Tuesday, March 8, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 8

International Women’s Day

Iraqi Women Before And After The 2003 Invasion, Interview With Prof Nadje Al-Ali Univ of London

Musings On Iraq Review Iraqi Women, Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present

1916 Battle of Dujaila British attack on Ottomans failed British lost 3,474 casualties Turks

1,235 Was defeat in British effort to relieve siege at Kut

1917 British tried to cross Diyala River again to move on Baghdad but failed

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

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

1920 Hundreds of ex-Ottoman soldiers including many Iraqis petitioned Prince Faisal about how Arab

revolt didn’t workout during WWI Went to Iraq to fight British

1950 105,000 Iraqi Jews registered to immigrate to Israel Almost 40,000 had already immigrated under

new govt law allowing immigration

1954 PM Jamali formed 2nd cabinet with Qazzaz a Kurd the Interior Minister

1959 Fighting continued in Mosul between Communist backers of Gen Qasim and his opponents Rival

army units joined fight

(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)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1959 Coup leader Col Shawaf sent two planes to bomb Baghdad radio station but failed

1959 Gen Qasim bombed Col Shawaf’s HQ in Mosul Kurdish soldier loyal to Qasim killed Shawaf

Ended Mosul Revolt

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1959 Govt arrested 60 Communists and sympathizers for Mosul fighting

1963 Baath seized power in Syria opening door to unification with Baath led Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Socialist Iraq, A Study in Iraqi Politics Since 1968)

1970 Saddam went to Kurdistan Met with Barzani and KDP Said govt ready to ratify all deals with Kurds

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

1974 Idris Barzani met with Saddam in Baghdad Asked that govt hold off on its unilateral

Kurdish autonomy plan Saddam refused

1980 Iran withdrew its ambassador from Iraq Prelude to Iran-Iraq War

1984 UN sent team to Iraq to investigate Baghdad’s use of chemical weapons against Iran

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

1986 Iraqi counterattacks ended Iran Op Wa al-Fajr 9 in Sulaymaniya

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1991 Peshmerga captured Sulaymaniya from govt forces Executed 700 Baathists and

            security officials

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The 1991 Uprising In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq When The US Helped Start A Rebellion In Iraq That It Didn’t Want)

1991 Turkish Pres Ozal changed policy and held talks with KDP and PUK for first time

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

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

1991 Iranian Pres Rafsanjani called on Saddam to step down from power

1998 UN inspectors went to old and new Defense Ministry buildings and found nothing

(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)

1998 Iraqis told UN inspectors they knew Clinton admin wanted to provoke a confrontation to strike Iraq

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors and CIA Spying On Iraq In The 90s)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Neighbors, Not Friends, Iraq And Iran After The Gulf Wars)

2002 Iraq options paper given to PM Blair Said UK could strengthen containment or regime change

using military Said invasion only way to ensure removal of Saddam

2002 UK cabinet meeting said US no longer wanted to contain Iraq Said only way to remove

Saddam was through invasion but no justification for it

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

2002 CIA report on Fmr Amb Wilson’s trip to Niger to investigate Iraq trying to buy uranium Niger

denied any deal Said June 1999 Iraqi delegation met with Niger PM about business which PM thought was buying uranium CIA analysts believed FmrAmb Wilson confirmed Iraq was interested in buying uranium from Niger

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

2002 State Dept believed Wilson’s trip confirmed that Iraq had not tried to buy uranium from Niger

2002 Fmr Amb Wilson would later claim that he talked about docs alleging Iraq-Niger uranium deal but he

didn’t know about them until later

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

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

2003 Bush made radio address saying he was doing everything to avoid war but if Saddam didn’t disarm

he would be made to Bush already decided on war

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


(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

2003 PM Blair’s final attempt to get UN Security Council to pass 2nd resolution supporting force against

Iraq failed

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

2003 PM Blair’s foreign policy adviser Manning told Natl Sec Adv Rice PM Blair willing to lose his govt

in order to fight Iraq war

2003 DIA report to Sec Def Rumsfeld said that IAEA was dismissing Iraq-Niger uranium story because

based upon questionable docs Said that Wilson’s trip found evidence that Iraq was interested in buying uranium from Niger Was Navy report uranium was in Benin warehouse Said Somali businessmen talked about shipment that was similar to Iraq-Niger uranium deal even though didn’t mention Iraq Niger or uranium

2003 US official said administration had been duped by fake docs claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium

from Niger

2003 Fmr Amb Wilson told CNN US govt should and did know that Iraq-Niger uranium story was false

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

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

2003 Army Corps of Engineers gave KBR $7 bil contract to repair Iraq’s infrastructure after war

2004 Transitional Administrative Law signed into effect as temporary constitution Shiites on Iraqi

Governing Council who had objected to TAL finally signed it Sistani said it was illegitimate and any further laws must be passed by an elected Iraqi parliament

(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 Natl Sec Adv Rice said that UN rep Brahimi had to return to Iraq to complete work on new Iraqi


(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

2006 Police kidnapped and killed 50 Sunnis from security company in west Baghdad

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

2008 5000 protested in Basra against army and police over deteriorating security and rising crime

2008 Mahdi Army and army got into shoot out in Sadr City 18 soldiers taken prisoner

2009 Suicide bombing in Baghdad killed 28 outside police academy

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

2015 ISF turned over Dour, Salahaddin to Hashd who started destroying property

2018 PM Abadi issued Executive Order 85 Said Hashd would have same pay scale as army and receive


2018 Report 2018 budget only had $344 mil for reconstruction out of $20 bil capital budget IMF and

Iraq planned on roughly $10 bil per year for rebuilding over 5 years

2018 Hundreds protested in Baghdad over sewage and lack of electricity Demanded PM Abadi form a

committee to deal with issues

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