Friday, March 26, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 26


1918 Battle of Khan Baghdadi between Ottomans and British started

1969 Pres Assad called for Iraq-Syria-Egypt union

1975 Iranian premier visited Baghdad and laid out steps to implement Algiers Agreement

1979 Iraq hosted anti-Sadat meeting to oppose new Egypt-Israel peace treaty

1982 2 Iraqi divisions ordered to retreat to escape encirclement during Iranian Op Fath push on Maysan

Large tank battle in Chananeh End of day Iraqi 1st Mech Div destroyed

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1984 US Special Envoy Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq for 2nd time Rumsfeld presented secret proposal for

Israeli aid against Iran Iraq rejected offer Also offered $2 bil in loan guarantees Agreed to restore diplomatic relations

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1985 Iraq threatened to spread war to all sections of Iran if it didn’t agree to a peace settlement

(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)

1988 Iraq dropped chemical bombs on Karadagh Kurdistan

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1991 Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga on Khanaqin-Jalawla road Diyala

(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)

1991 Talabani returned to Iraq after 3 years Gave speech talking about freeing all of Iraq working with

Iraqi opposition to create a provisional govt 

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

1991 White House meeting on Iraq uprising Decided not to get involved

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

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

1991 Bush told press Iraqi rebels had not asked U.S. for help during uprising

1991 Bush administration said they would not stop Iraq from using helicopters to put down uprisings

1991 Bush Natl Sec Adv Scowcorft secretly met Saudi King Fahd who told US to stay out of 1991


1996 Jordanian govt held party celebrating opening of Iraqi National Accord new HQ in Amman

1996 PUK backed peace deal with KDP although talks had not worked out

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

1997 Sec State Albright said Iraq not cooperating with inspections and US would not remove sanctions

(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 United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

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

1998 UN inspectors went to presidential palace and found nothing

2003 US forces began move on Kut, Wasit Surrounded Najaf

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

2003 US 173rd Airborne Brigade landed in northern Iraq to cooperate with Peshmerga move into Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

2003 Iraq claimed US missile hit market in Baghdad US Air strikes failed to take Iraq state TV off the air

2003 Bush and Blair met at Camp David to discuss Iraq invasion

2003 ORHA sent list of 16 sites that needed to be protected in Baghdad to US military HQ in Kuwait but

was ignored

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told ORHA’s Garner he had some replacements for Americans going to run Iraq

ministries Wanted them all from Pentagon

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

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

2003 British intel report Hope that Iraqi govt would quickly fall within days of invasion fading

2007 PM Maliki and Pres Talabani announced Accountability and Justice bill would change

deBaathification process Wouldn’t pass until 2008 due to opposition

2007 Report Amb Khalilzad held talks with 1920 Revolution Brigades and Islamic Army in 2006 No

breakthroughs Insurgents made unreasonable demands like dismissing govt and suspending constitution US also had talks with insurgents in 2005 Maliki govt upset with talks claiming Khalilzad sectarian and trying to undermine Shiite majority rule

2008 ISF got into shootout with Mahdi Army in Diwaniya

2008 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army in Basra 5 neighborhoods in Baghdad plus Kut Diwaniya

Hilla Karbala Mortars fired on Green Zone Mahdi Army attacked US checkpoints in east Baghdad Clashes between Mahdi Army and Badr and Dawa office burned in Sadr City

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2008 PM Maliki gave gunmen 72 hours to turn in weapons in Basra

2008 US and Iraqi forces began moving into Sadr City as fight against Mahdi Army

            moved from Basra to Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Death of the Mehdi Army, The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia)

2008 Sadrists walked out of parliament over govt crackdown on movement Called for no confidence

vote against PM Maliki

2008 Mass grave with 52 bodies of people executed by ISI found in Diyala River Valley

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

2009 US and UN sanctioned Muthanna Harith Dhari for financing ISI 1920 Revolution

Brigade and Islamic Army of Iraq

2009 Report May 08 PM Maliki launched security op in Mosul Allocated $100 mil for rebuilding

Clashed with Ninewa govt over contracts Governor said unnecessary people hired Mosul govt said money wasted and nothing completed Governor tried to stop contracts

2009 Report PM Maliki transferred 4th Div out of Kirkuk which was led by Kurds Replaced by 12th

Div accused of harassing Kurds Demanded peshmerga and Kurdish intel leave Kirkuk Moved into disputed town and almost got into shootout with residence before US intervened

2010 Election results announced Iraqiya 91 seats State of Law 89 National Alliance 70 Kurdish Alliance


(Musings On Iraq review The Unraveling, High Hopes And Missed Opportunity In Iraq)

2010 Pres Talabani and VP Mahdi went to Tehran to talk about national elections

2010 State of Law met with Sadr in Qom to try to win his support for 2nd Maliki administration

2010 State of Law protest in Amara called for recount in national elections

2010 Human Rights Min said it found 84 mass graves in Baghdad and Diyala all from post-03 violence

2011 PM Maliki warned of sectarian conflict in Gulf after Saudi Arabia and UAE sent troops to Bahrain

2011 Peshmerga announced withdrawal from parts of Kirkuk after political protests

2012 KRG said it would stop oil exports if it didn’t get paid for what it had already shipped Claimed

owed $1.5 bil by Baghdad

2012 Pres Talabani announced national conference to solve political differences over Maliki govt on

Apr 5 Barzani and Allawi said they wouldn’t attend

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

2013 Cabinet said that it agreed to meet major demands of protesters dealing with arrests amnesty etc

Never did

2014 Sadr condemned militias in Diyala after several reports of them killing civilians and destroying


2014 Mutahidun said militias had killed civilians in Buhriz Diyala and destroyed houses and mosques

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