Friday, February 24, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 25 1000s protested in Day of Rage against political system across Iraq 23 killed by police



1917 British attacked retreating Ottoman forces from Kut at Husaini bend British suffered

556 casualties

1924 1st parliamentary elections completed

1984 Iranian troops headed towards Shatt al-Arab in Basra Reached Fish Lake and Majnoon Islands

1984 Iraqis used mustard gas against Iranians to try to turn back Op Kheibar All Iraqi reserves sent to


(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Use Of Chemical Weapons In Iran-Iraq War And Their Western Origin)

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

1984 Iraq began offensive attacking Iran’s ports and oil facilities along with shipping in Persian Gulf

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1985 Iraqi military intel warned Saddam Iranian offensive in Basra marshes imminent

(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)

1990 Arab Cooperation Council meeting Saddam said Iraq’s economy needed to be saved with cash Asked

for $30 bil Said if Gulf states didn’t pay Iraq knew how to get money

1991 Soviets offered another peace plan and Iraq accepted it

1991 Iraq launched 2nd missile strike on Israel’s nuclear reactor in Negev Iraqi SCUD missiles hit US army

barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killed 28 and wounded over 100 Gulf War

1991 US and UK destroyed Iraqi 26th Inf Div and 52nd Arm Div routing Iraqi 7th Corps on

western flank Iraqi 12th Armored Div counterattacked in Kuwait Suffered heavy losses

1991 3 Republican Guard divisions ordered to west flank to block Coalition VII Corps

(Musings On Iraq review M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural, Operation Desert Storm 1991)

1991 US Marine helicopters made attack upon Kuwaiti coast to tie down Iraqi forces there

1991 Iraqis made first counterattacks in Kuwait but were destroyed Ordered forces to retreat from Kuwait

City to Basra Radio Baghdad announced withdrawal from Kuwait and that it would follow UN Resolution 660

1991 Coalition intercepted Iraqi withdrawal order Blocking force not in place to stop fleeing

Iraqis Ordered air strikes to destroy Iraqi forces

1991 Sec of State Baker Natl Sec Adv Scowcroft said if Saddam remained in power UN sanctions would

stay in place

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

2001 Sunday Times report Said Iraq had nuclear weapons and tested them based upon Iraqi

defector and INC Story false

2002 1st war game for Iraq invasion ran at Scott Air Force Base Illinois

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

2003 Army chief Gen Shinseki told Senate US needed several hundred 1000 troops to successfully

occupy Iraq Made Def Sec Rumsfeld angry He told press Iraq would not need several hundred 1000 troops

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


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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told his dep Wolfowitz to complain to Army Sec White about Shinseki’s

comments to Senate that Iraq would need several hundred 1000 troops

2003 PM Blair told CENTCOM cmdr Gen Franks UN had to play a major role in postwar Iraq

2003 Gen Franks told UK cmdr Adm Boyce US not thinking of WWII type Japanese or German

rebuilding effort in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

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

2003 Iraqi opposition meeting in Salahaddin, Irbil Couldn't agree on a govt in exile

2003 KRG parliament passed resolution rejecting foreign troops in Kurdistan Was warning to Turkey

2004 Insurgents killed deputy police chief in Mosul

2004 CPA press briefing Gen Kimmitt was asked why US helicopters flew so low and told it was scaring

kids Kimmitt replied Iraqis had to know that was the sound of freedom and they should be re-assured

2007 Report ISI killing opponents in Anbar including imams and sheikhs that spoke out against it

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

2007 Suicide Bomber detonated device inside Mustansiriya Univ Baghdad 41 dead 55 wounded

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2007 Sadr spokesman called on the ISF to protect the Iraqi people and not accept aid from U.S. Said no

security plan could work under the occupation

2007 Report Sadr purging Mahdi Army Suspended up to 40 commanders Sadr officials claimed they

were trying to purge those close to Iran and set up central control of militia Allowed some of his militia to be arrested by ISF

2007 Maliki govt claimed Iran halted all aid to militias

2010 Iraqi National Dialogue Front said it ended boycott of 2010 election and would run as part of

Iraqiya after its leader Salah al-Mutlaq was banned

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

2010 Report 8 Christians killed in Mosul over last 10 days Students and workers not going out

Community receiving threats

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

2010 State Dept memo said Saudis spending lots of money on political parties before 2010 election

because opposed Shiite led govt

(Musings On Iraq Turkey, Saudi Arabia, And Iran’s Role In Putting Together A New Iraqi Government)

