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This Day In Iraqi History - May 27 Barzani decided to leave Iraq for USSR after his followers arrested and his brother surrendered to govt


1917 UK Col Clayton in Egypt worried Sykes-Picot would create opposition by Sharif of

Mecca against UK taking Baghdad Included independent Arab state for Sharif

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Empires of the Sand, The Struggle For Mastery In The Middle East 1789-1923)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

1927 King Faisal asked Shiite politicians to support conscription opposed by clergy King

thought conscription would expand army and allow for Iraqi independence from UK

1941 Operation Regulta began British forces marched north from Basra to Kut and onto Baghdad

Captured Ur

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

1941 British forces moved from Fallujah to cut Baghdad-Mosul road and railway Forced Iraqis out of

Taji north of Baghdad

1941 PM Gaylani told Italians he was disappointed with Axis assistance

1941 UK Foreign Min Eden said that Regent Ilah lacked a strong character but he was loyal to


1941 Germans began withdrawing from Iraq

(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)

1947 Mullah Mustafa Barzani decided to leave Iraq for USSR via Turkey and Iran after many of

his followers were arrested and his brother Sheikh Ahmed Barzani surrendered to govt

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Explaining Kurdish Nationalism Interview With Teen Tech Univ Prof Michael Gunter)

1967 Pres Arif addressed Iraqi troops Said they were token force to aid Egypt in Arab-

Israeli War

1982 Iranian Supreme Defense Council went to Ayatollah Khomeini and recommended Iran go on

the offensive and invade Iraq

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

1988 Iraq recaptured Shalamcheh 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 Kurdish parties threatened to go back to fighting if deal not reached with Baghdad over


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

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

1992 Report US covert campaign vs Iraq included sending in counterfeit dinars and dollars into

country to undermine economy

(Musings On Iraq 92 When The CIA Tried To Undermine Iraq’s Economy In Failed Plot Against Saddam)

1993 UN Resolution 833 set Iraq-Kuwait border

1995 PUK and KDP met to maintain Kurdish parliament during civil war

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld said Iraq might have destroyed its WMD right before war but they would be


(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

2003 Special DIA technical team made up of US-UK scientists report Said 2 trailers found were not

mobile WMD labs Report given to CIA

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2003 Cleric at Fallujah mosque praised 1st serious attack on US troops 2 soldiers killed 9 injured at


(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2003 Outgoing ORHA head Garner told Bush and Sec Def Rumsfeld Iraq making progress and US

would be out of country in weeks

2003 New UN Rep to Iraq de Mello said that the sooner Iraqis had power the better

2003 UK Rep to Iraq Sawers reported that CPA needed to create an interim Iraqi administration as

soon as possible and work with UN on transferring power to Iraq Said Bremer opposed an Iraqi body drafting new constitution

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquirty Section 9.2 23 May 2003 To June 2004)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2004 Sadr agreed to deal to end fighting US forces in Najaf and other southern cities

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

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2005 Badr militiamen in Wolf commando brigade blamed for sectarian attacks on Sunnis

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

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 16 – Going West, April-August 2005)

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation, War And Resistance In Iraq)

2005 Sheikh Janabi of National Dialogue Council said violence had changed to killing based upon

identity Sunnis getting killed for being Sunni

2006 US forces said they would hand over security of Baghdad to Iraqis by end of year Didn't


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

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

2008 PM Maliki issued arrest warrant for Sahwa leaders in Diyala 2 days after they declared a political

party to run in 09 elections and 1 day before candidates could start organizing Warrants disqualified them from election

2008 Fmr Under Sec of Def Feith criticized Bush for switching goal of Iraq war from threat of

Saddam to spreading democracy

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

2009 US Army Chief of Staff Gen Casey said US could be fighting in Iraq for next 10 yrs

2009 Iraq signed 2 year deal with IMF for $7 bil to help with budget deficit due to decline in oil


2010 Report situation of Iraq’s 1.5 mil displaced worsening 500,000 living in squatter camps up

from 2009

2011 Anbar council rejected protest calls to make province federal region Move was to protest Maliki


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

2011 False Promise Friday Protest in Baghdad over lack of services demanded release of prisoners 4

organizers arrested

(Musings On Iraq May 27, 2011 Protest In Iraq’s Tahrir Square, Baghdad)

2011 4 protest organizers arrested by 11th Div soldiers Govt denied they were held Were detained until

start of June

(Musings On Iraq Attempt To Squelch Iraq Protests By Government Fails)

