Wednesday, May 5, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 5


1920 British mandate announced in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Dictatorship, Imperialism & Chaos, Iraq since 1989)

(Musings On Iraq review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

1935 Iraqi army and air force attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell didn’t think force from Palestine could relieve Habaniya base in

Anbar and their departure would undermine security in Palestine

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

1941 Gen Wavell told to think up air strike plan against Kirkuk oil fields Idea was later dropped

1941 Iraqi troops at Habaniya ran out of ammunition and not re-supplied Began withdrawing 300

captured by British

(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)

1973 Kuwait agreed to Iraqi offer to discuss border dispute

1981 Press report that Soviets sent military aid to Iraq through Eastern European allies

1982 Iran attacked in central front breaking through Iraqi lines Reached Iraqi border to try to draw away

Iraqi forces from Basra Forced Iraqis to withdraw from Qasr e-Shirin, Sumar, and Mehran

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

1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz and Bushahr starting 2nd War of the Cities Iran fired missiles at Baghdad and

shelled Iraqi border towns

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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)

1991 Bush signed presidential finding authorizing CIA to overthrow Saddam

2001 Iraq told UN it worked on a nuclear bomb in the 1980s but it proved unfeasible In the 90s IAEA

found Iraq no longer working on nuclear program

2003 US held provincial elections in Ninewa

2003 ORHA announced 9 man leadership group that would put together an interim Iraqi govt later in


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

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 ORHA official met with ex-soldiers promising them one time $20 payment if came back to work

2003 US forces announced captured Huda Ammash “Mrs Anthrax” that worked on WMD program

2003 CIA did new test with aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Found could not take speed of centrifuges

Were for rockets

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2004 Gen Abizaid told Bush that security was getting under control after insurgent and Sadr uprisings

2004 Bush promised investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Appeared on 2 Arab TV

channels condemning abuse

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told reporter Geneva Conventions didn’t exactly apply to prisoners in Iraq but

were more like basic rules

2006 Report 2004-05 MP Jabouri stole millions from tribal protection force for pipelines in Salahaddin

Made up 200-300 fake names and pocked salaries Took first month’s salary for force Company owned by his son contracted to feed force Stole 4/5 of the money

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front and VP Hashemi threatened to withdraw from govt over Maliki govt not

fulfilling promises including amending constitution

2009 Iraq Central Bank turned down PM Maliki asking to use surplus to cover budget deficit

2011 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station killing 25 to mark bin Laden’s death

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

2012 Anbar council said it finished preparation to hold referendum on making province a region to

            protest PM Maliki

2012 Pres Talabani Pres Barzani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi issued ultimatum to PM Maliki to

follow power sharing Irbil agreement

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

2013 KRG said unless Baghdad paid them money owed they would start exporting oil independently

2013 Sheikh Abu Risha rejected making Anbar a region

2013 PM Maliki claimed Iraq took care of fake bomb detectors even though still used

2014 Heavy fighting reported between Ansar al-Sunna and ISIS in Riyad, Kirkuk

2014 ISF claimed it cleared most of Saqlawiya Anbar but fighting continued there

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

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