Monday, November 28, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 28 Qasim claimed all of Shatt al-Arab waterway in latest dispute with Iran



1915 Arabs attacked UK ships on Tigris River forcing one to run aground and captured another

1935 UK Foreign Office rejected King Faisal mediating Palestine dispute believing he had

aspirations over territory

1947 Iraq’s Foreign Minister Jamail told UN that creation of Israel would lead to unrest in Middle


1958 Shah criticized Iraq for refusing to settle navigation down Shatt al-Arab Pres Qasim responded

by claiming all of waterway for Iraq

1980 Iran’s Op Morvarid continued into next day Iranian planes sunk 7 Iraqi boats Rest of day

Iranian planes bombed Faw port destroying more Iraqi ships In total Iran lost 1 ship Iraq lost 2 oil terminals 100 dead 2 planes 13 ships Was 80% of its ships Iraqi navy was out of commission 

(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 UN Resolution 677 set deadline of 1/15/91 for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait or member states

would use all possible means to implement UN resolutions that called for Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait

1997 Iraq said inspectors could not go to presidential and sovereign sites

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

(Musings On Iraq review Endgame, Solving The Iraq Crisis)

2001 UK intel report Iraq not connected to 9/11 not working with Al Qaeda not giving WMD to

terrorists Said Iraq WMD threat “slight”

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

2001 Pentagon officials told Time after Afghanistan US would target Iraq as next step in war on


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


2001 Fmr CIA Dir James Woosely told Nightline that Saddam was a danger to world peace

2002 UN inspectors went to Dawrah Foot and Mouth Disease Facility Said facility couldn’t be used

for WMD Reporters said it was mostly destroyed Was abandoned in 1996 US listed it as major WMD site

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

2005 Dep Human Rights Min Usayran and Gen Samarriae told Knight Ridder Iraqi forces tortured

and abused prisoners

2005 Arrest warrant for police Volcano Brigade commander Gen Gharwai Never given to Interior

Min to carry out

2005 Anbar Gov Alwani hosted meeting of US forces and sheikhs interested in working with US

against insurgents Led to creation of Anbar security council of sheikhs religious leaders and former soldiers

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After the Awakening Pt X, 2005-09 Governor Mamoun Alwani)

(Musings On Iraq The 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)

2006 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid and US cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey said they opposed troop surge

Said it could only last 6-8 months and better to shift forces within 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 Sadrists walked out of parliament and cabinet for PM Maliki meeting with Pres Bush in

Jordan Sadrists had 30 MPs and 5 ministers Came after 6 car bombs killed 215 in Sadr City Sadrists blamed US for insecurity in Iraq 

2006 Report US intel official said 1000-2000 militiamen had gone to Lebanon for training by

Hezbollah organized by Iran Summer 06 Mahdi Army commander said he’d sent 300 of his men to Lebanon US officials said Iran providing IEDs and training to militiamen Iran might have directed some attacks by militiamen

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of Iranian Weapons Shipments To Iraq Interview With Arkenstone Blog’s Galen Wright)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2006 Report after Sadr City bombings Sunni militias expelled Shiites from Dora and allowed Sunnis

kicked out of north Baghdad into homes

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2006 Report Ninewa Dep Gov said 70,000 Kurds fled Mosul due to violence Fed Police cmdr in

Diyala’s Khanaqin said sectarian civil war going on there Local Khanaqin councilman said around 100 killed there a week Was gun battle between Sunni and Kurdish police in Jalawla when Kurds refused new Sunni Arab police chief

2006 Report on US Marine intel report on Anbar Said Sunnis were fighting for survival Shiites

carrying out “pogroms” against Sunnis and forcing Sunnis into hands of ISI Said Sunnis believed that Iran was taking over Baghdad and Anbar and Sunnis marginalized Said Sunnis couldn’t rely upon US because thought it was going to leave Said no economic revival in Anbar Govt offices had disintegrated Baghdad not paid salaries of Anbar officials and ISF Said US needed 15,000-20,000 more troops and billions in aid to change situation Said violence would be worse without US troops

