Wednesday, November 3, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 3


1914 UK troops arrived at mouth of Shatt al-Arab while warship bombarded Ottoman fort on Faw

Peninsula before Ottomans joined WWI

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

1918 British troops took Mosul city from Ottomans after WW1 armistice

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

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

1920 UK Foreign Office official suggested US Standard Oil be allowed oil rights in Iraq to not allow

Turkish Petroleum Company a monopoly and faster development

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

1920 Gertrude Bell said Shiites were complaining about not being represented in cabinet but

dismissed them as being mostly Persians

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1921 Gertrude Bell went to Kirkuk to try to win over Kurds and Turkmen to support King Faisal

1932 Naj Shawkat became Iraq’s PM 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

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

1955 Pakistan joined Iraq Turkey England Iran security agreement that became anti-communist

Baghdad Pact Egypt’s Nasser opposed Baghdad Pact Started cold war between Nasser and PM Said

1960 Mullah Mustafa Barzani visited USSR to lobby Moscow to push Gen Qasim to make

concessions towards Kurds Got nothing

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

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

1997 Iraq blocked UN inspection at Al-Karma State Establishment where missiles worked on because

team included Americans

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

1997 Iraq asked inspectors to suspend two days of U2 overflights claiming they were supplying intel

for planned US air strikes

1997 UN Sec Gen Annan wrote Saddam saying Iraq should cooperate with inspections and that UN would

be sending 3 envoys to end crisis

(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 Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2002 Observer reported INC’s Chalabi met with oil companies to discuss contracts in post-Saddam


2003 CPA paper on security US didn’t have good intel on insurgency and no military strategy to win

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

2005 Human Rights Watch report on systematic abuse of prisoners by 82nd Airborne Div in Anbar

2005 Report Jan 03 Italian intel agency SISMI told US Iraq-Niger docs were fakes

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

2006 Vanity Fair talked with neocon supporters of Iraq who now said war was a failure Perle fmr head of

Def Policy Board said he was shocked by violence in Iraq Said Bush made wrong decisions because opponents of war within admin Said neocons made no bad decisions because had no authority over Iraq Said Bush ultimately responsible for problems in Iraq Bush speechwriter Frum said US failing at protecting Iraqis Adleman also of Def Policy Board said Bush national security team incompetent and dysfunctional

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

2007 US found diary of ISI leader in Balad Said once had 600 men but was down to 20 or less Lost

weapons and allies Angry at tribes for creating Sahwa Finances from illegal businesses had also dried up

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2007 Judge said enough evidence to put ex-Dep Health Min Zamili and ex-Health Min Facilities

Protection chief Gen Shammari on trial for kidnappings and sectarian killings Were awaiting okay from Health Minister to move forward Zamili and Shammari organized 150 man unit within FPS to move weapons in ambulances and carry out killings and kidnappings from 05-07 Sunni patients and relatives at 3 Baghdad hospitals were killed Relatives that went to morgues were killed Mahdi Army tried to force Sunni doctors to quit Told doctors at 1 Baghdad hospital to not treat any Sunni patients Diverted money from Health Min to Sadrists Officials that opposed Sadrists were killed and threatened

2008 UN official said PM Maliki’s plan to fly Iraqi refugees back to Iraq and give them money for doing

so was a media campaign to make the govt look good Over 400 Iraqis had left for Syria vs 245 that had signed up to return since program announced

2009 Intl Org for Migration report said 1.6 mil displaced since Feb 06 Samarra bombing 1.5 mil

refugees Baghdad Diyala Ninewa saw 90% of the displacement 58,000 returned since Feb 06

(Musings On Iraq Number of Displaced Returning Likely To Increase, Will Iraq Be Ready?)

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2010 KRG issued demonstration law saying protesters had to registers 48 hours before any event

2017 Qaim district in Anbar freed Left only small border region under IS control

2018 Protest in Basra City over jobs water crisis demanded PM Abdul Mahdi include a minister from


(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

2019 General strike called leading to roads and highways blocked in Baghdad Basra

Muthanna 2 protesters killed in Tahrir Sq Govt workers walked off job in Dhi Qar Iranian consulate in Karbala assaulted Border crossing with Iran in Maysan blocked Work and school stoppages in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Nov 3 Civil Disobedience Across Iraq)

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

2019 Report Iran Rev Guards Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani talked Sadr out of

demanding PM Abdul Mahdi resign

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

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