Wednesday, May 19, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 19


1917 Gen Sir Stanley Maude commander of British forces in Iraq said they

            had come as liberators not conquerors

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1920 1st joint Sunni-Shiite independence event in Baghdad held at Sunni mosque organized by

nationalist Haras al-Istiqlal

1924 Sir Percy Cox told Constantinople Conference Assyrians would be settled in northern Iraq

by govt

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1927 General Askar asked British 3rd time to form Royal Iraqi Air Force London agreed

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

1941 British took Fallujah from Iraqi forces after heavy bombing Was necessary to cross Euphrates to

move onto Baghdad 300 Iraqis captured

(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 Iraqi command found out about loss of Fallujah and decided to launch counterattack

1941 Iraq Def Min Shawkat returned from Turkey Was accused of being a traitor by Golden Square

officers for talking about mediation with England Fled to Turkey

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

(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)

1941 Mullah Mustafa Barzani arrived in Sulaymaniya after escaping Baghdad

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

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

1958 Ahmad Baban became PM of Iraq Was a Kurd 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1982 Iranian Op Bait al-Moqaddas Began shelling Khorramshahr in south

Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982

1986 Iraq counterattack to retake Mangesh in Kurdistan Repulsed by KDP 800 Iraqi prisoners taken

(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)

1992 Kurds held election for 105 seat regional parliament and president 7 parties ran 4 candidates for

leader KDP won 51 seats PUK 49 in new Kurdish parliament Barzani gave 1 seat to PUK to maintain Kurdish unity Was voter fraud and rules meant only KDP and PUK could win seats

1997 KDP attacked PKK in Irbil with support of Turkey 53 KDP and 58 PKK killed

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

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

1999 Clinton admin sent letter to Congress saying US would support Kurds as long as they remained


2003 ORHA head Garner told Congress ORHA was ad hoc and didn't have enough time to plan for

postwar Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

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


(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2003 10,000 Sadrists protested in Baghdad against US occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2003 500 Iraqis protested outside Green Zone over pending disbandment of army

2003 CPA head Bremer sent Sec Def Rumsfeld final draft of order to disband Iraqi military

(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 US intel paper to White House said captured Iraq trailers were mobile WMD labs Didn’t exist

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

2004 US soldiers involved in Abu Ghraib prison abuse sentenced one year in prison

2005 Report that US attempt to push ISF into lead in war failing because Iraqi forces not ready yet

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2007 US killed Asaibh Al Ahl-Haq’s Karbala commander Dulaimi in raid

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

2008 Fmr Dep Sec Def Feith claimed Iraq’s WMD was a threat Said Iraq had WMD programs and could

have produced WMD in 3-5 wks Wasn’t true Claimed he believed Iraqi army and police would maintain security after invasion Feith wrote order disbanding military

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

2009 Pentagon said foreign fighters still coming to Iraq from Syria and Iranian weapons still being found

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2009 US organized meeting between Sahwa and govt after 17 Sahwa leaders arrested

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2009 Iraqi govt survey found 23% of Iraqis living in poverty Poverty highest in Muthanna 49% Babil

41% Salahaddin 40% lowest in Dohuk 10% Irbil 3% Sulaymaniya 3%

(Musings On Iraq Survey Finds 23% of Iraqis Live In Poverty)

2010 Talks held between Hadbaa party and Kurds over Ninewa provincial council which Kurds had

boycotted since 09 elections

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

2011 Twin bombs in Kirkuk left 120 casualties

2012 Sadr called conference with Kurds Speaker Nujafi Ahmed Chalabi about PM Maliki

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

2012 Ayatollah Haeri called on Sadr to stop trying to divide Shiites showing Iran’s displeasure with

moves against PM Maliki

2012 France’s Total announced talks with KRG about oil deals there over objections of Baghdad

2012 Protest in Basra against Turkey hosting wanted ex-VP Hashemi

2013 Provincial election results finalized State of Law won 112 seats Down from 126 in 2009

2013 PM Maliki responded to protest movement Said provinces could become regions if followed

constitution Maliki was actively working to undermine attempts

2013 Sheikh Saadi religious leader in Anbar protests said he gave up on his initiative to hold talks with


2014 Election results announced with PM Maliki’s State of Law coming in first

2014 Sulaymaniya Educ dept went on strike over not getting paid and protests in 2 towns over lack of

services in KRG

2014 ISF went on rampage in Khalis, Diyala after checkpoint attacked Burned mosque fields 2 houses

2015 State of Law MP said Iraq should rely on Iran not US for military aid Claimed fall of Ramadi

proved US helping IS

2015 Hashd spokesman claimed retaking Ramadi would be easier than Tikrit

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

2016 ISF freed Rutba, Anbar from IS opening road from Baghdad to Jordan

2019 Rocket fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone by pro-Iran group due to US-Iran tensions Would be first of

7 attacks

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