Tuesday, August 24, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 24


1922 On anniversary of King Faisal’s coronation opposition gave him a petition calling for an

assembly to draft a constitution, elections for a parliament, and independence for Iraq

1922 UK High Commissioner for Iraq Sir Percy Cox met by anti-British slogans being chanted outside

palace During celebration Haras Party leader Basir gave anti-British speech Cox demanded King punish perpetrators

1986 Ayatollah Khomeini said Iran had to fight until victory and Saddam deposed

1988 Iran and Iraq started peace talks in Geneva to officially end Iran-Iraq 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)

1988 Start of 6th and final Anfal campaign focused upon destroying KDP bases in Dohuk KDP HQ


(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1990 PLO Foreign Minister Qaddumi said PLO supported Iraq against colonialists

1995 UK intel report said Iraq had hidden much of its nuke program destroyed its SCUDs didn’t have

hidden chemical stockpile

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

1998 US intel claimed Iraq was involved in Al Qaeda chemical plant Clinton admin bombed it Cited phone

calls to head of Iraq’s chemical weapons program Later proved false

2000 Iraq rejected new UN inspectors and Resolution 1284

(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)

2003 Turkmen protested in Kirkuk City over Turkmen being killed in Tuz Kharmato Turned violent 3

            killed 15-20 wounded

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


2003 Ayatollah Hakim wounded in bombing at his Najaf office Some blamed Sadr for attack in growing

inter-Shiite rivalry

2003 Bremer admitted US not doing a good job securing Iraq’s borders

2004 Panel found Def Sec Rumsfeld’s orders on interrogations contributed to abuse of prisoners in Iraq

Found that US underestimated need for prisons in postwar Iraq then didn’t attempt to solve the problem Contradicted White House claim that Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal was act of a few prison guards Found Abu Ghraib prison abuse was not part of an intelligence gathering operation

2005 Report EFP attacks upon US forces showed Iranian and Hezbollah arming militias in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2005 Police took away 36 Sunnis from Hurriya Baghdad tortured killed them and dumped bodies along

Iranian border Judge blamed Volcano Brigade commander but nothing done to him

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

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

2005 Sadrists tried to re-open office in Najaf Badr tried to stop them Led to 2 days of fighting 100

killed Sadr office burned down

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2006 PM Maliki banned TV channels from showing bloodshed caused by the war

2007 Natl Intel Estimate on Iraq said security improving unevenly No reconciliation

2007 Report Pentagon plan to restart state owned enterprises by getting US businesses to buy Iraqi products


2007 Iraqi Red Crescent and International Organization for Migration reported that number of displaced

grew during Surge from 499,000 in Feb 07 to 1.1 mil in Aug 07 100,000 fleeing per month

2008 PM Maliki broke deal with Kurds and moved ISF into Khanaqin east Diyala Kurds organized

demonstrations in response

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turn Hot)

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

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

2008 Report 45% of Iraqi businesses in survey said they expected sales to increase in next 6 months with

improved security World Bank ranked Iraq 141 out of 178 in business environment Lower score than in 2006 Govt had big plans to improve infrastructure but not spending investment budget

2008 Report US military trying to stop Maliki govt from arresting Sahwa members and getting some of

those detained released

2008 Report of more than 151,000 families that fled Baghdad only 7,112 returned Many didn’t go back

to their original neighborhoods because demographics changed and feared violence

2009 Sadrists ISCI Jaafari announced creation of National Alliance

(Musings On Iraq The New National Alliance And Other Political Maneuverings)

2015 Sadr said his followers should join Friday protests in Baghdad on Aug 28

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

2015 Sit in protests in Basra ended when govt promised to meet their demands Were not met

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