Monday, April 26, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 26


1923 UK’s Iraq committee presented findings and okayed by cabinet to stay path in Iraq

1941 PM Gaylani asked Axis for military and financial aid against British

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(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)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)

1947 Iraq left San Francisco Conference on creating UN to protest creation of Israel

1960 Iraqi Islamic Party founded as branch of Muslim Brotherhood

1987 Jordan and Saudis arranged meeting between Saddam and Syria’s Assad to try to improve ties

1990 Report Bush pushed greater economic ties with Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

1991 Kurdish refugees began leaving Turkish mountains for refugee camps in Kurdistan Baghdad

offered amnesty to Kurds that fled during uprising

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

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

2003 Marines blocked demonstration against Mishan Jabouri declaring himself mayor of Mosul Shots

fired from crowd at Marines They fired back killing 10-15 civilians Led to riot

2003 ORHA held first meeting of the Iraqi Interim Authority made up of Iraqi exiles and opposition


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

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

2003 Report Bush invaded Iraq to try to transform Middle East by creating a democracy and countering

draw of terrorism

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2003 White House said evidence Iraq might have destroyed its WMD right before war and that proved

war right

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

2003 Report no WMD found in sites Sec State Powell mentioned in his 03 UN speech

2003 Ayatollah Haeri issued fatwa from Iran saying clerics needed to fill power vacuum left by US


2003 Sheikh Naifus of Albu Alwan in Babil arrested for taking part in executions of rebels after 91


2004 Zarqawi announced his group Tawhid wal-Jihad

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

2004 US announced Iraqi police returning to Fallujah and would start join patrols with Iraqi Civil

Defense Forces

2004 Aid agencies claimed Geneva Convention was violated in Battle of Fallujah due to civilian


2006 PM Maliki told Sec State Rice and Sec Def Rumsfeld he was going to fight terrorism improve

services clean up police

2006 Barham Salah said PM Maliki was step towards reconciliation

2006 Amb Khalizad took credit for creating new coalition that appointed Maliki premier

2007 Congress passed bill calling for US withdrawal from Iraq by 10/1/07 Was vetoed by Pres Bush

2008 Chalabi called Petraeus saying he could speak for militias to negotiate ceasefire in Sadr City

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

2008 ISF said cleared last Sadr stronghold in Basra

2008 Report Iran shifted from sending operatives into Iraq to manage militias to training militias in Iran

US said changed tactics after 20 Quds Force operatives were captured by US from Dec 06-Jan 07 Training program in Iran meant to create core of militiamen that could then train others inside Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

2009 US audit Since 2005 US funded logistics for Def Min Ministry not taken responsibility for

maintaining its equipment and supplying its forces Instead continued to rely upon US Not enough Iraqis trained in maintenance because Ministry never sent enough soldiers Didn’t think Iraqi army could run its open supply system by itself

2009 US audit US turning over projects to Iraq with no plan/process Projects handed over whether

Iraqi govt can maintain them or not

2010 Baath exile faction led by Ahmad Yunis said wanted to unite with other faction led by Izzat al-Duri

during meeting in Damascus

2010 Human Rights Watch interviewed prisoners who were held at secret prison at Baghdad Muthanna

Airport and tortured by ISF

2010 Kurdish member of Kirkuk council said displaced Arabs had to leave province and go home

2011 PM Maliki admitted his 100 day deadline to reform ministries was not enough time

2011 State of Law held counter protest in Mosul supporting PM Maliki

2011 Ninewa Gov Nujafi called for strike in response to security forces attacking protest camp in Mosul

2012 Sulaymaniya court gave protest organizer life in prison after policeman killed at protest in Halabja

2012 Report that Kurds being threatened and driven out of Khanaqin district northeast Diyala

2012 Sadr went to Irbil to meet Pres Barzani over no confidence vote against PM Maliki

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

2013 4 Sunni mosques bombed in Baghdad after noon prayers

2013 Anbar protest leaders called for a popular army to be formed to protect protest sites

2013 Fallujah protest site announced formation of Pride and Dignity Army to protect demonstrators from


2013 5 Intelligence officers killed at Fallujah protest site

2013 ISF retook Suleiman Beq from insurgents who seized town for several days

2015 Kataib Hezbollah withdrew from southern Fallujah claiming PM Abadi and US were preventing it

from fighting there

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2015 Head of Anbar council announced PM Abadi okayed recruiting locals for Hashd

2016 Sadrists protested while parliament voted in 5 new ministers as part of PM Abadi’s technocratic


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

2017 Hashd took Hatra Ninewa from IS

2018 Iraq held auctions for 11 oil and gas fields half of which got winning bids

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