Saturday, April 6, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 6

1922 Fatwa said Saudi Wahabi Ikhwan were brigands and Shiites could fight them published in Iraqi
1922 Shiite tribes mostly responded to fatwa Sunni ones thought Baghdad should deal with Ikhwan
1939 Abd al-Ilah named regent of Iraq to rule in place of infant King Ghazi
1941 British commander in Iraq asked for military reinforcements from Egypt but turned down
1941 Iraq banned British military from moving from Habaniya base Confiscated radios from British
Military Mission
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
1948 Port of Basra protest against Anglo-Iraq Treaty
1963 Iraq Syria Egypt started talks about uniting three countries Nasser didn’t want to share power with
Baath so talks stalled
1972 Soviet PM Kosygin visited Baghdad to sign strategic agreement with Bakr govt
1979 Israeli agents sabotaged Osirak nuclear reactor while it was in France waiting to be shipped to Iraq
1980 Iraqi commandos fired rockets at Iranian oil field prelude to Iran-Iraq War
1984 Iran and Iraq announced end of 4th round of war of cities Iran-Iraq War
1984 Report UK firms sold agents to Iraq to make mustard gas and sarin
1985 UN Sec Gen deCuellar announced he would go to Baghdad and Tehran to try to negotiate end to Iran-
Iraq War
1987 Iran Op Karbala 8 started in Fish Lake Iraqi defensive line in front of Basra city Only gained 1 mile
caused 2600 Iraqi casualties
(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
(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)
1991 UNHCR est 750,000 Kurds fled to Iran and 280,000 to Turkey and 300,000 on Iraq-Turkey border
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1991 Baghdad accepted UN resolution 687 that said Iraq had to recognize Kuwait sovereignty and destroy
WMD and missiles
2003 US 3rd Inf Div attacked west Baghdad and seized bridges Iraqis counterattacked for next 60 hrs
2003 US marines joined US army in attacking east Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 British raid into Basra City led to overall attack to take city Looting began
2003 US raided Salman Pak Claimed found foreign fighters there proving Iraq was connected to terrorism
Thousands of foreign fighters had come to Iraq to defend against a western invasion Weren’t terrorists
2003 Tarqi Azziz said Saddam finally realized his end was near
2003 Pentagon told ORHA about replacements for its staff Asked when they would arrive Said hadn’t
informed some of them yet
2003 Pentagon flew Chalabi and his Free Iraqi Forces into Nasiriya Rumsfeld wanted him flown to Baghdad
but Gen Franks said no
2004 CPA Order 71 was to decentralize power to local councils
2004 Marine reinforcements arrived for Op Vigilant Resolve in Fallujah US forces attacked center of city
2004 Marines on way to Fallujah ambushed in Ramadi 12 killed and 25 wounded
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2004 Mahdi Army attacked Coalition forces in Amara Nasiriya Kut Karbala Najaf Baghdad
2004 500 Japanese soldiers in Samawa Muthann told to halt work and retreat to camp out of fear of attacks
by Mahdi Army
2004 Based upon Gen Taguba’s report US army handed down 6 reprimands and 2 relief of duties over Abu
Ghraib prison scandal
2005 Talabani named president of Iraq, Mahdi and Yawar vice presidents in 1st post-03 Iraqi govt
2006 Court documents showed that Cheney told aide to leak intelligence on Iraq trying to buy uranium
from Niger to press to discredit Fmr Amb Wilson
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2007 Op Black Eagle US and Polish forces fought Mahdi Army in Diwaniya
2007 Report ISF claimed control of Ghaziliya and Amiriya in Baghdad but not true Ghaziliya surrounded by
ISF for a week Split between Sunni area run by insurgents that imposed Islamic law and Shiite area run by Mahdi Army Khadra also surrounded by ISF and split between Sunni-Shiite areas ISF didn’t allow young men into district during day At night insurgents had free reign Amiriya under ISI control ISF raided area and claimed it was cleared because arrest few Clashes along border of Amiriya and Abu Saifan run by militias
2008 ISF began setting up checkpoints to isolate Sadr City Led to gunbattle with Mahdi Army
2008 Maliki was organizing his own local militias in Baghdad to fight Mahdi Army
2008 Sadr said he might end ceasefire because govt campaign against Mahdi Army had not stopped
2008 Petraeus said Iran helping Mahdi Army in Basra
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2008 Maliki said Mahdi Army needed to be disbanded if Sadrists wanted to run in 2009 provincial elections
2008 Gunmen burned down Sadrist office in Hillah, Babil probably from Badr
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2008 69 sheikhs signed pact to support govt, rejected violence in effort by Maliki to build up patronage
amongst tribes
2009 Court issued arrest warrant for former head of Diyala council for stealing 150 bil dinars
2009 Police raided 1st meeting of new Diyala council Claimed warrants for 6 members accused of supporting
insurgency on orders from PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki raid on Diyala council)
2010 7 bombs in Baghdad destroyed 7 buildings and killed 35 over 100 wounded
2010 Dir of Central Organization for Statistics said 25% of Iraqis lived below poverty level
2011 Iraqi Assoc of Defending Journalists accused govt of cracking down on reporters trying to cover
2011 Change Islamic Union and Islamic Group said they wanted a transitional govt in Kurdistan
2012 Proposed national conference to deal with protests and problems with Maliki didn’t happen
2012 ISF closed off Tahrir Sq to try to stop protests
2013 Suicide bomber attacked political rally for provincial vote in Baquba killed 22 wounded more than 50
2013 Court issued arrest warrant for Finance Min Rafi Issawi on corruption
2014 2 ISIS leaders killed fighting Ansar al-Sunna in Kirkuk
2014 ISIS closed Fallujah Dam causing flooding
2015 MP said Hashd were looting in Tikrit after its liberation
2015 Abadi said 152 houses and shops burned in Tikrit but didn’t say by who
2015 3 Yazidi activists fled Kurdistan due to death threats from Kurdish officials Accused KDP
2016 Abadi’s nominee for Finance and Planning Minister withdrew his name
2016 Ruling parties said they would submit 3 candidates for new ministers to undermine Abadi’s candidates
2016 Supreme Council criticized Abadi for trying to determine new cabinet by himself

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