Tuesday, May 18, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 18


1941 British bombed Fallujah while troops began surrounding town

(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 Transjordan force arrived at Habaniya base in Anbar Were attacked by German planes

(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 protest against Anglo-Iraq Treaty

1948 Iraqi air force bombed Israeli airfield

1963 Talabani went to Egypt 2nd time to meet with Nasser

1985 Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal went to Tehran Offered to end aid to Iraq if Iran accepted

ceasefire Also talked about how much Iran wanted in reparations if war ended Saudis delivered refined oil to Iran as sign of goodwill Rafsanjani suggested Gulf States help overthrow Saddam In return Iran would not export its revolution and end war Saudis passed along idea to US that rejected it

(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 Massoud Barzani announced deal with Saddam for greater Kurdish autonomy

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

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

1993 US announced dual containment policy of Iraq and Iran

1994 US pushed through UN call for Iraq to stop attacks on southern marshes as part of ending sanctions

2002 British govt issued order to prepare for military action against Iraq

2003 Former NY City Police Commissioner Kerik sent to be Iraq’s Interior Minister under CPA Said he

found no plan in place in Baghdad and Interior Ministry was staffed by 12 Americans plus him

(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post-invasion Iraq)  

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)

2003 UK Foreign Office memo looting continued in Baghdad Interior and Information Ministries were

recently looted

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

2003 Sheikh Naifus of Albu Alwan tribe in Babil who had been arrested for executions following 91

uprising released by US

2003 Fighting continued in Kirkuk between Kurds and Arabs 5 killed 40 injured Armed Kurds from

Hawija arrived in city to join in

(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 CPA set four pay grades for govt workers and increased pensions Meant to boost consumption CPA

couldn’t pay salaries at time

2004 Sadr called on Iraqis to rise up against US in Najaf

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

2004 Ayatollah Sistani called on all armed forces to withdraw from Najaf and not to join Sadr’s uprising

2004 Bremer asked Sec Def Rumsfeld for 40,000 more U.S. troops Rumsfeld never responded

2004 Pentagon announced it would end funding INC in June 2004

2004 DepSecDef Wolfowitz wouldn’t give timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq after sovereignty

returned in Senate testimony

2005 Several US generals said it would take years for the US to withdraw from Iraq because taking long

time to rebuild Iraqi forces

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

2005 Report Only 3 of 81 Iraqi army battalions capable of acting independently Only 1 of 26 army

brigades able to work independently

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

2005 Zarqawi audiotape posted Titled Descendants of Ibn al-Alqami Are Back Alqami Shiite minister

Sunnis believed he turned over Baghdad to Mongols in 1258 Zarqawi said Ibn Tarmiya’s words about Shiites applied to today Said Shiites were loyal to Jews and Christians humiliated Muslims in Iraq and wanted to destroy Islam

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

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation) 

2008 PM Maliki promised $100 mil for rebuilding Mosul after Mother of Two Rivers operation Never


2008 Accordance Front MP said Baghdad agreed to integrate 20% of Ninewa Sahwa and 7,000 locals

into security forces

2008 Sadr ceasefire in Baghdad finally took effect

2008 Police raided Sadr offices in Basra and captured large weapons cache and arrested militiamen

2009 Integrity Commission official said Def Min officials charged $500 to join army

            Trade Min sold food rations to businesses

(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)

May Report US officials thought 25% of Defense Ministry payroll stolen

2009 Head of Islamic Party in Diyala and Sawha leader arrested on terrorism charges as part of

Op Promise of Good II Warrants for 3 other members of Diyala council issued by PM Maliki dropped due to protests by parliament Arrests part of Maliki’s crackdown on Sunnis before and after provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq New Political Crackdown In Diyala)

2009 Baghdad released tape of man they claimed was ISI leader Baghdadi confessing Was not


(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Responds To Renewed Violence Pt. 1: Al Qaeda’s Prince Arrested Or An Imposter?)

(Musings On Iraq on false story of arresting Baghdadi)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2010 Interior Ministry source claimed Iranian explosives and shells used in recent bombing in southern


2010 Sadrists said they supported Jaafari to be PM not Maliki

2012 Human Rights Watch reported secret prison in Green Zone run by PM Maliki said to be closed in

March 2011 still operating

2012 KRG began preparations to build independent oil pipeline to Turkey

2013 Protest leaders in Mosul Anbar Salahaddin Diyala Kirkuk had meeting saying armed struggle or

regions only options left

2013 Ramadi protest leader called for a Sunni region in Iraq

2013 Arrest warrant for Mohammed Abu Risha Ramadi protest leader led to gunfight with ISF in city

2014 Head of Mosul intelligence claimed he received report ISIS planning to attack Mosul and told

Ninewa Operations Command

2014 Babil police chief claimed Jurf al-Sakhr mostly cleared District actually wouldn’t be freed until

Oct 2014

2014 Financial experts warned Iraqi economy heading towards recession

2014 PM Maliki said no 2014 budget until a new government was formed

2014 Report that 400,000 people fled Fallujah due to shelling and barrel bombing by ISF

2015 PUK’s Mahmoud Othman criticized Pres Barzani for talking about independence and acting like

sole leader of Kurds

2015 Foreign diplomat in Baghdad said Iran using Maliki against PM Abadi Opposed his pro-Western


2015 Fighting broke out between Bani Tamim tribe and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Basra

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

2015 Badr head Amiri blamed Anbar council for loss of Ramadi because kept Hashd out of province

Untrue Hashd were there for months

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

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

2015 IS called on medical professionals to return to Mosul or have their property confiscated

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