Tuesday, July 12, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 12 Zarqawi told fmr mentor Maqdisi important to attack Shiites more than non-Muslims Accused Shiites of starting sectarian violence



1923 1st Parliamentary elections resumed after protests by Shiite clergy led to delay

1946 Iraq Petroleum Company strike ended after police shot at workers Killed 5 Wounded 14

1952 Mustafa al-Umari became PM on suggestion of Nuri al-Said Dissolved parliament and

announced new elections

1958 Communist party members were warned that something big was going to happen in anticipation

            of Free Officers’ Coup that overthrew monarchy

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of The Iraqi Communist Party Interview With Univ of East Anglia’s Johan Franzen)

(Musings On Iraq Revolutionary Times, Gen. Qasim And Iraq’s 1958 Coup, Interview With Western Kentucky’s Prof. Juan Romero)

1968 PM Yahya threatened to resign over divisions within military that would lead to 1968

            coup Pres Arif asked Yahya to form new govt

1979 Saddam elected new president and head of Regional Command Council of the Baath Party Duri

elected VP

1979 Rev Command Council Secretary General Mashadi objected to Bakr stepping down saying he

should have been convinced to stay in office Saddam would arrest him

1982 UN Res 514 called for end to war Iraq accepted it Khomeini rejected it and called on Iraqis to rise

up against Saddam

1983 Reagan signed NSDD 99 to review US policy in Middle East Led to tilt towards Iraq

1988 Iraq Op Tawakalna ala Allah 3 began towards Dehloran in center Recaptured Muhsen border region

Goal was to destroy Iranian forces to prevent postwar threat

1988 Iran withdrew from Halabja after Iraqi attack Iran counterattacked in Penjwin Sulaymaniya

but pushed back

1988 Iraq started withdrawing from 2,260 sq mi of Iranian territory

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The Iran-Iraq War Interview With Author Anthony Tucker-Jones)

(Musings On Iraq The Iran-Iraq War Interview with Author Tom Cooper)

(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)

1990 Saddam ordered intel gathering on Kuwait’s terrain and military

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1991 Saddam carried out new wave of executions of Baath members and army officers

2001 Iraqi Military Alliance opposition group met in London made up of 60 former officers Called for

democratic Iraq Foreign aid Iraqi soldiers to work with it

2003 British officially took control of Basra Maysan Dhi Qar and Muthanna with no strategy on how to

run them

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

2003 VP Cheney chief of staff Libby spoke 3rd time with NY Times reporter Miller telling her fmr Amb

Wilson’s wife worked for CIA Was to discredit Wilson

2003 VP Cheney chief of staff Libby talked with Time reporter Cooper who said fmr Amb Wilson’s wife

might’ve sent him on Niger trip

(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)

2005 Zarqawi responded to Maqdisi who criticized Al Qaeda in Iraq’s tactics of attacking civilians and

Shiites and suicide bombings Zarqawi said more important to attack Shiites than non-Muslims Accused Shiites of starting sectarian violence Cited Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir who supported suicide missions

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation) 

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

2006 Militia abducted 20 people from bus station and executed them in Muqtadiya Diyala

2007 Bush claimed US made progress on 8 of 18 congressional benchmarks set for Surge Created

constitutional review committee but it took no action Passed regions law but not implemented Election Commission formed Supported Surge Reduced sectarian violence Were more ISF Passed budget No progress on reconciliation or relations with Iran and Syria or economic growth No reforming deBaathification No energy law No provincial election law or provincial powers law No amnesty law No disarmament of militias Hadn’t stopped political interference in ISF Not enforced law and order Not taken on militia influence in ISF

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

2008 Report Maliki and other top officials handing out $200-$400 to people Claimed part of investment

plan to boost economy Probably patronage networks to build/maintain support

2008 Badr controlled police arrested Sadrist head in Karbala for criticizing PM Maliki and calling on

followers to join Mahdi Army

2009 VP Hashemi said Baghdad would fight PKK and would form special units to do so Meant to appease


2009 Sadr video Said Mahdi Army untrained and caused lots of damage Said infiltrated by groups

Some corrupt Said some factions were fighting each other Condemned attacks on civilians Condemned sharia courts Sadrists created Claimed he had nothing to do with fighting during Charge of Knights against his militia

