Saturday, July 17, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 17


1920 British worked out ceasefire with Iraqi rebels to end siege of Abu Sukhair

(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 War Secretary Churchill told govt about 1920 Revolt and that division from India was being

            sent to deal with it

1925 Frontier Commission report to League of Nations on where border between Turkey and Iraq should

be Said Mosul vilyat should be in Iraq after British seized it after WW1 armistice Said Assyrians should return to Turkey

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Turkey, the US and Iraq)

1930 UK intel officer wrote that senior Iraqi army officers gained positions through corruption and

connections to politicians Said were divorced from their troops and would follow any politician that could give them benefits

1951 Iraq made last payment to Turkey of oil revenues in return for giving up claims to Mosul after


1958 Gen Qasim sent delegation to meet with Gen Nasser of Egypt to talk uniting 2 countries

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

1958 Delegation from United Democratic Party of Kurdistan met with Gen Qasim asking for

autonomy for Kurds Was turned down

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

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

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

1959 After three days of fighting with Turkmen Kurdish Communists and KDP took control of

Kirkuk city

(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)

1968 Baath coup overthrew Pres Arif Gen Bakr became president Col Naif premier and Col Daud

Defense Minister

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

1968 Saddam had lawyer Shawkat executed in Baghdad for refusing him money in 1966

1973 Baath created National Progressive Front with Communists

(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)

1973 Pres Bakr claimed govt had implemented most of autonomy plan for Kurds but Kurds were

undermining it

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

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

1975 Pres Bakr on 7th anniversary of Baath coup said Iraq would reach out to Gulf countries to improve


1978 Saddam interview with Newsweek said Palestinians could come to Iraq to plan terrorist attacks

1979 Public celebrations held for Saddam’s election to presidency

1979 Saddam called for Iraqi-Iranian friendship after Iranian Revolution

1980 Iraqi govt took out ad in NY Times praising Saddam’s rule and comparing him to Abbasid caliphate

1982 Iranian Op Ramadan invasion into Basra Iranian armor bogged down in marsh Iraq counterattacked

and forced Iranian retreat

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

1982 Saddam ordered capture of Qasr e-Shirin in center across from Diyala on anniversary of Baath

coup Iraqis attacked twice but failed Jordan ended up sending troops to support Iraqis

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

1988 Saddam speech at 20th anniversary of Baath seizing power Said Iraq wanted to end Iran-Iraq

War Set 5 conditions Direct talks UN clearing of Shatt al-Arab Free navigation of Gulf End of Iranian attacks on shipping Prisoner exchange

1988 Saddam ordered Iraqi troops to start withdrawing from Iran

1988 Rafsanjani went to Khomeini to convince him to end war Khomeini said he would take

responsibility for war Pres Khameini wrote UN Secretary General de Cuellar requesting ceasefire and accepting UN Res 598

1988 Soviet UN Amb Vorontsov made trip to Middle East to help negotiate end to 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 Saddam accused Kuwait and UAE of overproducing oil Said some Gulf states were working with

US against Iraq Said if Gulf states didn’t change their policies Iraq would take action to protect its interests Said Iraq would protect itself from Israeli aggression

(Musings On Iraq Why Did Saddam Threaten Israel Before The 1990 Invasion of Kuwait?)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Outlaw State, Saddam Hussein’s Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis)

1993 Govt started rounding up coup plotters Reportedly 1,200 army officers arrested

1995 PUK accused KDP of working with Iraqi army to attack Irbil

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

1997 Saddam said if UN didn’t end sanctions inspections would end

2001 Saddam speech on anniversary of Baath coup said tyrants would not be able to overthrow him and

he would not be defeated

2002 34th anniversary of Baath coup Saddam gave speech saying he would defeat all the powerful and

evil people arrayed against him

2002 Iraq issued arrest warrant for Zarqawi who had been traveling through the country from Iran

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS Inside The Army of Terror, Revised & Updated)

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Gen Franks projected war preparations costs by 12/1/02 would be

around $700 mil US was expanding air fields and pre-positioning fuel in northern section of Kuwait

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

2003 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid said US facing classic guerrilla war in Iraq

2003 Saddam tape aired on Al Arabiya TV on anniversary of Baath coup Said Bush and Blair lied to

justify war Condemned Iraqi Governing Council

2003 Report Pentagon set up its own intelligence office on Iraq before war

2003 Time reporter govt said officials told him fmr Amb Wilson’s wife was CIA official Talked with

Cheney Chief of Staff Libby about matter beforehand Libby leaked information about Wilson’s wife in attempt to discredit him for opposing Iraq-Niger uranium story White House promoted

(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 Gen Moseley 02-03 US-UK aircraft conducted 21,736 sorties and dropped more than 600 bombs

on 391 targets Air raids were part of No Fly zones but were aimed at weakening Iraqi defense before 03 invasion

2005 Iraqi court filed charges against Saddam for executing people in Dujail in 1982

2005 Shiite MP Khuzai said time to bring back militias because Interior and Defense Ministries had

failed to stop terrorism

2005 Iraq-Iran deal signed for $1 bil line of credit to buy Iranian products

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2005 Report Bush signed and then rescinded order to provide covert aid to candidates in Iraq’s 2005 Jan


2005 Congressional Budget Office reported military and reconstruction spending on Iraq cost U.S.

$218.2 bil 03-05

2006 Insurgents attacked market in Mahmudiya Baghdad Killed 42

2006 SAS arrested Mahdi Army commander in Basra City

(Musings On Iraq review Task Force Black, The Explosive True Story Of The SAS And the Secret War In Iraq)

2007 Truck bomb in Amerli Salahaddin killed 156

2008 Report with unemployment est 35-50% Maliki govt starting job program Hired over 5,000 into

            govt workforce in menial jobs

2008 Cleric and head of Sadr office in New Baghdad Lami assassinated Was pushing reconciliation

2008 Kuwait named ambassador to Iraq First since 1990

2015 Protest in Basra over electricity ISF fired into crowd 1 killed Protesters shot back Also protest in

Nasiriya and Amara where highway to Basra blocked

2018 Protests in Baghdad Najaf 2 in Basra 2 in Dhi Qar Most broken up by police

2018 Abadi Govt launched media campaign to discredit protests claiming they were full of infiltrators

Baathists criminals outsiders and terrorists

2018 Report ISF arrested more than 50 reporters covering protests and assaulted some

(Musings On Iraq Government Crackdown Shuts Down Many Protests In Iraq)

2020 Activist shot in Basra City by men on motorcycles Part of new crackdown on Protests

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

(Musings On Iraq Ebb And Flow Of Protests In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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