Saturday, September 29, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 29

1915 British forces took Kut, Wasit from Ottomans
1917 2nd Battle of Ramadi ended with Ottomans losing city to British
1980 Iraq took Geilan Zarb across from Maysan
1981 Iran retook Abadan 2nd largest city in Iran 2000-3000 Iranians 600-1500 Iraqis
died 5000 Iranian wounded 2500 Iraqis captured Opened road to allow supplies and reinforcements to western Iran Iraqi forces withdrew to Khorramshahr
1986 Heavy Iraqi air strikes on Kharg Island Iran oil terminal
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones 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)
1998 Iraq Liberation Act introduced into Congress
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iraq In The Eye of the Storm that includes Iraq Liberation Act)
2001 Sec of Def Rumsfeld ordered review of all existing Iraq war plans
(Musings On Iraq article on how Bush admin went from 9/11 to Iraq invasion)
2003 Islamic Army of Iraq founded
2004 Briton Kenneth Bigley beheaded by Zarqawi
2005 Balad bombing killed 95
2005 NYTimes reporter Miller told grand jury VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told her
fmr Amb Wilson’s wife was a CIA agent Was retaliation for Wilson challenging White House over Iraq-Niger uranium story
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2005 Gen Abizaid and Gen Casey told Congress number of Iraq army battalions that
            could operate independently dropped from 3 to 1
2006 Sadr told Mahdi Army commanders they needed temporarily disarm Cut size of their
units to make them more manageable All militiamen to go through orientation and be issued new IDs
2006 British launched Op Sinbad against militias in Basra
2006 Report Senior British officers were lobbying Blair govt to withdraw forces from Iraq
Said forces could achieve little and frustrated with slow development of new ISF
2006 Report 3 Iraqi reporters in south arrested for accusing a governor a judge and police
            officers of being corrupt
2006 Special Inspector Gen Iraq Recon Bowen testified to Congress Said 13 of 14 projects
by Parsons Corp were substandard and had serious problems Also criticized projects by KBR and Bechtel
2017 Pres Barzani’s office threatened unilateral independence if talks with Baghdad weren’t
            opened immediately
2017 Secretary of State Tillerson issued statement that US didn’t recognize the KRG
            referendum
2017 Intl flights cancelled out of Irbil airport after travel ban imposed by Baghdad in
            retaliation for referendum
2017 Iran threatened to ban fuel shipments to Kurdistan in retaliation for referendum 

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