Sunday, May 15, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - May 15 Iraqi army attacked Israel in 1948 Arab-Israeli War


1935 Tribes seized Suq al-Shuyukh and cut railway between Basra and Nasiriya during revolt

against govt

1941 German major arrived in Baghdad to lead Brandenburgers Commandorecon along with

squadron of bombers and squadron of fighters Met with PM Gaylani Decided priority blocking Transjordan force from reaching Habaniya base Was too late to do that

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

1941 Germany had total of 24 fighters and bombers in Iraq to help Gaylani govt fight German planes

were painted in Iraqi colors to hide their origin

1941 British received intel that German planes flying to Iraq from Syria

1941 German plane bombed British force from Palestine heading towards Habaniya Anbar

1941 British bomber attacked Iraqi column outside Rutba, Anbar

1941 Kurds began discussing revolt against PM Gaylani to take advantage of crisis with 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)

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

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

1948 Kirkuk oil workers protested against Anglo-Iraq Treaty Part of Wathba/Great Leap

1948 Iraq Egypt Jordan Syria armies entered into Palestine to join in 1948 Arab-Israeli War Iraqi army

attacked Kibbutz Gesher in northern Palestine Were defeated

1948 PM Sadr declared martial law due to growing pre-electoral violence Nuri al-Said and fmr PM-Jabr

used martial law to go after opposition

1969 Bakr govt executed opponents in central Baghdad Meant to rally support for regime

193 Kurdish villages in Sheikhan forced to cede land to Arabs and population expelled

1986 KDP Peshmerga and Iranian paratroopers took Mangesh north of Mosul near Kirkuk pipeline

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

(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)

1988 Start of 5th Anfal Campaign aimed at destroying last of PUK’s bastions in Balisan Valley,


(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1990 West Germany seized parts headed for Iraq suspected for 130ft long supergun

1991 International Atomic Energy Agency started first weapons inspection in 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)

2001 Sec State Powell told Congress UN sanctions had effectively contained Saddam

2003 2 most senior Iraqi biological scientists denied Iraq was working on WMD before war

2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw Hard evidence of Iraq WMD may never be found Not important Iraq

was in the wrong WMD was main reason UK joined war

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

2003 Undersec of Def Feith told Congress US found evidence of Iraq WMD and needed Iraqis to step

forward and tell them where it was

(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 Undersec of Def Feith told Congress US had commitment to stay and to leave Iraq

Said CPA would create interim Iraqi government

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

2003 ORHA head Garner complained to Bremer about draft CPA Order 2 disbanding Iraqi security forces

Garner talked Bremer out of disbanding police and Interior Ministry

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

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


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

2003 CPA security adv Slocolmb told Garner Iraqi army had disbanded itself Colluded in Saddam’s

crimes and needed to go

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

2003 Bremer and CPA advisers reviewed CPA Order 1 DeBaathification

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Ch 6 Lost In Transition May-July 2003)

2003 CPA appropriated $2 bil for rebuilding Iraqi security forces electricity oil

2003 US forces launched Operation Planet X to arrest Baathists north of Tikrit

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2003 Sadr cleric gave sermon in Baghdad accusing US forces of being able to see through women’s

clothes and giving pornography to children

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2004 US approved spending $1.9 bil in Iraqi funds for rebuilding weeks before CPA was to end

2005 Sec of State Rice told Pres Barzani and PM Jaafari they had to include Sunnis in new govt

2005 Salah al-Mutlaq said couldn’t unite Iraq without including the Baathists

2007 Sadr returned from Iran to give sermon in Kufa Dismissed number of officials he felt were disloyal

Then went back to Iran

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2007 Constitutional Review Comm submitted draft of changes with no major issues dealt with Told

political parties they had to do rest Deadline for final draft to include all issues extended until 7/31/07 Nothing done

2008 Sahwa in Mosul complained ISF were arresting them instead of insurgents during Mother of Two

Rivers Operation

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2009 Mass grave found in Najaf with 3,000 Kurds killed during Anfal

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

2009 Oil Ministry said it wouldn’t pay oil companies exporting oil from KRG because deals weren’t

approved by Baghdad

2009 PM Maliki called for majority government and ending sectarian quota system

2009 PM Maliki claimed US releasing terrorists from prisons resulting in increased in violence 2008

Maliki govt had negotiated quicker release of prisoners by US

2010 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed

2011 Sheikh Sulaiman said that tribes and politicians would make Anbar a federal region to protest PM


(Musings On Iraq Why Anbar’s Sheikh Ali Hatem Sulaiman Joined Iraq’s Protest Movement)

