Friday, May 13, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - May 13 Germany planes attacked UK forces at Habaniya air base Anglo-Iraq War


1915 British forces moved north to try to encircle Ottoman forces in Qurna

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

1935 Muntafiq tribe joined revolt against monarchy

1936 Muntafiq tribes in Nasiriya and Suq al-Shuyukh joined tribal revolt in Diwaniya Demanded

more Shiite representation in govt

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’is Of Iraq)

1941 Iraq told German ambassador to Turkey that it agreed to Turkish offer to mediate with England

1941 Golden Square officers rejected Turkey’s offer to mediate and threatened to shoot PM Gaylani He

offered to resign Mufti of Jerusalem had to intervene

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

1941 1st trainload of Nazi German war supplies from Vichy France controlled Syria arrived in Mosul to

support PM Gaylani’s govt Never used

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

1941 British forces bombed Syrian-Mosul railway to try to block Axis aid to Iraq

1941 Jordanians from Palestine arrived at Fort Rutba in Anbar

1941 German planes attacked British forces at Habaniya air base 1 British plane shot down by German

plane over Mosul

1941 Egyptian Chief of Staff Gen Masri arrested while attempting to fly to Iraq to join fight vs 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)

1982 Iranian Security Council asked Khomeini’s permission to enter Iraq but denied

1983 Tariq Aziz went to Paris to ask for new arms deal with France

1984 Iran attacked Kuwait tanker carrying Iraqi oil in Persian Gulf Was retaliation for Iraq attacks on

Iranian oil industry 

1987 UN investigation said Iraq used chemical weapons against Iranian civilians

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

(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 Kurds attacked police station in Zakho as negotiations continued over rules following 91 uprising

1997 Iraqi army clashed with Bani Said tribe in southern Iraq

2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld said US didn’t need to connect Iraq and 9/11 to go to war Said main reason was


(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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

2003 CPA official briefed UK of plan to disband Iraqi army and build a new one UK didn’t object

Later would

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

2003 White House official said Iraq may not have had stocks of WMD but just capability to make them

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told Bremer he would be responsible for temporary governing of Iraq

2003 Mass grave of 15,000 victims of 1991 uprising found in Mahawil, Babil

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

(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)

2004 Joint Chiefs head Gen Pace told Senate US interrogation methods used in Iraq violated Geneva


2006 US military report US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey Said Iran providing weapons safe haven to militias

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

2007 Abu Musah arms supplier to Iranian backed Special Groups arrested

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2007 Jihad and Reform Front got into gun battle with ISI in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review Caliphate At War)

2007 Fmr CPA head Bremer OpEd in WashPost Defended deBaathification and disbanding Iraqi military

Said army had disbanded itself Shiite and Kurdish leaders wanted it gone Said right to ban Baath US was only doing what it did in Germany with Nazis after WW2 Said it was Iraqis that abused deBaathification but CPA stopped them

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with CSU San Marco’s Prof Marashi Development And Setbacks Of The Current Iraqi Military)

2008 Report most insurgents fled Mosul before govt started offensive there

2008 Report Iraqi officials were smuggling artifacts out of Iraq to be sold on the black market

2008 Speaker of KRG parliament said Kurdish oil deals were legal and in accordance with constitution

2008 Constitutional committee turned over Art 140 that was to determine future of Kirkuk and other

disputed issues in constitution to parliament to resolve Nothing happened

2008 Report Fmr head of State Dept’s anti-corruption effort Said office never staffed and ideas ignored

Said State Dept allowed corruption to grow State never committed to fighting it Ignored PM Maliki’s attempt to undermine Integrity Comm Anti-corruption office closed in Dec 07 after report it made leaked to media

2009 Denmark latest European country to start deporting Iraqi refugees

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

2009 Hadbaa party was in talks with Baghdad to try to force Kurds to participate in Ninewa council that

they were boycotting

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

2009 ISCI’s Hakim said he wanted the United Iraqi Alliance reformed before the 2010 elections

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Role In The Revival Of The United Iraqi Alliance)

2010 Iraqi general said Sahwa were like a militia that needed to be disarmed and that members of Maliki

govt distrusted them

2010 Christian party said insurgents were threatening Christians and Assyrians in Mosul trying to drive

them out of city

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

2011 Friday of Redemption protest in Baghdad called for better services and jobs Were calls for PM

Maliki to step down)

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Tahrir Square Continue)

(Musings On Iraq May 20, 2011 Protests In Iraq’s Tahrir Square, Baghdad)

