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This Day In Iraqi History - May 20 Bush said he opposed lifting sanctions on Iraq as long as Saddam in power


1917 Sharif Hussein of Nijaz agreed to UK control of Baghdad vilayet after WWI

1941 German planes attacked British Habaniya air base in Anbar

(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)

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

1950 1st flight of Near East Air Transport Took Iraqi Jews to Israel Airline was owned by

Jewish Agency who worked to get Jews to move to Israel

1950 When Israel created Iraqi govt banned immigration Mar 1950 govt allowed temporary

immigration for one year Stripped Jews of Iraqi citizenship and govt confiscated their property

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1950 Note from Lebanese Amb in Baghdad to Syrian Foreign Minister Bey said Iraq wanted

to seize Syria

(Musings On Iraq review Ropes Of Sand)

1982 Iranian Op Bait al-Moqaddas Entered Khorramshahr and destroyed bridge over Shatt

al-Arab waterway

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

1984 Iraq sank Panamanian oil tanker in Persian Gulf in tanker war

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

1985 Iranian offensive into Iraqi southern marshes to seize Basra-Baghdad highway ended in


1985 Saudis offered peace deal while Prince Faisal visited Iran Rejected by Tehran

1986 Iran ended Op Al Fajr 9 in Kurdistan

(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)

1987 Iraq ended 1st phase of attacks upon Kurdish villages

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)

1991 Bush said he would oppose lifting sanctions on Iraq as long as Saddam was in power

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review Neighbors, Not Friends, Iraq And Iran After The Gulf Wars)

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

(Musings On Iraq How Did America Move From Containing Saddam To Removing Him? Interview With Joseph Stieb Asst Prof at the US Naval War College)

1994 SCIRI claimed start of military campaign in Maysan marshes against Iraqi govt forces

1996 Iraq and UN signed memo allowing Oil for Food program

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

2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld asked Gen Franks to plan for a fortress Baghdad scenario

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

2003 Bremer sent Bush letter saying that deBaathification wasn’t enough to end Baath rule

in Iraq Needed to disband military

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

(Musings On Iraq review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

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

(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)

2003 Iraqis met with British rep to Iraq and demanded an interim govt

2003 US forces arrested Saddam’s Min of Industry Hwaish and VP Marouf

2004 Bush discussed Bremer’s request for 2 more divisions with advisers Def Sec Rumsfeld

said Bremer didn’t follow command because he didn’t answer to the Def Sec but to the president Natl Sec Adv Rice said Bremer was leaving office soon so Bush didn’t need to respond Rumsfeld said he would take care of it White House never discussed whether more troops needed

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

2004 ISF and US raided INC offices looking for 6 members accused of crimes Were also

looking for evidence that Chalabi told Iran US broke its secret code Chalabi attacked raid as political plot against him INC members had been kidnapping and stealing US had warrant for INC intel head Habib who fled

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

2004 Chalabi held press conference over police raid Claimed police were Baathists working

for US Said Bremer-CIA responsible Claimed he was being attacked for investigating corruption in oil for food program

2004 US called off assault on Mahdi Army in old city Karbala

2004 NSC meeting asked what would happen if new sovereign Iraq asked US to leave

2004 Report US interrogators told guards at Abu Ghraib prison to strip prisoners make them

wear women’s clothes before questioning

2004 US army admitted lost Red Cross reports of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison due to


2005 US 1st Cav Div collected more than 100 abuse cases by ISF over 6 months including

beatings, electrocutions, choking in Baghdad

2005 US 3rd Inf Div collected 28 cases of abuse by Iraqi units in Baghdad

2006 1st Maliki cabinet approved but with no Interior Defense or National Security Ministers

Interior Min Jabr switched to Finance Min in new cabinet because he allowed Badr Brigade to take over ministry and police under Jaafari govt

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

(Musings On Iraq From Bad To Worse How Military Moved Into The Iraqi Police Force And The United States Failed At Nation Building Part Two Of An Interview With Jerry Burke Former Advisor To The Baghdad Police And Interior Ministry)

2006 PM Maliki laid out 33 point program with terrorism fighting corruption and services

top 3

2006 Defense Min adviser said violence so bad in Basra murderers were running free

2006 Insurgent detainee said he knew Al Qaeda in Iraq head Zarqawi’s spiritual advisor

Sheikh al-Rahman Would help lead to death of Zarqawi

2007 Report Sadr set up reconciliation committee and held talks with Sunni politicians and

insurgents including 1920 Revolution Brigades Also sent representative to Syria Egypt and Persian Gulf for talks

