Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 14


1935 Iraqi army and air force began campaign to bomb tribal areas destroy towns and burn crops to
put down tribal revolt in Rumaitha
1941 Churchill authorized British air force in Iraq to attack German planes in Syria
1941 2 British fighters flew out of Iraq and attacked 2 German bombers in Syria damaging them
1941 German war planes began landing in Mosul Were attacked by British planes
1941 Iraq Fin Min Suwaidi met German amb Told to take up Turkish mediation offer to stall for time until
Axis aid could be organized
1941 German ambassador promised Iraq German planes were arriving and military aid coming from Syria
(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)
1959 Gen. Qasim withdrew Iraq from anti-Communist Eisenhower Doctrine
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1972 Baath brought Communists into govt after Iraq-Soviet 15 year Friendship Treaty
(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)
1986 Iraq captured Mehran, Iran 1st Iranian city seized since 1980 Offered to trade it for Fao Rejected 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)
1991 UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1992 Iraqi govt suspected of setting off car bomb in front of Dohuk hotel hosting foreign reporters covering
Kurdish elections
1997 Op Hammer 30,000-50,000 Turkish troops invaded Kurdistan to attack PKK and support KDP
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2002 UN Resolution 1409 created smart sanctions on Iraq to try to limit military and WMD related imports
but increased civilian imports
2003 Sadrists marched in Baghdad calling for an Islamic government in Iraq
2003 US officials said probably wouldn’t find WMD in Iraq Were now focusing on finding documents about
programs
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw said finding WMD was not vital to justify war WMD #1 reason Blair wanted
Saddam removed
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 Human rights group complained US forces not protecting 3,000 body mass grave found in Babil
2004 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz and Gen Pace said prison abuse at Abu Ghraib violated Geneva Convention
2004 Daily Mirror admitted pictures it published of alleged prisoner abuse by UK forces were fakes
2004 US told Iraqi National Congress funding wound end in June 2004
2004 Maysan tribe set ambush for UK forces outside of Amara 20 tribesmen killed and others arrested
Head of tribe Hattab and brother of Maysan governor accused police chief of tipping off UK about ambush
2007 Prison riot at Camp Bucca almost took over facility
2008 ISI fighters crossed into Iraq from Syria and killed 11 policemen in their homes in Anbar
2008 Female suicide bomber killed Iraqi army commander in Yusifiya Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2009 Trade Minister Sudani resigned before having to appear before parliament for corruption charges
2010 Election Comm finished recount in Baghdad requested by PM Maliki who claimed cheating Found no
problems
2010 Abu Suleiman became new War Minister for ISI after Masri killed by US April 2010
2010 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed
2015 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during reports he was
injured in air strike
2015 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs in final drive to take city
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)
2018 PM Abadi ordered manual recount in Kirkuk balloting after widespread charges of cheating
(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

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