Tuesday, January 11, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 11


1258 Mongols began siege of Baghdad Would eventually kill the entire population of the city

1917 Start of Battle of Hai salient between British and Ottomans

1928 Abdul Sadoun became PM for 3rd time Replaced Askari who was forced to resign over opposition to

his conscription plan for army Sadoun compromise between King and England to try to get Anglo-Iraq Treaty passed

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1948 PM Jabr announced 1930 Anglo-Iraq Treaty cancelled and new one would be signed

1972 Kurds started rebellion against govt with support of US, Iran, Israel

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

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

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

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

(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 When The Shah and Nixon Manipulated The Kurds)

1990 Saddam told Islamic conference US had all the advanced weapons but Iraq had experience fighting

1999 Newsweek report Iraq and Al Qaeda had meetings

2003 UK naval task force left for Persian Gulf for Iraq invasion

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs head Gen Myers met Saudi Amb to US Bandar to get Saudi

support for invasion Bandar told Rumsfeld and Gen Myers he needed Bush’s word to get Saudi support

2003 CIA report Iraqi missile brigade outside Baghdad given missiles to hide from UN inspectors

some with WMD agents Report used in Sec State Powell’s Feb 03 UN speech

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

2003 Turkey sent note to Saddam Said last opportunity to avoid war and he should comply with UN

resolutions Saddam said Turkey should persuade US to backdown

2004 Ayatollah Sistani rejected CPA’s plans for transition to Iraqi sovereignty and constitution

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2004 PM Blair told BBC he didn’t know whether he was wrong or not about Iraq’s WMD

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

2004 Kurdish party headquarters bombed in Kirkuk city

2004 Fmr Treasury Sec O’Neill said Bush admin was focused upon Saddam from when it entered

office Jan 2001

2004 Mahdi Army kidnapped policeman in Najaf Took him to secret prison then religious court Bremer

said prison and court had to be ended but both were near Najaf shrine which was off limits to US forces

2006 Supreme Council head Hakim ruled out any substantive changes to Iraqi constitution

Blamed US and Sunni parties for insurgency claiming they encouraged terrorism

(Musings On Iraq history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)

2006 Spanish police broke up recruiting network that raised money and sent fighters to Iraq in

coordination with Al Qaeda in Iraq

2007 Sec State Rice announced provincial reconstruction teams to head new US civilian effort to

rebuild Iraq’s govt economy and civil society to aid Surge

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)

2007 US arrested 5 Iranian Rev Guard Quds Force operatives in Irbil as part of new US crackdown

Were trying to arrest Jafari deputy head of Iran’s NSC and Gen Frouzanda head of IRGC intelligence Sec State Rice warned Iran and Syria to stop destabilizing Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iranians Planned Kidnapping And Held British Captives Taken In Iraq) 

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2007 KRG complained about US raid on IRGC members in Irbil Jafari and Frouzanda had invitations from

Pres Talabani and were to meet Pres Barzani

2007 Joint Chief head Gen Pace accused Iran of sending weapons to Iraq that were killing US


(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2007 Dawa and ISCI MPs voiced opposition to US troop Surge

2008 Report Unpublished UN paper said 1000s detained in KRG for political crimes Govt contracts

given to political allies and friends in patronage networks

2010 US general said 10,000 Sahwa had gotten jobs in ISF and 30,000 were employed in ministries

Left 78,000 unintegrated

(Musings On Iraq More Sons of Iraq Integrated While Others Walk Off The Job In Diyala)

2011 State of Law head of Baghdad council wrote law banning alcohol sales in province under

Islamic Law Police started raiding bars and clubs selling alcohol including Iraqi Writers Union

2016 After suicide bombing at café Hashd killed Sunnis burned mosques shops and homes in

Muqdadiya for several days

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Diyala Province Explodes In Sectarian Violence After Islamic State Bombing)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2018 Alliances for 2018 parliamentary elections announced Nishtiman 3 Kurdish opposition

parties Abadi Nasr list with ISCI Sunni alliances Speaker Jabouri VP Allawi Mutlaq led one VP Nujafi Jamal Karbuli Khamis Khanjar the other 20 pro-Iran Hashd led by Badr’s Amiri formed Fatah Hakim’s Hikmat and Sadr along with Communists ran separately

(Musings On Iraq Alliances Announced For Iraq’s 2018 Elecctions)

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

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

2020 Trump threatened to freeze Iraq’s $35 bil in oil revenues deposited in US bank if Baghdad forced US

troops to leave

(Musings On Iraq US Increases Threats Against Iraq If It Forces US Troops To Leave)

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