Monday, April 9, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 9


1922 Karbala conference led to call for war against Wahabis unless compensation
            paid for raid in southern Iraq and Ibn Saud didn’t punish them
1922 Ikhwan invasion of south Iraq resolved by letters between Iraq and Saudis Ibn
            Saud apologized
1941 German Foreign Min Ribbentrop was told Gaylani govt was pro-Axis and
            Germany working on getting it arms from region
1941 German Foreign Min Ribbentrop okayed arms shipments to Gaylani govt and
            sabotage in Iraq and region against English
1941 Germany and Italy made joint statement of support for PM Gaylani
promising military and financial aid
1941 German and Italian statement to PM Gaylani encouraged him to confront England
1972 Pres Bakr signed 15 yr treaty of friendship with Soviet Union
1980 Saddam deported 9,700 Shiites claiming they were Iranians Later deported
            another 16,000
1985 UN Sec Gen deCuellar left Baghdad saying he had not been able to bridge divide
            between Iraq and Iran
1986 Iraq made 4th attempt to re-capture Fao Peninsula
1987 Iran ended Op Karbala 8 failed to take Basra City
1987 Iran started Op Karbala 9 attacking Qasr e-Shirin northern Iran and into Kurdistan
1987 Dawa attacked Saddam’s motorcade outside of Mosul to commemorate execution
            of Ayatollah Baqir al-Sadr
1990 Saudi Amb to US Bandar told Pres Bush Saddam would not attack Israel but
            wanted guarantee that Israel would not attack Iraq
1990 Bush told Saudi Amb Bandar that he didn’t understand Saddam’s threats unless
            he intended to attack Israel
1990 Saddam wanted to make sure his western flank was protected form any Israeli
            action before he decided to invade Kuwait
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s motivation for threatening Israel before the Kuwait invasion)
2002 State Dept started Future of Iraq project bringing together 240 Iraqi exiles
            to chart out post-Saddam Iraq
2003 Abu Dhabi TV showed Saddam at Adhamiya Baghdad urging crowd to fight
            invasion
2003 Baghdad fell ending U.S. invasion Looting began in city
2003 Iraqis in Firdos Square pulled down Saddam statue with help of US Marines
2003 Kurdish Peshmerga seized Kirkuk
2003 Gen Franks told Bush war going according to plan Bush wanted to collect info
            on life under Saddam to compare with life after
2003 CENTCOM said war reached tipping point Iraqis realized Saddam was done
2003 VP Cheney said Iraqi govt collapsing showing criticism of war was wrong
2003 VP Cheney said with a little investment Iraq could produce 2-3 mil/bar/day
            of oil by end of year
2003 US intel report Baathists Fedayeen Iraqi forces operating independently of orders
            Would continue to fight until eliminated
2003 Sadrists held first Friday prayers reviving tradition of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr
2003 US forces ordered Badr Brigade to disband but didn't
2004 Human Rights Minister Abdul Turki resigned saying Battle of Fallujah was a
            violation of human rights
2004 1 member of Iraqi Governing Council boycotted and two others threatened to
            resign over Battle of Fallujah
2004 Bremer ordered end to 1st Battle of Fallujah because of negative publicly and
            complaints by Iraqi politicians 
2004 200,000 Sadrists and Sunnis rallied at Um al-Qura mosque run by Association of
Muslim Scholars in Baghdad against US occupation and in solidarity with Fallujah
2004 Bush called leaders of Poland, Italy and El Salvador to make sure they would
            keep troops in Iraq
2004 US contractor fuel convoy attacked in Abu Ghraib leading Brown & Root to
            suspend all its convoys in Iraq
2006 Babil police chief said if US troops left province would be civil war next day Said
            police not strong enough to intervene between warring militias
2006 Gen Newbold wrote in Time problems in Iraq due to “casualness and swagger” by
            Bush administration
2007 1920 Revolution Brigades said ISI was killing civilians and other insurgents
2007 40 religious scholars formed Council of Ulema of Iraq in Jordan to be religious
            body for insurgents
2007 Abu Wael declared his Sharia Council was breaking away from Ansar al-Sunnah
2007 Barzani said Kurds main reason Iraq stayed unified
2008 Fmr Under Sec of Def Feith claimed that differences between CIA and State Dept
            vs Pentagon over Chalabi screwed up postwar Iraq
2008 Fmr UK Amb to US Greenstock said US had no real plans for postwar Iraq
2008 Head of Iraqi intelligence said Iran undermining Sahwa
2008 Iraqi general complained Iran interfering in Basra by supporting Mahdi Army
            during Charge of Knights op
2008 Sunni MPs called on peshmerga to be disbanded after Maliki said all militias
            in Iraq should disarm
2008 Sadr claimed he consulted with clerics who said he didn’t have to disarm Mahdi
            Army
2008 Ayatollah Sistani said he supported govt’s demand to disarm Mahdi Army
2009 Sadr had mass rally in Baghdad to mark fall of Saddam in 03 and called for US
            withdrawal
2009 Baghdad said it was committed to Sahwa but it would purge all those who were
            Baathist and ISI infiltrators
2010 Sadrists held demonstration in Najaf to mark fall of Saddam and protested US
            occupation
2011 Protests started in Mosul calling on govt to release prisoners
2011 Protests in Babil started demanding provincial council disband and better services
2011 Protests started in Fallujah calling for Fallujah council to disband over corruption
            and poor services
2011 Sadr held anti-US demonstration in Baghdad threatened to bring back Mahdi
            Army if US forces didn’t leave at end of year
2011 Dep PM Mutlaq compared Maliki to Saddam
2011 Speaker Nujafi said there was no power sharing in Iraq and Maliki concentrating
            authority in his hands
2012 KRG cabinet said that KDP and PUK Interior Ministries were going to unite
2012 ISF attacked nightclubs and alcohol shops in Baghdad and shut them down
2012 Pres Barzani said that Baghdad was marginalizing Kurds within ISF and
            that F-16s could be used against KRG
2012 Iraqiya complained Maliki centralizing power
2012 Parliament committee created to investigate mass arrests in Baghdad before
            Arab Summit Never made report
2012 Parliament economic committee chairman accused foreign countries of
            pumping in counterfeit dinars into Iraq
2013 Iran delivered bodies of Iraqi militiamen killed fighting for it in Syria
2013 Gorran rejected extending Pres Barzani’s term
2013 Turkey said it was ready to build a pipeline for Kurdish oil exports
2015 Hashd spokesman denied stories Hashd looting in Tikrit Blamed tribes and
            individuals
2015 Dep head of Anbar council said Kataib Hezbollah and Peace Brigades had
            deployed to Shjariya, Anbar
2015 Hashd would later claim they were not in Anbar because of Abadi and US

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