Monday, August 29, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History – Aug 29 SCIRI head Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim killed by Zarqawi in Najaf bombing 125 dead 500 wounded

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1922 Turkish troops testing border with Iraq attacked Rania in Sulaymaniya

1935 Parliament passed law allowing dismissal of govt workers for inefficiency and lacking integrity

Hashemi govt used it to dismiss opponents from ministries

1936 PM Hashemi speech in Basra Said he wanted to stay in power for another 10 yrs to carry out

his program Many thought he wanted to be dictator Led Hikmat Sulaiman to open talks with Gen Sidqi and other army officers to carry out coup

1965 Arif govt announced 72 people tried for plot Claimed Communists KDP and other

banned groups behind it

1968 Hardan al-Tikriti claimed Baath signed agreement with Israel that it would not attack

Israel or oppose any Israeli action in Jordan In return Israel would not attack Iraq

1987 Iraq attacked 2 Iranian merchant ships 40 ships hit by both Iran and Iraq in next 2 weeks

(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)

1988 Bazi Gorge in Kurdistan attacked by Iraqi forces with chemical weapons killing around 3,000

Kurds during Anfal campaign

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1996 Iraqi National Accord discovered impending Iraqi attack on Kurdistan and KDP had made deal with


2002 Bush signed Iraq Goals Objectives Strategy Said US would use all means to remove Saddam

US would work with Iraqi exiles and not occupy Iraq Would build democracy in Iraq and help rebuild country Pentagon didn’t include rebuilding

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy


(Musings On Iraq review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

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

(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2002 Bush’s Iraq: Goals, Objectives, Strategy led CENTCOM to start postwar planning Was never a


(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

(Musings On Iraq review Blood Money, Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 3 Maneuvering Into


2002 Bush and PM Blair talked about tough UN resolution on Iraq disarmament and how Saddam

wouldn't comply leading to conflict

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

2002 VP Cheney spoke at Veterans of Korea War about Iraq threat Said Iraqis would welcome US

invasion with joy

(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2002 UK Foreign Office paper said rebuilding Iraq would be a long and costly affair

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 6.4 Planning and Preparation For A Post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, Mid-2001 to January 2003)

2002 IAEA spokesman in London Times no evidence Iraq rebuilding nuclear facilities Would be easy to

find by spy satellites

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

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

2002 Pres Chirac said France opposed unilateral and pre-emptive action by US against Iraq

2003 SCIRI head Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim killed in Najaf Imam Ali shrine car bombing by Zarqawi

125 killed 500 wounded Bomb driven by Yassin Jarrad father of Zarqawi’s second wife

(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 Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

2007 Sadr announced freeze of Mahdi Army after fighting with Badr in Karbala Sadrists said some

Mahdi Army following Iran and freeze would allow purge

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Leadership Or Lack Thereof)

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2007 Gen Petraeus wrote about Anbar Awakening and Sahwa and how they improved security in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

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

2008 PM Maliki in confrontation with KRG warned that if Peshmerga operated outside of Kurdistan they

would be breaking the law

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Ups the Ante on Kahanqin District of Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turn Hot)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2008 Report US armed Fallujah police because Baghdad wouldn’t give them supplies

2008 Basra’s Um Qasr port tripled in cargo from Apr-Aug Lacked capacity to handle more traffic Led to

corruption as ships paid money to get unloaded 1st

2008 Mid-07 US started focusing on Special Groups Drove many fighters into Iran Sadr ceasefires

allowed for easier targeting of groups Iranian networks that supported groups went through Kut Amarah Basra Diyala Feb 8 Special Groups increased attacks esp in Baghdad Feb US focused on breaking up Hasnawi network in north Baghdad Special Groups responded with rocket attacks on US bases 08 Charge of Knights also hurt groups

2009 Interior Min announced it arrested 14 ISI members behind Aug 18 Baghdad bombings PM Maliki had

blamed Baathists and Syria

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

2009 Report Aug PM Maliki met with Syria’s Assad 2 days later Baghdad bombed Govt played

tape confession of man who said bombing done by Baathists in Syria Iraq demanded Syria stop supporting terrorists and pulled Iraq’s ambassador Baathists denied responsibility for attack while ISI said it did it Syria asked why after Maliki visited they would support a bombing right afterward

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)

(Musings On Iraq Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists)

(Musings On Iraq Syria-Iraq Dispute Could Be Ending)

(Musings On Iraq Request For UN Investigation Into August Baghdad Bombings Said To Be Turned Down)

2010 Est US wasted $5-$53 bil on reconstruction Many finished projects didn’t meet goals 05 US

started building prison at Kahn Bani Saad Diyala with Parsons Corp for $40 mil Violence stopped project Restarted Fell behind Jun 06 contract cancelled because of delays and overruns 3 more contracts given to finish prison Jun 07 all work stopped and turned over to Justice Min It refused to take on prison $1.2 mil in unused material was abandoned at site Prison abandoned US spent $5.7 mil on Baghdad airport convention center to help foreign investment Center not connected to power grid Given to Iraq and never finished Equipment stolen

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2010 Reports KRG signed contract with German company to provide natural gas to Nabucco

pipeline to Europe KRG didn’t have infrastructure and didn’t happen Baghdad condemned contract Said gas exports illegal

2014 Report Obama said his administration didn’t have strategy to deal with IS

(Musings On Iraq review Airpower in the War Against ISIS)

2014 KRG asked all Iranian Kurds to withdraw from frontlines with IS Iran complained about their

presence Protection Units of Rojahat formed by PJAK refused to withdraw Some fighting in Diyala

2014 Bodies of 7 soldiers executed by IS found in Wahda Diyala

2015 Gorran Speaker of KRG parliament said Pres Barzani no longer legitimate and wasn’t

president anymore Barzani’s term expired Aug but he refused to leave office

2016 KDP-PUK delegation went to Baghdad Talked about Kurdish independence and Battle of Mosul Pres

            Barzani said status quo couldn’t continue and Kurds needed independence

2016 Anbar govt dismissed Anbar Governor Rawi for corruption Rawi said dismissal illegal

(Musings On Iraq Political Battle For Control of Iraq’s Anbar Province)

2017 Anbar council elected Halbusi new governor after finally dismissing Governor Rawi on corruption

after 3 tries

2017 Kirkuk council voted to be included in Kurdistan independence referendum Condemned by Arab and

Turkmen politicians PM Abadi denounced decision

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

2017 Report Turkmen Hashd accused of looting homes and govt buildings Retaliatory attacks in

Tal Afar

(Musings On Iraq Tal Afar Battle Day 10)

2017 KDP shut down NRT TV for a week because of its reporting on KRG independence


2017 Mohammed Halbusi elected Anbar governor Would later become speaker of parliament

2018 Protests in Dhi Qar and Baghdad for jobs and reform and one in Basra demanding ISF member that

killed a demonstrator be arrested

2018 30 bodies found in mass grave Were Arabs executed by Asayesh in Ninewa

2019 Norwegian Refugee Council said Abdul Mahdi govt forcing 100s of displaced out of

govt camps and back to their homes

2020 PM Kazemi met with families from Anbar Salahaddin Sadr City Said he would look into

family members who were disappeared during war vs IS Nothing happened Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said 1000s disappeared during war

2021 Report 100,000 claims for compensation in Mosul made Govt Hadn’t paid 3% of them yet

80% of basic infrastructure rebuilt in city

2021 Mayor of Dhululiya Salahaddin said border between Salahaddin and Diyala controlled by IS

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