Saturday, May 1, 2021

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


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


(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


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


(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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