Sunday, March 14, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 14


1925 Iraq deal gave Turkish Petroleum Company right to explore for oil in entire country

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Burdens, Oil, Sanctions and Underdevelopment)

1951 Grenade hit American Cultural Center in Baghdad wounding some Jewish visitors 5th of 8 such

attacks on Jews 1950-51

1959 Nasser gave 4th speech against Iraqi Communists Said that he would stand against the communist


(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)

1981 Cuba’s foreign minister arrived in Lebanon as head of Non-Aligned Movement attempt to negotiate

ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War

1983 Sec of State Shultz ordered US diplomat in Baghdad to discuss US financing trade deals with Iraq

1985 Iran fired SCUD missiles at Baghdad War of Cities 1st time Iran used long range missiles Saddam

ordered retaliation Baghdad would bomb Tehran for 4 weeks

1986 UN mission found that Iraq had used chemical weapons several times in Iran-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

1988 Iraq’s 43rd Div destroyed and Iran captured Halabja Iran captured Dukan Dam Turned back at

Darbandikhan Dam

(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 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

(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 Pres Bush warned Iran not to take advantage of Iraq uprisings to try to annex any territory

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The 1991 Uprising In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

2002 PM Blair Adv Manning said Natl Sec Adv Rice committed to regime change in Iraq

2002 PM Blair Adv Manning said US working on strategic decisions on how to remove Saddam

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

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told ORHA head Garner he was going to pick all the advisers that were going to

run Iraqi ministries

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

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


2003 Iran’s national security adviser said US would not have a happy ending in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2003 French Pres Chirac told PM Blair he would not accept a UN resolution that set an ultimatum for

Iraq disarmament

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

2003 NSC decided on language for ultimatum to Saddam Included 48 hour deadline to leave power

pushed by Sec Def Rumsfeld

2005 Netherlands withdrew its 160 troops from Iraq

2006 Report May-Jun 03 British worried about strategic failure in Iraq due to US mistakes

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

2007 Iraqi military announced deaths down 80% in Baghdad since start of Surge NYTimes found higher

number of deaths but still big drop US military said deaths in Iraq down since start of Surge but deaths up in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

2007 Pentagon report to Congress on last Qtr of 06 Said PM Maliki promised reform and reconciliation

but did nothing Oct-Dec 06 most violent period recorded in Iraq since 2003

2007 Report Dead bodies found in Baghdad down from more than 200 per week in Dec 06 to 80 per

week start of Mar 07 Number of dead from bombings in Baghdad went from 528 in Dec 06 to 370 in Jan 07 Mahdi army off streets of Baghdad Many insurgents said to have withdrawn to Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

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

2008 Basra commander Gen Mohan outlined security plan to US Would last from March to Gen Petraeus

was unhappy with plan

2011 Justice Min said it would close Camp Honor secret prison in Baghdad run by PM Maliki that used

torture on prisoners Was not closed

2012 Ninewa council voted to freeze Article 140 that was to determine future of disputed areas

2012 Baghdad police held Russia Today reporters for 3 hrs because were doing story on emo killings in


2013 5 suicide bombers attacked Justice and Foreign Ministries, Communications Institute in central


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

2015 Operation to free Tikrit from IS stalled due to high Hashd casualties Iran was hoping to push Hashd

allies into lead in war but failed

2016 State of Law MPs probably pro-Maliki said Sadr’s protests in Baghdad could be infiltrated by


(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

2018 Sulaymaniya teachers promised to continue their strike over not being paid since November 2017

due to KRG austerity measures

2020 Camp Taji hit again with rockets wounding 3 US soldiers and 3-4 ISF

(Musings On Iraq Tit For tat Between U.S. and Pro-Iran Hashd Continues)

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