

 

Jul 25 Protests in Najaf Diwaniya Basra Babil Karbala Dhi Qar over electricity lack of services

and govt workers not being paid

(Musings On Iraq National Protests Start In Iraq During The Weekend UPDATED)

 

Jul 26 Protests in Basra Dhi Qar Wasit Diwaniya Najaf Muthanna Baghdad ISF fired on protests

and killed 3 in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq National Protests Start In Iraq During The Weekend UPDATED)

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

 

Jul 30 Kazemi govt announced that 560 killed in protests over last year and each family would

receive 10 mil dinars in compensation

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

 

Jul 31 Protests in Wasit Dhi Qar over electricity shortages Govt building in Karbala burned

 

Aug 4 Activists house in Maysan hit by RPG as part of intimidation campaign against protests

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

 

Aug 5 PM Kazemi met with protesters saying their demands would be met

 

Aug 9 Ansar Allah HQ burned in Nasiriya by protesters

 

Aug 10 Bomb placed outside house of protest activist in Kut, Wasit as part of intimidation campaign

vs demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

Aug 10 Protesters set fire to provincial govt building in Diwaniya

 

Aug 12 Protests started in Kurdistan first in Sulaymaniya organized by opposition party calling for

removal of Kurdish govt and for salaries to be paid

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Aug 14 Protest activist assassinated in Basra City as part of intimidation campaign against

demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

 

Aug 15 Protest activist had house raided in Diyala by unknown security force Activist escaped

assassination attempt in Dhi Qar Part of intimidation campaign against demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

 

Aug 16 New budget deal announced Baghdad would send 320 bil dinars/month to KRG to pay govt

workers KRG would send half its tariffs to Baghdad in return

(Musings On Iraq KRG-Baghdad Budget Agreement Holds Despite No News Kurds Complying)

Aug 16 Protester assassinated in Basra City Part of intimidation campaign against demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

 

Aug 17 PM Kazemi fired Basra police chief after protest activist assassinated

Aug 17 3 Protest activists escaped assassination attempt in Basra City when car shot at Part of

intimidation campaign vs demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

Aug 17 Protesters attacked Basra governor’s house and tried to burn it after activist assassinated and

three others escaped assassination attempt

 

Aug 18 KRG security forces arrested protest activist in Dohuk as part of crackdown on

demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Aug 19 Protest activist in Dhi Qar escaped assassination attempt Female activist and another activist

and his wife assassinated in Basra in intimidation campaign vs demonstrators

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

 

Aug 20 KRG closed NRT media office in Irbil NRT office in Dohuk raided for covering protests

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

Aug 20 3 protest activists escaped assassination attempt in Babil

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

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

 

Aug 21 Protesters burn govt office in Basra City after assassinations of activists there

Aug 21 Protest activist assassinated in Baghdad as part of intimidation campaign vs demonstrators

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

Aug 21 Bicycle bomb hits protest site in Dhi Qar People burned Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Dawa Badr

HQs and then bulldozed them in retaliation

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

 

Aug 22 Interior Min said it was sending forces to Basra to arrest killers of protesters Nothing

happened

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

Aug 22 KRG offices burned and stones thrown at PUK and KDP offices in Sulaymaniya and Halabja

Protesters demanded the regional govt resign

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Aug 23 Kurdish protests expanded from Sulaymaniya to Irbil 50 arrested Metro Center for

Journalists Rights and Advocacy and UN complained about KRG suppressing demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Sep 7 Govt announced it would give 1.2 mil dinars to families that lost a member during protests

The families and those injured during demonstrations would also get a monthly pension

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Govt Promises Pensions For Killed And Wounded Protesters It Can’t Cover)

 

Sep 13 Teachers in Sulaymaniya started protests over not being paid salaries Would spread to other

KRG public workers PUK blamed New Generation party and sued head of party

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Sep 19 1 activist shot another kidnapped in Dhi Qar Pro-Iran groups blamed PM Kazemi sent

Counter Terror Service to province to find him leading to criticisms by tribes and Hashd factions

(Musings On Iraq Another Activist’s Kidnapping Offers Opponents Of Iraq’s PM Opportunity To Criticize Him)

 

Sep 24 Report US warned Iraqi govt if attacks continued on western targets US would retaliate

against all Hashd factions

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Factions Warned If Keep Up Attacks On Western Targets In Iraq Will Face US Retaliation)

 

Sep 30 Iraqi MP warned 3 mil voting cards were missing and could be used to cheat in 2021 election

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi MP Warns Of Potential Voter Fraud In 2021, Does It Matter?)

 

Oct 1 Marches in Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar Muthann Maysan Wasit Kirkuk to mark one year

anniversary of protest movement in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iraqis Mark One Year Anniversary Of Protest Movement And Voice Frustration)

 

Oct 8 Report PM Kazemi asked Iran for 40 day ceasefire by pro-Tehran groups to halt attacks on US

targets in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Oct 1-7, 2020)

 

Oct 10 Coordinating committee of Iraqi resistance announced it would halt attacks to allow US to

withdraw from Iraq

Oct 10 Finance Min Allawi said that public employee compensation went from 20% of oil revenues

in 2005 to 120% by 2020 highlighting economic crisis

 

Oct 11 Kataib Hezbollah announced it agreed to ceasefire announced day before to halt attacks on

US targets to allow a US withdrawal

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

 

Oct 17 Pro-Iran Hashd and supporters burned KDP office in Baghdad’s Green Zone after Hoshyar

Zebari said that Hashd should be expelled from Green Zone

 

Oct 25 Demonstrations in Baghdad Basra Maysan Muthanna Diwaniya Najaf Karbala Dhi Qar Babil

Wasit to commemorate 1 yr anniversary of protest movement Clashes and looting in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Anniversary Of Iraq’s Protest Movement Highlights Divisions)

(Musings On Iraq Swan Song Of Iraq’s Protest Movement?)

