Thursday, May 31, 2018

This Day in Iraqi History - May 31

1915 British forces set out to capture Amarah from Ottomans
1931 Iraq made first payment of oil revenues to Turkey in return for giving up claims
            to Mosul
1932 Kurdish revolt led by Barzanji put down by RAF
1941 Mayor of Baghdad worked out peace treaty with British surrendering city
1941 Yunis Sabawi pro-Nazi leader appointed himself governor of southern Iraq
            and told Jews to stay in homes
1941 Ger Amb to Iraq told Berlin UK-Iraq armistice signed False rumor British seized
            Mosul airport forced ambassador to flee to Syria
1941 German High Command told German planes heading to and based in Iraq to
            gather in Aleppo until further notice
1967 Jordan invited Iraqi army to deploy troops in its territory for war with Israel
1971 Nixon went to Tehran Shah asked U.S. help to aid Kurds against Baghdad
            leading to covert CIA operation
1981 Iran attacked Iraqi forces in Qasr-e-Shirin and Dehloran in central and northern
1992 Bush proposed doubling budget for covert action to overthrow Saddam
2001 1st of four Deputies Committee of NSC meetings on revising Iraq policy
2003 Badr Brigade claimed it gave up its heavy weapons Wasn’t true
2003 DepDefSec Wolfowitz said that US would find Iraq’s WMD
2003 CIA Dir Tenet said that CIA had not compromised its intelligence on Iraq
2005 Basra police chief said he had no control of 3/4 of his officers who were loyal to
            political parties and militias and were carrying out assassinations
2005 Basra police chief said militias were the real power in the province and they were
            criminals and bad people Said 2 main groups were Badr and Mahdi Army
2006 Maliki declared one month state of emergency in Basra after 100 killed in
2007 Islamic Army of Iraq and ISI got into gun battle in Amiriya Baghdad ISI claimed
            it controlled neighborhood US forces called in
2008 US put PKK on sanctions list as a terrorist group
2008 Report only 15% of Sawha integrated into govt as promised
2009 Ex-Trade Min Sudani placed in Samawa prison for trial after arrested trying
            to leave country Charged with corruption
2011 ISI cell arrested that created fake human rights organization as front group
2011 Protests in Ramadi demanding army withdraw from city after police chief
            killed in raid
2012 2nd day of 4th auction round for Iraq oil and gas fields Only 2 winning bids
2012 Iraq announced 5th auction round for Iraqi oil and gas fields would be held
            after disappointing 4th auction
2012 Ninewa Gov Nujafi claimed almost enough votes in parliament to hold
            no confidence move against Maliki
2013 Fight broke out amongst protesters in Fallujah between those for and against
            Anbar becoming federal region
2014 ISIS kidnapped and killed 8 Naqshibandi members in Baiji who would not
            give it allegiance
2014 Operation started to clear Saqlawiya north of Fallujah in Anbar
2015 Kurdish MP said 1205 Peshmerga killed 6595 wounded fighting IS since
            Jun 2014
2015 Badr head Amiri dismissed PM Abadi’s plans to retake Ramadi Claimed
            only Hashd could free city
2017 ABC News story offered more information on Rapid Reaction unit abuses first
            Reported in Der Spiegel during Mosul campaign

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