2007 Report Jamiya Baghdad used to have Sunni majority with insurgents and ISI

Govt completely absent No police US recruited sahwa for security Shiite army unit objected and sahwa withdrawn US made deal where sahwa could man checkpoints US doing all the reconstruction Some resident threatened for working with US

2007 Report Oil Min said Peshmerga stopped it form working on Khurmala Dome oil field

in Kirkuk Source said KRG was given control of field Nov Natural Resource Min Hawrami said he signed service contract for field Hawrami said KRG was entitled to Khurmala Dome

2008 Japan announced it would end its military mission in Iraq Deployed in 2004

2008 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said KRG would start exports at 100,000 bar/day with

goal of 250,000 bar/day by end of 09 Oil Ministry said hadn’t agreed to that

2009 Report People in Basra complained that Mahdi Army returned to city Went after Iraqis that

worked with UK 2 alcohol stores attacked Minorities also reported attacks for not following Islamic rules ISF said no problem with militia

2010 Report Before 2003 40% of govt workers women Were mostly teachers After 2003 religious

and armed groups formed most women out of jobs 2007 Intl Women’s Resource Network report said govt wanted to keep women at home 2006 Interior Min issued warnings to women not to leave home alone due to security Religious leaders made similar statements about women’s place was at home

(Musings On Iraq Interview Iraqi Women Before And After The 2003 Invasion, Interview With Prof Nadje Al-Ali Univ of London)

2011 Car bomb detonated outside Parliament building

2013 PetroChina bought 25% share of West Qurna 1 oil field from Exxon Company said it

wanted to focus on KRG instead of del with Oil Min

2013 Report State Dept said it was against KRG independent oil exports to Turkey without

approval of Baghdad Said KRG and Baghdad needed to come to deal over oil

2013 Report Ansar al-Sunna and ISI were fighting each other in Kirkuk Police recorded 21 gun

battles between 2 Used to cooperate IS was trying to dominate Ansar al-Sunna

2014 Report Ansar al-Islam gave allegiance to IS Ansar al-Islam was connected to Al Qaeda in

KRG before 03 After US invasion became Ansar al-Sunna 2007 split into 2 groups Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Sunna 2011 Ansar al-Islam moved into Syria to fight vs Assad Was rival to IS Fought IS in Ninewa and Kirkuk 2013 Ansar al-Islam asked Al Qaeda to restrain IS but nothing happened 2014 2 groups worked together to take Mosul and Tikrit Then IS tried to push Ansar al-Islam out Majority of group then went over to IS

2014 Sadrist head of security comm MP Zamili said rules had to be set for Hashd because were

kidnapping and extorting money from people

2016 Report Aug US killed IS spokesman Adnani in airstrike Jul IS War Min Shishani killed in

airstrike in Ninewa Sep IS head of security in Mosul killed in airstrike Nov al-Iraqi head of IS western ops killed by US

2016 Report Shell was thinking of withdrawing from oil deals in Iraq Low oil prices meant profits

were down Shell paid in oil and told to cut production Said it was still interested in natural gas

2017 Mujahadeen Coalition announced for pro-Iran Hashd units to run in 2018 elections

2017 2 former DynCopr workers testified in US court that it paid hundreds of 1000s of bribes to

cmdr 1st Special Forces Bgd for land near Baghdad airport in 2011 Land was rented to one company for $124,000/mo and then charged DynCorp $665,000 for same land

2019 Sadr said protests could lead to end of Iraq if PM Abdul Mahdi didn’t resign Abadi

warned of collapse of govt if didn’t resign

2019 60 protesters killed in Nasiriya by police and Saraya al-Salam 10 killed in Najaf 4

killed in Baghdad 3 killed in Wasit Police station burned in Nasiriya in one of deadliest days since unrest started in Oct

(Musings On Iraq One Of The Deadliest Days Of Protests At Least 25 Killed In Nasiriya)

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

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

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi announced crisis cells between military and governors to deal with


2019 Dhi Qar governor got head of new crisis cell to be dismissed for deaths of protesters

Then governor resigned

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