Sunday, January 1, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 1 Qasim issued Law of Association promising legalization of political parties and civil liberties



1914 UK set out from Qurna, Basra north Found Tigris River had been blocked Gunboats

couldn’t follow Forced UK to retreat back to Qurna

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

1960 Gen Qasim issued new law of association promising parties would be legalized and more

political freedom Banned any student organizing and activism on campuses to control student protests

(Musings On Iraq Revolutionary Times, Gen. Qasim And Iraq’s 1958 Coup, Interview With Western Kentucky’s Prof. Juan Romero)

1982 Peshmerga bombed Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline

1984 Report US told Persian Gulf allies that it supported Iraq in Iran-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1988 Iran Launched Bait al-Moqaddas 2 in Mawet Kurdistan

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The Iran-Iraq War Interview With Author Anthony Tucker-Jones)

(Musings On Iraq The Iran-Iraq War Interview with Author Tom Cooper)

(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)

1995 Civil war between PUK and KDP killed more than 500 over control of Irbil

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

1997 US and UK launched Operation Northern Watch to maintain no fly zone over northern Iraq

after France withdrew

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

1999 French paper claimed in 1998 bin Laden talked about safe haven in Iraq

2001 Break-in at Niger embassy in Rome to provide cover for how Italian intel broker Martino got

fake Iraq-Niger uranium papers

(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)

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

2004 Bremer met with Barzani and Talabani in Irbil to discuss Kurdish demands in new constitution

Bremer asked Kurds to disband Peshmerga abandon claims to Kirkuk oil accept authority of central govt Kurds said no

(Musings On Iraq The Coalition Provisional Authority’s Inauspicious End)

2006 UK Gen Houghton said that US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey wanted to emphasize fighting insurgency

while withdrawing US troops Houghton didn’t think that was plan to defeat insurgents

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

2006 1920 Rev Brigade leader in Ramadi Latif and more than a dozen sheikhs and notables formed Anbar

People’s Comm Wanted to take over Anbar govt and police force Singed up 671 police recruits

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 21 Hope In Ramadi)

2006 Islamic Party that ran Anbar threatened by Anbar People’s Comm Worked with PM Maliki VP

Hashemi Anbar Gov Alwani to create competing tribal council

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After the Awakening Pt X, 2005-09 Governor Mamoun Alwani)

2007 ISF raided Al-Sharqiya TV station office in Baghdad after newscaster wore black day after

Saddam executed Govt claimed station promoted violence Owned by Bazzaz who ran TV and radio for Saddam

2007 Report After 9/11 Bush admin turned to what it knew Iraq rather than what it didn’t Al Qaeda as

main threat to US

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

2008 Migration Min said plan was to return refugees to their neighborhoods Gen Petraeus didn’t think that

possible because demographics had changed during civil war Said it would lead to violence Said many refugees would never return to their homes

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

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

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

2009 US military handed over control of Green Zone to Iraqi govt

2009 British transferred control of Basra Airport to Iraqi forces

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

2012 Sadr called Asaib Ahl Al-Haq a bunch of killers and implied they were under Iran’s control Came

after one of Sadr’s lieutenants joined Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

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

2012 National Reconciliation Min said 6 militant groups had agreed to give up their weapons and join

political process Included Ansar al-Sunna and Islamic Army Neither followed through

2012 Attempt on life of Finance Minister Issawi with IED in Salahaddin 

2013 PM Maliki claimed power problems would end by end of year Didn’t happen

2013 Sunni protests spread to Kirkuk in support of ones in Anbar Mosul Salahaddin

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

2013 Iraq Body Count counted 4471 deaths in 2012 Was up from 4136 in 2011 Since 2003 counted 110-

121,000 deaths

2014 ISIS fighters moved into Ramadi and looted and burned police stations Fighting spread to Garma

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

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Fallujah Fell To The Islamic State)

2014 Insurgents took Fallujah police HQ Released 101 prisoners Blew it up and mayor’s office Reports

police deserting and joining insurgents

2014 Sheikhs Abu Risha and Hayes called on Anbar to fight ISI

2014 ISI began pushing families out of Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil

2015 VP Maliki gave speech to Dawa in Karbala claiming that he came up with Hashd Facebook

page created calling Maliki Leader of the Popular Mobilization

2015 Police in Kirkuk tried to expel displaced from Diyala Kirkuk govt claimed they were behind

violence in province

2015 PM Abadi claimed IS would be expelled from Iraq by end of year Would take 2 more yrs to

defeat militants

2015 Abadi govt said 15,538 killed in 2014 More than 22,000 injured Highest figures since 2007

2017 Golden Div freed Garma, Anbar from IS

2018 Ninewa MP said PM Abadi govt had no plans to rebuild west Mosul Didn’t send any money

because of corruption in Ninewa govt Said foreign countries also afraid to donate due to graft

2020 Hashd protest outside US Embassy Burned entrance to reception area Guards fired tear gas

Demonstrators began leaving Included Kataibh Hezbollah Harak Nujaba Badr Sayara al-Khorasani, Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

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

(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 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)

2021 Mine found on oil tanker near Khor al-Zubayr port in Basra Experts said mine made by

Iranian Revolutionary Guard

(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)

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