Monday, August 9, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 9


1914 US consulate report Martial law declared in Baghdad Vilayet would provide 15,000

recruits for war Ottomans called on all Muslims to serve

1920 UK Foreign Sec Lord Curzon replied to US complaints about San Remo agreement saying US

would not be shut out of Iraq oil and was just business deal not treaty

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

1920 TE Lawrence wrote article for Sunday Times Said UK public misled by govt about Iraq Said

public had not been told what was going on Said 1920 Revolt worse then govt said and UK facing possible disaster

1920 Railway line to Baghdad cut by tribal fighters in Diyala during 1920 Revolt

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1933 Shammar and Jabour tribes attacked 60 Assyrian villages south of Dohuk Captured males given to

Iraqi army who executed them

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1962 Iraqi air force conducting raids into Turkey to attack Barzanis force bombed Turkish military

outpost by mistake

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

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

1966 Col Naji Talib became premier Proved to be completely ineffective and was later removed

1983 Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 3 took hills around Mehran central front but failed to recapture city Iran took 60

sq mi half in Wasit Iraq lost 10,000-17,000 casualties Iran lost 15,000-25,000 casualties

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

1988 Iraq held victory celebrations for end of 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 Military campaign in southern marshes ended 400 homes and 500 boats destroyed along with mass


1990 US forces arrived in Saudi Arabia to protect it from Iraq after invasion of Kuwait

(Musings On Iraq review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 1)

1990 UN Resolution 662 said that Iraq’s annexation of Kuwait was illegal

1990 Turkey and Saudi Arabia closed pipelines to Iraq due to Kuwait invasion

1990 Arab League agreed to UN sanctions on Iraq Endorsed US deployment to Saudi Arabia

Said it would send troops

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld at White House meeting said that US would not occupy Iraq for a long time and

shouldn’t promote democracy

(Musings On Iraq review Liberate And Leave, Fatal Flaws In The Early Strategy For Postwar Iraq)

2002 After White House meeting UnderSecDef Feith told Def Sec Rumsfeld he should not be so critical of

creating a democracy in Iraq Rumsfeld said building democracy complex and not just holding an election

(Musings On Iraq review The Assassins’ Gate, America In Iraq)

2002 Def Policy Board Perle said that removing Saddam would lead to more peaceful and stable Middle East

(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


(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

2002 Ahmed Chalabi convinced Ayatollah Hakim to join opposition meeting in Wash DC Would

help cement ISCI as one of parties US would work with after 03 invasion Also helped Chalabi’s standing in Iran

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

2003 3 US army battalions added to 1st Battle of Najaf

2003 Bremer said Ansar al-Islam escaped to Iran during invasion and were now returning to Iraq to carry

out terrorist attacks

2003 Protests in Basra over lack of electricity Threw rocks at British troops

2003 Mass robberies of oil tankers in Basra Police fled Czech and British troops fired on looters 2 killed 4


2003 AP story not much of Sec State Powell’s Feb 03 speech to UN on Iraq’s WMD proved true

2004 PM Allawi Def Min US generals had meeting Decided 2nd Najaf Battle had to end quick over

concerns shrine might be damaged

(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 Baghdad city council chief Makkia of SCIRI led group of Badr militiamen to oust Baghdad mayor

Tamimi and installed himself in office

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

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

2005 Def Sec Rumsfeld said weapons were being smuggled from Iran into Iraq Most senior US official to

accuse Tehran of arming militias in Iraq

(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)

2005 Suicide car bomb hit US convoy in Baghdad killing 7 and wounding more than 90

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

2007 Ayatollah Sistani aide assassinated in Najaf Was 4th such killing in province since July

2008 PM Maliki started meetings with more tribes to get them to joint Tribal Support Council and back


2009 Suicide bomber hit Mosul mosque killing 23 wounding 130

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

2014 1st US airstrike against IS occurred in Irbil to stop insurgent advance there

(Musings On Iraq review Airpower in the War Against ISIS)

2015 PM Abadi announced reform program of ending quotas, cut bodyguards, anti-corruption

commission, dismissing VPs and Dep PMs in response to protests Most moves were actually to cut costs during budget crisis

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

2015 Dep PM Araji resigned Was facing corruption investigation

2015 Cabinet voted to reduce number of members on provincial councils to save money sold as


2015 VPs Nujafi and Maliki Speaker Jabouri and KRG said they supported Abadi’s reform program

2015 VP Maliki TV interview said protests were becoming anti-religious and could get out of control

2015 Chief of staff of Iranian military criticized protests in Iraq saying they were making govt look


2015 Protests in Baghdad, Nasiriya, Maysan supporting Abadi’s reforms

2018 Sit in continued in Muthanna and West Qurna 2 field in Basra

2020 Ansar Allah HQ burned in Nasiriya by protesters

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