Monday, August 16, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 16


1946 Kurdistan Democratic Party founded Mullah Mustafa Barzani its president and Hamza

Abdullah secretary general

(Musings On Iraq review 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 Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

1962 Iraqi air force entered Turkey to attack Barzanis forces Intercepted by Turkish air force that

show down 1 Iraqi plane

1967 Law No 97 gave more power to Iraqi National Oil Company

1985 Iraq claimed it destroyed Iran’s main oil terminal at Kharg Island but only damaged it

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

(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)

2002 NSC meeting Sec State Powell argued for going to UN for new resolution on Iraq Bush agreed

2002 UnderSecDef Feith’s office claimed briefing day before convinced CIA Dir Tenet to reconsider Iraq-Al

Qaeda relationship Tenet denied Feith’s office had changed his view Feith’s office said Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated CIA said they had contacts but no cooperation

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


2003 Insurgent attack on Abu Ghraib prison 6 prisoners killed 59 wounded

2006 Report Mahdi Army and insurgents fighting for control of Diyala Raiding villages Forcing people

out Mahdi Army trying to drive Sunnis out of Khan Bani Said Set up checkpoints robbed trucks kidnapped murdered people on highway Many soldiers in Diyala were members of the Mahdi Army Others supported the militia US forces didn’t trust Iraqi forces in Diyala because of militia infiltration

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

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

2006 Followers of Mahmoud al-Hasani protested in Karbala Nasiriya Hillah against Iran and claimed

Ayatollah Sistani was Iranian puppet

2006 Bani Assad tribe stormed Basra governor’s office accusing Fadhila party of assassinating head of


2006 Pentagon review of Iraq war found US used too much force in civilian areas angered Iraqis and didn’t

form alliances with them Providing safety and security for Iraqis was not a priority

2006 Marine intel report US not lost militarily but defeated politically in Anbar Cited lack of US troops

and no functioning Iraqi govt in province Said Al Qaeda in Iraq most powerful force in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

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

2006 Report Bush told Middle East experts he did not support partition of Iraq Said he would make no

policy changes in war

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

2007 With 17 ministers boycotting PM Maliki’s cabinet new ruling coalition announced of Dawa, ISCI,

            KDP, PUK US helped put coalition together

2007 Report Mahdi Army took over intimidated infiltrated army units in West Baghdad Jan 07 Defense

Min allowed Sadrists to create army unit in Kadhimiya Mahdi Army bribed and intimidated army units to allow it to attack Sunni neighborhoods Army gave vehicles to Mahdi Army Army units in Hurriya and Ghaziliya either controlled or working with Mahdi Army to force out Sunnis US organized Sahwa unit in Ghazilyia that was supposed to monitor army there Army unit in Hurriya also allowed Mahdi Army to attack U.S. units there Mahdi Army expanding into Washash Iskan Fadil with help of army

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2009 Report 1/3 of female suicide bombers came from Diyala Most lost male relative to violence

Many come from small Islamist communities Most sent by ISI

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2012 ISI carried out attacks in 19 cities leaving over 100 dead

2015 PM Abadi closed 4 ministries merged 8 others into 4 by decree even though legally had to go

through parliament Claimed part of reform program but was budget cuts

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

2018 March to Basra council building over death of protester day before

2019 Axis Alliance blamed Hashd for 51 bodies found in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr

2020 New budget deal announced Baghdad would send 320 bil dinars/month to KRG to pay govt

workers KRG would send half its tariffs to Baghdad in return

(Musings On Iraq KRG-Baghdad Budget Agreement Holds Despite No News Kurds Complying)

2020 Protester assassinated in Basra City 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)

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

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