Monday, May 20, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 20


1941 German planes attacked British Habaniya air base in Anbar
(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 1st flight of Near East Air Transport Took Iraqi Jews to Israel Airline was owned by Jewish Agency
            who worked to get Jews to move to Israel
1950 When Israel created Iraqi govt banned immigration Mar 1950 govt allowed temporary immigration for
            one year Stripped Jews of Iraqi citizenship and govt confiscated their property
1950 Note from Lebanese Amb in Baghdad to Syrian Foreign Minister Bey said Iraq wanted to seize Syria
(Musings On Iraq book review of Ropes Of Sand that includes Iraq plots against Syria)
1982 Iranian Op Bait al-Moqaddas Entered Khorramshahr and destroyed bridge over Shatt al-Arab waterway
Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982
1984 Iraq sank Panamanian oil tanker in Persian Gulf in tanker war
1985 Iranian offensive into Iraqi southern marshes to seize Basra-Baghdad highway ended in failure
1985 Saudis offered peace deal while Prince Faisal visited Iran Rejected by Tehran
1986 Iran ended Op Al Fajr 9 in 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)
1987 Iraq ended 1st phase of attacks upon Kurdish villages
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1991 Bush said he would oppose lifting sanctions on Iraq as long as Saddam was in power
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
1994 SCIRI claimed start of military campaign in Maysan marshes against Iraqi govt forces
1996 Iraq and UN signed memo allowing Oil for Food program
2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld asked Gen Franks to plan for a fortress Baghdad scenario
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2003 Iraqis met with British rep to Iraq and demanded an interim govt
2003 US forces arrested Saddam’s Min of Industry Hwaish and VP Marouf
2004 CIA and US military raided Chalabi’s home in Baghdad Accused him of providing intel to Iran
Chalabi claimed it was retaliation for his criticism of US
2004 US had arrest warrant for INC intelligence head Habib but he’d fled
2004 US called off assault on Mahdi Army in old city Karbala
2004 NSC meeting asked what would happen if new sovereign Iraq asked US to leave
2004 Report US interrogators told guards at Abu Ghraib prison to strip prisoners make them wear women’s
close before questioning
2004 US army admitted lost Red Cross reports of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison due to bureaucracy
2005 US 1st Cav Div collected more than 100 abuse cases by ISF over 6 months including beatings,
electrocutions, choking in Baghdad
2005 US 3rd Inf Div collected 28 cases of abuse by Iraqi units in Baghdad
2006 1st Maliki cabinet approved but with no Interior Defense or National Security Ministers Interior
Min Jabr switched to Finance Min in new cabinet because he allowed Badr Brigade to take over ministry and police under Jaafari govt
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2006 PM Maliki laid out 33 point program with terrorism fighting corruption and services top 3
2006 Defense Min adviser said violence so bad in Basra murderers were running free
2007 Report Sadr set up reconciliation committee and held talks with Sunni politicians and insurgents
including 192 Revolution Brigades Also sent representative to Syria Egypt and Persian Gulf for talks
2008 Mother of Two Springs op ended in Mosul without success
2008 4,000-5,000 soldiers deployed to Sadr City after Sadr ceasefire finally took effect
2008 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa and police station in Rutba Anbar Another female suicide
bomber hit Sahwa leader in Mandali Diyala
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2009 Report only 17,000 of 94,000 Sahwa given govt jobs so far
2010 Sadr said he was returning to Iraq after leaving for Iran in 07 over fear of US assassination during
Surge
2010 Sadr leader said that Sadrists opposed 2nd term for PM Maliki
2010 US said Iran training and arming militiamen to destabilize Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2010 KRG said it would start oil exports the next day and Baghdad okayed it Demanded Baghdad pay oil
companies in KRG
2011 5 Madhi Army commanders escaped Taji prison
2012 PUK and KDP Finance Ministries said they had merged
2012 KRG said it was building independent oil pipeline to Turkey Said it would reach 2 mil/bar/day in
production by 2014 Didn’t make that mark
2012 Meeting of political leaders decided to hold off on no confidence vote against PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 ISIS launched 11 car bombs leaving 137 dead
2013 PM Maliki said some of the fake bomb detectors worked 20-50% of the time
2013 Anbar councilman said foreign companies were fleeing province due to increasing violence
2013 Cabinet announced provincial elections in Anbar and Ninewa would occur Jun 20
2014 Iraqi intel warned army that large ISIS attack on Mosul coming in June
2014 Iraqi army said it was surrounding Fallujah
2014 KRG parliament voted Qubad Talabani Dep PM
2014 Electricity and Municipality depts in Sulaymaniya protested over not being paid salaries Part of
economic crisis in KRG
2014 KRG oil started being loaded on tanker in Turkey for first time
2015 Gorran said it would support extending Pres Barzani’s term if KRG switched to parliamentary system
2016 Sadrists took over Green Zone for second time Led to clash with ISF 4 protesters killed
(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

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