Chronology: Iraq

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Chronology: Iraq


See also Iran, Qatar, Turkey

Apr. 19: Around three dozen people were killed and 150 wounded in bombings in the cities of Baghdad, Kirkuk, Musul, Baquba, Samarra, Taji, Hadid, Ramadi, and Falluja. An Iraqi spokesman, Colonel Dhiya al-Wakeel, said that the attacks were an attempt to persuade Iraqis that their country remained unsafe. The attacks struck both Sunni and Shi'i targets. [Reuters, 4/19]

Apr. 26: Ten people were killed and at least 15 wounded in a bombing at a popular coffee shop in a Sunni area near the city of Baquba in Diyala Province. [AJE, 4/26]

May 8: Interpol issued a Red Notice, a request for local police forces to detain an individual, for fugitive Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashimi, who was accused of running a death squad and being involved in the killings of several officials. Al-Hashimi fled to northern Iraq when the allegations surfaced, and from there, he went on a regional tour to several countries, including Turkey. Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his government would support al-Hashimi, who maintained that the charges against him were politically motivated. [BBC, 5/8]

May 19: Iraqis held a rally in which they burned a Turkish flag to protest Turkey's sheltering of fugitive vice president Tariq al-Hashimi, who was sought amid suspicions that he had run a death squad. Meanwhile, Turkey signed an oil and gas deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government, prompting anger from Iraqi officials and a warning that all future deals needed Baghdad's approval. [BBC, 5/20]

May 23: A total of five people were killed in two separate attacks near the cities of Ramadi and Baquba, including three Lebanese Shi'a pilgrims whose bus struck a roadside bomb. Earlier two workers had been killed after gunmen opened fire on their bus. [Daily Star, 5/23]

May 31: Attacks on a restaurant, a police patrol, and other targets claimed 16 lives in Baghdad in the deadliest attack in the capital in weeks. One explosion near the home of Jamal-Din Muhammad, an adviser to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, caused several casualties but leftthe adviser unharmed. [GN, 5/31]

June 4: A car bomb exploded near the office of the Shi'a Endowment, a Baghdad-based charity which looks after Shi'i religious sites, killing at least 18 and wounding up to 100. The attack was the deadliest in Iraq in three months, according to Iraqi officials, and led to a retaliatory mortar strike near Iraq's main center for Sunni religious affairs, which caused no injuries or damage. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki condemned the attack, which contributed to growing sectarian instability in the country following the US withdrawal in December. [AJE, 6/4]

June 7: The Iraqi government executed Saddam Hussein's former chief bodyguard and personal secretary, Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti. Mahmud, known as the "ace of diamonds" on the US military's deck of cards ranking members of Husayn's government, was said to have handed down many of the regime's repressive orders. He was captured by the US military in 2003. …

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