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This Day In Iraqi History - May 18 German planes attacked UK Transjordan force in Anbar Anglo-Iraq War


1941 British bombed Fallujah while troops began surrounding town

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s First Battle Of Fallujah 1941)

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

1941 Transjordan force arrived at Habaniya base in Anbar Were attacked by German planes

(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)

1948 Port of Basra protest against Anglo-Iraq Treaty

1948 Iraqi air force bombed Israeli airfield

1963 Talabani went to Egypt 2nd time to meet with Nasser

1972 Bakr govt said Iraq Petroleum Company had to restore production and come to terms or

face nationalization It refused

1985 Saudi Foreign Min Prince Faisal went to Tehran Offered to end aid to Iraq if Iran

accepted ceasefire Also talked about how much Iran wanted in reparations if war ended Saudis delivered refined oil to Iran as sign of goodwill Rafsanjani suggested Gulf States help overthrow Saddam In return Iran would not export its revolution and end war Saudis passed along idea to US that rejected it

1987 Iran launched 3rd naval attack upon Iraqi oil terminals in Basra

(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 Massoud Barzani announced deal with Saddam for greater Kurdish autonomy

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

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

1991 William Safire NYTimes OpEd Said Bush admin fraudulently used govt money to support

Iraq Deceived Congress about it Obstructed justice covering up policy from investigators Called it Iraqgate

(Musings On Iraq review Spider’s Web, The secret history of how the White House illegally armed Iraq)

1993 Clinton Admin announced dual containment policy of Iraq and Iran

(Musings On Iraq review The Regime Change Consensus, Iraq In American Politics 1990-2003)

1994 US pushed through UN call for Iraq to stop attacks on southern marshes as part of

ending sanctions

2002 Blair govt issued order to prepare for military action against Iraq

2003 Former NY City Police Commissioner Kerik sent to be Iraq’s Interior Minister under

CPA Said he found no plan in place in Baghdad and Interior Ministry was staffed by 12 Americans plus him

(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post-invasion Iraq) 

(Musings On Iraq American Negligence In Iraq Or How The United States Failed To Plan For Security The Country Part One Of A Two Part Interview With Jerry Burke Former Advisor To The Baghdad Police And Interior Ministry)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter 12 Reconstructing Iraqi Security Forces)

2003 UK Foreign Office memo looting continued in Baghdad Interior and Information

Ministries were recently looted

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

2003 Sheikh Naifus of Albu Alwan tribe in Babil who had been arrested for executions

following 91 uprising released by US

2003 Fighting continued in Kirkuk between Kurds and Arabs 5 killed 40 injured Armed

Kurds from Hawija arrived in city to join in

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

(Musings On Iraq How Did Kirkuk Become Such A Divisive Issue? A Portrait of The City In


2003 CPA set four pay grades for govt workers and increased pensions Meant to boost

consumption CPA couldn’t pay salaries at time

2004 Sadr called on Iraqis to rise up against US in Najaf

(Musings On Iraq review Battle For The City Of The Dead)

2004 Ayatollah Sistani called on all armed forces to withdraw from Najaf and not to join

Sadr’s uprising

2004 Bremer sent note to Def Sec Rumsfeld Said Iraq needed 2 more divisions of troops

(Musings On Iraq review Days Of Fire, Bush and Cheney in the White House)

2004 Pentagon announced it would end funding INC in June 2004

2004 DepSecDef Wolfowitz wouldn’t give timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq after

sovereignty returned in Senate testimony

2005 Several US generals said it would take years for the US to withdraw from Iraq because

taking long time to rebuild Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

2005 Report Only 3 of 81 Iraqi army battalions capable of acting independently Only 1 of 26

army brigades able to work independently

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2005 Zarqawi audiotape posted Titled Descendants of Ibn al-Alqami Are Back Alqami Shiite

minister Sunnis believed turned over Baghdad to Mongols in 1258 Zarqawi said Ibn Tarmiya’s words about Shiites applied to today Said Shiites were loyal to Jews and Christians humiliated Muslims in Iraq and wanted to destroy Islam

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation

2008 PM Maliki promised $100 mil for rebuilding Mosul after Mother of Two Rivers

operation Never happened

2008 Report Most ISI fighters fled Mosul before security op began ISF captured ISI emir for


2008 Accordance Front MP said Baghdad agreed to integrate 20% of Ninewa Sahwa and

7,000 locals into security forces

2008 Sadr ceasefire in Baghdad finally took effect

2008 Police raided Sadr offices in Basra and captured large weapons cache and arrested


2008 Dawa member said no Awakening group could become part of govt Came as

Accordance Front boycotting cabinet Awakening offered substitutes

2009 Report Integrity Commission official said Def Min officials charged $500 to join army

            Trade Min sold food rations to businesses

(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)

2009 Report US officials thought 25% of Defense Ministry payroll stolen

2009 Head of Islamic Party in Diyala and Sawha leader arrested on terrorism charges as part

of Op Promise of Good II Warrants for 3 other members of Diyala council issued by PM Maliki dropped due to protests by parliament Arrests part of Maliki’s crackdown on Sunnis before and after provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq New Political Crackdown In Diyala)

2009 Baghdad released tape of man they claimed was ISI leader Baghdadi confessing Was

not Baghdadi

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Responds To Renewed Violence Pt. 1: Al Qaeda’s Prince Arrested Or An Imposter?)

