Wednesday, June 2, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 2


1915 British troops from Persian crossed Tigris and took Amara after convincing Ottoman garrison

commander to surrender 

1920 Revolt against British started when sheikh in mid-Euphrates refused British taxation arrested

and freed by tribe 1920 Revolt

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

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

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

1920 1 of ex-Ottoman officer and nationalist al-Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai’s men met with

notables in Tal Afar telling them tribesmen would arrive soon and that people should arm themselves to attack UK garrison

1920 Sir Wilson head political officer met with Iraqi nationalists Went over documents outlining a

British Mandate in Iraq Said Arab govt would have to wait Said any agitation would be met by force Nationalists demanded Arab convention to lay out independent govt demanded freedom of the press and communication Wilson denied requests

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

1924 UK run Baghdad Times said if Anglo-Iraq Treaty not ratified Iraq would lose Mosul to Turks

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

1941 Jamil al-Midfai named PM in new govt after PM Gaylani overthrown by British Declared martial

law 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

1941 Anti-Jewish pogrom the Farhud in Baghdad continued until curfew imposed 187 killed in 2 days

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

1941 Regent of Iraq ordered end to anti-Jewish Farhud pogrom

1941 British intel officer asked why British troops weren’t sent into Baghdad to stop Farhud Thought

didn't want to upset Regent

1941 UK 20th Indian Brigade ordered from Basra to Baghdad to help secure area

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

1969 Pres Bakr called for Iraq-Syria union

1981 Iran’s Defense Minister Chamran killed at the front

1982 Gulf Cooperation Council offered peace plan to end Iran-Iraq War Israeli invasion of Lebanon

ended plan

1988 Ayatollah Khomeini made Speaker Rafsanjani commander and chief of all Iranian forces

Demanded war be won in 6 months Rafsanjani came to believe diplomatic solution needed to be found to end war

(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(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 Demonstrations in Dohuk Irbil Sulaymaniya Diyabil with Kurds demanding US forces stay in

Kurdistan to protect them Police stations and Baath offices attacked

2002 Czech Inter Min claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta went to Prague and met with Iraqi intel officer Story


2002 Iraq arrested Abdul Yasin involved in 1993 World Trade Center bombing Conspiracy theorists

would later say this was proof Iraq involved in bombing

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

2002 60 Minutes aired show on Abdul Rahman Yasin who was involved in 1993 World Trade

Center bombing Fled to Baghdad Conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie claimed he was an Iraqi agent and showed Saddam behind attack 60 Minutes found no evidence he was Iraqi agent

2003 Blair said Iraq’s WMD would be found

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

2003 State Dept memo said too early to say captured trailers Iraq mobile WMD labs They weren’t

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

2003 Iraqi scientist dug up 200 blueprints for centrifuges for Iraq’s nuclear program and gave them to US


2003 Gen Franks told CPA’s Bremer disbanding Iraqi military was a mistake

2003 1,000 ex-soldiers protested outside Green Zone over CPA disbanding Iraqi military

2003 Bremer approved Justice Dept program to hire DynCorp to provide 6000 trainers to rebuild Iraqi


(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post-invasion Iraq)  

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)

2004 Survey Iraqis seeing US as liberators went from 88% in Oct 03 to 43% in Apr 04 Wanted US to

leave 17% Oct 03 to 57% Oct 04

2004 Iranian intel officers arrested in Baghdad plotting attacks

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2004 Iraqi Governing Council convinced UN envoy Brahimi to include them in Allawi’s interim govt

2007 ISI’s Abu Omar al-Baghdadi told local commanders in Baghdad to stop fighting Islamic Army

of Iraq Dispute would be mediated

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

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

2009 VP Cheney told Fox never any evidence of Iraq-9/11 connection Some unconfirmed reports of

9/11 hijacker Atta meeting Iraqi intelligence in Prague Claimed CIA said there was Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship Before Cheney said Atta story was a fact when it was debunked CIA said Iraq had meetings with Al Qaeda but no connections Was trying to refute his past claims and blame CIA

2010 Adm Mullen said ISI had been devastated by deaths of leadership

2010 Pres Barzani met with Turkish PM Erdogan to talk about security

2011 Obama told PM Maliki wanted Iraq parliament to approve stay behind US forces Maliki disagreed

saying no new deal needed

2011 Survey Iraqis seeing country going in right direction 45% in Nov 2010 Wrong direction 49% in Mar


2011 Human Rights Watch report govt arrested and beat protest leaders in Baghdad

2011 PM Maliki ordered investigation of Trade Bank in Iraq after refused to back deal made by Maliki

with S. Korean company

2013 Report Sadr got into argument with Hezbollah’s Nasrallah over backing Assad in Syria

2013 Sadr accused Asaib Ahl Al-Haq of trying to assassinate leaders in his movement in Baghdad

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

2015 US sent 2000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to Iraq to help fight car bombs

2015 Badr objected to US helping retake Ramadi from IS

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

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

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