Friday, May 7, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 7

 

1935 Sheikh Ahmad Asadullah follower of leading cleric Shiite cleric Ghita called for his followers

in Rumaitha to revolt against govt 3 other tribes revolted in Diwaniya

1941 British troops took Ashar, Basra Iraqis bombed British Habaniya air base Iraqi forces

retreating from Habaniya ran into Iraqi units coming from Fallujah Columns stopped to consult Attacked and destroyed by British planes from Habaniya base 1,000 Iraqis killed

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

(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)

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

1982 Iran launched 2nd phase of Op Bait al-Moqaddas in Khuzistan province in south Attacked between

Susangard and Muran in north pushing Iraqis back to border Destroyed 1 Iraqi division

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

1985 Iraq shelled Khormashahr in south

(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 Dep Natl Sec Adv Gates said Iraqis would have to suffer sanctions as long as Saddam remained in

power

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

(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 US military found trailers that could be mobile WMD labs Weren’t

2003 Undersec of Def Cambone said US would eventually find Iraq’s WMD and that mobile WMD labs

had been found already Didn’t exist

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

(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)

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

2003 ORHA decided to allow Baath members to return to jobs in ministries Said only 55 most wanted

were banned

2004 Zarqawi beheaded American Nick Berg and video taped it

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld testified to Congress about Abu Ghraib scandal Apologized for abuse Claimed he

and Pentagon knew nothing and no one in his office and Pentagon had seen the photos despite being briefed receiving emails and getting the photos

2004 New York Times called for Sec Def Rumsfeld to resign over Abu Ghraib prison scandal

2004 Bin Laden tape offered reward for killing US and UN officials or citizens of any country that had

any troops in Iraq

2005 PM Jaafari filled 5 empty ministry spots and 1 Dep PM but Human Rights Minister turned down job

saying appointed only because he was a Sunni

2006 New KRG government formed unifying KDP and PUK administrations after they split during 90s

civil war Massoud Barzani president Nechirvan Barzani premier

2007 VP Hashemi said meeting with PM Maliki was productive silencing talk that Iraqi Accordance Front

would withdraw from govt

2008 Fighting broke out between Mahdi Army and Badr in Baghdad’s Abu Dishr after Sadrists tried to

kill Badr commander

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

2008 Report US officer in Baghdad’s Adhamiya frustrated with Iraqi govt Said application to integrate

local Sahwa into ISF rejected because form was in wrong ink

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

2009 Trade Min Sudani’s brother arrested on corruption charges

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2011 Failed ISI attack upon a Baghdad prison

2012 Iraqi court ruled that Hezbollah’s Ali Mussa Daqduq would be released for lack evidence Daqduq

was liaison with militias brought in by Iran

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2012 At meeting with Turkish businesses and reporters KRG Premier Barzani said Ankara saw Kurdistan

as strategic partner

2013 Hakim and Sadr met in Najaf to discuss how to deal with PM Maliki Decided on forming alliance to

take power in new prov govts in south

2014 Meetings in Irbil and Amman with sheikhs failed to end fighting in Anbar

2014 Iraqi forces assault on Fallujah failed Was first city to fall to renewed insurgency

2015 Salahaddin council said would not let displaced associated with IS return to homes

2015 Peshmerga demanded that Hashd withdraw from Sadiya, Diyala as two vied for control of area

2020 Intelligence head Kazemi elected new premier of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Can Iraq’s New PM Maneuver The System Or Have To Follow It?)

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Iraq’s Parties Prepare For 2021 Elections

(Brookings)

Iraq’s political parties are gearing up for the October 2021 elections. That’s seen by a slew of announcements of new coalitions recently.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 6

 

1935 Govt arrested cleric Asadallah follower of Ayatollah Ghita who had been demanding

concessions from govt Led to revolt by Abu Hassan Bani Zurayij and Zawalim tribes against monarchy

1941 UK Foreign Min Eden told parliament if Iraq withdrew forces from Habaniya and fighting stopped

London willing to talk Policy was to remove PM Gaylani

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

1941 Iraq launched largest air attack on Habaniya air base Iraqis then began to withdraw from outside

base due to lack of water and rations 409 Iraqi soldiers captured Iraqis suffered 1,000 casualties

