Friday, June 4, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 4


1920 Ex-Ottoman officer and nationalist al-Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai’s men attacked and took

Tal Afar Claimed Abdullah of the Hijaz was coming from Syria to become king of Iraq Called for revolt against British

1922 Gertrude Bell said King Faisal was indecisive and lacked backbone to stand up to others

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)

1924 Anti-British protests in Baghdad closed parliament

1967 Iraqi pilots briefed on 2 Israeli airfields they were to attack Intel was poor mostly from before

1948 Were told Egyptian-led war plan was to allow Israelis to attack first

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

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

1967 Iraqi army division set off to deploy to Jordan for Six Day War

1967 Egypt told Iraq Arab forces would not attack first but wait for Israel to act

1980 Iraq launched air raid upon KDP base in Sardash Iran Tehran objected and two countries began

bombing each other along border

1982 Tariq Aziz went to Moscow seeking military aid for Iran-Iraq War but turned down

1985 Iraq carried out heavy air raid on Iran oil terminal at Kharg Island

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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)

1992 New Kurdish parliament met first time Jawhar Salim elected speaker Cabinet also announced

1997 UN Resolution 1111 extended Oil For Food Program for 2nd time since started in 96

2003 Barzani went to Najaf and met Ayatollah Sistani and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim to talk about post-war

govt and constitution

2003 Ayatollah Sistani called for an Iraqi parliament to produce a new constitution in opposition to CPA


(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2003 PM Blair said that he had no doubt that Iraq’s WMD would be found Rejected independent inquiry

into case for Iraq War

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

2003 VP Cheney told Senators to stop asking for investigation into pre-war intelligence on Iraq

2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith said US wasn’t only country that claimed Iraq had WMD so did Clinton


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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith denied that Bush admin pressured intelligence agencies over Iraq

2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith admitted he created Office of Special Plans within Pentagon to find Iraq-Al

Qaeda connections

2004 George Tenet resigned as director of CIA in part due to failed Iraq intelligence

2004 Pope criticized Bush over Abu Ghraib prison abuse and called for international solution to Iraq

2005 New KRG parliament sworn in

2007 Report Mahdi Army trying to expel Sunnis from Baghdad’s Rasheed Police working with militia

National Police commander in area replaced three times since March

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2007 Report US intel photographed life size mock up of Karbala Joint Operations Center in Iran used to

plan for Asaib Ahl Al-Haq raid on complex

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

2008 Half of parliament signed letter saying they were against Status of Forces Agreement unless it

included US withdrawal

2008 Police arrested top 5 Mahdi Army commanders in Karbala aftermath Charge of Knights

2009 Iranian arrested trying to plant IED in Basra

2010 Gen Odierno US cmdr in Iraq said 34 of ISI’s 42 leaders had been killed or captured

2011 Source in PM Maliki’s office said he was planning on stopping demonstrations in Baghdad and

arrest protest leaders

2011 Kurdish opposition presented reform program to KDP and PUK after Sulaymaniya protests broken

up Nothing came of it

2011 Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq would reach 3 mil/bar/day in oil production by end of 2011 It didn’t

2011 PM Maliki said national unity govt didn’t work and called for majority rule

2012 176 parliamentarians signed no confidence vote against PM Maliki Given to Pres Talabani for

verification Maliki office claimed signatures were collected illegally

2012 Iran called Sadr to talk him out of backing no confidence vote against PM Maliki

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

2012 Shiite Endowment offices in Baghdad bombed 18 dead 125 wounded Bomb at Sunni Endowment

defused but hit by mortar

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

2012 Inter Min head of explosives Gen Jabiri given 4 yrs in prison on misdemeanor charges for buying

fake bomb detectors

2013 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq denied it tried to assassinate a Sadrist leader

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

2014 ISIS head of Military Council Bilawi killed by Iraqi special forces

2014 Babil police chief press conference with 6 prisoners confessing to car bombing then posted 4 of

them executed on his Facebook hours later

2014 Report State of Law delegation went to Iran and got backing for 3rd term for PM Maliki

2015 IS held ceremony for Fallujah sheikhs to give it baya

2015 Number of displaced in Iraq reached 3.0 mil

2016 PM Abadi said human rights committee would be formed to investigate abuses of Hashd in Fallujah

op Nothing happened

2017 Hashd freed Baaj west Ninewa Emptied it of civilians and started creating security zone

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