Wednesday, July 27, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 27 VP Abdul Mahdi’s bodyguards robbed bank in Baghdad Executed 8 guards

(Al Jazeera)


1912 Work began building railway through Mesopotamia financed by Germany

1933 French forbid anymore Assyrians entering Syria

1933 Iraq asked French to impose treaty between two to remove Assyrians from Iraq-Syrian border and

disarm them for 2nd time

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

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1958 Provisional constitution gave Kurds recognition as equal to Arabs

(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)

1959 Gen Qasim passed deal promising Arab-Kurdish partnership after talks with Mullah Mustafa


(Musings On Iraq Explaining Kurdish Nationalism Interview With Teen Tech Univ Prof Michael Gunter)

1968 Communists issued demands to new Baath govt calling for National Front and coalition govt

1973 Communists said Bakr govt’s policies leading Iraq towards socialism

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship)

(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)

1982 US official sent to Baghdad to share CIA satellite imagery of Iranian troop movements

1983 Iraq announced it would increase attacks on Iran’s oil facilities

1983 Iraqi forces regained control of Rayat and Mount Kerman from Iranians in Kurdistan

            Iran turned over Haj Omran to ISCI

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1987 US asked Iraq to stop attacks on shipping in Persian Gulf in hopes that Iran would follow suit

1988 Iranian counterattack halted Mujahedeen e-Khalq attack towards Khormanshah in Khuzistan

(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 US told Saudis and Kuwait Iraqi build up on Kuwait border ominous Neither took

warning seriously

1990 Congress voted to impose sanctions on Iraq for threats against Kuwait and Israel plus nuke and WMD

programs and human rights violations White House opposed

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review The Outlaw State, Saddam Hussein’s Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis)

1990 Israel Science Minister threatened retaliation with chemical weapons if Iraq attacked

(Musings On Iraq Why Did Saddam Threaten Israel Before The 1990 Invasion of Kuwait?)

1991 4th International Atomic Energy Agency inspection team entered Iraq Concluded Iraq had

            a nuclear bomb program

1993 Iran asked for aid for 4,000 Iraqi refugees that entered country as southern marshes were drained

2001 Pentagon memo said that sanctions were falling apart Meant US could face a nuclear armed

            Saddam Advocated for regime change without saying how to achieve it

2003 DepSecDef Wolfowitz claimed that Iraq’s insurgency had no support in Iraq or in region

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2003 Iraq Survey Group head Kay briefed Bush VP Cheney Def Sec Rumsfeld Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz CIA

Dir Tenet Natl Sec Adv Rice Chief of Staff Card on WMD hunt Said Iraq probably only had surge capacity to quickly restart WMD programs but no stockpiles Said trailers found were probably not mobile WMD labs Said Bush seemed unphased by fact that no WMD found

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

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

2003 Iraq Survey Group head Kay separately briefed VP Cheney who asked Kay to look into whether Iraq

sent its WMD to Syria or Bekka Valley Lebanon

2005 Saddam’s trial ended

2006 Iraq and UN announced International Compact to help develop country

2006 UK Amb to Iraq Patey said that de facto division of Iraq and civil war more likely than transition to


2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Salih al-Saudi Abu Abdullah al-Saudi and 14 fighters killed in airstrike

north of Ramadi Disrupted group’s operations in Ramadi

2007 KDP and PUK renewed strategic power sharing agreement

2007 Report Jan 07 Saudis told US Amb to Iraq Khalilzad that PM Maliki an Iranian agent and helped

Sadr Bush officials said Saudis not helping with Iraq Financing Sunni groups Majority of suicide bombers Saudis 40% of foreign fighters in Iraq Saudis Saudis asked Gulf States to help it finance Sunni groups opposed to Maliki US didn’t publicly criticized Saudis because of alliance

(Musings On Iraq The Saudi Role In The Iraqi Insurgency)

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

(Musings On Iraq review A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, The Saudi Struggle For Iraq)

2007 State Dept report US angry at Saudi Arabia for giving financial support to PM Maliki’s rivals

2008 Report Mahdi Army took protection money from gas stations minibus service power stations markets

ice factories and squatters in Sadr City 4 main gas stations in district used to pay $13,000/day Controlled 12 trucks that delivered gas canisters

2009 Report KDP arrested Christians in Qaraqosh KRG funded projects in town to win loyalties

2009 Industry Minister said govt workers only worked avg 2 hrs per day 

2009 VP Abdul Mahdi’s bodyguards robbed state run Rafidain Bank in Baghdad Stole $6.8 mil

Executed 8 guards

2009 Kurdistan Islamic Union HQ in Irbil attacked by KDP followers

2010 Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction audit found Pentagon mismanaged

Development Fund for Iraq which collected Iraqi oil revenues Used fund in ad hoc manner Didn’t follow rules which meant it couldn’t account for almost all of its spending Might still be using Fund even though had no authority to

(Musings On Iraq Department Of Defense Didn’t Follow Accounting Rules During Iraq Reconstruction)

2012 Report 15 mayors in Baquba dist Diyala quit due to ISI threats 50 left overall since Jan 2012 8


2012 PM Maliki ordered army’s 10th Div towards Syrian border in Ninewa controlled by Kurds Peshmerga

stopped unit Led to standoff

2014 Report IS trying to push other insurgent groups out Started arresting and killing those who refuse to

give it allegiance Started rounding up ex-Saddam era officers Threatened Islamic Army Hamas Iraq Mujahadeen Brigades Naqshibandi

2014 Report fighting in 6 areas of Jurf al-Sakhr dist in Babil between IS and ISF District declared freed

twice by govt Also fighting in Latifiya and Yusifiya south Baghdad

2014 40 bodies found in ditch in Shirqat Salahaddin Executed by IS

2015 Husaiba Anbar declared freed 4th time Qadisiya dist of Ramadi declared freed but wasn’t

(Musings On Iraq Battle To Retake Iraq’s Anbar Province Continues)

2015 Protests in Rania KRG over project being stopped that led to clash with police Protest in Dhi

Qar over lack of power

2015 Kataib Hezbollah spokesman said US playing negative role in Anbar Said holding up ops so

IS fighters could escape Said US trying to destroy Iraq

2017 Human Rights Watch accused Iraqi army 16th Div of extra judicial killings in Mosul

Witnesses saw beatings shootings decapitated bodies of suspected IS Came with series of videos posted of ISF beating and executing IS suspects

(Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 17 Jul 27 2017)

2017 Report Imam Ali Brigade took over several oil wells and smuggling petroleum from them in

Qayara Ninewa

2017 Interview with Kirkuk Govt Karim Said no Arabs brought to Kirkuk under Arabization

should be allowed to vote in KRG independence referendum

2018 Protests in Basra Babil Dhi Qar Karbala Baghdad Najaf Maysan Muthanna Qadisiya for jobs services

(Musings On Iraq Activists Focusing Upon Fridays For National Protests In Iraq)

2019 Diyala MP called on Defense Min to defend 3 towns in NE Diyala govt said Waqf

basin in center of Diyala under IS threat Another MP said IS fighters entering Diyala from Salahaddin

2020 Report Human rights groups said ISF dressed in plain clothes opened fire on protest in

Baghdad Jul 26 and killed protesters PM Kazemi’s spokesman said ISF given instructions not to use force Said killings under investigation

(Musings On Iraq National Protests Start In Iraq During The Weekend UPDATED)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2020 Protests in Muthanna Dhi Qar Basra Wasit Diwaniya Baghdad Najaf Karbala

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