1941 Iraq launched 2nd air raid on Habaniya later that day Iraqis lost initiative in Anglo-Iraq War when

gave up in Habaniya Had no plan or leadership to do more than lay siege to base

1941 British and Assyrian forces took Sin al-Dhiban, Anbar captured 300 Iraqi soldiers

1941 British planes destroyed Iraqi column heading for Habaniya inflicting over 1,000 casualties and

prisoners taken

1941 PM Gaylani told Mufti of Jerusalem to contact Germans and ask them for immediate aid

1941 German deal with Vichy France allowed military equipment to be moved from Syria to Iraq to fight

British

1941 German air unit sent to Syria bound for Mosul to confront British

1941 More British troops landed in Basra

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

(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)

1963 Soviet Union said it supported Mustafa Barzani

1968 Arif govt said elections that were delayed in 1964 and 1967 would be delayed again

until 1970

1991 Saddam held rally with crowds chanting “Bush listen carefully We all love Saddam Hussein”

1991 Iraq letter to UN accused US of sending in counterfeit dinars to undermine economy

1991 2nd round of Baghdad-Kurd talks started Barzani led delegation

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

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

1998 100 US peace activists led by former Attn Gen Ramsey Clark arrived in Iraq with $4 mil in

medicine to protest sanctions

2003 Bush speech said building democracy in Iraq would be like what US did in post WWII Germany

and Japan

(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 Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy

Tragedy)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

2003 Bush announced Paul Bremer as head of new CPA to run postwar Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Ch 5 ORHA In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

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

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

2003 Bush told Bremer he had whatever time he needed to put Iraq back together

2003 ORHA agreed to allow Baath members to return to government jobs and police

2003 NY Times Kristof OpEd used Fmr Amb Wilson as unnamed source on Iraq-Niger uranium deal Said

Wilson went to Niger in 2002 and told CIA and State Dept that uranium story based upon fake docs Wilson accused US intel of covering up his findings and decieving world Said White House and State Dept kept using story despite denial Wilson never saw docs and went to Niger 8 months before US got them

(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)

2004 NSC meeting on how to frame and publicize the coming return of sovereignty to Iraq

2004 First large scale fight broke out between US forces and Mahdi Army in Najaf

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

2004 Wash Post published new pictures of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse

2004 Gen Taguba who investigated Abu Ghraib abuse briefed Def Sec Rumsfeld Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz

others after scandal broke in press All said they knew nothing of case Taguba said torture took place Rumsfeld denied he knew anything even though Taguba had briefed Pentagon and military Rumsfeld’s office and Pentagon had received pictures of abuse in January 04 Appeared to have ignored them

2006 British helicopter shot down over Basra killing 5 soldiers When British moved to secure wreckage

were attacked by 300 Mahdi Army militiamen

2008 ISF raided hospital and police stations in Baghdad accusing officers and staff of being Mahdi Army

members

2008 ISF raided Sadr offices in Kut

2009 Sahwa leaders in Ghaziliya Baghdad and northern Kirkuk said men were leaving because not

paid by govt Arrests of sahwa leaders continued as well

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2009 Dawa MP said new offensive in Diyala would fail because insurgents had fled to Kurdistan

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

2009 Integrity Comm head Judge Ogaili said law allowed ministers to stop corruption cases

Politicians and parties interfered and gave immunity to people 2008 Interior Min had most corruption cases with 736

2010 Maliki govt announced start of 5 year anti-corruption plan

(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)

2013 Report said politicians manipulating Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions

2015 Barzani met with Obama in Washington Asked for heavy weapons Said Kurds would help in Battle

of Mosul Said wouldn’t fight in Arab areas and didn’t covet territory

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-1970

Jawad, Sa’ad, Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-1970, London: Ithaca Press London, 1981


 

Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-1970 by Sa’ad Jawad is a very good breakdown of the politics surrounding the Kurdish movement. It has several major themes. The first is the divisions within the Iraqi Kurds between the tribal leaders and the intellectuals. The latter in the form of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) tried but failed to provide leadership. The former were able to maintain their power and their feudal systems as a result. The second was how successive Iraqi governments never came to a compromise with the Kurds over their demands for autonomy. The third was how foreign powers, especially Iran was able to dominate the movement militarily and economically.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 5

