Sunday, December 22, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 22


1638 Ottoman Sultvan Murad IV began siege of Baghad Captured it by end of year
Massacred Shiites
1916 British forces began digging lines towards Ottomans defenses at Khadairi Bend
1922 British cabinet said it wanted an independent Iraq and that Anglo-Iraq treaty would be best
way to maintain relationship
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1986 Iraqi intel reported Iranians preparing for major offensive in Basra Saddam ordered bombing of
assembly areas
(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 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
2002 Iraq invited CIA into country to find its WMD
2004 Kurdistan Referendum Movement presented petition with 1.7 mil signatures to UN calling for
            referendum on Kurdish independence
2005 Iraqi Islamic Party National Dialogue Front Iraqiya threatened to boycott new parliament
Called elections fraudulent Demanded new vote
2006 Ret Gen Keane told Natl Sec Adv Hadley US needed 5 brigade troop surge in Iraq not less
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
2006 PM Maliki spokesman said that Dawa and SCIRI close to agreement to crackdown on militias Were
also going to send delegation to Najaf to get Sadr back in govt
2006 US Intel report Mahdi Army was planning to kidnap US soldiers in Baghdad to undermine PM
Maliki’s reconciliation program Were using Mahdi Army commander who had been trained in Iran by Hezbollah and IRGC
2007 ISI leader Baghdadi described the Awakening as agents of the cross and called on followers to
kill them
2007 Ghazilya Guardians sahwa group bombed Blamed militia and Iraqi army Said they wanted
retaliation
2007 Def Min Obeidi said that after fighting over Sahwa would be disbaned Govt told US it would
integrate 25% of Sahwa into ISF and rest given jobs Interior Min agreed to hire 10,000 Sahwa
2007 Anbar Sheikh Suleimani claimed Islamic Party using Sahwa to regain popularity and claimed
            he would form Awakening group loyal to Baghdad
2007 Top State Dept official on Iraq said that Iran had decided to cut back support for militias Evidence
was reduction in EFP attacks upon US
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2008 Oil Min Shahristani said only central govt had authority to sign deals to develop Iraq’s oil Was
criticism of KRG
(Musings On Iraq article on breakdown of Baghdad-KRG oil talks)
2010 PM Maliki’s second administration approved
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2011 Govt officials told press that Maliki govt would investigate Fin Min Issawi over allegations he
was connected to a militia in Fallujah that killed political opponents Some of Issawi’s bodyguards arrested as a result
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki targeting Fin Min Issawi)
2012 Iraqiya boycotted cabinet over arrest warrant for Fin Min Issawi
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s moves against Fin Min Issawi)
2013 PM Maliki announced major military campaign in western Anbar desert region after IS killed
leadership of 7th Div
2013 Anbar council said it would work with govt to fight ISI
2013 PM Maliki said Ramadi protest site base for ISI and demanded it closed
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki’s accusations against Anbar protests)
2013 Ramadi protest sheikhs said Ramadi would take up arms against any forces trying to stop
demonstrations
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki crackdown on Anbar protests)
2014 Fmr Communications Minister Allawi acquitted of corruption charges for lack of evidence

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