Monday, May 17, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 17

1920 Huge joint Sunni-Shiite demonstration in Baghdad during Ramadan against British rule

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

1941 British forces set out from Habaniya base to try to take Fallujah

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

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

1941 10 British planes landed at Habaniya air base from Egypt and launched attack on German planes in

Mosul British bombed Baghdad air base Shot down 2 German fighters

1941 German liaison officer with Iraqi govt killed by an Iraqi soldier flying into Baghdad

(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)

1967 Commander Iraqi air force put two squadrons on alert for deployment to Jordan in anticipation

            of Arab-Israeli War

(Musings On Iraq Review Hawker Hunters At War, Iraq and Jordan , 1958-1967)

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

1972 Oil Ministry took hardline with Iraq Petroleum Company in 1st move towards nationalization

1973 Iraq rejected border agreement with Kuwait saying never ratified by Iraqi constitution

1987 Iraqi fighter hit USS Stark with 2 missiles killing 37 US sailors

(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)

2002 PM Blair’s foreign policy adv Manning told Natl Sec Adv Rice that they had to get weapons

inspections back into Iraq to garner public support for any war

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Volume 2 Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)

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

2003 Iraqi Leadership Group of exiles and Iraqis put together by Barzani and Talabani to advise ORHA

head Garner disbanded by Bremer

(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 head Garner told Bremer he was leaving Iraq Bremer talked Garner into staying for a bit

2003 US-Kurdish agreement allowed 6,000 Peshmerga to be deployed in Diyala Kirkuk Ninewa

Salahaddin beyond Green Line into disputed areas

2003 500 Arabs from Hawija attacked Kurds in Kirkuk City Lasted 36 hrs Were heard shouting Saddam

slogans Protesting Kurds moved into city after war

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

(Musings On Iraq How Did Kirkuk Become Such A Divisive Issue? A Portrait of The City In


2003 Baghdad Univ faculty held election for new leadership as part of democratization move pushed by

US Bremer afraid election would back Baathists

2003 CIA interviewed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program Mahdi Obeidi who asked for asylum in US

2004 Report Mahdi Army recruiting Baathist security and intel officers in Kirkuk for militia along with

Shiite Arabs and Turkmen

2004 CIA warned that political factionalism in Mosul leading to instability

2004 Zarqawi killed Iraqi Governing Council head Salim with a suicide bomber in Baghdad

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

2004 Report Sec Def Rumsfeld authorized special interrogation program that helped lead to Abu Ghraib

abuse scandal

2004 Report INC provided defector Adnan Haideri’s stories about Iraq WMD used by US pre-war proved

false Was used in CIA DIA White House reports May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA

2005 Association of Muslim Scholars accused police of being involved in massacres of Sunni civilians

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

2005 Report Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr tribes in Qaim formed Hamza Forces to fight Al Qaeda in Iraq

Went to Marines in Fallujah asking for help

2005 Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr criticized US Op Matador in western Anbar for targeting them

when they were fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After The Awakening Pt IX: Sheikh Sabah Aziz Of The Albu Mahal)

2006 US cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey told NSC sectarian violence up in Iraq New Baghdad security plan not

working Casey told Bush Iran providing more EFPs to attack US forces

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

2007 2nd day of fighting between Mahdi Army and Iraqi soldiers in Diwaniya started by security sweep

vs militias

2008 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa unit in Diyala Another female suicide bomber set off car

bomb against ISF in Diyala

(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 Head of parliamentary integrity committee said Trade Min Sudani covered up his brothers’

involvement in corruption at ministry Min Sudani denied his brother worked at ministry but did Sudani’s son and nephew got $40 for every pound of sugar imported Trade Min inspector general had evidence against them but was threatened

(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)

2009 Report Iraq’s hospitals lacked basic supplies Couldn’t do routine tests Usually asked

patients’ families to get supplies Put in orders to Health Min but nothing showed up Ministry stole drugs Bought expired medicine and unnecessary equipment for kickbacks

2009 Kurdish protest in Shikhan against Al-Hadbaa led Ninewa government

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

(Musings On Iraq Ninewa Struggles Between Arabs and Kurds Continue)

(Musings On Iraq Troubles Continue In Ninewa Over Results Of Provincial Elections)

2010 China’s CNOOC and Turkey’s TPAO signed deal to develop Maysan oil field

2010 KRG Natural Resource Min said Kurdish oil exports wouldn’t start until new Iraqi govt formed

2011 Interior Min investigation found IS prison break in Baghdad had inside help

2011 Baghdad Operations Command said most assassinations of ISF personnel were done by militias not


2011 Pres Barzani said he was ready to talk with opposition parties in KRG parliament about reforms

2012 KDP Asayesh arrested 3 Yazidis for attending govt sponsored conference to intimidate them to stay

away from Baghdad

2012 PM Maliki withdrew no confidence request to parliament against Dep PM Mutlaq to try to stop no

confidence move against himself

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

2014 Sheikh Hayes blamed protesters for creating environment for return of insurgency in Anbar

2014 4 Kurdish parties accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya voting

2014 Kurdish parties announced united stance when negotiation to form new Iraqi govt

2015 Anbar council voted to allow Hashd to deploy to province after fall of Ramadi Were already there

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

2015 IS unilaterally began withdrawing from Baiji refinery after Ramadi taken Used fighting in Baiji as


2015 Intl Org of Migration reported 2.8 mil displaced in Iraq since start of 2014

2016 PUK and Gorran signed power sharing-cooperation deal Gorran would get Sulaymaniya governor

PUK Sulaymaniya city mayor

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