Monday, November 14, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 14 British army ordered to seize Basra vilayet WWI


1914 Sheikh of Islam called for jihad against British and French during WWI Call was repeated in

all Sunni mosques in Mosul, Baghdad and Basra vilayets

1914 Gen Barrett ordered to seize Basra vilayet

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1914 British attacked Ottomans at Sahil Caught in rainstorm Couldn’t see enemy saved by naval


1928 PM Sadoun formed new cabinet Was weak because not backed by King Faisal nationalists or


1946 PM Umari forced to resign in aftermath of Kirkuk Massacre where oil strikers killed

1963 Aflaq went to Iraq for emergency meeting of Baath Expelled right and left wing

factions Put moderates under Gen Bakr in control Ex Baath leader Saadi said he was returning to Iraq with Syrian Baathists

1964 PM Yahya announced new govt with goal of uniting Iraq and Egypt Nasserites went

from 3 ministries to 6

1973 KDP delegation went to Moscow where Soviets tried to mediate its dispute with Communists

(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)

1980 Iraq offensive to take Susangard Khuzistan started Iraq took town in Sep but abandoned it

(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)

1991 Kurds announced tentative deal with Saddam to end blockade of Kurdistan in return for

Peshmerga withdrawing from cities

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

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

1992 Iranian Turkish Syrian officials met in Ankara Condemned Kurdish autonomous region and

warned they would not allow break up of Iraq

1994 US said Iraq not fully revealed its WMD programs to try to block UN Res 833 on Iraq-Kuwait

border being completed

1997 Clinton said by expelling UN inspectors Iraq would have sanctions until the “end of time”

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

1998 Iraq said it would work with inspectors again Said comprehensive review of its WMD could

be accomplished quickly so that sanctions could be lifted

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

1998 Clinton outlined 5 conditions Iraq had to meet with UN Included unconditional access by

inspectors and turning over all documents If Iraq didn’t agree US would attack

(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 review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Neighbors, Not Friends, Iraq And Iran After The Gulf Wars)

2001 Def Policy Board head Perle speech at Foreign Policy Research Institute Said Iraq behind 9/11

and should be attacked

2001 VP Cheney said he knew 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intelligence in Prague in 2001 Story


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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2002 UK Foreign Sec Straw told cabinet UN Resolution 1441 authorized military action against Iraq

without a 2nd resolution

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 5 Advice On The Legal Basis For Military Action, November 2002 To March 2003)

2002 UK intel report said Iraq accepted new weapons inspectors to avoid US led attack and would

continue to hide its most important WMD programs

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 3.6 Development of UK Strategy and Options, November 2002 to January 2003)

2002 Def Policy Board’s Perle quoted INC defector ex-nuke scientist Hamza that Iraq could get

nuclear bomb and attack US Called for preventive action vs Iraq

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

2003 Japan decided to hold off deploying troops to Iraq due to rising violence

2003 South Korea ordered its 464 troops in southern Iraq to suspend operations due to rising


2003 Denmark rejected call to send 100 more troops to Iraq due to rising violence

2003 US army intel report Insurgency successfully prevented CPA from securing Iraq Said US

failed because relied upon conventional military tactics and didn’t understand Iraqi culture Said insurgents were targeting tribal structure in Iraq while US ignored it

2003 Bremer met with Iraqi Governing Council’s presidency council They backed new plan for

interim constitution by Mar 04 Caucuses summer 04 for interim govt

2004 Insurgents kidnapped wounded police from Mosul hospital and dismembered them Led to ½

of city’s police to quit All but one police station in city fell to militants US and ISF began op to retake city

2004 Report Seven UN officials accused of getting kickbacks from Iraq under Oil for Food Program

UN official told his staff not to investigate corruption

2005 Pentagon’s Insp Gen announced investigation into Pentagon intel unit on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

led by Deputy Sec Def Feith to see whether it did anything illegal

2006 National Police arrested 159 people from Higher Educ Min in Baghdad 70 were never seen

again and presumed killed 5 senior police officers and an army general were arrested for kidnapping but nothing happened Ministry was run by Accordance Front PM Maliki initially said event was due to militia rivalries Then denied police or militias involved Maliki also claimed only 39 taken and 37 of them freed Was done by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members of Natl Police

