Sunday, June 13, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 13


1920 War Min Churchill wrote PM George that British army overextended in Mesopotamia and

asked whether UK should give up Mosul province because of costs

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Churchill In His Own Words On Mesopotamia/Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern 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)

1920 2nd protest calling for revolt in Karbala held this time in Imam Hussein shrine

(Musings On Iraq review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1963 Govt forces attacked Dohuk killing 165 Peshmerga

(Musings On Iraq review 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)

1975 Iran-Iraq signed Reconciliation Treaty to resolve border issues

1997 UN complained about Iraq’s obstruction of weapons inspections

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

(Musings On Iraq Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1998 UN inspectors met with Iraqi delegation led by Tariq Aziz

2002 UK Def Min paper said postwar planning needed to be made before taking military action against

Iraq UK never made plans

(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 US ground forces commander Gen McKirenan moved HQ from Iraq to Florida Denied US forces

remaining in Iraq

2003 Gen Eaton arrived in Baghdad to head US training program for new Iraqi army

2005 US held 2nd secret talk with insurgents in Balad to try to break them away from foreign fighters and

Al Qaeda in Iraq

2006 Bush made surprise visit to Baghdad told PM Maliki US stood behind him

2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey told Bush US had to withdraw and make Iraqis take more responsibility

Bush did not agree but went along anyway

(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)

2006 New Al Qaeda in Iraq war leader al-Masri issued statement saying he would follow Zarqawi’s path

Continue attacking Shiites Still loyal to bin Laden

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

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2007 ISI bombed Askari shrine in Samarra 2nd time Used agents in Iraqi police Ayatollah Sistani and Sadr

called for calm Some Sunni mosques attacked in Baghdad and Basra in retaliation

2007 Sadrists began boycott of parliament and pulled ministers from cabinet when PM Maliki refused to

set withdrawal date for US 

2007 Gen Dempsey said 25% of Iraqi soldiers on leave 25% stayed home when units deployed to other

areas Injured soldiers kept on payroll when couldn’t serve Corrupt officers created ghost soldiers to steal salaries US found 13,000 ghost police Karbala and Najaf hired 1000s more police than needed as job program and to steal salaries

2008 Sadr said that he was turning most of his movement into social and political

            organization disbanded most of Mahdi Army Would have special unit just to attack U.S.

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Leadership Or Lack Thereof)

2008 PM Maliki said talks over new Status of Forces Agreement with US at dead end

2009 Kurdish List in Ninewa said it was thinking of creating alternative administration of districts that

refused to work with provincial govt Part of Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Political Dispute In Ninewa)

2010 Iraq Central Bank attacked by ISI dressed in military uniforms Started with 7 suicide bombers 25

killed 50 wounded

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

2011 Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq press conference on beatings of protesters in Baghdad

broken up by plain clothes police

2012 ISI bombed Shiite pilgrims and KDP HQ 84 killed total almost 300 injured

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2012 Report Ayatollah Khamenei tried to persuade Sadr to drop opposition to PM Maliki Quds Force

commander Gen Suleimani already failed

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

2013 ISCI and Sadrists complained State of Law and Loyalty to Najaf broke deal and formed new Najaf

govt illegally

2014 Ayatollah Sistani issued fatwa for men to defend country Meant joining ISF but led to creation of Hashd al-Shaabi

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Tel Avav Univ’s Rachel Kantz Federa on Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa To Defend Iraq)

2014 3 Iraqi army divisions disintegrated in collapse of Mosul Tikrit etc

2014 Peshmerga moved into Sadiya and Jawala, Diyala and Kirkuk City after ISF fled

2014 North Oil Company shut down oil to Baiji refinery because of fighting

2014 ISIS demanded that people return to their jobs in Mosul after taking city

2014 Report up to 25 tankers with ISIS oil travelled into Kurdish controlled areas of Tuz Kharmato per


2014 Insurgents seized police station in western Ramadi

2014 Badr head Amiri given control of security in Diyala by PM Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2014 Report 500 Iranian Revolutionary Guards deployed to Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

(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)

2014 Sunni imam and two aides arrested in Baghdad by ISF later found dead

2015 2nd day of fighting between Hashd and Peshmerga in Sadiya, Diyala over control of town

2015 Report top US commanders didn’t want to get more involved in Iraq war against IS

2015 Protests in Basra demanding governor resign for corruption

2015 PM Abadi speech said Hashd non-sectarian under his command in war against IS

2015 80 US soldiers arrived in Habaniya base Anbar to support ISF operations in province

2020 Kataib Hezbollah warned US forces if they didn’t withdraw from Iraq they would be

attacked Came in middle of rocket attacks in Baghdad upon targets housing Americans

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

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