Tuesday, August 31, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 31


1922 Gertrude Bell wrote King Faisal telling him he was vain and weak

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1986 Iran started Op Karbala 2 in Haj Umran Advanced deep into Kurdistan in retaliation for Iraq air

attacks on oil facilities

(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

(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 Document said chemical and biological agents were being distributed in Irbil to be used against


1988 Ali Hassan al-Maid ordered homes of Shabaks that had changed nationality to Kurd be destroyed

and families relocated

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

1989 Report Bush admin told Congress sanctions on Iraq for Anfal campaign would be counterproductive

Said US would lose out on multi billion dollar contracts to rebuild Iraq after Iran-Iraq War and wouldn’t help Kurds

1996 30,000 Republican Guards began attack upon PUK Captured Irbil city to back KDP PUK gave

orders to flee to hills to escape Iraqi attack

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

1996 INC camp in Qushtapa, Irbil captured by Iraqi forces 96 INC members killed

1996 Iraq released Barzani’s letter to Saddam asking for help against PUK

1996 Clinton said he was concerned about Iraqi attack on Irbil but US not ready to respond Def Sec Perry

said US should not get involved in Kurdish civil war

2003 Commander of Guantanamo Bay prison Gen Miller flew to Iraq to advise on interrogation techniques

            Would lead to Abu Ghraib prison abuse

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 9 Down The Spider Hole, October-December 2003)

2003 Pentagon DefPolicyBoard’s Perle US should have organized Iraqi opposition to take over govt after


2004 CIA report Ayatollah Sistani and Sadr’s standing increased by Battle of Najaf PM Allawi’s hurt

(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 Rumor of suicide bomber led to stampede of Shiite pilgrims on Tigris Bridge in Baghdad Over 1,000

dead and wounded

2005 Report draft constitution did not deal with some of major issues in Iraq

(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)

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

2005 Albu Mahal Sheikh Mahallawi said his tribe had declared war on Al Qaeda in Iraq in western Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After The Awakening Pt IX: Sheikh Sabah Aziz Of The Albu Mahal)

2005 Red Team set up by Ambassador Khalizad and General Casey in July made its report Aimed

at creating counterinsurgency strategy to come to victory in 3 years Said current strategy of turning over security to Iraqis would allow Coalition to withdraw but ISF couldn't defeat the insurgency Called for ink spot counterinsurgency plan Didn’t ask for more troops

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

(Musings On Iraq review Nights in the Pink Motel, An American Strategist’s Pursuit of Peace in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

(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)

2006 Albu Diab Albu Assaf Albu Ali Jassim Albu Julib Abu Risha tribes met and declared war against Al

Qaeda in Iraq in Ramadi

2006 Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said Baghdad security progressing US forces clearing areas but Iraqis not

holding them Said Iraqi forces could take over security in country in 12-18 months

(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)

2006 PM Maliki told Iraq Survey Group security problems caused by Baathists and Al Qaeda

            Said problem with Iraqi police was too many former regime members in it

2006 Report Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Reconstruction said 30% of 56 projects inspected didn't meet standards

and some were failures Said US should have started using Iraqi companies for work to speed process and help Iraqi economy

2007 Report US commission said that Iraqi police should be completely scrapped and started over

Said police sectarian supported militias sometimes attacked US forces Pentagon rejected proposal said its training program was fixing problems 9 police brigade and 17 battalion commanders had been relieved

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2009 Iraqi TV show had ISI member who said Syrian intel trained foreign fighters Said got money

from Syria and Saudi Arabia

(Musings On Iraq The Saudi Role In The Iraqi Insurgency)

2009 Baghdad Ops Command said Aug 19 Baghdad bombers were ISI members not Baathists like

PM Maliki claimed

(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)

2010 US officially ended combat operations in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

2015 Protest in front of Judicial Council building in Baghdad demanding Chief Justice Medhat be


2018 Protesters sacked Basra provincial council building ISF fired into crowd wounding 8 Demonstrations

in northern Basra as well Another protest in Baghdad over US interference in govt formation process

2018 Report Iran sending ballistic missiles to allies in Hashd deter US Israel Saudi Arabia

(Musings On Iraq News Of Iran Moving Missiles Into Iraq Continue)

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