Wednesday, April 27, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Apr 27 Parliament met 1st time to ratify Anglo-Iraq Treaty Write constitution and election law

1916 UK offered Ottomans all the artillery and 1 mil pounds in return for letting British forces leave Kut

UK forces had been under siege in Kut since Dec Ottomans refused offer

1918 British shelled Najaf with artillery to put down new revolt

1924 New parliament met for 1st time to ratify Anglo-Iraq Treaty write constitution write law for

parliamentary elections Was lots of opposition to treaty Some wanted to amend treaty which UK rejected

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1966 Pres Arif said Kurds would never have autonomy but did want talks

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1980 Radio Tehran aired fake story that Saddam had been assassinated

1981 Iraqi counterattack stopped Iranian effort to retake Qasr e-Shirin central front

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

1982 French delegation returned to Iraq to help work on its Osirak nuclear reactor Left after Iranian

bombing of reactor in 1980

1987 Iran Op Karbala 10 took 2 towns and 100 sq mi 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)

1987 Syria agreed to stop backing Iraqi Kurds

1991 Iraq made declaration of its nuclear program to UN inspectors but was hiding most of it

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1998 UN lifted travel restrictions on Iraqi officials after progress on inspections

2003 ORHA head Garner made first radio address to Iraqis calling for return to normalcy

2003 Report evidence found linking Ansar al-Islam with Al Qaeda

2003 Captured Mukhabarat documents showed it had meetings with Al Qaeda in 1990s

2003 Grenade thrown at 82nd Airborne troops wounding 2 in Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq review The Terrorists of Iraq, Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraqi Insurgency 2003-2014)

2003 Baghdad conference opened to discuss forming an Iraqi provisional govt with 300 Iraqis attending

Endorsed by US

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2003 ORHA and Oil Ministry officials met and picked top positions in ministry

(Musings On Iraq Review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

2003 US intercepted arms shipment sent by Turkey to Turkmen in Kirkuk

2004 60 Minutes II showed pictures of Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 13 The Changing Of The Guard, Again Spring-Summer 2004)

2007 Report ex-CIA Dir Tenet’s new book said White House made him scapegoat for Iraq war and bad

intel on Iraq’s WMD Said officials like Cheney Rice and Natl Sec Adv Hadley tried to blame him Said White House never had serious debate about Iraq threat Claimed Cheney and Pentagon officials like Wolfowitz and Feith were pushing for war at end of 2001 Said CIA opposed White House argument on Iraq-Al Qaeda connection

2008 Baghdad Operations Command said they captured Iraqis trained and armed by Iran to fight ISF

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2008 Spec Insp Gen for Recon Report 855 of 47,321 US rebuilding projects ended mostly due to

violence and costs 112 were ended because of poor job by contractors Many projects listed as complete even though weren’t USAID gave $50 mil contract to Bechtel to build children’s hospital in Basra Ended in 2006 due to long delays US said project finished even though only 35% of work done

2009 PM Maliki announced Iraqi forces captured Abu Omar al-Bahgdadi Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Responds To Renewed Violence Pt. 1: Al Qaeda’s Prince Arrested Or An Imposter?)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2009 PM Maliki condemned US raid in Kut that killed 2 civilians calling it a crime

2009 Basra police chief escaped IED laid by either Mahdi Army or Special Groups

2009 PM Maliki blamed recent ISI mass casualty bombings on US releasing prisoners as part of

withdrawal Earlier Maliki had demanded releases

2011 KRG report said police and protesters were both responsible for violence Govt was not ready to deal

            with demonstrations

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)

2011 Interview with KRG Speaker Kirkuki Said parliament passed protesters 17 demands Said some had

been implemented and others being worked on Not true

2011 Ninewa Ops commander Gen Khudayr blamed Naqshibandi Al Qaeda and other insurgents for

protests in Mosul

2011 PM Maliki said govt had to fight corruption Response to protests At time Maliki was trying to

overturn law that ended Article 136b that allowed ministers to block corruption investigations

(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)

2012 Kurdish Alliance returned to Ninewa council after boycott started in 2009 when Hadbaa took all

the top posts after elections

2013 Peshmerga said it was moving into disputed areas of Kirkuk Diyala Salahaddin to protect against

increased violence

2013 PM Maliki blamed war in Syria for rise of sectarianism and increased violence in Iraq

2013 Naqshibandi claimed they were behind rise in violence after ISF attacked Hawija protest site

(Musings On Iraq Hawija The Moment Iraq’s Insurgency Was Reborn)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

2013 5 Anbar tribes said they were arming to fight ISIS in province after 5 soldiers killed at Fallujah protest

site Anbar Ops Command set 24 hr deadline to turn over killers 3 tribes left protests as a result

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Protest Movement And Insurgency Split About Response To Hawija Raid)

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Iraq’s Protest Movements, An Interview With Kirk Sowell, Editor of Inside Iraqi Politics)

2014 2nd time ISF said it was starting op to retake Fallujah Anbar council again denied

            was happening

2014 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah retook Buhriz Diyala from ISIS in Mar Afterward 23

villagers killed Houses and mosques burned ISF aided militias PM Maliki turned to militias to help with security

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

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2014 Report ISIS blew up bridge in Diyala in March Attacked 4 checkpoints in area ISF raided houses and

arrested people 100s fled afterward Cmdr 12th Div said some soldiers went hungry Blamed commanders who weren’t trained in logistics Every day soldiers didn’t show up Lacked ammo

2014 Report Complaints mostly against State of Law for buying votes in Babil Qadisiya Wasit Candidates

were giving out gifts and money

2015 Arabs accused Peshmerga of destroying homes in 5 villages after freed from IS in Kirkuk

2015 Badr’s Amiri said using Hashd only way to free Anbar

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

2015 IS head Baghdadi called on Syrian fighters to help fight in Salahaddin and Anbar

2016 Report Oil companies in KRG running into problems Gulf Keystone running out of money

to pay its debts due to low oil prices and irregular payments by KRG

2017 PM Abadi said KRG independence referendum needed approval of Baghdad

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

2017 National Alliance MP said Turkey sent message to PM Abadi that it would military intervene

if Tal Afar attacked by Hashd

2018 Head of Reconstruction Fund said 150,000 houses had been damaged in liberated areas of

Iraq Would cost $80 bil to rebuild

2019 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in video 1st since 2014

2019 Report IS families discriminated against in displaced camps Banned from returning

home Couldn’t get ID cards Some raped by ISF Some families not even connected to IS Some families placed in camp in Ninewa because opposed local sheikh

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