 

1920 British mandate announced in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Dictatorship, Imperialism & Chaos, Iraq since 1989)

(Musings On Iraq review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

1935 Iraqi army and air force attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell didn’t think force from Palestine could relieve Habaniya base in

Anbar and their departure would undermine security in Palestine

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

1941 Gen Wavell told to think up air strike plan against Kirkuk oil fields Idea was later dropped

1941 Iraqi troops at Habaniya ran out of ammunition and not re-supplied Began withdrawing 300

captured by British

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

(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)

1973 Kuwait agreed to Iraqi offer to discuss border dispute

1981 Press report that Soviets sent military aid to Iraq through Eastern European allies

1982 Iran attacked in central front breaking through Iraqi lines Reached Iraqi border to try to draw away

Iraqi forces from Basra Forced Iraqis to withdraw from Qasr e-Shirin, Sumar, and Mehran

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz and Bushahr starting 2nd War of the Cities Iran fired missiles at Baghdad and

shelled Iraqi border towns

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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 Bush signed presidential finding authorizing CIA to overthrow Saddam

2001 Iraq told UN it worked on a nuclear bomb in the 1980s but it proved unfeasible In the 90s IAEA

found Iraq no longer working on nuclear program

2003 US held provincial elections in Ninewa

2003 ORHA announced 9 man leadership group that would put together an interim Iraqi govt later in

May

(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 ORHA official met with ex-soldiers promising them one time $20 payment if came back to work

2003 US forces announced captured Huda Ammash “Mrs Anthrax” that worked on WMD program

2003 CIA did new test with aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Found could not take speed of centrifuges

Were for rockets

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

2004 Gen Abizaid told Bush that security was getting under control after insurgent and Sadr uprisings

2004 Bush promised investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Appeared on 2 Arab TV

channels condemning abuse

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told reporter Geneva Conventions didn’t exactly apply to prisoners in Iraq but

were more like basic rules

2006 Report 2004-05 MP Jabouri stole millions from tribal protection force for pipelines in Salahaddin

Made up 200-300 fake names and pocked salaries Took first month’s salary for force Company owned by his son contracted to feed force Stole 4/5 of the money

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front and VP Hashemi threatened to withdraw from govt over Maliki govt not

fulfilling promises including amending constitution

2009 Iraq Central Bank turned down PM Maliki asking to use surplus to cover budget deficit

2011 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station killing 25 to mark bin Laden’s death

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2012 Anbar council said it finished preparation to hold referendum on making province a region to

            protest PM Maliki

2012 Pres Talabani Pres Barzani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi issued ultimatum to PM Maliki to

follow power sharing Irbil agreement

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

2013 KRG said unless Baghdad paid them money owed they would start exporting oil independently

2013 Sheikh Abu Risha rejected making Anbar a region

2013 PM Maliki claimed Iraq took care of fake bomb detectors even though still used

2014 Heavy fighting reported between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Riyad, Kirkuk

2014 ISF claimed it cleared most of Saqlawiya Anbar but fighting continued there

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Iraq’s Oil Revenues Slightly Down In April But Still Enough For Budget


Oil prices and revenues declined slightly for Iraq in April 2021. Its crude was still selling for over $60 per barrel however which was most important in order to fund its budget.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 4

 

1920 Nationalist group Haras al-Istiqlal leader Timam went to Karbala and met with Grand

Ayatollah Shirazi clergy and sheikhs Shirazi said worried couldn’t military beat British Wanted peaceful protests

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

1941 UK bombed Iraqi air bases in Baghdad and Baquba Destroyed or damaged 29 planes in

Baghdad 14 in Baquba

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

1941 British bombers arrived at Habaniya airbase in Anbar from Egypt while Iraqis continued to shell

base 150 UK troops also flown into base

1941 British troops in Habaniya base Anbar launched attacked and failed to take Sin al-Dhibban used to

cross Euphrates and supply Iraqi troops outside base

1941 British dropped leaflets on Baghdad saying war was with Gaylani govt not Iraqi people

1941 Regent broadcast radio message asking people not to follow Gaylani govt Baghdad radio called on

govt to arm the people

1941 PM Gaylani sent diplomat to Tehran and told embassy in Turkey to pressure Germans to send aid

1941 UK Chiefs of Staff told Mid-East commander Gen Wavell he had to take action against the Gaylani

govt

1941 UK War Sec Eden told Iraqi charge d’affaires if war continued and Germany joined all of Iraq

would become a battlefield

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

(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)

