Thursday, January 19, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 19 Mulla Mustafa Barzani met with Iraqi and Iranian Kurds in USSR to discuss pan-Kurdish movement



1915 Ottoman governor of Baghdad wrote US consulate that British were distributing

money to clerics in Najaf and Karbala

1916 UK Mesopotamia cmdr Gen Nixon sick and replaced by General Sir Percy Lake

1917 Ottomans abandoned positions at Khadairi Bend outside Kut

1919 2nd highest cleric in Iraq Karbala’s Shirazi signed letter written by clergy and sayids asking for

Sharif of Mecca to rule Iraq

1948 Kurds from Iraq and Iran met in Baku Soviet Union Mustafa Barzani led plans for Kurdish movement

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

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

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

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

1948 Govt issued warning to students to end strike over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty or face harsh

            punishments Part of Wathba/Great Leap

1963 Was supposed to be 2nd coup plot but discovered by Qasim 80 officers resigned or arrested

1987 Iran started phase II of Op Karbala 5 Reached Jasim River 6 miles from Basra City Caused

2000 Iraqi casualties Population of Basra started leaving

(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 Iraq fired missiles at Riyad, Saudi Arabia

1991 Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim said that Supreme Council was against US aggression vs Iraq

over its Kuwait invasion

1991 US 5th Special Forces Group entered Iraq to carry out covert ops behind Iraqi lines during

Gulf War

1991 Iraqi terrorist tried to bomb US Information Service HQ in Philippines in retaliation for Gulf


1992 Report Saudis pushed US to help foment military coup in Iraq to topple Saddam

1993 Iraq announced unilateral ceasefire for Clinton’s inauguration Saddam was hoping for better


1998 Head UN inspector Butler met with Iraq Foreign Min Aziz who said Iraq wouldn’t cooperate with

inspections anymore if sanctions weren’t lifted Said Iraq willing to suffer consequences including war

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

1999 US designated Iraqi opposition groups eligible for money under Iraq Liberation Act

Iraqi National Congress Iraqi National Accord KDP ISCI Movement for Constitutional Monarchy  Constitutional Monarchy condemned act and refused to accept US money

(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld sent Col Mcgregor to brief Gen Franks on his plan to invade Iraq with just

35,000 troops by striking directly at Baghdad Briefing greatly angered members of CENTCOM staff who thought it unrealistic

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq Vol 1 – Chapter 2 Regime Change)

2003 US offered Saddam immunity if he departed Iraq to avert war

2003 Pentagon officials opposed to Sec Def Rumsfeld’s invasion plan complained to Time that Rumsfeld

was taking over deployment orders for invasion

(Musings On Iraq How Arguments Over Iraq Invasion Plan Were Fought Through Press Leaks)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 3 Maneuvering Into Position)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)

2003 Fmr UN inspector David Kay OpEd in Wash Post said UN weapons inspectors would never

find any hard evidence against Iraq

(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)

2003 UN inspectors got tip that mobile WMD lab was at Amiriya Serum and Vaccine Institute Truck was

full of measles vaccines

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claim That Iraq Had WMD)

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

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

2004 Iraqi Governing Council went to UN to ask it for help with transition to sovereignty against

wishes of CPA

2004 100,000 marched in Baghdad supporting Ayatollah Sistani’s call for early elections

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 11 The Gathering Storm)

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2004 US Iraq cmdr Gen Sanchez ordered secret investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse

2004 Report Many displaced Kurds returned to Kirkuk Many squatting Some Arabs fled fearing

retribution from Kurds KDP and PUK supported returns because helped their claims to annex province Parties believed Kirkuk needed to make KRG economically independent because of oil there Dec Arabs and Turkmen protested against Kurds wanting to annex Kirkuk Ended with shootings with 4 killed 24 wounded Led to US searching party offices looking for weapons which were found at KDP PUK Iraqi Turkmen Front

2007 Iraqi cabinet committee finished draft of Hydrocarbon Law Was never passed

2007 US arrested Abdul al-Daraji and Ali Smaisin for running death squads for Sadr

2007 Sadr ordered his MPs and ministers back to work Started boycott after PM Maliki met with

Bush and refused to demand US forces leave

2007 Report Gen Abadi Dep Chief of Staff of ISF said corruption eating away at armed forces US got rid of

Iraqi army cmdr in Fallujah who was connected to militias who was stealing fuel and weapons and selling them on black market in Baghdad and taking pay from soldiers Iraqi govt report said that police were kidnapping people for money forging documents and gave info to insurgents

