Saturday, May 8, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - May 8


1927 Iraqi cabinet resolution said Assyrians would be settled in the country

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1941 British Arab Legion left Palestine to take back Fort Rutba, Anbar from Iraqi police

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

1941 Arab Legion attacked by German aircraft and one regiment refused to cross Transjordan border

into Iraq

1941 British Royal Air Force reported Iraqi air force combat ineffective Lost 25 planes Another 20-30

heavily damaged

1941 Vichy France agreed to transfer weapons from Syria to Iraq to use its air fields and okayed

landing of German planes

1941 Iraq Def Min Shawkat went to Turkey for talks Ankara offered end of fighting permission for UK to

use bases in Iraq In return UK would recognize Gayalani’s govt

1941 Iraq Finance Min Suwaidi went to Saudi Arabia to explain conflict with UK and ask for

mediation Ibn Saud said Iraq should end war

1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell said not enough troops to take Baghdad and fight Iraqi and Axis


(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)

1982 Iran announced it had reached pre-war border with Iraq Iran-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

1982 Saddam ordered retreating Iraqi forces to rally in Khorramshahr in south dubbing it a Stalingrad

(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)

1988 138 Kurdish villages in southern and central Sulaymaniya abandoned due to Anfal campaign

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

1990 Saddam claimed Iraq could build high tech capacitors for use in nuclear triggers

2002 UK Foreign Sec Straw told Sec State Powell if Bush decided on military action against Iraq PM

Blair would back him

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Volume 2 Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)

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

2003 Sec State Powell said US and UK would go to UN to authorize occupation of Iraq

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told staff rebuilding Iraq would not be fast or easy and needed time

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


2003 UK parliament announced review of pre-war intelligence on Iraq

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

2003 ORHA met with ex-Iraqi army officers 2nd time Said they could bring back 137,000 soldiers

2003 Def Min memo called for Iraqi soldiers to return to duty and cooperate with ORHA

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld gave Bremer memo on DeBaathification

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

2004 Bush said US goal was to build a free and peaceful Iraq that was not a threat to its neighbors

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told Congress that Iraqi victims of Abu Ghraib prison abuse should be


2004 Pentagon est by end of 2005 Iraq war would cost US $150 bil 3 times higher than White House

prediction before war

2004 Mahdi Army fought with British troops in downtown Basra

2004 US forces moved into Karbala and Amarah setting off clashes with Mahdi Army US forces seized a

govt complex in Najaf fighting Mahdi Army

2005 Battle of Qaim began

2009 Ninewa Gov Nujafi stopped by Peshmerga from going to hot air balloon festival in Bashiqa Part of

Kurd-Hadbaa List dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

2009 KRG said they would start exporting oil from Taq Taq and Tawke fields after Oil Min okayed

connecting them to Turkish pipeline Oil Min said it wouldn’t pay oil companies however

(Musings On Iraq Breakthrough On Oil Deal Between Baghdad and Kurdistan? Not Quite)

(Musings On Iraq Companies Exporting Oil From Kurdistan Without Getting Paid)

2009 Report ISF lacked men equipment logistics Suffered from corruption and political

interference US set up programs to train Iraqis in logistics but largely failed Relied upon US for intelligence air support medical care

2010 Pres Barzani set up investigation into murder of journalist Zardasht Osman KDP was accused of


2011 Anbar councilman complained that ISF continued arrest of former ISF members after PM Maliki

promised to end them

2011 ISI members staged a prison revolt in Baghdad killing 6 police and 11 prisoners

2012 PM Maliki held cabinet meeting in Kirkuk to highlight problems between Arabs and Kurds

2012 Allawi said PM Maliki was becoming an autocrat

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

(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)

2013 Iraqiya said PM Maliki was allowing militias to operate in country

2014 US restarted training for Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in Jordan

2014 Anbar council again denied stories that ISF launched operation to free Fallujah

2015 IS broke out 30 prisoners from facility in Diyala posing as inspectors

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