Thursday, May 5, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - May 5 British mandate in Iraq announced

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1920 British mandate announced in Baghdad

(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 Dictatorship, Imperialism & Chaos, Iraq since 1989)

(Musings On Iraq review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1923 Iraq High Commissioner Sir Percy Cox left country Replaced by Sir Henry Dobbs

1935 Iraqi army and air force attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell didn’t think force from Palestine could relieve Habaniya base in

Anbar and their departure would undermine security in Palestine

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Boich World War II In Iraq and Syria)

1941 Gen Wavell told to think up air strike plan against Kirkuk oil fields Idea was later dropped

1941 Iraqi troops at Habaniya ran out of ammunition and not re-supplied Began withdrawing 300

captured by British

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

1973 Kuwait agreed to Iraqi offer to discuss border dispute

1981 Press report that Soviets sent military aid to Iraq through Eastern European allies

1982 Iran attacked in central front breaking through Iraqi lines Reached Iraqi border to try to draw away

Iraqi forces from Basra Forced Iraqis to withdraw from Qasr e-Shirin, Sumar, and Mehran

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

1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz and Bushahr starting 2nd War of the Cities Iran fired missiles at Baghdad and

shelled Iraqi border towns

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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 Bush signed presidential finding authorizing CIA to overthrow Saddam

2001 Iraq told UN it worked on a nuclear bomb in the 1980s but it proved unfeasible In the 90s IAEA

found Iraq no longer working on nuclear program

2003 US held provincial elections in Ninewa

2003 ORHA announced 9 man leadership group that would put together an interim Iraqi govt later in


(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 ORHA official met with ex-soldiers promising them one time $20 payment if came back to work

2003 US forces announced captured Huda Ammash “Mrs Anthrax” that worked on WMD program

2003 CIA did new test with aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Found could not take speed of centrifuges

Were for rockets

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

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

2004 Gen Abizaid told Bush that security was getting under control after insurgent and Sadr uprisings

2004 Bush promised investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Appeared on 2 Arab TV

channels condemning abuse

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told reporter Geneva Conventions didn’t exactly apply to prisoners in Iraq but

were more like basic rules

2006 Report 2004-05 MP Jabouri stole millions from tribal protection force for pipelines in Salahaddin

Made up 200-300 fake names Took first month’s salary for force Company owned by his son contracted to feed force Stole 4/5 of the money

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front and VP Hashemi threatened to withdraw from govt over Maliki govt not

fulfilling promises including amending constitution

2008 Report US believed Charge of Knights convinced PM Maliki of Iran’s negative role in Iraq Surprised

when govt spokesman Dabbagh said committee was going to be formed to look into Iran’s role Maliki adviser Abadi said all Iraq could do was continue talking with Iran

2008 Report Captured Mahdi Army fighters admitted to being trained by Hezbollah in camps in Iran

run by Iran Rev Guards Quds Force Govt spokesman said knew about Iran backed Special Groups but Tehran also helped with security

(Musings On Iraq Continued Reports of Iranian and Hezbollah Training of Shiite Militias)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2009 Iraq Central Bank turned down PM Maliki asking to use surplus to cover budget deficit

2009 Report Kellogg Brown and Root connected to most fraud cases in Iraq Connected to $13 bil in

overcharges KBR got 43% of contracting $ in Iraq $553 mil in payments blocked because auditors thought invalid charges

2009 Comm to Protect Journalists protested to KRG over lawsuits and arrests of reporters Sep 08

new law passed that took rights away from reporters Since Jan 09 31 lawsuits against media

2010 Iran agreed to send fuel to Iraq each year for power plants Iran expected to earn $8 bil from


2010 Report Sadr’s militia becoming more active Fmr Mahdi Army cmdr said militia had been

reformed Said would work with ISF Said they would protect mosques

2011 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station Killed 25 Wounded 80 to mark bin Laden’s death

(Musings On Iraq In Light Of Bin Laden’s Death Al Qaeda In Iraq Pledges Allegiance To His No. 2 Ayman Zawahiri)

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

2011 Jaafari said Iranian revolution was inspiration for the Arab Spring Said Iran leader of an Islamic

awakening in Mideast

(Musings On Iraq Two Iraqi Leaders Praise Iran)

2012 Anbar council said it finished preparation to hold referendum on making province a region to

            protest PM Maliki

2012 Pres Talabani Pres Barzani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi issued ultimatum to PM Maliki to

follow power sharing Irbil agreement

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

2012 Report Electricity Min said power supply would double within a year Dep PM Shahristani said power

shortages would end in 2013 Report said even with increase wouldn’t meet demand

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament And Cabinet Argue Over Future Electricity Output)

2013 KRG said unless Baghdad paid them money owed from budget they would start exporting oil


2013 Sheikh Abu Risha rejected making Anbar a region

2013 PM Maliki claimed Iraq took care of fake bomb detectors even though still used Parliament integrity

comm said Maliki’s office and Interior Min involved in buying fake detectors Inspector General at Interior objected to purchase Fmr Interior Min Bolani was involved in deal

(Musings On Iraq Fallout In Iraq From Conviction Of Fake Bomb Detector Maker)

2014 Report Fighting between Naqshibandi and Ansar al-Sunna vs ISIS in Hamrin Mountains 2

complained about ISIS kidnapping and killings its members

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

2014 Ansar al-Sunna attacked home of ISIS leader in west Kirkuk ISIS pushed out of Riyad sub-dist by

Ansar al-Sunna

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

2014 ISF claimed it cleared most of Saqlawiya Anbar but fighting continued there

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

2015 IS started attack upon central Ramadi Turned back by Golden Div and helicopters

(Musings On Iraq interview with Ahmed Ali on fall of Ramadi)

2016 3 truck drivers killed at Hashd checkpoint in Diyala Sources said Hashd started stopping

Kurdish drivers harassing and assaulting them

2016 Report Satellites showed 3000 buildings 400 roads and bridges damaged and destroyed in

Ramadi UN est 57000 buildings damaged/destroyed

2016 Peshmerga Asayesh Kirkuk police entered Qara Tapa Diyala Arrested 42 people on terrorism

charges Put Xs on 28 homes that were bulldozed Villagers blamed PUK KRG said homes were destroyed by IS Others destroyed because booby trapped KRG official said homes of IS members destroyed

2017 Report No plan to rebuild Mosul due to politics and budget deficit Groups filling void left by

govt Hashd groups working in east Mosul competing for power and resources

2017 War Media Cell denied that it killed any civilians when destroyed house in Mosul Said it was

used by IS to build car bombs Media reported building full of displaced families Cell said media repeating IS

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 201, May 5, 2017)

2020 Report PM Abdul Mahdi cut budget payments to KRG 2019 budget said KRG was to export

250,000 bar/day in oil Never did KRG said illegal and political

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