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This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 25 Gen Qasim ordered the military to come up with a Kuwait invasion plan



1915 British troops took Nasiriya Ottomans had 200 casualties British 500

1915 UK cmdr Gen Nixon wrote India Said Kut had to be seized Would be gateway to Baghdad but

            more importantly could control Bani Lam tribe by separating it from Ottomans

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

1920 Tribe in Rumaitha called for revolt against British

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1922 Iraqi cabinet accepted draft of Anglo-Iraq Treaty and passed it on to parliament to pass

1923 Leading cleric Khalisi arrested for opposing parliamentary elections Some Shiite clergy

were calling for boycott

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’is Of Iraq)

1933 Iraqi army sent to Dohuk in show of force against armed followers of Assyrian leader Mar


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

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1961 Qasim said Kuwait part of Iraq and he would protect it from imperialists and deploy troops to

liberate it Egypt said it was opposed because Nasser against Qasim

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1961 Qasim ordered military to come up with Kuwait invasion plan Was going to stage coup in

            Kuwait that would call in Iraqi forces

1961 London believed that Qasim’s comments about Kuwait being part of Iraq could lead to an


1968 2 Kurdish ministers resigned over PM Yahya’s Kurdish policy

1988 2nd Op Tawakal ala Allah using chemical weapons Iraq attacked and retook Majnoon Islands in


(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 Iraqis fired on UN weapons inspectors at suspected nuke site

(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 The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review Hide And Seek, The Search For Truth In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Endgame, Solving The Iraq Crisis)

1993 White House announced FBI investigation found Iraq tried to assassinate fmr Pres

            Bush in Kuwait

2003 Report Captured Zarqawi operative in Germany said Zarqawi independent terrorist not part of

Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq The Rise And Rebirth Of The Islamic State Interview With Author Michael Weiss)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

2003 Report State Dept WMD analyst told Congressional hearing he felt pressured to tailor intel to

fit Bush admin agenda on Iraq

2003 UN Sec Gen Annan met with PM Blair Annan said UN pushing Bremer to transition to Iraqi

control as quickly as possible Said Bremer good at making fast decisions but that meant he didn’t talk to others Complained deBaathification had gone too far

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

2004 INC turned over captured Iraqi doc Iraq intel and bin Laden met in 90s Iraq agreed to air anti-

Saudi tapes but request for joints ops unanswered by Iraq

2006 PM Maliki announced national reconciliation program Included Reconciliation Council

National Dialogue Plan fighting terrorism Reviewing Debaathification Commission Amnesty for prisoners not involved in terrorism Compensation for terrorism and Saddam victims and IDPs Improving services Dealing with militias Fighting poverty and joblessness Nothing came of it

2006 Health Ministry recorded over 50,000 Iraqi deaths since 2003 from terrorism and military


2006 Report CIA officer Drumheller warned CIA before Bush’s Jan 03 State of the Union and Sec

State Powell’s Feb 03 UN speech not to use story Iraq had mobile WMD labs Didn’t exist

2006 Report CIA officer warned that source of mobile labs story Iraqi named CURVEBALL held

by Germans was unstable and story not verified Labs didn’t exist Germans warned CIA CURVEBALL unreliable and refused to allow CIA access to him

2006 Report CIA Dir Tenet told Sec State Powell it had multiple sources confirming Iraq mobile lab

story while preparing Powell’s UN speech CURVEBALL was only real source Labs didn’t exist

2006 Report Right before Sec State Powell’s UN speech CIA Dir called CIA officer Drumheller to

fact check speech Told Tenet not to use mobile labs claim They 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)

2007 ISI suicide bomber killed Sheikh Gaood of Albu Nimr tribe Sheikh Rifai al-Fahdawai of Albu

Fahad Sheikh Azziz al-Fahadawi Sheikh al-Assafir head of the Albu Assaf tribe in Baghdad hotel before meeting with US officials Were all Awakening members

(Musings On Iraq Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

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

2007 US cmdr Op Arrowhead Ripper in Baquba said ISF not capable of holding areas cleared by US

General in southern Baghdad said same thing

2008 KRG signed oil deals with 2 Canadian firms to work in disputed areas of Kirkuk

2008 Spokesman for Baghdad security plan said 9,000 Sahwa had joined city’s police and more

would be integrated in future

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2008 US Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Report Khan Bani Saad prison in Diyala was great

failure of US reconstruction effort in Iraq Started in 04 Parsons given $72.9 mil contract to build prison by Nov 05 Parsons didn’t start work until Nov 04 5 months late Work shoddy Poor security Missed deadline Jun 06 Parsons told US govt wouldn’t finish until Sep 08 for another $13.5 mil Contract cancelled Only 40% of prison finished Parsons still got $31 mil Parsons got $333 mil in reconstruction contracts $142 mil for cancelled projects Sep 06 3 new contracts given to finish prison for $44 mil May 07 audit found work still poor Jun 07 prison permanently cancelled Only 52% of prison finished Aug 07 partially finished prison turned over to Justice Min which refused it $1.2 mil in materials left at work site and stolen

