Thursday, December 29, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 29 2nd Phase of Battle of Mosul began with attack upon eastern side of city

(The Guardian)


1934 Yasin al-Hashemi Rashid Ali Al-Gaylani of Ikha criticized PM Ayubi Jawadat for elections he

held because excluded them Senate criticized vote PM started being called a tyrant

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

1955 National Democratic Party and Independence Party sent note to King Faisal II Said Iraq was out

of touch with rest of Arab world that was moving towards independence and away from foreign control Response to Iraq joining UK led Baghdad Pact

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1979 US placed Iraq on list of State Sponsors of Terrorism for backing Palestinian terrorist

Abu Nidal and others

1981 Syria said it would start talks with Iran to try to end Iran-Iraq War

1988 Iran-Iraq agreed to joint commission to implement ceasefire to end war

(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 Joint Chief head Gen Powell told CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Schwarzkopf to be ready to start Gulf

War by 1/17/91

1996 Dawa announced campaign to assassinate top Iraqi officials

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Lowy Institution’s Shanahan on history of the Dawa Party)

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’ite Movement in Iraq)

2002 US Senate authorized war against Iraq

2003 Iraqi Governing Council voted to replace family laws with sharia

2005 Zarqawi took responsibility for rocket attack on Israel Said he was fulfilling promise to bin


2005 US military found 3 more secret prisons run by Badr within Interior Ministry where torture used

(Musings On Iraq From Bad To Worse How Military Moved Into The Iraqi Police Force And The United States Failed At Nation Building Part Two Of An Interview With Jerry Burke Former Advisor To The Baghdad Police And Interior Ministry)

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

2006 Military Times did poll of its military subscribers Found 50% thought success possible in Iraq

Down from 83% in 2004 42% said they disapproved of Bush’s handling of the war versus 35% who approved 41% said US should have gone to war with Iraq in the first place Down from 65% in 2003 13% said US should have no troops in Iraq

2007 bin Laden video said that insurgency had to rally around ISI Criticized Awakening and those

undermining the jihad

2008 Report Dec 2 state run banks ran out of cash Was miss communication about orders Govt salaries

and pensions held up Sr US adviser said in Iraqi bureaucracy orders came from top Nothing heard from bottom Officials did nothing without orders from bosses Many ministers had to sign all orders Lacked modernization and computers Diyala hadn’t spent all of its last 3 budgets Spending controlled by 1 accountant that used a pencil When Electricity Min negotiated contract with GE to build power plant only sent 3 people because only ones qualified due to brain drain

2012 Ninewa govt said it would not work for 3 days unless PM Maliki responded to demands of

protesters angry over warrant for Finance Min Issawi Were protests in Ninewa Kirkuk Salahaddin Diyala Anbar Baghdad

2012 Confession of 1 of Finance Min Issawi’s bodyguards aired on TV Said he carried out assassinations

on orders of Issawi’s son in law and got help from VP Hashemi

2013 Head of Anbar council called for end of Ramadi protests in exchange for govt releasing MP

Alwani Defense Min Dulaimi gave 2 days for protests to end

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

2013 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said it would run in 2014 election as part of PM Maliki’s State of Law list

2013 Ground forces cmdr Gen Ghidan claimed most ISIS bases in Anbar desert destroyed after security

op Said remaining ISIS fighters had moved to Ninewa Few days later ISIS seized control of Fallujah

2014 Report After Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin freed Hashd burned houses Looted Didn’t allow

people to return

2014 Defense Min said Dhuluiya Salahaddin freed from insurgents

2014 Pres Barzani said he wanted to re-write the Sykes Picot agreement Said Iraq not a real country

and people couldn’t live together Said Kurds were different from Arabs and wanted independence

2016 MP on displacement comm said corruption affected UN aid to Iraq Said displaced only got

25% of aid Claimed some UN agencies were spending 75% of their money on staff

2016 2nd phase of Battle of Mosul officially began attacking east side of city Attack actually began

Dec 24 Supported by US artillery

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 74, Dec 29, 2016)

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

2017 Baghdad formed committee to audit KRG Health and Education Mins after KRG independence referendum Nothing came of it

2018 Report PM Abadi announced war on corruption Iraq ranked 17th most corrupt country in world by Transparency Intl Analyst said Abadi provided no specifics MP said around 6000 phantom contracts since 2003 $228 bil stolen from govt Supreme Judicial Council report said many anti-corruption decisions never implemented Many officials left Iraq when charged with corruption like fmr Basra governor Businessmen said governor stole 15% of all contracts in Basra 5% went to his party and 10% went to him personally

(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)

2019 Report Meeting at Badr’s Amiri’s house came up with 3 new candidates for PM None

successful Sadrists mentioned National Intel Service head Kazemi as candidate Would become PM

2019 US hit 3 Kataib Hezbollah bases in Anbar 28 killed 48 wounded 3 Iranians also died

Was retaliation for Dec 27 rocket attack on K1 Military Base in Kirkuk that killed US contractor Hashd leader Abu Muhandis warned of harsh response to US attack

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

(Musings On Iraq US Retaliates Against Kataib Hezbollah Raising Question Of What Comes Next?)

(Musings On Iraq Kataib Hezbllah’s Role Along The Iraq-Syrian Border: Security Profits Supporting Iran)

2019 Reports Dawa split over Maliki trying to control party Picked candidate for PM

without consulting with leadership 2 members of leadership resigned in protest

2020 Dhi Qar activist’s house bombed

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

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

2020 Report 24 hrs after Interior Min met with ISF in Basra they attacked protesters demanding

jobs in oil industry

2021 Finance Min Allawi speech Said Iraq’s oil revenues would eventually decline due to global

change to clean energy and govt wouldn’t be able to pay public workers Could lead to massive lay offs in 10 yrs Hoped this could drive govt to promote private sector 7 mil govt workers and pensioners World bank said youth unemployment 36% Private sector made up 40-50% of jobs but many were underemployed or temps

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