Saturday, April 3, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 3


1929 Shah and King Faisal passed notes that legal barriers over Persian nationals In Iraq had been


1939 King Ghazi died in car accident King Faisal II took power but was only 3 His cousin Abd al-Ilah

chosen to rule in his place

1939 Ger Amb to Iraq Grobba spread rumors that England behind Ghazi’s death Led to riot in Mosul that

sacked British consulate and killed consular

1941 Golden Square officers picked Gaylani to become PM for 3rd time Started arresting pro-British


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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1941 British War Office asked commander in Middle East what forces available for Iraq after Golden

Square military coup

1941 Nazi Germany sent letter saying it supported the Golden Square coup and would lend military aid

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s First Battle Of Fallujah 1941)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)

(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 review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

1965 PM Yahya told Egypt’s Gen Nasser Iraq was about to launch offensive against Kurds

Nasser objected believing it would weaken Arab front he was trying to create against Israel

1969 Communist militant Hajj who tried and failed at armed revolt in 1968 appeared on Baghdad TV

attacked his group and denounced the Communists Was appointed Iraq’s representative to UNESCO in Paris as reward

(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)

1970 Def Min Tikriti Inter Min Ammash named co-VPs under Pres Bakr to try to end rivalry between two

for power

1991 Army captured Sulaymaniya last major town held by Kurdish rebels after Gulf War

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

1991 Saddam told aides that Iraqi army was psychologically defeated by Gulf War and that was why

Shiites and Kurds rose up against govt

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

1991 UN Resolution 687 said Iraq had to agree to border with Kuwait peacekeeping force along that

border and Coalition forces would exit southern Iraq Said Iraq had to destroy its WMD and long range missiles Said Iraq had to make a declaration on its WMD and nuclear programs by 4/17/91 Said that UN Secretary General would create a weapons inspection commission by 5/17/19 Said Iraq had to return stolen property pay reparations to Kuwait Until all of those were met sanctions would remain

(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 Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2003 Baath officials began fleeing Baghdad

2003 Sadrists held march in east Baghdad

2003 US forces reached Baghdad international airport

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

2003 Information Minister Sahaf denied U.S. had taken Karbala or Um Qasr in Basra and said all those

stories were lies

2003 Power cut in Baghdad

2003 British forces made deep thrust into Basra City

2004 US arrested Sadr’s deputy Mustafa Yacoubi for murder of Sheikh Abdul Khoei

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2004 Sadr said that he wanted to unite with Hezbollah and Hamas

2004 Sec State Powell said US intelligence gave him questionable intelligence about Iraq mobile WMD


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

2004 Marines ordered to go into Fallujah and arrest culprits behind killing Blackwater contractors

Became Op Vigilant Resolve

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

2005 Hajim al-Hassani named speaker of parliament in first step in creating 1st post-03 elected Iraqi govt

2007 Integrity Comm head Radhi said Iraq lost $8 bil since 2004 due to corruption $2 bil for electricity

disappeared Fmr Electricity Min Samarraie convicted of corruption but fled Iraq for US Radhi said ministers blocking investigations into $55 mil in missing funds

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

2007 Report 8 Mahdi Army commanders dismissed for insubordination and crimes

2008 PM Maliki officially extended Charge of Knights op against Mahdi Army to Sadr City

2008 Sadr said he would help govt clear ISF of militias

2008 Iraqi special forces arrested head of Thar Allah party claiming it was stealing govt property and

behind violence

2008 UK Cabinet officials reported PM Maliki had not told UK about Charge of Knights beforehand

Excluded UK military for command center Then blamed UK for not helping ISF when it ran into problems in Basra

2008 RAND’s Kelly told Senate Iraqis probably wouldn’t reconcile for a generation US couldn’t

achieve all of its goals in Iraq because didn’t have capabilities Questioned whether Iraq could become functioning democracy

2012 Kurds accused Shiite parties in Baghdad of smuggling oil to Israel via Jordan after Dep PM

Shahristani accused KRG of smuggling oil to Iran

2012 Ayatollah Sistani rep in Hillah had house bombed in wave of attacks against Ayatollah’s followers

2012 Obama called PM Maliki about Iran flying weapons to Syria via Iraqi airspace

2014 Sadr said PM Maliki should not run for 3rd term as premier

2015 Salahaddin council called on Ayatollah Sistani to intervene to stop burning and looting in Tikrit

2015 Head of Salahaddin council said Hashd were looting and burning buildings in Tikrit

2015 VP Nujafi complained about looting and burning homes in Tikrit

2015 PM Abadi ordered ISF to arrest anyone breaking law in Tikrit

2015 Ayatollah Sistani reps Friday sermon called for ending of looting in Tikrit

2015 Police said there had been clashes between soldiers and Hashd to stop them from looting in Tikrit

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