Tuesday, May 25, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 25


1918 11 leaders of Najaf revolt executed in Kufa by British

1940 Iraq Foreign Min Said said England and France should grant Syria and Palestine Independence

to counter Axis propaganda

1941 British attacked Iraqis 6 miles up from Basra city 10th Indian Div ordered to head north

(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)

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

1948 Iraqi forces took Geulim and reached Kfar Yona and Ein Vered 1st Arab-Israeli War

1963 Arif govt announced it foiled a coup plot

1963 Talabani met with Egypt’s Nasser to talk about Kurdish demands 1st time Kurds got

audience in wider Arab world

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

1981 New Pres Mitterrand told Saddam France would support him during war

1983 Turkey launched first cross border raid under Iraq-Turkey security agreement 7,000 Turkish troops

moved 18 mi into Kurdistan to attack PKK bases

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

1983 Iraq offered to end bombing of Iranian civilians

1985 Dawa bombed motorcade of Emir Jaber Sabah ruler of Kuwait for his support of Iraq in Iran-Iraq


(Musings On Iraq Interview with Lowy Institution’s Shanahan on history of the Dawa Party)

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’ite Movement in Iraq)

1988 Iraq started Op Tawakalna ala Allah to clear Fish Lake Basra and force Iran into negotiations to end

war Used chemical weapons Took 6 miles

(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)

1999 Clinton Natl Sec Adv Berger met with 7 Iraqi opposition parties receiving US funds Told them

president wanted Saddam removed by end of his term

2003 5,000 Iraqis protested outside Green Zone demanding a new govt security salaries for soldiers

2003 CPA order 5 created DeBaathification Council Would be run by Ahmed Chalabi

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

2003 Inspection team examined 2 captured trailers Immediately found they weren’t mobile WMD labs

as originally thought

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

2003 Kirkuk council elected 6 members then arrested by US for alleged Baathist ties

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


2007 Ret Gen Keane told VP Cheney Surge needed to be sustained until 2008

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

2007 UK killed Mahdi Army commander for Basra Abu Qader leading to 2 days of fighting in city

2007 Sadr gave Friday sermon forbidding attacks upon Sunnis and Christians His Mahdi Army was still

cleansing Sunnis from Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2008 Report insurgents fled to Tikrit and Ramadi during Mother of Two Springs operation in Mosul

2008 Mayor of Mosul escaped 4th bombing attempt on his life in 10 days Came day after Mother of Two

Springs op to clear city ended

2008 US Amb Crocker said ISI had been severely disrupted in Iraq

2008 US and ISF conduct weapons searches in Sadr City Arrested 200 Mahdi Army militiamen in Amil

and Baya

2008 Report Sadrists paid $300 for anyone that attacked UK forces in Basra Money came from Iran

2008 PM Maliki attempted to assert control over Basra after Charge of Knights by firing Fadhila officials

who ran province Replaced heads of South Oil Company Basra Airport Oil Tankers Company Basra Refinery

2009 PM Maliki accepted resignation of Trade Min Sudani charged with corruption Was accused

of stealing $400 mil for Maliki’s State of Law

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2011 Iraq ranked 2nd to last in Global Peace Index

2011 Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq could not defend itself after US withdrawal at end of year

2012 Dawa held march in Baghdad to support PM Maliki during no confidence drive against him

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

2012 Baghdad said that all Kurdish oil deals with Turkey had to be approved by the central govt

2013 Mutahidun accused PM Maliki of backing militias with government money

2014 Anbar Operations Command claimed 90% of Ramadi freed ISIS still occupied major parts of city

2014 Anbar Operations Command said 40 attempts to take Fallujah from Jan-May 2014 and all failed

2014 Sadrists threatened to go into opposition if PM Maliki got 3rd term

2018 Protesters in Basra blocked main road with burning tires over lack of services

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