Sunday, May 2, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 2


1854 Riot in Mosul versus Ottoman reforms Attacked Christians and Jews for businesses they ran

and control of taxes that caused resentment

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

1935 Faisal II future king of Iraq born

1935 Police attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha Air force bombed area

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

1941 UK commander at Habaniya base Anbar consulted London and got permission to attack Iraqis

surrounding camp Bombed Iraqis starting Anglo-Iraq War UK lost 22 planes and 10 pilots

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

1941 Iraq launched air strike upon Habaniya base in retaliation Shelled airfield damaging 40 planes

UK lost 13 dead and 20 wounded

1941 Grand Mufti in Baghdad declared jihad against British after attack on Iraqi forces in Habaniya

1941 Iraqi forces took British fort at Rutba, Anbar

1941 British troops broke up angry mob of Iraqis at Zubeila, Basra

1941 Iraqi govt asked Germany for diplomatic relations to be restored and military aid including planes

1941 UK Chiefs of Staff ordered MidEast Commander Gen Wavell to make plans to destroy Iraq’s

oil pipelines

1941 Iraq’s 1st Inf Brigade ordered from Baghdad to Ramadi to block UK troops from Transjordan

being sent to Habaniya Air Base 11th Inf Brigade sent to Habaniya air base

1941 British took Iraq out of Sterling zone and had foreign banks close to impose economic sanctions on

Gaylani govt

(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 protested against Anglo-Iraq Treaty

1953 King Faisall II became of age to directly rule Iraq replacing Regent al-Ilah

1965 Govt launched new military offensive against Kurds that was eventually defeated

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1983 Iran and Iraq exchanged 55 prisoners of war in Turkey

(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 Shiite rebels claimed to have killed 180 Iraqi soldiers in 9 different attacks in south

1995 Saddam held meeting to discuss whether Iraq should continue to cooperate with UN weapons


(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)

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2003 Oil Ministry re-opened after invasion Thamir Ghabban announced as new Oil Minister

(Musings On Iraq Review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

2003 ORHA report many ministry buildings in Baghdad had been taken over by different groups

2003 UK DefMin Hoon told Sec Def Rumsfeld ORHA had to deliver in Iraq

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

2003 1st report that Bush was considering appointing Bremer to take over in Iraq

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

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

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

2003 Sadr said Christians in Iraq had to follow Islamic Law not sell alcohol women had to be covered

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

2003 Ayatollah Jannati Sec Gen Iran’s Council of Guardians called on Iraqis to carry out martyrdom ops

to drive US from Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2003 INC aide Brooke said Iraqi people might convince Chalabi to become country’s new president

2007 Islamic Army Mujahedeen Army faction of Ansar al-Sunna and al-Fatihin Army formed

Reformation and Jihad Front to fight ISI

2007 Karki and Shimour tribes signed peace deal in Diyala promised to fight ISI

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 Fmr head Intl Recon Fund Facility for Iraq Bell said US and UK went about reconstruction wrong

Said should have built institutions and personnel first instead of large infrastructure projects Said lack of security undermined rebuilding and led to brain drain that meant Iraq couldn’t maintain projects

2008 Insurgents beheaded 11 police officers in western Anbar

2008 Sadr refused to meet with Iraqi delegation in Iran to end Charge of Knights

2009 Sadr made first public appearance in 2 years in Turkey to meet followers Had fled Iraq over fear of

US assassination during Surge

(Musings On Iraq Sadrist Sighting In Turkey)

2010 Pres Barzani said he believed in dividing Iraq into 3 federal areas along ethnosectarian lines

2010 Iran Iraq announced deal to develop 5 oil fields that straddle two countries

2011 Basra and Najaf tribes joined protest in Anbar against extending US troop stay in Iraq past end of


2011 Parliament investigation of Jan ISI prison break in Basra said had help from 2 intelligence officers

2011 Fallujah Waste Water plant started partially working Building plant started 2004 after 1st Battle of


2012 Supreme Court issued decision weakening parliament’s ability to question ministers

2013 Fake bomb maker Jim McCormick got 10 yrs prison for fraud in making detectors Iraq continued to

use them

2013 Parliamentary investigation said ISF used excessive force when attacked Hawija protest site

2014 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS had always pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda

2014 Naqshibandi and ISIS fought in Diyala for 3 months Report Naqshibandi okayed killing ISIS

members in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

2015 Report IS controlled most of Baiji refinery and 200 ISF trapped inside

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