2008 Mother of Two Springs op ended in Mosul without success Most ISI fighters left before

op started

2008 10,000 ISF deployed to Sadr City after Sadr ceasefire finally took effect Started raids

against Mahdi Army as part of Op Peace

2008 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa and police station in Rutba Anbar Another

female suicide bomber hit Sahwa leader in Mandali Diyala Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

2008 Joint Chiefs head Adm Mullen told Senate Iran’s Quds Force most important threat to


2009 Report only 17,000 of 94,000 Sahwa given govt jobs so far

2009 Peshmerga stopped Ninewa police chief from entering disputed area Part of dispute

between Kurds and Hadbaa party

2009 Car bomb in Baghdad killed 35 wounded 72

2009 PM Maliki sent leader to ISCI leader Hammoudi about reviving United Iraqi Alliance

for 09 elections

(Musings On Iraq United Iraqi Alliance Ready To Be Reconstituted)

(Musings On Iraq Trying To Revive the United Iraqi Alliance)

2010 Sadrist leader said that Sadrists opposed 2nd term for PM Maliki

2010 US said Iran training and arming militiamen to destabilize Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2010 KRG said it would start oil exports the next day and Baghdad okayed it Demanded

Baghdad pay oil companies in KRG

2011 5 Madhi Army commanders escaped Taji prison likely with inside help

(Musings On Iraq More Escapes From Iraq’s Prisons)

2011 Report Sr UK intel official told Chilcot Inquiry intel agencies fought Blair govt over

WMD dossier Govt docs showed qualifications were dropped Cabinet wanted to make strong possible argument Iraq a threat

2011 Protest in Baghdad for jobs and better services

(Musings On Iraq May 20, 2011 Protests In Iraq’s Tahrir Square, Baghdad)

2012 PUK and KDP Finance Ministries said they merged

2012 KRG said it was building independent oil pipeline to Turkey Said it would reach 2

mil/bar/day in production by 2014 Didn’t make that mark

(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)

2012 Meeting of political leaders decided to hold off on no confidence vote against PM


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

2013 ISIS launched 11 car bombs leaving 137 dead PM Maliki was asked how fake bomb

detectors were still being used afterward He said govt committees proved detectors worked 20-50% of the time Claimed the lawsuit against the UK manufacturer was about fake detectors but Iraq had real ones

(Musings On Iraq Fallout In Iraq From Conviction Of Fake Bomb Detector Maker)

2014 Iraqi intel warned army that large ISIS attack on Mosul coming in June

2014 Iraqi army said it was surrounding Fallujah Said it controlled Saqlawiya for 2nd time but


(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

2014 Electricity and Municipality depts along with teachers in Sulaymaniya protested over

not being paid salaries Part of economic crisis in KRG due to budget dispute with Baghdad

2014 KRG oil started being loaded on tanker in Turkey for first time

2015 Pentagon spokesman said Ramadi fell to IS due to lack of leadership by Iraq ISF morale

low in Ramadi Many had not been paid for 6 months Not resupplied and lacked spare parts Soldiers often had to buy own uniforms

2015 Report Dawa accused army of losing Ramadi Said officers lied about situation Ordered

withdrawal from city without consulting with PM Abadi Said some units in city had less than 50% strength and lacked weapons

2015 Op to free Garma Anbar started City was already declared freed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Government Offensive In Anbar And Salahaddin Dragging On For Weeks Or Put On Hold)

(Musings On Iraq Heavy Fighting In Four Of Iraq’s Provinces During Start Of July 2015)

2016 Sadrists took over Green Zone for second time Led to clash with ISF 4 protesters killed

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Takes Over Protests In Iraq’s Capital But What’s Next)

(Musings On Iraq Power Struggles Amongst Iraq’s Ruling Shiite Parties)

2016 Report US drone strike killed IS emir of Anbar US bombed minefields and berms

surrounding Rutba to support ISF retaking city Army backed by tribal fighters trained by US

2018 Civil Defense Force pulled 101 bodies from Old City in Mosul Were told were locals

2018 Report Sadr told PM Abadi he had to resign from Dawa to get a 2nd term Abadi refused

2018 New Generation accused KDP and PUK cheating in election in Kirkuk Ninewa and KRG Kurdistan Islamic Group rejected results and threatened to boycott politics

(Musings On Iraq Growing Crisis Over Elections In Kirkuk and Kurdistan)

2020 Kazemi govt said it captured Abd Nasser Qirdash member of IS’s Delegative

Committee Was actually captured a year before by Syrian Democratic Forces and recently turned over to Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Did Iraq’s PM Make Up A Story of Capturing An Islamic State Leader?)

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