1966 PM Bazzaz push for negotiations with Kurds overruled by military Govt launched new

offensive against Kurds aimed at sealing border with Iran

(Musings On Iraq review of 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)

1981 Iraq began shelling Iran’s oil refinery at Abadan

(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)

1988 Iraqi forces attacked PUK in Askar Kurdistan during 4th Anfal campaign

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1989 Saddam’s cousin and Defense Minister Adnan Kairallah died in helicopter crash

Hussein Kamal later admitted to killing him on orders from Saddam

1991 2nd round of peace talks between Kurds and Baghdad postponed due to differences between KDP

and PUK over need for international help and oil

1995 Turkey withdrew 15,000 troops after KDP said it would crackdown on PKK in Kurdistan

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

2003 Sec State Powell said sure US would find Iraq’s WMD Sec Def Rumsfeld said US never claimed

finding WMD would be easy Powell denied stories that Iraq sent its WMD to Syria

(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)

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

2003 US official said unlikely to find any large MWD or nuke stocks in Iraq Said sanctions had led Iraq

to get rid of most of its WMD

2003 Iraqi scientists told US investigators Iraq had no WMD for years

2003 ORHA memo said security was still top priority in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

2004 Shiite leaders called on Sadr to withdraw his Mahdi Army from Najaf and Karbala

2004 US announced it would not be withdrawing forces from Iraq as planned

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

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

2004 CIA started investigation into whether it kept undocumented prisoners in Iraq It did

2005 Sadrist cleric in Basra talked about imposing Islamic Law on city including bombing liquor stores

imposing Islamic dress attacking mixed picknickers Said movement didn’t want to be like Iran because most Iranians were corrupt

2005 Doctors in Basra said Mahdi Army tried to stop male doctors from serving female patients Posted

pictures of Sadr in hospitals

2006 Zarqawi gave presentation saying Al Qaeda in Iraq needed to expand its base from Anbar into

Salahaddin and Diyala Said Ramadi was to be named capital of emirate

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

2006 Fmr CIA National Intelligence Officer Pillar said that Bush admin manipulated evidence to tie Iraq

to Al Qaeda before invasion Part of CIA vs White House blame game for prewar intel

2007 US broke up arms smuggling ring in Sadr City bringing in EFPs and other arms from Iran into Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front said joining politics was a disaster Said it agreed to join politics based upon

promises of constitutional reform and reconciliation but didn’t happen

2008 ISF destroyed Thar Allah HQ in Basra after weapons found there

2008 Govt spokesman said Iraq had hard evidence of Iranian support for militias and violence Later in

day changed to saying didn’t have hard evidence It did

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2008 Iraq general in Karbala said Iran giving weapons to militias in city and undermining security

2008 PM Maliki adv Haidar Abadi said Iran denied they were sending weapons to Iraq Iran told Iraq it

would be foolish to send arms with Iranian markings on them That’s actually what Iran did

2008 Report Captured Mahdi Army militiamen admitted to being trained by Hezbollah in camps in Iran

run by Iran Rev Guards Quds Force

(Musings On Iraq on Iran training Iraqi militias)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2009 Sadr said he had given up on armed struggle against US and wanted to focus upon politics

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2009 ISCI MP from Diyala said that no one trusted ISF or new Op Promise of Good II in province Said false

info being used to conduct arrests Another MP demanded that Gen Ghidan in charge of operation resign

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

2010 Baathist leader apologized for mistakes of party Said wanted to join politics Public needed to

remember achievements of party

2010 State of Law and National Alliance announced joining to form National Coalition after elections

            after meetings organized by Iran

2011 Speaker of US House Boehner said US forces should stay in Iraq past end of 2011 deadline

2011 PM Maliki submitted new list of nominees for security ministries empty since 2010 elections

2012 PM Maliki’s media advisor Ghabban said he thought dispute between Baghdad and KRG over oil

and budget would be over by end of 2012

2012 Pres Barzani gave speech saying Kurds would never live under a dictatorship meaning PM Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Inside Iraqi Politics’ Sowell on whether Maliki became a dictator)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Maliki with MP Said)

