Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 21

1847 Treaty of Arzurum tried to set border between Ottoman Empire and Persia Gave Sulaymaniya
to Ottomans Shatt al-Arab to Persia Set up commission to demarcate border between Ottomans and Persia but never finished
(Musings On Iraq book review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)
1919 UK PM George abrogated Long-Berenger UK-French oil deal due to disagreement
with France over Iraq-Syrian border George wanted Iraq to extend to Mediterranean
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
1924 Turkey told Constantinople Conference Assyrians should return to Turkey
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1928 British official said Iraqi provincial administrators picked who would be elected to parliament
1941 Iraqis launched counterattack attempting to retake Fallujah from British Entered town
(Musings On Iraq article on 1941 Battle of Fallujah)
1941 German planes bombed UK air base at Habaniya for a second day
1941 Iraq launched raids into Basra city suburbs but failed
(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 of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
1970 Pres Bakr issued Agrarian Reform Law to increase living conditions for peasants and increase farm
production
1974 UN Sec Gen said Iran and Iraq agreed to withdraw forces and open talks over border disputes
1981 Iran Op Imam Ali launched to eliminate Iraqi threat to Susangard in Khuzistan
1982 Iranian Op Bait al-Moqaddas Broke through Iraqi defenses around Khorramshahr Iraqi forces
panicked and started to flee Only 40% made it back to Iraq Iran captured 12,000 prisoners 2000 prisoners summarily executed by Iran
(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982
1987 2nd phase of govt collectivization program started to destroy Kurdish towns and force people
into govt run villages
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1991 Kuwait asked for half of Iraq’s oil earnings as reparation for invasion
1999 UN Res 1242 renewed Oil For Food Program for 6th months
2002 Gen Franks lied to press saying he had no Iraq war plans and had not been asked to make any Franks
had been working on war plans since Nov 2001
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2003 Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz ordered army to help CPA with staff and contracting because CPA
undermanned
2003 Report CIA believed 3 trailers found in Iraq were mobile WMD labs Sec State Powell talked about in
UN speech
2003 Report that US showed picture of trailers to Iraqi in Germany known as CURVEBALL who confirmed
they were WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq article on how CURVEBALL influenced US intel on Iraq’s WMD)
(Musings On Iraq articles on the CURVEBALL story)
2004 CPA set up group to integrate militias into ISF Never happened
2006 Report Iran thought to have trained 40,000 militia in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2006 Report US failed to adequately plan to rebuild Iraqi police After invasion went through 3 failed plans
By 2004 only sent 500 police advisers for all of Iraq
(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post-invasion Iraq)  
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2008 CENTCOM commander Gen Dempsey said ISI at its weakest point in Iraq
2008 US commander for northern Iraq said attacks in Mosul down 85% after Mother of Two Springs op
there
2008 Pres Talabani said Iraq would be able to handle its own security without help of US after 2008
2008 Female suicide bomber hit Sahwa HQ in Anbar
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2010 Reports that both Iran and US supported 2nd term for PM Maliki
2012 KRG announced energy deals with Turkey Baghdad warned KRG it could not sign independent oil            deals with Turkey
2012 Oil Min Shahristani ordered ministry to stop petrol deliveries to KRG Would later deny he gave order
2013 Sheikh Hayes threatened to tear down protest tents in Ramadi if didn’t disperse after attacks on ISF
and kidnappings
2013 KRG said it wanted to build a second independent oil pipeline to Turkey
2015 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq blamed US and PM Abadi for fall of Ramadi Claimed US had kept Hashd out Hashd
had been in Anbar for months
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq) 

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