Wednesday, January 19, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 19


1915 Ottoman governor of Baghdad wrote US consulate that British were distributing

money to clerics in Najaf and Karbala

1916 UK Mesopotamia cmdr Gen Nixon sick and replaced by General Sir Percy Lake

1917 Ottomans abandoned positions at Khadairi Bend outside Kut

1948 Kurds from Iraq and Iran met in Baku Soviet Union Mustafa Barzani led plans for Kurdish movement

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

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

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

1948 Govt issued warning to students to end strike over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty or face harsh


1987 Iran started phase II of Op Karbala 5 Reached Jasim River 6 miles from Basra City Caused

2000 Iraqi casualties Population of Basra started leaving

(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(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)

1991 Iraq fired missiles at Riyad, Saudi Arabia

1991 Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim said that Supreme Council was against US aggression vs Iraq

over its Kuwait invasion

1991 US 5th Special Forces Group entered Iraq to carry out covert ops behind Iraqi lines during

Gulf War

1991 Iraqi terrorist tried to bomb US Information Service HQ in Philippines in retaliation for Gulf


1992 Report Saudis pushed US to help foment military coup in Iraq to topple Saddam

1998 Head UN inspector Butler met with Iraq Foreign Min Aziz who said Iraq wouldn’t cooperate with

inspections anymore if sanctions weren’t lifted Said Iraq willing to suffer consequences including war

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

1999 US designated Iraqi opposition groups eligible for money under Iraq Liberation Act

Iraqi National Congress Iraqi National Accord KDP ISCI Movement for Constitutional Monarchy and Constitutional Monarchy condemned act and refused to accept US money

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld sent Col Mcgregor to brief Gen Franks on his plan to invade Iraq with just

35,000 troops by striking directly at Baghdad Briefing greatly angered members of CENTCOM staff who thought it unrealistic

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq Vol 1 – Chapter 2 Regime Change)

2003 US offered Saddam immunity if he departed Iraq to avert war

2003 Pentagon officials opposed to Sec Def Rumsfeld’s invasion plan complained to Time that Rumsfeld

was taking over deployment orders for invasion

(Musings On Iraq How Arguments Over Iraq Invasion Plan Were Fought Through Press Leaks)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 3 Maneuvering Into Position)

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

2003 Fmr UN inspector David Kay OpEd in Wash Post said UN weapons inspectors would never

find any hard evidence against Iraq

(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)

2004 Iraqi Governing Council went to UN to ask it for help with transition to sovereignty against

wishes of CPA

2004 100,000 marched in Baghdad supporting Ayatollah Sistani’s call for early elections

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 11 The Gathering Storm)

(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 US Iraq cmdr Gen Sanchez ordered secret investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse

2007 Iraqi cabinet committee finished draft of Hydrocarbon Law Was never passed

2007 US arrested Abdul al-Daraji and Ali Smaisin for running death squads for Sadr

2007 Sadr ordered his MPs and ministers back to work Started boycott after PM Maliki met with

Bush and refused to demand US forces leave

2007 Report Gen Abadi Deputy Chief of Staff of ISF said corruption was eating away at the armed

forces US got rid of Iraqi army commander in Fallujah who was connected to militias who was stealing fuel and weapons and selling them on black market in Baghdad and taking pay from soldiers Iraqi govt report said that police were kidnapping people for money forging documents and gave info to insurgents

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

2008 National Security Adviser Rubaie was trapped inside mosque by angry Sadrists crowd ISF had to

            rescue him

2010 Report Maliki govt claimed 15,000 Sahwa gotten jobs in ISF 33,000 positions in govt Said by

middle of 2010 all Sahwa would be integrated Never happened

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

2010 Presidential Council had emergency meeting over banning candidates Pres Talabani said

commission created to look into matter Talabani asked Supreme Court to rule on matter

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

2010 Def Sec Hoon told Chilcot Inquiry UK military officers in Wash DC repeatedly warned US

planning for Iraq war chaotic Hoon never felt adequate plans made UK didn’t allow adequate equipping of its army because govt afraid would undermine push for war Postwar planning started too late Complained to PM Blair about it

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

2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his fighters to march towards Baghdad

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