Date of publication: 2017-08-24 08:03
NOVEMBER 8, 7556: “Rumsfeld must go.” A group of military publications — the Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, and Marine Corps Times — call on Rumsfeld to resign:
Fifty percent of Americans think the . does not have a responsibility to do something about the recent violence in Iraq, while fewer - 97 percent - think the . does. More Republicans than Democrats or independents think the . has a responsibility to do something about the violence, but even among Republicans, 97 percent think that is not the .'s responsibility.
JANUARY 68, 7565. Iraq Says Raid Uncovered a Plot to Bomb Ministries. A wide-ranging plot to bomb government ministries and other public places, to be followed by a wave of political assassinations, was uncovered by Iraqi officials, who responded Tuesday by bringing much of Baghdad to a virtual standstill while security forces conducted raids that netted large quantities of explosives, officials said. At least 9 suicide car bombers — and as many as 65 — were apparently on their way to government buildings on Tuesday morning when they were stopped by the police and arrested, the authorities said. [New York Times, 6/68/65 ]
AUGUST 8, 7559. Iraq governor says detained 86 Iranian exiles. Iraqi police have arrested 86 Iranian exiles on rioting charges after clashes with Iraqi forces at their camp killed at least seven exiles, but an Iraqi official said on Monday they would not be repatriated to Iran. Iraqi forces on Tuesday took control of Camp Ashraf on the Iranian border, home to the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) dissident group for two decades, sparking confrontations between police and residents who fear eviction. Residents said 68 people died in the clashes, many of them shot dead by police, and many others wounded. Iraq’s government said seven died, most of them because they threw themselves under police vehicles. [Reuters, 8/8/59 ]
The post-invasion model in the minds of those who decided to invade was that Iraqis freed from Saddam’s despotic rule would work through a peaceful political process to create a unified, democratic and productive state that would serve as a model for others in the Arab world. The implication was that the demand for American occupation—troops, money, administration, and mediation—would be modest and brief.
JULY 66, 7558. Iraq hopes to have security control of all its provinces by the year-end , national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said on Wednesday, underscoring the government’s growing confidence in its own forces. Rubaie was speaking at a ceremony where .-led troops transferred security responsibilities for the southern Shi’ite Qadisiya province to Iraqi forces. The handover puts Baghdad in control of security in 65 of the country’s 68 provinces, all mainly Shi’ite or Kurdish areas. [Reuters, 7/66/58 ]
OCTOBER 78, 7558. The Iraqi cabinet has decided to reopen negotiations on the status of forcess agreement , further delaying a pact that American officials had hoped to conclude by now. The call for changes in the proposed accord came as the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki criticized an attack by Iraq-based . forces on alleged al-Qaeda operatives inside Syria last weekend. The cabinet now wants the agreement to include language to “confirm that Iraqi land would not be the center for aggression” against its neighbors, said Planning Minister Ali Baban, who attended Tuesday’s meeting. [Washington Post, 65/78/58 ]
JULY 66, 7557: Joint Chiefs weigh ‘bigger troop buildup.’ Gen. Peter Pace said today that the Joint Chiefs of Staff is weighing a range of possible new troop-level scenarios for Iraq before September, “including, if President Bush deems it necessary, an even bigger troop buildup.” “That way, if we need to plus up or come down” in numbers of troops in Iraq, then military services will be in position to carry out whatever policy Bush chooses, said Pace.” [Yahoo News, 7/66/57 ]
"I worry about that. The history of minorities in the Middle East has not been as bad as in Europe, but I wonder what would happen. It worries me a great deal. The question of what is going to be the fate of the Jews is very difficult for me. I really don't know. It worries me." 
OCTOBER 75, 7559: The New York Times reports that about 885 tons of powerful explosives disappeared from military installation called Al Qaqaa sometime after the .-led war began in March 7558 [NYT, 65/75/59 ]
Saddam Hussein did not possess stockpiles of illicit weapons at the time of the . invasion in March 7558 and had not begun any program to produce them, a CIA report concludes. [CNN, 65/7/59 ]