Wednesday, February 17, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 17


1917 British crossed Shumran bend outflanking Ottoman forces in campaign to recapture Kut

1981 UN Rep Palme went to Iran and Iraq for 3rd time to try to negotiate ceasefire

1986 Iran started attack to gain more ground in Faw Peninsula in Basra

(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 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(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)

1995 Temporary ceasefire made between PUK and KDP during civil war

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

1998 Clinton told Pentagon US had to stop Iraq from getting WMD and nuclear weapons and Baghdad

had to allow unfetted UN inspections

2003 U2 spy planes began flying over Iraq for UN weapons inspectors

2003 Turkish parliament delayed vote to allow deployment of US troops for Iraq invasion due to

domestic opposition

2003 IAEA found that Iraq-Niger uranium docs were fakes

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

2005 Report Iraqi Natl Guard and Peshmerga commander in charge of Kurdish Natl Guard units in

Ninewa said that Arabs needed to be treated roughly and with force otherwise they would rise up Kurdish soldiers said they didn’t trust Arab soldiers and would not take orders from their Arab officers on the Peshmerga

2007 3 car bombs in Baghdad killed 74 and wounded over 100

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2007 VP Hashemi called for Mahdi Army to be placed on terrorist list by US

2007 Report Mahdi Army staying off Baghdad streets as Surge started

2008 2 car bombs at Awakening meeting in Anbar killed more than 20

2008 Sadr announced end of truce with ISCI made in Oct 07 Didn’t stop fighting between two parties

2008 Report 2007 avg 200 attacks per day against ISF Start of 2008 only avg of 82 per day

2008 Report Almost half of displaced said they wouldn’t return to old neighborhoods because

demographics changed in civil war Baghdad’s Adil neighborhood 70% of violence caused by conflicts between returnees and squatters occupying their homes ISF helping Shiites keep homes by arresting Sunnis and not allowing families back

2008 US accused Iran of increased arms shipments to militias in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2011 Protests in Sulaymaniya began demanding reform in KRG Attacked KDP HQ Fired upon by guards

killing 2

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)

2012 Mahoum Sarkhi offices set on fire Blamed on followers of Ayatollah Sistani

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