2009 5 attacks on churches in Baghdad by insurgents Christian official assassinated in Kirkuk

2010 Fmr UK official at UN Carne Ross testified to Chilcot Inquiry Said UK didn’t want to

continue containment of Iraq US and UK didn’t try to make sanctions more effective Didn’t stop Iraq’s oil smuggling to Turkey and Syria Didn’t seize Iraqi accounts in Jordan Said no new intel to back claims about Iraq have large supplies of WMD Said Blair govt never considered any alternatives to war

2010 UN report Iraq didn’t meter most of its oil production and exports Installing meters had been

delayed Was supposed to be completed by end of 2011

2012 Report Obama admin asked Maliki govt to old Hezbollah operative Daquq Was under house arrest

in Green Zone US wanted charges brought against him 2 Iraqi courts found Daquq innocent Daquq was eventually released

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2014 Naqshibandi leader Izzat al-Dhuri welcomed and praised IS’s role in fighting against Maliki govt

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

2014 IS fought Naqshibandi in Garma Anbar

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

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

2014 Police said it cleared area north of Muqdadiya Diyala Fighting continued

2015 Report Badr and Kataib Hezbollah posted photos of its forces using US Abrams tanks

Vehicles were only supposed to go to Iraqi army

2015 Report Joint Ops Command announced start of op to free Anbar Badr’s Amiri said it

wouldn’t start until later ISF and Hashd competed over control of Anbar

2016 US got Interior and Peshmerga Ministries to sign military cooperation agreement against IS

Got KRG to agree to help in Mosul op Included US paying salaries of Peshmerga

2016 Report Every op Hashd involved in led to reports of abuse Also didn’t follow agreements

Hashd said it wouldn’t enter Fallujah 6 brigades of Federal Police that helped take city were Badr PM Abadi also forced to call in Hashd to help clear northern Fallujah Hashd said they wouldn’t leave Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq, Jun 22-28, 2016)

2016 PM Abadi and cabinet asked Sadr to postpone his protests claiming it would cause chaos in

the country

(Musings On Iraq Rough Alliance Between Iraq’s Protest Movement And Sadrists)

2017 Report People being abducted and executed as suspected IS members IS families also

threatened and attacked in Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 2 Jul 12 2017)

2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members arrested in Musayib Babil for kidnapping 28 Sunnis and killing 20

of them

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

2018 South Oil Company offices stormed and road to airport blocked in Basra City 1

killed by police Protest at Rumaila and West Qurna oil fields and 2 other parts of Basra Marches in Baghdad and Wasit 2 killed in Maysan when tried to burn Dawa Badr ISCI offices Abadi govt shut down Internet to try to stop organizing protests

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq Greatly Escalate And Spread Throughout South)

2018 Oil Min Luaibi said govt had come up with response to protests promising 10,000 jobs in oil sector

and investment in water electricity and health care

(Musings On Iraq Protests Continue Across Southern Iraq And Spread To Baghdad)

2018 Report IS trying to rebuild in Salahaddin Executing locals Setting up safe houses Attacking

towns and local ISF

2020 Protests over lack of electricity services and govt workers not being paid in Basra Wasit

Diwaniya Dhi Qar Muthanna Babil

2020 Protest in Baghdad by victims of Saddam complaining their pensions were cut Stopped at

checkpoint and fired on by ISF killing 2

2020 2 fmr Unaoil managers convicted in UK of bribing Iraqi officials to get contracts

2020 Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said they would continue to resist US presence in

Iraq Videos posted of attacks on convoys working for US 

2020 Report Badr Sayara al-Salam Kataib Hezbollah Harakat Hezbollah al-Najab Asaib Ahl Al-

Haq all controlled different border crossings Used for revenue and smuggling

2020 Dhi Qar and Basra had complete power outages due to work at generator stations which caused

main power lines to go out

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Southern Iraq Over Electricity Shortages And Delayed Salaries)

2021 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said it had new plan to confront US in Iraq

2021 PUK media named Bafel Talabani president of party Part of dispute with Qubad Talabani for

control of PUK

(Musings On Iraq Latest Dispute Over Control Of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan)

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