Wednesday, June 9, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 9


1920 British forces retook Tal Afar after bombing broke Iraqi rebels British carried out collective

punishment destroying and looting homes Large number of people forced out into desert

1927 UK Colonial Secretary memo said after Iraq independence new Anglo-Iraq Treaty would assure

British influence in country

1941 Another British brigade landed in Basra to help secure country after PM Gailani govt overthrown

            in Anglo-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

1941 Iraq broke relations with Italy at request of British

1954 Regent dissolved parliament and new elections held Opposition of Communists Baathists

National Democratic Party formed united front to run in election but interference from govt meant only got 11 seats

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Under General Nuri, My Recollections of Nuri al-Said, 1954-1958)

1963 Arif govt began arresting Kurds in Baghdad and moving Kurdish soldiers from south to

north in preparation for new clash with Barzani

(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)

1965 Pres Arif said some military units would be under Arab High Command and would

send troops to Egypt in effort against Israel Never happened because of coup plots and war vs Kurds

1982 Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council offered ceasefire with Iran but was rejected

(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)

1991 1st UN weapons inspection of Iraq’s WMD began

(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 review The Saddam Tapes)

2003 Bush said history would show that US made right decision to invade Iraq Said sure Iraq had WMD

and it would be found

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Senate US didn’t have new intelligence on Iraq’s WMD it just saw it

differently after 9/11

2003 Nat Sec Adv Rice denied charges US exaggerated WMD case against Iraq

2003 Nat Sec Adv Rice admitted that false Iraq-Africa uranium story included in Bush’s State of

            Union but okayed at time

2003 CIA sent documents to VP Cheney’s office on fmr Amb Wilson’s trip to Niger to investigate story

Iraq tried to buy uranium but didn’t mention Wilson by name

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

2003 Sec State Powell said that trailers found were Iraqi WMD mobile labs based upon eyewitness

evidence Inspections said no

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

2003 More than 70 MPs in British parliament called for investigation into whether PM Blair misled

country on Iraq WMD

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

2003 Report none of the suspected WMD sites bombed during invasion turned out to have WMD

2003 Report that CIA Dir Tenet pushed story that Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges for

nuke program Intel agencies doubted story early on Were for rockets

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2003 US military officer said that Bush White House tended to see all info about Iraq negatively to build

case for war

2003 Report 2 captured high ranking Al Qaeda members held by US said Iraq never worked with group

2003 US forces started Op Peninsula Strike in Dhuliya and Balad Salahaddin aimed at hunting down

Baath members and insurgents

2004 Bush and PM Blair called for NATO to help in Iraq France rejected call

2007 Report US troops organized insurgents from Islamic Army in Amiriya into Baghdad Patriots to

fight ISI Allowed patriots to arrest people Iraqi army gave them ammunition US also organized 2,000 fighers in Abu Ghraib

2008 Sheikh Hayes of Anbar Salvation Council said 4 groups joined together to challenge Islamic Party

in provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2008 UK intel report Charge of Knights drove Mahdi Army off Basra streets opening door for economic

growth Insecurity lack of govt capacity corruption laws political parties crime smuggling all hindered rebuilding Militias had driven off business

2008 Iran and Iraq defense ministers signed defense pact

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2009 Shootout between Peshmerga and Iraqi police in Zummar as Ninewa Councilman visited area Part

of Kurd-Al Hadbaa List 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)

2011 CIA Dir Panetta estimated 1,000 ISI fighters left in Iraq

2011 Baghdad closed off Tahrir Square to protesters while pro-Dawa protesters allowed to march

2012 Iraqiya called for parliament to hold no confidence vote against PM Maliki

2012 Sadrists said didn’t want no confidence anymore against PM Maliki just political reform after

Iranian pressure

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

2013 Shoot out between Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Sadrists in Kadhimiya Baghdad

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

2013 PM Maliki visited Irbil to try to repair relations with KRG Pres Barzani after he called for no

confidence vote against PM

2013 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that merger between ISIS and Al Nusra Front in Syria was over

2013 Joint committee announced deal over disputed areas energy budget between Baghdad and Irbil

2013 State of Law lost control of Basra province to Basra First list

2014 Gov Nujafi walked streets of Mosul calling on locals to defend city from ISIS

(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)

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

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

2014 ISIS seized provincial council building in Mosul Maliki govt claimed situation in Mosul under


2014 Emergency called in Salahaddin All police ordered on duty to defend Tikrit Army was not put on


2014 Baathist Naqshibandi said to have joined ISIS summer offensive in Ninewa Salahaddin Kirkuk

2014 Car bomb at PUK headquarters in Tuz Kharmato killed 30

2015 State Dep spokesman said war against IS could take 3-5 years

2015 US announced sending in 500 more trainers for Iraqi forces Said it would help train 9,000


2015 Hezbollah al-Nujaba threatened to attack US after report that US air strike killed some Hashd in

Abu Ghraib by mistake

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba)

2015 Hashd claimed Baiji cleared Wasn’t

2016 Sadrists sacked and burned Dawa offices in Najaf ISF wounded 3 trying to break up protests

2020 Sustained protests in southern Iraq started over lack of electricity and delayed salaries to

govt workers

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Southern Iraq Over Electricity Shortages And Delayed Salaries)

2020 Cabinet passed austerity measures including cutting govt worker benefits cutting unessential

spending to deal with economic crisis

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