Thursday, April 5, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 5


1916 British forces attack Ottomans at Fallahiya to try to relive surrounded
            British troops in Kut
1939 Abd al-Illah asked Nuri al-Said to become premier again
(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Said with PM Maliki)
1965 Arif govt launched military offensive against KDP
1980 Saddam gave speech saying conflict with Iran was about Arabs vs Persians
and denounced Khomeini
1980 Funeral of those killed in Mustansiriya bombing hit by a bomb Both done
            by Islamic Action Organization
1984 Reagan issued NSDD 139 that US would help Iraq in Iran-Iraq War
1985 Iranian delegation to Soviet Union said that Tehran would only accept complete
            Iraqi surrender to end Iran-Iraq War
1990 Iraq said it would destroy its WMD if Israel did the same and signed 1968
            nuclear non-proliferation treaty
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s motivation for threatening Israel before the Kuwait invasion)
1991 Saddam declared that Kurdish and Shiite rebellions were crushed following Gulf
            War
1991 Bush authorized airdrops of supplies to Kurds
1991 UN Resolution 688 condemned Saddam’s repression of its civilian population
1991 Some displaced Kurds began leaving mountains after govt appealled to them while
            Turkey let 80,000 into country
2002 Blair gave TV interview saying Saddam needed to go
2002 Blair and Bush met and talked about using inspections to pressure Saddam
2003 3rd Inf Div launched Thunder Run into Baghdad
2003 US air strike in Basra attempted to kill Chemical Ali Missed Killed 17 civilians
            Most in Basra believed Ali died
2003 National Intel Comm memo said docs claiming Iraq-Niger uranium purchase
            were fakes and 2002 report on deal was not credible
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Powell said he was sure Iraq’s WMD would be found
2003 DIA task force said Baathists made plans for an insurgency with help of jihadists
            Would later prove false 
2004 Marines tried to cordon off as much of Fallujah as possible at start of Op
            Vigilant Resolve
2004 2nd Iraqi Battalion took part in battle for Fallujah 106 out of 695 Iraqi soldiers
deserted and 104 refused to fight
2004 Mahdi Army occupied Basra governor’s office
2004 Bremer called Sadr an outlaw and promised to put down his revolt
2004 CPA announced Iraqi judge issued arrest warrant for Sadr for murder of Khoei
2004 Zarqawi recording released calling for more attacks upon US led Coalition and
            Shiites
2005 Outgoing Inter Min Naqib told US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey that SCIRI was closer to
            Iran then US and civil war coming to Iraq
2006 Iraqi parties chose Maliki to be new PM over keeping PM Jaafari
2007 Islamic Army condemned ISI for imposing Islamic law and attacking other
            insurgent groups
2007 Al Qaeda told Ansar al-Sunnah that its complaints about ISI were unbelievable
            and it was still under Al Qaeda’s leadership
2008 Meeting of ruling parties decided to back Maliki in Charge of Knights and
criticized Sadr
2008 Maliki called on all political parties to disband their militias or they might get
            banned from politics
2008 Iraq’s Gen Suleimani met Pres Talabani and promised to stop arming militias Said
            Sadr was uncontrollable
2008 British sent military trainers to Basra to help ISF during Charge of Knights op
            against Mahdi Army
2008 Fmr Under Sec of Def Doug Feith claimed US invasion of Iraq prevented next
            terrorist attack on US
2010 World Bank gave $250 mil loan to Iraq to help with budget
2010 UNAMI held meeting between Hadbaa and Kurdish Alliance in Ninewa to try to
            repair relations
2011 Speaker Nujafi said parliament would work with provinces to deal with detainees
            in response to protests
2011 Maliki said ministries could reform in 100 days to respond to protests
2011 Govt talks with 5 insurgent groups broke down
2011 Islamic Union and Islamic Group in KRG call for govt to step down and interim
            one formed to carry out reforms due to protests
2012 US Amb Jeffrey met with Maliki 9 times since start of year to try to mediate
            Baghdad vs Irbil argument
2012 New KRG cabinet under Premier Nechirvan Barzani sworn in Opposition boycotted
            ceremony
2012 Pres Barzani said Iraq could become a dictatorship again due to Maliki
2013 Iran delivered bodies of Iraqi militiamen killed fighting for it in Syria
2013 National Alliance delegation went to KRG to try to end Kurds boycott of
            govt over budget
2013 Maliki said he was open to better ties with Turkey which US had been pushing
2013 Iraq threatened legal action against Turkey for oil deals with Kurdistan
2013 1st shipment of Kurdish oil sold on international market
2013 Maliki said he would form a majority govt and not follow sectarian quotas
            anymore
2014 25 families fled Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil as ISI moved into area from Anbar
2014 Sadrists began campaign for national elections calling for majority govt and
            end to sectarian quotas
2015 Tribes claimed 400 buildings burned in Tikrit after liberation
2015 Iraqi military spokesman said some Hashd took part in looting in Tikrit Said they
            were undermining the victory
2015 Speaker Jabouri said there was looting in Tikrit Sadr called for end of looting in
            Tikrit
2015 KDP arrested Haider Sesho in Sinjar for forming his own militia and siding
            with Baghdad
2015 3 Presidents said that tribes in Anbar and Ninewa should be armed to fight IS
2016 Supreme Council said Abadi’s technocratic cabinet was not serious move
2016 Sadrists complained ruling parties not supporting reforms even though public
            had called for them via protests

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