2012 Pres Barzani said KDP and PUK peshmerga would be united by end of year DIdn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Divided Kurds, Political Divisions Amongst The Peshmerga Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg)

2012 Kurdish Coalition said hadn’t decided on no confidence vote against PM Maliki 

2013 13 ISIS car bombs in Baghdad killed 36 wounded 147

2013 Sadr gave PM Maliki 24 hrs to have ISF clear Asaib Ahl Al-Haq from streets of Baghdad

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

2013 Parliament’s integrity comm said political parties couldn’t fight corruption because they were

responsible for it

(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)

2013 Report MPs on finance comm said 4 officials from Central Bank of Iraq being held without

warrants Said director arrested by PM Maliki for political reasons

2014 3rd operation to clear Jurf al-Sakhr Babil four days after declared freed

(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 Protest in Nasiriya over lack of electricity and services

2014 Report Iran pushing PUK to support 3rd term for PM Maliki

2014 Report KRG said its independent oil sales would pay for its govt workers Had to since Baghdad

cut off monthly budget payments to protest KRG’s exports Oil sales not enough to make up for money from Baghdad

2015 Iranian Foreign Min denied Iranian troops fighting in Baiji Said only advisers

2015 Fmr MP Othman said 2,822 Peshmerga killed fighting IS since June 2014

2015 Report Army and Hashd ordered to shut bridge to displaced trying to flee Anbar into Baghdad

In order to get into Baghdad displaced needed a sponsor Sponsorships sold for up to $700 Abadi govt distrusted displaced fearing IS infiltrators

2016 Sadrists protest in Baghdad Police fired tear gas to break them up Demos in Babil Karbala

Basra Dhi Qar Muthanna too

(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)

2016 Kataib Hezbollah stopped large group of displaced fleeing Sjar Anbar abducted 73 men not seen


(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

(Musings On Iraq Crimes And Misdemeanors Of Kataib Hezbollah During War Vs ISIS Interview With Free Lance Journalist Jonathan Lee Krohn)

2016 Human Rights Watch got two videos of abuses by ISF outside Fallujah 1 had truck dragging

corpses 2nd showed pile of beheaded bodies

2017 Army’s 9th 15th 16th Div Rapid Reaction Div Golden Div began last attack upon west


2017 Gen Nasiri of Iran Revolutionary Guard killed fighting in Baaj WNinewa while fighting

with Hashd Nasiri helped found Badr Brigade in 1980s

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2017 Toronto Star printed story by Der Spiegel author providing more information on abuses by Rapid

Reaction unit during Mosul battle

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 220 May 24 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 221 May 25 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 222 May 26 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 223 May 27 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 224 May 28 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 232 Jun 5 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Der Spiegel Reporting On Abuse By Iraqi Forces During Mosul Battle Was True)

2017 Peshmerga Min said new plan to unify KDP and PUK peshmerga Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Divided Kurds, Political Divisions Amongst The Peshmerga Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg)

2018 Supreme Court said Election Comm had to accept objections to vote Appeals could be made

to courts Elec Comm accused parties of stealing flash drives and changing results in Kirkuk courts

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

2019 Report Badr Kataib Hezbollah two Hashd brigades took over cement industry and checkpoints

in Tuz Kharmato Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah looted Baiji refinery after it was freed Involved in oil smuggling Took electricity wire and equipment and sold it Demanded NGOs hire them as workers or security 5 NGOs in Mosul said they had been given demands by Hashd to operate there Hashd controlled scrap yard in Mosul Set up their own businesses Bought land around Mosul Worked with politicians

(Musings On Iraq Expansion of the Hashd al-Shaabi’s influence In Iraq, Interview With Clingendael’s Erwin van Veen)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2019 Report Axis Coalition led by Ahmed and Jamal Jabouri and Khamis al-Khanjar

wanted to replace Speaker Halbousi Osama Nujafi tried to create new Sunni list to back Halbusi

2020 DNO that runs Tawke and Peshkabir oil fields in KRG cut production due to oil crisis

2020 Report Iran helped form Kazemi govt Got Hashd and some Iraqi parties to agree to back


2022 Report 2021 KRG earned $9.12 bil in oil revenues After payments to foreign operators

trading companies pipeline fees transit fees to Turkey only made $3.96 bil End of 2021 KRG owed $3.82 bil to oil traders that prepay for KRG’s oil exports

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