2011 Iraqiya blamed PM Maliki for assassination attempts on 3 of its members

2011 World Health Org report said Iraq 1 of only 2 countries where life expectancy went down in

MENA Dropped from 68 to 66 yrs from 2000-09

2011 Report MI6 drew up coup plot against Saddam in Dec 01

2011 ISCI’s Ammar Hakin called on Arab govts to end tensions with Iran and improve relations

2011 Parliament created special committee to implement Article 140 to determine future of disputed

territories Led to nothing

2011 Sadr sermon in Najaf Appealed to public to get rid of US through protests

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sadr Could Be Backing Off Threat To Revive Mahdi Army If U.S. Doesn’t Withdraw)

2012 Report that Pres Talabani supported PM Maliki while Sadr Speaker Nujafi Pres Barzani and Allawi

wanted no confidence vote Sadr actually stood with Maliki

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

2012 State Dept cut Iraq police training program

2012 Report that Syrian govt was arresting and deporting Iraqis

2012 Ninewa Gov Nujafi announced he was reconciling with KRG When Nujafi elected in 09 Kurds

boycotted provincial govt

2012 Report State Dept cutting police training program Originally called for 350 trainers Cut to 50 Some

think program might end soon State was supposed to take over program form Pentagon but couldn’t Lacked resources and personnel

2013 Arguments between Ramadi and Fallujah protest sites over which represented Anbar demonstrators

Sheikh Saadi said talks beginning between Ramadi protest site and govt

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

2013 Report 2009 elections PM Maliki’s State of Law won 50% of Shiite seats 2013 only won 33% of

those seats State of Law was larger in 2013 Sadrists also lost seats from 22% to 15% Iraqiya only won 1 seat in south

2013 KRG signed new energy deal with Turkey Ankara would get stakes in KRG oil and gas fields

2013 Sadr criticized Mahdi Army factions that were attacking civilians and displacing people Claimed

they were exploiting the name of the Mahdi Army for personal gain

2014 ISF claimed progress in Fallujah op MPs and experts warned that ISF failing due to bad logistics

ISF took Halabsa Albu Alwan Nassaf Amiriya Fallujah Sijr Amal Would fail to free Fallujah

2014 ISIS began car bomb wave

2014 Iraq asked Turkey to follow 2010 trade agreement and not export oil for KRG Maliki govt stopped

monthly budget payments to KRG for not meeting its oil export quota set in budget

2014 Report KRG turned to private investors and companies for money to make up for Baghdad not

sending monthly budget payments Official said KRG had gotten $417 mil loans from donors Oil companies loaned $258 mil Oil exports were going to pay them back KRG would not be able to pay its debts

2015 Rumors of suicide bombers led to riot amongst Shiite pilgrims in Adhamiya Baghdad burning

            homes and cars

(Musings On Iraq Disaster In Iraq’s Adhamiya Neighborhood Averted)

2015 Report Abu Ala al-Afri deputy IS leader killed in air strike in Tal Afar Ninewa

2016 IS attacked ISF bases around Ramadi with 20 suicide car bombs

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

2016 Protests in Wasit Muthanna Babil Basra Dhi Qar Baghdad calling for govt reform

2016 Report Oil companies told Oil Ministry development projects would be delayed if Baghdad

insisted on spending cuts Oil Ministry asked companies to cut their budgets for 2nd yr due to low oil prices BP Shell Lukoil all complained about request

2019 Mansour Marid elected Ninewa governor Set off controversy in Baghdad as various politicians

claimed vote was rigged by bribes Part of power struggle between Sunni factions

(Musings On Iraq New Ninewa Governor Surrounded In Bribery Accusations Over His Election)

2019 Speaker Halbusi said he was leaving Axis Alliance to form his own bloc Iraqi Forces

Alliance Would be start of building up his own power base

2019 Integrity Commission said it found corrupt deal between Basra Oil Company and 2

foreign companies worth $126 mil

2019 Report IS had cave network in Badush Ninewa Carrying out attacks kidnappings

extortion ISF arbitrary in response Human Rights Watch documented torture to get confessions Badush was IS base before it seized Mosul in 2014

2019 IS started burning farms in Qara Tapa dist northern Diyala

2020 US govt report IS called for increased attacks during COVID IS activity remained at low level

Mostly operates in remote parts of Iraq Was recruiting in Al Hol camp in Syria IS looking to preserve forces Jan 2020 UN said IS trying to rebuild in rural areas IS’s own media said its attacks decreased from end of 2019 to start of 2020 Exploited disputed areas Most active in Diyala

2020 Protesters said suspending demonstrations until after Eid holiday to give PM Kazemi time to

fulfill promises

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq Can New Govt Respond To Their Demands?)

2021 Asiab Ahl Al-Haq attacked Falcon Intelligence Cell office in Basra after it tried to arrest a

militiaman for killing an activist PM Kazemi ordered investigation Nothing happened

2021 Police arrested protesters in Babil demonstrating after assassination of Karbala activist Led

to clashes

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