Friday, May 5, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - May 5 British mandate in Iraq announced


1920 British mandate announced in Baghdad

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Dictatorship, Imperialism & Chaos, Iraq since 1989)

(Musings On Iraq review An Analysis of Hanna Batatu’s The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

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

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1923 Iraq High Commissioner Sir Percy Cox left country Replaced by Sir Henry Dobbs

1935 Iraqi army and air force attacked tribal revolt in Rumaitha

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

1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell didn’t think force from Palestine could relieve

Habaniya base in Anbar and their departure would undermine security in Palestine

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

1941 Gen Wavell told to think up air strike plan against Kirkuk oil fields Idea was later


1941 Iraqi troops at Habaniya ran out of ammunition and not re-supplied Began withdrawing

300 captured by British

(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)

1973 Kuwait agreed to Iraqi offer to discuss border dispute

1981 Press report that Soviets sent military aid to Iraq through Eastern European allies

1982 Iran attacked in Fakkeh central front Broke through Iraqi lines Iraqis broke and fled

Iraq forced to retreat from Qasr e-Shirin Sumar Mehran Reached Iraqi border Diversion from offensive in Basra

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1982 Iraq counterattacked in Ahvaz-Khorramshahr area Failed

1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz and Bushahr starting 2nd War of the Cities Iran fired missiles at

Baghdad and shelled Iraqi border towns

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

(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 Bush signed presidential finding authorizing CIA to overthrow Saddam

2001 Iraq told UN it worked on a nuclear bomb in the 1980s but it proved unfeasible In the

90s IAEA found Iraq no longer working on nuclear program

2003 US held provincial elections in Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter

11 Restoring Iraq’s Capacity to Govern)

2003 ORHA announced 9 man leadership group that would put together an interim Iraqi govt

later in May

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

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 ORHA official met with ex-soldiers promising them one time $20 payment if came

back to work

2003 US forces announced captured Huda Ammash “Mrs Anthrax” that worked on WMD


2003 CIA did new test with aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Found could not take speed of

centrifuges Were for rockets

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

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

2004 Gen Abizaid told Bush that security was getting under control after insurgent and Sadr


2004 Bush promised investigation into Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal Appeared on 2

Arab TV channels condemning abuse

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told reporter Geneva Conventions didn’t exactly apply to prisoners

in Iraq but were more like basic rules

2004 Def Sec Rumsfeld offered his resignation to Bush over Abu Ghraib prison abuse Bush


2006 Report 2004-05 MP Jabouri stole millions from tribal protection force for pipelines in

Salahaddin Made up 200-300 fake names Took first month’s salary for force Company owned by his son contracted to feed force Stole 4/5 of the money

2007 Iraqi Accordance Front and VP Hashemi threatened to withdraw from govt over Maliki

govt not fulfilling promises including amending constitution

2008 Report US believed Charge of Knights convinced PM Maliki of Iran’s negative role in

Iraq Surprised when govt said committee going to be formed to look into Iran’s role Maliki adviser Abadi said all Iraq could do was continue talking with Iran

2008 Report Captured Mahdi Army fighters admitted to being trained by Hezbollah in camps

in Iran run by Iran Rev Guards Quds Force Govt spokesman said knew about Iran backed Special Groups but Tehran also helped with security

(Musings On Iraq Continued Reports of Iranian and Hezbollah Training of Shiite Militias)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2009 Iraq Central Bank turned down PM Maliki asking to use surplus to cover budget deficit

2009 Report Kellogg Brown and Root connected to most fraud cases in Iraq Connected to

$13 bil in overcharges KBR got 43% of contracting $ in Iraq $553 mil in payments blocked because auditors thought invalid charges

2009 Comm to Protect Journalists protested to KRG over lawsuits and arrests of reporters

Sep 08 new law passed that took rights away from reporters Since Jan 09 31 lawsuits against media

2010 Iran agreed to send fuel to Iraq each year for power plants Iran expected to earn $8 bil

from deal

2010 Report Sadr’s militia becoming more active Fmr Mahdi Army cmdr said militia had

been reformed Said would work with ISF Said they would protect mosques

2011 ISI suicide car bomb attacked Hillah police station Killed 25 Wounded 80 to mark bin

Laden’s death

(Musings On Iraq In Light Of Bin Laden’s Death Al Qaeda In Iraq Pledges Allegiance To His No. 2 Ayman Zawahiri)

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

2011 Jaafari said Iranian revolution was inspiration for the Arab Spring Said Iran leader of

an Islamic awakening in Mideast

(Musings On Iraq Two Iraqi Leaders Praise Iran)

2012 Anbar council said it finished preparation to hold referendum on making province a

region to protest PM Maliki

2012 Pres Talabani Pres Barzani Sadr Speaker Nujafi and Allawi issued ultimatum to PM

Maliki to follow power sharing Irbil agreement

(Musings On Iraq How The No Confidence Move Against Iraq’s Premier Split The Kurdish Parties)

(Musings On Iraq What Does Iraq’s Sadr Want?)

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

2012 Report Electricity Min said power supply would double within a year Dep PM

Shahristani said power shortages would end in 2013 Report said even with increase wouldn’t meet demand

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament And Cabinet Argue Over Future Electricity Output)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Government Failing Again To Solve Country’s Power Outages)

2013 KRG said unless Baghdad paid them money owed from budget they would start

exporting oil independently

2013 Sheikh Abu Risha rejected making Anbar a region

2013 PM Maliki claimed Iraq took care of fake bomb detectors even though still used

Parliament integrity comm said Maliki’s office and Interior Min involved in buying fake detectors Inspector General at Interior objected to purchase Fmr Interior Min Bolani was involved in deal

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

2014 Report Fighting between Naqshibandi and Ansar al-Sunna vs ISIS in Hamrin Mountains

2 complained about ISIS kidnapping and killings its members

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

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

(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 Ansar al-Sunna attacked home of ISIS leader in west Kirkuk ISIS pushed out of Riyad

sub-dist by Ansar al-Sunna

2014 ISF claimed it cleared most of Saqlawiya Anbar but fighting continued there

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

2015 IS started attack upon central Ramadi Turned back by Golden Div and helicopters

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

2016 3 truck drivers killed at Hashd checkpoint in Diyala Sources said Hashd started

stopping Kurdish drivers harassing and assaulting them

2016 Report Satellites showed 3000 buildings 400 roads and bridges damaged and destroyed

in Ramadi UN est 57000 buildings damaged/destroyed

2016 Peshmerga Asayesh Kirkuk police entered Qara Tapa Diyala Arrested 42 people on

terrorism charges Put Xs on 28 homes that were bulldozed Villagers blamed PUK KRG said homes were destroyed by IS Others destroyed because booby trapped KRG official said homes of IS members destroyed

2016 Son of Pres Barzani wrote OpEd in Wash Post calling for KRG independence from Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran Says No To Kurds’ Independence From Iraq)

2017 Report No plan to rebuild Mosul due to politics and budget deficit Groups filling void

left by govt Hashd groups working in east Mosul competing for power and resources

2017 War Media Cell denied that it killed any civilians when destroyed house in Mosul Said

it was used by IS to build car bombs Media reported building full of displaced families Cell said media repeating IS

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 201, May 5, 2017)

2020 Report PM Abdul Mahdi cut budget payments to KRG 2019 budget said KRG was to

export 250,000 bar/day in oil Never did KRG said illegal and political

(Musings On Iraq KRG Misses Deadline For Budget Deal With Iraqi Central Govt)

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