Friday, July 29, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 29 Assyrian leader Mar Shimun said he was being detained by govt and would go to League of Nations if Baghdad did nothing about Assyrian demands



1933 Assyrian leader Mar Shimun wrote letter to Interior Min Said he was being detained He would help

settle Assyrians If govt did nothing he would go to League of Nations and advocate for Assyrians to leave Iraq Letter sent to ambassadors in Iraq embarrassing govt

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

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1959 Qasim condemned cruelty and fanaticism of Communists during his crackdown on party

(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 Baath had Def Min Daud visit Jordan so that party could take control of military while he was gone

Daud arrested when he arrived in Jordan Sent into exile as ambassador to Saudi Arabia

1982 Iraq counterattacked Regained some lost territory in Basra

1988 Mujahedeen e-Khalq forced to withdraw from 2 Iranian towns ending hopes of Iraq backed revolt

against Khomeini

(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 OPEC agreed to raise prices 20% that year under pressure from Iraq that wanted to boost revenues to

rebuild after Iran-Iraq War

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

1990 Mukhabarat placed 30 agents at Kuwait oil fields and Kuwait city to help with invasion

1990 Egyptian intelligence sent 2nd report to Pres Mubarak with more details about Iraq’s invasion plans of


1991 Talabani said that without another major international relief effort Kurds would face another disaster

1992 Sec State Baker and Natl Sec Adv Scowcroft met with Ahmed Chalabi Talked about Iraqi

campaign against rebels in south marshes Pushed for southern no fly zone Baker said US would stand with Iraqi opposition Bush wanted to increase pressure on Iraq during presidential campaign

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

2002 PM Blair’s foreign policy adv Manning told Rice UK with US against Iraq but had to go through UN

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002)

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

2002 NYTimes article on Iraq war plans Mentioned Gen Franks ideas for dealing with defense of Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq How Arguments Over Iraq Invasion Plan Were Fought Through Press Leaks)

2003 US intel report Hezbollah attempted to reach out to Sadr and his Mahdi Army

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2003 Report US held Iraqi detainees incommunicado and without access to lawyers

2003 Saddam recording said his sons Uday and Qusay died as martyrs for Iraq and US would be defeated

2007 Report PM Maliki said he couldn’t work with Gen Petraeus Said that if US kept using sahwa he

would arm militias Maliki ally Askari said Petraeus biased against Shiites

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

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

2008 Op Omens of Prosperity in Diyala began Most insurgents fled beforehand because announced days

before National Police told sahwa unit in Baquba some would be arrested for crimes but the rest would be integrated into govt Start of new crackdown on Diyala sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Offensive Begins)

(Musings On Iraq Recent Government And Sons of Iraq Relations)

2008 Report after anti-Sadr op in Maysan Maliki govt promised to purge provincial ISF of Mahdi

Army Pro-ISCI tribes told to sign up for ISF

2008 Report PM Maliki and Dawa officials handed out cash to people in Baghdad to build patronage


2008 Report govt arrested Sadrist officials as well as Mahdi Army members Sadr’s rivals took advantage

of situation to assassinate Sadr leaders

2008 Report ISI used to get most of its money from foreigners Foreign fighters often brought cash

Captured ISI papers said 70% of money came from foreigners Number of foreign fighters down 80% from yr ago ISI turned to extortion and robbery

2009 Results of KRG election Barzani re-elected president with 69% of vote KDP-PUK list won 57% of

parliamentary vote Gorran 23%

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Election Results And Implications)

(Musings On Iraq Full Kurdish Election Results)

(Musings On Iraq Ruling Kurdish Parties Try To Co-Opt And Intimidate Opposition)

2009 Report US cmdr in Iraq Gen Odierno said when US withdrew in 2011 Iraq wouldn’t be able

            to defend its airspace

2009 Report Cabinet passed law setting up National Oil Company Couldn’t be created until other

oil laws passed Parliament didn’t pass law until 2018

2010 ISI overran checkpoint in Adhamiya Baghdad in middle of day Killed 10 ISF 4 sahwa 2


2011 Parliament’s energy comm said 24 hrs of electricity wouldn’t happen until 2013 That was when

Electricity Min said it would have enough capacity Didn’t happen

2011 Protest in Baghdad calling for reforms Met by pro-Maliki demonstrators Maliki followers attacked a

TV crew

2012 Report Electricity Min lost 30% of its output due to people stealing power Demand was 15,000 mw

Production was 8,000 mw KRG still had blackouts despite claim it was producing 24 hrs of electricity

