Friday, June 17, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 17 Lodon approved Arab govt with UK advisers to run Iraq under British Mandate



1919 British force defeated Barzanji near Chamchamal

1920 Arab govt run by British advisors approved by London Head political officer in Iraq Wilson

told to announce it to Iraqis

1920 Calls for revolt vs British posted in Hillah British political officer arrested those calling for

revolt and exiled them

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1927 Lord Cecil said British public opinion was overwhelmingly against staying in Iraq

1954 PM Umari resigned Thought he couldn’t control opposition and get new Anglo-Iraq Treaty

passed Wasn’t accepted until Jul

1963 Kurds blew up two oil wells in Kirkuk province during Barzani revolt

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

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

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

1981 Col Qaddafi announced he would go to Tehran and Baghdad to try to negotiate

            ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War Libya supported Iran 

1987 Iran Op Fath 7 Iranian Rev Guard and PUK attacked Iraqi 27th Div supply lines in Kurdistan

1987 Iran Op Nasr 3 started in Maysan

(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 Generals Garner and Shalikashvili met with PUK and KDP Told them world opinion behind

Kurds but Kurds said Saddam still a problem

1996 UN said Iraq smuggling oil through Iranian waters breaking sanctions

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

2003 CIA report to Dir Tenet said that Niger-Iraq uranium story was dropped because based upon

fake docs

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

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

2003 CIA report that it found docs at Iraqi scientist’s home that proved Saddam had nuke program

Proved false

2003 Report UK official in CPA said Iraq reconstruction in chaos because no strategy Said CPA

was most chaotic organization he’d ever worked for Couldn’t deal with needs and lacked resources to make change in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Bad Days In Basra, My Turbulent Time as Britain’s Man in Southern Iraq)

2004 PM Allawi promised reprisals against insurgents after suicide bombing of Iraqi army base

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

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

2004 Natl Sec Adv Rice told Bremer Bush supported early end to CPA

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

2004 Bush refuted 9/11 Comm Said Iraq-Al Qaeda had connections and that was why Iraq was a


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

2004 Cheney said 9/11 Comm didn’t look at the overwhelming evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda

connections Claimed he had intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that 9/11 Comm didn’t That intel later proved false

2005 Constitutional Committee agreed to expand number of Sunnis from 2 to 17 with another 10

as advisers under heavy US and UK pressure

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

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

2007 Report PM Maliki complained to US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Petraeus about Sahwa program

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

2008 Truck bomb by Mahdi Army or Special Group in Baghdad killed 63 wounded 70 US forces

claimed bombing meant to stop return of displaced Sunnis and provoke sectarian fighting

(Musings On Iraq Desperation Move By The Sadrists?)

2008 Report Start of June standoff between Peshmerga and oil workers Khurmala Dome oil field

KRG claimed field belonged to it Baghdad gave Peshmerga 24 hrs to leave and did

2008 UN report displaced increased by 800,000 from 2007-08 45,000 refugees returned to Iraq

from 2007-08

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

2009 US held talks with Syria to try to stop foreign fighters traveling through country to Iraq

2011 ISI took responsibility for killing deputy head of deBaathification Comm Lami

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Behind DeBaathification Leader’s Death)

2011 Anbar councilman said Syria still supported insurgency

2011 PM Maliki organized second march for his government in Baghdad and Karbala to counter


2011 Protests held in Baghdad and Dhi Qar against corruption Baghdad protesters attacked by PM

Maliki supporters 2nd time

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Counter Iraq’s Protest Movement With A Demonstration And Media Campaign Of His Own)

2011 Activists created committee to hold talks with Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Meets With Iraq Protest Leaders)

2011 Report 1000s of foreign workers employed in Iraq Many are illegal Go through employment

agencies that steal their money Nepali worker paid $5000 to get job in Iraq Govt trying to clamp down on foreign workers because of high unemployment

2011 Electricity Min spokesman said govt may only be able to provide less than half of electricity needs

during summer

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Heading For Another Hot Summer)

2012 Sadr said he would not accept a 3rd term for PM Maliki Gave into Iranian pressure

2012 PUK’s MP Othman said that KDP wanted PM Maliki out while PUK didn’t

2013 Kataib Hezbollah attacked Mujahedeen e-Khalq camp with rockets

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

2013 Badr said one of its men died fighting in Syria before its presence officially announced

(Musings On Iraq The Increasing Flow Of Iraqi Fighters To Syria, An Interview With University Of Maryland’s Phillip Smyth)

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

2013 Exxon signed 3rd contract with KRG to explore for oil in Sulaymaniya

2013 Report 2/3 of army brigade in Salahaddin joined Peshmerga Apr Cmdr of brigade refused order

from Tigris Ops Command to secure Sulaiman Beq Cmdr told TV he wanted to join Peshmerga Baghdad ordered brigade to move or not be paid Peshmerga Min started paying brigade

