Sunday, June 18, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 18 Assyrian leader Mar Shimun petitioned League of Nations asking for autonomy for his people



1932 Assyrian religious leader Mar Shimun presented petition to League of Nations Mandate

Commission demanding autonomy for his people

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1957 Ali Jawadat became PM 3rd time Continued with anti-Communist pro-Western foreign policy of

PM Said

1964 New govt formed by PM Yahya

1972 Iraq and France signed deal to allow France to keep its share of Iraq Petroleum Company in

return for technical aid to run industry France also allowed to buy Iraqi oil at lower prices Agreed to major arms deal

(Musings On Iraq When The World Remembered It Armed The New Hitler Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq review Wings of Iraq: Volume 2: The Iraqi Air Force, 1970-1980)

1988 Iraq Op Fury starts working with Mujahadeen e-Khalq Attacked Iranian forces using nerve gas

to capture Mehran central front

1988 Iraq Op Fury killed nearly 3500 Iranians and destroyed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Division Hit 10 oil fields

(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)

(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)

1990 Intl Islamic Popular Conf backed Iraq against Zionist aggression and conspiracy led by US and


1998 Inspectors report to UN Said Iraq not come clean on VX program 1st denied it worked with it

Then said produced experimental amount that was destroyed Later admitted it produced 1.7 tons of VX but didn’t weaponize it

(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 Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

2002 CIA Dir Tenet told Congress couldn’t find evidence for story 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi

intel officer in Prague in 01 Story was false

2003 Gen Odierno 4th Inf Div commander said US wasn’t facing an insurgency in Iraq because

wasn’t organized opposition Said there were attacks on US troops but were insignificant overall

2003 DepSecDef Wolfowitz told Congress US facing an insurgency in Iraq but U.S. could beat it

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2003 Bremer talked with Bush about troop levels in Iraq Bremer didn’t object to drawdown plan but

said they shouldn’t go too low Bush said plan was to rotate troops into Iraq not to withdraw them and agreed that troop levels had to be maintained

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

2003 2,000 fired Iraqi soldiers protested outside of Green Zone demanding pensions 1 speaker said

they would attack US forces for humiliating them Threw rocks US soldiers shot and killed 2

(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2003 Ex-ORHA head Garner met Def Sec Rumsfeld in Washington complained about CPA policies

Garner told Rumsfeld deBaathifiaction disbanding military and Iraq leadership group all wrong but could be fixed

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told ex-ORHA head Garner couldn't fix mistakes made by CPA could only

move forward in Iraq

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld held press conference for ex-ORHA head Garner who said everything going

well in Iraq Bremer doing good job

2003 Ex-ORHA head Garner met with Bush said that Iraq going well and Bremer doing good job

2003 David Kay new head of Iraq Survey Group looking for Iraq WMD left for Qatar to run search

2003 Kay switched Iraq Survey Group from search teams going to suspected WMD sites to intel op

going through Iraqi docs

2003 CIA informed House and Senate Intel committees that it no longer believed Iraq-Niger uranium


(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

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

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide car bombing at army recruitment center Baghdad killed 35

            wounded 145

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

2004 9/11 Commission spokesman said it found no evidence of cooperation between Iraq and Al


2007 US started Operation Arrowhead Ripper to clear Baquba of insurgents

2008 LA Times interviewed CURVEBALL Iraqi defector in Germany who claimed Iraq had mobile

WMD labs Claimed everything he said was true and he should be treated like a king for helping overthrow Saddam Labs didn’t exist

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

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

(Musings On Iraq review Curveball, Spies, Lies, And The Con Man Who Caused A War)

2008 ISF launched Op Promise of Peace against Sadrists in Maysan Govt would create 17 tribal

support councils Became part of PM Maliki’s patronage network

(Musings On Iraq Operation Promise of Peace in Maysan Province)

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Leadership Or Lack Thereof)

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2010 3000 protested in Basra over lack of electricity