(Musings On Iraq Khan Bani Saad Prison, The Greatest Failure In America’s Reconstruction Of Iraq)

2009 Report PM Maliki used ISF against his opponents Arrested Diyala councilman in May

Arrested 6 candidates right before Jan 09 election US cmdr in Iraq Gen Odierno tried to get Maliki to stop After Jan vote Sadrists complained 70 of their members arrested 

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

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

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Prime Minister Becoming A Dictator? An Interview With Kirk Sowell Of Inside Iraqi Politics)

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki More Like Premier Nuri al-Sa’id Than Saddam? An Interview With Historian Phebe Marr)

2010 Interior Min issued new rules to limit protests during demonstrations against electricity


(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Government Banned Electricity Protests)

2010 Ammar Hakim blamed PM Maliki for lack of electricity and said he should resign

(Musings On Iraq Supreme Islamic Iraqi Party Comes Out Against Maliki)

2010 Report Pres Obama focused on Afghanistan Ignored Iraq Iraqi officials and US military

officers said White House only cared about 2011 withdrawal VP Biden in charge of Iraq policy Had monthly meetings Obama only had 1 meeting since 09

2010 Report PM Maliki’s son head of govt procurement office Used it to enrich himself Invested

in real estate in foreign countries

(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)

2012 Upon request of US Hezbollah operative Daqduq tried again and found innocent for lack of


(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2014 Al-Nusra commander on Syrian-Iraq border gave allegiance to ISIS

2014 Ishaqi Salahaddin declared freed from insurgents for 3rd time in just a few days

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

2014 2 teams of US Special Forces arrived in Baghdad to set up ops center to help with war vs IS 

Worked with Golden Div PM Maliki later denied this

2014 3 ISIS killed by IED laid by Naqshibandi in Riyad Kirkuk ISIS fought Naqshibandi in Sadiya

Diyala Pushed Ansar al-Sunna out of Ajeel Salahaddin

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2014 Report After Mosul fell Hezbollah’s Nasrallah offered to send fighters Jun Nasrallah talked

about defending Shiite shrines in Iraq Hezbollah sent fighters to Iraq in 03 to support Iranian Rev Guard and militias

2014 Report Iran flew drones out of Baghdad Airport Set up control center at air base in Baghdad

Helped intercept ISIS communications Supplied military equipment Iranian planes landed twice a day in Baghdad with equipment Advised and planned military ops Supported Hashd Mobilized up to 10 divisions along Iraqi border

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

2014 Report Sunnis afraid Hashd acting like death squads People disappeared at

checkpoints UN said 3rd wk of Jun 21 bodies found dumped in Baghdad Said number of bodies going up

2014 Allawi called on PM Maliki to step down for national salvation govt Maliki said that

was unconstitutional

2014 ISIS began destroying 7 Shiite shrines in Tal Afar

2015 Member of Kataib Hezbollah leadership said group should enter politics Said

politicians had failed Said Hashd success on battlefield would translate to victory in politics

2015 Report 13,000 registered for Ninewa Hashd Dep Governor said only 2,000 really

existed Rest ghost Hashd used to steal salaries

2016 Sadr’s Saraya al-Salam accused Badr of following Iran to control Samarra Salahaddin

2016 PUK politburo said it supported KRG independence referendum but needed consensus

of all Kurdish parties

(Musings On Iraq Is Kurdistan Serious About Independence From Iraq?)

2016 Hashd said it and Federal Police attacking north Fallujah neighborhood Deputy head of

Anbar council accused Hashd of looting homes and destroying mosques in Fallujah Hashd not supposed to enter city PM Abadi called in Hashd help

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq, Jun 22-28, 2016)

2017 ISF claimed it would liberate all of Mosul by this day but didn’t

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 252 Jun 25 2017)

2017 IS attacked three neighborhoods of Mosul that had been freed Set cars and buildings on fire

Civilians fled Army withdrew Golden Div stopped attack

2019 Mosul residents sent letter to Ayatollah Sistani calling on him to limit Shiite

Endowment’s moves in city Was buying up property Taking over mosques

2020 Counter Terror Service raided Kataib Hezbollah HQ in Baghdad and arrested members for

rocket attacks in Baghdad Dep head of Hashd Comm Abu Fadak organized protest into Green Zone to demand their release

(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 Iraqi politician told Green Zone security chief Khiqani not to stop Hashd march into zone

‘           PM Kazemi fired Khiqani afterward

2020 Diyala official warned new wave of displacement from Abu Said subdist in central Diyala

due to IS attacks

2021 PM Kazemi said he would not send budget payments to KRG Then said he was sending

advance to KRG to pay for govt workers Made deal for Kurdish support

(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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