2011 Salahaddin politicians met with Pres Barzani to discuss making province a federal region to protest

PM Maliki

2012 Trial of ex-VP Hashemi began Bodyguard claimed Hashemi implicated in 150 attacks from 2005-


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

(Musings On Iraq Charges Against Iraq’s Vice President, And Why They Matter)

2012 Human Rights Watch Report Govt continued to arrest without warrants Hold people without

charges or trials Run secret prisons Govt said it closed secret prison at Camp Honor in Baghdad but still open 2 other secret prisons in Green Zone ISF conducted mass arrests

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch reports On Two Mass Arrest Campaigns And Continued Abuses By The Security Forces In Iraq)

2013 Report Attack upon Hawija protest camp could rally insurgency It did 1st qtr 2011 358 incidents 1st

qtr 2012 539 incidents 1st qtr 2013 804 incidents PM Maliki afraid of coup Picked cmdrs down to brigades Controls federal court Moving awy from checks and balances on his power

2013 High Criminal Court reversed decision to drop corruption case in Russian arms deal Feb arms deal

announced Mar Iraqi delegation went to Russia Fmr govt spokesman Dabbagh said corruption in deal

2013 KRG facing labor issues Migration from rural to urban areas Large number of foreign workers

Increasing university graduates Graduates complain about lack of job opportunities Wait for govt jobs

2014 Water Dir workers in Sulaymaniya Medical Univ in Irbil Teachers union in Kalar on strike over not

being paid KRG lacked money after Baghdad cut off monthly payments over budget and oil dispute

2014 Babil police launched 2nd operation to clear Jurf al-Sakhr

2014 Vide of State of Law MP in Qadisiya handing out land deeds in return for votes Find by Election

Comm PM Maliki also handed out land titles During 2012 no confidence vote MPs asked for patronage in return for votes Maliki offered jobs for votes

2015 IS seized govt center in Ramadi with 10 suicide car bombs in final drive to take city

Reinforcements sent to Ramadi to stave off IS offensive Never arrived 50 police taken prisoner executed

(Musings On Iraq Political Ramifications Of The Fall of Iraq’s Ramadi)

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

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

2015 Abadi govt sent 3 units to relieve Ramadi Came too late to stop IS taking city

2016 Govt officials said govt reaching bankruptcy due to low oil prices Govt deficit growing

2016 Gorran-PUK signed 33 point deal to cooperate Said would run together in next election

Gorran once PUK’s biggest rival

2016 Hashd leader claimed it could free Fallujah in 7 days Said blocked by U.S.

2017 Tunisian paper published interview with Naqshibandi leader Izzat al-Duri Apr 2015 Hashd

claimed Duri dead

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

2017 PUK official said Turkey had set up checkpoints in northern Dohuk Sent in more troops into


2017 Hashd attacked 2 Yazidi villages Pres Barzani said Hashd should not enter area

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 211 May 15 2017)

2017 Secretary Gen Kataib Hezbollah said people couldn’t return to Jurf al-Sakhr in Babil because

of security Said if allowed back terrorism would return Said area threatens Karbala and Najaf Area turned into large Kataib Hezbollah base Banned people returning to protect pilgrimage routes

2018 Large demonstration by Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk city claiming voter fraud

2018 6 Kurdish opposition parties claimed cheating in Irbil election

(Musings On Iraq Growing Crisis Over Elections In Kirkuk and Kurdistan)

2018 Anbar council said tribes had stopped 1000s of displaced returning because of ties to IS

2019 State Dept ordered non emergency workers out of US embassy due to threats from

Iran Germany and Holland suspended training program for Iraqi army Exxon workers evacuated from Basra

(Musings On Iraq Did The US Detect A Credible Threat From Iran Or React To Iran Preparing For US Attack?)

2019 Sadr conducted another purge of his movement Dismissed some of his leading aides

(Musings On Iraq New Sadr Purge Of His Movement Leads To Violence In Najaf)

2020 IS released video announcing new battle of attrition campaign in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State Calls For More Attacks During Covid Crisis In Iraq)

2020 Report F-16s largely grounded because Lockheed Martin contractors withdrew due to Hashd


2020 Human rights activist called for protest in Dohuk after govt workers protested not being paid

arrested Held for 2 weeks Released then re-arrested Then released and re-arrested 2nd time

2020 Diyala governor asked for Baghdad’s help IS attacks increasing in Khanaqin dist

2020 Demonstrators in Baghdad demanded Kazemi govt explain kidnapping of woman who made

meals for protesters

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

2021 Oct-May UN documented 48 assassination attempts against activists 32 died Govt did

nothing 20 protesters kidnapped Protests met with excessive force arbitrary arrests torture limiting freedom of expression and media UN counted 487 deaths 7715 injured

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