(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)

2007 US Amb met with Hakim and Abdul Mahdi of ISCI after Badr members arrested for

smuggling EFPs from Iran into Iraq Hakim and Abdul Mahdi said arrests damaged relations with US Sadrists and Special Groups exclusively blamed for EFPs Showed Badr also working with Iran on EFPs

(Musings On Iraq How Iran Used Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFPs) To Influence events In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of Iranian Weapons Shipments To Iraq Interview With Arkenstone Blog’s Galen Wright)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2008 Report Mahdi Army trying to get rid of rogue units Special unit killed some militiamen

2008 National Security Adviser Rubaie was trapped inside mosque by angry Sadrists crowd ISF had to

            rescue him

2010 Kurdish journalist said PUK tried to kidnap him but escaped Criticized PUK and KDP over


2010 Report Maliki govt claimed 15,000 Sahwa gotten jobs in ISF 33,000 positions in govt Said by

middle of 2010 all Sahwa would be integrated Never happened

(Musings On Iraq More Sons of Iraq Integrated While Others Walk Off The Job In Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq Continued Problems Integrating The Sons of Iraq)

2010 Presidential Council had emergency meeting over banning candidates Pres Talabani said

commission created to look into matter Talabani asked Supreme Court to rule on matter

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

2010 Def Sec Hoon told Chilcot Inquiry UK military officers in Wash DC repeatedly warned US

planning for Iraq war chaotic Hoon never felt adequate plans made UK didn’t allow adequate equipping of its army because govt afraid would undermine push for war Postwar planning started too late Complained to PM Blair about it

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

2011 Report ISI prisoners that escaped from Basra prison probably had help from intelligence agencies and

officials in Baghdad 12 prisoners escaped Investigation found intel group from Basra Palace might have helped

2012 Report Sadrists said armed resistance not politics forced US withdrawal Said reason why US agreed

to SOFA was because of militias Sadr tried to take credit for US withdrawal

2012 Report Iraqiya met and talked about how to replace PM Maliki Kurdish Coalition met in Irbil and also

talked about getting rid of Maliki Parties thought Maliki becoming 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)

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Prime Minister Becoming A Dictator? An Interview With Kirk Sowell Of Inside Iraqi Politics)

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki More Like Premier Nuri al-Sa’id Than Saddam? An Interview With Historian Phebe Marr)

2012 Report Allawi accused PM Maliki of arresting 100s of his opponents Said some were tortured to get

confessions Said 42 members of Allawi’s Iraqiya had been detained

2013 PM Maliki organized protest in Baghdad to support his govt Said Maliki should serve 3rd term

2013 Spokesman for Najaf clergy said that Maliki govt had to respond to demands of Sunni protests Also

called for govt to fight corruption and provide services Said Baghdad couldn’t ignore the people

2014 Sheikhs and an imam who were negotiating with insurgents to have them withdraw from Fallujah were

kidnapped by militants

2014 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his fighters to march towards Baghdad

2016 Integrity Comm approved 4 yr sentence for Interior Min Explosives dir Gen Jabiri for buying

fake bomb detectors Was found guilty of misdemeanor charges

2018 KRG Human Rights Comm said illegal detentions abuse torture still going on Abuse used to get confessions

2018 Protest in Basra against privatizing electricity

2019 Report Anbar security comm said that tribes were threatening families not to return

because accused of being IS sympathizers

2019 Report 2 mayors in Assyrian towns in Ninewa Plains said people were leaving due to

lack of jobs and services

2020 Protests in Baghdad Dhi Qar Diwaniya Karbala Babil Demonstrators burned Asaib Ahl

Al-Haq HQ in Najaf

2021 2 political parties formed out of protest movement 1 registered to run in next elections

2021 Report After Gen Suleimani and Muhandis killed by US Kataib Hezbollah Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba all competed to take over leadership of Hashd Kataib Hezbollah appeared to be behind IED attacks on convoys working for US Asaib Ahl Al-Haq used front group to fire rockets at Green Zone Oct 2019 Hashd began creating front groups to hide responsibility for attacks on US in Iraq

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