Sunday, May 26, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 26


1921 Govt passed law allowing for enlistment to new Iraqi army
1941 2nd trainload of German military aid arrived from Syria Stored in Mosul but never used
1941 12 Italian planes landed in Kirkuk from Syria to operate under Germans Immediately attacked British
forces in Anbar
1941 Mussolini met with German military attache and expressed concern about Iraq Asked whether Berlin
would give substantive or symbolic support to Iraq
1941 Mussolini told German military attache Iraq could turn tide in Mediterranean Attache said Berlin
serious about Iraq
(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)
1964 Pres Arif established Joint Presidency Council with Egypt in failed attempt to unite 2 countries under
pan-Arabism
1981 Iraqis forced to withdraw from around Susangard Khuzistan due to Iran Op Imam Ali
1983 French Pres Mitterand agreed to rent 6 Super Etendard jets to Iraq for 2 years Iraqi pilots went to
France for training
1986 Iran launched 2nd counterattack in Fao Peninsula
1988 Iraq Op Tawakalna ala Allah reached Iranian border in Basra Also forced Iranians out of southern
marshes north of Basra city 6,000 Iranian casualties 3,000 Iraqi casualties
1988 Saddam had meeting with military staff Decided next offensive would be to recapture Majnoon
Islands in Basra
(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
(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)
2002 During trip to France Bush said he had no Iraq war plans Ordered revision of war plans Sep 2001
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2003 Ex-Iraqi general addressed protesters outside Green Zone saying Iraqi govt needed to be formed
security established salaries paid to soldiers or would be resistance to US occupation
2004 NYTimes said some of its reporting on Iraq before war was questionable and not sufficiently vetted
2005 PM Jaafari said govt would crackdown on those taking law into their own hands in response to reports
of Shiite death squads
2006 Pentagon report to Congress on Iraq said insurgency had not started civil war Said violence only in 4
provinces Said insurgency would decline in early 2007
2006 Sec State Rice said 48 US govt workers signed up to work in Iraq Gen Casey said not enough Rice told
him he was out of line
2006 Report PM Maliki wanted to increase number of Iraqi forces from 250,000 to 325,000 by end of year
Was trying to purge militias from Iraqi forces
2006 Report PM Maliki wanted Iraqi forces to control all of Iraq’s provinces except Baghdad and Anbar by
end of 2006
2008 US military reported attacks in Iraq at lowest level since May 2004
2008 Iraq brokered deal to have quicker release of Iraqi prisoners Year later Iraq would complain about
releases increasing terrorism
2008 ISI elements that that fled Mosul during govt crackdown began attacking Yazidis in Sinjar
2009 Integrity Comm head attacked PM Maliki for allowing Trade Min Sudani to resign Said it helped him
escape questioning for corruption Sudani had used stolen money to pay for Maliki’s 2009 and 2010 election campaigns
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2011 Inter Min Explosive head Gen Jabri released after arrested for involvement in buying fake bomb
detectors
2011 ISI killed Accountability and Justice Comm head Ali al-Lami in east Mosul
2011 Sadr told BBC that his militia was attacking US forces as they were withdrawing     from Iraq
2011 Sadrists held rally in Baghdad against US occupation
2014 Jihadist intellectual Maqdisi said talks to heal ISIS-Al Qaeda rift had failed Said Abu Bakr al-Bahgdad
and his followers were deviants and called on ISIS members to join Jabhat Al-Nusra
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2015 IS executed Iraqi soldiers from Sadr City in Fallujah Hung him from bridge Hashd used it to justify
attacking city in July
2015 Report over 400 buildings in Dour district in Tikrit destroyed by Hashd after city freed
2016 PM Abadi called on reform protests to stop due to Fallujah operation

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