Wednesday, October 20, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 21


1914 Ottoman Basra Governor demanded UK withdraw warship from Shatt al-Arab docked in Persia to

protect oil concession Ottomans began shooting at ship UK agreed

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In World War I, From Ottoman Rule to British Conquest)

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1915 UK War Council met Decided UK would take Baghdad then announce UK were there temporarily

and would accept an Arab state and Baghdad might be part of it Contradicted talk in Foreign Ministry that Basra and Baghdad would be controlled by UK

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

1930 Royal Iraqi Air Force flew 1st combat mission attacking Kurdish rebels

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

1980 Iraqi forces reached city center in Khorramshahr, Iran

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

1980 Taha Yassin Ramadan head of Baath Popular Army said Khuzistan oil was Iraq’s until Iran

opened negotiations to end 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)

1991 Iraq admitted to UN weapons inspectors it had program to build a nuclear bomb

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1991 US and western health study found Iraq’s power system repaired and working at 68% of prewar levels

Found power plants out of spare parts which meant system would eventually decay

1992 Peshmerga helped Turkish troops fight PKK in northern Kurdistan

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

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

1992 Experts challenged Bush’s claim during presidential debate no US tech used for Iraq’s nuke program

Inspectors found US computers and equipment was used US Customs investigated US tech going to Iraq for program 91 UN listed foreign tech found in Iraq’s nuke program and included US companies

1996 PUK backed by Iran recaptured most of territory it lost to KDP except Irbil

2000 Izzat al-Duri attended Arab summit saying Iraq believed only jihad could save Palestinians in

latest conflict with Israel

2000 King Hussein called for end of sanctions on Iraq at Arab summit

2001 Bush asked Def Sec Rumsfeld how Iraq war plans going

2002 Report Czech Pres Havel told White House 9/11 terrorist Atta did not meet with Iraq

intelligence in Prague

2004 US soldier found guilty of abuse in Abu Ghraib prison scandal given 8 yrs in prison

2006 ISF and US forces patrolling Amara to enforce ceasefire between Mahdi Army and Badr Suweira

Mahdi Army and Badr clashed Mahdi Army blamed for bombing ISCI office in Hamza al-Sharqi

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

2006 Inter Min Bolani met with Sadr in Najaf to try to get him to reign in Mahdi Army

2006 Insurgents started two days of attacks on police base in Baquba Diyala Up to 80 police killed

2007 PM Maliki complained to US about Oct 20 US raid into Sadr City Called it barbaric Said mostly

civilians killed by US Maliki restricted US raids into Sadr City afterward

2008 ISF raided head of Sahwa in Buhriz Diyala Arrested spokesman for Diyala Sahwa and beat him

Was part of PM Maliki’s crackdown on Diyala Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Government Continues Its Crackdown On Diyala Sons Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2008 Report US and Iraq had no reliable numbers on ISF Didn’t know how many soldiers and police

there were because of faked numbers to steal salaries Also hired more personnel then authorized Many were not trained 7th Army Div had 11,478 on payroll Only 7556 on duty Rest were on leave AWOL killed or wounded Dec 07 Interior Min said it got rid of 2500 ghost employees

2009 Head of Election Comm charged with cheating in 2009 election Accused of changing voter

lists and helping certain parties Accused of stealing money

2010 PM Maliki went to Turkey to try to help his attempt to form new govt

2011 US announced it would withdraw its force from Iraq on Dec 31

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

2011 Obama told PM Maliki not getting stay behind US forces in Iraq was ok because US would still have


2014 New operation to try to clear Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr of IS started after Sep attempt failed

2016 Iraqi forces freed Bartella Ninewa from IS

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