Wednesday, July 14, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 14


1920 Bani Hassan tribe joined 1920 Revolt

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

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

1920 Rebels attacked British army at Samawa

1941 PM Midfai declared martial law in Sulaymaniya to stop revolt by Barzani

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

1958 Free Officers led coup overthrowing King Faisal II and Iraq’s monarchy

(Musings On Iraq review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Women, Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present)

1958 Gen Qasim became head of state King Faisal II and family killed

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1958 Communists had been in contact with Free Officers Called out its followers to demonstrate in

streets of Baghdad to support coup

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

1959 Kurdish communists and KDP held joint anniversary for 58 coup in Kirkuk city Turkmen

held separate celebration Two sides clashes leading to 2 days of fighting in city Around 30 killed and 100 injured Army was ordered to put down fighting but many were Kurds and joined in fight

1964 Pres Arif announced pan-Arab Iraqi Arab Socialist Union party

1964 Pres Arif nationalized banks and insurance companies

1968 Coup against Pres Arif planned but called off after army officers backed out Baath would not drop


(Musings On Iraq review Socialist Iraq, A Study in Iraqi Politics Since 1968)

1982 Iraqi 3rd Corps counterattacked began against Iran Op Ramadan in Basra Used tear gas

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

1985 Iran Op Qadir overran Iraqi forces outside Penjwin Kurdistan and advanced 20 miles into Iraq

Attack into Halabja failed

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1987 Saddam shuffled military leadership to get more offensive minded officers in command

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

1988 Iran Op Tawakalna ala Allah 3 expanded into Iranian territory in center Saddam threatened to

attack towards Ahwz in southern Iran and seize oil fields if Tehran didn’t withdraw from Kurdistan

1988 Iranian leadership agreed to accept UN Res 598 calling for end of Iran-Iraq 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 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)

1990 Kuwait said it would reconsider OPEC quotas in Oct Was considered a breech by Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1990 Pres Mubarak visited Saddam in Baghdad trying to get him to backdown in confrontation with


2002 Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz went to Turkey and discussed war plans vs Iraq

2003 Article Iraqi scientists said bombings inspections sanctions unilateral destruction ended Iraq’s

WMD programs before invasion

2003 Columnist Novak exposed Ex Amb Wilson’s wife as a CIA agent after he criticized Bush admin

over false Niger-Iraq uranium deal Info came from VP Cheney’s office trying to discredit Wilson

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

2003 UK For Sec Straw said CIA believed UK intel on Iraq-Africa uranium deal

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

2003 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Sanchez memo said only 37% of his command was staffed

2003 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid said when multi-national force arrived in southern Iraq would still not

be enough forces in Iraq to secure country

2004 PM Blair said he expected Iraq’s WMD to be found

2004 Butler Report said UK intel on Iraq WMD based upon worst case scenarios and exaggerated alleged

stockpiles Said UK intel on Iraq WMD was “seriously flawed”

2004 Butler Report said UK intel found no evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda cooperation

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

2004 Fmr US Army dep chief of staff Gen Keane testified to Congress that US didn’t expect insurgency

because Iraqi exiles said Americans would be welcomed for invading

2004 Insurgents assassinated Ninewa Governor Kashmoula

2006 When asked was the US winning in Iraq US Army Chief of Staff Gen Schoomaker told

congressional aids U.S. wasn’t losing in Iraq Said war was getting more difficult and was more at the start than the end

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

2007 PM Maliki said Iraqi forces were ready to take over security when US left

2007 Fmr State Dept reconstruction coordinator said impact of Provincial Reconstruction Teams were

negligible because of lack of security

2008 Report 2005 elections 82,000 Kurds couldn’t prove residency in Kirkuk and were going to be

barred from election but KDP and PUK threatened boycott if they weren’t allowed to vote

2008 Report 5000 solar powered street lights installed in Baghdad city and 1,000 in each of Iraq’s

provinces Extreme heat degraded batteries and grime and dust cut electricity production of solar panels

2008 Report Mahdi Army and Special Groups using new armaments Interior Min said came from Iran

Groups being rearmed after Charge of Knights in Basra and Promise of Peace in Maysan aimed at militias

(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) 

2009 Iraq offered 15 bil cubic meters of natural gas a year by 2015 for Nabucco gas pipeline from

Turkey to Austria Never happened

2018 Govt shut down Internet to try to stop protest organizers and news of demonstrations from being

spread PM Abadi warned of “infiltrators” amongst activists while releasing funds for development projects demanded by protests

2018 Protests in 9 provinces Babil stormed Dawa and Fadhila offices 2 marches in Baghdad Badr HQ in

Basra city burned Protests at Rumaila Majnoon West Qurna oil fields and Um Qasr port Asaib Ahl Al-Haq office in Najaf burned Marches in Dhi Qar Maysan Najaf Qadisiya Wasit

(Musings On Iraq Protests Continue Across Southern Iraq And Spread To Baghdad)

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

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

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