Sunday, August 7, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 7 US sent troops to Saudi Arabia after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait


1933 Kurds began attacking and killing Assyrians in Dohuk and Zakho

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

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1945 Army attacked Mulla Mustafa Barzani forces and pushed back

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

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

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

1958 Gen Qasim supported march by Communists against federation of United Arab Republic of Syria and

Egypt Qasim opposed United Arab Republic because rival of Egypt’s Nasser

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(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)

1988 Iran accepted ceasefire and direct talks with Iraq after implemented in Iran-Iraq 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)

1988 Iraq Interior Minister Wahab visited Kuwait to talk about resolving border between two countries

1989 Ahmed Chalabi fled Jordan due to investigation into his Petra Bank Chalabi claimed it was political

plot by Jordan and Iraq but he mismanaged bank and faked the books

(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)

1990 Iraq declared Kuwait a republic

1990 Saddam victory speech Said Kuwait’s al-Sabahs didn't stand with masses but foreigners and got what

they deserved Said new day for Arabs had arisen from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

(Musings On Iraq review the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait)

1990 Saddam told aides that he didn’t fear war with US because all they would do is bomb and rally Arab

world behind Iraq

1990 Bush announced Operation Desert Shield US troops deployed to Saudi Arabia

(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)

1994 PUK fought with Kurdistan Islamic League along Iranian border

1995 Hussein and Saddam Kamil Saddam’s cousins and sons in law defected to Jordan along with wives

who were Saddam’s daughters Hussein ran Iraq’s WMD programs Took $25 mil with them

2001 US Energy Dept said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy could be for centrifuges but probably for

rockets They were

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2002 VP Cheney said he was skeptical UN inspectors would find anything in Iraq Said Iraq could get a

nuke bomb soon

(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)

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

2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice said Saddam was a threat to the US and world

2003 White House said because Bush used Iraq-Africa uranium deal in State of Union rest of govt started

repeating it

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

2003 Zarqawi bombed Jordanian embassy in Baghdad killing 17 wounding 40

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq review Black Flags, The Rise Of ISIS)

2004 PM Allawi issued amnesty for insurgents with no blood on their hands

2005 Protest in Samawa over lack of jobs, water and electricity turned into a riot outside governor’s office

Broken up by police

2006 US-Iraqi Op Together Forward II started to secure Sunni areas of Baghdad Only 2 of 6 Iraqi army

battalions deployed ISF took part in sectarian cleansing of Sunnis Op failed

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

2006 Bush said US had strategy for Iraq Privately Bush thought wasn’t working and wanted new one

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

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2006 Iraq-US raid into Sadr City looking for Mahdi Army commander led to major gun battle Maliki

condemned raid Said wouldn’t happen again

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 22 – The Failed Transition)

2007 Report Basra split between political parties and their militias Fadhila controlled governorship

provincial council Oil Police oil infrastructure export terminals Sadrists controlled local police Facilities Protection Services Basra Port Authority Sadrists and Iraqi Hezbollah split customs police ISCI controlled intelligence service and police commandos Police said 3-10 political killings and kidnappings a day

2008 Defense Min set up committee to recruit former Saddam soldiers into army Only had one month

            to sign up

2009 ISI document said that it negotiated contract with Communications Ministry to give deal to local

leader in Mosul In return ISI got % of the contract Also had conctact with Dep PM’s chief of staff

2009 ISI bombed Turkmen Shiite mosque in Sheikhan Ninewa Killed 44 More than 200 wounded

(Musings On Iraq Political Parties Playing Into Hands Of Insurgent Attacks)

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2012 KRG re-started oil exports for Baghdad to try to get a new revenue sharing deal with central govt

