Monday, May 1, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - May 2 King Faisal II born



1854 Riot in Mosul versus Ottoman reforms Attacked Christians and Jews for businesses they ran

and control of taxes that caused resentment

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

1935 Faisal II future king of Iraq born

1935 Police attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha Air force bombed area

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970)

1941 UK cmdr at Habaniya base Anbar consulted London Got permission to attack Iraqis

by camp Bombed Iraqis starting Anglo-Iraq War UK lost 22 planes and 10 pilots

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

1941 Iraq launched air strike upon Habaniya base in retaliation Shelled airfield damaging 40 planes

UK lost 13 dead and 20 wounded

1941 Grand Mufti in Baghdad declared jihad against British after attack on Iraqi forces in Habaniya

1941 Iraqi forces took British fort at Rutba, Anbar

1941 British troops broke up angry mob of Iraqis at Zubeila, Basra

1941 Iraqi govt asked Germany for diplomatic relations to be restored and military aid including


1941 UK Chiefs of Staff ordered MidEast Commander Gen Wavell to make plans to destroy Iraq’s

oil pipelines

1941 Iraq’s 1st Inf Brigade ordered from Baghdad to Ramadi to block UK troops from Transjordan

being sent to Habaniya Air Base 11th Inf Brigade sent to Habaniya air base

1941 British took Iraq out of Sterling zone and had foreign banks closed to impose economic

sanctions on Gaylani govt

(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 protested against Anglo-Iraq Treaty

1953 King Faisal II became of age to directly rule Iraq replacing Regent al-Ilah

1965 Govt launched new military offensive against Kurds that was eventually defeated

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

1966 Army attacked Zuzik and Gero Umar Agha in Kurdistan but were pushed back by

Barzani’s forces

1983 Iran and Iraq exchanged 55 prisoners of war in Turkey

(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 Shiite rebels claimed to have killed 180 Iraqi soldiers in 9 different attacks in south

1995 Saddam held meeting to discuss whether Iraq should continue to cooperate with UN weapons


(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 Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2003 Oil Ministry re-opened after invasion Thamir Ghabban announced as new Oil Minister

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter 13 Restarting Oil Production)

(Musings On Iraq Rebuilding Iraq’s Oil Sector In A War Zone 2003-2005)

(Musings On Iraq Review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)

2003 ORHA report many ministry buildings in Baghdad had been taken over by different groups

2003 UK DefMin Hoon told Sec Def Rumsfeld ORHA had to deliver in Iraq

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

2003 1st report that Bush was considering appointing Bremer to take over in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Ch 6 Lost In Transition May-July 2003)

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

2003 Sadr said Christians in Iraq had to follow Islamic Law not sell alcohol women had to be covered

2003 Ayatollah Jannati Sec Gen Iran’s Council of Guardians called on Iraqis to carry out martyrdom

ops to drive US from Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2003 INC aide Brooke said Iraqi people might convince Chalabi to become country’s new president

2004 Joint Chiefs head Gen Myers in TV interview fired Gen Salah head of Fallujah Brigade

2007 Islamic Army Mujahedeen Army faction of Ansar al-Sunna and al-Fatihin Army formed

Reformation and Jihad Front to fight ISI

2007 Karki and Shimour tribes signed peace deal in Diyala promised to fight ISI

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 Fmr head Intl Recon Fund Facility for Iraq Bell said US and UK went about reconstruction

wrong Said should have built institutions and personnel first instead of large infrastructure projects Said lack of security undermined rebuilding and led to brain drain that meant Iraq couldn’t maintain projects

2008 Insurgents beheaded 11 police officers in western Anbar

2008 Sadr refused to meet with Iraqi delegation in Iran to end Charge of Knights

2008 Report Gen Petraeus and Amb Crocker talked UK into keeping 4000 troops in Basra Would help

train Iraqi 14th Army Div

2008 Report Gen Petraeus said more than 1000 Iranian weapons found in Basra Said was huge


(Musings On Iraq A History Of Iranian Weapons Shipments To Iraq Interview With Arkenstone Blog’s Galen Wright)

2009 Sadr made first public appearance in 2 years in Turkey to meet followers Had fled Iraq over fear

of US assassination during Surge

(Musings On Iraq Sadrist Sighting In Turkey)

2010 Report Pres Barzani said he believed in dividing Iraq into 3 federal areas along ethnosectarian


2010 Iran Iraq announced deal to develop 5 oil fields that straddle two countries

2011 Basra and Najaf tribes joined protest in Anbar against extending US troop stay in Iraq past end

of year

2011 Parliament investigation of Jan ISI prison break in Basra said had help from 2 intelligence


2011 Fallujah Waste Water plant started partially working Building plant started 2004 after 1st Battle

of Fallujah

2011 Pres Talabani sent letter to parliament to veto law banning Article 136b that allowed ministers to

block corruption investigations Talabani no longer had veto power

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Repeals Article Used To Block Corruption Investigations)

2011 Court in Sulaymaniya ordered arrest of top protest organizer Security forces filed lawsuit against

organizer for unlicensed protests

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

2012 Supreme Court issued decision weakening parliament’s ability to question ministers

2013 Fake bomb maker Jim McCormick got 10 yrs prison for fraud in making detectors Iraq continued

to use them 7,000 sold to Iraq for $2,500-$30,000 each Only cost $50 to make

(Musings On Iraq Conviction Of Fake Bomb Detector Maker In England Changes Nothing On The Ground in Iraq)

2013 Parliamentary investigation said ISF used excessive force when attacked Hawija

protest site ISF refused to talk to investigators Defense Min Dulaimi reportedly said the protesters were terrorists

2013 Report US invasion devastated Iraq’s health care system 2011 WHO found 7.8 doctors per

10,000 Only higher than Morocco and Yemen in Mideast

2013 Report Around 4 mil govt workers Highest per capita in Mideast Study found 54% of workers

illiterate Only 6% had primary school diplomas

2013 KDP MP claimed 2 term limit on president didn’t apply to Barzani because appointed in 2005

and only elected once in 2009

(Musings On Iraq President Barzani Attempting To Manipulate Political System For A 3rd Term In Iraq’s Kurdistan)

2014 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that ISIS had always pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda

2014 Naqshibandi and ISIS fought in Diyala for 3 months Report Naqshibandi okayed killing ISIS

members in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq More Reports Of Insurgent In-Fighting In Iraq)

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

2014 Ground forces commander Gen Ghidan said Amiriya Fallujah in east Anbar cleared of insurgents

2014 Report election observers found parties replaced and forged ballots in Anbar Said Election

Comm accepted ballot boxes that were marked for violations and boxes that had not been counted

2015 Report IS controlled 90% of Baiji refinery and 200 ISF trapped inside

2017 Report Interviewed people from Jadida Mosul about US bombing of house that killed around

280 US claimed IS was using house 1 survivor rejected that ISF said IS explosion destroyed house People said not true

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 198, May 2, 2017)

2019 Sheikh Mahlawi head of Abu Mahal tribe in Anbar said IS families should not return

because they would be killed

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