Monday, August 23, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 23


1922 Royal dinner in Baghdad Anti-British demonstration occurred backed by King Faisal

1922 King Faisal struck by appendicitis leading to surgery UK High Commissioner for Iraq Sir

Cox demanded that king arrest anti-British protesters but he refused With king sick Cox assumed control of govt He banned opposition, exiled and deported its leaders banned 2 opposition papers Silenced opposition and Shiite leaders

1924 American Consul in Iraq said King Faisal had no popular support and many were openly opposed to          him

1952 Communist led strike at Basra port over pay Broken up by police Started year of protests called the

Intifada against Regent

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(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)

1962 Govt census in Jazeera listed 120,000 Kurds as aliens during Kurdish revolt

1986 1000 Turkish soldiers invaded Kurdistan Captured 40 KDP Peshmerga

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

1988 UN said that Iraq used poison gas in attack on Oshnaviyeh Iran in Aug 87 that wounded around

2,600 civilians 7th time UN documented use of WMD by Iraq

(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 appeared on state TV with western hostages in Iraq Told them they were being held to

prevent war

1996 US ceasefire between KDP and PUK began Barzani said KDP captured or killed 400 PUK


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

2002 UK intel said it knew little about Iraq’s WMD since 1988

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

2003 CPA created Dep of Border Enforcement but gave it little money to control Iraq’s borders

2003 Turkmen held parade for rebuilt Shiite shrine in Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin Led to argument with

Kurds who tried to destroy shrine with RPGs Led to Turkmen riot Turkmen were already mad at US for appointing Kurdish mayor and police chief in town

(Musings On Iraq How Did Kirkuk Become Such A Divisive Issue? A Portrait of The City In


2005 US embassy report said Gen Casey’s plan for handing off security to Iraq had no chance of succeeding

and argued for counterinsurgency to defeat insurgency

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

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2005 Sunni members of constitutional committee said they rejected draft Said committee didn’t create

consensus on draft

2005 Members of Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord also voiced concerns over draft constitution

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

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

2006 Gen Barbero Joint Chief deputy chief of ops said Iran training funding arming Iraqi militias

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

2006 UK Intel report Said Maliki govt unable to deal with militias because afraid of break up of United

Iraqi Alliance

2008 Report 2 Mahdi Army men said Hezbollah training the militia in Lebanon

(Musings On Iraq Continued Reports of Iranian and Hezbollah Training of Shiite Militants)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

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

2009 Baghdad Operations Command aired taped confession of man who said he was a Baathist and

involved in Aug 18 Baghdad bombings Said attack ordered by Syria Was actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

2015 Police opened fire on demonstrations in Babil wounding 4

2019 2 US officials confirmed Israel behind recent air strikes on Hashd bases in Iraq

(Musings on Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Abdul Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

2020 Kurdish protests expanded from Sulaymaniya to Irbil 50 arrested Metro Center for

Journalists Rights and Advocacy and UN complained about KRG suppressing demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

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