Thursday, April 15, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 15


1915 UK War Ministry committee heard from Adm Slade leading UK oil expert Said if Ottoman Empire

divided UK had to get Mosul vilayet because had oil

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

1959 Congress for Federation of Peasant Societies founded Communist organization meant to

organize peasants to back party’s demand for role in Qasim govt

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(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)

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

1969 Iraq complained to Iranian ambassador that Tehran violating 1937 agreement over

navigation of Shatt al-Arab

1979 Pres Bakr welcomed new Islamic Republic in Iran and again asked for good relations Invited PM

Bazargan to Baghdad

1980 Iraqi opposition group attempted to assassinate Information Minister Latif al-Jassim

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

1984 State Dept said that Iraq stopped using chemical weapons in Iran-Iraq War after U.S. warning in 83

but started again in Feb 84

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

1987 Iraq attacked KDP HQ in Zewa Shkan, Dohuk PUK HQs in Sergalou and Bergalou, Sulaymaniya

with chemical weapons Chemical attacks retaliation for KDP and PUK helping Iranian offensive in Kurdistan

(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 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)

1993 Iraqi army began two week operation to attack Kurdish towns 5,000 Kurds displaced

2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld claimed that UN inspectors in 90s were ineffective 

(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)

2002 End of deadline set by Bush for invasion plan for Iraq to be completed

2003 CENTCOM commander Gen Franks told Iraq ground forces cmdr Gen McKiernan U.S. not staying

            in Iraq

2003 Coalition ground forces issued instructions for postwar Iraq plans So late each division interpreted

instructions how they wanted US military not ready to integrate ORHA

2003 ORHA head Garner met 100 Iraqi leaders in Nasiriya Called for democratic and federal Iraq

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


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

2003 Garner met with Chalabi after Nasiriya meeting Called him a thug afterward

2003 20,000 protested in Nasiriya against US Was another protest against Chalabi and INC

2003 US killed 7 Iraqis trying to break up demonstration in Mosul

2003 Bush reviewed US withdrawal plan that had most troops out by Sep 03

2003 Bush talked about foreign peacekeepers taking over for US troops in Iraq

2003 White House thought countries would give up opposition to Iraqi invasion and offer troops

2004 Joint Chiefs head Gen Myers said Sadr uprising and battle of Fallujah signs that US winning in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2004 Ansar al-Islam called on Iraqis to join the jihad against the US

2004 UN Rep Brahimi announced plan to create interim Iraqi govt by May 04 and then conference to

elect parliament

2007 Insurgents gave Christians in Dora Baghdad 24 hrs to convert to Islam or face death Led to exodus

of families Called Christians Crusaders

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2007 Sunni families in Ghaziliya Baghdad asked for help to stop Mahdi Army taking their homes

2007 Insurgents told Sunni Turkmen to stop entering Shiite areas of Tal Afar and leave mixed parts

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2007 Weekly Standard column claimed there was long time cooperation between Iraq and Al Qaeda

going back to 1990s Used a lot of refuted evidence

2007 Report Mahdi Army commanders went to Iran and basing operations out of there Also training

camps for militia near Tehran

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2008 US began building wall around Sadr City to cordon off areas controlled by Mahdi Army

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

2008 Breakaway Mahdi Army faction said it would not disarm in Basra

2008 Report by refugee group said govt was not taking care of displaced and militias filling vacuum

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

2009 US stopped Iraqi police from raiding Diyala prov council building and arresting new councilmen

on orders from PM Maliki

2009 Head of Sinjar said district should become independent and join Kurdistan to protest new Hadbaa

controlled Ninewa govt District run by KDP

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

(Musings On Iraq Ninewa Struggles Between Arabs and Kurds Continue)

2010 VP Hashemi went to Saudi Arabia to talk about forming new govt after national vote

2010 Iran said it wanted all parties to be included in new govt after national vote

2011 Protest in Baghdad demanding PM Maliki resign and prisoners released Was broken up by police

20 protesters arrested in Baghdad and taken to secret prison at Muthanna Airport

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2011 Turkmen Front said peshmerga and Asayesh not needed in Kirkuk and caused divisions

2012 Head of Elec Comm released after being arrested on corruption charges trumped up by PM Maliki

to get rid of him

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

2012 Kurdish members of Ninewa council stopped from entering Mosul at army checkpoint

2012 Central Bank of Iraq set new rules on dollar auctions to try to stop large sales being manipulated by

insurgents foreign countries politicians banks Didn't work

2014 New security operation launched in Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil

2014 Flyers dropped over Fallujah telling people to leave due to impending security operation to free

city Wasn't taken until 2016

2015 UN received reports that up to 700 homes had been looted and burned 200 blown up in Tikrit area

after it was freed

2015 IS took control of 1/3 of Baiji Refinery

2015 Albu Ghanim tribal head called for Hashd to help fight IS in Anbar

2015 PM Abadi said there were 110 Iranian military advisers in Iraq

2016 Protests in 7 provinces against ethnosectarian quota system in govt


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