Monday, April 29, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 29


1916 Ottomans defeated the British at Battle of Kut after 4 months captured 13,000 prisoners
British lost 33,000 casualties One of largest UK defeats in WWI
1941 More British troops from 20th Inf Brigade arrived in Basra Iraq protested
1941 British Ambassador told British women and children to leave Baghdad because of expected war
with Iraq
1941 PM Gaylani sent Iraqi forces to British air base at Habaniya Anbar 11th Inf Brigade ordered to
Baghdad to later be deployed to Anbar UK Emb in Baghdad informed UK forces in Habaniya Iraqi army heading their way
1941 Iraqis flooded Habaniya area limiting movement of British troops there Occupied Kirkuk oil
fields Cut oil to Haifa and restarted flow to Lebanon for Vichy France that could be used by Axis
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
1948 Battle of Katamon began between Jewish forces attacking Iraqi volunteers and Arab Legion in 1st
Arab-Israeli War
1954 Arshad al-Umari became premier 2nd time
1959 Communist central committee demanded power sharing within Qasim govt
(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)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1969 Iraq condemned Shah of Iran for unilaterally ending 1937 border treaty over Shatt al-Arab waterway
1981 Amnesty Intl report interviewed 15 Iraqis exiles detailing torture methods used by govt
1986 Iran launched counterattack along 3 fronts in Basra Advanced up road to Um Qasr and north along
Fao Peninsula Caused 4000 Iraqi casualties
1986 Iraq launched counterattack to stop Iran Al Fajr 9 outside Rawanduz Kurdistan
(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)
1994 Iraqi army launched new military campaign to drive out displaced and rebels from southern marshes
1994 Sec State Christopher said Iraq complying with UN Res 687 was not enough to end sanctions
Contradicted resolution
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2002 Pentagon official said 9/11 hijacker met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague Didn’t happen
2003 2nd anti-American protests in Fallujah Threw rocks at US troops who fired into crowd killing 3
wounding 16
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2003 50 former British ambassadors and senior officials wrote letter to Blair criticizing having no plan for
post-invasion Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 ORHA head Garner told White House flying frozen Iraqi assets to pay for salaries and pensions helped
stabilize Iraq
2004 US announced end of Battle of Fallujah Would withdraw turn over security to Fallujah Brigade
2004 Sheikh Jabani’s brother and 3 kids kidnapped in Fallujah for fighting insurgents
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2005 Gen Vines issued order for US troops to stop and report any cases of abuse by Iraqi forces
2007 Report Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Recon looked at 8 US projects 7 were not operating or had major
problems Power station for Baghdad airport had $11.8 mil spent on generators $8.6 mil worth not operating Hospital in Irbil had incinerator for waste locked and key lost Dumped waste into sewage system contaminating local water system Water purification system at hospital broke Oxygen system not used by staff that didn’t know how it worked Special Forces barracks in Baghdad had 4 generators broken due to no maintenance and supply pipes had been stolen Spec Insp Gen had warned that US was leaving projects for Iraqis that could not be maintained and were waste of money
2008 2nd ISCI and Dawa delegation went to Iran to meet Sadr and Gen Suleimani to negotiate ceasefire
2008 MPs found torture at Karbala prison overcrowding in Babil ones
2008 Accordance Front sent list of candidates to replace their vacant ministers in cabinet PM Maliki
rejected some of them
2008 Turkey’s Foreign Minister said Ankara wanted better relations with KRG
2008 Fmr Dep Sec of Def Wolfowitz said Bush admin never expected an insurgency in Iraq
2008 Female suicide bomber attacked bus stop in Muqtadiya Another female suicide bomber attacked
Sahwa in Abu Said both in Diyala
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2009 Police sent by Integrity Comm to arrest Trade Min Sudani for corruption got into shootout with
guards in Baghdad
2009 Interior Ministry said ISI had successfully penetrated ISF and used agents to carry out attacks
2010 PM Maliki said that there were no secret prisons in Iraq after one at Muthanna Airport prison was
revealed Claimed that torture victims at Muthanna prison gave themselves scars to fake abuse
2010 US accused Iran of using Hezbollah to carry out attacks against its forces in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Hezbollah presence in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2010 Sadrists said PM Maliki could not get a second term as premier
2011 Obama’s National Security Adviser suggested 10,000 US troops stay in Iraq after withdrawal
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2011 Sadr threatened to bring back Mahdi Army if US forces stayed past end of year
2011 KRG security forces arrested one of top protest leaders in Sulaymaniya
(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)
2011 Anbar councilman Fallujah police chief and other officials arrested in Anbar Anbar Ops Command
and PM Maliki blamed
2012 Pres Barzani told US he objected to selling F-16s to Baghdad Said didn’t trust PM Maliki with them
2013 PM Maliki and Pres Barzani agreed on 7 point program to repair relations between Baghdad and Irbil
2013 ISIS set off 2 car bombs in central Karbala 2 car bombs in Amarah 1 car bomb in Diwaniya
2013 Turkmen in Kirkuk demanded peshmerga withdraw from disputed areas
2014 ISIS took credit for suicide bombing of PUK rally in Khanaqin, Diyala that killed 30
2014 Report that US intel believed Maliki getting re-elected PM would divide Iraq more
2016 Protests in Baghdad Basra Najaf Qadisiya Maysan Karbala Dhi Qar Muthanna against corruption and
sectarian quotas in govt

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