Sunday, July 3, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 3 IS car bomb in Baghdad set off fire in mall Killed 324 Wounded 200 One of the deadliest bombings



1923 35 clerics and religious students left Iraq for Persia to protest deportation of cleric Khalisi for his

opposition to parliamentary elections  

1946 Iraq Petroleum Company workers went on strike for higher pay led by Communists

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

1954 Regent gave into Nuri al-Said’s demands to be PM again Included new cabinet new

elections opposition parties banned Ilah gave up on his Syrian policy

1963 Communist uprising at Rasheed military camp in Baghdad against Baathists

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

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

1970 Kurdish meeting chose Habid Karim as Vice President under Autonomy Agreement

(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)

1977 Iraq signed $1.8 bil deal to buy 34 Mirage fighters from France Iraq believed Mirages were key to defeating Israel in next war

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

1981 Saddam offered another truce in war rejected by Iran

1986 Iranian forces recaptured Mehran Iran central front Iraq lost 1000 dead 1200 prisoners 3000

wounded Iran lost 3000 dead 9000 wounded Led to 2nd confrontation between Saddam and military leadership He finally agreed to stop interfering in war

(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)

2001 UN Res 1360 renewed Oil for Food program

2003 38,000 police came back to duty after Bremer threatened to fire them for not working after invasion

(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post

invasion Iraq) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to

develop the Iraqi police)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter 12 Reconstructing Iraqi Security Forces)

2003 Ex CIA official said White House pushed hard on CIA to find Iraq-Al Qaeda connections but didn't

            find any

2004 3 US military reviews of 2003 invasion found that logistics were lacking and military intelligence was largely useless

2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Egypt would not send another

ambassador until 2009 

2006 US Baghdad command said Natl Police were serious problem in Op Together Forward II taking part in

sectarian violence and cleansing of Sunnis Said Wolf Brigade went through neighborhoods at night kidnapping and killing Sunnis Sometimes burned homes

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 20 Baghdad Burns, Summer-Fall 2006)

2007 Cabinet passed new draft oil and gas bill Cabinet approved another oil and gas bill in February

Neither made it through parliament

2010 VP Biden made surprise visit to Iraq to try to help form new govt after elections

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush

to Barack Obama)

2010 Report US spent $104 mil on six yr sewage system in Fallujah Never finished Hadn’t been

connected to a single house Baghdad hadn’t committed to running plant Didn’t have money to complete it US didn’t have money to train Iraqis to run facility

(Musings On Iraq Fallujah’s Wastewater Plant: Symbol Of America’s Failed Reconstruction Effort)

2011 MP said $1 mil fraud case for ISF buying dogs that couldn’t detect bombs used at checkpoints Nothing happened

2011 ISF launched op in Maysan to block Iranian weapons flowing into Iraq as result of increased militia attacks on US forces

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi


2011 Protest in Nasiriya for turning Dhi Qar into autonomous region hoping that would improve services

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq Continue Into July)

2011 Report 2004 CPA sent $1.6 bil to Kurdistan Money went unaccounted for

2012 Parliament passed $9.3 bil supplemental budget fueled by high oil prices

2012 Iranian delegation arrived in Iraq to try to improve relations between PM Maliki and Sadr

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

2012 Report June PM Maliki raided Trade Bank of Iraq claiming corruption Bank director said Maliki

wanted him to fund electricity deal with SKorean company Maliki also in political dispute with manager Govt investigation into bank never finished

2012 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said Kurds would sell natural gas to Turkey in 2 yrs Didn’t


2012 Dep speaker from KDP said no confidence vote against PM Maliki impossible Only Kurdish coalition

and some members of Iraqiya still pushing matter

2014 ISF claimed parts of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil cleared Was still under IS control Govt claimed it was freed

2 times already

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Southern Front Babil Province Where The Islamic State Has Free Reign)

2014 Khalidiya, Anbar cleared by ISF of insurgents

2014 Report over 2,500 IS cells operating in Baghdad province

2014 Pres Barzani called on KRG parliament to create commission to create referendum on KRG independence

2014 Report After 2010 election US cmdr in Iraq Gen Odierno UK Amb Jenkins Turkish Amb Ozcelik Dep

US Amb Ford all against 2nd term for PM Maliki White House US Amb Hill for Maliki Iranian Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani told Iraqi parties to back Maliki In the end US and Iran both supported Maliki

(Musings On Iraq review The Unraveling, High Hopes And Missed Opportunity In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How Did The United States Do In Iraq? An Interview With Emma Sky)

(Musings On Iraq Former Ambassador Robert Ford Reflects On U.S. Policy Towards Iraq And Syria)

2016 Karrada Baghdad car bomb set off fire in mall killing 324 wounding 200

2016 PM Abadi ordered withdrawal of fake bomb detectors at checkpoints in Baghdad Said he would re-open investigation into their purchases Didn’t happen

2017 Protest in Baghdad and Najaf over lack of electricity Night march in Karbala demanding services

2017 Hashd leader Abu Muhandis said those that criticized Hashd were aligned with US Said Hashd

would take part in elections

2017 Canadian court issued order to seize oil tanker with KRG oil off its coast Was due to lawsuit

filed by Iraq against KRG for independent exports being illegal

2019 IMF said Iraq had failed to spend money on development for decades due to war bad

governance corruption Resulted in poor services bad health and education levels poverty little per capita GDP growth for years Govt doesn’t plan for changes in oil prices Has refused structural reforms Not rebuilding after war with IS 2018 only spent 0.5% of est damage costs

2019 Protests in Diwaniya and Dhi Qar over lack of services

2020 PM Kazemi said he would diversify economy away from oil Didn’t happen

2021 Lukoil told Baghdad it wanted to sell its stake in West Qurna 2 Part of move of major oil

companies out of Iraq frustrated by red tape payment issues

2021 Report Oil Min Jabbar said BP thinking about withdrawing from Iraq

2021 Protests in Diyala Karbala Basra and Maysan over electricity 1 killed by police in Maysan

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Electricity Grid Shuts Down During Summer Heat)

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

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

2021 Badr’s Amiri called for Kazemi govt to end US presence in Iraq

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