Wednesday, August 3, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 3 IS took Sinjar starting Yazidi genocide



1922 New cabinet formed under PM Abd al-Rahman al-Gaylani

1968 Bakr govt said willing to follow through with Arif govt’s 12 point program for Kurds

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

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

1982 Iran called off Op Ramadan invasion of Basra At its peak Iran seized 300 sq km of Iraqi territory By

end only held 80 sq km US est Iran lost 14,000 casualties Iraq lost 8700 casualties and 1700 prisoners

(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 Last Kuwaiti resistance to Iraqi invasion ended

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 1)

1990 Iraqi troops crossed into Saudi territory three times by accident

1990 Iraq ambassador to US denied Kuwait invasion happened Claimed it was internal affair

1990 Amnesty Intl said Iraqi army had arrested Iraqi exiles in Kuwait

1990 Arab League said it would mediate dispute between Iraq and Kuwait after invasion

1990 2nd NSC meeting on Kuwait invasion Bush said he agreed with Thatcher that Iraq’s

actions could not stand and regional leaders were just talking about accepting the situation even though didn’t like it Natl Sec Adv Scowcroft said US would not accommodate Iraq Def Sec Cheney said Iraq was close to Saudi oil fields and if didn't take them would threaten them in the future Dep Sec State Eagleburger said US couldn’t allow seizing countries in post-Cold War world Joint Chiefs head Powell said US could bomb Iraq or deploy troops to protect Saudi Arabia CIA Dir Webster said Iraq would invade Saudi Arabia Powell didn’t believe that Agreed force would be used if necessary and sanctions would probably fail Bush ordered CIA to come up with destabilization plan against Saddam

(Musings On Iraq review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)

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

1990 Bush met Saudi Amb to US Bandar and convinced him to support US troops being sent to his


1998 Tariq Aziz met UN inspectors Complained they were focusing upon minor issues not important to

disarmament Said dragging out process at behest of US Demanded that Iraq be certified WMD free and inspections end Aziz said Iraq had nothing else to declare about its weapons programs Chief UN inspector Butler said Iraq had not provided evidence to prove claim it had declared all of its weapons programs

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

2004 Sadr ordered his followers to seize Najaf shrine and attack Coalition forces in south starting 2nd

Battle of Najaf

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 14 Fighting To The Elections, August-December 2004)

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

(Musings On Iraq review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)

2004 Mahdi Army kidnapped 18 police demanding release of their militiamen in return for freeing


2005 Integrity Commission investigated corrupt deals made by Allawi’s Def Min One deal was

with Poland’s Bumar that included helicopters that turned out to be 28 yrs old Another deal was for ammunition which cost four times more than it was worth

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(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)

2005 Report Defense Min lacked capacity to pay supply recruit and replace personnel and carry out

promotions or deliver spare parts

2006 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid told Senate Iraq could fall into civil war if violence continued

2006 Report outgoing UK Amb to Iraq said Iraq would be unstable for 5-10 yrs Said Iraq could breakup

along ethnosectarian lines Said had to stop Mahdi Army from becoming like Hezbollah

2006 Inter Min Bolani said rogue elements within his ministry Told parliament new uniforms and IDs

would be made to distinguish between real and fake police Inter Min only ordered 25,000 new uniforms for force of 145,000 Said he would root out corrupt police and those accused of torture and would show results by end of August

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

2006 Report some neighborhoods in Baghdad set up checkpoints and refused to allow police in without

US troops accompanying them

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2006 Report of 14,000 planned reconstruction projects in Iraq more than 500 had not been started

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said start of US reconstruction effort was confused overwhelmed lacked coordination and planning

2007 Reports Iraqi parties talking about replacing PM Maliki after Iraqi Accordance Front and Sadrists

            boycotted cabinet and parliament

2007 Report Maliki govt intentionally releasing lower casualty figures for violence in Iraq to downplay

insurgency Govt said 25 dead and 100 wounded in car bombing in Baghdad Later local officials said 92 dead and 127 wounded

