Wednesday, March 13, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 13


1917 British started Samarra offensive against Ottomans after taking Baghdad
1933 UK Amb to Iraq told King Feisal that trying to control opposition by including it in govt only created
dysfunctional govts and opposition were opposed to Iraq’s alliance with England and should be excluded
1935 PM Midfai sent army unit from Hilla to Diwaniya to crush tribal uprising Revolt instigated by
politicians opposed to Midfai
1959 Nasser gave 3rd speech attacking Iraqi Communists Said Communists wanted to spread their ideas
            across the Arab world
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1975 KDP announced ceasefire with govt after Iran said it would stop giving it aid following Algiers
Agreement ended border dispute with Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
(Musings On Iraq article on Nixon admin support for Kurdish revolt)
1984 UN team arrived in Iraq to investigate use of chemical weapons while Iran made new claims its forces
hit with mustard gas in Manjoon Islands
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
1985 Iraqi commandos airlifted into Hoveyzah marshes to try to cut off Iranian Op Badr forces
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1986 Iraqi counterattack to retake Fao stopped in middle of island Iraqis dug in Iran 10,000 dead 25,000
wounded Iraq 3,000 dead 9,000 wounded 1,500 captured Iran still in control of Fao
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1988 Iran launched Op Zafar 7 in Khurmal Op Bait al-Moqaddas 3 in Sulaymaniya Op Wa al-Fajr 10
in Halabja Goal was to capture two dams Captured 7 Kurdish villages
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1991 Pres Bush said Iraqi helicopters should not be used to put down Shiite and Kurdish uprisings
1991 Kurdish uprising spread to Zakho
1991 Kurdistan Front announced council to run Kurdish areas during uprising
1991 325 Iraqi opposition leaders from 23 factions met in Beirut to discuss uprising in Iraq Led to Free Iraqi
Council led by Saad Salih Jabr
(Musings On Iraq article on 1991 Beirut meeting)
1991 Was anti-govt protest in Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on 1st hand accounts of 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s view of 1991 Uprising)
(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
2002 Blair For Pol Adv Manning met with National Sec Adv Rice’s staff Manning said US not considered
problems with going to war with Iraq
2003 UK Foreign Office legal adv Brummell wrote Attny Gen Lord Goldsmith saying didn’t need 2nd UN
resolution to go to war with Iraq
2003 Lord Goldsmith changed his opinion saying 2nd UN resolution not needed for action against Iraq
2003 Blair told Bush not to give ultimatum to Saddam until he had dealt with parliament Bush said OK
2003 Blair told still hope that 2nd resolution authorizing force against Iraq could be passed in UN
2003 USAID official told aid groups Iraq war would be quick Needs would be met Iraqis would regain
control US would be out in a year
2005 Dep Industry Min said there was systematic looting of factories and weapons sites after 03 invasion
2006 Bush said Iraqi forces would take over most security jobs by end of 2006 and that way forward would
continue to be difficult
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2007 PM Maliki and Gen Petraeus went to military base in Ramadi met Awakening sheikhs Petraeus said
city example of successful counterinsurgency Maliki promised services and reconstruction for city Awakening sheikhs asked for new Anbar provincial elections so they could gain seats in govt
(Musings On Iraq article on tribes turning on Al Qaeda in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Nvy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)
2007 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi released tape refuting criticism of his group
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)
2007 Report CURVEBALL source of claim Iraq had mobile WMD was still under German intel protection
living outside Munch Fmr CIA’s Europe ops chief Drumheller claimed he tried to remove CURVEBALL info from Sec State Powell’s Feb 03 UN speech Drumheller claimed he met with Dep CIA Dir McLaughlin to complain about including CURVEBALL in Powell’s speech McLaughlin denied that Powell said he never heard any questions about CURVEBALL before his speech
(Musings On Iraq article on how CURVEBALL influenced US intel on Iraq’s WMD)
(Musings On Iraq articles on the CURVEBALL story)
2008 Gen Petraeus complained that Iraqi leaders were not taking advantage of  improved security in Iraq to
move forward on reconciliation
2008 US military said that ISI could be reduced but would not go away because it was so adaptable
2009 SIIC’s Hakim said he wanted reforms within National Alliance due to disputes with Maliki
2012 Oil Ministry said KRG not meeting its export quota
2018 Pres Masum sent 2018 budget back to parliament saying parts violated constitution Had no power to
veto law
2018 Kirkuk city municipal workers protested over not getting paid for several months

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