Saturday, January 7, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 7 Iran fired missiles at Anbar and Irbil in retaliation for deaths of Gen Suleimani and Abu Muhandis

(Al Sumaria)


866 Ibn Tahir negotiated deal to split revenues of Baghdad with Samarra and depose Abbasid Caliph

Mutasin in return

1916 British made 3rd attack on Shaikh Saad with reinforcements Still stalemated Jan 6-7

British lost 4,700 casualties Turks 4,000

1917 British made diversionary attacks along Tigris River to draw Ottoman forces away from

Khadairi Bend fort

1920 UK Foreign Sec Lord Curzon told Col Cornwallis of Foreign Office to talk to Faisal Tell him

he could become king of Iraq if he got his father the Sharif of Hijaz to back Versailles Treaty Faisal would have to do all the work

(Musings On Iraq review Empires of the Sand, The Struggle For Mastery In The Middle East 1789-1923)

1921 UK PM Lloyd George agreed to Churchill’s request to create Colonial Office with him as its

head to run Mesopotamia and Palestine

1950 British memo said Iraqi Military Mission in Damascus was preparing for coup in Damascus

to join Iraq and Syria

(Musings On Iraq review Ropes Of Sand)

1974 Baath Party congress organized by Saddam called for one party state

(Musings On Iraq review The Ba’thification of Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s Totalitarianism)

1981 Largest tank battle since 1973 Arab-Israeli war continued for 2nd day in Op Hoveyzeh Iraq and

Iran lost total of 3 tank battalions

1981 Iran recaptured Geilan Zarb in central front Iran lost total of 400 dead Iran didn’t have

troops to hold town so retreated to hills outside

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

1981 Iran attacked Arkavaz central front Iraqi forces retreated without much of a fight

(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)

1993 US and allies attack missiles moved into No Fly Zone and a nuclear facility near Baghdad

2003 IAEA went to Al Qaim facility 3rd time US claimed was an active Iraqi nuclear plant Found it


(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 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 review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a 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 2nd time over federalism Kurds objected to federalism based

upon provinces Wanted one based upon ethnicity so KRG maintained

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2004 CPA southern coordinator Gfoeller argued Sadr and his henchmen should be arrested for murder of

Ayatollah Khoei

2005 Insurgents attacked power lines in Salahaddin that caused brief national blackout

2006 Report US held talks with insurgents inside and outside Iraq since fall 2005 Not much

progress said to have been made

2006 Report insurgents expressed complaints and splits with Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 19 The Iraqi Civil War Comes Into The Open, January-June 2006)

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2007 ISI issued Baghdad defense plan Called for locals to create local defense units Divide

neighborhoods into sectors each with its own defensive plan Insurgents would launch offensive ops against Shiite areas

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2007 Report Insurgent groups willing to talk with US Called off negotiations after Saddam’s execution

Dec 30 Demands were unreasonable such as dismissing Maliki govt and replacing it with a political and military council

2008 Report Iraqi Red Crescent said ¼ of Baghdad’s population displaced Many went from district to

district in city Number didn’t include those that had left city altogether

2010 Chilcot Inquiry Dir of general operational policy said UK made truce with Mahdi Army so it could

withdraw from Basra Talks started Jun 07 Claimed withdrawal was a success and sowed dissension amongst Sadrists

2010 Report UK felt it was in proxy war with Iran in Basra Heard commands to Special Groups in Farsi

Team that kidnapped 5 Brits from Finance Min in Baghdad also heard speaking Farsi Jun 07 Defense Min said it foiled Iranian plot to kidnap UK soldiers in Bsara

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2010 Iranian with explosives communication and eavesdropping devices arrested in Wasit

2012 Sadr said he would dissolve Mahdi Army Said no need for it after US withdrawal Didn’t happen

2012 Badr official called for army made up of Badr and Mahdi Army that would fight for Assad govt in

Syria Blamed Saudis for destabilizing Syria

2014 Sheikh Abu Risha claimed Fallujah under tribal and police control Was under insurgent control

2017 Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate report 45 cases of violations against media in KRG Included 2

killed and another survived a bombing 44 journalists banned from covering a story

2018 Report ISF forcing displaced to return to unsafe areas of Anbar Displaced and aid workers said was

being done so election could be held on time Aid workers said army trucks showed up at displaced camps with list of people who had a few hours to pack and then sent back to home areas Nov-Jan 2400-5000 forced out of camps Joint Ops Command spokesman said displaced had to go home now IS defeated

2020 Iran fired ballistic missiles at Ain Al-Assad Base in Anbar and at Irbil causing some

Iraqi casualties Tehran said was revenge for killing Iran Rev Guards Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani 64 US personnel wounded

(Musings On Iraq Could Missile Attack On Iraqi Bases Defuse US-Iran Tensions?)

2020 Funeral procession for Gen Suleimani attacked Nasiriya protest site 2nd time Fired into

crowd killing 6

(Musings On Iraq Funeral for Iran’s Gen Suleimani And Hashd Leader Muhandis Used To Attack Protesters)

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

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

2021 Activist in Nasiriya arrested as part of govt crackdown on protests Restarted demonstrations in


(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

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