Friday, May 31, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 31

1915 British forces set out to capture Amarah from Ottomans
1924 UK High Commissioner for Iraq said Assyrians would get autonomous homeland in
            Dohuk Called on Iraqi govt to grant Assyrians land
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1931 Iraq made first payment of oil revenues to Turkey in return for giving up claims to Mosul
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1932 Kurdish revolt led by Barzanji put down by RAF
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1933 Assyrian leader Mar Shimun wrote letter to King Feisal Said Interior Minister told
            him how the govt disliked him
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1941 Mayor of Baghdad worked out peace treaty with British surrendering city
1941 Yunis Sabawi pro-Nazi leader appointed himself governor of southern Iraq and told Jews to stay in
homes
1941 Ger Amb to Iraq told Berlin UK-Iraq armistice signed False rumor British seized Mosul airport
forced ambassador to flee to Syria
1941 German High Command told German planes heading to and based in Iraq to gather in Aleppo until
further notice
(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)
1967 Jordan invited Iraqi army to deploy troops in its territory for war with Israel
1971 Nixon went to Tehran Shah asked U.S. help to aid Kurds against Baghdad leading to covert CIA
operation
(Musings On Iraq article on Nixon admin support for Kurdish revolt)
(Musings On Iraq book review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1981 Iran attacked Iraqi forces in Qasr-e-Shirin and Dehloran in central and northern Iran
1984 Saddam threatened to destroy Iran’s main oil port at Kharg Island hoping it would
            force Iran to negotiate end to war Iran didn’t reply
(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)
1992 Bush proposed doubling budget for covert action to overthrow Saddam
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2001 1st of four Deputies Committee of NSC meetings on revising Iraq policy
2003 Badr Brigade claimed it gave up its heavy weapons Wasn’t true
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2003 DepDefSec Wolfowitz said that US would find Iraq’s WMD
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 CIA Dir Tenet said that CIA had not compromised its intelligence on Iraq
2005 Basra police chief said he had no control of 3/4 of his officers who were loyal to
            political parties and militias and were carrying out assassinations
2005 Basra police chief said militias were the real power in the province and they were criminals and
bad people Said 2 main groups were Badr and Mahdi Army
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2006 PM Maliki declared one month state of emergency in Basra after 100 killed in fighting between
            militis
2007 2nd day of fighting between ISI and Islamic Army in Baghdad’s Amiriya 1920 Revolution
Brigades joined to help Islamic Army would lead to Sahwa being formed
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2007 5 British nationals kidnapped in Baghdad Likely retaliation for UK killing Mahdi Army leader for
Basra
2007 White House spokesman said US wanted long term military presence in Iraq to support ISF
2008 US put PKK on sanctions list as a terrorist group
2008 Report only 15% of Sawha integrated into govt as promised
2009 Ex-Trade Min Sudani placed in Samawa prison for trial after arrested trying to leave country
Charged with corruption
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2011 ISI cell arrested that created fake human rights organization as front group
2011 Protests in Ramadi demanding army withdraw from city after police chief killed in raid
2012 2nd day of 4th auction round for Iraq oil and gas fields Only 2 winning bids
2012 Iraq announced 5th auction round for Iraqi oil and gas fields would be held after disappointing 4th
auction
2012 Ninewa Gov Nujafi claimed almost enough votes in parliament to hold no confidence move against
PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 Fight broke out amongst protesters in Fallujah between those for and against Anbar becoming
federal region
2014 ISIS kidnapped and killed 8 Naqshibandi members in Baiji who would not give it allegiance
2014 Operation started to clear Saqlawiya north of Fallujah in Anbar
2015 Kurdish MP said 1205 Peshmerga killed 6595 wounded fighting IS since Jun 2014
2015 Badr head Amiri dismissed PM Abadi’s plans to retake Ramadi Claimed only Hashd could free
city
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)
2017 ABC News story offered more information on Rapid Reaction unit abuses first Reported in Der
Spiegel during Mosul campaign
(Musings On Iraq article on Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)
(Musings On Iraq article Human Rights Watch called for investigation into Der Spiegel article)
(Musings On Iraq article ABC News had follow up to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)
(Musings On Iraq article Toronto Star added more to story about abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)
(Musings On Iraq article reactions to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq Joint Operations Command attacked Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle) 

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