Wednesday, November 16, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History – Nov 16 UK political officer Wilson claimed Iraqis wanted British rule



1914 British forces attacked Ottomans in Fort Zain, Basra

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

1914 Leading Iraqi cleric Sayid Kadhim al-Yazidi gave speech in Najaf telling people to defend

Islam against British and provide money

1918 UK political officer in Mesopotamia Wilson wrote average Iraqi saw the future of area with

British and agreed with occupation

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Empires of the Sand, The Struggle For Mastery In The Middle East 1789-1923)

1922 UK cabinet voted to keep Mosul province as part of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

1922 PM al-Naqib al-Gaylani resigned over opposition from Shiite clergy

1930 PM Said controlled Iraqi parliament ratified new Anglo-Iraq treaty ending British mandate in

1932 but maintained British influence

1952 PM Umari said he supported direct elections Voting was controlled by senior politicians who

picked candidates and most winners

(Musings On Iraq review Independent Iraq 1932-1958, A Study in Iraqi Politics)

1961 Mullah Mustafa Barzani asked for UN aid Accused Iraqi army of genocide against Kurds

(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)

1969 Civilians given majority of positions over military within Revolutionary Command Council

Move by Bakr and Saddam to reduce threat of coup

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

1980 Iraq sent letter to Iran saying Baghdad was still following 1975 Algiers Accord on Shatt al-

Arab and Tehran was violating 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)

1990 Saddam interview with Turkish TV Said Palestinian problem had to be solved before Kuwait

2003 US launched Op Ivy Cyclone II in Tikrit and Balad in Salahaddin Baquba in Diyala and

Kirkuk Showed how insurgency was spreading quickly early in US occupation

2004 Major fighting in 2nd Battle of Fallujah said to be over

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2005 VP Cheney said people that claimed US lied about causes of Iraq war undermined the troops

2005 White House rebutted NYTimes editorial that questioned pre-war WMD argument for Iraq war

2005 Sunni MP Falluji accused Iraqi forces of carrying out sectarian extra judicial killings

2005 US-Iraq Op Steel Curtain to clear Qaim Anbar ended

2006 49 vehicle convoy bringing supplies from Kuwait to Iraq stopped at Safwan 5 western security

            guards and 9 Asian drivers kidnapped 19 trucks taken

2006 White House leaked to press that it was thinking of a troop surge in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Inside The Surge An Interview With Prof Peter Mansoor Former Executive Officer To Gen Petraeus)

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

2006 Def Sec Rumsfeld asked Gen Casey what was going on with National Police Casey said

training was doing good but not their performance

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2008 Iraqi cabinet passed Status of Forces Agreement with US

2008 Pres Barzani on Al Jazeera criticized PM Maliki for making all the decisions by himself

Criticized creation of Tribal Support Councils Said they were created to support Maliki and could lead to conflict

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2008 PM Maliki said Sahwa that weren’t wanted for crimes shouldn’t be arrested in carrot and stick


2009 PM Maliki said Baathists would not be allowed to run in 2010 elections Maliki had been

emphasizing Baathist threat since Aug Baghdad bombings which were actually done by ISI

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Returns to Sectarian Politics)

2009 NY Times editorial by US economist Gunter said unemployment in Iraq 17.3%

Underemployment 29.4% for total 46.7% Men aged 15-29 yrs had unemployment rate of 28% Problem was govt couldn’t employ young population and private sector to small to contribute Warned could lead to social unrest

(Musings On Iraq Former US Economic Adviser Warns Of Impending Jobs Crisis In Iraq)

2009 Report 2 state run banks dominated industry Controlled 86% of banking assets Credit from

private banks jumped 80% in last yr Western banks still scared by lack of security in Iraq Most banks only gave 2 yr loans because afraid of risks

2011 Report Oct Salahaddin said it wanted to become autonomous region after Higher Educ Min

fired 100s of employees at Tikrit Univ for Baathist ties Afterward Anbar Basra Dhi Qar also said wanted to become autonomous PM Maliki attacked Salahaddin’s decision saying it would become Baathist HQ Same time offered to hire more govt workers in province Army broke up protest for autonomy in Salahaddin

