Monday, March 25, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 25


1917 British forces defeated by Ottomans at Battle of Mount Hamrin, Diyala
1982 Iranian Op Fath broke through Iraqi lines in push towards Maysan Iraqi counterattack failed
1982 Iraq asked US to stop Israel from sending weapons to Iran US Said it had no say in matter
1982 Reagan admin officials warned that if Iran beat Iraq in Iran-Iraq War would endanger western interests
1985 US intel reports Iraq used chemical weapons in fighting in southern Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
(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 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 UN Res 1158 extended Oil For Food Program for another 90 days
2002 UK Foreign Sec Jack Straw told Blair no Iraq-Al Qaeda link and Iraq not more of a threat now than
before 9/11
2002 Straw argued for following legal path against Iraq via U.N. resolutions
2002 CIA report said foreign govt told it Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2002 New Yorker article said Iraq supported Al Qaeda via Kurdish Ansar al-Islam based upon prisoner
held by PUK Kurds told New Yorker Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri met Saddam in 1992 Also that Iraq was sending WMD to Al Qaeda
2003 Information Minister Sahaf began giving press conferences claiming that U.S. was losing war
2003 Russian Amb to Iraq provided U.S. invasion plans to Baghdad including invasion routes
(Musings On Iraq article on how Russia provided Iraq with intel on US invasion plans before war)
2003 UK and ISCI reported locals in Basra rose up against Saddam Fedayeen
2003 UK forces reported Iraqi army was firing mortars on civilians in Basra to put down anti-govt revolt
2003 British bombed Basra city
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 British forces secured Um Qasr town in Basra
(Musings On Iraq book review Target Basra, The High Octane Story of the Royal Marine Commandos In Iraq)
2003 British government confirmed its first two combat deaths in Iraq invasion in Basra
2003 Heavy fighting between US forces and Fedayeen in Najaf
2003 US bombed Republican Guard positions south of Baghdad
2003 Retired generals in TV interviews began saying invasion wasn’t going well because didn’t have
enough troops
2003 Report that Saddam was thinking of using chemical weapons when US forces attacked Baghdad
2003 NY Times reported facility found outside Najaf was not a chemical weapons site
2003 U.S. forces found chemical weapons gear in Nasiriya
2003 UK General recommended govt plan for its forces to stay in Iraq until March 2004 for postwar
operations
2004 UN proposed investigation into abuses of Oil for Food program
2005 State Dept told Congress wanted to reorganize rebuilding funds with more money for services and
maintenance Didn’t think Iraq could sustain projects
2006 US Amb Khalizad told ISCI’s Hakim US opposed to Jaafari remaining as premier Kurdish and Sunni
parties were threatening boycott of govt if Jaafari remained in office
2006 Report on captured Iraqi docs said Iraq kept the story it had WMD because helped Iraq’s image in
Arab world and deterred Israel Saddam told his top advisers there were no more WMD
2006 Report on captured Iraqi docs Saddam thought France and Russia would stop war in UN If US did
attack Iraq’s “warrior spirit” would be victorious
2006 Report on captured Iraqi docs Saddam thought internal revolt main threat to his regime not US
invasion
2006 Report on captured Iraq docs Russian Amb gave Iraq detailed intel on US troops movements and
invasion plans
(Musings On Iraq article on how Russia provided Iraq with intel on US invasion plans before war)
2006 Report on captured Iraq docs Saddam thought Iraq winning when war almost over and wanted
unconditional surrender by US led Coalition
2006 Report on captured Iraq docs Tape Powell played during Feb 03 UN speech was Republican Guard
making sure area met UN inspections not hiding WMD
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
2007 Report Attacks in Ramadi cut in half 4,500 tribal members asked to join Ramadi police Result of
Awakening 2,500 fighters in Emergency response Units organized by Awakening paid by Interior Min
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Nvy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)
