Sunday, May 23, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 23


1939 After British White Paper on Palestine passed PM Said tried but failed to convince the Mufti

of Jerusalem to support it

1941 German planes attacked British forces in Fallujah Iraqi artillery shelled Town

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

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

1941 Hitler Order 30 Germany would support Arabs against British especially in Iraq

1941 UK Mid-East cmdr Gen Wavell and Indian cmdr Gen Auchinlek met in Basra Decided to send

forces to Baghdad and more to be sent from India to Iraq

(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)

1959 Egyptian press claimed British intel planning pro-UK coup in Iraq Afterward Iraq would sign peace

treaty with Israel Part of anti-Iraq propaganda by Nasser

1959 Communists officially gave up demands for positions in Qasim govt

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1963 Curfew imposed and security zones set up around oil installations in north in

preparation for new offensive against Mullah Mustafa Barzani

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

(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)

1966 Arif govt called on Kurds to surrender or face annihilation

1969 Pres Bakr offered self-determination to Kurds

1982 Iraq invoked Arab League 1950 defense agreement to get military aid from members Got nothing

League divided over war

1988 Iraq launched offensive to re-capture all of its lost territory from Iran

(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 Towns in Balisan Valley, Sulamaniya hit by chemical weapons in 5th Anfal campaign

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

1991 For third time Kurds attacked police station in Zakho during negotiations with Baghdad over


1991 UN announced 500 guards would be sent to Kurdish provinces to deal with relief centers for

displaced after 1991 Uprising

2002 During trip to Germany Bush said he had no Iraq war plans Part of strategy to work on war plans

            while publicly denying it

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

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


(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)

2003 Bush said he supported Bremer’s political plan for Iraq

2003 CPA Order 2 disbanded Iraqi military

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Baghdad at Sunrise, A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq)

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

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

2003 Congress asked CIA to look into its pre-war intel on WMD after none found

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

2004 Sadr’s brother in law Riyadh Nouri arrested

2005 Sunni MPs accused Badr Brigade of carrying out sectarian killings

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

2007 Dep PM Zubaie wounded by suicide bomber

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

2007 ISI assassinated Sheikh Issawi from Albu Issa tribe Member of the Awakening Part of campaign to

kill Awakening leaders

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Fallujah Redux author Daniel Green on Fallujah during the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2007 Bush said in Jan 05 bin Laden told Zarqawi to create a cell to plan attacks upon US homeland

Counterterrorism officials contradicted claim

2007 Constitutional Review Comm told parliament it had draft report on amending constitution Then

asked for 1 month extension to gain consensus Nothing came of it

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

2008 Clerics denied Sistani issued fatwa allowing attacks on US forces

2010 ISF blamed US releasing prisoners for increase in violence In 2008 PM Maliki had negotiated

quicker release of prisoners by US

2011 Adviser to Diyala governor arrested by PM Maliki to intimidate province to not move towards

federal region to protest his govt

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

2012 Iraq hosted nuclear talks between Iran and six countries

2013 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that Baghdadi was wrong for declaring ISIS without asking permission


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

2013 Mutahidun accused PM Maliki of supporting militias and targeting civilians

2013 Sheikh Hayes said Ramadi protesters had 2 days to turn over those who killed 5 soldiers

2013 State of Law offered ISCI control of 3 southern provinces in return for control of Basra ISCI turned           down offer

2014 Babil Operations Command claimed Jurf al-Sakhr freed from IS Would not be liberated until Oct


2014 Gorran accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya vote

2014 KRG said it sold 1st tanker of independent oil exports Oil Ministry filed legal papers over sale

2015 Report Iranians operating rockets, artillery and drones in Baiji operation to free refinery from IS

2016 Final campaign to liberate Fallujah started Five weeks later city would be freed

2017 Der Spiegel ran article documenting abuses by Rapid Reaction unit during Mosul campaign Unit

denied story released video of its victims denying that they had been abused and then attacked author of article Joint Operations Command also claimed author was making up story and if any torture had taken part he was partly responsible since he witnessed it

(Musings On Iraq on Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch called for investigation into Der Spiegel article)

(Musings On Iraq ABC News had follow up to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Toronto Star added more to story about abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq reactions to Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Joint Operations Command attacked Der Spiegel article on abuses by Rapid Reaction Division during Mosul battle)

2017 Hashd freed Qairawan subdistrict of Sinjar Ninewa from IS

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