Saturday, May 15, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 15


1935 Tribes seized Suq al-Shuyukh and cut railway between Basra and Nasiriya during revolt

against govt

1941 German major arrived in Baghdad to lead Brandenburgers Commandorecon unit in Iraq along with

squadron of bombers and squadron of fighters Met with PM Gaylani Decided priority blocking Transjordan force from reaching Habaniya base Was too late to do that

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

1941 Germany had total of 24 fighters and bombers in Iraq to help Gaylani govt fight German planes

were painted in Iraqi colors to hide their origin

1941 British received intel that German planes flying to Iraq from Syria

1941 German plane bombed British force from Palestine heading towards Habaniya Anbar

1941 British bomber attacked Iraqi column outside Rutba, Anbar

1941 Kurds began discussing revolt against PM Gaylani to take advantage of crisis with 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)

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

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

1948 Kirkuk oil workers protested against Anglo-Iraq Treaty

1948 Iraq Egypt Jordan Syria armies entered into Palestine to join in 1948 Arab-Israeli War Iraqi army

attacked Kibbutz Gesher in northern Palestine

1948 Baghdad declared martial law due to war but was really aimed at ending protests over new Anglo-

Iraq Treaty

1969 Bakr govt executed opponents in central Baghdad

1986 KDP Peshmerga and Iranian paratroopers took Mangesh north of Mosul near Kirkuk pipeline

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

(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 Start of 5th Anfal Campaign aimed at destroying last of PUK’s bastions in Balisan Valley,


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

1990 West Germany seized parts headed for Iraq suspected for 130ft long supergun

1991 International Atomic Energy Agency started first weapons inspection 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)

2001 Sec State Powell told Congress UN sanctions had effectively contained Saddam

2003 2 most senior Iraqi biological scientists denied Iraq was working on WMD before war

2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw Hard evidence of Iraq WMD may never be found Not important Iraq

was in the wrong WMD was main reason UK joined war

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

2003 Undersec of Def Feith told Congress US found evidence of Iraq WMD and needed Iraqis to step

forward and tell them where it was

(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 Undersec of Def Feith told Congress US had commitment to stay and to leave Iraq

Said CPA would create interim Iraqi government

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

2003 ORHA head Garner complained to Bremer about draft CPA Order 2 disbanding Iraqi security forces

Garner talked Bremer out of disbanding police and Interior Ministry

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

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


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

2003 CPA security adv Slocolmb told Garner Iraqi army had disbanded itself Colluded in Saddam’s

crimes and needed to go

(Musings On Iraq Interview with CSU San Marco’s Prof Marashi Development And Setbacks Of The Current Iraqi Military)

2003 Bremer and CPA advisers reviewed CPA Order 1 DeBaathification

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

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

2003 CPA appropriated $2 bil for rebuilding Iraqi security forces electricity oil

2003 US forces launched Operation Planet X to arrest Baathists north of Tikrit

2003 Sadr cleric gave sermon in Baghdad accusing US forces of being able to see through women’s

clothes and giving pornography to children

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2005 Sec of State Rice told Pres Barzani and PM Jaafari they had to include Sunnis in new govt

2005 Salah al-Mutlaq said couldn’t unite Iraq without including the Baathists

2007 Sadr returned from Iran to give sermon in Kufa Dismissed number of officials he felt were disloyal

Then went back to Iran

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2007 Constitutional Review Comm submitted draft of changes with no major issues dealt with Told

political parties they had to do rest Deadline for final draft to include all issues extended until 7/31/07 Nothing done

2008 Sahwa in Mosul complained ISF were arresting them instead of insurgents during Mother of Two

Rivers Operation

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

2009 Mass grave found in Najaf with 3,000 Kurds killed during Anfal

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

2009 Oil Ministry said it wouldn’t pay oil companies exporting oil from KRG because deals weren’t

approved by Baghdad

2009 PM Maliki called for majority government and ending sectarian quota system

2009 PM Maliki claimed US releasing terrorists from prisons resulting in increased in violence 2008

Maliki govt had negotiated quicker release of prisoners by US

2011 Sheikh Sulaiman said that tribes and politicians would make Anbar a federal region to protest PM


2011 Salahaddin politicians met with Pres Barzani to discuss making province a federal region to protest

PM Maliki

2012 Trial of ex-VP Hashemi began Bodyguard claimed Hashemi implicated in 150 attacks from 2005-


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

(Musings On Iraq Charges Against Iraq’s Vice President, And Why They Matter)

2015 IS seized govt center in Ramadi in final drive to take city Reinforcements sent to Ramadi to stave

off IS offensive Never arrived

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

2018 Large demonstration by Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk city claiming voter fraud

2018 6 Kurdish opposition parties claimed cheating in Irbil election

(Musings On Iraq Growing Crisis Over Elections In Kirkuk and Kurdistan)

2020 IS released video announcing new campaign in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State Calls For More Attacks During Covid Crisis In Iraq)

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