Friday, January 6, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 6 Accountability and Justice Comm banned 511 candidates from election for Baathist ties Part of Shiite parties effort to make election about Baathists


1909 Riots in Mosul killed Sheikh Said Sufi leader in Sulaymaniya Led his followers to

revolt cutting off trade in northern Mosul province

1921 Govt issued order to form Iraqi General Staff 1st unit of Iraqi army formed Recruited 250 former

Ottoman officers and sent them for British training

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1942 Court sentenced fmr PM Gaylani and 3 Golden Square colonels to death in absentia for 1941 coup

and Anglo-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The Nationalist Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

1948 Baghdad Law College students marched against talks over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Broken up by

police School shut down Part of Wathba/Grea Leap

1949 Student strikes started at College of Medicine Pharmaceutical College Law College in Baghdad

against govt while protests started in Hillah Najaf Basra Kirkuk Sulaymaniya Communists played leading role

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of The Iraqi Communist Party Interview With Univ of East Anglia’s Johan Franzen)

1949 PM Pachachi resigned over disagreements over Palestine and opposition Regent named Nuri al-Said

PM for 6th of 9 times Told parliament his main job was dealing with Communists Went after National Democratic Party as well

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review ‘Independent Iraq’ The Monarchy & British Influence, 1941-1958)

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

(Musings On Iraq review A History of Iraq)

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

1960 Gen Qasim refused to recognize Communists as a political party again They were his biggest


(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

1960 United Democratic Party of Kurdistan recognized as a political party by Qasim govt Had to

change name to Kurdistan Democratic Party Made up of urban Kurdish intellectuals

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

1965 Pres Arif ended martial law that had been in effect since 1958 coup

1981 Iran attacked towards Khafajiya in Khuzistan in Op Hoveyzeh Led to largest tank battle since

1973 Arab-Israeli War Iraq and Iran lost total of 3 tank battalions

1981 Iran recaptured Geilan Zarb in center near Diyala Iran lost total of 400 dead 450 Iraqis

captured Iran didn’t have troops to hold town so retreated to hills outside Was diversionary attack from main attack in Khafajiya in Khuzistan

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1986 Iraq started operation to try to retake Majnoon Island from Iranians

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

1987 Saddam called for ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War Rejected by Iran

(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)

1990 Jabouri tribe attempted to assassinate Saddam during military parade

1993 US Russia France England agreed to enforce UN Resolution 688 that condemned Iraq’s

repression of its population

1995 Tariq Aziz met with French Foreign Min Juppe in France to discuss ending sanctions

2003 Saddam said he was ready for war Accused UN inspectors of being spies

(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 IAEA asked State Dept for info about Iraq-Niger uranium deal

(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)

2003 IAEA head El Baradei no evidence of any suspicious Iraq nuclear activities

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

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

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

2003 Bush met with cabinet and said needed strong case vs Iraq for war

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy


(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

2003 Report 100 US Special Forces and 50 CIA officers had been sent into Iraq end of 2002 along

with Australian Jordanian British commandos to find targets for invasion

2004 2 Frenchmen shot and killed in Fallujah after car broke down

2008 Report Basra police chief transferred 1000 police outside city to try to diminish power of militias

Already transferred 2000 other police 

2010 Accountability and Justice Comm banned 511 candidates from 14 lists from election for Baathist ties

Iraqiya had most with 72 Was part of move by Shiite parties to make Baathists part of election

(Musings On Iraq Accountability And Justice Commission Attempts To Interfere In 2010 Elections)

(Musings On Iraq Return Of Sectarian Politics To Iraq)

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

2010 Chilcot Comm Chaplin UK Amb to Iraq 04-05 Said Allawi govt completely dysfunctional

Ministries didn’t work

2012 Report Doctors in Fallujah believed US white phosphorus and depleted uranium munitions used in

Battle of Fallujah led to birth defects in city Dr at general hospital registered 677 birth defects since Oct 09 Jul 2010 study found 12 fold increase in childhood cancer in Fallujah since 2004 Sep 2011 study hypothesized uranium could cause birth defects and cancer Direct connection never found Depleted uranium story began under Saddam as govt story to blame suffering under sanctions on US

2013 Report Interpol suspended work with Iraq Said judiciary lacked impartiality Were under influence of

political parties Made ruling unfair

2015 4 bodies found in Albu Bahani, Babil believed to have been kidnapped and executed by Hashd

2015 Report IS made strategic mistakes Depended upon taking territory and assets to sustain itself

Benefited from attacking weak enemies Summer 2014 offensive that took Mosul based upon local alliances with Sunnis and other insurgent groups Turned on all of them afterward Thought attack on Sinjar in Aug was mistake Brought KRG into war Beheading of US reporter Foley assured US involvement Hadn’t seized any major territory since seizing Hit Anbar in Oct

2019 Report after Baiji refinery freed equipment stolen Investigation was opened but then closed

due to pressure from Iran Looting done by Hashd

2020 Retired PM Abdul Mahdi said a legal memo was being drawn up to have US forces

leave Iraq Told US Amb to Iraq that 2 countries had to work together on withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq Iraq and US Struggling With American Military Withdrawal)

2020 Pres Salah received copy of US sanctions that would be imposed upon Iraq if US

            forces expelled from country

2020 US Marines told planning to withdraw from Iraq following request from parliament Def Sec Esper

then said US had no plans to leave Iraq

2021 PUK accused KDP of shutting it out of KRG administration Blamed KRG-Baghdad problems on


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