Saturday, August 31, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 31


1922 Gertrude Bell wrote King Faisal telling him he was vain and weak
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1986 Iran started Op Karbala 2 in Haj Umran Advanced deep into Kurdistan in retaliation for Iraq air
attacks on oil facilities
(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)
1986 Document said chemical and biological agents were being distributed in Irbil to be used against Kurds
1988 Ali Hassan al-Maid ordered homes of Shabaks that had changed nationality to Kurd be destroyed and
families relocated
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1996 30,000 Republican Guards began attack upon PUK Captured Irbil city to back KDP PUK gave orders
to flee to hills to escape Iraqi attack
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1996 INC camp in Qushtapa, Irbil captured by Iraqi forces 96 INC members killed
1996 Clinton said he was concerned about Iraqi attack on Irbil but US not ready to respond Def Sec Perry
said US should not get involved in Kurdish civil war
2003 Commander of Guantanamo Bay prison Gen Miller flew to Iraq to advise on interrogation techniques
            Would lead to Abu Ghraib prison abuse
2003 Pentagon DefPolicyBoard’s Perle US should have organized Iraqi opposition to take over govt after
invasion
2004 CIA report Ayatollah Sistani and Sadr’s standing increased by Battle of Najaf PM Allawi’s hurt
(Musings On Iraq article on 2nd battle of Najaf)
(Musings On Iraq book review Battle For The City Of The Dead)
(Musings On Iraq book review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)
2005 Rumor of suicide bomber led to stampede of Shiite pilgrims on Tigris Bridge in Baghdad Over 1,000
dead and wounded
2005 Report draft constitution did not deal with some of major issues in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2005 Albu Mahal Sheikh Mahallawi said his tribe had declared war on Al Qaeda in Iraq in western Anbar
(Musings On Iraq article on Albu Mahal tribe)
2005 Red Team set up by Ambassador Khalizad and General Casey in July made its report Aimed
at creating counterinsurgency strategy to come to victory in 3 years Said current strategy of turning over security to Iraqis would allow Coalition to withdraw but ISF couldn't defeat the insurgency Called for ink spot counterinsurgency plan Didn’t ask for more troops
(Musings On Iraq book review Nights in the Pink Motel, An American Strategist’s Pursuit of Peace in Iraq on writing campaign plan for Gen Casey)
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
(Musings On Iraq book review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)
2006 Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said Baghdad security progressing US forces clearing areas but Iraqis not
holding them Said Iraqi forces could take over security in country in 12-18 months
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 PM Maliki told Iraq Survey Group security problems caused by Baathists and Al Qaeda
            Said problem with Iraqi police was too many former regime members in it
2006 Report Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Reconstruction said 30% of 56 projects inspected didn't meet standards
and some were failures Said US should have started using Iraqi companies for work to speed process and help Iraqi economy
2007 Report US commission said that Iraqi police should be completely scrapped and started over
Said police sectarian supported militias sometimes attacked US forces Pentagon rejected proposal said its training program was fixing problems 9 police brigade and 17 battalion commanders had been relieved
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2010 US officially ended combat operations in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2015 Protest in front of Judicial Council building in Baghdad demanding Chief Justice Medhat be dismissed
2018 Protesters sacked Basra provincial council building ISF fired into crowd wounding 8 Demonstrations
in northern Basra as well Another protest in Baghdad over US interference in govt formation process

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