2008 U.S. Seal team arrived in Basra to liaison with Iraqi forces during Charge of Knights op against Mahdi
Army
2008 Curfew and vehicle ban imposed on Basra as part of Charge of Knights
2008 Mahdi Army seized 5 of 18 districts in Kut in fight against govt forces
2008 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Nasiriyah
2008 Mahdi Army kidnapped policemen belonging to Badr in Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2008 Sadrists protested in Samawa, Muthanna against Charge of Knights
2008 Sadr offices in Baghdad called for civil disobedience to protest Charge of Knights shut down 6 districts
in capital
2008 Mahdi Army fired rockets at Green Zone
2008 Clashes between Mahdi Army and ISF in east Baghdad and between Mahdi Army and SIIC
2008 Fighting between Mahdi Army and police in Hillah
2008 Mahdi Army attacked Sistani and 2 Dawa office in Sadr City
2009 Iraqi embassy in Jordan announced program to register former soldiers who wanted to return to Iraq
2009 Spec Inspec General for Iraq Recon Bowen testified to Congress Said US went into Iraq not ready to
rebuild country and when security quickly declined so did reconstruction project Said CPA tried to reform all of Iraq whether it wanted it or not yet never had money personnel oversight or coordination to do so
(Musings On Iraq article on SIGAR Bowen’s testimony to Congress)
2010 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq released US contractor it kidnapped Issa Salomi
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2010 State of Law threatened lawsuit unless Election Commission made a recount of national vote
2010 State of Law members protested in Basra, Najaf, Karbala, Kut calling for recount
2011 ISF blocked all entrances to Tahrir Sq to try to block protests but happened anyway
2011 Were protests in Baghdad, Najaf, Diwaniya, Kut and Hillah against corruption and lack of services
2011 Was 2nd protest in Tahrir Sq against reconciliation with former Baathists probably organized by Dawa
2011 Prisoners in Rusafa Prison set up protest camp against poor conditions and sectarian warden
2012 VP Hashemi claimed ISF tortured one of his bodyguards to death during questioning
2012 Pres Barzani said that Maliki was abusing his powers and not following Irbil agreement made after
2010 elections
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Pres Talabani called for reconciliation between Kurdish Alliance and Maliki
2012 Displacement Ministry said Europe was deporting Iraqi refugees and wanted that to stop
(Musings On Iraq book review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)
2012 Electricity Ministry said it would stop importing power in summer 2013 as domestic production
increased Didn’t happen
2013 Committee created to come up with laws to meet demands of protesters Never happened
2013 Turkey signed trade deal with KRG
2014 Militias held parade in Balad, Salahaddin which local officials tried to deny
2014 ISIS took over Nibai for one day and then left
2014 ISIS made call for declaring the caliphate as a trial balloon
2014 Transportation Ministry set up special flights to take ISF members from Mosul to homes in Baghdad
to avoid attacks along highway
2014 Dozens of Sunni families fled Buhriz, Diyala after being attacked by militias
2015 Officials accused Diyala governor of stealing millions in aid meant for displaced
2015 Gorran presented 3 plans for renewing Pres Barzani’s term
2015 Fight in KRG parliament when KDP members attacked Gorran MPs over Pres Barzani
2015 Member of Salahaddin council accused Hashd of kidnapping 125 civilians from Dour
2015 US began air strikes on Tikrit Pro-Iran Hashd said they would not take part in op to re-take city
because of US involvement
2015 Hashd accused of blowing up houses and executing 4 civilians in Diyala
2015 2nd Diyala governor adviser killed blamed on Hashd
2018 Public workers protested in Sulaymaniya Dohuk Irbil over being paid only half of wages Baghdad paid
half and KRG didn’t pay its half
(Musings On Iraq article on pay dispute between Baghdad and Irbil)
2018 Turkey made false claim it was launching military operation in Sinjar to force PKK to leave which it
agreed to do
(Musings On Iraq article on PKK withdrawal for Sinjar)

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