Saturday, May 5, 2018

This Day in Iraqi History - May 5


1920 British mandate announced in Baghdad
1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell didn’t think force from Palestine could relieve
Habaniya base in Anbar and their departure would undermine security in Palestine
1941 Gen Wavell told to think up air strike plan against Kirkuk oil fields Idea was later
            dropped
1941 Iraqi troops began withdrawing from Habaniya air base ending siege 300 captured
            by British
1973 Kuwait agreed to Iraqi offer to discuss border dispute
1981 Press report that Soviets sent military aid to Iraq through Eastern European
            allies
1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz and Bushahr starting 2nd War of the Cities Iran fired
            missiles at Baghdad and shelled Iraqi border towns
2003 US held provincial elections in Ninewa
2003 ORHA announced 9 man leadership group that would put together an interim
            Iraqi govt later in May
2003 ORHA official met with ex-soldiers promising them one time $20 payment if
            came back to work
2003 US forces announced captured Huda Ammash “Mrs Anthrax” that worked on
            WMD program
2003 CIA did new test with aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Found could not take
            speed of centrifuges
2004 Gen Abizaid told Bush that security was getting under control after insurgent
            and Sadr uprisings
2004 Bush promised investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Appeared
            on 2 Arab TV channels condemning abuse
2004 Rumsfeld told reporter Geneva Conventions didn’t exactly apply to prisoners
            in Iraq but were more like basic rules
2009 Iraq Central Bank turned down Maliki asking to use surplus to cover budget
            deficit
2009 Farmers tried to sabotage work of CNPC at Ahdab oil field fearing company
            would take their land
2011 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station killing 25 to mark bin
Laden’s death
2012 Anbar council said it finished preparation to hold referendum on making province a
            region
2012 Pres Talabani Pres Barzani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi issued ultimatum
            to Maliki follow power sharing Irbil agreement
2013 KRG said unless Baghdad paid them money owed they would start exporting
            oil independently
2013 Sheikh Abu Risha rejected making Anbar a region
2013 Maliki claimed Iraq took care of fake bomb detectors even though still used
2014 Heavy fighting reported between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Riyad, Kirkuk

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