2012 KRG called for Baghdad to pay oil companies operating in Kurdistan

2012 KRG said in talks with Turkey to build an oil and gas pipeline between two

2013 Election Commission announced final results for provincial elections State of Law lost 30% of its

seats from 09 vote

2013 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq rally in Baghdad announced it was fighting in Syria as part of Abu al-Fadhl

al-Abbas Brigade

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Abu Fadhl Al-Abbas Brigade From Fighting In Syria To Iraq)

2014 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS fighting in Syria was a disaster

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

2014 Fighting between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Kirkuk

2014 Sadrists said talks with ISCI Kurds and Allawi to block Maliki from 3rd term as PM

2017 Iraqi forces attacked Mosul from northwest opening new front in city

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Islamic State Ramadan Offensive Begins, Pro-Iran Groups Increase Attacks In April 2021


April ended five months of relative quiet in Iraq. Starting in November 2020 the Islamic State went into hibernation during the winter with most weeks only have single digit attacks. In April Ramadan occurred and that began the annual insurgent offensive. At the same time pro-Iran groups have been picking up their operations against American targets.

This Day In Iraqi History - May 3

 

1921 Gertrude Bell wrote Mid-Euphrates tribes perplexed why UK picked Faisal to be King of Iraq

when he led revolt against them in Syria

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

1941 2nd day UK bombing in Anglo-Iraq War Expanded to Iraqi air bases and supply lines in Baghdad

and Diyala

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

1941 Iraqi air force bombed Iraqi army in Ramadi by accident in night raid

1941 Churchill ordered British troops to march from Palestine to Iraq

1941 UK Cmdr for Mid East Gen Wavell given command of Iraq Complained no forces to spare and

negotiations should be used instead

1941 UK Cmdr for Mid East Gen Wavell later said he could send a small force from Palestine to Iraq but

would threaten security in region and called for talks again

1941 PM Gaylani told Italian ambassador Iraq needed German and Italian air support to deal with British

Financial aid and a German military mission to work with Iraq General Staff

1941 German Foreign Min Ribbentrop supported sending special representative to Baghdad along with

military liaison officers to set up arrival of German aid

1941 German Foreign Min Ribbentrop suggested sending fighter and bomber squadrons to Iraq Hitler

agreed

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

(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)

1941 Communists called on public to support Gaylani govt when war started Saw him as anti-

imperialist

(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)

1964 New provisional constitution said Iraq a democratic-socialist government but power was still with Pres

Arif Said Kurds had national rights KDP demanded autonomy Barzani said constitution didn’t recognize Kurdish rights

(Musings On Iraq review of 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)

1982 Saddam ordered Algerian Foreign Minister’s plane shot down on trip to Iran during ceasefire talks

Saddam accused Algeria of siding with Iran Iran and Iraq blamed each other for assassination allowing Baghdad to escape responsibility Led Algeria to drop out of talks

1983 Iraqi Op Salam launched in southern Iraq to capture and kill army deserters

(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 Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)

(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)

1988 Start of 4th Anfal campaign focused on Lesser Zab River, Sulaymaniya Kogtapa attacked with

chemical bombs

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1995 KDP told Turkey it would stop PKK activities in Kurdistan

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

2003 UK PM’s office said Iraq had WMD and they would be found

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

2003 White House said it was sure Iraq’s WMD would be found

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

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

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

2003 Bush said Iraq’s WMD programs would be found would just take time Was change from previous

claims WMD stocks would be found

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

2003 UK intel said trailer found in Mosul could be mobile WMD lab Wasn’t

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

2004 Mahdi Army attacked US base and a convoy in Najaf setting off hour long gun battle

2004 Heavy fighting between insurgents and US forces closed down road to Baghdad airport

2004 UN outlined plan to create Iraqi Election Commission to run 2005 voting

2004 US Marines said would replace Gen Latif head of Fallujah Brigade with Gen Saleh because Latif a

Baathist

2004 Newsweek reported INC’s Chalabi told Iranians US broken Iranian intel codes and reading their

messages

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

2005 PM Jaafari’s cabinet sworn in 2 deputy prime ministers and 7 important ministries vacant due to

political disputes including Oil and Defense Shiite parties rejected Sunni candidates for ministries at last minute

