Saturday, May 18, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 18

1941 British bombed Fallujah while troops began surrounding town
1941 Transjordan force arrived at Habaniya base in Anbar Were attacked by German planes
(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)
1948 Port of Basra protest against Anglo-Iraq Treaty
1985 Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal went to Tehran Offered to end aid to Iraq if Iran accepted
ceasefire Also talked about how much Iran wanted in reparations if war ended Saudis delivered refined oil to Iran as sign of goodwill Rafsanjani suggested Gulf States help overthrow Saddam In return Iran would not export its revolution and end war Saudis passed along idea to US that rejected it
(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)
1991 Massoud Barzani announced deal with Saddam for greater Kurdish autonomy
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1994 US pushed through UN call for Iraq to stop attacks on southern marshes as part of ending sanctions
2002 British govt issued order to prepare for military action against Iraq
2003 Former NY City Police Commissioner Kerik sent to be Iraq’s Interior Minister under CPA Said he
found no plan in place in Baghdad and Interior Ministry wasstaffed by 12 Americans plus him
2003 UK Foreign Office memo looting continued in Baghdad Interior and Information Ministries were
recently looted
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2003 Sheikh Naifus of Albu Alwan tribe in Babil who had been arrested for executions following 91
uprising released by US
2003 Fighting broke out in Kirkuk between Kurds and Arabs 5 killed 40 injured Armed Kurds from Hawija
arrived in city to join in
(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)
2004 Sadr called on Iraqis to rise up against US in Najaf
(Musings On Iraq book review Battle For The City Of The Dead)
2004 Ayatollah Sistani called on all armed forces to withdraw from Najaf and not to join Sadr’s uprising
2004 Bremer asked Sec Def Rumsfeld for 40,000 more U.S. troops Rumsfeld never responded
2004 Pentagon announced it would end funding INC in June 2004
2004 DepSecDef Wolfowitz wouldn’t give timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq after sovereignty
returned in Senate testimony
2005 Several US generals said it would take years for the US to withdraw from Iraq because taking long
time to rebuild Iraqi forces
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2005 Report Only 3 of 81 Iraqi army battalions capable of acting independently Only 1 of 26 army
brigades able to work independently
2005 Zarqaqi audiotape posted Titled Descendants of Ibn al-Alqami Are Back Alqami Shiite minister
Sunnis believed turned over Baghdad to Mongols in 1258 Zarqawi said Ibn Tarmiya’s words about Shiites applied to today Said Shiites were loyal to Jews and Christians humiliated Muslims in Iraq and wanted to destroy Islam
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2008 PM Maliki promised $100 mil for rebuilding Mosul after Mother of Two Rivers operation
2008 Accordance Front MP said Baghdad agreed to integrate 20% of Ninewa Sahwa and 7,000 locals into
security forces
2008 Sadr ceasefire in Baghdad finally took effect
2008 Police raided Sadr offices in Basra and captured large weapons cache and arrested militiamen
2009 Integrity Comm official said Def Min officials charging $500 to join army Trade Min selling food
rations to businesses
2009 Defense and Interior Min fired 12,000 ghost soldiers and 70,000 ghost police US officials thought
25% of Def Min payroll stolen
2009 Head of Islamic Party in Diyala Khazraji and Sawha leader arrested on terrorism charges as part of
Operation Promise of Good II Arrests part of PM Maliki crackdown on Sunnis in Diyala before and after provincial elections
(Musings On Iraq article on political crackdown in Diyala during Op Promise of Good II)
2009 Warrants for 3 other members of Diyala council issued by PM Maliki dropped due to protests by
2009 Baghdad released tape of man they claimed was ISI leader Baghdadi confessing Was not Baghdadi
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq’s claim to have arrested Baghdadi)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)
2010 Interior Ministry source claimed Iranian explosives and shells used in recent bombing in southern
2010 Sadrists said they supported Jaafari to be PM not Maliki
2012 Human Rights Watch reported secret prison in Green Zone run by PM Maliki said to be closed in
March 2011 still operating
2012 KRG began preparations to build independent oil pipeline to Turkey
2013 Protest leaders in Mosul Anbar Salahaddin Diyala Kirkuk had meeting saying armed struggle or
regions only options left
2013 Ramadi protest leader called for a Sunni region in Iraq
2013 Arrest warrant for Mohammed Abu Risha Ramadi protest leader led to gunfight with ISF in city
2014 Head of Mosul intelligence claimed he received report ISIS planning to attack Mosul and told Ninewa
Operations Command
2014 Babil police chief claimed Jurf al-Sakhr mostly cleared Town actually wouldn’t be freed until Oct
2014 Financial experts warned Iraqi economy heading towards recession
2014 PM Maliki said no 2014 budget until a new government was formed
2014 Report that 400,000 people fled Fallujah due to shelling and barrel bombing by ISF
2015 PUK’s Mahmoud Othman criticized Pres Barzani for talking about independence and acting like sole
leader of Kurds
2015 Foreign diplomat in Baghdad said Iran using Maliki against PM Abadi Opposed his pro-Western
2015 Fighting broke out between Bani Tamim tribe and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Basra
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2015 Badr head Amiri blamed Anbar council for loss of Ramadi because kept Hashd out of province
Untrue Hashd were there for months
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

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