 

Oct 31 Basra governor ordered closing down of sit-in square there

(Musings On Iraq Swan Song Of Iraq’s Protest Movement?)

 

Nov 17 7 rockets fired at Green Zone, 3 missed Killed 1 child Wounded 5 Last attack by pro-Iran

groups was Oct 24

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Nov 15-21, 2020)

 

Nov 18 Report Fmr Leighton Holdings official arrested in Australia on bribery charges Allegedly

involved in $77.6 mil in bribes to South Oil Company and Oil Min officials including fmr Oil Ministers Shahristani and Luaibi

(Musings On Iraq Australian Arrested In Iraqi Corruption Case)

 

Nov 19 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s leader Qais Khazali announced that ceasefire with the U.S. was over

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

 

Nov 22 Report Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force Cmdr Qaani met with pro-Iran Hashd factions about

            halting attacks upon US in Iraq out of fear of Trump retaliation

(Musings On Iraq Iran Warns Its Allies About Attacking US Targets In Iraq)

 

Nov 27 Sadrists held rallies across Iraq to show support before 2021 elections Claimed they were

the force for political change and reform Followers in Nasiriyah attacked sit-in square Killed 8 and wounded 69

(Musings On Iraq Sadrists Attack And Kill Protesters While Proclaiming They Are The Saviors Of Iraq)

 

Dec 1 ISF began raids and arrests of activists in Dhi Qar after sit-in square was attacked by Sadrists

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Govt Goes After Activists In Dhi Qar Rather Than Sadrist Killers)

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

 

Dec 3 Protests started again in Sulaymaniya over govt not paying public workers Security forces

used tear gas rubber bullets and water cannons

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Dec 7 KDP PUK Change Kurdistan Islamic Group Kurdistan Islamic Union offices burned by

protests in Said Sadiq and KDP guard killed one demonstrator

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Dec 8 KRG limited Internet to try to stop organizing protests in Sulaymaniya

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Dec 9 Govt and Change offices burned in Chamchamal during protests

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Dec 10 KRG banned protests to try to stop demonstrations in Sulaymaniya

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Dec 11 Over last two days Kurdish security forces killed 7 protesters in Sulaymaniya

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

 

Dec 19 Iraq devalued dinar to help deal with economic crisis

 

Dec 20 Rockets fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone Some missiles fell short and wounded a U.S. soldier

Would lead to arrests of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Dec 15-21, 2020)

 

Dec 21 ISF arrested Azirjawi commander of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s missile unit and 3 other members

for Dec 20 and Sep rocket attacks on Green Zone

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Kazemi Might Finally Be Standing Up To Pro-Iran Groups)

 

Dec 24 Report Iranian Rev Guard Quds Force Cmdr Qaani recently visited Baghdad to warn pro-

Iran Hashd factions to stop attacks on Americans in Iraq out of fear of Trump retaliation

(Musings On Iraq Iran Warns Its Allies About Attacking US Targets In Iraq)

 

Dec 25 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq posted videos of armed men on social media Then had men hit streets of

Baghdad Said waiting for leader Khazali to give word and they would attack Interior Min and free members arrested Dec 21 for rocket attacks on Green Zone

Dec 25 PM Kazemi deployed Counter Terror Service to Baghdad to respond to Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

threats and put Federal Police on alert Tweeted that he was ready to take on outlaws threatening his govt

Dec 25 National Sec Adv Araji held talks with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and got it to back down from

threats vs PM Kazemi

Dec 25 Asabi Ahl Al-Haq leader Khazali said that tensions with Kazemi govt had been resolved but

pro-Iran groups had right to attack Americans Kataib Hezbollah said it would cut off Kazemi’s ears

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Kazemi Might Finally Be Standing Up To Pro-Iran Groups)

 

2021

 

Jan 3 Iraq finalized 5 yr oil export deal with Chinese company 1st yr prepaid to provide govt with

much needed cash during economic crisis

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Finalizes Prepaid Oil Export Deal For Much Needed Cash During Economic Crisis)

 

Jan 7 Activist in Nasiriya arrested as part of govt crackdown on protests leading to demonstration

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

 

Jan 8 Head of Hashd Comm Falah Fayad sanctioned by US for human rights abuses vs protesters

and corruption

Jan 8 2nd day of protests in Nasiriya demanding release of activist arrested Jan 7 Police fired tear

gas to break up crowd

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

 

Jan 9 3rd day of protests in Nasiriya demanding release of activist arrested Jan 7 Police fired live

bullets into crowd but they were able to take Haboubi Sq Solidarity marches in Wasit Diwaniya Babil

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

 

Jan 10 4th day of protests in Nasiriya demand release of activist arrested Jan 7 Police used live fire

to disperse crowd Army unit arrived to protect demonstrators from police 1 policeman killed

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

 

Jan 13 US sanctioned Hashd Commission chief of staff Abu Fadak

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Groups Name New Acting Head Of Hashd)

 

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