Monday, January 18, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 18


1915 Ottomans and local tribes fought British in Rota Basra province and stopped their


1948 New Anglo-Iraq Treaty published Led to 3 day strike and major protest in Baghdad led by

Communists with participation of Baathists and National Democratic Party

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

1966 Iraqi army withdrew after heavy casualties from campaign against Kurds

(Musings On Iraq review of The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

1981 Saddam accused Iran of getting US spare parts despite US embargo

1981 UN Envoy Palme warned that superpowers might get involved in Iran-Iraq War

1987 Iran ended 1st phase Op Karbla 5 seized western bank of Shatt al-Arab Iraq suffered 17,500

casualties Iran 20-30,000

(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 review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

1991 Iraq fired missiles at Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel

1991 Iraqi terrorist tried to blow up US ambassador’s house in Indonesia in retaliation for Gulf


1993 US UK and France carried out air and missile strikes on Iraq for not cooperating with UN

inspectors 21 killed

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

1996 Iraq agreed to talk about UN Resolution 986 that would create Oil For Food program

2003 UN inspectors said sites named by US as WMD facilities had been looked at and nothing


2003 Report Saudis attempted to get Saddam to go into exile to avert war

2004 Truck bomb hit US headquarters at Republican Palace Baghdad Killed 20 wounded more

than 100

2005 Bishop of Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul kidnapped

2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq killed Sheikh Mohammed Sadiq al-Battah in Baghdad Head of Albu Chlaib

tribe in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2007 Baathist leader Izzat al-Douri offered to reduce insurgent attacks upon US forces if US went

after militias

2008 Fighting broke out between Soldiers of Heaven and Iraqi forces in Nasiriya and Basra Over 300

killed and wounded Group claimed persecution by PM Maliki Govt claimed they were Baathists in attempt to cover up fighting

2008 Gen Dubik in charge of training said ISF lacking in personnel equipment weapons logistics and

would need U.S. help for up to a decade

2008 Iraqi Accordance Front said that Accountability and Justice law met their demands and willing to

            end boycott of cabinet Wouldn’t happen until July

2009 Report PM Maliki removed Wasit police chief after Dawa member accused police of tearing

down Dawa election posters and putting up Iraqiya ones Warrants also issued for officers but not followed through with ISCI that ran Wasit council rejected new Maliki appointed chief

2010 KRG said it was willing to talk with Baghdad about energy Said it would publish deals it signed

with foreign companies in 2009 something Baghdad had demanded KRG wanted to restart its independent oil exports Kurds demanded that Baghdad pay the oil companies in KRG In return KRG would share profits from exports

(Musings On Iraq Talk Of Renewed Kurdish Oil Exports)

2011 Suicide bomber hit a police recruitment center in Tikrit killing 54 wounded 137

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2011 Iraq Supreme Court ruled that all independent commissions and Central Bank of Iraq were under

PM Maliki instead of parliament Directly contradicted constitution that said all commissions were under the parliament

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Wins Control Of Iraq’s Election Commission)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2011 PM Maliki and KRG PM Salah said they reached agreements on renewed Kurdish oil exports

and 2011 budget Oil Min would pay oil companies in KRG for their costs Issue of oil profits not resolved

(Musings On Iraq Has Baghdad And Kurdistan Finally Come To An Agreement Over Oil Exports And The 2011 Budget?)

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