2008 Report UK made ceasefire deal with Sadrists in Basra Would release all Mahdi Army prisoners and in

return UK would withdraw from city Allowed Mahdi Army to take over most of city

2009 Report PM Maliki met with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Claimed group renounced violence and wanted to run

in 2010 elections Agreed to release AAH members held by US Part of plan for Maliki to undermine Sadr before vote

(Musings On Iraq League Of Righteous Breaks Off talks With Baghdad)

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

2009 VP Abdul Mahdi criticized Interior Min for announcing his bodyguards robbed Rafidain

Bank Claimed he led to their arrests They stole $6.8 mil and killed 8 guards Hid money in Abdul Azzi al-Hakim’s office

2010 Report By Mar 2010 only 40% of sahwa integrated into govt All were supposed to be

integrated by end of 09 Govt didn’t have logistics or resources to integrate them PM Maliki didn’t trust sahwa Govt rejected many Arrested others

(Musings On Iraq How Many Sons of Iraq Have Actually Been Integrated By Baghdad?)

2012 Report 1st Batt of 4th Iraqi Army Div mainly Kurds Deployed in Diyala Said commander corrupt

discriminated against them stole their salaries Asked KRG to transfer them to peshmerga

2012 Kurdish Coalition demanded that Baghdad pay oil companies working in KRG Said would be

concession for KRG restarting oil exports for Baghdad

2013 Was shootout between Sadrists and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Sadr City Asaib Ahl Al-Haq stormed a

Sadrist mosque Killed 1 Wounded another Afterward Asaib Ahl Al-Haq leader shot and killed Mahdi Army leader Then Mahdi Army kidnapped Asaib Ahl Al-Haq leader Led to further shooting Sadr attacked Asaib Ahl Al-Haq for being murderous group with no religion

2014 IS seized Sinjar Zumar Wana in Ninewa Peshmerga withdrew without a fight Began massacre and

enslavement of Yazidis 20 Yazidis killed in Solagh 50-60 executed in Qahtanya 85-90 killed in Qiniyah

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Government Tries to Create New Narrative Of What Happened To Iraq’s Yazidis)

(Musings On Iraq interview with AUIS’s Christine van den Toorn on what happened to Yazidis when IS invaded Sinjar) 

2014 IS attacked north into Irbil

2014 Report Iranian Rev Guard colonel killed in Iraq in Samarra Was 3rd Guard to die since fall of Mosul

2014 Democratic Union Party (PYD) said it sent its fighters People’s Protection Units (YPG) to help fight

IS in Ninewa

2015 Protest in Pirzin Irbil over power cuts and water shortages

2015 KRG Natural Resource Min said it would pay expenses of oil companies operating in region

Said it would start paying past bills start of 2016

2015 PM Abadi said officials rejected his idea of cutting salaries of top officials to deal with

budget problems

2015 Pres Barzani gave speech on anniversary of IS seizing Sinjar Said would be revenge vs IS

Said Sinjar would be liberated Said Peshmerga was reason IS stopped Peshmerga fled Sinjar without a fight in 2014

2016 Report Peshmerga commander in Sinjar said he withdrew his men when he heard IS were

approaching dist in 2014

2017 Sadr called for mass demonstrations over passage of provincial council law

2017 Iraq Human Rights Observatory said Fallujah blocked IS families from returning Said tribes

and locals wanted revenge

2017 Report Hashd emptied Jurf al-Sakhr dist in Babil of people and wouldn’t allow anyone back

2018 Protests in Baghdad 2 in Basra Najaf Karbala Qadisiya Muthanna Babil Dhi Qar Maysan for better


2018 IS began two days of blowing up power towers in Kirkuk Ninewa Salahaddin Diyala

2019 Hikma MP said he had docs showing Def Min Shammari appointed his brother

director of military housing dept Water Min appointed his nephews to jobs in ministry

2020 Defense Min said it would take legal action against those that killed protesters Did nothing

(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 Dhi Qar Muthanna over services

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