Monday, May 3, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 3


1921 Gertrude Bell wrote Mid-Euphrates tribes perplexed why UK picked Faisal to be King of Iraq

when he led revolt against them in Syria

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

1941 2nd day UK bombing in Anglo-Iraq War Expanded to Iraqi air bases and supply lines in Baghdad

and Diyala

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

1941 Iraqi air force bombed Iraqi army in Ramadi by accident in night raid

1941 Churchill ordered British troops to march from Palestine to Iraq

1941 UK Cmdr for Mid East Gen Wavell given command of Iraq Complained no forces to spare and

negotiations should be used instead

1941 UK Cmdr for Mid East Gen Wavell later said he could send a small force from Palestine to Iraq but

would threaten security in region and called for talks again

1941 PM Gaylani told Italian ambassador Iraq needed German and Italian air support to deal with British

Financial aid and a German military mission to work with Iraq General Staff

1941 German Foreign Min Ribbentrop supported sending special representative to Baghdad along with

military liaison officers to set up arrival of German aid

1941 German Foreign Min Ribbentrop suggested sending fighter and bomber squadrons to Iraq Hitler


(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)

1941 Communists called on public to support Gaylani govt when war started Saw him as anti-


(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)

1964 New provisional constitution said Iraq a democratic-socialist government but power was still with Pres

Arif Said Kurds had national rights KDP demanded autonomy Barzani said constitution didn’t recognize Kurdish rights

(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)

1982 Saddam ordered Algerian Foreign Minister’s plane shot down on trip to Iran during ceasefire talks

Saddam accused Algeria of siding with Iran Iran and Iraq blamed each other for assassination allowing Baghdad to escape responsibility Led Algeria to drop out of talks

1983 Iraqi Op Salam launched in southern Iraq to capture and kill army deserters

(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 Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)

(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 Start of 4th Anfal campaign focused on Lesser Zab River, Sulaymaniya Kogtapa attacked with

chemical bombs

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

1995 KDP told Turkey it would stop PKK activities in Kurdistan

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

2003 UK PM’s office said Iraq had WMD and they would be found

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

2003 White House said it was sure Iraq’s WMD would be found

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

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2003 Bush said Iraq’s WMD programs would be found would just take time Was change from previous

claims WMD stocks would be found

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

2003 UK intel said trailer found in Mosul could be mobile WMD lab Wasn’t

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

2004 Mahdi Army attacked US base and a convoy in Najaf setting off hour long gun battle

2004 Heavy fighting between insurgents and US forces closed down road to Baghdad airport

2004 UN outlined plan to create Iraqi Election Commission to run 2005 voting

2004 US Marines said would replace Gen Latif head of Fallujah Brigade with Gen Saleh because Latif a


2004 Newsweek reported INC’s Chalabi told Iranians US broken Iranian intel codes and reading their


(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

2005 PM Jaafari’s cabinet sworn in 2 deputy prime ministers and 7 important ministries vacant due to

political disputes including Oil and Defense Shiite parties rejected Sunni candidates for ministries at last minute

2007 International Compact with Iraq meeting held in Egypt organized by PM Maliki and UN Was to

create strategy and benchmarks for Iraqi rebuilding reconciliation good governance Privately countries complained about Maliki govt

2007 Association of Muslim scholars called on bin Laden to fix rift between Sunnis and ISI Called

Awakening leader Sheikh Abu Risha a U.S. stooge

2007 Anbar Awakening demanded all tribes in Anbar to stop supporting ISI

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

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

2007 Reformist and Jihad Front formed out of Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army Ansar al-Sunna Called

on 1920 Revolution Brigades tribes and former soldiers to join Was challenge to ISI

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

2007 Report ISI issued fatwa in Dora Baghdad for Christians to convert leave or be killed Families

immediately started leaving

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

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

2008 PM Maliki announced govt would launch offensive in Mosul and would be last to secure Iraq

2008 300 ISI fighters held march in Diyala village

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

2008 Iraqi delegation to Iran presented evidence that Tehran was arming and training militias fighting

govt Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2009 Arrest warrants issued for Trade Minister Sudani’s two brothers and other ministry officials for

corruption Charged with stealing up to $400 mil

2009 Trade Minister Sudani siphoned off most of the funds for the food rations system to give to

Maliki’s State of Law for 2009 and 2010 elections

(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)

2009 2 Iraqi soldiers opened fire at U.S. troops at an outpost in Mosul killing 2 and wounding 3


2009 Sahwa in Iskandiriya walked off job for not being paid in 4 months

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2010 Abu Abdullah al-Shafi emir of Ansar al-Sunnah was captured in Baghdad

2010 Baghdad started recount requested by Maliki after came in 2nd in election to Allawi

2011 National Reconciliation Ministry said Asaib Ahl Al-Haq was joining reconciliation process

Didn’t happen

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

2011 KRG parliament passed law to unite PUK and KDP Peshmerga Never completed

2013 Police told AFP they had orders from Interior Ministry to use fake bomb detectors even though

knew they didn’t work

2013 Friday prayers at Fallujah protest site urged people to stay peaceful and demanded PM Maliki


2013 Friday prayers at Kirkuk protest site warned that Baghdad had ignored their demands and could

lead to civil war

2013 Samarra and Mosul protest sites demanded either PM Maliki resign or Salahaddin and Ninewa

would become federal regions

2014 Ansar al-Sunna declared war on ISIS in Diyala

2015 3rd day of protests in Basra over lack of electricity

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