Tuesday, November 16, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History – Nov 16


1914 British forces attacked Ottomans in Fort Zain, Basra

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

1914 Leading Iraqi cleric Sayid Kadhim al-Yazidi gave speech in Najaf telling people to defend Islam

against British and provide money

1918 UK political officer in Mesopotamia Wilson wrote average Iraqi saw the future of area with British

and agreed with occupation

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

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

1922 UK cabinet voted to keep Mosul province as part of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

1930 Iraqi parliament ratified new Anglo-Iraq treaty ending British mandate but maintained British


1961 Mullah Mustafa Barzani asked for UN aid Accused Iraqi army of genocide against Kurds

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

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

1969 Civilians given majority of positions over military within Revolutionary Command Council Move by

            Bakr and Saddam to reduce threat of coup

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship)

1980 Iraq sent letter to the Iran saying Baghdad was still following 1975 Algiers Accord on Shatt al-

Arab and Tehran was violating it 

(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)

2003 US launched Op Ivy Cyclone II in Tikrit and Balad in Salahaddin Baquba in Diyala and Kirkuk

Showed how insurgency was spreading quickly early in US occupation

2004 Major fighting in 2nd Battle of Fallujah said to be over

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

2005 VP Cheney said people that claimed US lied about causes of Iraq war undermined the troops

2005 White House rebutted NYTimes editorial that questioned pre-war WMD argument for Iraq war

2005 Sunni MP Falluji accused Iraqi forces of carrying out sectarian extra judicial killings

2005 US-Iraq Op Steel Curtain to clear Qaim Anbar ended

2006 Govt issued arrest warrant for Harith al-Dhari head of the Muslim Scholars Association for

            inciting violence

2006 49 vehicle convoy bringing supplies from Kuwait to Iraq stopped at Safwan 5 western security

            guards and 9 Asian drivers kidnapped 19 trucks taken

2006 White House leaked to press that it was thinking of a troop surge in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

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

2006 Def Sec Rumsfeld asked Gen Casey what was going on with National Police Casey said training was

doing good but not their performance

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

War, 2003-2006)

2008 Iraqi cabinet passed Status of Forces Agreement with US

2008 Pres Barzani on Al Jazeera criticized PM Maliki for making all the decisions by himself Criticized

creation of Tribal Support Councils Said they were created to support Maliki and could lead to conflict

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2008 PM Maliki said Sahwa that weren’t wanted for crimes shouldn’t be arrested in carrot and stick


2009 PM Maliki said Baathists would not be allowed to run in 2010 elections Maliki had been

emphasizing Baathist threat since Aug Baghdad bombings which were actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Returns to Sectarian Politics)

2009 NY Times editorial by US economist Gunter said unemployment in Iraq 17.3%

Underemployment 29.4% for total 46.7% Men aged 15-29 yrs had unemployment rate of 28% Problem was govt couldn’t employ young population and private sector to small to contribute Warned could lead to social unrest

(Musings On Iraq Former US Economic Adviser Warns Of Impending Jobs Crisis In Iraq)

2013 Erdogan met Barzani in Turkey and asked for his help with Kurdish vote in Turkey’s 2014

elections Asked Barzani to found a Turkish Kurdish party

2014 IS posted video of execution of American aid worker Peter Kassig

2017 NYTimes report Coalition airstrikes led to far higher civilian casualties than authorities admitted to

2019 Def Min Shammari claimed 3rd party responsible for shooting protesters in Baghdad

not ISF Claimed 200 arrest warrants out for them Said tear gas used not bought by ISF

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Defense Minister Tried To Deny Security Forces Behind Deaths Of Protesters)

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

2019 Rapid Reaction Div commander said that ISF was killing protesters with tear gas

            canister and military responsible

2019 Report 30 ISF resigned over refusing to shoot protesters in Baghdad Causing

            divisions with ISF

2019 ISF made deal with protesters to withdraw from Khalaqni Sq and part of Al-Senak

bridge in Baghdad 3 demonstrators killed in Baghdad Activist assassinated in capital

2019 Entrance to Majnoon oil field in Basra blocked Protester died of wounds in Basra city

2019 Protesters called for general strike again on Nov 17 Wasit Babil Dhi Qar Maysan all

said they would close govt offices in response

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