Wednesday, June 22, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 22 Gertrude Bell said that Shiites were under the pay of leading cleric Khalisi who was a Persian

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1915 British troops began attack upon Nasiriya

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

1920 Grand Ayatollah Shirazi’s son and 11 others arrested and exiled by British for calling for revolt in


(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)

1922 Standard Oil told State Dept that it and other US companies were interested in exploring in Iraq

1922 Gertrude Bell wrote that Shiites were all under the pay of leading cleric Sheikh Mahdi al-Khalisi who

she said wasn’t an Arab but a Persian

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

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1932 Ahmed and Mullah Mustafa Barzani surrendered to Turks after being forced out of Iraq by

RAF bombing for opposing the settling of Assyrians in their area and refusing to pay taxes

1940 Iraq approved UK landing troops in Basra

1963 Baath govt forces captured Saqsaq and Tobzawa from Barzanis Kurds raided military camp

in Kirkuk city Bombed Rasheed Camp in Baghdad

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

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

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

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

1982 Commander in chief of Iranian army said Iran-Iraq War would continue until Saddam


(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

1982 Saddam complained that Iran was defeated in 1980 but didn’t give up

1983 Iraqi govt ordered all Kurds born from 1963-64 to be drafted into army

(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)

1996 UN and Iraq agreed on terms for allowing UN inspectors into Republican Guard Special Republican

Guard Special Security Organization Mukhabarat sites

(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 US decided to provide new aid to Iraqi opposition against Saddam

2003 Bush blamed former regime elements for attacks in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2003 Bush claimed other intel services said Iraq had WMD and Iraq never proved it destroyed its WMD


(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 Head weapons inspector Blix thought Iraq only had “debris” of WMD program since none found

since invasion

2003 Blix said pre-war reports by Iraqis that WMD were destroyed might prove true Cited Hussein

Kamil in 94 who said no WMD left

(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)

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

2003 Report 2002 National Intelligence Estimate questioned Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

2003 2000 Ayatollah Sistani supporters protested outside Green Zone demanding elections and

            new Iraqi govt

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

(Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2003 British searches in Maja al-Kabir, Maysan led to shooting with locals 8 wounded

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded S Korean civilian Kim Sun-il

2004 UN audit on reconstruction in Iraq found spending and contracts full of errors and open to fraud

2004 UN audit found State Organization for Marketing Oil had no records on tenders contracts who won

bids etc

2004 Report White House claimed Saddam Fedayeen members were in Al Qaeda based upon confusion

over their names

2005 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey got report of prisoner abuse by ISF Ordered US forces to stop any

abuses they saw

2006 US Cmdr in Iraq General Casey told press that Iran giving weapons and training to militias

(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)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2008 Iraqi offensive against Sadrists in Maysan expanded to Dhi Qar and Wasit

2008 Report Pentagon said IEDs down 90% from 2007

2008 Female suicide bomber in Baquba killed 15 wounded 45

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2008 Report US reconstruction projects in Hit halted due to corruption of mayor and police chief

2008 Baghdad Ops Command said PM Maliki issued order to integrate all Sahwa in province

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

2009 US commander in Diyala said govt had not paid 1000 Sahwa in province nor integrated them into


(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2009 US turned over security in Anbar to Iraqi forces

2009 Report MPs got $125,000/yr salary almost 20 times more than avg Iraqi

2010 Army arrested sons of protest organizer in Basra demanding leader turn himself in Basra council

condemned Army’s move

(Musings On Iraq Basra Protest Over Lack Of Electricity Reflects Twenty Years Of Problems)

2010 PM Maliki said at least 2 yrs to solve electricity crisis Protests in Ramadi and Nasiriya over power


2011 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq carried out recruiting program to get people to attack US forces

before they withdrew from Iraq

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

2011 Report Sulaymaniya had 249,000 govt workers 77,000 on pensions 60,000 on govt benefits Govt

relied on oil and gas revenue Dependent on oil that crippled private enterprise Most goods and services imported by KRG Most big companies associated or owned by KDP-PUK

