Friday, May 14, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 14


1935 Iraqi army and air force began campaign to bomb tribal areas destroy towns and burn crops

to put down tribal revolt in Rumaitha

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

1941 British force from Palestine took Rutba Strafed by Iraqi plane

1941 PM Churchill authorized British air force in Iraq to attack German planes in Syria

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

1941 2 British fighters flew out of Iraq and attacked 2 German bombers in Syria damaging them

1941 German war planes began landing in Mosul Were attacked by British planes

1941 Finance Min Suwaidi met German amb Told to take up Turkish mediation offer to stall for time

until Axis aid could be organized

1941 German ambassador promised Iraq German planes were arriving and military aid coming from


(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 Arab-Israeli War broke out Iraq sent forces to Palestine

1959 Gen. Qasim withdrew Iraq from anti-Communist Eisenhower Doctrine

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1972 Baath brought Communists into govt after Iraq-Soviet 15 year Friendship Treaty

(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)

1986 Iraq captured Mehran central front 1st Iranian city seized since 1980 Offered to trade it for Faw

Rejected by 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)

1991 UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iraq

(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)

1992 Iraqi govt suspected of setting off car bomb in front of Dohuk hotel hosting foreign reporters

covering Kurdish elections

1997 Op Hammer 30,000-50,000 Turkish troops invaded Kurdistan to attack PKK and support KDP

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

2002 UN Resolution 1409 created smart sanctions on Iraq to try to limit military and WMD related

imports but increased civilian imports

2003 Sadrists marched in Baghdad calling for an Islamic government in Iraq

2003 US officials said probably wouldn’t find WMD in Iraq Were now focusing on finding documents

about programs

(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 UK Foreign Sec Straw said finding WMD was not vital to justify war WMD #1 reason Blair wanted

Saddam removed

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

2003 Human rights group complained US forces not protecting 3,000 body mass grave found in Babil

2004 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz and Gen Pace said prison abuse at Abu Ghraib violated Geneva Convention

2004 Daily Mirror admitted pictures it published of alleged prisoner abuse by UK forces were fakes

2004 US told Iraqi National Congress funding wound end in June 2004

2004 Maysan tribe set ambush for UK forces outside of Amara 20 tribesmen killed and others arrested

Head of tribe Hattab and brother of Maysan governor accused police chief of tipping off UK about ambush

2007 Prison riot at Camp Bucca almost took over facility

2007 UN reported number of prisoners held by Iraqis went from 3,500 in Jan 07 to 20,000 in Mar US

held 3,000 prisoners in Feb 19,500 in May Increase due to Surge Prisoners overwhelmed Iraqi judicial system Prisons would become recruiting and organizing centers for insurgents

2008 ISI fighters crossed into Iraq from Syria and killed 11 policemen in their homes in Anbar

2008 Female suicide bomber killed Iraqi army commander in Yusifiya Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2009 Trade Minister Sudani resigned before having to appear before parliament for

            corruption charges Was accused of stealing $400 mil for Maliki’s State of Law

(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 Fmr Sec of State Powell’s chief of staff Wilkerson said that VP Cheney pressured Al Qaeda

interrogators to find connections with Iraq Army psychiatrist at Guantanamo Bay said interrogators were looking for Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

2009 Report Maliki’s State of Law won most seats in 09 election but mismanaged victory Said

would pick technocrats and most able to be governors but chose Dawa loyalists Wasn’t able to get all its governors elected Led to disputes with other parties

2009 Iranian Pres Ahmadinejad visited ISCI’s Hakim Pushed for Shiites parties to reform United

Iraqi Alliance before 2010 vote

2010 Election Comm finished recount in Baghdad requested by PM Maliki who claimed cheating Found

no problems

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

2010 Abu Suleiman became new War Minister for ISI after Masri killed by US April 2010

2010 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed

2015 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during reports he was

injured in air strike

2015 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs in final drive to take city

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

2018 PM Abadi ordered manual recount in Kirkuk balloting after widespread charges of cheating

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

2019 Speaker Halbusi referred several MPs to Anti-Corruption Council claiming they were involved in

bribing Ninewa councilmen to vote for new Gov Marid Led to MPs leaving Axis Alliance and others to call for removing Halbusi

(Musings On Iraq New Ninewa Governor Surrounded In Bribery Accusations Over His Election)

2019 Kataib Hezbollah launched drones from Babil that hit 2 Saudi pumping stations

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

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