Friday, May 11, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History – May 11


1925 UK Colonial Secretary wrote Arab elites knew Iraq was being held
            together by British
1935 Iraq air force bombed rebel villages in Diwaniya held by Abu Hassan Bani
            Zurayij and Zawalim tribes
1941 British forces left Haifa, Palestine heading for Habaniya, Anbar
1941 More British planes landed as reinforcements at Habaniya air base
1941 German military aid began arriving from Syria by train Stored in Mosul but
            never used
1941 German diplomat Dr. Grobba arrived in Baghdad along with 3 German planes and
            20,000 Pounds for PM Gaylani
1985 Iran launched attack into southern Iraq marshes to seize Basra-Baghdad highway
            Iran-Iraq War
1991 UK PM Major said was against ending UN sanctions on Iraq until Saddam
overthrown
1991 CIA hired Rendon Group for propaganda ops in Iraq Would help create Iraqi
            National Congress
2002 Gen Frans briefed Bush on war plans Said he would attack Iraq on 5 fronts
            west south north information front Baghdad by air
2003 UK envoy to Iraq said US had no leadership no strategy for rebuilding Iraq
2003 Report US military team searching for Iraq’s WMD found nothing
2003 UN report Iraq farming could collapse threatening widespread hunger
2004 Zarqawi released video of himself beheading US hostage Nick Berg Zarqawi
            claimed revenge for Abu Ghraib abuses
2004 Bush put training of new Iraqi security forces under CENTCOM
2004 Bush signed NSPP 35 okayed 1st interagency plan to rebuild Iraq Happened year
            after invasion ended
2004 Bush signed NSPP 36 giving State Dept control of Iraq after CPA closed
2004 Conspiracy theorist Mylroie claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in
            Prague in 2001 after story discredited
2004 Report Red Cross pointed out only 600 out of 43,000 Iraqis arrested by US in 03
            went to court
2005 Congress approved $5.3 bil to rebuild Iraqi security forces
2010 US arrested Kataib Hezbollah commander accused of attacking US and Iraq forces
2010 Report that Gen Suleimani helped negotiate State of Law-National Alliance
            merger into National Coalition
2011 Maliki said US forces could stay past end of year if ruling parties agreed
2011 Tribes in Basra threatened revolt if US forces stayed past end of year
2012 Maliki said Turkey was not respecting Iraq
2014 Gen Austin and US diplomats met Maliki who asked for drones and air strikes
            Obama turned him down
2014 Protest in Basra about lack of electricity
2015 Kataib Hezbollah attacked SIIC office in Basra accusing official of corruption
2016 3 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 113 wounded 187 Deadliest day in years
            in Iraq


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