Sunday, October 24, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History Oct 24


1915 UK cmdr in Mesopotamia Gen Nixon told to march on Baghdad

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

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

1920 Convoy heading from Mosul to Baghdad ambushed by tribesmen Killed Lt Faruqi of Arab

nationalist al-Ahd group who helped lead to Arab Revolt during WWI

1978 Pres Assad visited Baghdad 1st time to talk about unifying Iraq and Syria Issued

unification declaration

1980 Iraq took city center in Khorrmshahr Declared it taken Fighting continued for 4 more days Was

supposed to be taken in 1st wk of war Took 1 month

(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)

1984 US Info Service reopened office in Baghdad Closed since 1958 in first step to reestablish formal

relations between US and Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1986 Iraq-Saudi pipeline opened to help Iraq finance Iran-Iraq War

1997 KDP launched offensive against PUK ending last ceasefire in civil war

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

2002 Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group briefed Rumsfeld on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy


2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld told press Policy Counterterrorism Group was not an intel unit It was set up by

UnderSecDef Feith to go through intel and find Iraq-Al Qaeda ties because US intel agencies said two were not linked

2002 Intel officials complained to press that Pentagon politicizing intel on Iraq

2003 US secured $13 bil in aid and loans from allies for Iraq at Madrid conference Allies failed to follow

through with most pledges

2003 Maysan police chief assassinated by a local political faction

2005 Palestine Hotel and Sheraton Ishtar Hotel in Baghdad hit by truck bombs

2006 US Cmdr Gen Casey and Amb Khalilzad announced new timetable for US goals in Iraq Said

ISF should take over security in 12-18 months Govt had to demobilize and integrate Shiite militias Draft bill to divide oil revenues End deBaathification Hold provincial elections Revise constitution Set no date for when goals had to be achieved or any consequences for not meeting them

2006 SCIRI head Hakim gave sermon in Baghdad Called for 8-9 province federal region in south

Said would not mean partition of Iraq Condemned a strong central govt Said southern region supported by history when south was Basra province in Ottoman era

(Musings On Iraq history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)

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

2006 US forces cordoned off Sadr City after US soldier went missing there Violence dropped 50% in

            district as a result

2007 Fighting broke out between Mahdi Army and Badr in Karbala despite Sadr’s freeze on his militia

and Iranian peace deal between Sadr and Hakim signed Oct 6 City was shut off to try to keep militias out Each accused the other of being an Iranian tool

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

2008 2 Iranian agents intercepted attempting to infiltrate into Wasit One killed one arrested Were

allegedly planning military operations in Iraq 3rd such incident in Oct

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

2008 UN estimated 13,000 Christians fled Mosul after 14 killed in city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

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

2008 Report on avg 1,000 Iraqi soldiers AWOL 1,000 in jail 2,000 in hospital or recuperating per day

US hired company to install computers to track Iraqi soldiers for $21 mil Only 1 computer working by Jan 08 Officers rejected system because would interfere with ghost soldiers and stealing salaries

2014 Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr finally cleared after a dozen attempts All civilians forced out of city and

not allowed to return Turned into Hashd base

2017 2 clashes between ISF and Hashd vs Peshmerga in Fishkhabur Dohuk Kurds afraid Baghdad was

attempting to seize its pipeline to Turkey after independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Ups Ante Attempting To Seize Control Of Kurds’ Oil Pipeline)

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

2018 Parliament voted on 14 of PM Abdul Mahdi’s 22 candidates for cabinet

2019 Protesters in Baghdad Dhi Qar Basra Diwaniya Maysan Najaf surprised govt by

demonstrating day before planned national protests People in Baghdad were able to get into Green Zone before being turned back by security

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Protesters Outsmart Govt And Security Forces)

2020 Osama Nujafi formed Iraq Front to oppose Speaker Halbusi preeminent Sunni politician Included

financier Khamis Khanjar and Ahmad al-Jabouri They left and Nujafi’s effort failed

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