Sunday, November 6, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 6 Iraq used mustard gas 1st time in Iran-Iraq War

(Washington Institute)


1914 British troops landed at Faw, Basra starting war against Ottomans in Mesopotamia

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In World War I, From Ottoman Rule to British Conquest)

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

1917 Turks withdrew from Tikrit British occupied town British suffered 1,801 casualties Turks


1952 Nuri al-Said’s Constitutional Union Party said accepted direct elections but over time

Voting was controlled by senior politicians like Said who picked most winners

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

1965 PM Bazzaz announced prudent socialism program Said aimed at increasing

production and fair distribution of wealth

1979 Iraq’s consulates in Iran’s Kermanshah and Khorramshahr were occupied

1982 3rd attack in Iranian Op Muharram in Maysan Seized several border crossings Abu Shirib and

Bayat oil fields Iraq counterattack failed Rain ended Iranian attack

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1983 Iranian Op Wa al-Farj 4 Seized Penjwin Sulaymaniya KDPI HQ MOved towards Sulaymaniya

city Stopped by Iraqi counterattack using mustard gas

(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 SecState Baker convinced China to abstain on UN resolution to allow use of force against

Iraq for Kuwait invasion

1994 Iran fired SCUD missiles at Mujahadeen e-Khalq camp in Iraq

1997 Iraq warned that U2s used by UN inspections might be shot down

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

1998 Clinton admin sent letter to Congress saying US would support Kurds as long as they

remained united

2002 UN told that Iraq cut back on oil smuggling but still continuing in violation of UN sanctions

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

2002 Sec State Powell got ok from Natl Sec Adv Rice to make deal with France on UN resolution

to allow UN inspections in Iraq

(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)

2002 UK Special Planning Group paper said postwar planning was the most important part of Iraq

war Never adequately happened

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 6.4 Planning and Preparation For A Post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, Mid-2001 to January 2003)

2003 Congress authorized $18.4 bil for Iraq reconstruction

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter 10 Contracting Billions for Reconstruction)

2003 Bush speech If democracy failed in Iraq would be win for terrorism and bad for Middle East

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2003 Report Saddam offered to allow US troops to search country for WMD before invasion

2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw told cabinet that CPA’s political plan needed changes and that British

should talk with US about it

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

2003 Bremer talked with VP Cheney about lack of military strategy in Iraq Bremer said military

more concerned with withdrawing troops then securing Iraq

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

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

War, 2003-2006)

2003 Bremer said that after meeting with Iraqi Governing Council he realized that his long term

political plan was dead Was actually due to White House

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2004 Fallujah police collapsed after night attack by insurgents

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

2005 Report Feb 2002 DIA said Al Qaeda captive Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was misleading in

statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties Libi continued to be source of Bush admin statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties after it was believed he was making things up

2005 Report Italian intel SISMI appeared to be source for both US and UK claim that Iraq tried to

buy uranium from Niger/Africa SISMI got fake docs from informer Rocco Martino on alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal and then passed intel to other countries

(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)

2006 Bush appointed Dep Natl Sec Adv Crouch to come up with new Iraq policy

2006 Def Sec Rumsfeld memo to White House Iraq not working and needed change Said US should

set benchmarks for Iraqi govt Increase trainers Imbed US forces with ISF Start closing US bases and slow US withdrawal Only help Iraqi provinces that cooperate with US Stop rewarding Iraqis for bad behavior Position US forces along Syrian and Iranian borders to stop infiltrations

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

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

War, 2003-2006)

2006 Report insurgent intimidation campaign against ISF and officials in Fallujah U.S. officers

said not enough forces to secure city

2007 US said it would release 9 Iranian Rev guard members it captured in Iraq Said number of

Iranian weapons flowing to Iraq were down due to US raids

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2007 100,000 more Iraqis became displaced 16% increase according to Iraq Red Crescent

Displacement up since Surge Dep head of Red Crescent said PM Maliki had not given aid to displaced as promised

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

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

2007 Gulf Keystone signed kickback deal with KDP politburo member to get contract to develop

Shaikhan oil field in KRG

(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)

2008 Report 2400 Christians out of 13000 that fled Mosul returned to city after 14 killed

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

2008 Head of agriculture committee in Diyala said $2.6 mil missing from dept Said prices of

farming projects were exaggerated to steal money

(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)

2008 Tribal adv to PM Maliki said govt wanted to set up National Tribal Support Council Councils

were patronage network for Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2008 Report Jun PM Maliki gave order to form Tribal Support Councils across southern Iraq During

tribal conference Maliki talked about forming council in every province to support govt Opponents said they didn’t help with security Maliki never talked with provincial govts about councils ISCI Kurds Accordance Front opposed councils 10 provincial govts protested councils Said Baghdad needed to work with provinces to form councils Maliki said councils non political

