Thursday, May 14, 2020

This Day In Iraqi Histor - May 14


1935 Iraqi army and air force began campaign to bomb tribal areas destroy towns and burn crops
to put down tribal revolt in Rumaitha
1941 PM Churchill authorized British air force in Iraq to attack German planes in Syria
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)
1941 2 British fighters flew out of Iraq and attacked 2 German bombers in Syria damaging them
1941 German war planes began landing in Mosul Were attacked by British planes
1941 Finance Min Suwaidi met German amb Told to take up Turkish mediation offer to stall for time
until Axis aid could be organized
1941 German ambassador promised Iraq German planes were arriving and military aid coming from Syria
(Musings On Iraq review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)
(Musings On Iraq review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)
1959 Gen. Qasim withdrew Iraq from anti-Communist Eisenhower Doctrine
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1972 Baath brought Communists into govt after Iraq-Soviet 15 year Friendship Treaty
(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1986 Iraq captured Mehran in south 1st Iranian city seized since 1980 Offered to trade it for Fao Rejected by
Iran
(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 review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)
1991 UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iraq
(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)
1992 Iraqi govt suspected of setting off car bomb in front of Dohuk hotel hosting foreign reporters
covering Kurdish elections
1997 Op Hammer 30,000-50,000 Turkish troops invaded Kurdistan to attack PKK and support KDP
(Musings On Iraq review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2002 UN Resolution 1409 created smart sanctions on Iraq to try to limit military and WMD related
imports but increased civilian imports
2003 Sadrists marched in Baghdad calling for an Islamic government in Iraq
2003 US officials said probably wouldn’t find WMD in Iraq Were now focusing on finding documents
about programs
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)
(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)
2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw said finding WMD was not vital to justify war WMD #1 reason Blair wanted
Saddam removed
(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 Human rights group complained US forces not protecting 3,000 body mass grave found in Babil
2004 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz and Gen Pace said prison abuse at Abu Ghraib violated Geneva Convention
2004 Daily Mirror admitted pictures it published of alleged prisoner abuse by UK forces were fakes
2004 US told Iraqi National Congress funding wound end in June 2004
2004 Maysan tribe set ambush for UK forces outside of Amara 20 tribesmen killed and others arrested
Head of tribe Hattab and brother of Maysan governor accused police chief of tipping off UK about ambush
2007 Prison riot at Camp Bucca almost took over facility
2007 UN reported number of prisoners held by Iraqis went from 3,500 in Jan 07 to 20,000 in Mar US held
3,000 prisoners in Feb 19,500 in May Increase due to Surge Prisoners overwhelmed Iraqi judicial system Prisons would become recruiting and organizing centers for insurgents
2008 ISI fighters crossed into Iraq from Syria and killed 11 policemen in their homes in Anbar
2008 Female suicide bomber killed Iraqi army commander in Yusifiya Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2009 Trade Minister Sudani resigned before having to appear before parliament for corruption charges
2010 Election Comm finished recount in Baghdad requested by PM Maliki who claimed cheating Found
no problems
(Musings On Iraq review The Unraveling, High Hopes And Missed Opportunity In Iraq)
2010 Abu Suleiman became new War Minister for ISI after Masri killed by US April 2010
2010 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed
2015 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during reports he was
injured in air strike
2015 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs in final drive to take city
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)
2018 PM Abadi ordered manual recount in Kirkuk balloting after widespread charges of cheating
(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)
2019 Speaker Halbusi referred several MPs to Anti-Corruption Council claiming they were involved in
bribing Ninewa councilmen to vote for new Gov Marid Led to MPs leaving Axis Alliance and others to call for removing Halbusi
(Musings On Iraq New Ninewa Governor Surrounded In Bribery Accusations Over His Election)
2019 Kataib Hezbollah launched drones from Babil that hit 2 Saudi pumping stations
(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

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