Thursday, June 3, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 3


1920 Hassan Sukhail pro-British notable in Baghdad told Gertrude Bell that no one would accept

British Mandate in Iraq after nationalists met with head political officer Wilson Jun 2 and demanded independence Warned if UK didn’t act there would be a revolt

(Musings On Iraq review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

1941 3rd train load of German military aid arrived from Syria Stored in Mosul after war ended

1941 British troops occupied Mosul after overthrowing PM Gaylani govt

1944 Hamdi al-Pachachi became PM of Iraq 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

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

1950 Grenade attack in Jewish neighborhood of Baghdad 3rd of 7 such attacks on Jews 1950-51

1982 Iraqi intelligence made attempt on life of Israeli amb to UK using Abu Nidal terrorist group

1982 Report Iraq tried to provoke Israeli invasion of Lebanon to end Iran-Iraq War by uniting countries

vs Israel

1986 Iranian Rev Guard Cmdr Rezai said his forces didn’t need tanks or advanced planning because

his infantry could overwhelm the Iraqis and win the war

(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)

(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)

1987 Ali Hassan al-Majid ordered 1,000 Kurdish villages be destroyed

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)

1991 Survey found Gulf War damage to Iraq infrastructure far more than originally claimed Destroyed

most of electrical grid 80% out of service Affected water purification and sewage system Led to increase in disease Led to health crisis Also destroyed telecommunications system Est $1.5 bil to repair oil industry

1991 Protests and clashes continued in 3 Kurdish cities Dohuk 4 Kurds and 2 Baath officials killed as

Kurds demanded US forces stay in Kurdistan to protect them

1998 Inspector report to UN Iraq not accounted for missiles warheads VX amounts of ingredients and

final products made from them Russia France China refused to approve the report

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(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)

2001 Saudi Amb to US Prince Bandar gave presentation to Bush saying Saddam taking advantage of

instability in Middle East

2002 Gen Franks briefed Sec Def Rumsfeld on new Running Start war plan to begin before all forces in

theater Rumsfeld liked new war plan and wanted more on it

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

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


2003 Sadrist marched in Baghdad against US occupation

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2003 Iraqi nuke scientist who day before turned over centrifuge plans to CIA arrested by US Special


2003 After trip to Iraq PM Blair said CPA lacked organization UK should become more involved in CPA

Needed more UK civilian officials in southern Iraq US and UK needed to speed up contracting process UK companies should become involved in Iraq

2003 UK Under Sec Def Tebbit wrote to Def Min Hoon on his trip to Iraq Said no integrated plan for

rebuilding Iraq Didn’t know whether US would give Bremer authority to manage task Said Bremer wanted UK help with police training

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

2004 US forces attacked Mahdi Army at Kufa mosque

2004 US began extending tours of US units serving in Iraq to maintain troop levels

2004 KRG hired Barbour Griffith & Rogeres to lobby US govt

2005 US held secret talks with insurgents in Balad to try to break them away from foreign fighters and Al

Qaeda in Iraq

2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped and killed 4 Russian diplomats in Iraq

2007 US claimed Iranian arms shipments to militias in Iraq increasing including large caliber rockets

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2008 Australian PM Rudd said reasons given by PM Howard to invade Iraq were all wrong Didn’t stop

terrorist attacks No WMD found Didn’t stop rogue states Intelligence abused

2010 Pres Barzani went to Turkey for first time in 6 years Said he would stop PKK operations

2011 Suicide bomber in mosque in Tikrit during Friday prayers and then suicide bomber on hospital

where casualties taken

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

2011 Diyala governor threatened to resign if federal troops continued to carry out raids and arrests in


2011 PM Maliki led raid on Trade Bank of Iraq after it refused to back deal he brokered with S. Korean


2011 VP Hashemi accused PM Maliki of monopolizing power

2011 Protest in Baghdad for better services

2012 Dep PM Mutlaq said no confidence vote against PM Maliki would reflect popular mood in Iraq

2012 Sadrists again said they supported no confidence vote against PM Maliki

2012 Ayatollah Haeri issued fatwa against voting for secular candidates as pressure on Sadr to drop no

confidence vote vs PM Maliki

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

2013 Dep PM Shahristani claimed Iraq’s electricity crisis would be solved by end of year

2013 Protests over lack of electricity started in Nasiriyah

2013 Kirkuk governor said all the displaced Arabs in province fleeing violence should be made to leave

2013 Sadr issued statement accusing Asaib Ahl Al-Haq of trying to assassinate one of his aides

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

2014 11 tribes in Fallujah district declared war on ISIS

2015 IS held ceremony in Ramadi where sheikhs gave it baya

2015 Badr’s Amiri blamed PM Abadi for fall of Ramadi claiming he listened to US and kept Hashd out

of fight

(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)

2015 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq asked govt to give its men immunity before it attacked Fallujah

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

2015 Badr MP called for Fallujah to be destroyed

2016 Govt shut down social media in Baghdad to try to stop organizing protests

2016 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Dhi Qar Qadisiyah Najaf Basra demanding political reform

2016 Reports Federal Police and Hashd executed displaced fleeing IS from Sjar, Anbar

2016 Large number of displaced from Saqlawiya, Anbar stopped by Kataib Hezbollah 1,300 men

taken away and beaten and tortured 643 men detained by Kataib Hezbollah in Saqlawiya never seen again

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

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