Monday, December 26, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 26 Political parties started discussing removing PM Maliki in no confidence vote accusing him of being an autocrat

(U.S. Air Force Photo)


1920 Iraq High Commissioner Sir Percy Cox wrote Iraqis wanted an outsider as ruler UK didn’t need

an election to pick one Could fix it so Faisal would become King

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

1946 National Democratic Party minister resigned from PM Said govt over King Ghazi and PM

interfering in elections by pushing their candidates

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

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

1961 Iraq announced it would reconsider diplomatic relations with any country that recognized

Kuwait as independent country Withdrew diplomats from US Jordan Tunisia Lebanon and others as a result

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1980 Saddam said frontline in war would be new border with Iran and demanded Tehran give self-

rule to Arabs in southwestern Iran

(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 Syria invited Iraqi opposition parties to Damascus

1998 Iraq said no fly zones were illegal and would oppose them

2006 Appeals court upheld Saddam’s death sentence

2007 Car bomb hit Sahwa-army checkpoint in Baiji killing 25 Suicide bomber hit funeral of Sahwa

fighters in Baquba Part of ISI campaign against Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2007 Iraqi soldier shot 5 US soldiers, 2 died at military outpost in Mosul

2007 Kurds agreed to delay implementing Article 140 on referendum on Kirkuk for 6 months

Constitutional review committee would miss Dec 31 deadline to amend constitution 4th time missed deadline

(Musings On Iraq How Faults With Iraq’s Constitution Undermines The Country, Interview with Constitutional Scholar Zaid Al-Ali)

2007 Report Sadrist-ISC/Dawa rivalry in south increasing ISF mostly controlled by ISCI

arrested 100s of Sadrists in Baghdad Karbala Qadisiya Babil ISCI used Mahdi Army freeze to take advantage

2008 Report Talk of no confidence vote against PM Maliki Major parties met start of Dec to discuss

removing him Complained he was becoming an autocrat

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

2009 Pilgrims to Karbala launched protest against PM Maliki over corruption and Iranians stealing oil

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

2009 Report Maliki govt was to integrate all sahwa by end of 2009 Delayed until after March 2010

election Never happened

2010 Report PM Maliki released Mahdi Army members in deal with Sadr for 2nd term Maliki denied

any agreement

2012 Finance Min Issawi addressed Ramadi protest camp condemning actions of PM Maliki

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Iraq’s Protest Movements, An Interview With Kirk Sowell, Editor of Inside Iraqi Politics)

2012 Reports Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said it was going to join political process Said after US withdrawal no

need for armed resistance Launched PR campaign claiming it drove US out of Iraq

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

2013 Human Rights Watch US sent missiles and drones to ISF to help fight IS US didn’t think weapons

or tactics problems but ISF that suffered from corruption Positions in ISF sold Militias in ISF Constant prison breaks with help from ISF ISF flaunted Shiite flags and slogans spreading sectarianism

2013 Diyala governor accused militias of attacking displaced in 3 villages and burning homes Also said

local mayors were being targeted

2013 Sheikh Hayes said govt needed to end protests Accused protesters of being criminals

2013 2 Suicide bombers attacked 1st Rapid Reaction Brigade HQ in Garma Anbar Ops Command HQ

mortared in new insurgent offensive in Anbar

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

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2015 Dawa leader said party split between Maliki and PM Abadi factions Maliki had most

supporters but Abadi more powerful in govt because supported by ISC Sadrists Kurds

2016 Report 90 Iraqi companies accused of working with IS Dec US Treasury froze assets of 2

money exchanges for helping IS Central Bank of Iraq said companies in Baghdad Salahaddin Anbar Kirkuk all suspected of involvement with IS

2016 Report US began shelling sections of Mosul to help with campaign to free city

2019 Parliament’s human rights committee voiced concern about increasing assassinations

and kidnappings of activists

2019 Report Financial Supervision Bureau report said govt only spent 9.3 bil dinars of 33 tril

dinar investment budget Only 2%

2019 Pres Salah offered to resign over Bina list nominating Basra Governor Eidani for premier

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s President Threatens To Resign Over Unpopular Nominations For Premier)

2019 Report Gen Abdoudi given command of Green Zone From Badr Fought on Iranian side

in Iran-Iraq War Joined Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force Worked in Iran as part of Guard’s Ramadan Corps that trained operatives and militia to work in Iraq Was director of Hashd Ops and then adv to Abdul Mahdi for Hashd Affairs

2020 PM Kazemi backed down in confrontation with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and released members arrested

for Baghdad rocket attacks

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Kazemi Might Finally Be Standing Up To Pro-Iran Groups)

2020 Khataib Hezbollah held parade in Baghdad over members killed by US airstrike in 2019

Threatened to cut PM Kazemi’s ears off over confrontations with Hashd 

2020 Report Judicial Council was investigating Central Bank of Iraq and 13 private banks for

money laundering and terrorist financing Central Bank sold dollars in auctions which were bought using fake invoices to launder money Because elite also manipulated auctions and laundered money problem never fixed

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