Wednesday, May 26, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 26

 

1920 Nationalist Haras al-Istiqlal held Sunni-Shiite protest against British in Baghdad

1920 UK intel in Mosul got report 1,000 Arabs under fmr Ottoman officer and nationalist al-Ahd

member Jamil al-Midfai was west of Tal Afar waiting to attack

1921 Govt passed law allowing for enlistment to new Iraqi army

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

1941 2nd trainload of German military aid arrived from Syria Stored in Mosul but never used

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

1941 12 Italian planes landed in Kirkuk from Syria to operate under Germans Immediately attacked

British forces in Anbar

1941 Mussolini met with German military attache and expressed concern about Iraq Asked whether

Berlin would give substantive or symbolic support to Iraq

1941 Mussolini told German military attache Iraq could turn tide in Mediterranean Attache said Berlin

serious about 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)

1964 Pres Arif established Joint Presidency Council with Egypt in failed attempt to unite 2 countries

under pan-Arabism

1981 Iraqis forced to withdraw from around Susangard Khuzistan in south due to Iran Op Imam Ali

1983 French Pres Mitterand agreed to rent 6 Super Etendard jets to Iraq for 2 years Iraqi pilots went to

France for training

1986 Iran launched 2nd counterattack in Faw Peninsula Basra

1988 Iraq Op Tawakalna ala Allah reached Iranian border in Basra Also forced Iranians out of southern

marshes north of Basra city 6,000 Iranian casualties 3,000 Iraqi casualties

1988 Saddam had meeting with military staff Decided next offensive would be to recapture Majnoon

Islands in Basra

(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(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)

2002 During trip to France 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

Tragedy)

(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 Ex-Iraqi general addressed protesters outside Green Zone saying Iraqi govt needed to be formed

security established salaries paid to soldiers or would be resistance to US occupation

2004 NYTimes said some of its reporting on Iraq before war was questionable and not sufficiently vetted

2004 Bremer met with UN election expert Pirelli and UN rep Brahimi Decided on one national voting

constituency for Jan 05 election because no voter roles voting districts etc

2005 PM Jaafari said govt would crackdown on those taking law into their own hands in response to

reports of Shiite death squads

2006 Pentagon report to Congress on Iraq said insurgency had not started civil war Said violence only in

4 provinces Said insurgency would decline in early 2007

2006 Sec State Rice said 48 US govt workers signed up to work in Iraq Gen Casey said not enough Rice

told him he was out of line

2006 Report PM Maliki wanted to increase number of Iraqi forces from 250,000 to 325,000 by end of

year Was trying to purge militias from Iraqi forces

2006 Report PM Maliki wanted Iraqi forces to control all of Iraq’s provinces except Baghdad and Anbar

by end of 2006

2008 US military reported attacks in Iraq at lowest level since May 2004

2008 ISI elements that that fled Mosul during govt crackdown began attacking Yazidis

            in Sinjar Ninewa

2008 Pentagon report Couldn’t account for $15 bil spent in Iraq Of $8.2 bil in contracts reviewed $7.7

bil didn’t follow accounting rules Distributed $1.8 bil in Iraqi money with no accounting

2009 Head of parliament’s integrity comm attacked PM Maliki for allowing Trade Min Sudani to

resign Said it helped him escape questioning for corruption Sudani 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 Interior Min Explosive head Gen Jabri released after arrested for involvement in buying fake bomb

detectors

2011 ISI killed Accountability and Justice Comm head Ali al-Lami in east Mosul

2011 Sadr told BBC that his militia was attacking US forces as they were withdrawing from Iraq

2011 Sadrists held rally in Baghdad against US occupation

2014 Jihadist intellectual Maqdisi said talks to heal ISIS-Al Qaeda rift had failed Said Abu Bakr al-

Bahgdad and his followers were deviants and called on ISIS members to join Jabhat Al-Nusra

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

2015 IS executed Iraqi soldier from Sadr City in Fallujah Hung him from bridge Hashd used it to justify

attacking city in July

2015 Report over 400 buildings in Dour district in Tikrit destroyed by Hashd after city freed

2016 PM Abadi called on reform protests to stop due to Fallujah operation

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