2007 International Compact with Iraq meeting held in Egypt organized by PM Maliki and UN Was to

create strategy and benchmarks for Iraqi rebuilding reconciliation good governance Privately countries complained about Maliki govt

2007 Association of Muslim scholars called on bin Laden to fix rift between Sunnis and ISI Called

Awakening leader Sheikh Abu Risha a U.S. stooge

2007 Anbar Awakening demanded all tribes in Anbar to stop supporting ISI

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(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 The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

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

2007 Reformist and Jihad Front formed out of Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army Ansar al-Sunna Called

on 1920 Revolution Brigades tribes and former soldiers to join Was challenge to ISI

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

2007 Report ISI issued fatwa in Dora Baghdad for Christians to convert leave or be killed Families

immediately started leaving

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

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

2008 PM Maliki announced govt would launch offensive in Mosul and would be last to secure Iraq

2008 300 ISI fighters held march in Diyala village

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

2008 Iraqi delegation to Iran presented evidence that Tehran was arming and training militias fighting

govt Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2009 Arrest warrants issued for Trade Minister Sudani’s two brothers and other ministry officials for

corruption Charged with stealing up to $400 mil

2009 Trade Minister Sudani siphoned off most of the funds for the food rations system to give to

Maliki’s State of Law for 2009 and 2010 elections

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2009 2 Iraqi soldiers opened fire at U.S. troops at an outpost in Mosul killing 2 and wounding 3

Americans

2009 Sahwa in Iskandiriya walked off job for not being paid in 4 months

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2010 Abu Abdullah al-Shafi emir of Ansar al-Sunnah was captured in Baghdad

2010 Baghdad started recount requested by Maliki after came in 2nd in election to Allawi

2011 National Reconciliation Ministry said Asaib Ahl Al-Haq was joining reconciliation process

Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

2011 KRG parliament passed law to unite PUK and KDP Peshmerga Never completed

2013 Police told AFP they had orders from Interior Ministry to use fake bomb detectors even though

knew they didn’t work

2013 Friday prayers at Fallujah protest site urged people to stay peaceful and demanded PM Maliki

resign

2013 Friday prayers at Kirkuk protest site warned that Baghdad had ignored their demands and could

lead to civil war

2013 Samarra and Mosul protest sites demanded either PM Maliki resign or Salahaddin and Ninewa

would become federal regions

2014 Ansar al-Sunna declared war on ISIS in Diyala

2015 3rd day of protests in Basra over lack of electricity

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 2

 

1854 Riot in Mosul versus Ottoman reforms Attacked Christians and Jews for businesses they ran

and control of taxes that caused resentment

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

1935 Faisal II future king of Iraq born

1935 Police attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha Air force bombed area

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

1941 UK commander at Habaniya base Anbar consulted London and got permission to attack Iraqis

surrounding camp Bombed Iraqis starting Anglo-Iraq War UK lost 22 planes and 10 pilots

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

1941 Iraq launched air strike upon Habaniya base in retaliation Shelled airfield damaging 40 planes

UK lost 13 dead and 20 wounded

1941 Grand Mufti in Baghdad declared jihad against British after attack on Iraqi forces in Habaniya

1941 Iraqi forces took British fort at Rutba, Anbar

1941 British troops broke up angry mob of Iraqis at Zubeila, Basra

1941 Iraqi govt asked Germany for diplomatic relations to be restored and military aid including planes

1941 UK Chiefs of Staff ordered MidEast Commander Gen Wavell to make plans to destroy Iraq’s

oil pipelines

1941 Iraq’s 1st Inf Brigade ordered from Baghdad to Ramadi to block UK troops from Transjordan

being sent to Habaniya Air Base 11th Inf Brigade sent to Habaniya air base

1941 British took Iraq out of Sterling zone and had foreign banks close to impose economic sanctions on

Gaylani govt

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

(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)

