Saturday, May 6, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History May 6 Iraq launched largest air attack upon Habaniya air base during Anglo-Iraq War while army withdrew 409 Iraqi soldiers captured

(Imperial War Museum)


1935 Govt arrested cleric Asadallah follower of Ayatollah Ghita who had been demanding

concessions from govt Led to revolt by Abu Hassan Bani Zurayij and Zawalim tribes against monarchy

1941 UK Foreign Min Eden told parliament if Iraq withdrew forces from Habaniya and fighting

stopped London willing to talk Policy was to remove PM Gaylani

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1941 Iraq launched largest air attack on Habaniya air base Iraqis then began to withdraw from outside

base due to lack of water and rations 409 Iraqi soldiers captured 

1941 Iraq launched 2nd air raid on Habaniya later that day Iraqis lost initiative in Anglo-Iraq War when

gave up in Habaniya Had no plan or leadership to do more than lay siege to base

1941 British and Assyrian forces took Sin al-Dhiban, Anbar captured 300 Iraqi soldiers

1941 British planes destroyed Iraqi column heading for Habaniya inflicting over 1,000 casualties and

prisoners taken

1941 PM Gaylani told Mufti of Jerusalem to contact Germans and ask them for immediate aid

1941 German deal with Vichy France allowed military equipment to be moved from Syria to Iraq to

fight British

1941 German air unit sent to Syria bound for Mosul to confront British

1941 More British troops landed in Basra

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1963 Soviet Union said it supported Mustafa Barzani

1968 Arif govt said elections that were delayed in 1964 and 1967 would be delayed again

until 1970

1991 Saddam held rally with crowds chanting “Bush listen carefully We all love Saddam Hussein”

1991 Iraq letter to UN accused US of sending in counterfeit dinars to undermine economy

1991 2nd round of Baghdad-Kurd talks started Barzani led delegation

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1998 100 US peace activists led by former Attn Gen Ramsey Clark arrived in Iraq with $4 mil in

medicine to protest sanctions

2003 Bush speech said building democracy in Iraq would be like what US did in post WWII Germany

and Japan

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2003 Bush announced Paul Bremer as head of new Coalition Provisional Authority to run postwar

Iraq Told Bremer he had whatever time he needed to put Iraq back together

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2003 ORHA agreed to allow Baath members to return to government jobs and police

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2003 NY Times Kristof OpEd used Fmr Amb Wilson as unnamed source on Iraq-Niger uranium deal Said

Wilson went to Niger in 2002 Told CIA and State Dept that uranium story based upon fake docs Wilson accused US intel of covering up his findings and deceiving world Said White House and State Dept kept using story despite denial Wilson never saw docs and went to Niger 8 months before US got them

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2004 NSC meeting on how to frame and publicize the coming return of sovereignty to Iraq

2004 First large scale fight broke out between US forces and Mahdi Army in Najaf

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2004 Wash Post published new pictures of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse

2004 Gen Taguba who investigated Abu Ghraib abuse briefed Def Sec Rumsfeld Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz

others after scandal broke in press Said torture took place Rumsfeld denied publicly he knew anything after he’d been briefed

2006 British helicopter shot down over Basra killing 5 soldiers When British moved to secure wreckage

were attacked by 300 Mahdi Army militiamen

2008 ISF raided Sadr offices in Kut Carried out arrest campaign in Baghdad Arrested policemen and

hospital workers accused of being Mahdi Army

2009 Sahwa leaders in Ghaziliya Baghdad and northern Kirkuk said men were leaving because not

paid by govt Arrests of sahwa leaders continued as well

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2009 Dawa MP said new offensive in Diyala would fail because insurgents had fled to Kurdistan

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2009 Integrity Comm head Judge Ogaili said law allowed ministers to stop corruption cases

Politicians and parties interfered and gave immunity to people 2008 Interior Min had most corruption cases with 736

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2009 Trade Min Sudani said he replaced all Trade Min officials with warrants for corruption Sudani

had warrant for himself $4-$8 bil missing from ministry Bought expired food and charged Ministry full price Bought food and kept it for themselves to sell on black market Bought goods for double the prices Sudani signed contract with company owned by his son for $50 mil for old tea that was only worth $20 mil Bought contaminated milk from China Found $8 mil in expired food in warehouse Sudani’s brother and nephew got $40 in kickbacks from every ton of sugar imported by ministry Sudani used some of money to fund PM Maliki’s State of Law in 2009-10 elections

(Musings On Iraq Half Of Corruption Cases Against Iraq’s Former Trade Minister Dropped)

2010 Oil Min said dispute between Baghdad and Irbil over oil resolved Was not Move by Maliki

during govt formation process to win over Kurds

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2010 Election Comm announced Baghdad recount requested by Maliki found no fraud

2010 Integrity Comm announced 5 yr anti-corruption plan Part of UN effort to fight graft Said

realistically wouldn’t end corruption Hoped it would decrease

2010 Mahmoud Mohammad Salam ISI’s leader in Mosul captured by Iraqi army

2013 Report Politicians manipulating Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions Political parties manipulating

banks Bought dollars then resold them to parties

2015 Pres Barzani met with Obama in Washington Asked for heavy weapons Said Kurds would help in

Battle of Mosul Said wouldn’t fight in Arab areas and didn’t covet territory

2015 Baghdad Governor Tamami claimed province bankrupt Couldn’t pay for projects or contract

workers Hadn’t gotten any money from budget

2016 Maliki met with ISCI to talk about replacing PM Abadi

2019 Report Iraq told US it needed to import gas and electricity from Iran Said wouldn’t be

self-sufficient until 2-3 yrs when projects completed Wasn’t self-sufficient in 2-3 yrs

2020 Muhandis Revenge Group claimed rocket attack upon Camp Victory in Baghdad

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