Sunday, June 16, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 16

1941 Another British brigade landed in Basra to help secure Iraq after Anglo-Iraq War
(Musings On Iraq book review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The Nationalist Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review 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 Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)
1975 Iraq protested Algiers Treaty by placing pontoon bridge across Shatt al-Arab and sending troops
into Iran’s Khuzistan province Iran expelled Iraqis killing 88 of its soldiers
1979 Pres Assad arrived in Baghdad for more talks on unifying Iraq and Syria
            Came up with United Arab Republic but disagreed on details
1979 Assad became mad at Iraqi demands and left ending talks of unification Saddam
            was key in undermining talks Was afraid of lesser position within unified govt
1981 Iraq and Iran held 1st prisoner swap set up by Red Cross during Iran-Iraq War
1986 Planning cell created in Baghdad to prepare for retaking Fao Peninsula from Iranians
(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
(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 Barzani said deal made with Baghdad over Kurdish autonomy Talabani said not to
            trust Saddam
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1992 Most of the Iraqi opposition met in Vienna Led to creation of Iraqi National
Congress as umbrella organization Used quotas 1st time to break up representatives by ideology and ethnosectarian identity
(Musings On Iraq article on 1992 Vienna conference)
2003 Gen Abizaid CENTCOM commander said that US was facing classic insurgency in
            Iraq White House had been denying that
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2003 Bremer said Development Fund for Iraq money could be used by military for local
            reconstruction projects
2003 Bremer said failure to capture Saddam was helping resistance and making Iraqis
            scared to help Coalition
2003 Head UN Inspector Blix said empty 122mm WMD artillery shells were from
            1980s after US said they could be part of stocks
(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 Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance 1st US administration for
            Iraq officially closed
2004 Gen Accounting Office report Pentagon didn’t have good planning or oversight
            of reconstruction projects in Iraq leading to cost overruns
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm 1998 indictment that charged Iraq and Al Qaeda agreed
            to cooperate in Sudan proved false
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm that Al Qaeda was suspicious of Saddam’s secular govt
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm in 90s Iraq and Al Qaeda tried to work out non-
            interference pact and talked about cooperation
2004 CIA adv told 9/11 Comm in 1999 report said if Saddam wanted to attack US he
            would probably use Al Qaeda
2004 9/11 Comm said no operational relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda
            Had contacts but no cooperation
2004 9/11 Comm said 1994 bin Laden asked for Iraq’s help with operations but never
            got response
2004 9/11 Comm said Iraq and Al Qaeda talked about cooperation in Sudan in 1996 but
            nothing came of it
2004 9/11 Comm didn’t believe story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi
            intel officer in Prague
2004 Sec State Powell said administration stuck by claim of Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship
2004 White House said 9/11 Comm didn’t contradict admin claims because it never
            said Iraq behind 9/11 Cheney said there was a connection
2004 White House said Zarqawi being in Iraq before 03 invasion proved Saddam gave
            safe haven to Al Qaeda members
2005 Report Tehran cracking down on Zarqawi’s network in Iran
2005 US diplomat in Mosul documented abuses of Inter Min Wolf Brigade including
            torture beatings not releasing prisoners
2005 Report US declared Tal Afar cleared of insurgents in Oct 04 but had to return in
            May 05
2006 Mujahedeen Shura Council kidnapped 2 US soldiers in Baghdad in revenge for
            US troops raping Iraqi girl and killing her and her family
2006 Kidnapping of 2 US soldiers derailed Iraq’s Operation Together Forward to
            secure Baghdad
2006 Bush told Iraq Study Group PM Maliki was going to solve problems in Iraq and
            Gen Casey had situation under control
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Battle of Ramadi began with setting up 2 combat outposts in southern section of
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Nvy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)
2007 Operation Phantom Thunder which was overreaching name of a series of operations began to clear
Baghdad Belts began Suburbs and towns around Baghdad city US deployed 4 brigades for operation going along Tigris River near Arab Jabour in south known for producing car bombs and had not had US forces in 3 years US cleared Salman Pak in west and tried to stop insurgents from moving to Baquba in Diyala in the east US forces in Taji in north tried to stop insurgents fleeing Baghdad to Salahaddin Also operations in Adhamiya Rasheed Mansour neighborhoods of Baghdad
2008 PM Maliki gave ultimatum to militiamen to hand over weapons in Amarah, Maysan
            aimed at Mahdi Army
2008 Sadrists said they would run in provincial elections but not as a party
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr’s strategy)
2009 43 police had been arrested for abuse in prisons Done to placate Sadrists
            complaining about abuse of their followers
2010 Turkey sent troops into Kurdistan and bombed areas chasing PKK fighters
            after attack on Turkish army base
2010 State of Law and National Alliance in talks to try to limit powers of next
            PM in negotiations to form new govt
2010 PM Maliki met with Kurdish list claiming he would implement Article 140 on
            Kirkuk and disputed areas to get their support for 2nd term
2011 PM Maliki gave TV speech saying militias had infiltrated Interior Ministry and
            carried out assassinations
2011 PM Maliki said Baghdad protests were illegal and threatened security
2011 PM Maliki said ISF would not be ready to secure Iraq after US forces withdrew at end of year
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2012 2 car bombs hit Shiite pilgrims heading for Kadhimiya, Baghdad 32 killed
            67 injured
2012 Sadr said that removing PM Maliki was God’s will but he was already backing off
            no confidence vote due to Iranian pressure
2012 Sadrists and State of Law in talks to try to end no confidence move against PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Kurdish list said their goal was still to remove PM Maliki
2013 Security op in Anbar to prepare for elections criticized for arbitrary arrests and
2013 Car bombs in Najaf and Wasit, IED in Basra
2013 KDP and PUK agreed to delay KRG presidential elections supposed to happen Sep
            2013 until issues of Pres Barzani’s term resolved
2013 Sadr-SIIC alliance won governor and head of council in new Wasit govt
2013 State of Law-Solidarity alliance won governor and head of council in Dhi Qar
2014 All work at Baiji refinery shut down because of insurgency
(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)
2014 US and Iranian diplomats met to discuss Iraq and ISIS
2014 275 U.S. troops sent to Iraq to help with war vs ISIS
2014 ISIS issued orders to start destroying churches in Mosul
2014 12 insurgents killed in fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS for control of Mosul
(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)
2014 Insurgent Military Council in charge of Mosul criticized ISIS for trying to establish control
over city
2014 ISIS seized Hawija, Kirkuk
2014 Badr killed 51 prisoners in Tal Afar prison
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2014 Hashd killed 50 prisoners at Baquba police station
2014 KRG asked for 25% of Iraqi budget claiming its population had grown
2014 Maliki loyalist MP Fatlawi blamed Kurds for helping insurgents take Mosul
2014 Liwa Abu Fadhl al-Abbas Iraqi militia in Syria sets up branch in Iraq and deployed 1500
fighters to Samarra
(Musings On Iraq Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)
2014 KRG Premier Barzani went to Tehran to assure it about its seizure of Kirkuk and disputed
2014 1st Iranian Rev Guard member killed during war vs IS Officially died in accident in Karbala
Friends claimed he was a martyr in war
(Musings On Iraq article on Iranian fatalities during war vs IS)
(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)
(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)

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