Sunday, August 15, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 15


1920 UK PM George wrote that French objected to Faisal becoming king of Iraq George and

French both thought he was weak leader

1921 Faisal said he wouldn’t accept restrictions on sovereignty included in UK’s Iraq mandate Wanted an

Anglo-Iraq treaty that would give him full power

1921 Churchill wrote Iraq Commissioner Cox that Faisal needed to stop making demands of UK and do

what London told him

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

1933 King Faisal ordered Interior Min Suleiman to investigate massacre of Assyrians in Sumail

(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 The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1982 Iraqi planes started attacking shipping at Khor Musa channel leading to Bandar Khomeini port in

Iran Sank 2 ships

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1982 Iraqi planes started bombing campaign against Kharg Island Iran’s major oil port

(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)

1986 Turkey launched raid into Kurdistan after PKK destroyed a Turkish military post in Anatolia Turks

killed 165 PKK

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

1990 Iraqi opposition in Iran claimed they could field 50,000 to fight Saddam

1990 Iraq offered to fully implement UN Res 598 and Algiers Agreement to try to win favor with Iran

after Kuwait invasion

1991 UN Resolution 706 proposed Iraq import petroleum products to alleviate humanitarian situation

caused by sanctions Iraq rejected plan as violation of its sovereignty

1991 UN Resolution 707 Said Iraq was in flagrant violation of weapons inspectors Allowed inspectors to

use planes and helicopters for flights inside Iraq

1991 Baghdad objected to Res 707 saying US had flown U2 spy plane over Iraq claiming it was for


(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)

1995 Supreme Council denounced Jordan taking in Saddam’s son-in-law Hussein Kamal calling him a


2002 NatlSecAdv Rice said US needed to launch pre-emptive strike against Iraq before it got too strong

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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


2002 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith’s office briefed CIA officials on its findings that Iraq and

Al Qaeda had cooperated for years

2002 1st Bush NatlSecAdv Scowcroft wrote Wall St Journal OpEd saying Saddam not threat to US and

not connected to 9/11

2002 Sec State Powell called Scowcroft thanking him for OpEd saying it would help for arguments within

administration over Iraq

2002 Dep head of UK embassy to US wrote that White House talking about when war would start

not if it would happen

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002)

2002 Jalal Talabani invited US and England to invade Iraq from PUK territory

2003 Anti-US protest fired upon by American soldiers in Mosul 15 killed

2003 White House objected to CPA’s request for $20.3 bil after administration said it would not ask

Congress for any more money for Iraq

2003 Oil pipeline to Turkey bombed in Baiji Salahaddin shutting down exports for 2nd time in a week

2004 Peace talks between Allawi govt and Sadr broke down over ending 2nd Battle of Najaf

(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 One week extension given to Constitutional committee to finish work

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

(Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq’s Future, How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy)

2007 Gen Petraeus given intel briefing Said Maliki govt taking part in civil war to solidify power and

refusing to reconcile Challenged Surge assumption that better security would lead to political compromise Said US should be more neutral towards PM Maliki and attempt to mediate between govt and Sunnis

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

2008 2 female suicide bombers hit Shiite pilgrims in Iskandiriya 19 dead 75 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2008 Baghdad-Irbil deal to have Peshmerga withdraw from Khanaqin Diyala and turn over area to central

govt control Confrontation ensued when ISF began evicting Kurdish parties and Peshmerga from town

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish-Baghdad Tensions Over Diyala)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2008 Officially some Iraqi army divisions reported 130% of their soldiers were on duty Iraq’s 7th Div had

11,478 soldiers on payroll Only 7,556 were on duty 3,922 were on leave in training AWOL wounded or killed Typical of army units where many on leave and others were ghost soldiers commanders used to collect pay

2008 Report US military intel officer said captured militiamen claimed Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force

and Hezbollah training Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah members in four bases in Iran Were going to assassinate officials in Iraq like judges Before March 08 Iran was training militia in Qadisiya Dhi Qar Basra

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2011 ISI attacked Sahwa in mosque in Yusifiya during Ramadan and bombed St Ephraim Syriac

Orthodox church in Kirkuk

2012 PM Maliki said he wanted better relations with Turkey but also complained about Ankara’s ties to


2015 Chief Justice Medhat said that judiciary supported PM Abadi’s reforms but made no changes

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

2018 Protester killed by police beating outside West Qurna 2 oil field Basra Led to more demonstrations in


2019 Interior Minister Yasiri visited Babil and said no civilians could return to Jurf al-

Sakhr until secured District is a Hashd base All civilians forced out by Iraqi forces because along pilgrimage routes to Najaf and Kabala

2020 Protest activist had house raided in Diyala by unknown security force Activist escaped

assassination attempt in Dhi Qar Part of intimidation campaign against demonstrators

(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)

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