Thursday, October 28, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 28


1913 Secret Al-Ahd Association of Ottoman officers formed Included many Iraqis that would become leaders

and prime ministers under monarchy such as Nuri al-Said Yasin Hashemi Jamil Midfai and others Called for Arab autonomy

1914 Gen Delamain cmdr UK 6th Div in India made plans to seize Faw in Basra

(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)

1918 British defeated Turks at Shirqat

1980 Major fighting ended in Khorrmshahr with Iraqis in control Iraq lost 2,000 dead 6,000 wounded

Iran lost 1,500 dead Heavy losses meant Iraq gave up assault on Abadan to secure eastern shore of Shatt al-Arab and decided to surround city instead City was supposed to taken in 1st wk of war Took 1 month

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

1980 Iranian navy made raids on Faw oil facilities in Basra

1987 Soviet diplomat Vorontsov made another trip to Iran and Iraq to try to negotiate end to 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)

1997 Iraq National Assembly said inspections should be stopped until deadline given to end

sanctions Saddam said Iraq would cooperate with inspections if they respected Iraqi sovereignty

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

2001 Columnist George Will told ABC that Saddam vowed revenge against US Had anthrax Loved

WMD Had terrorist training camps including practicing taking over airplanes Last claim came from INC defectors and false Said 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi diplomat Never happened

2003 Bush speech said Iraq frontline of war on terror and would take time to win

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen Pace said US had to return sovereignty as

soon as possible and get Iraqis to run things

2003 Sec State Powell said security number one priority in postwar Iraq otherwise nothing else would


2003 Bremer met with NSC Bremer wanted constitution and elections by end of 05 Pentagon wanted

quick transfer of sovereignty Bremer later admitted his timeline was too long for White House

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

2003 CENTCOM head Gen Abizaid briefed Joint Chiefs Said insurgency made up of 4000 former regime

members 2000 from Ansar al-Islam Unknown number of foreign fighters Intel officer in Iraq thought those numbers undercount

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

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2005 Bush speech said Iraq central front in war on terror against Al Qaeda and US would have

complete victory US strategy was for withdrawal not winning

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2005 VP Cheney chief of staff Libby indicted on obstruction perjury false statements for retaliating vs

FmrAmb Wilson over Iraq-Niger deal

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

2006 PM Maliki-Bush talked 50 min to overcome rift after Maliki objected to Amb Khalilzad’s

benchmarks for Maliki govt Agreed to create committee to speed up training of ISF and turning over security to Iraqis

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2006 ISI launched first chlorine bomb

2006 Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Recon report US hadn’t trained enough Def and Interior Min personnel

to handle logistics Didn’t think ISF would be ready to handle own logistics by Jan 08 deadline it set

2006 UK launched Op Sinbad to try to push militias out of Basra city Iraqi 10th Division only contributed

two dozen soldiers PM Maliki opposed operation

2007 Report Interior Min refused to train senior officers at Habaniya Police Center aimed at incorporating

Awakening into ISF US pushed govt to hire 6,000 Diyala Sahwa into ISF but Interior Min refused Interior Min did hire 548 that were mostly Shiites Interior Min sent 663 Shiite police to Tal Afar Ninewa police chief said that disrupted effort to have more balanced provincial police force Anbar proposed 9,000 Awakening be hired into police Interior Min okayed 5,000

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

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

2007 US commander northern Iraq Gen Mixon complained PM Maliki agreed to hire 6,000 Diyala Sahwa

into police in April 07 but never happened

2008 Report PM Maliki tried to set up Tribal Support Council in Khanaqin Diyala Maliki tried to assert

federal control over district run by Kurds for months Maliki also just said he was closing all councils

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Still Pushing The Kurds On Khanaqin District)

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

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

2008 Last Polish troops withdrew from Iraq Were stationed in Diwaniya 1st deployed troops during

            2003 invasion

2008 US general in charge of Mosul said Maliki govt’s reconstruction plan after Op Mother of Two

Springs was a failure

2008 Report Iraq’s bureaucracy lacked skilled workers Didn’t have procurement budgeting contracting

expertise Many skilled workers left due to war Baghdad counted money allocated but not spent as spent in budget

2008 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Odierno said Iran might have bribed Iraqi parliamentarians to

vote against US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement

2015 Report Up to $500 bil ½ of Iraq’s revenue from 2006-14 went missing under PM Maliki Fmr Def

Min Shalan Fmr Trade Min Sudani Fmr Electricity Min Samarrie all charged with corruption

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

2016 KRG PM Barzani replaced 4 Gorran ministers with 4 KDP politicians in dispute over Pres

Barzani’s term

2019 Parliament voted to dissolve provincial district and local councils and allow governors

to run governorates Not enforced

2019 5 protesters killed in Baghdad by ISF Curfew in Baghdad ignored Basra city Zubayr

West Qurna protests in Basra MPs house in Dhi Qar attacked Protests in Nasiriya Shatra Gharraf in Dhi Qar Protest in Maysan Sit ins continued in Samawa and Rumaitha in Muthanna Sit in started in Najaf March in Diwaniya

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Protests Get Huge Boost As Students And Professional Groups Join In)

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

2019 Solidarity protests in Kirkuk Tikrit Baquba

2019 Karbala sit in site attacked by security forces Arrested people took down tents shot

into crowd killing 35 wounding around 800

(Musings On Iraq Massacre Of Karbala Protesters As Talk Begins Of PM Abdul Mahdi Resigning)

2019 Bar Ass Engineers Assoc Teachers Union secondary and university students in Babil

Basra Dhi Qar Karbala Maysan Muthanna Qadisiya Wasit joined protests

2019 Councilmen in Najaf Dhi Qar Diyala resigned to support protests

2019 Sadr called for early elections to replace PM Abdul Mahdi

2019 Parliament said it would create committee to amend constitution in 4 months to

appeal to protests Didn’t happen

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