Monday, June 3, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 3

1915 British forces captured Amarah after convincing Ottoman garrison to surrender
1941 3rd train load of German military aid arrived from Syria Stored in Mosul after war ended
1941 British troops occupied Mosul after overthrowing PM Gaylani govt
1944 Hamdi al-Pachachi became premier of Iraq
1950 Grenade attack in Jewish neighborhood of Baghdad 3rd of 7 such attacks on Jews 1950-51
1982 Iraqi intelligence made attempt on life of Israeli amb to UK using Abu Nidal terrorist group
1982 Report Iraq tried to provoke Israeli invasion of Lebanon to end Iran-Iraq War by uniting countries
vs Israel
1986 Iranian Rev Guard Cmdr Rezai said his forces didn’t need tanks or advanced planning because
his infantry could overwhelm the Iraqis and win the war
(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)
(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)
1987 Ali Hassan al-Majid ordered 1,000 Kurdish villages be destroyed
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1991 Survey found Gulf War damage to Iraq infrastructure far more than originally claimed Destroyed most
of electrical grid
1991 Protests and clashes continued in 3 Kurdish cities Dohuk 4 Kurds and 2 Baath officials killed as Kurds
demanded US forces stay in Kurdistan to protect them
1998 Inspector report to UN Iraq not accounted for missiles warheads VX amounts of ingredients and final
products made from them Russia France China refused to approve the report
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
(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)
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
2001 Saudi Amb to US Prince Bandar gave presentation to Bush saying Saddam taking advantage of
instability in Middle East
2002 Gen Franks briefed Sec Def Rumsfeld on new Running Start war plan to begin before all forces in
theater Rumsfeld liked new war plan and wanted more on it
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
2003 Sadrist marched in Baghdad against US occupation
2003 Iraqi nuke scientist who day before turned over centrifuge plans to CIA arrested by US Special Forces
2003 After trip to Iraq PM Blair met with officials Said that CPA lacked organization UK should become
more involved in CPA Needed more UK civilian officials in southern Iraq US and UK needed to speed up contracting process UK companies should become involved in Iraq
2003 UK Under Sec Def Tebbit wrote to Def Min Hoon on his trip to Iraq Said no integrated plan for
rebuilding Iraq Didn’t know whether US would give Bremer authority to manage task Said Bremer wanted UK help with police training
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2004 US forces attacked Mahdi Army at Kufa mosque
2004 US began extending tours of US units serving in Iraq to maintain troop levels
2004 KRG hired Barbour Griffith & Rogeres to lobby US govt
2005 US held secret talks with insurgents in Balad to try to break them away from foreign fighters and Al
Qaeda in Iraq
2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped and killed 4 Russian diplomats in Iraq
2007 US claimed Iranian arms shipments to militias in Iraq increasing including large caliber rockets
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
2010 Pres Barzani went to Turkey for first time in 6 years Said he would stop PKK operations
2011 Suicide bomber in mosque in Tikrit during Friday prayers and then suicide bomber on hospital where
casualties taken
2011 Diyala governor threatened to resign if federal troops continued to carry out raids and arrests in
2011 PM Maliki led raid on Trade Bank of Iraq after it refused to back deal he brokered with S. Korean
2011 VP Hashemi accused PM Maliki of monopolizing power
2011 Protest in Baghdad for better services
2012 Dep PM Mutlaq said no confidence vote against PM Maliki would reflect popular mood in Iraq
2012 Sadrists again said they supported no confidence vote against PM Maliki
2012 Ayatollah Haeri issued fatwa against voting for secular candidates as pressure on Sadr to drop no
confidence vote vs PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2013 Shahristani claimed Iraq’s electricity crisis would be solved by end of year
2013 Protests over lack of electricity started in Nasiriyah
2013 Kirkuk governor said all the displaced Arabs in province fleeing violence should be made to leave
2013 Sadr issued statement accusing Asaib Ahl Al-Haq of trying to assassinate one of his aides
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2014 11 tribes in Fallujah district declared war on ISIS
2015 IS held ceremony in Ramadi where sheikhs gave it baya
2015 Badr’s Amiri blamed PM Abadi for fall of Ramadi claiming he listened to US and kept Hashd out
of fight
(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2015 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq asked govt to give its men immunity before it attacked Fallujah
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2015 Badr MP called for Fallujah to be destroyed
2016 Govt shut down social media in Baghdad to try to stop organizing protests
2016 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Dhi Qar Qadisiyah Najaf Basra demanding political reform
2016 Reports Federal Police and Hashd executed displaced fleeing IS from Sjar, Anbar
2016 Large number of displaced from Saqlawiya, Anbar stopped by Hashd 1,300 men taken away and
beaten and tortured 643 men detained by Hashd in Saqlawiya never seen again

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