(Musings On Iraq New Challenges To Sadr’s Leadership)

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

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

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

2006 Anbar council agreed to 8 new members picked by Awakening

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2007 Sunni Endowment closed offices of Muslim Scholars Association in Baghdad claiming it

stood with ISI

(Musings On Iraq Spiritual Leader To Iraq’s Insurgency Harith Dhari Dies In Exile)

2008 PM Maliki officially came out in support of Status of Forces Agreement with US

2008 PM Maliki govt would meet electricity demand by 2012 Plan would cost up to $5.5 bil Came

after govt signed contracts with GE and Siemens in Sep to boost production Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad’s Electricity Plan)

2008 Azerbaijan parliament voted to withdraw its forces from Iraq which had been deployed there

            since 2003

2008 CIA Dir Hayden said Iraq not central front for Al Qaeda anymore Wasn’t sending as much

money weapons for foreign fighters

2008 Sadr said his militia would renew attacks upon US if Status of Forces Agreement passed

Called for immediate US withdrawal

2008 Sadr asked Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to rejoin his movement It refused

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

2013 US Natl Counterterrorism Center testified to Congress that ISIS was strongest since its peak in


2013 KRG’s Pres Barzani accused PYD of creating an autocracy in east Syria when it said it was

creating its own autonomous region in Rojava Accused PYD of marginalizing other Kurdish parties 2012 Barzani held meeting of Syrian Kurds to try to form umbrella organization Barzani wanted to control Syrian Kurds and was rivals with PKK/PYD

2013 Head of parliament’s human rights comm said ISF committed human rights abuses against

Sunnis Said was hurting security Complained about house raids Unwarranted arrests Insults

2014 Report Defense Min claimed ISF cleared all of Baiji Salahaddin Was still heavy fighting

with IS at Baiji refinery

2014 Anbar govt said new campaign to try to free Ramadi started ISF also started op to clear Hit

and Albu Nimr in Anbar

2015 Gunfight between IS and Naqshibandi south of Mosul 14 killed Started over money dispute

2015 Salahaddin govt said houses still being burned and shops looted in Tuz Kharmato dist Still

fighting between Kurds and Turkmen

2016 2 Kurdish MPs said they had evidence that officials stole millions since 2013 Said 5 bil

dinars taken from disabled 40 bil dinars taken from Peshmerga 7 bil dinars taken from Board of Environment and Educ Min 4 bil dinars taken from Women’s Council and Human Rights Comm

2016 Report People in Qayara Ninewa were marking homes belonging to IS sympathizers Man

said tribal fighters and police destroyed home of an IS member

2017 Iraq Federal Court rejected appeal by ex-Kirkuk Governor Karim to reverse his dismissal by

Iraqi parliament

2017 Report KRG said it would respect Court decision that said illegal to break away from Iraq

2017 PM Abadi threatened to take control of KRG border crossings if no talks between Baghdad

and KRG happened within a week

2017 Rosneft paid KRG $1.3 bil advance on oil exports Would put KRG into debt that it couldn’t


2017 Iraqi forces started new security measures in Mosul after people complained of IS members

walking around city Forces did sweeps through different parts of city

2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq raided Turkmen Front office in Tuz Kharmato and took away headman

2017 Russia’s Defense Min published photos claiming to show IS moving from Syria into Iraq

Said it proved US was helping IS Appeared to be taken from a video game

2019 4 protesters killed in Baghdad Baghdad Ops Command denied any deaths Protests

returned to Basra’s Um Qasr port

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

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

2019 Human Rights Watch reported ISF attacked medics working with protesters in

Baghdad Basra and Dhi Qar

2021 Iraqi govt said it would develop Akkas gas field in Anbar to attract foreign investment 2011

field was auction to South Korean company but dropped due to war vs IS

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