2011 Report Shell stopped talks with KRG over oil deals because wanted to keep its contracts in


2011 KRG said it opposed any province becoming autonomous region that included disputed areas

like Salahaddin Ninewa Gov Nujafi said he was interested in autonomy KDP objected Said Nujafi had to get their backing first

2012 Report KRG used drugs banned by Health Min Fmr Health Min official said thought 18% of

medications used in KRG were fake Dep head of health committee in KRG parliament said counterfeit drugs rampant Drug importers have monopoly over business and did what they wanted with political backing Mar KRG Health Min found counterfeit drug factory in Irbil 2500 boxes of insulin sent to hospitals and pharmacies were counterfeit Mar parliament reform committee found 90% of medicine in KRG not checked 2010 400 tons of expired drugs shipped to KRG Was done by senior officials at border crossing and 2 companies Only 9% of pharmacies storehouses clinics had licenses to operate

2012 Fighting between police and peshmerga in Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin 1 killed 7 wounded

Happened when police tried to arrest Kurdish businessman for oil smuggling and stopped by peshmerga

2013 Erdogan met Barzani in Turkey and asked for his help with Kurdish vote in Turkey’s 2014

elections Asked Barzani to found a Turkish Kurdish party

2014 IS posted video of execution of American aid worker Peter Kassig

2015 Report Iran tried to mediate between PUK and Hashd after fighting in Tuz Kharmato PUK

met with Badr and Iranians present Iranian consul in Sulaymaniya went to Tuz

2015 Reports Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali said Sinjar occupied by Peshmerga Called for Baghdad

to take control of Tuz Kharmato to stop violence Hashd cut road from Khanaqin to Sadiya in Diyala Head of Khanaqin council said Hashd blocked movement of Kurds

2016 KDP official visited Russia Said KRG was going to hold independence referendum after IS

defeated Mar Pres Barzani said KRG would hold referendum in Oct Didn’t Happen

2016 Human Rights Watch Mass grave found in Hamam al-Alil with around 300 fmr police killed

by IS Think were killed in Oct Were being held prisoner beforehand IS forced people out of town south of Mosul Then took men and boys away Took fmr policemen and drove them to Hamam al-Alil where executed

2017 NYTimes report Coalition airstrikes led to far higher civilian casualties than

            US admitted Found 1 in 5 airstrikes resulted in civilian casualties

2018 Report Iraq okayed oil exports using KRG’s independent pipeline to Turkey

2019 Def Min Shammari claimed 3rd party responsible for shooting protesters in Baghdad

not ISF Claimed 200 arrest warrants out for them Said tear gas used not bought by ISF

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Defense Minister Tried To Deny Security Forces Behind Deaths Of Protesters)

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

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

2019 Rapid Reaction Div commander said that ISF was killing protesters with tear gas

            canisters and military responsible

2019 Report 30 ISF resigned over refusing to shoot protesters in Baghdad Causing

            divisions with ISF

2019 ISF made deal with protesters to withdraw from Khalaqni Sq and part of Al-Senak

bridge in Baghdad 3 demonstrators killed in Baghdad Activist assassinated in capital

2019 Entrance to Majnoon oil field and Um Qasr port in Basra blocked Protester died of wounds in

Basra city

2019 Protesters called for general strike again on Nov 17 Wasit Babil Dhi Qar Maysan all

said they would close govt offices in response

2020 Report Armed groups had hit lists of activists to kill Source in intel agency confirmed hit

lists Killers of activists protected by political parties Activists said investigations into attacks on protests not serious Govt always said perpetrators were unknown which meant nothing would happen

2020 Protests in Basra Diwaniya over wages and calls for justice for protesters killed

2021 Report Shiite parties lost 2.5 mil votes from 2018 to 2021 elections Went from 190 to 128

seats Sadr lost 617k votes Fatah lost 902k votes Hikma lost 348k votes State of Law lost 204k votes Nasr lost 1 mil votes

2021 Report Shiite parties lost almost half their votes from 2018 to 2021 elections Lost 62 seats

Nasr was down 40% Fatah down 36% Sadr down 24% Hikma down 20% State of Law down 8% 2018 parties got 5 mil votes 2021 got 2.5 mil

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