2011 PM Maliki ordered Election Comm to suspend work so it could be reformed Commission refused

saying it was under authority of parliament Claimed Maliki wanted to take it over

2012 Def Sec Panetta asked Iraq to hold Hezbollah operative Daqduq in prison Captured

            by US and turned over to Iraqis

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2012 Iraq’s national grid ran out of fuel shutting down electricity across entire country for 24 hrs

2012 Sadr criticized Ayatollah Haeri and Iran for trying to interfere with his followers during no

confidence move vs PM Maliki

(Musings On Iraq What Does Iraq’s Sadr Want?)

(Musings On Iraq Iran Tries To Mediate Iraq’s Political Crisis, But Can They Overcome The Deep Divisions In The Country?)

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

2012 Report KRG Health Min said medicine mostly fake being smuggled into Kurdistan Mar 7000 boxes

of bad medicine from China and India seized May 10 tons of fake medicine destroyed in Irbil Investigative committee found 90% of medicine brought into KRG done so illegally Thought govt too lenient only fining companies $100 for smuggling

2013 Anbar governor claimed Iraqi Islamic Party cheated in provincial elections paying off voters

Governor came in 2nd

2013 Mar 2012-Mar 2013 $6.35 bil in trade between Iran and Iraq Iran accounted for 98% of trade Iraq

only exported $84 mil to Iran

2014 ISF withdrew from Tal Afar, Ninewa turning it over to ISIS

2014 Fighting between ISIS and pro-Naqshibandi tribes in Hawija, Kirkuk for control

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

2014 Human Rights Ministry report 480 Shiite prisoners were executed by ISIS in Badush prison after

Mosul captured

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2014 Iraqi forces again claimed Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil freed of insurgents Wasn’t

2014 Report Iraq lost 60 of 243 Army battalions with all of their equipment 5 of Iraq’s 14 Divisions

combat ineffective

2014 Ayatollah Khamenei objected to US sending military advisers to help Iraq against insurgency

Claimed US supported Baathists and ISIS

2014 Report 450-500 Iranian Special Forces landed in Kirkuk

2016 Sadrists threatened no confidence vote against PM Abadi and Speaker Jabouri unless

reforms passed

2017 Member of KDP leadership council said KRG independence referendum was going to

happen whether Iran liked it or not Said Ayatollah Khamenei should not interfere after he said he opposed vote

2018 Police told villagers in Baiji dist Salahaddin to leave Then confiscated IDs of more than 50

families to pressure them to leave Part of forced evictions

2019 Sunni Endowment accused Shiite Endowment of trying to seize mosques in Mosul

2020 Rockets fired at Baghdad Intl Airport by pro-Iran groups

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

2020 Report Finance Min Allawi said Iraq’s economy facing existential threat Had to cut senior

salaries Halt double salaries Get IMF and World Bank loans Diversify economy

2021 Report Oct 2019 Men threw Molotov cocktails at ISF in Baghdad Killed 2 ISF Security

forces then fired into protesters Included snipers 32 protesters might have been killed Govt claimed didn’t know who fired by PM Abdul Mahdi found out Gunmen were admonished and then sent to Kirkuk by Dep Cmdr Joint Ops Command Health Min blocked autopsies of dead Govt offered compensation to dead protesters Govt blocked investigations Govt announced investigation into violence vs protesters Found 149 activists and 8 ISF killed in 8 provinces 107 activists killed in Baghdad mostly from head wounds due to snipers Govt covered up who snipers were Came from ISF 87 ISF officers removed for attacks on protests Baghdad Ops Command head Cmdr 11th Div Cmdr 1st Federal Police Div Cmdr 45th Inf Brigade Cmdr 2nd Rgt Cmdr Federal Police Command Rgt all removed

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