Sunday, April 14, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 14


1915 Ottoman campaign to try to retake Basra from British failed
1948 2nd Railway strike against Anglo-Iraq Treaty
1969 Bakr govt executed opponents in central Baghdad
1983 Iraq claimed it repulsed Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 1 after counterattack
1983 Iraqi High Command warned Iran that had new modern weapons and would use them for first
time in war Meant new WMD capabilities
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
1987 Iran Op Fath5 Iranian Rev Guard and PUK attacked Iraqi 27th Div supply lines in Kurdistan
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
(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 of Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1992 US UK France warned Iraq to stop military buildup along border with Kurdistan
1993 During trip to Kuwait Iraqi intelligence attempted to assassinate fmr Pres Bush
1995 UN Res 986 created Oil for Food Program allowing $1 bil in Iraq oil exports every 90 days for food and
humanitarian aid
1995 Saddam initially rejected UN Res 986 thinking that inspectors would clear Iraq of WMD and sanctions
would soon end Proved wrong
2002 Vanity Fair article talked with Iraqi defector Saadi who claimed Iraq building WMD
2003 Pentagon said major fighting in Iraq was over Bush claimed there was some evidence Saddam was
dead
2003 White House said Iraq had WMD that was what war was about and they would be found
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 Local tribes in Najaf scattered Sadrists threatening to expel Ayatollahs Sistani Hakim and Fayadh
from city
2003 Association of Muslim Scholars founded by Harith Dhari
2003 1st joint patrol in Baghdad between Iraqi police and U.S. forces
2003 Final IAEA report given to UN Found no active Iraq nuclear program Niger docs were fakes aluminum
tubes for rockets not centrifuges
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 Report PUK was telling Arabs to leave villages around Kirkuk city
2003 Report 40 people killed in fighting between Kurds and Baathists in Kirkuk City
(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)
2004 UN representative Brahimi outlined power of interim Iraqi govt including positions
2004 5 bridges connecting central to southern Iraq destroyed limiting movement of US forces
2004 Russia announced it would withdraw 800 civilian contractors from Iraq due to security concerns
2004 Italian security guard became first foreign hostage executed by insurgents
2006 US Amb to Iraq Khalilzad said militias were bigger problem than insurgents due to sectarian violence
2006 Iraqi general said militias would not put down their weapons as long as ISF couldn’t provide security
2007 Report Mujahadden Army taken up against ISI in Diyala Set up checkpoints in Baquba More than 100
ISI arrested in Buhriz and Tahrir in province
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2008 Sadr returned to Iraq from Iran Fled to Qom during Surge fearing US would target him
2008 Awakening Council in Baghdad and Abu Ghraib formed political party to run in 09 provincial
elections
2008 Kurd delegation met with Maliki over peshmerga budget oil law and Kirkuk
2009 Parliamentarians picked Iyad al-Samarraie to become new speaker
2009 Was reconciliation meeting in Abu Saifan, Baghdad between Sahwa, tribes and Mahdi Army
2009 VP Mahdi said Sahwa had been infiltrated by ISI while Anbar Awakening was legitimate
2009 Army had to take over 10 checkpoints in Iskandiriya after Sahwa walked off job because hadn’t been
paid
2009 Insurgents blew up 4 houses belonging to displaced families that had returned in Baquba Flyers said
returnees would be attacked
2010 State of Law complained about parties going to other countries to discuss putting together new govt
2010 Dep PM Issawi went to Iran to talk about forming new govt
2010 Pres Talabani said when Shiite parties agreed on premier Kurds would support them
2010 Iraq asked to buy 24 F-16 fighters from US
2010 Iranian Amb to Iraq said trade between two countries had reached $7 bil in 2009 Was almost all
Iranian imports to Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2011 State of Law parliamentarians walked out of session to vote on vice presidents stopping election
2011 Media activist beaten by Asayesh in Kalar
2012 KRG official said there were around 700 advisers experts and general managers in Kurdish govt
2012 Dep PM Mutlaq said arrest warrants for Election Commission members was political move
2012 Pres Barzani said arrest of Election Commission head was another attempt by Maliki to centralize
control over govt
2012 Sadr said Maliki was behind arrests of Election Commission head so that he could control future votes
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Integrity Comm reported prisons not following orders to release prisoners found not guilty or who had
served sentences unless got payoffs
2012 Followers of Mahmoud Sarkhi held protest in Baghdad demanding release of their followers
2013 Maliki said he would expose politicians connected with terrorism if he was made to appear before
parliament for questioning
2013 Maliki said provincial elections would be step to forming majority govt
2013 Were coordinated bombings in Baghdad, Babil, Dhi Qar, Salahaddin, Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala and
Ninewa
2013 Sulaymaniya mayor died in custody Asayesh said he hung himself His family claimed he was tortured
2013 Gorran leader said he was against 3rd term for Pres Barzani
2015 Haider Sesho said that his arrest by KDP was illegal That he would work with Peshmerga but not
follow their orders
2015 New offensive to take Garma from IS in Anbar launched
2016 Maliki Allawi and Sadr MPs voted to dismiss Speaker Jabouri but didn’t have votes Maliki and Allawi
wanted to weaken Abadi

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