Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 24


1915 Viceroy of India confirmed Basra and Baghdad vilayets should be under British control and

            ruled from India

(Musings On Iraq book review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1917 British retook Kut from Ottomans in 2nd Battle of Kut

1921 Churchill met with French who argued against Faisal being put in power in Mesopotamia because

of his record in Syria against France

(Musings On Iraq Churchill In His Own Words On Mesopotamia/Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)

1927 UK Iraq Commissioner Dobbs said that if Iraq not given independence would be unrest and

England would have to re-occupy country or leave

1955 Iraq signed security treaty with Turkey UK eventually joined Would become anti-Communist

Baghdad Pact Attempt by UK to maintain position in region

1955 Iraq got control of Habaniya and Shaiba air bases from England UK would come to aid of Iraq in

war and continue with military supplies under Baghdad Pact

1967 Arif govt put military on alert for possible war vs Israel

1984 Iran ended Ops Fajr 5 and 6 attacking Wasit and Basra which were diversionary attacks from

main target Majnoon Islands

1984 Iran broke through Iraqi defenses on Majnoon islands in Basra

1986 2nd Iraqi attempt to retake Faw in Basra from Iranians failed 10,000 Iraqis and 30,000 Iranians killed

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

1986 Iran’s Wa al-Fajr 9 attacked Sulaymaniya to try to draw Iraqi forces away from Faw Peninsula

Basra Included KDP

1986 UN Resolution 582 deplored use of chemical weapons in Iran-Iraq War but didn’t say who was

using them

1986 UN Resolution 582 also called for immediate cease-fire in Iran-Iraq War

(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 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)

1990 Saddam gave speech about liberating Jerusalem and warning US could take over Persian Gulf 

Saddam was trying to determine Israel’s policy towards Iraq before he decided to invade Kuwait

(Musings On Iraq Why Did Saddam Threaten Israel Before The 1990 Invasion of Kuwait?)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)

1991 U.S. led Coalition attacked Iraqi ground forces to liberate Kuwait in Operation Desert Sabr

1991 US-Saudi Voice of Free Iraq began broadcasting calling on Iraqis to rise up and overthrow Saddam

Allawi and Iraqi National Accord also part of radio station

(Musings On Iraq When The US Helped Start A Rebellion In Iraq That It Didn’t Want)

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

1991 Saddam told aides that Coalition airpower would limit troop movement but Iraqi soldiers were

better because of experience in Iran-Iraq War

1991 Saddam and aides believed that U.S. casualties would lead to end of Gulf War

2001 Sec State Powell said Iraq had not developed any significant WMD capability and UN sanctions


2002 CENTCOM intel staff completed first draft of intel estimate for Iraq invasion

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

2003 US UK Spain tabled 2nd draft resolution to UN saying Iraq had not taken opportunity to disarm 

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

2003 Russia France Germany tabled counter draft resolution at UN calling for step by step disarmament

process in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Section 3.7 Development of UK Strategy and Options, 1 February to 7 March 2003)

2003 Turkish cabinet agreed to allow US forces to be deployed for Iraq invasion in return for $1 bil in


2003 Turkish Foreign Min asked US for $92 bil in aid and allowing Turkish troops into Kurdistan in

return for US using Turkey for Iraq invasion

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

2003 CIA denied Newsweek story that Hussein Kamal Saddam’s son in law claimed Iraq destroyed its

WMD in 90s He did say that

2003 NSC meeting on Iraq oil sector Said US should not determine industry Went over rebuilding and

getting sector back on line after war Bush told NSC important to get Iraqis to be seen running oil sector after war Bush worried about oil shocks due to invasion Saudis said they would handle prices

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 2 The Agencies Engage)

2003 US outlined general humanitarian relief plan for postwar Iraq including finances and


(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy


2007 ISI Car bomb hit Habaniya mosque in Anbar Killed imam that spoke out against ISI along with

Islamic Army Jaish al-Mujahadeen and 1920 Revolution Brigades members Total 39 dead 62 wounded

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2008 Sheikh Suleiman of Anbar Salvation Council called for Anbar council to be dissolved because

controlled by Islamic Party

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

2009 Iraqi police officer killed U.S. soldier, interpreter and 2 Iraqi police and wounded 2 police, 3

Iraqi soldiers and an interpreter in Mosul 3rd time ISF shot at U.S. troops since Nov 08

2009 Kurdish Alliance and Iraqi Accordance Front agreed to coalition to rule Diyala Accordance

Front would get governorship Kurds the head of council

2009 12 Iraqi police in Sadr city arrested for kidnappings and murders Killed sister of VP


2009 Head of Iraq’s Chamber of Commerce said 24,000 factories were either closed or damaged

and govt aid not helping

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Closed Factories)

2010 Accountability and Justice Comm banned 376 ISF for Baathist ties 2008 Accountability and Justice

Act said Baathists were not allowed jobs in Defense and Interior Ministries US and Iraqi govts had recruited thousands of fmr Baath era officers and soldiers back into ISF

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

2011 All universities and institutes in Irbil closed to stop student protests

2011 Kurdistan Students’ Union told students in Irbil had to end protests or all services at school would

be closed to them

2011 Protests in Halabja turned violent as govt building burned and 3 died

2011 Kurdish protests spread to southern Kirkuk province

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

2014 ISIS released statement in Ninewa attacking PM Maliki and telling people not to vote in election

2016 Sources said Iran told PM Abadi he needed to keep Shiite quotas in any new govt

2016 PM Abadi issued Executive Order 91 creating Hashd Comm to legalize Hashd Made Hashd

independent force under military regulations Said couldn’t be affiliated with political parties

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