Wednesday, October 13, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 13


1920 UK military relief force fought rebels outside Samawa Rebels withdrew during night

(Musings On Iraq review of 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)

1950 PM Said cancelled plans for military intervention in Jordan to overthrow unfriendly govt to


1973 Continued fighting between Israeli and Iraqi forces in Syria

1989 US Agriculture Dept memo said US loans meant to support Iraq buying food products were being

used to buy tech for weapons programs

1994 Russia got Iraq to agree to UN Res 833 on Iraq-Kuwait border and promised to work to

            lift sanctions

1996 PUK counterattacked Recaptured Sulaymaniya from KDP with Iranian support Baghdad made deal

with Iran to allow PUK back into Kurdistan to counter KDP

1997 Heavy fighting restarted between KDP and PUK during civil war

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

2000 Iran’s Foreign Minister Kharrazi visited Iraq for 3 days Highest ranking Iranian official to visit

Iraq since 1979 Revolution After Karrazi’s trip Iran announced Iran and Iraq would re-open discussion on border and POW issue largely ended

2003 Gen Ryder visited Iraq Said problems at detention facilities like Abu Ghraib could lead to human

rights abuses

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

2004 PM Blair told parliament that Iraq Study Group proved Saddam wanted WMD and violated UN


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

2004 Mass grave with hundreds of Kurds killed by Saddam in 1987-88 discovered in Hatra Ninewa

2004 PM Allawi said that if Fallujah didn't turn over Zarqawi would be major operation to take city

City council refused to do so

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

2006 Mujahedeen Shura Council became ISI Announced Islamic State in Baghdad Anbar Diyala

Kirkuk Salahaddin Ninewa Babil

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2006 New ISI announced Abu Omar al-Baghdadi emir of Islamic State

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on who was Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2006 Report splits within ISI between Zarqawi’s lieutenants and followers of military chief Masri

2006 Interior Min Bolani said he had PM Maliki’s backing to purge ministry of sectarian actors Same

time denied its forces were involved in sectarian killings Blamed Facilities Protection Service and imposters using police uniforms

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 20 Baghdad Burns, Summer-Fall 2006)

2006 Report Talk of PM Maliki stepping down and 5 man council ruling Iraq and declaring martial


2006 Report Sadr complained about Shiite death squads using the name of Mahdi Army and backed

by Iranian Rev Guard and Hezbollah

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2006 Insurgents kidnapped 26 Shiite workers from Balad Bodies found decapitated in neighboring

Dhuluiya Was retaliation for ISI commander being killed in Balad Shiite elders in Balad called on Mahdi Army in Baghdad to send fighters to take revenge

2008 12th Christian killed in Mosul causing more from that community to flee city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

2009 Report some politicians worried about PM Maliki’s concentration of power over ISF Dec 08

arrested 23 high ranking Interior Min officials Sep 09 fired several police generals Put Dawa member in charge of Natl Sec Min Appointed officers in army Worried that these were moves to strengthen his position before elections

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

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

2015 PM Abadi cabinet approved new pay scale for govt workers to cut costs pushed as reform move

Led to protests by civil workers

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

2015 KRG PM Barzani removed four Gorran ministers from KRG cabinet in dispute over Pres Barzani’s


2017 PUK Peshmerga withdrew from areas of Bashir and Taza in south Kirkuk ceding territory to Iraqi


(Musings On Iraq Escalation In Iraq Continues After KRG Referendum, The Kirkuk Challenge)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

2017 PM Abadi gave Kurds 48 hours to vacate territory military bases oil fields occupied in 2014 by


2017 Fighting broke out between Peshmerga and Hashd in Tuz Kharmato again

(Musings On Iraq Kurds Fall Back To 2014 Borders)

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