Sunday, April 7, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 7


1916 Start of Battle of Bait Alsa and Sannaiyat between British and Ottomans
1941 UK Middle East cmdr Gen Wavell told War Office military intervention in Iraq not possible and
diplomacy should be used instead UK Mid East Cmdr Gen Wavell thought Regent of Iraq could be restored to power by strong statement and show of force by Royal Air Force
(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 of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
1972 Soviet PM Kosygin inaugurated Russian company’s production at North Rumaila oil field
1980 Iran withdrew all its diplomatic personnel from Iraq
1980 Iran put military on full alert after accusing Iraq of repeated attacks upon its border area
1988 Start of 3rd Anfal campaign focused upon Germian, Sulaymaniya Civilians in area rounded up and
many executed
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1991 Sec State Baker condemned Iraq crimes against its people but said US would not get involved
1991 US began humanitarian airdrops to Kurds
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1998 IAEA told UN Iraq not carrying out any prohibited nuclear activities at sites it had visited
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2002 Blair and Bush met Blair pushed going to UN against Iraq Some claimed Blair okayed war with Iraq at
meeting Blair denied that
2002 Bush told network he’d decided Saddam must go
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
2003 US 3rd Inf Div conducted 2nd Thunder Run into Baghdad Iraq’s Info Min Mohammed Sahaf denied
U.S. forces were in Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 US Marines entered east Baghdad which was empty of Iraqi forces
2003 US got intel Saddam in Mansour Baghdad Carried out air raid that killed 18 civilians
2003 British took Basra city
2003 Ayatollah Haeri named Moqtada al-Sadr his representative in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq aricle on Haeri naming Sadr his representative)
2003 Looting reported in Baghdad
2003 NY Times reported 4 drums of possible nerve agents found near Karbala Story proved false
2003 Rumsfeld opponents within military leaked details of Rumsfeld micromanaging invasion plans to
Seymour Hersh
2004 Mahdi Army seized control of Kut forcing Ukrainian troops to withdraw Ukrainians refused to
evacuate CPA civilians from city during retreat
2004 Mahdi Army attacked Polish patrols in Karbala
2004 Mahdi Army fought Spanish troops in Najaf
2004 Sadr claimed he was the military wing of Ayatollah Sistani
2004 Another marine unit arrived to take part in Op Vigilant Resolve 1st Battle of Fallujah
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2004 Blair called White House over his concern about attacks upon civilians during Fallujah Battle
2004 US intel memo said that Sunni areas were a lost cause Sunnis didn’t see themselves having role in
new Iraq US trying to create
2004 US report Iraq earned $10.1 bil by manipulating Oil for Food Program from 1997-2002
2005 Talabani sworn in as Iraq president and named Jaafari as new premier Ended interim govt under PM
Allawi
2006 3 suicide bombers hit Buratha mosque attempting to assassinate ISCI MP Saghir suspected of running
Badr death squads 80 killed
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2006 Court papers showed Bush authorized leak of information on Iraq-Niger uranium story to support
administration
2006 Prosecutor claimed Cheney Chief of Staff Libby’s leaks to press were part of campaign to discredit fmr
Amb Wilson over Iraq-Niger story
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger story)
2007 Islamic Army said it had tried working with ISI but failed Blamed ISI for killing anyone that didn’t
follow it
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2008 Maliki said Sadrists could no longer participate in politics if didn’t disarm
2008 Sadr said he would disarm Mahdi Army if Ayatollah Sistani and clerics in Iran suggested it
2009 Obama flew to Baghdad and met PM Maliki and Pres Talabani Said lots of political progress but still
issues in Iraq
2010 Sadrist referendum on who movement wanted as new premier picked Jaafari after national vote
2012 Kurdish Alliance said committee put together to work out problems with Maliki
2012 Dep PM Shahristani complained about KRG oil contracts saying they were unrealistic
2013 Cabinet said it was going to amend Accountability and Justice Law to meet demands of protesters
2013 PM Maliki said early elections should be considered to solve political stalemate in country
2013 KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani said PM Maliki was violating constitution and consensus politics with
dispute over budget
2013 Report claimed soldiers in army brigade were told to vote for PM Maliki in elections
2014 PM Maliki told Shiite politicians he was turning to militias for security because frustrated with ISF’s
performance
2014 PM Maliki gave militias like Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah control of security in Baghdad
belts
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2014 Naqshibandi leader and son killed by ISIS in Hamrin, Diyala
2015 Cabinet said Hashd part of ISF and under premier as commander in chief
2015 Sunni tribes blamed for some of the looting in Tikrit after city freed
2015 MP from Albu Ajeel tribe said looting and burning in Albu Ajeel and Dour were done out of revenge
for Camp Speicher massacre
2016 One committee set up to handle cabinet reform said most ruling parties rejected changes
2018 People started two days of sit in protests protests in central Basra over lack of services corruption and
jobs

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