Thursday, May 30, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 30

1926 Verbal agreement made between British and Turks to give Turkey 10% of Mosul oil
revenues for 25 years in return for giving up claims to province
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1941 Last brigade of British 10th Infantry Division from India landed in Basra
1941 British troops reached Baghdad Iraqi army barracks bombed leading it to ask for peace
1941 Baghdad mayor and army officers approached British embassy asking for armistice
1941 German Amb to Iraq Grobba fled to Mosul Told German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop Iraqis still in
the fight
1941 Ger For Min Ribbentrop told Ger Amb to Iraq Grobba that more planes arriving Jun 1 Grobba said
because of lack of fuel German planes would have to be based in Syria
(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)
1946 PM Suwaidi resigned over controversy over Iraq-Turkey Friendship Treaty Nuri al-Said negotiated
treaty without consulting with govt
1959 Last British soldier departed Habaniya base in Iraq as English military withdrew from country
1968 Iraqi army arrived in southern marshes to put down Communist uprising
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1982 Protests and riots in Karbala Basra Nasiriyah Baghdad over battlefield losses in Iran-Iraq War
1985 Iraq carried out heavy air raid on Iran oil terminal at Kharg Island
(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)
2003 Gen Conway 1st Marine Expeditionary Force surprised hadn’t found any Iraq WMD in searches Said
intel about Iraq having ready to use WMD was wrong
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld announced new Iraq Survey Group would be formed to take over search for Iraq’s
2003 Coalition forces looking for Iraq WMD increased to 1300 personnel
2003 Final report of UN inspectors found no evidence of WMD programs
2003 UN inspectors said soil samples helped back Iraq story that they destroyed anthrax
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
2003 PM Blair said he was sure evidence of Iraq’s WMD would be found
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld said war was not based upon lies because both US and England said Iraq had
2003 Bush said US found WMD because 2 alleged mobile WMD labs were found Inspection found not
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 UnderSecDef for Intel Cambone said only 70 of roughly 600 suspected WMD sites in Iraq had been
2003 CIA Dir Tenet said that its Iraq intelligence was not politicized by Bush admin
2003 US report on Iraqi police Said they were corrupt and needed reform Called for 6,000 advisers which
US didn’t have
(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post-invasion Iraq)  
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)
2004 US Op Smackdown to probe Mahdi Army defenses of Kufa mosque began
2004 7 US soldiers disciplined for not stopping Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal
2004 Leaked parts of Ryder report on Abu Ghraib found 100s of Iraqi prisoners were held despite lack of
2005 VP Cheney said Iraq in “last throes” of an insurgency
2006 Pentagon report to Congress said violence increased since 2004 from avg 400 attacks/wk spring 04 to
550 attacks/wk Aug 05-Feb 06 to 600 attacks/wk Feb-May 06
2007 US turned over security for Kurdistan to Peshmerga
2007 Op Alljah started to clear Fallujah
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Green on Fallujah during the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq review Fallujah Redux The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle With Al Qaeda)
2007 Graffiti appeared in Baghdad’s Amiriya saying down with ISI It attacked a mosque associated
with Islamic Army in retaliation killing its local commander Islamic Army then attacked an ISI mosque leading to 4 hr gun battle
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2007 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq arms supplier Abu Abdullah captured by U.S. forces
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2008 ISF raided Iraqi National Gathering HQ in Basra
2008 CIA Chief Hayden said ISI near strategic defeat in Iraq
2008 Ayatollah Sistani aide said he was opposed to Status of Forces Agreement with U.S.
2008 Fmr White House spokesman McClellan said Bush White House so caught up in pushing war
ignored intel that didn’t fit argument
2009 Ex-Trade Min Sudani tried to leave Iraq but plane turned around and arrested at Baghdad airport on
corruption charges Used stolen money to fund PM Maliki’s 2009 and 2010 election campaigns
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2009 Ex-Trade Min Sudani’s brother arrested trying to leave Iraq by land Tried to bribe border police Also
charged with corruption
2009 Gov Nujafi accused Peshmerga of human rights abuses and breaking law in Ninewa
2010 Diyala police chief complained his forces were infiltrated by insurgents
2010 PM Maliki met with Pres Barzani in Irbil to lobby for 2nd term
2011 Ninewa Gov Nujafi escaped bombing on his motorcade in Mosul
2011 Maysan council voted to keep US forces out of province as objection to a US raid
2011 VP Mahdi resigned saying position no longer held power and Najaf objected to way VPs elected
2012 PM Maliki said he was reinstating Saddam era army officers as concession to Sunni parties to stop
no confidence vote against him
2012 Pres Talabani met Pres Barzani Allawi Speaker Nujafi Dep PM Mutlaq in Sulaymaniya and refused
to back no confidence vote vs PM Maliki 
2012 Sadr said if Iraqiya and Kurdish Coalition backed no confidence vote against PM Maliki he would
support it Sadrists said replacing PM Maliki only solution to political crisis in Iraq
2012 Badr and Fadhila wrote letter to PM Maliki saying they supported him during no confidence move
against him
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Iraq Oil Ministry held 4th auction for 12 oil and gas fields Only 1 winning bid
2013 3 Reports militias killing civilians kidnapping people manning checkpoints with ISF in Baghdad
2013 Anbar governor escaped car bombing in Ramadi
2014 Ramadi protest leader said Sunni autonomy was way to go and rejected armed struggle
2014 Protest in Qadisiyah over lack of services and development
2014 Report Iran funding Asaib Ahl Al-Haq operations in Fallujah and Jurf al-Sakhr
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2015 IS held ceremony where Ramadi sheikhs gave it allegiance
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)
2016 Hashd and Federal Police stopped displaced fleeing Sjar Anbar Executed 12 men


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