Saturday, May 29, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 29


1920 UK judicial secretary Carter wrote Sir Wilson head political officer warning Sunni-Shiite

unity would threaten British rule in Iraq

1920 Grand Ayatollah Shirazi issued statement that Baghdad Khadimiya Najaf Karbala and other

areas agreed on protests for Iraqi independence

1941 Italian planes got into dogfight with British planes over Baghdad 1 Italian and 2 British

planes shot down

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

1941 British defeated Iraqi forces at Abu Ghraib Turned back at Abu Ghraib canal in push on Baghdad

2nd time

1941 British forces defeated by Iraqi army at Kadhimiya, Baghdad

1941 PM Gaylani told military leadership had fled to Persia leading to his own escape there along with

Mufti of Jerusalem

1941 German ambassador to Iraq fled Baghdad for Kirkuk fearing British advance

1941 Governor of Baghdad captured by British on trip to Samarra

(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 Battle of Jenin between Jewish and Iraqi forces started 1st Arab Israeli War

1981 Iran attacked Penjwin Kurdistan but stopped

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1983 Tariq Aziz tried to open talks with Iran to stop bombing civilians area via UN Iran rejected offer

1984 US backed UN resolution condemning Iranian attacks on Persian Gulf shipping Didn’t mention

Iraq’s attacks

1987 US Asst Dep Sec of Def Armitage said U.S. couldn’t see Iraq defeated in Iran-Iraq War

1988 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Gorbachev said he would pressure Iran to end Iran-Iraq War if US

helped with Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan

(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)

1996 PUK and KDP agreed to extend Kurdish parliament for another year hoping that assembly would

help end civil war

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

2002 UK Def Min official Kelly said Blair govt had spun WMD dossier on Iraq

2003 Bush said US found WMD because 2 alleged mobile WMD labs were found They weren’t

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

2003 Retired CIA and State Dept officials sent memo to Bush saying they questioned intel cited by White

House for Iraq war

2003 BBC report Blair’s office had sexed up UK dossier on Iraq’s WMD

2003 Elections led to Abdul Rahman Mustafa a Kurd being elected mayor of Kirkuk

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


2003 White House spokesman Fleischer said everything administration said about Iraq-Niger uranium

deal was accurate

2003 Cheney chief of staff Libby asked Undersecretary of State Grossman about a former ambassador

going to Niger mentioned in Wash Post column Grossman told him it was Joseph Wilson

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

2004 Report incoming interim PM Allawi had links to CIA and MI6 since 1980s as opponent to Saddam

2005 Op Lightning largest joint US-Iraq op so far Aimed at clearing Baghdad of insurgents

2005 Report May 2002 US and UK increased air strikes on Iraq using No Fly Zones in attempt to

provoke Saddam to justify invasion

2007 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq kidnapped 5 Brits from Finance Min in Baghdad 4 would be killed

Ransomed 5th Op planned by Iranian Revolutionary Guards

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2007 Insurgents in Amiriya Baghdad told US they were going to attack ISI and needed help Gen

Petraeus said he would support them Became Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq 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)

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

2008 US Amb to Iraq Crocker said ISI near defeat

2008 Interior Min fired 7500 police for corruption ghost officers negligence

2009 Video emerged of Trade Min Sudani and brothers drinking with prostitutes talking about PM

Maliki Sudani from Dawa

2010 Sadrists said they would not allow dictatorship or autocracy to return to Iraq referring to PM Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Inside Iraqi Politics’ Sowell on whether Maliki became a dictator)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Maliki with MP Said)

2011 Iraqiya nominee for Def Min Obeidi escaped sticky bomb attempt on his life in Mosul

2012 Basra council called for province to become federal region

2012 PM Maliki held cabinet meeting in Mosul to try to undermine no confidence vote against him

Kurds boycotted meeting

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

2012 Iraqi court found Hezbollah operative Daquq innocent of terrorism charges Was liaison between

Iran Hezbollah and militias

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2012 Oil Min Shahristani denied that he ordered stop of fuel deliveries to KRG even though he did in

dispute over oil deals

2014 Mutahidun Arabiya and Nationalists formed Union of National Forces list

2016 After he was dismissed by parliament Ninewa Gov Nujafi refused to leave office

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