Wednesday, April 8, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 8


1916 British forces defeated Ottomans at Fallahiya
1941 UK Joint Planning Staff said all measures should be taken to overthrow PM Gaylani
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)
1941 Churchill ordered Sec of State for India to put together force to be sent to Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)
1941 German Foreign Office said it supported Arab action against British for their freedom
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
1980 Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr and sister Bint al-Huda executed by Saddam
1980 DIA said 50% chance Iraq would invade Iran Said Iraq thought Iranian military weak and could
easily be defeated
1980 Ayatollah Khomeini broadcast speech calling on Iraq people to topple their govt
(Musings On Iraq book review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)
1981 Sec State Haig said that Iraq was an important Middle Eastern country and hoped for better
relations in future
1982 Syria closed border to Iraq Claimed Saddam backed Muslim Brotherhood against Assad
1983 Dawa bombed offices of Iraqi Airways in Baghdad
1985 2nd War of the Cities ended
1985 UN Sec Gen de Cuellar went to Baghdad where Saddam said Iraq was ready to enter into talks to
end 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)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)
1991 Plan to create UN safehaven in northern Iraq for Kurds approved at European Union meeting
1991 US agreed to $10 mil in humanitarian aid to Kurds
(Musings On Iraq Review The United States And Iraq Since 1990, A Brief History With Documents)
1991 European Community agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Kurds
1992 Kurds announced elections for Kurdish parliament and leader would be held 5/17/92
1995 PUK-KDP ceasefire in civil war Turkey mediated Ankara hoped to gain PUK-KDP help against PKK
in return
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2001 Czech Inter Min claimed 9/11 terrorist Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague Later proven false
2003 Bush said UN would play crucial role in creating an interim Iraqi govt but US had rejected role for
UN
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 US forces surrounded Baghdad US A-10 jet shot down by Iraqi surface to air missile over city
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 Ayatollah Haeri said Iraq’s Shiites needed to seize power now that Saddam overthrown and oppose
US plans
(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)
2003 Site south of Baghdad searched for chemical weapons but nothing found
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld had meeting to find replacement for ORHA head Garner for new presidential
envoy to Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)
2003 British army appointed Muzahim Tamimi former general and Baathist as head of Basra province
Provoked demonstrations leading to Tamimi’s removal
2004 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid said that US would get Fallujah under control
2004 Fighting in Fallujah left 460 Iraqis and 36 US troops dead
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2004 US 1st Armored Div retook Kut from Mahdi Army
2004 Several Japanese aid workers kidnapped
2005 Transitional Iraqi parliament confirmed Talabani as president of Iraq
2006 Iraqi general said country in a civil war
2007 1000s of Sadrists held anti-U.S. occupation march in Najaf
2008 Report 10% of Basra police facing legal action for not fighting Mahdi Army during Charge of
Knights Around 1,600 fired arrested or went AWOL
2008 End of Maliki’s deadline for militias to disarm in Basra Had not been successful ISF planned
sweeps through Basra to confiscate weapons but had been delayed twice
2008 US forces moved into southern Sadr City to build wall to prevent attacks on
            Green Zone Led to fighting with Mahdi Army
2008 Gen Petraeus told Congress Baghdad had only accepted 21,000 Sahwa out
            of 91,000 into ISF
2008 Gen Petraeus said Shiite Special Groups were largest longterm threat to Iraq
2008 Amb Crocker told Congress that if US withdrew from Iraq without
            accomplishing constitutional reform Iranians would come out winners
2011 Over 2,000 protested in Baghdad and Fallujah Demanded prisoners be released Some demanded US
forces to leave
2011 Soldiers from 11th Div in civilian clothes arrested protest organizer and held him for a week and
tortured him 
2011 KDP and PUK rejected call by opposition to disband govt to meet demands of protesters
(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)
2011 PM Maliki told Def Sec Gates Iraq did not need a U.S. military presence after withdrawal at end of year
Gates was in Iraq to try to convince Maliki and political parties to accept stay behind force of US soldiers
2012 Sadr said that PM Maliki was becoming a dictator
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 ISI released statement that it sent operative Jalwani to Syria to create Jabhat al-Nusra That group was
no longer and would be part of new ISIS
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2015 KDP released Haider Sesho Yazidi militia commander on promise that his men would follow
Peshmerga

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