Sunday, August 11, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 11


1918 UK For Sec Balfour British war in Mespotamia should be justified by securing water that
would also give it control of oil Balfour’s statement prompted Premier Lloyd George to call for British to seize Ottoman’s Mosul province
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
1933 Interior Min Suleiman arrived in Mosul on news of Assyrian massacres Had planes drop flyers telling
Assyrians nothing would happen to them if they gave up to authorities
1933 Assyrians in Zakho and Sumail were attacked by Iraqi army led by Gen Sidqi Fired on village then
divided women and children from men and executed the latter Found some men hiding amongst women and killed everyone Local Kurds looted Sumail after massacre Police later called back army to kill stragglers that had returned to Sumail 315 killed Iraqi govt considered Assyrians foreigners and tools of British imperialism for their service in the British Levies
1933 Arab Kurd Yazidi tribes looted Assyrian villages in Alqosh
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1937 Gen Bakr Sidqi head of 1936 coup was assassinated in Mosul by pan-Arab rivals in military
1937 PM Sulaiman ordered Mosul garrison commander Gen Umari to arrest officers responsible for Gen
Sidqi’s assassination He refused order
(Musings On Iraq book review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
1987 Iran told UN that Resolution 598 only included Iraq’s view of war
(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)
1991 US flew U2 spy plane over Iraq claiming it was for UN inspectors
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1992 U.N. Iraq Rapporteur went to Security Council about Iraq draining southern marshes and new
counterinsurgency campaign against rebels in south
1992 UK France US condemned Iraq campaign to clear southern marshes and warned of possible
consequences
1995 Saddam gave speech denouncing son-in-law Hussein Kamal for defecting to Jordan Said he stole
millions and spied for the CIA
1995 Ali Hassan al-Majid issued statement saying Hussein Kamal was a traitor for defecting to Jordan
1995 US brokered KDP-PUK ceasefire during civil war
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2003 Gas and electricity shortages led to riots in Basra city
2004 Allawi govt announced ceasefire in 2nd Battle of Najaf to open talks with Sadr
(Musings On Iraq article on 2nd battle of Najaf)
(Musings On Iraq book review Battle For The City Of The Dead)
2005 SCIRI’s Hakim announced idea for southern federal region in Iraq SCIRI held march in Najaf calling
for federal region in southern Iraq Had posters of Ayatolah Khomeini
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
(Musings On Iraq history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)
2005 Salah al-Mutlaq said SCIRI’s call for a southern region would turn Iraq over to Iran
2005 Dawa rejected SCIRI’s call for a southern federal region in Iraq
2005 Bush said US had to stay the course in Iraq Said free democratic Iraq in center of Middle East would
be blow to terrorism
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Diyala council fired police chief Gen Qureysi for tensions with Sahwa accusing them of sectarian
attacks Had arrested Sahwa leaders Gotten into gun battles with them Sahwa went on strike in Feb demanding removal of chief
(Musings On Iraq article on removal of Diyala police chief)
2007 Police chief and ISCI governor of Qadisiya killed by an EFP laid by Mahdi Army Sadr vs Hakim rivalry
2007 Sahwa leader in Adhamiya wounded in IED attack by ISI 1st Sahwa leader in Baghdad targeted
2008 During Op Omens of Prosperity PM Maliki sent ISF into Khanaqin dist Diyala and told Peshmerga
they had to withdraw Kurds refused Maliki attempting to pressure Kurds and establish control over disputed areas
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s pressuring Kurds in Diyala)
2008 PM Maliki’s private jet brought back 236 Iraqi refugees from Egypt Part of Maliki’s new refugee
policy to encourage people to return with improved security
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s refugee policy)
(Musings On Iraq book review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)
2014 IS attacked Jalawla Diyala with suicide truck bomb and 12 suicide bombers dressed in Peshmerga
uniforms
2015 Parliament approved PM Abadi’s reform program that included ending 3 vice presidents Pres Masum
said reforms violated constitution
2015 PM Abadi said he wanted to cut cabinet to just 15 ministers and reduce local councils to cut money
due to budget crisis
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2015 Baghdad Babil Dhi Qar Basra fired and retired hundreds of officials as part of PM Abadi’s reforms
Were actually budget cuts
2015 Protesters stormed Babil council building demanding better services
2018 Women’s protest in support of demands of demonstrators for jobs and services in Basra

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