1948 Port of Basra protested against Anglo-Iraq Treaty

1953 King Faisall II became of age to directly rule Iraq replacing Regent al-Ilah

1965 Govt launched new military offensive against Kurds that was eventually defeated

(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)

1983 Iran and Iraq exchanged 55 prisoners of war in Turkey

(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 Shiite rebels claimed to have killed 180 Iraqi soldiers in 9 different attacks in south

1995 Saddam held meeting to discuss whether Iraq should continue to cooperate with UN weapons

inspectors

(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 Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2003 Oil Ministry re-opened after invasion Thamir Ghabban announced as new Oil Minister

(Musings On Iraq Review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

2003 ORHA report many ministry buildings in Baghdad had been taken over by different groups

2003 UK DefMin Hoon told Sec Def Rumsfeld ORHA had to deliver in Iraq

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

2003 1st report that Bush was considering appointing Bremer to take over in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

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

2003 Sadr said Christians in Iraq had to follow Islamic Law not sell alcohol women had to be covered

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

2003 Ayatollah Jannati Sec Gen Iran’s Council of Guardians called on Iraqis to carry out martyrdom ops

to drive US from Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2003 INC aide Brooke said Iraqi people might convince Chalabi to become country’s new president

2007 Islamic Army Mujahedeen Army faction of Ansar al-Sunna and al-Fatihin Army formed

Reformation and Jihad Front to fight ISI

2007 Karki and Shimour tribes signed peace deal in Diyala promised to fight ISI

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

(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 Fmr head Intl Recon Fund Facility for Iraq Bell said US and UK went about reconstruction wrong

Said should have built institutions and personnel first instead of large infrastructure projects Said lack of security undermined rebuilding and led to brain drain that meant Iraq couldn’t maintain projects

2008 Insurgents beheaded 11 police officers in western Anbar

2008 Sadr refused to meet with Iraqi delegation in Iran to end Charge of Knights

2009 Sadr made first public appearance in 2 years in Turkey to meet followers Had fled Iraq over fear of

US assassination during Surge

(Musings On Iraq Sadrist Sighting In Turkey)

2010 Pres Barzani said he believed in dividing Iraq into 3 federal areas along ethnosectarian lines

2010 Iran Iraq announced deal to develop 5 oil fields that straddle two countries

2011 Basra and Najaf tribes joined protest in Anbar against extending US troop stay in Iraq past end of

year

2011 Parliament investigation of Jan ISI prison break in Basra said had help from 2 intelligence officers

2011 Fallujah Waste Water plant started partially working Building plant started 2004 after 1st Battle of

Fallujah

2012 Supreme Court issued decision weakening parliament’s ability to question ministers

2013 Fake bomb maker Jim McCormick got 10 yrs prison for fraud in making detectors Iraq continued to

use them

2013 Parliamentary investigation said ISF used excessive force when attacked Hawija protest site

2014 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS had always pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda

2014 Naqshibandi and ISIS fought in Diyala for 3 months Report Naqshibandi okayed killing ISIS

members in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

2015 Report IS controlled most of Baiji refinery and 200 ISF trapped inside

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This Day In Iraqi History - May 1

 

1919 War Min Churchill wrote PM George that British army was overstretched with new

additions like Mesopotamia

(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 Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

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

1938 Iraqi constitution Article 89a criminalized communism

(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)

1941 British decided on pre-emptive attack to move Iraqi army away from Habaniya base in Anbar

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

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

1941 PM Gaylani went to Turkish Amb to Iraq saying UK violating 1930 treaty and expected UK air

strikes any time Asked Turkish ambassador to contract UK and try to stop conflict Message was passed to UK ambassador to Iraq

1941 Iraqi police opened fire on UK workers in Rutba Anbar England responded by sending forces from

Transjordan to town

1941 British bombers sent from Egypt to Shaiba air base in Basra

1941 1st Battalion of Iraq’s 11th Inf Brigade sent from Baghdad to Fallujah to confront 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)