2013 ISI started new car bomb wave as part of Soldiers’ Harvest campaign with 17 bombings

2014 Report US judge okayed seizing oil tanker with KRG oil in Taxes Came after Iraq filed complaint

saying oil was smuggled because didn’t have authorization from govt

2015 Report IS and Naqshibandi fought in Hawija dist Kirkuk with 13 dead

2016 Atheel Nujafi called for Ninewa to be autonomous region after freed by IS

2017 Ex-Ninewa Gov Nujafi blamed Baghdad for IS taking Mosul in 2014 and allowing massacres

Said ISF destroyed Mosul when liberating city Part of recriminations over who was responsible

(Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 19 Jul 29 2017)

2018 PM Abadi dismissed Electricity Minister Fahadawi until investigation into poor services finished

Was in response to protests

2018 Protests in West Qurna 1 and 2 and Burjisiya oil fields in Basra Basra City Muthanna Baghdad Dhi


2018 Member of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations said 14,000 civilians were

wounded during Battle of Mosul 32% were children 4,000 still needed care

2018 Saudi Arabia offered to build solar power plant and sell electricity to Iraq at discount price

Wasn’t approved by Iraq

2019 Hashd Comm head Fayad asked for 2 month extension for Hashd to follow Jul 1

Executive Order by PM Abdul Mahdi to follow PM’s orders End using names for brigades Not be involved in politics Was never followed

2020 Report Palm Jet that ran Baghdad Airport’s VIP terminal threatened by Kataib Hezbollah to

do business with it Group would take 20% of company’s revenues Owner said no Called govt for help Got none Next day Kataib Hezbollah raided VIP terminal and forced owner to sign contract with it Kataib Hezbollah held civil aviation director at gunpoint and forced him to make his deputy a KH member Oct 2019 Kataib Hezbollah company got 12 yr contract at Baghdad and Basra airports even though didn’t have license to operate Contract terminated Part of plan by Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to take over Baghdad airport Got its men hired as airport workers and security Could use airport without oversight Some Hashd leaders became rich Bought restaurants nightclubs farms Est $150-$300 bil in Iraqi money held overseas $10 bil is in London real estate Fmr Health Min said govt buying vaccines for $92 mil when could be bought for $15 mil Ministry went after him because contract done by ruling party He resigned Corrupt bought dollars at Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions using fake manifests for imports Ruling parties used commercial banks they owned to buy dollars at auction and then resold them for a profit Made est $20 bil MP said 1 bank only existed on paper and made $200 mil profit from buying-reselling dollars auctioned 2014 Ahmed Chalabi exposed dollar auctions Parliament investigated and did nothing 2017 Iraq bought $1.66 bil in tomatoes and $2.86 bil in watermelons from Iran Were money laundering ops Hashd registered 70,000 ghost fighters to steal salaries through Qi Cards Scheme created by Hashd leader Abu Muhandis Qi Card owner made deal with political parties and pro-Iran Hashd groups to stay in business 2011 govt signed $148 mil deal to develop part of Sadr City Integrity Comm said fmr mayor and deputies stole $12 mil from contract Hardly anything built Businessman said he got 40 bil dinar govt contract Only spent 10 bil dinars Rest went to payoff govt officials Governors make deals with businessmen to give them contracts to steal money Hashd extorted money form businesses and banks

(Musings On Iraq Corruption In Iraq An Interview With Stuart Bowen Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Trouble Fighting Corruption Interview With Vincent Foulk Former US Anti-Graft Official)

2020 Report Pro-Iran Hashd launched info campaign vs UK Amb on social media after he

criticized Hashd Said development and security held back by armed groups operating outside govt Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba said he was lying Posted 2 pictures of amb with blood covering his face

2020 Protests in Muthanna Karbala Dhi Qar Diwaniya Wasit Muthanna over lack of electricity and

against corruption

2021 Quds Force Cmdr Gen Qani told pro-Iran factions to de-escalate attacks upon US targets in Iraq

Didn’t happen

2021 Dep head of KRG parliament’s integrity comm reported on pension fraud Found 80 people

paid cabinet minister pension when only 33 qualified 148 given dep minister pensions when only 67 should have 331 paid govt adv pensions Only 177 should have

2021 KDP official in Khanaqin dist said over 5000 Kurdish families fled since 2017 due to IS Were

up to 40 empty villages in dist

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