Saturday, December 31, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 31 Pro-Iran Hashd groups allowed into Green Zone Attacked US Embassy



1920 High Commissioner Sir Cox reported that many sheikhs of large confederations supported

Mandate and didn't want an Iraqi govt

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

1961 Gen Qasim admitted Mustafa Barzani revolt restarted

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

(Musings On Iraq Explaining Kurdish Nationalism Interview With Teen Tech Univ Prof Michael Gunter)

1980 Attacks upon Iranian oil facilities and ports cost it $6 bil in 1980 Attacks on Iraqi oil facilities

and ports cost $4 bil

1981 End of 1st yr of Iran-Iraq War est 22,000 Iraqi 38,000 Iranian dead

(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)

2001 Ret Adm McGregor gave paper to Newt Gingrich of Def Policy Board Called for 3

battlegroups of 16,500 troops total to make charge from south Iraq to Baghdad After Baghdad taken 15,000 more troops would be blown in McGregor said Afghanistan proved small could do more

2002 UN inspector told press they were finding no evidence of Iraq’s WMD and Western intel

providing nothing substantive

(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 Chilcot Inquiry Section 3.6 Development of UK Strategy and Options, November 2002 to January 2003)

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

2002 Bush said couldn’t tell whether Iraq had a nuclear weapon or not

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

2003 Protest by Arabs and Turkmen in response to PUK-KDP rallies over capture of Saddam turned

violent as some marched on govt building and guards fired at them killing 4 and wounding 24

2004 Report Jordan’s Foreign Min Mulqi said Iraq’s Jan 05 election could either produce a new govt

that reflected Iraq’s Arab identity or a Shiite religious regime influenced by Iran

2007 Iraqi govt reported 16,232 civilians deaths in 07 up from 12,360 in 06

2007 Deadline to hold referendum on future of disputed territories under Constitution’s Article 140


2007 Deadline for committee to revise Iraqi constitution missed Was 4th time delayed Never finished


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

2007 Report Govt had hired 150,000 police from Sep to Dec 07 8 provinces asked for 45,000 more

police Most had no training Interior Min only agreed to 12,000

2008 Prices for Iraqi oil went from $145 per barrel in July 08 to $38 per barrel setting off economic

crisis in Iraq

2008 Auditors hired by Oil Ministry found only 33% of oil installations had meters Meant Iraq had no

            idea about numbers of its most important industry

(Musings On Iraq How Much Oil And Refined Petroleum Products Does Iraq Actually Produce? No One Knows)

2009 US military report Rockets fired at Green Zone Kataib Hezbollah carrying out around 2

rocket attacks per month upon Green Zone

2011 US withdrew forces from Iraq under Status of Forces Agreement

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2011 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Sadrists got into gunfight in Sadr City and Kadhimiya Baghdad

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

2012 Protests in Samara and Mosul against PM Maliki for issuing warrant against Finance Min Issawi

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

2013 Anbar council negotiated withdrawal of 2 ISF units from Ramadi to try to control protests and


2013 PM Maliki said he would withdraw ISF from cities in Anbar after closing protest sites led to


2013 Speaker Nujafi announced Mutahidun withdrawing from govt to protest PM Maliki shutting down

Ramadi protest site

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

2013 10 houses in Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr blown up by ISI forcing 84 families to flee

(Musings On Iraq Twelve Security Operations Later And Iraq’s Northern Babil Is No Less Safe)

2013 Army base outside Ramadi hit by rockets Base in Baghdadi Anbar shot at Police station in

Ramadi taken over 2 army bases in Haditha and Baghdadi overrun Part of new insurgent offensive after PM Maliki shut down Anbar protests

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

(Musings On Iraq Aftermath Of Shutting Down Ramadi Protest Site In Iraq)

2019 Protesters burned company affiliated with Dhi Qar governor and burned house of

deputy head of provincial council after activist killed

2019 Pro-Iran Hashd groups Kataib Hezbollah Badr Saraya al-Khorasani Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

Harakat Nujaba let into Green Zone Attacked US Embassy Demanded US forces withdraw from Iraq Set fire to part of Embassy Set up protest camp outside

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Groups Take Next Step To Expel US Forces From Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Khorasani Brigade Another Iraq Militia That Returned Home From Syria To Fight The Insurgency)

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba)

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

2019 Trump threatened Iran if US embassy was breached by Hashd protesters

2020 Pres Salah said constant crises in Iraq showed structural problems with govt Said political

system created after 2003 was broken and didn’t serve the public

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