Saturday, June 1, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 1

1932 Most Assyrian Levies resigned over treatment of their community Worried about what new
Iraqi govt would do with them
(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 Regent of Iraq returned to power after PM Gaylani overthrown by British
1941 497 Iraqi soldiers killed and 695 wounded British lost 150 troops during Anglo-Iraq War
1941 Regent welcomed at airport by group of Jews from Baghdad who were attacked on way home that
continued into capital
1941 Farhud anti-Jewish pogrom in Baghdad started Around 120 people killed and 850 wounded
1941 Yunis Sabawi pro-Nazi leader who appointed himself governor of southern Iraq planned pogrom
against Jews but deported by Brits
1941 British troops barred from entering Baghdad during Farhud UK Foreign Office thought it would look
bad for Regent to return to power backed by English troops
1941 German Gen Felmy head of military mission to Iraq arrived in Syria after Anglo-Iraq War was over
(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 Arshad al-Umari became premier of Iraq Would hold office 2 times
1948 Jewish forces attacked Iraqi positions in Jenin but were turned back in 1st Arab-Israeli War
1967 Iraq For Min Pachachi met with US officials about growing tension with Israel before 6-Day War
1972 Pres Bakr with Public Law 69 nationalized Iraq Petroleum Company Created Iraq National Oil
Company Saddam main decision maker Had backing of Soviets and France
1975 PUK announced its formation and date celebrated as anniversary even though party created in
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1984 UN Security Council condemned Iran and Iraq attacking tankers in Persian Gulf Iran-Iraq War
1987 Iran captured Darbandi Khan Lake dam in Kurdistan
(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)
1994 Barzani and Talabani agreed to 50-50 power sharing deal to jointly run Kurdistan administration
1994 600 killed in week’s worth of fighting between KDP and PUK especially around Halabja
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1997 PKK launched 1st of 4 suicide bombings against KDP 55 KDP killed
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
2001 UN Res 1352 extended Oil for Food program
2001 White House national security meeting on revising Iraq policy but no decisions made Asked NSC
for new ways to pressure Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 1.2 UK Iraq strategy September 2000 To September 2001)
2002 Bush gave speech at West Point arguing for pre-emptive war against rogue states because couldn’t
be contained
(Musings On Iraq book review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)
2002 Bush told Natl Sec Adv Rice “Fuck Saddam. we’re taking him out”
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
2003 Sadrist march against British occupation of Basra
2003 ORHA head Garner left Baghdad ending his short tenure in Iraq
2003 Barzani and Talabani wrote letter to Bush objecting to sectarian quotas putting Shiite as PM and
Sunni as president
2003 House Armed Services Comm said it would investigate US failure to find Iraq’s WMD
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 UK Rep to Iraq Sawers reported that CPA would create an Iraqi Political Council to advise the
CPA a cabinet and a constitutional convention would be held
2004 Iyad Allawi announced as interim PM of transitional Iraqi govt Ghazi Yawer President
2004 CPA signed deal with Kurds INC SCIRI and others to disband their militias Never followed through
(Musings On Iraq article on CPA militia policy)
2004 CIA Dir Tenet letter to Congress said doubted 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague
in 2001
2004 Gen Casey became new Coalition commander in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2007 Islamic Army spokesman went on Al Jazeera accusing ISI of belligerence since it declared its state
(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 Def Sec Gates and Gen Odierno said they supported a long term US military presence in Iraq and
would ask for a status of forces agreement between US and Iraq
2007 Dep US Iraq commander Gen Odierno said he’d authorized his commanders to offer local
reconciliation agreements with insurgents Said he thought 80% of insurgents and militiamen were reconcilable 
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
2008 Fmr PM Jaafari announced leaving Dawa to create own party National Reform
2008 Australia began withdrawing its troops from Iraq Operated as trainers and advisers in south
2009 Ex-Trade Min Sudani appeared in court to answer questions on corruption charges
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2009 Def Min claimed it captured leader of Ansar al-Sunna Mohammed Hardawi
2009 KRG began exporting oil from Tawke and Taq Taq fields
2010 Parliamentary election results were certified
2010 Maliki attended PUK congress to lobby for new term as PM
2010 PKK ended ceasefire with Turkey hoping to spark peace talks Didn’t happen
2010 Electricity Min doubled bills for users to cut consumption but Iraqis unused to paying for power No
2011 Second day of protests in Ramadi calling for army to withdraw from city after police chief killed in
Iraqi army raid Ground Forces Commander Gen Ghidan made agreement with Anbar govt to move soldiers out of cities due to protests after raid
2011 Human Rights Minister escaped assassination attempt by sticky bomb in Baghdad
2011 Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Iraq worse country in world due to deaths of reporters
2011 Amnesty Intl called on Baghdad to stop suppression of protests in Baghdad by arresting leaders
2011 Protest in Nasiriyah calling for jobs services and demanded govt step down
2011 Oil Min signed deal with South Korea’s KOGAS to develop Akkas gas field in Anbar
2012 US asked Iraq to extradite Hezbollah operative Daqduq to US after Iraqi court found him innocent of         terrorism Didn't happen
(Musings On Iraq article on Hezbollah presence in Iraq)
2012 During anniversary of founding PUK Pres Talabani mentioned Gorran head Mustafa 29 times pointing
to possible reconciliation
2012 Report Iran pressured Sadr to pull support for no confidence vote against PM Maliki Sadr called for all
parties to move against Maliki instead
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 Kurdish parliament extended Pres Barzani’s term for 2 years
2013 Def Min claimed it broke up ISIS cell working on chemical weapons
2013 Salahaddin governor escaped mortar fire on his home north of Tikrit
2013 Ninewa Governor Nujafi escaped 2nd IED on his convoy west of Mosul
2013 Sheikh Sulaiman said Anbar governor’s committee to negotiate with Baghdad did not represent
protest movement
2013 Sheikh Ubaidi of Albu Obeid tribe said Anbar protesters supported talks with Baghdad
2014 ISIS leader ambushed and killed by Naqshibandi in Hamrin Mts Diyala in retaliation for ISIS killing 8
Naqshibandi Fighting between two groups led to 70 deaths
2015 Iraq began selling Basra Heavy crude that greatly increased oil sales
2015 Pres Barzani said KRG would start independent oil exports if Baghdad didn’t deliver KRG’s share of
2018 Protest in Kut Wasit over lack of electricity

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