Sunday, May 17, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - May 17


1639 Treaty of Zuhab ended Ottoman-Safavid War and gave Ottomans most of Mesopotamia
(Musings On Iraq review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)
1920 Huge joint Sunni-Shiite demonstration in Baghdad during Ramadan against British rule
1941 British forces set out from Habaniya base to try to take Fallujah
(Musings On Iraq article on 1941 Battle of Fallujah)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)
1941 10 British planes landed at Habaniya air base from Egypt and launched attack on German planes in
Mosul British bombed Baghdad air base Shot down 2 German fighters
1941 German liaison officer with Iraqi govt killed by an Iraqi soldier flying into Baghdad
(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)
1967 Commander Iraqi air force put two squadrons on alert for deployment to Jordan in anticipation
            of Arab-Israeli War
1972 Oil Ministry took hardline with Iraq Petroleum Company in 1st move towards nationalization
1973 Iraq rejected border agreement with Kuwait saying never ratified by Iraqi constitution
1987 Iraqi fighter hit USS Stark with 2 missiles killing 37 US sailors
(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)
2002 PM Blair’s foreign policy adv Manning told Natl Sec Adv Rice that they had to get weapons
inspections back into Iraq to garner public support for any war
(Musings On Iraq article Chilcot Report Volume 2 Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)
(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 Iraqi Leadership Group of exiles and Iraqis put together by Barzani and Talabani to advise ORHA
head Garner disbanded by Bremer
(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy)
2003 ORHA head Garner told Bremer he was leaving Iraq Bremer talked Garner into staying for a bit
2003 US-Kurdish agreement allowed 6,000 Peshmerga to be deployed in Diyala Kirkuk Ninewa
Salahaddin beyond Green Line
2003 500 Arabs from Hawija attacked Kurds in Kirkuk City Lasted 36 hrs Were heard shouting Saddam
slogans Protesting Kurds moved into city after war
(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)
(Musings On Iraq How Did Kirkuk Become Such A Divisive Issue? A Portrait of The City In
2003)
2003 Baghdad Univ faculty held election for new leadership as part of democratization move pushed by
US
2003 CIA interviewed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program Mahdi Obeidi who asked for asylum in US
2004 Report Mahdi Army recruiting Baathist security and intel officers in Kirkuk for militia along with
Shiite Arabs and Turkmen
2004 CIA warned that political factionalism in Mosul leading to instability
2004 Zarqawi killed Iraqi Governing Council head Salim with a suicide bomber in Baghdad
2004 Report Sec Def Rumsfeld authorized special interrogation program that helped lead to Abu Ghraib
abuse scandal
2004 Report INC provided defector Adnan Haideri’s stories about Iraq WMD used by US pre-war proved
false Was used in CIA DIA White House reports May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA
2005 Association of Muslim Scholars accused police of being involved in massacres of Sunni civilians
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2005 Report Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr tribes in Qaim formed Hamza Forces to fight Al Qaeda in Iraq
Went to Marines in Fallujah asking for help
2005 Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr criticized US Op Matador in western Anbar for targeting them
when they were fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar tribes turning on Al Qaeda in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on Albu Mahal tribe)
2006 US cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey told NSC sectarian violence up in Iraq New Baghdad security plan not
working Casey told Bush Iran providing more EFPs to attack US forces
(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2007 2nd day of fighting between Mahdi Army and Iraqi soldiers in Diwaniya started by security sweep vs
militias
2008 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa unit in Diyala Another female suicide bomber set off car
bomb against ISF in Diyala
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2009 Head of parliamentary integrity comm said Trade Min Sudani covered up his brothers’ involvement
in corruption at ministry
2009 Kurdish protest in Shikhan against Al-Hadbaa led Ninewa government
(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)
(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)
(Musings On Iraq Ninewa Struggles Between Arabs and Kurds Continue)
(Musings On Iraq Troubles Continue In Ninewa Over Results Of Provincial Elections)
2009 Oil Ministry criticized KRG’s independent oil deals
2010 China’s CNOOC and Turkey’s TPAO signed deal to develop Maysan oil field
2010 KRG Natural Resource Min said Kurdish oil exports wouldn’t start until new Iraqi govt formed
2011 Interior Min investigation found IS prison break in Baghdad had inside help
2011 Baghdad Operations Command said most assassinations of ISF personnel were done by militias not
ISI
2011 Pres Barzani said he was ready to talk with opposition parties in KRG parliament about reforms
2012 Asayesh arrested 3 Yazidis for attending govt sponsored conference to intimidate them to stay away
from Baghdad
2012 PM Maliki withdrew no confidence request to parliament against Dep PM Mutlaq to try to stop no
confidence move against himself
(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2014 Sheikh Hayes blamed protesters for creating environment for return of insurgency in Anbar
2014 4 Kurdish parties accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya voting
2014 Kurdish parties announced united stance when negotiation to form new Iraqi govt
2015 Anbar council voted to allow Hashd to deploy to province after fall of Ramadi Were already there
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)
2015 IS unilaterally began withdrawing from Baiji refinery after Ramadi taken Used fighting in Baiji as
diversion
2015 Intl Org of Migration reported 2.8 mil displaced in Iraq since start of 2014
2016 PUK and Gorran signed power sharing-cooperation deal Gorran would get Sulaymaniya governor
PUK Sulaymaniya city mayor

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