Wednesday, May 8, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - May 8

1927 Iraqi cabinet resolution said Assyrians would be settled in the country
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1941 British Arab Legion left Palestine to take back Fort Rutba, Anbar from Iraqi police
1941 Arab Legion attacked by German aircraft and one regiment refused to cross Transjordan border into
1941 British Royal Air Force reported Iraqi air force combat ineffective Lost 25 planes Another 20-30
heavily damaged
1941 Vichy France agreed to transfer weapons from Syria to Iraq to use its air fields and okayed
landing of German planes
1941 Iraq Def Min Shawkat went to Turkey for talks Ankara offered end of fighting permission for UK to
use bases in Iraq In return UK would recognize Gayalani’s govt
1941 Iraq Fin Min Suwaidi went to Saudi Arabia to explain conflict with England and ask for mediation Ibn
Saud said Iraq should end war
1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell said not enough troops to take Baghdad and fight Iraqi and Axis forces
(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)
1982 Iran announced it had reached pre-war border with Iraq Iran-Iraq War
1982 Saddam ordered retreating Iraqi foces to rally in Khorramshahr dubbing it a Stalingrad
(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)
1988 138 Kurdish villages in southern and central Sulaymaniya abandoned due to Anfal campaign
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1990 Saddam claimed Iraq could build high tech capacitors for use in nuclear triggers
2002 UK For Sec Straw told Sec State Powell if Bush decided on military action against Iraq Blair would
back him
2003 Sec State Powell said US and UK would go to UN to authorize occupation of Iraq
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told staff rebuilding Iraq would not be fast or easy and needed time
2003 UK parliament announced review of pre-war intelligence on Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 ORHA met with ex-Iraqi army officers 2nd time Said they could bring back 137,000 soldiers
2003 Def Min memo called for Iraqi soldiers to return to duty and cooperate with ORHA
2004 Bush said US goal was to build a free and peaceful Iraq that was not a threat to its neighbors
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told Congress that Iraqi victims of Abu Ghraib prison abuse should be compensated
2004 Pentagon est by end of 2005 Iraq war would cost US $150 bil 3 times higher than White House
prediction before war
2004 Mahdi Army fought with British troops in downtown Basra
2004 US forces moved into Karbala and Amarah setting off clashes with Mahdi Army US forces seized a
govt complex in Najaf fighting Mahdi Army
2005 Battle of Qaim began
2009 Gov Nujafi stopped by Peshmerga from going to hot air balloon festival in Bashiqa Part of Kurd-
Hadbaa List dispute
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute in Ninewa)
2009 KRG said they would start exporting oil from Taq Taq and Tawke fields after Oil Min okayed
connecting them to Turkish pipeline Oil Min said it wouldn’t pay oil companies however
(Musings On Iraq article on Oil Ministry offer to KRG over oil exports)
2010 Pres Barzani set up investigation into murder of journalist Zardasht Osman KDP was accused of
2011 Anbar councilman complained that ISF continued arrest of former ISF members after PM Maliki
promised to end them
2011 ISI members staged a prison revolt in Baghdad killing 6 police and 11 prisoners
2012 PM Maliki held cabinet meeting in Kirkuk to highlight problems between Arabs and Kurds
2012 Allawi said PM Maliki was becoming an autocrat
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 Iraqiya said PM Maliki was allowing militias to operate in country
2014 US restarted training for Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in Jordan
2014 Anbar council again denied stories that ISF launched operation to free Fallujah
2015 IS broke out 30 prisoners from facility in Diyala posing as inspectors

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