Saturday, April 4, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 4


1927 UK official wrote Foreign Sec Chamberlain saying UK got Mosul by trick Promised 25 yr Iraq
Mandate Now pushing Iraq independence
1939 King Ghazi’s death publicly announced PM Said resigned
1941 UK called new Gaylani govt illegal and distributed copies of message by Regent to resist
1941 Ultra intel in UK intercepted message from Italian amb in Tehran that Rome and Berlin were
going to send arms to Iraq via Syria
1941 UK Chiefs of Staff asked Middle East cmdr Gen Wavell how many troops he could spare for
Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on 1941 coup)
(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 of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
(Musings On Iraq book review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)
1948 Port of Basra strike against Anglo-Iraq Treaty
1980 Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr arrested in Najaf by Saddam
1981 Iran bombed Iraq’s H3 airbase near Syria Destroyed 23 planes and 4 helicopters 15 other planes
damaged 6 senior Iraqi officers were executed after raid 
1981 Iran said it wouldn’t negotiate a ceasefire with Saddam
1981 Head of US Interests Section in Iraq said that US and Iraq were growing closer
1983 Iraq offered 1 day ceasefire in order to clean up oil spill Iran rejected offer
(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)
1990 Report Iraq working on nuclear bomb Imported equipment from western companies 1984 ex-Italian
intel officers indicted for trying to sell plutonium and yellowcake to Iraq 1987 France offered to rebuild Osirak nuclear reactor 1985-88 Iraq might have built isotope plant Saudis said to be funding program
1991 Report Pres Bush gave CIA okay to support opposition in Iraq led to creation of Voice of Free Iraq
radio station run by Saudis during Gulf War Didn’t allow support for 91 uprising
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
(Musings On Iraq book review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)
1991 Britain offered $37 mil in humanitarian aid to Kurds
1991 Turkey said it couldn’t support Kurdish refugees flowing into country so shut border 10,000 crossed
into Turkey 80,000 held at border
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
2002 UK intel officials claimed that PM Blair decided that WMD and Saddam were not good argument for
going to war in Iraq
2003 3rd Inf Div captured Saddam International Airport in Baghdad Fedayeen counterattack turned
back Took 3 days to clear airport Saddam finally accepted US would attack Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 US forces sent to southern Baghdad to destroy Republican Guard units but they fled instead of
fighting
2003 Saddam appeared on Iraqi TV touring Baghdad neighborhood
2003 Information Minister Sahaf finally admitted US forces were in Baghdad at airport
2003 US forces hit by female suicide car bomb at Haditha Dam Women had made video beforehand aired on Al Jazeera
2003 PM Blair sent letter to Iraqi people saying Saddam would fall and Coalition would not be in Iraq
longer than necessary
2003 Power surge knocked out most of the electricity in Baghdad Would be out for weeks after war over
2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice said US wanted a democratic Iraq with no WMD that would not be threat to
neighbors
(Musings On Iraq book review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2004 Sadrists rose up in Baghdad Najaf Kut Karbala Kufa Nasiriya against US Ambushed US patrol in Sadr
City killing 8 Americans
(Musings On Iraq book review Battle For The City Of The Dead)
(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)
2004 80% of one Iraqi National Guard battalion and 70% of another deserted in Baghdad in 1st day of
fighting Mahdi Army
2004 40% of police in Najaf and Kut fled when Sadrists rose up in 2 cities
2004 Fighting between Mahdi Army and Spanish in Najaf left 200 Iraqi casualties
2004 Polish battalion held Karbala city hall but rest of city fell to Mahdi Army
2004 Italian governor of Dhi Qar made deal with Mahdi Army to stay in base while militia took Nasiriyah
2004 CPA created Ministerial Committee for National Security in Iraqi govt
2004 UN special envoy Brahimi arrived in Iraq to help put together interim govt
(Musings On Iraq book review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)
2004 Operation Vigilant Resolve launched by Marines starting 1st battle of Fallujah
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2005 Outgoing Inter Min Naqib warned US if SCIRI got Inter Min would fill it with Badr militiamen which
it did
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2006 Report Inter Min refused to deploy any police trained by US-UK mission in last 3 months because
didn’t control recruits
2007 Report US arrested Sadrist Dep Health Min Zamili in Feb Accused of taking kickbacks for equipment
orders at ministry with money funneled to Sadrists 15 warrants for ministers for corruption not served MP Jabouri in hiding accused of stealing $7 mil for pipeline security force he created Allawi Defense Min Shaalan facing $1 bil in corruption charges
(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2008 PM Maliki said he would stop raids against Sadrists
2008 PM Maliki said he didn’t negotiate ceasefire with Sadr but Iran did
2008 PM Maliki said he would recruit 10,000 local tribesmen into security forces in Basra
            after Charge of Knights
2008 Report PM Maliki integrated 10,000 Dawa and Badr members into army
2008 Report 30% of soldiers went AWOL during Charge of Knights in Basra Mahdi Army was supplied by
            Iran during fight
2008 Report National Intel Estimate said that Surge decreased violence but security fragile Insurgents still
capable of large attacks Slow progress towards reconciliation
2008 Pres Talabani banned PUK members from criticizing govt in media or could be expelled Came after
PUK accused of corruption and power struggles
2009 PM Maliki said that Baathists and ISI had infiltrated Sahwa
2009 Sahwa leader in Baghdad said govt was out to destroy Sahwa
(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)
2009 Sheikh Abu Risha said he would run with State of Law in provincial elections
(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)
(Musings On Iraq Anbar Sheikhs Reach Out To Shiites)
2010 3 car bombs on Iranian Egyptian and German Embassies in Baghdad killed 41
2011 Baghdad Operations Command accused Harith al-Dhari head of Muslim Scholars Association of
assassinations in Baghdad
2011 Day of Dignity protests in Baghdad
2011 Opposition parties walked out of KRG parliament when Peshmerga and Interior ministers refused to
appear for questioning over treatment of Sulaymaniya protests
2011 Sulaymaniya protesters called on KRG government to resign
(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)
2012 Dep PM Shahristani told Kirkuk governor had to stop oil smuggling to KRG
2012 State of Law MP accused Kurds of trying to prevent army from buying new equipment
2012 PM Maliki sent envoy to try to improve ties with Turkey but failed
2013 Turkey said it was willing to split payments of oil exports between Baghdad and Irbil
2015 Great Tikrit Mosque set on fire after city freed Tribes demanded Hashd withdraw from area
2016 Kurdish Alliance said it would not vote on any ministers it didn’t nominate
2016 Allawi said if new govt was to be nonpartisan than PM Abadi had to resign too along with his cabinet
2017 Kirkuk council called for referendum to integrate province into KRG
(Musings On Iraq book review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)
(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)
2018 Pres Masum filed lawsuit over 2018 budget saying it violated the constitution

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