(Musings On Iraq on false story of arresting Baghdadi)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2010 Interior Ministry source claimed Iranian explosives and shells used in recent bombing

in southern Iraq

2010 Sadrists said they supported Jaafari to be PM not Maliki

2010 Cabinet approved deal to allow KRG to export oil again

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Oil Exports Placed On Hold Until New Iraqi Government Seated)

2012 Human Rights Watch reported secret prison in Green Zone run by PM Maliki said to be

closed in March 2011 still operating

2012 KRG began preparations to build independent oil pipeline to Turkey

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Kurds’ Gambit On Pipelines To Turkey May Not Pan Out)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Government Tries To Punish Kurdistan For Independent Energy Policy)

(Musings On Iraq The State Of The Kurdish Regional Government In Iraq, An Interview With National Defense Univ’s Dr Denise Natali)

2013 Protest leaders in Mosul Anbar Salahaddin Diyala Kirkuk had meeting saying armed

struggle or regions only options left

(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)

2013 Arrest warrant for Mohammed Abu Risha Ramadi protest leader led to gunfight with

ISF in city 10 police kidnapped

(Musings On Iraq Rising Tensions In Iraq’s Anbar Province, Raids, Kidnapped Soldiers, Collapse of Talks Offer)

2013 35 soldiers kidnapped in Anbar

2014 Head of Mosul intelligence claimed he received report ISIS planning to attack Mosul

and told Ninewa Operations Command

2014 Babil police chief claimed Jurf al-Sakhr mostly cleared of insurgents District actually

wouldn’t be freed until Oct

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Southern Front Babil Province Where The Islamic State Has Free Reign)

(Musings On Iraq Twelve Security Operations Later And Iraq’s Northern Babil Is No Less Safe)

2014 Financial experts warned Iraqi economy heading towards recession

2014 Report that 400,000 people fled Fallujah due to shelling and barrel bombing by ISF

(Musings On Iraq Human Cost Of Government Shelling And Air Strikes On Iraq’s Fallujah)

2015 PUK’s Mahmoud Othman criticized Pres Barzani for talking about independence and

acting like sole leader of Kurds

2015 Foreign diplomat in Baghdad said Iran using VP Maliki against PM Abadi Opposed his

pro-Western policies

2015 Fighting broke out between Bani Tamim tribe and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Basra

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

2015 Badr head Amiri blamed Anbar council for loss of Ramadi because kept Hashd out of

province Hashd were there for months

(Musings On Iraq interview The Political Fallout From The Loss Of Iraq’s Ramadi Interview With EPIC’s Ahmed Ali)

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2015 IS called on medical professionals to return to Mosul or have their property


2017 Clash between Federal Police and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in east Baghdad after car stopped

and passengers started shooting

2017 Report Video leaked of head of Shiite Endowment saying non-Muslims only had 3

options take up jihad convert to Islam or pay tax Christians filed lawsuit against head

2018 763 bodies pulled from west Mosul in 3 days Said to be IS members and families Ninewa governor claimed total of 2,654 bodies recovered from west Mosul More than 9,000 total from city

2018 Sadr won most seats in election 54 seats in parliament Fatah 48 Nasr 42 State of Law 25 KDP 24 Wataniya 21 Hikma 19 PUK 18

(Musings On Iraq May 2018 Elections Triumph For Iraqi Democracy Failure Iraq’s Parties)

(Musings On Iraq Seat Allocation Announced For Iraq’s New Parliament)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Election Results All 18 Provinces)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Edinburgh Univ PhD student Benedict Robin on Sadr-Communist alliance and May election)

2019 Report Exxon withdrawing some of its staff from Basra due to US-Iran tensions

(Musings On Iraq Did The US Detect A Credible Threat From Iran Or React To Iran Preparing For US Attack?)

2019 Report IS burned fields in Jalawla Muqdadiya Qara Tappa in Diyala Also in

Salahaddin Attacked village south of Mosul burned 20 homes 4th time attacked in 2 wks Govt said it would arm villages in area People from 30 villages fled in Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

2020 Pro-Iran Hashd attacked Saudi run TV station in Baghdad after aired show calling Abu

Muhandis a terrorist for bombing Iraqi embassy in Lebanon in 1982

2020 Workers stormed Basra Gas Company Shell withdrew foreign staff afterward Govt

wasn’t paying Gas Company due to financial crisis with collapse of oil prices Meant company couldn’t pay its workers

2021 Protest in Karbala Said they would boycott 2021 election

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