Tuesday, June 1, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 1


1932 Most Assyrian Levies resigned over treatment of their community Worried about what new

Iraqi govt would do with them

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

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1941 Regent of Iraq returned to power after PM Gaylani overthrown by British

1941 497 Iraqi soldiers killed and 695 wounded British lost 150 troops during Anglo-Iraq War

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

1941 Regent welcomed at airport by group of Jews from Baghdad who were attacked on way home that

continued into capital

1941 Farhud anti-Jewish pogrom in Baghdad started Around 120 people killed and 850 wounded

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

1941 Yunis Sabawi pro-Nazi leader who appointed himself governor of southern Iraq planned pogrom

against Jews but deported by Brits

1941 British troops barred from entering Baghdad during Farhud UK Foreign Office thought it would

look bad for Regent to return to power backed by English troops

1941 German Gen Felmy head of military mission to Iraq arrived in Syria after Anglo-Iraq War was over

(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)

1946 Arshad al-Umari became PM of Iraq Would hold office 2 times 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

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

1948 Jewish forces attacked Iraqi positions in Jenin but were turned back in 1st Arab-Israeli War

1967 Iraq For Min Pachachi met with US officials about growing tension with Israel before Arab-Israeli


1967 Jordan allowed 2 Iraqi squadrons of jets to deploy to its territory before Arab-Israeli War

(Musings On Iraq Review Hawker Hunters At War, Iraq and Jordan , 1958-1967)

1972 Pres Bakr with Public Law 69 nationalized Iraq Petroleum Company Created Iraq National Oil

Company Saddam main decision maker Had backing of Soviets and France

(Musings On Iraq review Saddam His Rise and Fall)

1975 PUK announced its formation and date celebrated as anniversary even though party created in


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

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

1984 UN Security Council condemned Iran and Iraq attacking tankers in Persian Gulf Iran-Iraq War

1987 Iran captured Darbandi Khan Lake dam in Kurdistan

(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)

1994 Barzani and Talabani agreed to 50-50 power sharing deal to jointly run Kurdistan administration

1994 600 killed in week’s worth of fighting between KDP and PUK especially around Halabja

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

1997 PKK launched 1st of 4 suicide bombings against KDP 55 KDP killed

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

2001 UN Res 1352 extended Oil for Food program

2001 White House national security meeting on revising Iraq policy but no decisions made Asked NSC

for new ways to pressure Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 1.2 UK Iraq strategy September 2000 To September 2001)

2002 Bush gave speech at West Point arguing for pre-emptive war against rogue states because couldn’t

be contained

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

2002 Bush told Natl Sec Adv Rice “Fuck Saddam. we’re taking him out”

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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


(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)

2003 Sadrist march against British occupation of Basra

2003 ORHA head Garner left Baghdad ending his short tenure in Iraq

2003 Barzani and Talabani wrote letter to Bush objecting to sectarian quotas putting Shiite as PM and

Sunni as president

2003 House Armed Services Comm said it would investigate US failure to find Iraq’s WMD

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

2003 UK Rep to Iraq Sawers reported that CPA would create an Iraqi Political Council to advise the

CPA a cabinet and a constitutional convention would be held

2004 Iyad Allawi announced as interim PM of transitional Iraqi govt Ghazi Yawer President

2004 CPA signed deal with Kurds INC SCIRI and others to disband their militias Never followed

through with

(Musings On Iraq How The Failure To Deal With Iraq’s Militias Caused The Breakdown Of The Country)

2004 CIA Dir Tenet letter to Congress said doubted 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in

Prague in 2001 Story was false

2004 Gen Casey became new Coalition commander in Iraq

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

2007 Islamic Army spokesman went on Al Jazeera accusing ISI of belligerence since it declared its state

(Musings On Iraq The 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)

2007 Def Sec Gates and Gen Odierno said they supported a long term US military presence in Iraq and

would ask for a status of forces agreement between US and Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary At War)

2007 Dep US Iraq cmdr Gen Odierno said he’d authorized his commanders to offer local

reconciliation agreements with insurgents Said he thought 80% of insurgents and militiamen were reconcilable 

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

2008 Fmr PM Jaafari announced leaving Dawa to create own party National Reform

2008 Australia began withdrawing its troops from Iraq Operated as trainers and advisers in south

            Ended combat operations

2009 Ex-Trade Min Sudani appeared in court to answer questions on corruption

charges Accused of stealing $400 mil for Maliki’s State of Law

2009 Defense Ministry claimed it captured leader of Ansar al-Sunna Mohammed Hardawi

2009 Gun battle between Peshmerga and pro-Al Hadbaa tribes in Sinjar Ninewa 5 killed

(Musings On Iraq Troubles Continue In Ninewa Over results Of Provincial Elections)

2010 Parliamentary election results were certified

2010 Maliki attended PUK congress to lobby for new term as PM

2010 PKK ended ceasefire with Turkey hoping to spark peace talks Didn’t happen

2010 Electricity Min doubled bills for users to cut consumption but Iraqis unused to paying for power

No effect

2011 Second day of protests in Ramadi Called for army to withdraw from city after police chief killed in

Iraqi army raid Ground Forces Commander Gen Ghidan made agreement with Anbar govt to move soldiers out of cities due to protests after raid

2011 Human Rights Minister escaped assassination attempt by sticky bomb in Baghdad

2011 Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Iraq worse country in world due to deaths of reporters

2011 Amnesty Intl called on Baghdad to stop suppression of protests in Baghdad by arresting leaders

2011 Protest in Nasiriyah calling for jobs services and demanded govt step down

2011 Oil Min signed deal with South Korea’s KOGAS to develop Akkas gas field in Anbar

2012 US asked Iraq to extradite Hezbollah operative Daqduq to US after Iraqi court found him innocent

of terrorism Didn't happen

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2012 During anniversary of founding PUK Pres Talabani mentioned Gorran head Mustafa 29 times

pointing to possible reconciliation

2012 Report Iran pressured Sadr to pull support for no confidence vote against PM Maliki Sadr called for

all parties to move against Maliki instead

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

2013 Kurdish parliament extended Pres Barzani’s term for 2 years

2013 Def Min claimed it broke up ISIS cell working on chemical weapons

2013 Salahaddin governor escaped mortar fire on his home north of Tikrit

2013 Ninewa Governor Nujafi escaped 2nd IED on his convoy west of Mosul

2013 Sheikh Sulaiman said Anbar governor’s committee to negotiate with Baghdad did not represent

protest movement

2013 Sheikh Ubaidi of Albu Obeid tribe said Anbar protesters supported talks with Baghdad

2014 ISIS leader ambushed and killed by Naqshibandi in Hamrin Mts, Diyala in

retaliation for ISIS killing 8 Naqshibandi Fighting between 2 over few days left 70 dead

(Musings On Iraq Clashes Between the Islamic State and the Baathist Naqshibandi As Both Try To Expand)

2015 Iraq began selling Basra Heavy crude that greatly increased oil sales

2015 Pres Barzani said KRG would start independent oil exports if Baghdad didn’t deliver KRG’s share

of budget

2018 Protest in Kut Wasit over lack of electricity

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