Thursday, June 2, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 2 UK political officer in Iraq Sir Wilson told Iraqi nationalists an Arab govt would have to wait UK mandate would rule Iraq



1915 British troops from Persia crossed Tigris and attacked Amara after convincing Ottoman garrison

commander to surrender 

1915 UK ships attacked Ottomans retreating from Amara Destroyed 2 Ottoman ships

Captured 3rd

1920 Ex-Ottoman officer and nationalist al-Ahd member met with notables in Tal Afar telling them

tribesmen would arrive soon and that people should arm themselves to attack UK garrison

1920 Sir Wilson head political officer met with Iraqi nationalists Went over documents outlining a

British Mandate in Iraq Said Arab govt would have to wait Said any agitation would be met by force Nationalists demanded Arab convention to lay out independent govt demanded freedom of the press and communication Wilson denied requests

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

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

1924 UK run Baghdad Times said if Anglo-Iraq Treaty not ratified Iraq would lose Mosul to Turks

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

1931 Royal decree authorized new municipal taxes leading to protests and general strike called by           opposition parties

1941 Jamil al-Midfai named PM 4th time after PM Gaylani overthrown by British Declared martial law

1941 Anti-Jewish pogrom the Farhud in Baghdad continued until curfew imposed 187 killed in 2 days

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

1941 Regent of Iraq ordered end to anti-Jewish Farhud pogrom

1941 British intel officer asked why British troops weren’t sent into Baghdad to stop Farhud Thought

didn't want to upset Regent

1941 UK 20th Indian Brigade ordered from Basra to Baghdad to help secure area

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

1948 Israelis attacked Jenin held by Iraqi forces 1st Arab-Israeli War

1969 Pres Bakr called for Iraq-Syria union

1981 Iran’s Defense Minister Chamran killed at the front

1982 Gulf Cooperation Council offered peace plan to end Iran-Iraq War Israeli invasion of Lebanon

ended plan

1988 Ayatollah Khomeini made Speaker Rafsanjani commander and chief of all Iranian forces

Demanded war be won in 6 months Rafsanjani came to believe diplomatic solution needed to be found to end war

(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 Demonstrations in Dohuk Irbil Sulaymaniya Diyabil with Kurds demanding US forces stay in

Kurdistan to protect them Police stations and Baath offices attacked

2002 Czech Inter Min claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta went to Prague and met with Iraqi intel officer Story


(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2002 Iraq arrested Abdul Yasin involved in 1993 World Trade Center bombing Conspiracy theorists

would later say this was proof Iraq involved in bombing

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

2002 60 Minutes aired show on Abdul Rahman Yasin from 1993 World Trade Center bombing Fled to

Baghdad Conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie claimed he was an Iraqi agent and showed Saddam behind attack 60 Minutes found no evidence he was Iraqi agent

2003 Blair said Iraq’s WMD would be found

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

2003 State Dept memo said too early to say captured trailers Iraq mobile WMD labs They weren’t

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

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

2003 Iraqi scientist dug up 200 blueprints for centrifuges for Iraq’s nuclear program and gave them to US


2003 Gen Franks told CPA’s Bremer disbanding Iraqi military was a mistake

2003 1,000 ex-soldiers protested outside Green Zone over CPA disbanding Iraqi military

2003 Bremer approved Justice Dept program to hire DynCorp to provide 6000 trainers to rebuild Iraqi


(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post-invasion Iraq) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)

2004 Survey Iraqis seeing US as liberators went from 88% in Oct 03 to 43% in Apr 04 Wanted US to

leave 17% Oct 03 to 57% Oct 04

2004 Iranian intel officers arrested in Baghdad plotting attacks

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2004 Iraqi Governing Council convinced UN envoy Brahimi to include them in Allawi’s interim govt

2007 ISI’s Abu Omar al-Baghdadi told local commanders in Baghdad to stop fighting Islamic Army

of Iraq Dispute would be mediated

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2009 VP Cheney told Fox never any evidence of Iraq-9/11 connection Some unconfirmed reports of

9/11 hijacker Atta meeting Iraqi intelligence in Prague Claimed CIA said there was Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship Before Cheney said Atta story was a fact when it was debunked CIA said Iraq had meetings with Al Qaeda but no connections Was trying to refute his past claims and blame CIA

2010 Joint Chiefs head Adm Mullen said ISI had been devastated by deaths of leadership

2010 Pres Barzani went to Turkey for first time in 6 years Said he would stop PKK operations

2011 Obama told PM Maliki wanted Iraq parliament to approve stay behind US forces Maliki disagreed

saying no new deal needed

2011 Survey Iraqis saw country going in right direction 45% in Nov 2010 Wrong direction 49% in Mar


2011 Human Rights Watch report govt arrested and beat protest leaders in Baghdad

2011 PM Maliki ordered investigation of Trade Bank in Iraq after refused to back deal made by Maliki

with S Korean company Maliki led raid of bank

2013 Report Sadr got into argument with Hezbollah’s Nasrallah over backing Assad in Syria

2013 Sadr accused Asaib Ahl Al-Haq of trying to assassinate leader in his movement in Baghdad

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

2014 Turkey said KRG had right to sell its oil internationally KRG oil pipped through Turkey to ports for


2015 US sent 2000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to Iraq to help fight car bombs

2015 Badr objected to US helping retake Ramadi from IS

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

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

2016 Report Kataib Hezbollah dominated highways in east Anbar Asaib Ahl Al-Haq controlled

highways between Samarra-Tikrit Badr controlled highways in Diyala Charged fees and kidnapped people at checkpoints

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

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

2016 Hashd took 605 men and boys displaced from Saqlawiya Anbar to army base where beaten and

accused of being IS Were never seen again Suspected of being killed by Hashd Hashd executed another 17 displaced men in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Abuses Of Iraq’s Hashd In Fallujah Operation)

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

2018 Turkish Interior Min said Turkish forces 26-27km into KRG 2 months into anti-PKK operation inside Iraq

2020 Report Last 3 months 5 new groups announced plans to attack US in Iraq Talked

about revenge for death of Abu Muhandis Thar al-Muhandis Brigades released video of it shooting missiles at 2 US helicopters Many seemed connected to Kataib Hezbollah

2020 Report More than 17,000 public/private factories closed since 2003 Closed due to lack of plans

Electricity shortages Corruption Terrorism Extortion

2020 Kazemi govt announced reforms to deal with economic crisis from collapsed oil prices Said

govt salaries 60% of budget Only 2% of budget for investment 2005 850,000 govt workers 2020 3 mil govt workers Didn’t include govt contract workers Govt wanted to increase investment and public sector Never really implemented

2021 Report Iran exported agricultural products worth $11 bil to Iraq over last 5 yrs Thought

contracts used to smuggle US$ to Iran to get around sanctions

2021 Report Agriculture and industry collapsed in Iraq due to water shortages poor planning cheap

imports Rising poverty levels Population boom Economy based on oil Hardly any money spent on development 3.26 mil govt workers Didn’t include govt contract/temp workers Oil revenues couldn’t cover operating expenses 2021 budget had 88 tril dinars in operating costs vs 81 tril dinars in oil revenues Kazemi govt introduced White Paper but went nowhere Public sector declining Banks used to distribute wages or buy US$ Oil market predicted to decline which would cause crises in Iraq

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