2014 Security operation to clear Qaim, Anbar began Tuz Kharmato declared freed of insurgents

2014 Rawa Ana Saqlawiya Amiriya Fallujah Ramadi Khalidiya in Anbar all declared freed Half of them


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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

2014 Insurgents attacked 3 neighborhoods in Baquba, Diyala along with Hit and Garma in Anbar

2014 Prisoner that was wounded when Badr and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq executed 43 prisoners in Baquba was

taken from hospital by police and killed

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

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

2014 PM Maliki dismissed Gen Gharawi head of Ninewa Ops Command for fall of Mosul

2014 Hezbollah’s Nasrallah said that Shiite shrines in Iraq needed to be protected from insurgents Said

that Hezbollah would send men to fight in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Interview Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

2015 Sadr blamed ex-PM Maliki’s authoritarianism for return of insurgency

2015 Report Def Sec Carter testified to House that US wanted to train 24,000 ISF by fall 2015 Iraq

wasn’t providing enough recruits Hadn’t been any Iraqi trainees at Ain Al-Assad base for weeks

(Musings On Iraq Contradictions In Obama Administration’s Iraq Training Program)

2015 Hashd shot at car killing Kurdish civilian in Tuz Kharmato Led to clash with Peshmerga

Some Peshmerga wounded and Hashd arrested

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Government Offensive In Anbar And Salahaddin Dragging On For Weeks Or Put On Hold)

2016 Golden Div reached center of Fallujah PM Abadi prematurely announced liberation of city

Head of Fallujah Ops Command said Hashd not involved in freeing of Fallujah Was all done by ISF

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Gains Big Victory Over Islamic State In Fallujah In Record Time)

2016 Report Videos posted of Hashd attacking civilians in Fallujah op 1 showed Hashd beating

civilians saying people of Fallujah cowards

2017 KRG Pres Barzani held meeting and announced that Kurdish independence referendum would

happen 9/25/17

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

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

2017 Chief of staff of KRG president’s office said US asked for KRG independence referendum to

be delayed KRG said no

2017 Syrian General Command said hooking up with Hashd and Syrian-Ninewa border was

turning point in war Cut IS supply lines Also allowed new land route for Iranian supplies to Syria

2017 Facebook video showed residents going door to door in Qayara Ninewa threatening IS

families Told them to leave or else ISF said mobs attacked people 25 families fled

2019 Rocket fired at Taji Base Baghdad by pro-Iran group due to US-Iran tensions

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

2019 Report Tribal spokesman said IS demanding taxes from farmer in Tal Afar and Mosul


2019 PM Abdul Mahdi issued statement that armed groups outside of the control of the state were

prohibited All Iraqi forces had to operate under his command after spate of attacks by pro-Iran groups on bases containing Americans

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

2020 PM Kazemi said that ISF had to find those responsible for rocket attacks in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

2020 Interior Min claimed it arrested some involved in rocket attacks in Baghdad Nothing

came of it

2020 Report New group League of Revolutionaries claiming responsibilities for attacks on


2020 1 mil of 3 mil people had pensions cut as austerity measure due to econ crisis caused by

collapse of oil prices and COVID

2020 Activists said PM Kazemi not serious about bringing killers of demonstrators to justice

2021 Fmr Unaoil executive ordered to pay $560,000 in damages by UK judge Admitted to paying

$17 mil bribe to win contract to build pipelines and buoys in Basra

2021 Report Minister said he just signed contracts given to him Said they had already been

approved by staff When he questioned them staff would complain When he rejected deal political parties would threaten him 1st parties controlled govt through ministries and top officials Now parties control bureaucracy so doesn’t matter who ministers are Parties compete over special grades in ministries who have real power Parties given points for how many seats win in elections Points determine how many positions they get in govt Major cause of corruption 2018 parliament’s transparency comm said $320 bil lost since 2003 2020 Finance Min Allawi said $100-$300 bil had been sent overseas Sr official said 25% of ministry’s budget spent on fake contracts Another 25% went to payroll corruption 2013 est 10-25% of govt workers ghost employees used by parties to steal money 2020 Finance Min Allawi est 300,000 ghost workers in govt Contracts often go to businesses tied to ruling parties Electricity Min signed $21 mil contract with fake company to build power station in Nasiriya Min signed $8 mil deal with another fake company 2016 technocratic ministers appointed Meant more power went to bureaucrats Now special grades have been main issue in govt formation process more than ministries

(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)

2021 Interior Min Ghanimi claimed most assassins of activists were outside of Iraq and couldn’t

be arrested

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