Monday, July 22, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 22

1920 Albu Hassan took Kifil from British 1920 Revolt All of Mid-Euphrates under tribal control
except for Hillah Babil
1920 TE Lawrence wrote British officials refused to give Iraq autonomy
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1923 UK Minister to Tehran arrived in Baghdad to discuss deportation and immigration of Iraqi opposition
figures to Persia Iraqi govt said they could return after elections for assembly held
1929 Iraq High Commissioner Sir Gilbert Clayton said giving Iraq concessions was best way to maintain
good relations with Iraq and bad negotiations would have opposite effect
1931 Shiite leaders told Yasin Hashemi they would back him for PM if they got majority of cabinet posts
1979 Televised session of Baath meeting Former Revolutionary Command Council secretary general
Mashadi claimed there was a Syrian backed coup Said Syria wanted to remove Iraqi leadership so that two countries could unite
1979 66 accused coup plotters had names read and then taken from Baath party meeting Party members
began praising Saddam Accused coup plotters included 5 of 21 from Revolutionary Command Council Former Oil Min Hadithi who helped nationalize Iraq Petroleum Company
1979 Another accused plotter Adnan Hussein al-Hamdani deputy prime minister and head of president’s
office who had been close aide to Saddam
1979 Court made up of 7 members of Revolutionary Command Council created to try 66 coup plotters 
1983 Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 2 took Piranshahr pass Attacked Haj Omran KDPI HQ and Rayat Mount
Kerman Advanced 10 mi into Iraqi Kurdistan
1988 Iraq Op Tawakalna ala Allah 4 in Qasr e-Shirin in center and Hoveyzah in south to push Iran
into direct talks Saddam didn’t believe Khomeini committed to UN Res 598 ceasefire Just wanted break and return to war Saddam also wanted one last try at victory in Iran-Iraq War with new offensive Iraqi forces turned back in Kurdistan and Basra but gained 40 mi in Khuzistan province Iran
(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)
1992 Iraq bombed southern rebels killing 30
2002 DIA officer told to start making secret intelligence briefings to Rumsfeld on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties based
upon request by Deputy Def Sec Wolfowitz
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
2002 US Energy Dept assessed Iraq trying to buy magnets meeting with scientists Niger uranium story
showed that Iraq restarted nuclear program
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 Iraqi Governing Council took office
2003 U.S. forces killed Saddam’s sons Uday and Qusay Hussein in raid in Mosul
(Musings On Iraq book review Special Operations Forces in Iraq)
2003 UN report said Iraqis becoming frustrated at US plans for returning sovereignty because would take
too long
2003 Bush speechwriter Gerson found 2 CIA memos from Oct 02 on why Iraq-Niger uranium story should
not be used in Bush speech Gerson’s discovery came just after White House blamed CIA Dir Tenet for why Niger story was used in Bush’s Jan 03 State of Union
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2004 Pentagon report acknowledge abuse of Iraqi prisoners including sexual and physical assault and deaths
2004 9/11 report 1994 or 95 Al Qaeda and Iraqi officials met Al Qaeda asked for aid and training camps Iraq
didn’t reply Al Qaeda worked with Ansar al-Islam in Iraqi Kurdistan
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said PM Maliki took no responsibility for anything Tried to take control of
ISF Casey said Maliki blocked 5 ops in Sadr City to protect Mahdi Army Maliki gave him list of 10 Shiite notables that could not be touched by US Sadr and aides at top of list
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said PM Maliki wanted militias to gain more control over Baghdad Said
Shiite politicians not serious about limiting Mahdi Army or death squads Said US forces clearing areas in Baghdad but Iraqis couldn’t hold them
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said US had no political strategy for Iraq since Dec 05 elections
2006 US Iraq Amb Khalizad said Sunnis and Shiite not accepted each other as equals not willing to
2006 NatSecAdv Hadley told Bush US had no security strategy for Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2008 109,087 pardoned under Amnesty Law Govt originally claimed only had 26,000 prisoners
(Musings On Iraq article on Amnesty Law)
2012 ISI head Baghdadi announced it had returned to its strongholds that it was driven out of by by Surge
2013 ISIS issued paper arguing that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was fit to be the next caliph
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2017 Anbar council voted 3rd and final time to dismiss Governor Rawi on corruption charges
2018 Protests in Baghdad Basra Qadisiya and Wasit for jobs water electricity Dhi Qar and Muthanna
demonstrators called for governor to step down
2018 Communications Minister said govt had blocked certain websites because they were being abused by
2018 PM Abadi said he needed more time to meet demands of protesters so soon after war with Islamic
State ended
2018 Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said Iraqi forces were making arrested protesters sign pledges not
to demonstrate again in order to be released from jail

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