Wednesday, December 1, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 1


1915 Retreating British force attacked pursuing Ottomans at Um at Tubul after loss at Battle of

Ctesiphon/Salman Pak

1918 UK PM George asked Fr PM Clemenceau to renegotiate Sykes-Picot giving Mosul to British

UK got France to agree In return France got stake in Iraqi oil and Syria

(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 Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

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

1918 UK political officer Wilson met Barzanji who presented him with declaration signed by

Kurdish sheikhs asking for Kurdish rights

1971 Iraq broke relations with Iran and UK Expelled Iranian nationals Turned to Soviet Union for

support Iraq argued with Iran over Shatt al-Arab and Tehran funding and arming Kurds in alliance with US and Israel

(Musings On Iraq review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

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

(Musings On Iraq When The Shah and Nixon Manipulated The Kurds)

1973 Shah called Baathists group of crazy bloodthirsty savages as border dispute between Iran and Iraq

            heated up

1987 Iran attacked Fakeh area north of Basra

(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 Weekly Standard special issue on removing Saddam featured neoconservative writers like

Wolfowitz Khalilzad Kagan

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Assassins’ Gate, America In Iraq)

2000 UK Intel report Iraq contained but if sanctions ended Saddam would start rebuilding WMD


(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 1.2 UK Iraq strategy September 2000 To September 2001)

2001 Def Sec Rumsfeld issued order to Joint Chiefs to begin revising war planning for Iraq CENTCOM

cmdr Gen Franks was only given 3 days to revise Iraq war plan and present it to Rumsfeld

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy


(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To

Invade Iraq)

2001 NY Times article quoted Dep Sec State Armitage saying US was going to force Iraq to allow

UN inspectors to return Said White House looking into options to support Iraqi opposition groups

2003 Iraq physicist book claimed Iraq never rebuilt nuclear program after 90s and US exaggerated

threat Said Iraq never close to building a nuclear bomb

2004 KDP and PUK announced Kurdistan Coalition for Jan 2005 elections

2004 Report US Army warned Dec 03 that military-CIA Task Force 121 searching for WMD abused

Iraq prisoners

2004 US announced it would increase troops from 138,000 to 150,000 for Jan 2005 elections

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

2005 Kurdistan Islamic Union sent letter to Dohuk govt saying they wanted security for

            planned KDP demonstrations at their offices

2006 Report State Dept proposed dropping reconciliation because not going to happen and US

should just focus upon Shiites and Kurds Amb Khalilzad and US military opposed proposal Said bringing insurgents into political process critical and US couldn’t be seen as taking sides in civil war

2007 Iraqi Red Crescent 25,000-28,000 Iraqi refugees returned from Syria since 9/15/07

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

2007 PM Maliki put head of Accordance Front Dulaimi under house arrest on terrorism charges

Car bomb was found outside his office Accordance Front boycotted parliament as a result

2008 KRG issued statement accusing PM Maliki of acting like Saddam trying to centralize power and

undermine Kurdistan

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

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

2008 Pres Talabani said he would be taking PM Maliki’s Tribal Support Councils to court

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2009 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq ended talks with PM Maliki over running in 2010 elections because leader

Qais Khazali not released

(Musings On Iraq League Of Righteous Breaks Off talks With Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

2009 Chilcot Inquiry Head of UK MidEast Dept Foreign Office Chaplin said US believed

everything would be fine in Iraq after invasion Wanted to give power to exiles like Chalabi UK warned US Chalabi had little standing Disappointed US didn’t do more postwar planning

2013 Fallujah protest leader Sheikh Khalid Hamoud al-Juamili assassinated

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

2018 Protest organizers promised new wave of demonstrations in Basra Started with march

outside provincial council building demanding jobs

2019 Parliament accepted resignation of PM Abdul Mahdi

2019 Iranian consulate in Najaf burned again Adviser to Iran’s Khamenei called protesters

bastards Called on Hashd to deal with them

2020 ISF began raids and arrests of activists in Dhi Qar after sit-in square was attacked by Sadrists

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Govt Goes After Activists In Dhi Qar Rather Than Sadrist Killers)

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

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