Friday, August 13, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 13


1918 UK Foreign Min Balfour said 1 war aim was to secure agreement over Mesopotamia to secure

            oil there

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

1919 War Min Churchill told PM George that keeping large British forces in Mesopotamia was a

financial drain

(Musings On Iraq Churchill In His Own Words On Mesopotamia/Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

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

1920 6 British officials were killed during 1920 Revolt in Shahraban

1920 Ayatollah Shirazi died who was one of the inspirations for the 1920 Revolt

(Musings On Iraq review of 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)

1937 Gen Umari got support of military commanders in Kirkuk and Baghdad Demanded PM Sulaiman

banish officers from 1936 coup return of exiles removal of Gen Sidqi’s friends military court to investigate Sidqi assassination banned soldiers from politics

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

1951 PM Said signed deal with Iraq Petroleum Company to split pre-tax profits 50-50 with Iraqi govt

1974 Iran and Iraq met in Turkey to negotiate border dispute

1986 US State Dept said Iraq was trying to negotiate peace but war continued because of Iran

(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 Baghdad and KDP restarted talks over Kurdish autonomy

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

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

2002 Gen Franks briefed Def Sec Rumsfeld on progress with Hybrid war plan Was approved by Rumsfeld

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

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy


2003 US forces pulled down a Shiite banner from a building in Sadr City leading to protests

2003 Dep Sec State Armitage said Iraq had WMD

2003 US gave up on attempt to get UN peace keeping force for Iraq

2003 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid memo to Sec Def Rumsfeld and Joint Chief head Gen Myers Said

biggest long term threat was sectarianism and intra-Shiite rivalry between ISCI Dawa and Sadr along with Iran

2004 PM Allawi govt announced 2nd ceasefire with Mahdi Army to hold talks with Sadr to end 2nd Battle for

Najaf Was still heavy fighting

2004 Militia kidnapped a British journalist and demanded US withdraw from Najaf during 2nd battle for city

Sadr gained his release

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

2005 4 tribes fought Al Qaeda in Iraq in Ramadi in pitched battle inside city Fighting provoked by AQI

posting flyers demanding all Shiites leave city Tribesmen posted flyers in Ramadi saying they would not allow Zarqawi to turn city into another Fallujah Said Zarqawi lost direction

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq posted flyers in Ramadi saying it would kill clerics who urged people to vote in up

coming elections

2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq declared those who supported constitution apostates and they could be


2006 Bombing in Baghdad’s Zafaraniya set off gas explosion 58 killed 148 wounded

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

2006 US forces raided Health Min run by Sadrists after report of kidnapping Health Min went on strike to

protest raid

2006 Report June health director for Diyala called for meeting at Health Min and not seen again Mahdi

Army kidnapping people at Baghdad Morgue and taking them to Health Min

2011 Obama proposed reducing stay behind force to 7000 US soldiers in Iraq after withdrawal

2015 Maliki’s State of Law said PM Abadi had to keep one vice president because was in constitution

Abadi wanted to eliminate position

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2018 Medical and dental graduates protested in Sulaymaniya over lack of jobs

2018 Iraqi human rights group condemned govt treatment of protesters

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