Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - May 16

1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement broke up Ottoman Empire into British and French
Spheres Basra and Baghdad to England Mosul to French France was to be buffer with Russia
(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)
1941 While British planes bombed Iraqi column outside Rutba, Anbar English ground
            forces were attacked by German planes
1941 German commander in Iraq agreed with Baghdad’s plan to retake Habaniya but
            didn’t have forces to do it
1941 German planes attacked Habaniya base British destroyed 10 German planes in
            Irbil and Mosul
1941 Mullah Mustafa Barzani escaped Baghdad and headed for Sulaymaniya
1977 Saddam interview with US News & World Report said Iraq would never accept
            Israel’s right to exist
1984 US offered to provide air cover to any Arab country’s oil tankers in Persian Gulf
            to protect them from Iranian attack
2003 CPA Order 1 disbanded Baath Party Came from Undersec of Def Feith He would
            later deny responsibility
2003 ORHA Head Garner met with Iraqi Leadership Group exiles and Iraqi notables put
together by Barzani and Talabani Bremer told Leadership Group he was in charge not them
2003 Bremer announced that interim Iraqi govt would not be formed and that CPA
would govern Iraq
2003 CPA picked Phillip Carroll to be top US adviser to Oil Ministry Said he was
            against privatizing industry
2003 Sadrists attacked movie theater in Baghdad for showing indecent movies
2003 Arabs claimed they were beaten by Kurds at a market and bridge in Kirkuk
2004 Sec of State Powell some sources on Iraq WMD were inaccurate wrong and
            sometimes deliberately misleading
2005 US issued order unless US forces directly involved in abuse of Iraqis
should report incident and do nothing else
2008 Suicide bomber hit Fallujah police station killing several officers
2008 Parliament integrity committee said arms deal with Serbia illegal Def Min refused
            to answer questions about it
2008 Maliki gave insurgents 10 days to hand in weapons in Mosul as part of Mother of
            Two Springs offensive
2009 Maliki promised major crackdown on corruption
2009 Kurds deployed Peshmerga to Zummar, Ninewa in response to ISF move there
            Part of tension with Hadbaa running Ninewa govt
2009 Head of British Army Gen Dannatt said UK’s participation in Iraq damaged its
            military reputation with US
2010 Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi named new leader of ISI after Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
            killed April 2010
2011 Gulf Cooperation Council rejected Iraq’s bid to join
2011 Senior Iraqi Air Force official said Iran tried to block Iraq buying F-16s from US
            using friendly political parties
2011 Security official blamed militias for wave of assassinations and sticky bombs in
2011 Qadisiyah council voted to make province a federal region
2011 investigation into IS prison break in Basra caught in political controversy with
            ruling parties interfering 2 members of Maliki’s office implicated
2011 Sadrists rejected any talk of extending US troop presence in Iraq past end of year
2012 End of deadline set by Sadrists for Maliki to implement Irbil power sharing
agreement Maliki did not respond
2012 Pres Barzani said he was fed up with Maliki and could not work with him
2012 Maliki allowed Dep PM Mutlaq back to work after dismissing him as political
            threat during no confidence move
2013 Gov Nujafi of Ninewa escaped IED attack on his convoy
2013 ISF raided Sheikh Suleiman’s farm in Anbar leading to shootout with guards
2014 Reports of barrel bombs and indiscriminate shelling of Fallujah by ISF leading to
large displacement of civilians
2015 IS leader Baghdadi issued speech saying Anbari displaced being mistreated by
            Baghdad for sectarian reasons
2015 Ramadi fell to IS after months of fighting Report IS going through city executing
            government workers and Sahwa members

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