Thursday, June 13, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 13

1920 War Min Churchill wrote PM George that British army over extended in Mesopotamia and
asked whether UK should give up Mosul province because of costs
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia/Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1963 Govt forces attacked Dohuk killing 165 Peshmerga
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1975 Iran-Iraq signed Reconciliation Treaty to resolve border issues
1997 UN complained about Iraq’s obstruction of weapons inspections
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
1998 UN inspectors met with Iraqi delegation led by Tariq Aziz over UN inspections
(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)
2002 UK Def Min paper said postwar planning needed to be made before taking military action against Iraq
            UK never made plans
(Musings On Iraq article Chilcot Report Volume 2 Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 US ground forces commander Gen McKirenan moved HQ from Iraq to Florida Denied US forces
remaining in Iraq intelligence and staff
2003 Gen Eaton arrived in Baghdad to head US training program for new Iraqi army
2005 US held 2nd secret talk with insurgents in Balad to try to break them away from foreign fighters and
Al Qaeda in Iraq
2006 Bush made surprise visit to Baghdad told PM Maliki US stood behind him
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey told Bush US had to withdraw and make Iraqis take more responsibility
Bush did not agree but went along anyway
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 New Al Qaeda in Iraq leader al-Masri issued statement saying he would follow Zarqawi’s path
Continue attacking Shiites Still loyal to bin Laden
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2007 ISI bombed Askari shrine in Samarra 2nd time Used agents in Iraqi police Ayatollah Sistani and Sadr
called for calm Some Sunni mosques attacked in Baghdad and Basra in retaliation
2007 Sadrists began boycott of parliament and pulled ministers from cabinet when PM Maliki refused to
set withdrawal date for US 
2007 Gen Dempsey said 25% of Iraqi soldiers on leave 25% stayed home when units deployed to other
areas Injured soldiers kept on payroll when couldn’t serve Corrupt officers created ghost soldiers to steal salaries US found 13,000 ghost police Karbala and Najaf hired 1000s more police than needed as job program and to steal salaries
2008 Sadr said that he was turning most of his movement into social and political organization disbanded
most of Mahdi Army
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr’s strategy)
2008 PM Maliki said talks over new Status of Forces Agreement with US at dead end
2009 Kurdish List in Ninewa said it was thinking of creating alternative administration of districts that
refused to work with provincial govt Part of Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute in Ninewa)
(Musings On Iraq article on Al-Hadbaa taking over Ninewa council)
(Musings On Iraq article on continued Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute in Ninewa)
2010 Iraq Central Bank attacked by ISI dressed in military uniforms Started with 7 suicide bombers 25
killed 50 wounded
2011 Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq press conference on beatings of protesters in Baghdad
broken up by plain clothes police
2012 ISI bombed Shiite pilgrims and KDP HQ 84 killed total almost 300 injured
2012 Report Ayatollah Khamenei trying to persuade Sadr to drop opposition to PM Maliki Quds Force
commander Gen Suleimani already failed
2013 SIIC and Sadrists complained State of Law and Loyalty to Najaf broke deal and formed new Najaf
govt illegally
2014 Ayatollah Sistani issues fatwa for men to defend country leading to creation of Hashd al-Shaabi
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Tel Avav Univ’s Rachel Kantz Federa on Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa To Defend Iraq)
2014 3 Iraqi army divisions disintegrated in collapse of Mosul Tikrit etc
2014 Peshmerga moved into Sadiya and Jawala, Diyala and Kirkuk City after ISF fled
2014 North Oil Company shut down oil to Baiji refinery because of fighting
2014 ISIS demanded that people return to their jobs in Mosul after taking city
2014 Report up to 25 tankers with ISIS oil travelled into Kurdish controlled areas of Tuz Kharmato per day
2014 Insurgents seized police station in western Ramadi
2014 Badr head Amiri given control of security in Diyala by PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2014 Report 500 Iranian Revolutionary Guards deployed to Diyala
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)
2014 Sunni imam and two aides arrested in Baghdad by ISF later found dead
2015 2nd day of fighting between Hashd and Peshmerga in Sadiya, Diyala over control of town
2015 Report top US commanders didn’t want to get more involved in Iraq war against IS
2015 Protests in Basra demanding governor resign for corruption
2015 PM Abadi speech said Hashd non-sectarian under his command in war against IS
2015 80 US soldiers arrived in Habaniya base Anbar to support ISF operations in province

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