2008 Report PM Maliki formed Tribal Support Councils to increase his power Maliki 1st talked to

tribes during Mar Charge of Knights in Basra to help fight Mahdi Army Promised jobs in return 10,000 tribesmen joined ISF in Basra Spread to Dhi Qar and Wasit ISCI complained about councils Councils answered to Maliki not provincial govts that were mostly controlled by ISCI in south Sheikhs saw council as way to increase their power

2009 Parliament increased their salaries and pensions Gave their families passports and land

Increased staff to 30

2012 Pres Barzani called on Democratic Union Party and Kurdish National Council to stop

fighting each other in Syria

(Musings On Iraq Explaining Iraqi Kurdistan’s Policy Towards Syria, Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg)

2012 PM Maliki’s cabinet voted to end food ration system Said would help fight corruption Didn’t


2013 Report KRG finalized number of energy deals with Turkey included building oil and gas

pipeline between two State run Turkish company signed partnership with Exxon for oil exploration in KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said that 83% of KRG oil profits would go to Baghdad Didn’t happen Maliki govt said deals were illegal

2014 Report After Mosul fell in 2014 Badr head Amiri went to Diyala PM Maliki gave Badr military

supplies and aid Made Amiri head of security in Diyala Amiri was going to be Interior Min under PM Abadi but vetoed by US Badr still got Interior Min Amiri said Iran stopped IS outside Baghdad Amiri worked with Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani to end siege of Amerli Salahaddin in Sep 2014 Badr helped clear Jurf al-Sakhr in Babil again with help of Gen Suleimani Iran posted pictures of Amiri and Suleimani in Babil on social media Reports Badr tortured and killed captured IS fighters in Babil Also attacked civilians accused of being IS sympathizers Human Rights Watch said Badr looted and burned homes destroyed entire villages and kicked Sunnis out Amiri said were mistakes of war 2009 US Embassy accused Amiri of running death squads within ISF and killing Sunnis When Amiri Transportation Min under PM Maliki gave contracts to front companies owned by Badr Allowed Iran to ship weapons to Syria through Iraqi air space Sr official at Iraqi Airways said Transportation Min full of nepotism under Amiri Promotion within ministry based upon Badr membership

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2014 Report Albu Nimr tribe in Anbar split over IS Some members helped others fought it Members

killed and kidnapped each other Happened across Anbar

2015 Friday sermon Ayatollah Sistani rep said Abadi’s reforms should not be blocked

(Musings On Iraq A Review Of Iraq Premier Abadi’s Reform Program Interview With Reidar Visser)

2016 Iraqi forces freed Hamam al-Alil Ninewa from IS

2017 Iraq Federal Court ruled no province could secede in lawsuit against Kurdish independence


(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

2018 US Pentagon report ISF suffered from poor intel operational security corruption

centralized leadership State Dept said ISF used heavy handed tactics that created public anger and undermined security in liberated areas

2018 UN said 202 mass graves left by IS in Iraq 95 in Ninewa 37 in Kirkuk 36 in Salahaddin 24

in Anbar Est 6,000-12,000 people killed and in graves

2019 Baghdad protests expanded to several bridges across central Baghdad ISF shot at protesters at

one bridge in Baghdad 1 doctor killed by ISF Security forces killed 2 bank workers by accident in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Battle Of The Bridges In Baghdad As Protests Expand To Economic Targets in South Iraq)

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

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

2019 Protesters returned to Basra’s Um Qasr Port after broken up yesterday Road to Khor al-Zubayr

port blocked Stopped oil exports from Qayara field Most govt offices and some businesses in Nasiriya closed Protest at South Oil Company Nasiriya and Shanfiya refineries blocked

2019 Protests in Ninewa shut down Qayara oil field Demonstrations in Dhi Qar shut down South Oil

Company 2 killed in clashes with ISF in Karbala 2 protesters killed in Maysan Police beat medics in Basra city Started shooting at protesters in front of Basra govt building Hashd assassinated activist and injured another

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi’s spokesman claimed ISF had not fired a shot at protesters and Internet

closed because spreading hate

2019 Report PM Abdul Mahdi wanted to break up protests using force

2020 1 protester killed by ISF breaking up activists trying to re-start sit-in in Basra city Activist

assassinated in Basra Protest in Dhi Qar

2021 Sabereen News threatened to kill ISF members who protected Green Zone after Fatah

supporters tried to storm Green Zone and 2 protesters killed by police

(Musings On Iraq Deadly Clashes Outside Baghdad’s Green Zone Over Election Results)

(Musings On Iraq Fatah Terrified Of Being Excluded In Sadr’s Majority Govt) 
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