KRG stopped exports in April

2012 Turkey’s Foreign Min Davutoglu visited Irbil and then Kirkuk 1st Turkish visit to that city since 1976

2012 PM Maliki gave speech to ISF Said war on terror had ended in Iraq Said were only opportunists left

Blamed foreign countries for funding terrorists

2013 House of fmr Ninewa governor bombed by ISI

2014 Pres Obama announced beginning of bombing campaign against IS in Iraq Were limited to Irbil

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

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

2014 Peshmerga withdrew from Hamdaniya Bashika Qaraqosh in Ninewa IS moved in afterward

2014 Anbar govt said it would resign if govt didn’t stop random shelling and air strikes on Ramadi

Fallujah Garma

2014 Baghdad governor said Hashd kidnapping innocent people for ransom Made security worse

2015 Report KDP said it would defend Sinjar to the “last drop of blood” Jun 2014 IS took Baaj

south of Sinjar Sheikh with permission of KDP set up Black Unit of 700 fighters to protect Sinjar Fmr MP Shesho formed volunteer unit of 3500 Yazidis KDP refused to arm it because wasn’t Kurdish Also said wasn’t needed because Peshmerga Religious Council of Yazidis asked Pres Barzani to set up Yazidi peshmerga unit in Sinjar Barzani said no 1347 Yazidis in ISF quit to protect their villages in Sinjar Asked peshmerga for weapons Turned down Aug 2014 IS attacked Sinjar Were 11000 Peshmerga in area Yazidi militias fought IS Peshmerga fled Yazidis told Peshmerga about IS attack Said reinforcements coming KDP politburo told Yazidis to hold IS until peshmerga arrived Yazidi villages asked Black Unit for aid Did nothing Peshmerga withdrew from Zummar allowing IS to attack Sinjar from 2 directions  IS began surrounding Yazidi villages Some fleeing Yazidis stopped by peshmerga at checkpoint Told peshmerga would protect them and to return to their homes Peshmerga abandoned checkpoint Over 100 Yazidi men killed by IS in Til Ezer Women and children put in trucks and taken away 600 Yazidi men killed in Kojo 1000 women and children executed few days later Peshmerga would not let people in Kojo leave IS massacred people in Gir Izer When Yazidis heard Peshmerga fled they fled too East of Sinjar Yazidi peshmerga unit asked for weapons to defend their villages Were denied by KDP Yazidis in Zorava pleaded with peshmerga to stay in fight Peshmerga killed 3 Yazidi peshmerga and then left Arabs in villages near Yazidi towns joined IS and begin shooting at fleeing Yazidis 36,000 Yazidis reached KRG 60,000 went to Mount Sinjar KRG said they made tactical retreat denying they fled without fighting Peshmerga spokesman later told Der Spiegel forces ran away Pres Barzani said he would bring to justice all those responsible for Sinjar Nothing happened KDP leaders from Sinjar were put under hour arrest for a few days Then released 200 Peshmerga commanders questioned Then sent to front Sesho arrested by KDP for threatening internal order As criticism grew of KRG abandoning Yazidis responded that Yazidis ungrateful for what Kurds had done for them Kurds claimed Yazidis Kurds but discriminated against if didn’t support KDP YPG and PKK from Syria backed by US air strikes that reached Mount Sinjar and relieved trapped Yazidis 4 months later peshmerga attacked Sinjar Pres Barzani and PM Barzani went to Mount Sinjar and proclaimed themselves liberators

(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) 

2015 Iranian cleric said Iraqis should not join protests because they were for secularism

2016 Def Min Obeidi removed by his rivals Speaker Jabouri and MP Mohammed al-Karbouli

2016 Harakat al-Nujaba said it was sending 2000 men to southern Aleppo to support Assad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba)

2017 Parliament delayed Sep 2017 provincial elections until 2018 Voted to use 1.7% divisor to decide seat


2018 Sit ins continued at West Qurna 1 and 2 oil fields Basra and Dhi Qar and Muthanna Also marches

in Qadisiya Shatt al-Arab and Zubayr in Basra 

2019 Shabak 30th Hashd Brigade got into gunfight with Chaldean 50th Hashd Brigade in Tal

Keif Argument led to shooting

2020 PM Kazemi said he would pay salaries of KRG dam workers for 3 months Part of deal to gain

support of Kurds

2021 Report KRG Finance Minister said govt still owes public workers unpaid wages and would

become govt debt 2020 KRG workers not paid 5 months 4 months only got 25% of pay 1st 6 months of 2021 wages cut 21% Jul 2021 1st time got full pay Due to budget/oil dispute with Baghdad and debt over oil exports

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