Friday, June 24, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 24 Dozens killed 3000 arrested over house arrest of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr

(Jihad Intel)


1933 Interior Minister would not let Assyrian leader Mar Shimun leave Baghdad after being in

capital for nearly a month

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1940 Iraqi delegation of Foreign Min Said and Justice Min Naji Shawkat went to Turkey to discuss how to

deal with Axis and Syria controlled by Vichy France

1979 After army killed scores and arrested 3,000 protesting house arrest of Ayatollah Sadiq

al-Sadr Iran’s Arabic radio service called Sadr the Khomeini of Iraq and called on Shiites to replace the tyrants in Baghdad

1981 UK signed trade pact with Baghdad that would expand trade to more than $2 bil/yr

1982 9th Regional Baath Party Congress Saddam said party infiltrated by enemies and made bad decisions

to get rid of dissenters Health Min Hussein who said Saddam might step down was executed Saddam changed party leadership to ensure his control

1984 Iraq air raids resumed on Iranian oil infrastructure with attack on Kharg Island Iran’s main oil

terminal Destroyed docking bay but operating again in 5 days

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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 CIA Dir Webster told US defense and national security officials Iraq’s WMD had to

be taken seriously

1991 Inspectors tried to enter Abu Ghraib base but were turned back by Iraqis

(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)

1994 SCIRI claimed govt building new canal to drain southern marshes and drive out displaced and


1998 Chief UN inspector Butler briefed Security Council Said Iraq had put anthrax into missile

warheads Iraq said that was a lie

1998 Iraq Dep Prime Minister Aziz said if US maintained sanctions there might be another crisis

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld said Iraq had chemical weapons but not nuclear weapons

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

2003 UN head inspector Blix said inspectors were not impressed with Sec State Powell’s Feb 03 speech

to UN on Iraq’s WMD

2003 Weapons search in Maysan led to shootout and death of 6 British soldiers UK intel report believed

Iran backed Mujahedeen for Islamic Revolution in Iraq responsible

2003 Fallujah’s mayor’s office hit by RPG for working with US

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq carried out multiple car bombs and attacks on police in Baghdad Baquba Fallujah

Ramadi and Mosul killing 92 wounding 285 Took over police station and city hall in Baquba and held city center for 6 hours

2004 Sadr announced unilateral ceasefire with US in Sadr City

2006 US military noted Sunni citizens feared Interior Min Mahdi Army Badr death squads

2008 PM Maliki promised $100 mil for reconstruction in Maysan after Op Promise of Peace went after

Sadrists there

2008 Interior Min declared Amarah Maysan free of militias after Op Promise of Peace went after Sadrists

2008 Special Groups bombed Sadr City council building killing 2 councilmen 10 wounded because

meeting with Americans

2009 KRG passed draft constitution Said disputed areas of Kirkuk Ninewa and Diyala were part of

Kurdistan and peshmerga had right to operate in districts UN US and Iraqi parliament all objected to constitution

2010 Report Resigned Electricity Minister Hassan claimed demonstrations over power shortages

had been politicized PM Maliki thought his opponents were behind the protests to remove him

2011 100s protested in Baghdad demanding officials be fired technocratic govt end to sectarianism

better services release of prisoners Met by 100s of tribesmen and Dawa counter-protesters organized by PM Maliki Also protest in Nasiriya for services

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Protest Movement Sputters)

2011 Report Diesel fuel used for power stations regularly stolen by contractors and Electricity Min

officials 120 tankers left Baiji refinery and never showed up 250 tankers went missing in Baghdad No way to stop because corrupt officials

2012 Report Dep PM Shahristani visited foreign diplomats warning them not to have their oil companies

sign deals with KRG Said any company that worked in KRG would be blacklisted

2012 Sadr accused PM Maliki of backing Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and increasing its power

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

2012 Sadr said Maliki govt failing Said he would support no confidence vote against PM

2013 Report Disagreements within PUK High officials complained Pres Talabani controlled everything

Barham Salah threatened to resign with 4 others if reforms not started

2014 Operation to try to free Tal Afar of insurgents launched and failed

2015 RAND report Iraqi army had 14 divisions US est only ½ that strength Iraqi units sent for US

training were 40-70% below strength Many officers didn’t show up Many officers bad More than 40% of ISF units in Baghdad fearing IS attack on capital Counter Terror Unit best but suffered heavy casualties

2015 Report KRG est of reaching 1 mil/bar/day in oil exports not realized KRG independent

pipeline to Turkey opened year ago KRG not making enough to pay oil companies Also had large bills for govt workers and war vs IS Oil companies turned to selling oil to KRG domestic market but didn’t make enough Companies stopped plans for new investment Cut staff

2015 Report Jurf al-Sakhr in Babil Jalawla and Sadiya in Diyala Albu Ajeel in Salahaddin empty

of people Babil govt said IEDs reason why no returns to Jurf al-Sakhr Sheikh said was lie Said govt didn’t trust people

2016 Report 85,000 fled Fallujah Overwhelmed govt and aid agencies Blocked from entering Baghdad out

of fear of IS infiltration Hashd detained men for up to 3 weeks to interrogate them ISF blocked aid from going from Baghdad to Anbar

2017 Parliament’s integrity comm said courts suffered blackmail threats political pressure to stop

corruption cases

2017 Report Oil Min filing lawsuits against KRG independent oil exports

2018 Protest in Diyala over electricity cuts Province had not received 35% of its power

2018 Human Rights Watch accused army of collective punishment Tribe accused of helping IS got military permission to return to homes freed in Feb 2015 Stopped at checkpoints and put into camps

2019 Najah al-Shammari approved as Defense Min Yassin Taha al-Yassri as Interior Min Farouq Amin al-

Shawani as Justice Min 9 months after govt formed Still no Education Min Abdul Mahdi govt formed Oct 2018

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Finally Has Defense Interior Justice Ministers)

2021 Report More than 70 power towers blown up in last 18 mo by IS across 5 provinces

2021 Nasiriya court issued warrants against families who protested about their relatives killed in


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