Friday, November 5, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 5


1914 England and France declared war on Ottoman Empire Would lead Mesopotamia into WWI

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

1914 British Gen Delamain head of Indian Expeditionary Force told to protect oil infrastructure

and only take Basra if Ottomans joined WWI

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

(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)

1915 Sharif of Mecca replied to UK Commissioner for Egypt Sir McMahon over Arab revolt McMahon

wanted Basra and Baghdad vilayets to be under UK influence Sharif wanted them part of Arab state under his rule

1917 Battle of Tikrit between British and Ottoman forces

1956 Encouraged by Egypt and Syria along with Communists and opposition parties protests

strikes and riots broke out in Baghdad Mosul Najaf over Suez crisis

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

1958 Arif arrested on charges of attempting to assassinate Gen Qasim in coup

1958 Jumhuriya paper run by Col Arif and staffed by Baathists accused of taking part in Arif’s plot

against govt and closed

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

1968 Baath militia fired on Communist strikers at factory outside Baghdad killing 2 Govt

assassinated some Communist organizers

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

1978 Arab League condemned Camp David peace agreement between Egypt and Israel at Baghdad


1981 Iraq offered Muharram ceasefire Iran rejected 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)

1997 Iraq began removing proscribed equipment so they couldn’t be seen by UN monitoring cameras at


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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1998 UN Resolution 1205 condemned Iraq suspending work with weapons inspectors

(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 Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

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

2000 Syria announced it would re-open pipeline with Iraq once sanctions ended Sign of improved

relations between two

2001 Badr leadership of Abu Muhandis Amiri Safi Basra and commanders working in Iraq met Talked

about transition after US invasion Talked about replacing Iraqi leadership while maintaining Baathist state Talked about US backing a coup in Iraq

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

2001 Time magazine OpEd said U.S. should go to war with Iraq because connected to 9/11

2001 State Dept intel agency said looked like Iraq renewed production of chemical weapons

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

2005 US-Iraqi Op Steel Curtain started to clear Qaim Started in Karabila that was cleared in Oct 05

but insurgents moved back in right afterward

2006 Saddam convicted on charges of killing 148 people in Dujail 1982 and sentenced to death

2006 VP Cheney’s Natl Sec Adv Hannah met with Badr head Amiri Complained about Shiite death squads

Amiri blamed former regime members and US for sectarianism Denied Iran had anything to do with Badr

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

2007 Sadrists accused PM Maliki Dawa and ISCI of going after its followers in Karbala and Diwaniya using

            militias Were clashes between Mahdi Army and Badr in Oct

2007 Report British Army report from 06 said Iraq invasion and occupation badly planned Didn’t think of

options or implications Said lack of postwar plans meant Iraq fell into chaos 3 months after invasion

2008 PM Maliki met with tribal leaders in Kirkuk to announce he was going to create a Tribal Support

Council Was part of plan to build patronage networks for Maliki before the 2009 elections

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2009 Oil Min signed deal with Exxon and Shell to develop West Qurna 1 field in Basra Won auction in

Jun 09

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Moves Ahead With Oil Deals)

2009 Report Major oil companies agreed to low compensation terms with Iraq because of huge

reserves in country Iraq would later have problems paying those terms and would be major reason why western companies would leave country

2009 Report US spent reconstruction money to promote Anbar Gov Fahadawi in financial magazine run by

Financial Times

2015 Maliki said people shouldn’t support Abadi’s reforms anymore

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2019 1 protester killed at funeral in Baghdad 1 killed at Baghdad’s Al-Ahrar bridge 2 killed

attacking politician’s house in Dhi Qar 1 killed at Um Qasr port Basra as ISF broke up sit-in there People stormed marine base next to port in response

(Musings On Iraq Protest At Um Qasr Port Broken Up And Mass Arrests In Baghdad)

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

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi claimed saboteurs behind clashes with ISF

2019 Arrest campaign by ISF in Baghdad continued against activists

2019 UN report Oct 25-27 Hashd killed 27 protesters wounded 287 in Maysan Dhi Qar Babil

Oct 26-29 police killed 21 wounded 170 in Dhi Qar Karbala Nov 4 ISF used tear gas and live ammo at Baghdad’s Al-Ahrar Bridge killing 5 Govt used anti-terror law against protesters in Babil Baghdad Dhi Qar Qadisiya

2019 Councilman and 3 MPs houses burned in Dhi Qar’s Shatrah Govt office in Nasiriya

closed Karbala govt building burned and 2 killed Road to oil field in Qadisiya blocked

(Musings On Iraq Battle Of The Bridges In Baghdad As Protests Expand To Economic Targets in South Iraq)

2019 PM Abdul Mahd said if he resigned there would be power vacuum Said protests led to

reforms and constitution would be amended

2019 Report Iranian Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani gave political plan to Iraqi parties

including changing cabinet amending election law changing Election Comm but keeping PM Abdul Mahdi

(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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