Friday, May 10, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 10


1923 Sir Henry Dobbs wrote US Consul in Iraq that King Faisal was not a strong leader and he
expected trouble from his rule
1941 New German ambassador to Iraq arrived in Mosul with 2 He 111 bombers
1941 Iraqis abandoned Fort Rutba allowing British to capture it
1941 UK India cmdr Gen Auchinlek advocated occupying Baghdad Mosul Kirkuk to preclude German
intervention Mideast cmdr Gen Wavell told Auchinlek that Iraq not as important as other fronts and he had limited resources
1941 UK Mideast cmdr Gen Wavell told Churchill attack on Baghdad could start Arab revolt Wavell told
Churchill some Jordanian forces already refused to go to Iraq Wavell finally gave order for forces in Jordan to head for Habaniya Anbar Wavell ordered that Baghdad was not to be occupied
(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)
1950 Grenade thrown at car company owned by Jews in Baghdad 4 injured 2nd of 7 such attacks on Jews
1950-51
1950 Iraq prosecuted Jews for grenade attacks claiming Zionist plot to get Jews to move to Israel Opponents
argued most Jews already leaving Iraq so no need to scare them
1967 PM Naji Talib forced to resign by military Pres Abdul Rahman Arif became premier
1976 New Kurdish rebellion led by PUK started Kurds backed by Soviet Union, Syria, Iran, Libya
1991 Iraq rejected US French UK proposal for international police force to deploy to Kurdistan
2002 Gen Franks discussed war plans with Sec Def Rumsfeld who was afraid Iraq might take initiative and
launch a pre-emptive attack
2002 Gen Franks briefed NSC on Middle Eastern countries and their role in invasion plans
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2002 CIA briefing book on Iraq’s WMD mentioned Iraq-Niger uranium deal
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim head of SCIRI returned to Iraq from Iran
2003 Outgoing ORHA head Garner flew to Qatar to brief incoming CPA head Bremer on situation in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)
2003 US forces surrounded Iranian opposition group Mujahadeen e-Khalq camp and demanded they disarm
2004 Human Rights Min Turki told Guardian Bremer warned in 2003 about prisoner abuse by US soldiers
2004 PM Blair denied he knew about British forces abusing Iraqi prisoners
2004 US and ISF began returning to Fallujah
2005 Parliament created 55 member constitution drafting committee but with no Sunni members
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2008 Sadr announced ceasefire ending most fighting in Baghdad Led to many Special Groups and
Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to flee to Iran
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2008 Op Mother of Two Rivers started in Mosul after Charge of Knights ended Mosul main insurgent base
after Surge Offensive announced publicly before started so many insurgents left
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Lion’s Roar)
2010 Kurdish list in Ninewa said open to deal with Hadbaa to join provincial council which Kurds had
boycotted since 09
2010 ISI carried out coordinated car bombings in Baghdad Hillah Iskandiriya Basra
2010 Iranian helicopters attacked Kurdish villages and got into shootout with Peshmerga trying to target
PJAK
2011 Analyst est Iraq had lost $493 bil 03-11 due to bad administration planning and project delays
2011 Army chief of staff Gen Zebari said US withdrawal would be bad for security in Iraq because ISF not
ready to defend country until 2020
2011 Allawi released insulting letter to PM Maliki
2011 Protest in Mosul demanding US withdrawal release of prisoners govt reform
2012 KRG complained about PM Maliki holding cabinet meeting in Kirkuk Listed all grievances with
Baghdad over oil Article 140 etc
2012 KRG Natural Resource Min said if Baghdad didn’t deliver regions’ share of budget it would truck oil
for exports independently

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