Sunday, March 7, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 7


1916 British forces attacked Ottomans at the Dujaila Redoubt

1941 German Foreign Min official Woermann wrote that Berlin should send arms to Iraq but didn’t

think Baghdad should declare war vs UK because couldn’t win

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

1950 Opposition MPs left parliament claiming they were being silenced in assembly Were hoping to

cause protests and bring down PM Suwaidi’s govt but failed

1959 Fighting broke out between Leftists that supported Qasim and pan-Arabists backed by Shammar

tribe who were against Qasim in Mosul

1959 Mosul commander Col Shawaf along with members of the Shammar tribe led military coup

against Gen Qasim Poorly organized Only 2 other army units joined Made address over Mosul radio

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1963 Barzani met with govt delegation Barzani agreed to drop demand for Kurdish

autonomy for decentralization Wanted end of economic blockade end of confiscation of property withdraw army from Kurdish areas amnesty for Barzani’s fighters

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1975 Iran and Iraq came to agreement over Shatt al-Arab and Iran said it would stop supporting Kurdish


1975 Iraqi army moved into Kurdistan after Iran withdrew support for Kurds under Algiers Accord

(Musings On Iraq review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq When The Shah and Nixon Manipulated The Kurds)

1981 Iran rejected any ceasefire with Iraq Baghdad began bombing Iranian town of Ilam and oil refinery

in Khuzistan in retaliation 

1984 Iraqis used mustard gas against Iranians to try to turn them back in Basra marshes

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

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

1988 USSR submitted new proposal for negotiating end to 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)

1991 Ayatollah Khoei issued 2nd fatwa calling for clerical leadership to run Najaf and restoring order

during uprising

1991 Iraqi officials asked for WMD to put down rebellion in Najaf

1991 Bush Admin warned Iraq not to use WMD against Shiite and Kurdish uprisings after Gulf War

1991 Govt forces began artillery and rocket fire on Najaf shrine

1991 Peshmerga began uprising in Sulaymaniya

1991 Saddam offered Shiites and Kurds share in govt in exchange for loyalty oath but turned down

1991 Iranian Pres Rafsanjani said Saddam was unpopular and should give into popular demand and

step down

(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)

(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)

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

1998 UN inspectors went to Special Republican Guard and Special Security Directorate

1998 NSA intercepted Saddam’s secretary Mahmoud telling Special Security Directorate to delay

inspection at one site so documents could be removed Destroyed at another

(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)

1998 US was hoping to cause confrontation between Baghdad and UN inspectors to strike Iraq

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors and CIA Spying On Iraq In The 90s)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Neighbors, Not Friends, Iraq And Iran After The Gulf Wars)

2003 UK Att Gen Goldsmith said that 2nd UN resolution was needed for action against Iraq

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

2003 Head weapons inspector Blix said that Iraq doing more but not fully cooperating and still months

more work ahead Said no evidence of mobile WMD labs

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

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

2003 IAEA chief El Baradei told UN no evidence Iraq restarted nuclear program

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

2003 IAEA concluded that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for rockets not nuke program

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2003 IAEA said that documents claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger 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)

2003 Sec State Powell told UN Security Council in response to IAEA that US had new proof that

aluminum tubes were for centrifuges Were for rockets

2003 UK For Sec Straw suggested UN set ultimatum for Iraq’s full cooperation with inspectors by Mar

17 or face war

2003 2nd high level US meeting on creating an interim Iraqi authority after invasion held just days before


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

Policy Tragedy)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 Defense Policy Board’s Adelman wrote OpEd USA Today saying US had given Iraq too much time

and needed action

2006 Anbar Revolutionaries said they’d killed 20 Al Qaeda in Iraq foreign fighters and 33 Iraqi ones

Said goal was to get rid of Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 Fadhila Party left United Iraqi Alliance over disagreements with leadership

2008 Pres Talabani visited Turkey Sign that Turkey was changing policy towards Kurds Refused to meet

with KRG Pres Barzani

2009 2nd time PM Maliki called for amending constitution to strengthen power of central govt and

himself Also criticized govt quotas

2009 Report Sex market in Baghdad selling teen girls to Syria Jordan and UAE Human rights

activists believed tens of 1000s of girls sold Govt did nothing

2009 Govt arresting former Baathist era army officers At same time said wanted reconciliation with

Baathists 23 arrested in Baghdad recently

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad’s Latest Reconciliation Effort)

2010 Parliamentary elections held leading to 2nd Maliki term

2014 Insurgents bombed Kirkuk oil pipeline cutting northern exports

2016 Sadrists threatened no confidence vote against PM Abadi if he didn’t announce new govt in 45


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

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