Thursday, January 21, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 21


1916 Ottomans retreated up Tigris after defeat at Battle of Wadi only to lose again to

British at Battle of Hanna

1948 Communist led demonstrators against Anglo-Iraq Treaty fired upon again Led Regent to repudiate


(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(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)

1970 Pres Bakr announced failed coup by army officers and a special tribunal would

            try the plotters 44 later executed Accused Iran of supporting coup

1970 Imam Khomeini started lectures in Najaf outlining his concept of vilayat al-faqih

1987 Saddam sent letter to Iran Said he didn’t claim any Iranian territory and wanted peace deal

Asked Iranians to challenge Khomeini’s right to rule

1987 Iran captured Duaija east of Basra city Iraq launched 2 counterattacks but repulsed 1500 Iraqi


1987 Iraq suffered 10,000 casualties in Basra during Iran Op Karbala 5 leading Saddam to call for


(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)

1993 Iraq declared ceasefire with Coalition over not allowing UN weapons inspectors into country

Demanded US review no fly zones

(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 The Saddam Tapes)

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

1995 CIA set up base in Kurdistan to collect intel on Iraq Ahmed Chalabi presented fmr Gen

Samarriea who’d been in charge of military intel and his plan for a coup Chalabi added his revolt idea to it

(Musings On Iraq review of Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

1999 SCIRI rejected any US aid

2002 Weekly Standard OpEd by Robert Kagan and William Kristol called for Iraq to be attacked as

next step in war on terror

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

2003 Bush said that Saddam was not interested in disarming and that time was running out on Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

2003 PM Blair said 2nd UN resolution not necessary for use of force against Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

2003 DeptSecState Armitage spoke at US Inst of Peace saying US tried to avoid war but Iraq not

accounted for its WMD

2004 VP Cheney said there was overwhelming evidence Iraq and Al Qaeda connected

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2005 Knight Ridder analysis Violence in Iraq increased after every US benchmark such as capture

of Saddam handing over sovereignty etc

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

2006 KDP and PUK made new power sharing agreement splitting up posts in KRG

2007 2 officials claimed that US had convinced PM Maliki to stop protecting Sadr and Mahdi

Army Wasn’t true

2008 Fighting continued in Basra Nasiriya Diwniya for 3rd day between ISF and Soldiers of Heaven 200

casualties in Basra alone

2009 1st NSC meeting in Obama admin President said he wanted to withdraw from Iraq but

preserve successes Wanted 3 options for Iraq policy

2009 Samira al-Jassim called Mother of Believers arrested Accused of running ISI suicide bomber

cell Accused of training 80 women to carry out attacks 28 did so

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2009 New poll of Iraqis 23% said would vote for PM Maliki’s State of Law 12.6% Iraqiya 11.4%

ISCI Asked who would be best premier PM Maliki 23% Allawi 17% Jaafari 10%

2010 Report Iraq reconciliation committee holding talks with insurgents and Baathists in Jordan

UAE Syria Before PM Maliki had criticized US for similar talks

(Musings On Iraq Is The U.S. Negotiating With Baathists?)

2011 3 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2014 NGO warned that 5,000 had been forced from their homes in Baghdad Diyala Ninewa Basra

Reports gunmen threatened and forced Shammar tribe to flee Baquba Diyala ISIS forced 300 families out of province Shabaks in Ninewa targeted in Mosul Sunnis threatened and attacked in Basra in retaliation for terrorist attacks in rest of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Forced Displacement Returns To Iraq Part II)

2018 Federal Court ruled election date could not be changed Would happen 5/12/18

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections Set For May 12, 2018)

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

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