Thursday, July 4, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 4


1917 Al-Arab paper established Said it was for Arabs but was actually run by British eventually
under Gertrude Bell
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1937 Iraq-Iran Frontier Treaty signed Meant to resolve border dispute Accepted demarcation process that
was done by Ottomans and Persians pre-WWI Set up commission to finish border and created a body to work out navigation of Shatt al-Arab most of which was given to Iraq Political instability in Baghdad and outbreak of WW2 meant treaty never implemented Treaty angered pan-Arabists and led to 1938 coup by Golden Square officers
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
1940 Regent of Iraq asked England to occupy Syria that had joined Vichy France so that pan-Arab union
could be formed of Iraq Syria and other Arab countries
1969 Iraq signed technical agreement with Soviets to help with oil
1986 Iraqis launched counter attack but failed to retake Mehran, Iran Iran Op Karbala 1 entered
second phase to invade Iraq
1988 Iraq 5th Corps attacked Haj Umran Rawandiz and Lake Dukan 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)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1991 Parliament passed law allowing opposition parties but with restrictions on their activities
1992 Kurdistan Regional Government formed in safe zone
1994 Barzani and Talabani announced they were still unified against Iraqi govt while PUK and KDP were
in middle of civil war
1995 Turkey launched new operation to attack PKK in northern Kurdistan
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1998 IAEA report to UN Iraq did not have nuclear weapons Iraqi scientists had not given complete access
IAEA would focus upon long term monitoring
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
2003 Marines in control of Najaf set provincial elections for this date but were cancelled by CPA
2003 US arrested 32 Turkish special forces in Sulaymaniya Accused them of plotting to assassinate
Kurdish officials
(Musings On Iraq interview with Kevin Petit of the 173rd Airborne Bgd On Kirkuk In The Aftermath Of The 2003 Invasion)
2003 Arrest of Turkish Special forces led to protests in Turkey and bombing of US consulate in Istanbul
2003 Saddam tape aired on Al Jazeera Blamed US and UK for destroying Iraq looking for WMD that didn’t
exist Saddam said he would lead resistance to occupation of Iraq
2005 US found 170 prisoners at secret prison in Baghdad run by Interior Min Were told to leave it alone by
commanders
2006 Abu Risha tribe in Ramadi district made first police recruiting drive as part of Awakening
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Nvy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)
2006 Bush told US troops they were winning war in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2007 US captured ISI media emir Mashadani Told US lie that Abu Omar Baghdadi was a fake and ISI still
under Al Qaeda control
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)
2007 Bush speech Said Al Qaeda in Iraq was same group that attacked US on 9/11 Said US withdrawal
wrong Would be terrorist victory and would attack US next Said insurgents could take over Iraq and use its oil to blackmail the US Part of PR campaign to gain support for Surge
2007 US accused Iran of using Hezbollah to train Iraqi militias based upon arrest of Ali Musa Daqduq
Daqduq sent to Iraq in 2006 by Iran Rev Guard Quds Force Said Hezbollah trainers worked with Iraqi militiasin 3 camps near Tehran Said Quds Force gave up to $3 mil/mo to militias Daqduq also said Iran planned Jan 07 attack upon US base in Karbala
(Musings On Iraq article on Hezbollah presence in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2014 Baghdadi declared caliphate from Nouri Mosque Mosul ISIS would now be Islamic State He was
Caliph Ibrahim
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2014 1st issue of IS’s English language Dabiq magazine came out saying caliphate was a de facto state

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