1948 Iraqi volunteers defeated by Jewish forces in Battle of Katamon in 1st Arab Israeli War

1948 Chiefs of Staffs of Arab countries met and came up with general plan for war with Israel Each

country had own objectives however meaning each fought separately

1959 Communists organized 1 mil in May Day parade to pressure Gen Qasim to give it role in govt

Led to crackdown

(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)

1963 Kurds met with PM Bakr again Swore on Quran that govt had no bad intentions after

Kurds received word govt preparing new offensive Talabani asked to talk with Egypt’s Nasser about Kurdish demands Bakr said he would propose it to Revolutionary Command Council

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

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

1969 Iraq became 1st Arab country to recognize East Germany as part of alliance with Soviet Union

1982 Iranian Op Bait al-Moqaddas Iranian Rev Guard attack across Karun River Played chants on

loudspeakers to make it seem like larger force Caused Iraqis to flee Iran launched diversionary attacks on Fakkeh in central front and in Susangard in northern Khuzistan province in south

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

1983 Iraqi navy attacked Iran’s Nowruz oil rig in northern Gulf to little to no effect Iraq lost one

ship and called off all attacks in the area on Iranian infrastructure as a result

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(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)

1989 Talabani and PKK’s Ocalan signed cooperation agreement in Damascus

1991 Saddam said that fighting spirit of Iraqis led Bush to call a cease-fire in Gulf War

1991 Report 68,000 displaced caused by uprising following Gulf War

1994 Land dispute in Qala Dizel began civil war between PUK and KDP 400 killed in fighting over next

month

1997 Turkey with support of KDP started new campaign against PKK in northern Kurdistan Claimed

killed over 2000 PKK fighters KDP lost 200

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

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

2002 FBI and CIA told media 9/11 hijacker Atta did not meet Iraqi intel in Prague April 2001

2002 Bush told Press Sec Fleischer he didn’t like “motherfuckers” like Saddam who gassed their own

people and “assholes” who lied to the world Said he was going to kick Saddam’s ass

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

Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

2003 Bush gave Mission Accomplished speech declaring victory against Iraq Linked invasion to 9/11

Said war eliminated ally of Al Qaeda Now terrorists could not get WMD from Iraq

2003 White House officials gave briefings that they thought Saddam had been killed during start of

invasion

2003 UK memo said it supported ORHA but that organization was not delivering in Iraq and lacked

strategy

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

2003 Grenades thrown into US base in Fallujah wounding 7 soldiers

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Terrorists of Iraq, Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraqi Insurgency 2003-2014)

2003 US military created Combined Joint Task Force 7 to run Iraq Only lasted 15 days

2004 Bush announced that Bremer would select Iraqi transitional government

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

2004 Reports of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners in south

2004 Secret report leaked that provided evidence of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse and US military

leadership didn’t stop it

2005 Memo leaked that PM Blair was looking for justification for war in Jul 2002 which he denied it at

the time

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

2006 Sen Biden and Council on For Rel head Gelb published OpEd arguing for federalism in Iraq based

upon Sunnis Shiia Kurds regions

2007 Kurdish MPs said they opposed draft oil law because most oil reserves would be under control of

            National Oil Company

2007 Fmr Def Sec Hoon said UK disagreed with US decision to disband Iraqi military and

deBaathification Said UK too optimistic about aftermath of invasion Said neglected Sunnis

2007 Iraq claimed it killed ISI’s Minister of War Masri Wasn’t true

2008 PM Maliki created committee to investigate Iranian weapons shipments to Iraq after Charge of

            Nights Nothing came of it

2009 Op Promise of Good II started by ISF in Diyala Like previous op in 2008 ISF would go after Sunni

politicians and Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Local Criticism of New Security Operation In Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq New Political Crackdown In Diyala)

2011 KRG Dep Inter Min Karim said govt would not allow any protests without permission after

crackdown in Sulaymaniya

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

2013 PM Maliki said he would take on armed protesters in Anbar

2013 Kurdish alliance said new deal with PM Maliki would end their boycott of cabinet Maliki didn’t

follow through Included dealing with disputed areas amending budget paying peshmerga distributing revenues

2019 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq fired rockets at U.S. advisers at Taji base in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

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  1935 Sheikh Ahmad Asadullah follower of leading cleric Shiite cleric Ghita called for his followers in Rumaitha to rev...