Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 26


1920 UK High Commissioner Sir Cox formed Iraqi provisional govt after 1920 Revolt led British to give up

direct rule Abd Naqib of Baghdad was premier Had 21 ministers 12 with no portfolios Naqib opposed giving any ministries to Shiites

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

(Musings On Iraq review Dictatorship, Imperialism & Chaos, Iraq since 1989)

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

1920 UK High Commissioner Sir Cox said Basra province showed no support for Mandate Merchants in

province just wanted to maintain status quo Mid-Euphrates sheikhs and landlords the same Baghdad and Mosul provinces wanted to have role in govt Intellectuals were nationalists

1952 Baghdad Pharmacy College strike over exams Turned into riot that spread to other cities 

1967 Arif visited Kurdistan Met with Barzani Said would implement Jun 29 agreement

Govt would disband Fursan anti-Kurdish fighters

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

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

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

1970 Plebiscite on whether Kirkuk would become part of Kurdish region delayed Never


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

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

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

1978 Pres Assad signed National Charter of Joint Action to counter Israel-Egypt peace treaty while

visiting Baghdad

1980 Iraq fired missiles at Dezful, Iran for 2nd day

1980 Most of the Iranian forces driven out of Khorrmshahr Gave Iraq control of Shatt al-Arab Iraq lost

4,000-12,000 casualties

1980 Soviet news agency accused Iraq of aligning with US in Iran-Iraq War

1980 Iran objected to Iraq abrogating 1975 Algiers Agreement in letter to U.N. Said Iran still

following it Iraq broke it

1984 Tariq Aziz told Sec of State Shultz Iraq ready to resume full diplomatic relations with US after

17 yr break

(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)

1989 Sec of State Baker memo said that ties with Iraq important to shape Middle East politics

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

1992 Report Aug 89 FBI raided Atlanta bank that made $5 bil in fraudulent loans to Iraq Baghdad used

some of that money to buy weapons and tech for weapons or bought US farm products and traded those for weapons fro other countries programs Bush admin tried to block investigation into bank

2001 After anthrax letters sent to Wash DC ABC reported anthrax trademark of Iraq’s WMD


2001 Czech Interior Ministry told press 9/11 hijacker Atta met Iraqi intel officer in Prague False story

2003 DepDefSec Wolfowitz arrived in Baghdad and met with Chalabi who warned him insurgents

knew he was in the country

2003 Baghdad’s Rashid Hotel hit by rocket while Wolfwitz staying there 16 killed 18 wounded Part of

Ramadan offensive

2003 US military said were not many foreign fighters in Baghdad

2003 Iraq Survey Group found aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were not for centrifuges Pentagon

replied group had not finished its analysis Were for rockets

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2003 Report CIA interviewed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program who said Iraq ended centrifuge work

after Gulf War and tubes had nothing to do with it CIA claimed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program was not telling truth about aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Were for rockets

2004 PM Allawi blamed US for deaths of 49 army recruits killed in Diyala by Zarqawi

2005 Report CIA review said Zarqawi visited Baghdad May 02 but probably didn’t have protection of

Iraqi govt Review based upon interviews with Iraqi officials Bush admin originally claimed Zarqawi was given safe haven by Saddam and sign of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

2006 PM Maliki interview refuted US timetable for Iraq Said ISF could take over security in 6 months

not 12-18 US set out Said he didn’t agree to timetable Said he met with Sadr and they agreed greatest threat to Iraq was Al Qaeda in Iraq and Baathists not militias

2006 Def Sec Rumsfeld said US had not gotten PM Maliki to agree to crackdown on militias Said Maliki

would work towards US benchmarks but would be no deadlines or penalties if he didn’t

2007 Islamic Army fought ISI outside Samarra Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 Report US and ISF targeting insurgent finance networks in Mosul Found kickbacks overbilling illegal

sales real estate deals black market gas and propane sales earned $40-$60 mil for insurgents over last few years

2008 US Special Forces raided ISI camp in Syria used to ferry foreign fighters into Iraq captured

huge amount of documents

2008 US threatened to cut all services to Iraq if Status of Forces Agreement not passed

2017 Iraqi forces renewed west Anbar op This time aimed at liberating Qaim along Syrian border from IS

2017 More clashes between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga in Fishkhabur Dohuk and Altun Kupri Ninewa 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)

2019 Protesters killed rose from 42 to 70 in 2 days People tried to enter Green Zone in

Baghdad ISF tried and failed to clear Tahrir Sq Basra ISF broke up protest outside govt building and carried out mass arrests Also protest in Shatt al-Arab Dhi Qar governor and deputy governor had homes burned Overnight sit-in in Karbala Protest outside Iranian consulate in Karbala Protests in Maysan Muthanna Najaf Qadisiya

(Musings On Iraq Death Toll Rises As Govt Tries To Break Up Iraq Protests)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

2019 Sadr announced his Sairoon bloc was joining the opposition and started sit in protest

in parliament building

(Musings On Iraq More Confrontations Between Protesters And Govt 3rd Day Of Renewed Demonstrations)

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