Thursday, March 26, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 26


1918 Battle of Khan Baghdadi between Ottomans and British started
1975 Iranian premier visited Baghdad and laid out steps to implement Algiers Agreement
1979 Iraq hosted anti-Sadat meeting to oppose new Egypt-Israel peace treaty
1982 2 Iraqi divisions ordered to retreat to escape encirclement during Iranian Op Fath push on Maysan
Large tank battle in Chananeh End of day Iraqi 1st Mech Div destroyed
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1984 US Special Envoy Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq for 2nd time Rumsfeld presented secret proposal for
Israeli aid against Iran Iraq rejected offer Also offered $2 bil in loan guarantees Agreed to restore diplomatic relations
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1985 Iraq threatened to spread war to all sections of Iran if it didn’t agree to a peace settlement
(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 The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)
1988 Iraq dropped chemical bombs on Karadagh Kurdistan
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1991 Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga on Khanaqin-Jalawla road Diyala
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on 1st hand accounts of 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s view of 1991 Uprising)
(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)
1991 Talabani returned to Iraq after 3 years Gave speech talking about freeing all of Iraq working with
Iraqi opposition to create a provisional govt 
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1991 White House meeting on Iraq uprising Decided not to get involved
(Musings On Iraq book review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)
1991 Bush told press Iraqi rebels had not asked U.S. for help during uprising
1991 Bush administration said they would not stop Iraq from using helicopters to put down uprisings
1991 Bush Natl Sec Adv Scowcorft secretly met Saudi King Fahd who told US to stay out of 1991
uprising
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
1996 Jordanian govt held party celebrating opening of Iraqi National Accord new HQ in Amman
1996 PUK backed peace deal with KDP although talks had not worked out
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1997 SecState Albright said Iraq not cooperating with inspections and US would not remove sanctions
(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)
(Musings On Iraq Review The United States And Iraq Since 1990, A Brief History With Documents)
2003 US forces began move on Kut, Wasit Surrounded Najaf
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 US 173rd Airborne Brigade landed in northern Iraq to cooperate with Peshmerga move into Kirkuk
(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)
2003 Iraq claimed US missile hit market in Baghdad US Air strikes failed to take Iraq state TV off the air
2003 Bush and Blair met at Camp David to discuss Iraq invasion
2003 ORHA sent list of 16 sites that needed to be protected in Baghdad to US military HQ in Kuwait but
was ignored
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told Garner he had some replacements for Americans going to run Iraq ministries
Wanted them all from Pentagon
(Musings On Iraq article on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)
2003 British intel report Hope that Iraqi govt would quickly fall within days of invasion fading
2007 PM Maliki and Pres Talabani announced Accountability and Justice bill would change
deBaathification process Wouldn’t pass until 2008 due to opposition
2007 Report Amb Khalilzad held talks with 1920 Revolution Brigades and Islamic Army in 2006 No
breakthroughs Insurgents made unreasonable demands like dismissing govt and suspending constitution US also had talks with insurgents in 2005 Maliki govt upset with talks claiming Khalilzad sectarian and trying to undermine Shiite majority rule
2008 ISF got into shootout with Mahdi Army in Diwaniya
2008 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Basra 5 neighborhoods in Baghdad plus Kut Diwaniya
Hilla Karbala Mortars fired on Green Zone Mahdi Army attacked US checkpoints in east Baghdad Clashes between Mahdi Army and Badr and Dawa office burned in Sadr City
2008 PM Maliki gave gunmen 72 hours to turn in weapons in Basra
2008 US and Iraqi forces began moving into Sadr City as fight against Mahdi Army
            moved from Basra to Baghdad
2008 Sadrists walked out of parliament over govt crackdown on movement Called for no confidence vote
against PM Maliki
2008 Mass grave with 52 bodies of people executed by ISI found in Diyala River Valley
2010 Election results announced Iraqiya 91 seats State of Law 89 National Alliance 70 Kurdish Alliance
43
(Musings On Iraq book review The Unraveling, High Hopes And Missed Opportunity In Iraq)
2010 Pres Talabani and VP Mahdi went to Tehran to talk about national elections
2010 State of Law met with Sadr in Qom to try to win his support for 2nd Maliki administration
2010 State of Law protest in Amara called for recount in national elections
2010 Human Rights Min said it found 84 mass graves in Baghdad and Diyala all from post-03 violence
2011 PM Maliki warned of sectarian conflict in Gulf after Saudi Arabia and UAE sent troops to Bahrain
2011 Peshmerga announced withdrawal from parts of Kirkuk after political protests
2012 KRG said it would stop oil exports if it didn’t get paid for what it had already shipped Claimed owed
$1.5 bil by Baghdad
2012 Pres Talabani announced national conference to solve political differences over Maliki govt on Apr 5
Barzani and Allawi said they wouldn’t attend
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 Cabinet said that it agreed to meet major demands of protesters dealing with arrests amnesty etc
Never did
2014 Sadr condemned militias in Diyala after several reports of them killing civilians and destroying
property
2014 Mutahidun said militias had killed civilians in Buhriz Diyala and destroyed houses and mosques

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