Wednesday, May 10, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - May 10 Army forced PM Talib to resign Pres Arif became PM



1920 Nationalist Haras al-Istiqlal decided to increase campaign for independence in

Baghdad Agreed on joint Sunni-Shiite events during annual religious ceremonies

1923 Sir Henry Dobbs wrote US Consul in Iraq that King Faisal was not a strong leader and

he expected trouble from his rule

1936 Opposition leaders Hikmat al-Sulaiman Abu al-Timman Jamil al-Midfai Tawfiq

Suwaidi petitioned King Ghazi Complained PM Hashemi cracked down upon them

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

1941 New German ambassador to Iraq arrived in Mosul with 2 He 111 bombers

(Musings On Iraq interview World War II In Iraq and Syria Interview With Case Western’s Prof Broich)

1941 Iraqis abandoned Fort Rutba in Anbar allowing British to capture it

1941 UK India cmdr Gen Auchinlek advocated occupying Baghdad Mosul Kirkuk to

preclude German intervention Mideast cmdr Gen Wavell told Auchinlek that Iraq not as important as other fronts and he had limited resources

1941 UK Mideast cmdr Gen Wavell told Churchill attack on Baghdad could start Arab revolt

Wavell told Churchill some Jordanian forces already refused to go to Iraq Wavell finally gave order for forces in Jordan to head for Habaniya Anbar Wavell ordered that Baghdad was not to be occupied

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

1950 Grenade thrown at car company owned by Jews in Baghdad 4 injured 2nd of 7 such attacks on

Jews 1950-51

1950 Iraq prosecuted Jews for grenade attacks claiming Zionist plot to get Jews to move to Israel

Opponents argued most Jews already leaving Iraq so no need to scare them

1959 General Federation of Peasant Societies Law passed legalizing peasant groups Big victory for

Communists who were organizing peasants to push Gen Qasim to give it role in govt

(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)

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

1967 PM Naji Talib forced to resign by military Pres Abdul Rahman Arif became premier

1968 Pres Arif announced amendment to interim constitution that would extend his rule for 2 more


1976 New Kurdish rebellion led by PUK started Kurds backed by Soviet Union, Syria, Iran, Libya

2002 Gen Franks discussed war plans with Sec Def Rumsfeld who was afraid Iraq might take

initiative and launch a pre-emptive attack

2002 Gen Franks briefed NSC on Middle Eastern countries and their role in invasion plans

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

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

2002 CIA briefing book on Iraq’s WMD mentioned 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 Bremer sent draft of order disbanding Iraqi military to Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz Iraq cmdr Gen

Franks ORHA head Garner

2003 Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim head of SCIRI returned to Iraq from Iran

2003 Outgoing ORHA head Garner flew to Qatar to brief incoming CPA head Bremer on

situation in Iraq CENTCOM Dep chief of planning Col Agoglia briefed him on plan to bring back Iraqi army Bremer didn’t say he was going to disband army

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

2003 US forces surrounded Iranian opposition group Mujahadeen e-Khalq camp and demanded they


2004 Bush told Sec Def Rumsfeld he was doing a super job and US owed him a debt in middle of

Abu Ghraib scandal

2004 Human Rights Min Turki told Guardian Bremer warned in 2003 about prisoner abuse by US


2004 PM Blair denied he knew about British forces abusing Iraqi prisoners

2004 US and ISF began returning to Fallujah

2004 Finance Min Chalabi sent letter to judge telling him to stop investigating ministry for corruption

2005 Parliament created 55 member constitution drafting committee but only 2 Sunni members

(Musings On Iraq How Faults With Iraq’s Constitution Undermines The Country, Interview with Constitutional Scholar Zaid Al-Ali)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq’s Future, How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy)

2006 Several insurgent groups gave demands to US military Included unity of Iraq Cancellation of

Transitional Admin Law Holding new elections Purging army Recalling Saddam era officers

2008 Sadr announced ceasefire ending most fighting in Baghdad Led to many Special Groups and

Asaib Ahl Al-Haq to flee to Iran

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

2008 Op Mother of Two Rivers started in Mosul after Charge of Knights ended Mosul main insurgent

base after Surge Offensive announced publicly before started so many insurgents left

(Musings On Iraq The Security Situation In Mosul)

2009 National Sec Min Waili said IS leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was not who govt said Hamid

Dawood Mohammed Khalil al-Zawi Waili was wrong

2010 Kurdish list in Ninewa said open to deal with Hadbaa to join provincial council which Kurds had

boycotted since 09

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

2010 ISI carried out coordinated car bombings in Baghdad Hillah Iskandiriya Basra 30 killed 226


2010 Iranian helicopters attacked Kurdish villages and got into shootout with Peshmerga trying to

target PJAK

2011 Analyst est Iraq lost $493 bil 03-11 due to bad administration planning and project delays

2011 Army chief of staff Gen Zebari said US withdrawal would be bad for security in Iraq because

ISF not ready to defend country until 2020

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Army Chief Of Staff Changes His Tune On Extending U.S. Military Presence)

2011 Allawi released insulting letter to PM Maliki in response to letter from premier

2011 Protest in Mosul demanding US withdrawal release of prisoners govt reform

2013 Report Start of May speech at Fallujah protest side demanded PM Maliki resign or there would

be civil war Speaker Nujafi warned of civil war and blamed Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Protest Movement Splits Over Federalism)

2016 Report Pro-Iran Hashd called PM Abadi puppet of US and ineffective Called for Hashd to

lead war vs IS not ISF Called for alliance with Iran and Russia Wanted a Hashd ministry to have role in govt

2018 Report Video posted showing cash hidden in boxes shipped from Iran with campaign posters

for Fatah Video said 31 boxes confiscated in Diyala

2019 Report Anti-Corruption Council threatened to charge media if didn’t provide

evidence within 2 weeks about corruption stories they reported 2 fmr MPs said council trying to stop talking about corruption rather than going after corruption

2020 PM Kazemi said ISF needed to respect human rights and prevent shooting at protesters

(Musings On Iraq Will Iraq’s PM Follow Through With Promise To Punish Those That Attacked Protests?)

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

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

2020 Funeral at protest square in Dhi Qar for slain activist Protest in Baghdad called for PM Kazemi

to step down Wasit protesters burned Badr office Also demonstrations in Najaf Karbala Basra

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq Can New Govt Respond To Their Demands?)

2021 State of Law office in Babil and Iranian consulate in Karbala set on fire after Karbala activist

Wazni assassinated

2021 Human Rights Comm said 89 assassination attempts against demonstrators since 2019

Journalist shot in Diwaniya for covering protests

(Musings On Iraq New Wave of Protests In Iraq Over Executions Of Activists)

2021 Lockheed Martin withdrew F-16 maintenance crews after rocket attacks on Balad Air Base

some went to Irbil Rest went back to US

(Musings On Iraq Attacks By Pro-Iran Groups Force American F-16 Contractors To Withdraw)

2021 Iraq asked to buy Exxon’s share of West Qurna 1 oil field Part of Exxon’s withdrawal from

Iraq because of unhappiness with business environment

2021 3 parties formed out of protest movement said they were withdrawing from election over

assassination of Karbala activist Wazni

(Musings On Iraq Protest Parties Withdraw From 2021 Election After Activist Assassinated)

2021 Thar Allah guards fired into crowd of protesters at party’s HQ in Basra killing 1 and

wounding several 2 Thar Allah members later convicted

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