Saturday, April 7, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 7


1916 Start of Battle of Bait Alsa and Sannaiyat between British and Ottomans
1941 UK Middle East cmdr Gen Wavell told War Office military intervention in Iraq not
possible and diplomacy should be used instead
1941 UK Mid East Cmdr Gen Wavell thought Regent of Iraq could be restored to power
            by strong statement and show of force by Royal Air Force
1972 Soviet PM Kosygin inaugurated Russian company’s production at North Rumaila
            oil field
1980 Iran withdrew all its diplomatic personnel from Iraq
1980 Iran put military on full alert after accusing Iraq of repeated attacks upon
            its border area
1988 Start of 3rd Anfal campaign focused upon Germian, Sulaymaniya Civilians
            in area rounded up and many executed
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1991 Sec of State Baker condemned Iraq crimes against its people but said US would
            not get involved
1991 US began humanitarian airdrops to Kurds
1998 IAEA told UN Iraq not carrying out any prohibited nuclear activities at sites it
            had visited
2002 Blair and Bush met Blair pushed going to UN against Iraq Some claimed Blair
            okayed war with Iraq at meeting Blair denied that
2002 Bush told network he’d decided Saddam must go
2003 3rd Inf Div conducted 2nd Thunder Run into Baghdad Iraq’s Info Min Mohammed
Sahaf denied U.S. forces were in Baghdad
2003 US Marines entered east Baghdad which was empty of Iraqi forces
2003 US got intel Saddam in Mansour Baghdad Carried out air raid that killed 18
            civilians
2003 Ayatollah Haeri named Moqtada al-Sadr his representative in Iraq
2003 Looting reported in Baghdad
2003 NY Times reported 4 drums of possible nerve agents found near Karbala Story
            proved false
2003 Rumsfeld opponents within military leaked details of Rumsfeld micromanaging
            invasion plans to Seymour Hersh
2004 Mahdi Army seized control of Kut forcing Ukrainian troops to withdraw
            Ukrainians refused to evacuate CPA civilians from city during retreat
2004 Mahdi Army attacked Polish patrols in Karbala
2004 Mahdi Army fought Spanish troops in Najaf
2004 Sadr claimed he was the military wing of Ayatollah Sistani
2004 Another marine unit arrived to take part in Op Vigilant Resolve 1st Battle of
Fallujah
2004 Blair called White House over his concern about attacks upon civilians during
            Fallujah Battle
2004 US intel memo said that Sunni areas were a lost cause Sunnis didn’t see
            themselves having role in new Iraq US trying to create
2004 US report Iraq earned $10.1 bil by manipulating Oil for Food Program from
            1997-2002
2005 Talabani sworn in as Iraq president and named Jaafari as new premier Ended
            interim govt under PM Allawi
2006 3 suicide bombers hit Buratha mosque attempting to assassinate ISCI MP Saghir
            suspected of running Badr death squads 80 killed
2006 Court papers showed Bush authorized leak of information on Iraq-Niger
            uranium story to support administration
2006 Prosecutor claimed Cheney Chief of Staff Libby’s leaks to press were part of
            campaign to discredit fmr Amb Wilson over Iraq-Niger story
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger story)
2007 Islamic Army said it had tried working with ISI but failed Blamed ISI for
            killing anyone that didn’t follow it
2008 Maliki said Sadrists could no longer participate in politics if didn’t disarm
2008 Sadr said he would disarm Mahdi Army if Ayatollah Sistani and clerics
            in Iran suggested it
2010 Sadrist referendum on who movement wanted as new premier picked Jaafari
            after national vote
2012 Kurdish Alliance said committee put together to work out problems with Maliki
2012 Shahristani complained about KRG oil contracts saying they were unrealistic
2013 Cabinet said it was going to amend Accountability and Justice Law to meet
            demands of protesters
2013 Maliki said early elections should be considered to solve political stalemate
            in country
2013 KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani said Maliki was violating constitution and
            consensus politics with dispute over budget
2013 Report claimed soldiers in army brigade were told to vote for Maliki in elections
2014 Maliki told Shiite politicians he was turning to militias for security because
            frustrated with ISF’s performance
2014 Maliki gave militias like Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah control
            of security in Baghdad belts
2014 Naqshibandi leader and son killed by ISI in Hamrin, Diyala
2015 Cabinet said Hashd part of ISF and under premier as commander in chief
2015 Sunni tribes blamed for some of the looting in Tikrit after city freed
2015 MP from Albu Ajeel tribe said looting and burning in Albu Ajeel and Dour were
            done out of revenge for Camp Speicher massacre
2016 One committee set up to handle cabinet reform said most ruling parties rejected
            changes

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