Tuesday, March 26, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 26


1918 Battle of Khan Baghdadi between Ottomans and British started
1975 Iranian premier visited Baghdad and laid out steps to implement Algiers Agreement
1979 Iraq hosted anti-Sadat meeting to oppose new Egypt-Israel peace treaty
1982 2 Iraqi divisions ordered to retreat to escape encirclement during Iranian Op Fath push on Maysan
Large tank battle in Chananeh End of day Iraqi 1st Mech Div destroyed
1984 US Special Envoy Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq for 2nd time Rumsfeld presented secret proposal for Israeli
aid against Iran Iraq rejected offer Also offered $2 bil in loan guarantees Agreed to restore diplomatic relations
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1985 Iraq threatened to spread war to all sections of Iran if it didn’t agree to a peace settlement
(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)
1988 Iraq dropped chemical bombs on Karadagh Kurdistan
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1991 Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga on Khanaqin-Jalawla road Diyala
(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)
1991 Talabani returned to Iraq after 3 years Gave speech talking about freeing all of Iraq working with Iraqi
opposition to create a provisional govt  
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1991 White House meeting on Iraq revolts Was split over whether to help Iraqis or not
1991 Bush administration said they would not stop Iraq from using helicopters to put down uprisings
1991 Bush Natl Sec Adv Scowcorft secretly met Saudi King Fahd who told US to stay out of 1991 uprising
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
1996 Jordanian govt held party celebrating opening of Iraqi National Accord new HQ in Amman
1996 PUK backed peace deal with KDP although talks had not worked out
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1997 SecState Albright said Iraq not cooperating with inspections and US would not remove sanctions
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2003 US forces began move on Kut, Wasit Surrounded Najaf
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 US 173rd Airborne Brigade landed in northern Iraq to cooperate with Peshmerga move into Kirkuk
(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)
2003 Iraq claimed US missile hit market in Baghdad US Air strikes failed to take Iraq state TV off the air
2003 Bush and Blair met at Camp David to discuss Iraq invasion
2003 ORHA sent list of 16 sites that needed to be protected in Baghdad to US military HQ in Kuwait but
was ignored
2003 Rumsfeld told Garner he had some replacements for Americans going to run Iraq ministries Wanted
them all from Pentagon
2003 British intel report Hope that Iraqi govt would quickly fall within days of invasion fading
2007 PM Maliki and Pres Talabani announced Accountability and Justice bill would change
deBaathification process Would pass start of 2008
2007 Report Amb Khalilzad held talks with 1920 Revolution Brigades and Islamic Army in 2006 No
breakthroughs Insurgents made unreasonable demands like dismissing govt and suspending constitution US also had talks with insurgents in 2005 Maliki govt upset with talks claiming Khalilzad sectarian and trying to undermine Shiite majority rule
2008 Badr Brigade got into shootout in Diwaniya likely with Mahdi Army elements
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2008 Curfews in Kut Hillah Nasiriya Samawa Diwaniya to stop Sadrist protests
2008 Fighting between ISFand Sadrists continued for 2nd day in Kut Mahdi Army seized 7 neighborhoods
2008 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Hillah where Sadrists took 3 districts
2008 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Karbala
2008 Sadrists walked out of parliament over govt crackdown on movement
2008 US and Iraqi forces began moving into Sadr City as fight against Mahdi Army moved from Basra to
Baghdad
2008 Fighting between Mahdi Army and ISF in north and east Baghdad
2008 Sadrists said they would call for a no confidence vote against Maliki
2008 Maliki gave gunmen 72 hours to turn in weapons in Basra
2008 Fighting resumed in 5 districts of Basra after short ceasefire
2008 Sadr said he would talk with Maliki if ISF left Basra
2008 Mass grave with 52 bodies of people executed by ISI found in Diyala River Valley
2010 Election results announced Iraqiya 91 seats State of Law 89 National Alliance 70 Kurdish Alliance 43
2010 Pres Talabani and VP Mahdi went to Tehran to talk about national elections
2010 State of Law met with Sadr in Qom to try to win his support for 2nd Maliki administration
2010 State of Law protest in Amara called for recount in national elections
2010 Human Rights Min said it found 84 mass graves in Baghdad and Diyala all from post-03 violence
2011 Maliki warned of sectarian conflict in Gulf after Saudi Arabia and UAE sent troops to Bahrain
2011 Peshmerga announced withdrawal from parts of Kirkuk after political protests
2012 KRG said it would stop oil exports if it didn’t get paid for what it had already shipped Claimed owed
$1.5 bil by Baghdad
2012 Pres Talabani announced national conference to solve political differences over Maliki govt on Apr 5
Barzani and Allawi said they wouldn’t attend
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 Cabinet said that it agreed to meet major demands of protesters dealing with arrests, amnesty, etc
Never did
2014 Sadr condemned militias in Diyala after several reports of them killing civilians and destroying
property
2014 Mutahidun said militias had killed civilians in Buhriz and destroyed houses and mosques

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