(Musings On Iraq review A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, The Saudi Struggle For Iraq)

2010 PM Maliki’s office announced it was rehiring 20,000 former officers fired by the U.S. in 2003

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Reject DeBaathification Of Army And Police Officers)

2010 Ayatollah Najafi said Education Water Electricity Agriculture Oil and Trade Ministries


(Musings On Iraq Corruption Charges Thrown Around Before March Iraq Elections)

(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)

2010 US military leaked report to Wash Post columnist Ignatius Said Iranian Rev Guards Quds

Force pushed for ISCI Sadrists Fadhila INC and fmr PM Jaafari to form the Iraqi National Alliance for the 2010 election Said Iran paid ISCI $9 mil/mo Sadr $8 mil/mo to help with campaigning Said Iran had list of 600 Iran-Iraq War veterans it wanted killed

(Musings On Iraq Is The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Too Distracted By Internal Affairs To Be Meddling In Iraq Right Now?)

2010 Karbala fired 10 professors for Baathist ties Said 40 other educators employed by the govt

were also Baathists Part of campaign by Shiite parties to make Baathism main issue in 2010 election

2010 Report 11 injured in fighting between Gorran and PUK supporters in Sulaymaniya Govt

imposed curfew Police deployed Supporters out every night driving around city and chanting slogans

2011 PM Maliki gave TV speech Said Baathists behind protests Said ISI would attack them Called on

people not to participate

2011 1000s protested in Day of Rage against political system in Baghdad Ninewa Qadisiya Wasit

Salahaddin Basra Dhi Qar Anbar Sulaymaniya Kirkuk Irbil 29 killed by security forces during protests 100s arrested by ISF TV channel offices raided staff beat for covering protests Another had reporters arrested

(Musings On Iraq February 25, Iraq’s “Day of Rage”)

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Government Cracks Down On Media Coverage Of Protests)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Is The Most Dangerous Place In The World For Journalists)

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

2011 Baghdad police broke up protest using water cannons and live ammo Afterward claimed didn’t use

live ammo Raided 9 media outlets Arrested 33 journalists 12 beaten

2011 Dep Interior Min said Day of Rage was a Baathist coup attempt

(Musings On Iraq Government Moves To Suppress Protests In Iraq)

2011 Protests in Sulaymaniya Chamchamal Kalar Sayid Sadiq Hawija Riyad Irbil Guards fired at crowd in

Chamchamal killing one Govt offices burnt in Hawija 3 police killed Protesters demanded freedom at universities removing parties from govt admin re-doing KRG constitution appointing technocrats to govt justice for police that shot at demonstrations cutting salaries of top officials 7 members of Gorran arrested in Irbil

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Kurdistan Broke Up Two Months Of Protests)

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)

2011 Pres Talabani went to Kuwait independence day in 3rd move to normalize relations between 2


2011 PM Maliki forced out Basra Governor Abbud after Day of Rage protests

2012 Sadr said PM Maliki becoming a dictator

2012 Rudaw did investigation into Iranian deal in KRG Found $500 mil had been stolen by Iranians Up to

100 businesses were said to have lost money in deal

2012 Protest in Baghdad to commemorate 2011 demonstrations

2013 Report Since 2006 $21 bil invested in KRG $12 bil gone to Irbil $6 bil to Sulaymaniya In 2011 $12 bil

invested in non-oil sector Mostly in real estate 50-60% of foreign companies in KRG Turkish

2013 Report Oil Min Luaibi claimed Turkey did not agree to KRG’s independent oil pipeline without

Baghdad’s approval Jan KRG began independent exports to Turkey

2014 Report Angola’s Sonangol decided to withdraw from 2 fields in Ninewa it won in 2009 auction Said

lack of security reason Sonangol had 75% stack in both fields

2015 Report Gulf Keystone threatened to sell its holdings in KRG because it hadn’t been paid

2019 Human Rights Watch Aid workers and lawyers harassed and arrested in Ninewa Some

charged with terrorism Since Jan 2018 22 cases

2021 Police fired into crowd in Nasiriya killing one despite PM Kazemi order that live ammo not

be used on demonstrations Was 3rd killed in city Were demanding governor resign

(Musings On Iraq 3 Protesters Killed By Police In Dhi Qar)

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

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

2021 Report 90% of money smuggled out of Iraq done by politicians and govt officials

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Touts Reforms That Haven’t Happened To Claim Economic Crisis Over)

2021 Report Jan drone attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iraq Awliya Waad al-Haq claimed

responsibility Said it was revenge for Jan bombings in Baghdad

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