Saturday, December 24, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 24 PM Jamil Midfai overthrown in military coup by pan-Arab Golden Square officers



1915 Ottomans began 2nd attack upon British at Kut Breached defense but attack faltered

because of bad coordination

1922 Anglo-Iraq declaration to League of Nations talked about giving Kurds rights and own

govt in their region

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review People Without A Country, The Kurds and Kurdistan)

1938 Rumor that leading pan-Arab officers would be retired Circle of 7 officers met and deiced to

overthrow PM Midfai 7 told PM he had to resign Agreed not wanting bloodshed & backed by Nuri al-Said Taha al-Hashemi Rashid al-Gaylani

(Musings On Iraq review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1963 PM Yahya announced govt program Wanted to restore rule of law Protect freedoms

and property Said would form nationalist front and a provisional constitution Said would repair relations with oil companies

1980 Iraq air force bombed Iran’s main oil terminal at Kharg Island for 1st time Iran bombed Basra

refinery in retaliation

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1980 Iraqi division moved into Iran in north Took control of Rashah and Rayat Passes to block any

Iranian move upon Sulaymaniya

(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)

2002 UK Foreign Sec Straw told Sec of State Powell a 2nd UN resolution was needed to gain UK

political support and legal justification for war

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

2002 Niger Premier said that his country did not try to sell uranium to Iraq

2003 Report President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board found White House disregarded

warnings by CIA about Iraq-Africa uranium story

(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)

2004 Def Sec Rumsfeld told troops in Iraq insurgency could be defeated

2005 National Security Adv Rubaie met with Ayatollah Sistani Said Sistani rejected calls for revote

due to complaints and violations Rubaie said Iraq would re-arrest Baathist officials just released by US

2005 Iraq court barred 90 candidates from election for Baathist ties

(Musings On Iraq The Baathist Purge In Post-Saddam Iraq, A Short History Of DeBaathification)

2006 Acting upon warrants for 62 police officers UK forces raided Basra Serious Crime Unit HQ

Found 127 prisoners 80% were tortured Some Basra councilman protested against raid Interior Min Bolani said he would disband Serious Crime Unit PM Maliki Basra Gov Waili and sheikhs all supported raid Crime Unit responsible for death squads Attacks on UK Criminal activity Ties to Mahdi Army

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 9.5 June 2006 To 27 June 2007)

2006 Interior Min reported 12,000 police killed since 2003 Avg 10 per day

2007 Report US general in charge of northern Iraq said most people in Sahwa were there for $ Of

15,000 Sahwa in north only 20% wanted to join ISF In some areas more people were volunteering for Sahwa then needed Iraqi economy didn’t have enough jobs for Sahwa after US money for program ended

2007 US military said violence in Iraq down 60% from Jun to Dec 07

2008 Iraqi National Dialogue Council left the Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF) claiming that the Islamic

Party was attempting to monopolize power Ended IAF

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Accordance Front Beaks Apart)

2009 2nd day of protests in Pirmargrun Sulaymaniya over mayor and lack of services PUK guards

broke up demonstration using gunfire

(Musings On Iraq Anti-Government Protests In Both Southern and Northern Iraq)

2009 3 senior officials in Trade Min given short jail terms of 1-2 yrs for embezzling millions of

dollars from food ration system

(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)

2011 PM Maliki said he would block provinces becoming autonomous regions

2012 Report Iraq and Jordan agreed to build pipeline to Red Sea Didn’t happen

2012 Report Baghdad Dep Gov said directors and other high officials in province asked for bribes from

foreign companies for electricity contracts

(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)

2013 Report World Bank withdrew grant for Education Min Gave $100 mil in 2011 to build schools Only

20% completed Iraq needed more than 7000 schools

2013 Report Despite rise in GDP no increase in living standards for Iraqis Rise in per capita income

dependent upon govt salaries Had been no increase in that area Tourism Min said govt salaries didn’t keep pace with rising prices Expert said rise in GPD in 2013 raised per capita income to $6000

2013 PM Maliki ordered ISF to surround Ramadi protest site

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

2013 Acting Def Min Dulaimi’s convoy hit by IED

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

2018 Report Terrorism defendants usually denied lawyer until court begins Went to court in

Ninewa Man signed confession Said he was tortured and had no lawyer Judge randomly called lawyer from court to defend him Trial lasted 4 min 2nd defendant arrested for having similar name to wanted man His lawyer said he’d been tortured and confessed Trial lasted 8 mins 3rd defendant said he signed paper while blindfolded and didn’t know it was confession Trial lasted 9 mins All 3 found guilty Iraqi intel officer thought govt wanted revenge after war and acted immorally End of Mosul Battle ISF executed anyone found in Old City ISF covered up its murders Intel officer said Hashd ran extortion racket demanding bribes or would put names on wanted lists PM Abadi dismissed any talk of abuse No investigations

2019 Human Rights Comm said 250 families displaced by IS in Diyala’s Khanaqin Dist

2020 Report Iranian Rev Guard Quds Force Cmdr Qaani recently visited Baghdad to warn pro-Iran

Hashd factions to stop attacks on Americans in Iraq out of fear of Trump retaliation

(Musings On Iraq Iran Warns Its Allies About Attacking US Targets In Iraq)

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