(Musings On Iraq Basra Protest Over Lack Of Electricity Reflects Twenty Years Of Problems)

2011 Shooting between Sadrists and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Sadr City

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

2011 Report Azri Dir Gen of Trade Bank of Iraq said he met PM Maliki Jun 2 He asked for $6 bil in

financing for deal with SKorean company without any guarantees Afterward Maliki aide said bank under investigation Maliki then raided bank and Azri fled to Jordan Said all the charges were political

2012 Report Gov Nujafi and Hadbaa made deals with Kurds in Ninewa after two opposed each    other

2012 2 suicide bombers hit Shiite funeral in Baquba killing 22

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

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

2012 Dep PM Shahristani said by end of 2013 Iraq would end its electricity problems Didn’t

2012 Report Sadr followed dual track policy Criticized PM Maliki while supporting him Starting Feb

Sadr began calling Maliki dictator Complained about lack of services Same time said PM should not be removed After Election Comm head arrested by Maliki Sadr increased his comments Started meeting with Barzani and Allawi Supported no confidence vote Iran pressured Sadr to stop

2012 Iraq ranked 9th worst country on Failed States Index

(Musings On Iraq Criticism Of Iraq’s Score On 2012 Failed States Index)

2013 Fmr Dep Gov of Central Bank of Iraq blamed political parties for problems with bank Said they

had no idea what bank did or how to run it Wasted money by putting their loyalists in bank Anti-money laundering unit didn’t do its job Governor of bank arrested for wasting public funds MPs criticized bank for selling too many dollars at auctions and bank officials charged with crimes for doing that

2014 Tal Afar, Ninewa declared cleared of insurgents but wasn’t

2014 PM Maliki said he would not step down in return for U.S. military aid

2014 Joint Chiefs head Gen Dempsey and Def Sec Hagel told congress Iraqi govt had to reach out to

Sunnis to end insurgency

2014 Insurgents kidnapped 17 Shiites from Tuz Kharmato and executed them

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2014 Insurgents began attack upon Baiji refinery

2014 4th security operation in Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil began

(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 Report PM Maliki said Saudis behind IS’s return Said Saudis were responsible for crimes close

to genocide in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, The Saudi Struggle For Iraq)

2015 Garma Anbar declared freed but fighting continued

(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 Report ISF said taking Fallujah easier than Tikrit and Baiji IS concentrated on perimeter

After broke IS defense got to city center Forced IS to move opening them up to air strikes

2016 IS seized 3 villages in Tuz Kharmato dist When expelled Peshmerga tried entering 2 of the

villages but stopped by Hashd Led to gunfight Iranian official negotiated ceasefire

2016 Amerli police chief killed in ambush Badr raided Amerli jail and killed 7 prisoners in


2017 Syrian army met Hashd at Ninewa-Syria border 2 Kataib Hezbollah brigades met at Anbar-

Syria border 1 in Syria 1 in Anbar Pro-Iran Hashd would use border crossings to move men and material into Syria to support Assad

2017 PM Abadi said Hashd refused his orders

2018 Hashd accused US airstrike of killing 22 fighters in east Syria Imam Ali Brigade threatened to attack US for incident Was no airstrike

2018 Communist Party said it was leaving alliance with Sadr after he made deal with Fatah

2019 Rockets fired at Ninewa Operations Command Rumaila oil field and foreign oil

company compound in Burjesia Basra by pro-Iran groups due to Iran-US tensions

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

2020 PM Kazemi warned against outlaws threatening Iraqi security by firing rockets in


(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Pres Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

2020 Rockets fired at Green Zone by pro-Iran groups

2021 New Baghdad-Irbil budget deal made PM Kazemi wanted to start sending money to KRG

before it sent oil revenues to Baghdad Wanted Kurdish support for his govt

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Politician: 2021 Budget Isn’t Binding Agreement For KRG)

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Sends Money To KRG Without It Complying With 2021 Budget)

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