Monday, April 19, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 19


1916 German commander of the Ottoman forces in Mesopotamia Gen Goltz died of typhoid

1920 Start of San Remo meeting with Britain France Italy and Japan Decided on split up of Ottoman

Empire and create of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1922 Colonial Sec Churchill said King Faisal’s demand that mandate be dropped from Iraq impossible

under League of Nations that created mandate

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1936 Palestinian general strike began Nuri al-Said offered to mediate between Palestinians Jews

and UK Believed he could make a grand deal to solve Palestinian issue Believed Palestine could then be convinced to join Arab federation with Iraq under Hashemite monarchy 

1941 British 20th Inf Brigade finished its landing in Basra and 7 planes flown into Habaniya airbase

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

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

1945 Baghdad railway strike for wage increase spread to Mosul

1954 PM Jamali resigned over disagreement with Nuri al-Said about Syrian elections Jamali wanted to

influence vote with propaganda Said thought that was waste of money

(Musings On Iraq review Ropes Of Sand)

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Statesman, A portrait of Mohammed Fadhel Jamali)

1969 Iraq expelled Shiites claiming they were Iranians Backed Iran dissident groups Claimed Khuzistan

as part of Iraq Was response to Shah voiding 1937 Shatt al-Arab Treaty

1981 Tariq Aziz said he hoped for better relations with US but skeptical it would happen

1983 Baath meeting in Amara over army desertions in southern Iraq Came up with military operation to

arrest them

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

1986 Iraq launched 1st of 2 attacks upon Faw-Um Qasr road in Basra Accused of using chemical weapons

1988 Rafsanjani went on TV saying that war had shifted against Iran

(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 White House rejected limiting high-tech exports to Iraq that could be used for military

1990 Saddam met with Yasser Arafat and discussed retaliatory attacks upon Israel and US if Iraq was


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

(Musings On Iraq review the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait)

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

2002 UK intel report Iraq not seen as a threat in Middle East except by Kuwait

2003 Protest in Baghdad’s Adhamiya against U.S. occupation

2003 Gen Mattis said that U.S. didn’t have enough troops to secure Iraq

2003 Turkey threatened to send troops if Kurds took over Kirkuk

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

2003 US afraid Badr infiltrating into Diyala from Iran would start fighting MEK US threatened to attack

Badr if didn’t withdraw in 24 hrs Pulled back into Iran

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

2003 Peshmerga found a trailer near Irbil that was a suspected mobile WMD lab Wasn’t

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

2004 Marines and Fallujah leaders worked out deal for insurgents to turn over heavy weapons

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

2005 Report US intel discussed what torture techniques they could use on Iraqi prisoners in Aug 03

including electrocution

2006 NGO Survey found 19,548 kidnappings from Jan to April 2006

2006 KRG parliament proposed creating Natural Resource Ministry to run region’s oil industry

2007 ISI announced that Abu Ayub al-Masri was War Minister

2007 Sheikhs met in Ramadi to announce province wide Awakening Council

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

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

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

2008 Phase 3 of Charge of Knights began with sweeps through Hayaniya in Basra and Nasiriya

2008 Sadr threatened war against govt if didn't back down on raids against Mahdi Army in Basra

2008 ISI military chief Muhajir called for all insurgent groups to unite under its banner

2008 Al Karama party announced forming a list of Sahwa in Baghdad technocrats and members of

Islamic Army Eshreen Revolution Brigades Mujahadeen Army to take part in 2009 provincial elections

2010 State of Law called for revote after lost to Iraqiya Charged fraud but no irregularities found

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

2011 Protest in Diwaniya over better work conditions broken up by police

2011 Sulaymaniya govt banned all demonstrations in city after protests broken up day before

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

2012 Anbar councilman said province would move towards federal region to protest against PM Maliki


2012 ISI set off car bombs in Baghdad Kirkuk Samarra Baquba, Dibis 35 killed more than 100 wounded

2012 After meeting Pres Barzani Turkish officials accused PM Maliki of spreading sectarianism

2013 Checkpoint outside Hawija protest site attacked 1 soldier killed Led to stand off between 2 sides

2013 Hawija site was run by Naqshibandi that wanted to provoke confrontation with ISF to push

demonstrators towards violence

2014 Head of Ninewa Operations Command accused of extorting money and arresting people for ransom

2014 Protest in Baghdad and other provinces for reform

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