Tuesday, June 4, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 4


1920 Ex-Ottoman officers and Shammar and Jabouri tribes arrived in Tal Afar to fight British and
seize town
1922 Gertrude Bell said King Faisal was indecisive and lacked backbone to stand up to others
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)
1924 Anti-British protests in Baghdad closed parliament
1980 Iraq launched air raid upon KDP base in Sardash Iran Tehran objected and two countries began
bombing each other along border
1982 Tariq Aziz went to Moscow seeking military aid for Iran-Iraq War but turned down
1985 Iraq carried out heavy air raid on Iran oil terminal at Kharg Island
(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 New Kurdish parliament met first time Jawhar Salim elected speaker Cabinet also announced
1997 UN Resolution 1111 extended Oil For Food Program for 2nd time since started in 96
2003 Barzani went to Najaf and met Ayatollah Sistani and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim to talk about post-war
govt and constitution
2003 Ayatollah Sistani called for an Iraqi parliament to produce a new constitution in opposition to CPA
plan
2003 PM Blair said that he had no doubt that Iraq’s WMD would be found Rejected independent inquiry
into case for Iraq War
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 VP Cheney told Senators to stop asking for investigation into pre-war intelligence on Iraq
2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith said US wasn’t only country that claimed Iraq had WMD so did Clinton
admin
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith denied that Bush admin pressured intelligence agencies over Iraq
2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith admitted he created Office of Special Plans within Pentagon to find Iraq-Al
Qaeda connections
2004 George Tenet resigned as director of CIA in part due to failed Iraq intelligence
2004 Pope criticized Bush over Abu Ghraib prison abuse and called for international solution to Iraq
2005 New KRG parliament sworn in
2007 Report Mahdi Army trying to expel Sunnis from Baghdad’s Rasheed Police working with militia
National Police commander in area replaced three times since March
2008 Half of parliament signed letter saying they were against Status of Forces Agreement unless it
included US withdrawal
2008 Police arrested top 5 Mahdi Army commanders in Karbala aftermath Charge of Knights
2010 Gen Odierno US cmdr in Iraq said 34 of ISI’s 42 leaders had been killed or captured
2011 Source in PM Maliki’s office said he was planning on stopping demonstrations in Baghdad and arrest
protest leaders
2011 Kurdish opposition presented reform program to KDP and PUK after Sulaymaniya protests broken up
Nothing came of it
2011 Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq would reach 3 mil/bar/day in oil production by end of 2011 It didn’t
2011 PM Maliki said national unity govt didn’t work and called for majority rule
2012 176 parliamentarians signed no confidence vote against PM Maliki Given to Pres Talabani for
verification Maliki office claimed signatures were collected illegally
2012 Iran called Sadr to talk him out of backing no confidence vote against PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Shiite Endowment offices in Baghdad bombed 18 dead 125 wounded Bomb at Sunni Endowment
defused but hit by mortar
2012 Inter Min head of explosives Gen Jabiri given 4 yrs in prison on misdemeanor charges for buying
fake bomb detectors
2013 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq denied it tried to assassinate a Sadrist leader
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2014 ISIS began attack upon Mosul eventually taking city
2014 ISIS head of Military Council Bilawi killed by Iraqi special forces
2014 Babil police chief press conference with 6 prisoners confessing to car bombing then posted 4 of them
executed on his Facebook hours later
2014 Report State of Law delegation went to Iran and got backing for 3rd term for PM Maliki
2015 IS held ceremony for Fallujah sheikhs to give it baya
2015 Number of displaced in Iraq reached 3.0 mil
2016 PM Abadi said human rights committee would be formed to investigate abuses of Hashd in Fallujah
op Nothing happened
2017 Hashd freed Baaj west Ninewa Emptied it of civilians and started creating security zone

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