Saturday, June 5, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 5


1916 Ali and Faisal sons of Sharif of Mecca announced Arab Revolt against Ottomans Many Iraqi Ottoman

officers would join revolt

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

1920 UK military force from Mosul sent to re-take Tal Afar Turned back by ex-Ottoman officer

and nationalist al-Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai’s forces When town retaken all residents expelled and houses destroyed

1926 Turkey and England agreed to have Mosul join Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1935 Govt launched final offensive on Duweilim tribe in Rumaitha and ended revolt Tribe

            suffered around 300 casualties

1941 British forces occupied Kirkuk after overthrowing PM Gaylani govt Anglo-Iraq War

1951 Grenade hit Jewish car dealership in Baghdad 6th of 7 such attacks on Jews 1950-51

1964 Talks opened between PM Yahya and Mullah Mustafa Barzani He asked for

democratically elected parliament and executive for Kurdish areas Yahya said elections could wait until 1967 when general vote supposed to happen Barzani refused to disband KDP Yahya agreed constitution should recognize Kurdish people as equals to Arabs Kurdish irregulars would be disbanded Army withdrawn from parts of north Kurdish language would be used in Kurdish schools Govt never followed through

(Musings On Iraq review of 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)

1967 Israel attacked Egypt starting Six Day War

1967 Israel bombed Iraqi army brigade in Jordan Became combat ineffective

1967 Iraqi airplanes attacked Jezreel Valley and Afula Israel to little effect Hit Kfar Sirkin

air base destroying transports and breaking up Israeli paratrooper op Israelis and Jordanians claimed Jordanian planes carried out raid but its air force was not in war yet

(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 Israeli airplanes attacked H-3 airbase in Anbar Were intercepted by Iraqi planes Israelis

claimed they destroyed 12 Iraqi planes Iraq actually lost 6

1996 KDP attacked PUK in Hrian

2001 During confirmation hearing future Dep Undersec of Def Feith said Saddam should be overthrown

2002 Czech envoy to UN claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague in 2001 Story

            was false

2002 PM Blair told Sec Def Rumsfeld UK would be with US in any military action against Iraq

(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 Report VP Cheney and chief of staff Libby made multiple trips to CIA to question analysts about

Iraq intelligence Some CIA analysts complained to press about VP Cheney’s questions Part of CIA-White House blame game for invasion

2003 Some US intel officers admitted they didn’t have much new intel on Iraq’s WMD since 1990s

2003 Dep Undersec of Def Feith denied that Iraq intel was politicized before invasion Admitted creating

special Pentagon intel unit to find Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

2003 Bush said no terrorist could get WMD from Iraq because Saddam had been overthrown

2003 Fmr UN inspector Kay told CIA Dir Tenet military not doing good job hunting for Iraq’s WMD

2003 UN Security Council asked US to allow its weapons inspectors back into Iraq

2005 State Dept memo Peshmerga arresting hundreds of Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk and taking them

to KRG to establish control of city

2006 Mass grave found with Shiite victims of 1991 uprising

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

2006 State Dept paper said new Maliki govt ill prepared to rule No experience

2006 State Dept paper argued for limited counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq with limited troop increase

2007 Report head of Islamic Army went to Saudi Arabia to ask clerics there for fatwa against ISI Didn’t

get one

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

2008 Over 100 weapons caches of Mahdi Army found in Sadr City Most weapons came from Iran

Aftermath Charge of Knights

(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) 

2010 Iraqi army banned Sahwa in Diyala carrying weapons Sahwa replied they would stop working with


2010 Iraqiya member Faris Jabouri assassinated in Mosul 3rd member of Iraqiya killed in city before and

after elections

2010 Iraqiya member killed in Qaim, Anbar by IED

2011 Report violence increasing in Iraq 2010 vs 2011 as insurgency rebuilding

2011 PM Maliki told human rights conference that some human rights groups were actually terrorists

and criticized Baghdad protests

2011 PM Maliki replaced head of Trade Bank of Iraq Arrest warrant issued for old head because didn’t

back Maliki business deal

2011 Rockets fired at Zubayr oil field in Basra Set oil reserves on fire

2012 US intel report attacks by ISI went from 19 per month in 2011 to 25 per month in 2012

2012 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said KRG could reach 2 mil/bar/day in production by 2019


2012 Sadr criticized Asaib Ahl Al-Haq march in Baghdad claiming it was directed by Iran 2 State of

Law officials attended event

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

2012 Sadrists/Mahdi Army members started riots in two different prisons in Baghdad

2012 Report PM Maliki tried to get Sadr kicked out of National Alliance because supported no

confidence vote

2012 Sadr said PM Maliki should be investigated for trying to stop MPs from signing no confidence vote

against him

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

2013 Mass graves found in Irbil and Sulaymaniya with victims of Saddam

2013 Provincial elections in KRG delayed because of problems with election law

2013 Anbar protest movement told Anbar Governor Fahadawi he should not hold talks with Baghdad

2013 Def Min tried to replace 16th Bgd commander a Kurd with a Shiite Arab and commander refused to

give up command Def Min then tried to force 16th Bgd to leave Tuz Kharmato Ministry backed down

2014 PM Maliki said ISIS were being chased like rats and were incapable of fighting the tribes and Iraqi


2014 Report ISIS demanded Army of Mujahadeen in Anbar give it baya

2014 Iraqi Special Forces killed Abu Bilawi ISIS’s military chief of staff

2014 ISIS launched large scale raid upon Samarra Seized several districts before beaten back

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq And The Levant Storm Samarra In Salahaddin)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

2014 Mosul intel chief warned that ISIS would attack 2 neighborhoods in city That night ISIS began its

attack upon Mosul eventually taking city

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

2014 Turkey said 2nd tanker of oil exports by Kurds through independent pipeline was being loaded

KRG said 1st tanker of independent oil exports had been sold but was actually told to leave Morocco’s waters

2015 Report thousands of Iraqi fighters going to Syria for new Iranian led offensive there

2015 Report Norway’s DNO owed $500 mil-$1 bil by KRG for non-payments for oil production and


2015 Oil Min Mahdi said oil prices would reach $75 per barrel by end of year Iraq crude dropped to $29

per barrel in Dec

2016 Anbar govt set up investigating into Hashd abuses in Fallujah op

2018 Cabinet committee reported serious election fraud in May election PM Abadi banned Election

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