Saturday, May 7, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - May 7 Fmr intelligence head Kazemi became interim PM

(Sach Khabrain)

1918 British took Kirkuk based on false idea that it would stop Germans from organizing Persians to attack

India British would later leave Kirkuk

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

1935 Sheikh Ahmad Asadullah follower of leading Shiite cleric Ghita called for his followers

in Rumaitha to revolt against govt 3 other tribes revolted in Diwaniya

1941 UK troops took Ashar, Basra Iraqis bombed UK Habaniya air base Iraqi forces retreating from

Habaniya ran into Iraqi units coming from Fallujah Columns stopped to consult Attacked and destroyed by UK planes from Habaniya base

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

1982 Iran launched 2nd phase of Op Bait al-Moqaddas in Khuzistan province in south Attacked between

Susangard and Muran in north pushing Iraqis back to border Destroyed 1 Iraqi division

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

1985 Iraq shelled Khormashahr in south

(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 Dep Natl Sec Adv Gates said Iraqis would have to suffer sanctions as long as Saddam remained in


(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

2003 Undersec of Def Cambone said US would eventually find Iraq’s WMD and that mobile WMD labs

had been found already Didn’t exist

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2003 Joint Task Force 20 said trailer found in Irbil couldn’t be used for anything else but producing


(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claim That Iraq Had WMD)

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

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

2003 ORHA decided to allow Baath members to return to jobs in ministries Said only 55 most wanted

were banned

2004 Zarqawi beheaded American Nick Berg and video taped it

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld testified to Congress about Abu Ghraib scandal Apologized for abuse Claimed he

and Pentagon knew nothing and no one in his office and Pentagon had seen the photos despite being briefed receiving emails and getting the photos

2004 New York Times called for Sec Def Rumsfeld to resign over Abu Ghraib prison scandal

2004 Bin Laden tape offered reward for killing US and UN officials or citizens of any country that had

any troops in Iraq

2004 Pro-Sistani Sheikh Qabanji gave sermon in Najaf telling Mahdi Army to go home and work to banish

the Americans and Baathists there instead of in Najaf

2005 PM Jaafari filled 5 empty ministry spots and 1 Dep PM but Human Rights Minister turned down job

saying appointed only because he was a Sunni

2006 New KRG government formed unifying KDP and PUK administrations after they split during 90s

civil war Massoud Barzani president Nechirvan Barzani premier

2007 VP Hashemi said meeting with PM Maliki was productive silencing talk that Iraqi Accordance Front

would withdraw from govt

2008 Fighting broke out between Mahdi Army and Badr controlled National Police in Baghdad’s Abu Dishr

after Sadrists tried to kill Badr commander

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

2008 Report US officer in Baghdad’s Adhamiya frustrated with Iraqi govt Said applications to integrate

local Sahwa into ISF rejected because form was in wrong ink

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

2009 US found Abu Omar al-Baghdadi’s real identity Hamid Dawood Mohammed Khalil al-Zawi after

claiming he was an actor

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

2011 ISI members staged a prison revolt in Baghdad 6 police and 11 prisoners died Was failed escape

attempt Had help from Interior Min officials

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Had Official Help In Prison Escapes In Baghdad And Basra)

2011 State of Law talked about annulling law that ended Article 136 (b) used by ministers to stop

corruption investigations

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Repeals Article Used To Block Corruption Investigations)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2011 Sadrist MP said movement would resist US politically militarily and through demonstrations if didn’t

withdraw by end of yr

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

2012 Iraqi court ruled that Hezbollah’s Ali Mussa Daqduq would be released for lack evidence Daqduq was

liaison with militias Helped Iranian Revolution Guards in Iraq Helped plan 2007 attack upon Karbala ops center that killed 4 US soldiers Defended in court by Sadrist lawyer

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah Commander About To Be Released From Iraqi Prison)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2012 At meeting with Turkish businesses and reporters KRG PM Barzani said Ankara saw Kurdistan

as strategic partner

2012 Iran said it would build natural gas pipeline to Iraq for $450 mil Iraq would become dependent upon

Iranian gas for its power stations

2012 State of Law said Pres Barzani real dictator after he accused PM Maliki of being autocrat Said

Barzani ruled KRG For 20 years Son was chief of intelligence nephew was PM Said Barzani asked Saddam for help in civil war vs PUK in 1996

2012 Hakim and Sadr met in Najaf to discuss how to deal with PM Maliki Decided on forming alliance to

take power in new provincial govts in south

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki Heading To Mosul To Challenge Speaker Nujafi)

2013 Army tried to replace Kurdish commander 16th Bgd with Shiite Arab Told unit to leave Tuz

Khurmato Commander refused to be replaced and ordered unit to stay Def Min stopped paying and supplying unit Peshmerga gave supplies

2013 KRG PM Barzani met with PM Maliki Promised compensation for Anfal victims Joint security in

disputed areas Redrawing provincial boundaries changed by Saddam Amend 2013 budget Form committee on revenue sharing Maliki never followed through

2013 Report PM Maliki created committee led by Dep PM Shahristani to deal with protest demands

Promised to release 1000s of prisoners No evidence that happened MP Askari said no political will to carry out any talks or deals Blamed Syria for tensions

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

2014 Meetings in Irbil and Amman with sheikhs failed to end fighting in Anbar

2014 Iraqi forces assault on Fallujah failed Was first city to fall to renewed insurgency

2015 Salahaddin council said would not let displaced associated with IS return to homes

2015 Peshmerga demanded that Hashd withdraw from Sadiya and Jalawla Diyala as two vied for control of


2016 Parties split over Speaker Jabouri and Abdi govt Maliki Allawi and others against Badr

Fadhila Kurds for Sadr wanted to be independent of both

2017 Gorran member said independence referendum would only benefit KDP and its attempt to

control KRG politics

2017 Human Rights Watch Kurds forced displaced Turkmen to leave Kirkuk Asayesh confiscated

IDs and harassed them After IS attack in Oct 2016 Kirkuk forced out 1000s of displaced Sunni Arabs

2018 Sadr rejected Maliki’s talk again of forming majority govt Said it would only lead to


2019 Interior Min Inspector General said ministry spent 495 mil dinars on bomb sniffing

dogs that were only worth 105 mil dinars

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2019 Sec State Pompeo warned of retaliation if Americans killed by Hashd attacks in Iraq

2019 KDP and PUK agreed to amend KRG Presidency Law to create 2 VPs Was so PUK

and Gorran could each have a VP

2019 Abdu Mahdi govt said it would talk to Turkey about withdrawing its troops Nothing


2019 Human Rights Watch Natl Reconciliation Comm presented plan to PM Abdul Mahdi

to arrest 280,000 IS families and put them into camps Supposed to receive deradicalization classes vocational training

2020 Fmr intelligence head Kazemi elected new premier of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Can Iraq’s New PM Maneuver The System Or Have To Follow It?)

2020 KRG parliament removed immunity from Kurdistan Islamic Group MP so he could be taken

to court for saying PM Barzani corrupt

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