Monday, June 5, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 5 Ali and Faisal sons of Sharif of Mecca announced Arab Revolt against Ottomans Many Iraqis joined



1916 Ali and Faisal sons of Sharif Hussein announced Arab Revolt against Ottomans Many

Iraqi Ottoman officers would join revolt UK promised Sharif empire after war

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

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

1920 UK military force from Mosul sent to re-take Tal Afar Turned back by ex-Ottoman

officer and nationalist al-Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai’s forces When town retaken all residents expelled and houses destroyed

1926 Turkey and England agreed to have Mosul join Iraq

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Turkey, the US and Iraq)

1935 Govt launched final offensive on Duweilim tribe in Rumaitha and ended revolt Tribe

            suffered around 300 casualties

1941 British forces occupied Kirkuk after overthrowing PM Gaylani govt Anglo-Iraq War

1948 Iraqi forces counterattacked in Qaqun which had just been taken by Israelis Failed 1st Arab-

Israeli War

1951 Grenade hit Jewish car dealership in Baghdad 6th of 7 such attacks on Jews 1950-51

1963 Army surrounded Sulaymaniya Imposed curfew Began arrests of Kurds Executed 80

1964 Talks opened between PM Yahya and Mullah Mustafa Barzani He asked for democratically

elected parliament and executive for Kurdish areas Yahya said elections could wait until 1967 when general vote supposed to happen Barzani refused to disband KDP Yahya agreed constitution should recognize Kurdish people as equals to Arabs Kurdish irregulars would be disbanded Army withdrawn from parts of north Kurdish language would be used in Kurdish schools Govt never followed through

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1967 Israel attacked Egypt starting Six Day War

1967 Israel bombed Iraqi army brigade in Jordan Became combat ineffective

1967 Iraqi planes attacked Jezreel Valley and Afula Israel to little effect Hit Kfar Sirkin air base

Destroyed transports Broke up Israeli paratrooper op Israelis and Jordanians claimed Jordanian planes carried out raid but its air force was not in war yet

(Musings On Iraq Review Hawker Hunters At War, Iraq and Jordan , 1958-1967)

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

1967 Israeli airplanes attacked H-3 airbase in Anbar Were intercepted by Iraqi planes Israelis

claimed they destroyed 12 Iraqi planes Iraq actually lost 6

1967 Iraqi delegation met with Kurds Asked them not to carry out any attacks during 6 Day

War Asked Kurds to contribute a military unit Barzani refused

1996 KDP attacked PUK in Hrian

2001 During confirmation hearing future Dep Undersec of Def Feith said Saddam should be


2002 Czech envoy to UN claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague in 2001

Story was false

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2002 PM Blair told Sec Def Rumsfeld UK would be with US in any military action against Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)

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

2003 Report VP Cheney and chief of staff Libby made multiple trips to CIA to question analysts

about Iraq intelligence Some CIA analysts complained to press about VP Cheney’s questions Part of CIA-White House blame game for invasion

2003 Some US intel officers admitted they didn’t have much new intel on Iraq’s WMD since 1990s

2003 Dep Undersec of Def Feith denied that Iraq intel was politicized before invasion Admitted

creating special Pentagon intel unit to find Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

2003 Bush said no terrorist could get WMD from Iraq because Saddam had been overthrown

2003 Fmr UN inspector Kay told CIA Dir Tenet military not doing good job hunting for Iraq’s


2003 UN Security Council asked US to allow its weapons inspectors back into Iraq

2005 State Dept memo Peshmerga arresting hundreds of Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk and taking

them to KRG to establish control of city

2006 Mass grave found with Shiite victims of 1991 uprising

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

2006 State Dept paper said new Maliki govt ill prepared to rule No experience

2006 State Dept paper argued for limited counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq with limited troop


2007 Report head of Islamic Army went to Saudi Arabia to ask clerics there for fatwa against ISI

Didn’t get one

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

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

2008 Over 100 weapons caches of Mahdi Army found in Sadr City Most weapons came from Iran

Aftermath Charge of Knights

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of Iranian Weapons Shipments To Iraq Interview With Arkenstone Blog’s Galen Wright)

2008 UAE Foreign Min Nahyan went to Baghdad Said Arab countries had taken too long to help the

new Iraq

2008 VP Abdul Mahdi told US officials Iranians told him they considered Charge of Knights a

setback and they were re-examining their Iraq policy

2010 Iraqi army banned Sahwa in Diyala carrying weapons Sahwa replied they would stop working

with govt

(Musings On Iraq Government Tries To Disarm Diyala Sons of Iraq)

2010 Iraqiya member killed in Mosul 3rd member of Iraqiya killed in city before and after elections

another Iraqiya member killed in Qaim Anbar

2011 Report violence increasing in Iraq 2010 vs 2011 as insurgency rebuilding

2011 PM Maliki told human rights conference that some human rights groups were actually terrorists

and criticized Baghdad protests

2011 PM Maliki replaced head of Trade Bank of Iraq Arrest warrant issued for old head because

didn’t back Maliki business deal

2011 Rockets fired at Zubayr oil field in Basra Set oil reserves on fire

2011 Iraq signed deals for two natural gas fields in Mansuriya in Diyala and Siba in Basra

2012 US intel report attacks by ISI went from 19 per month in 2011 to 25 per month in 2012

2012 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said KRG could reach 2 mil/bar/day in production by

2019 Didn’t

2012 Sadr criticized Asaib Ahl Al-Haq march in Baghdad claiming it was directed by Iran 2 State of

Law officials attended event

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

2012 Sadrists/Mahdi Army members started riots in two different prisons in Baghdad

2012 Report PM Maliki tried to get Sadr kicked out of National Alliance because supported no

confidence vote

2012 Sadr said PM Maliki should be investigated for trying to stop MPs from signing no confidence

vote against him

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sadrist Back Off Attacks Upon Prime Minister Maliki For Now)

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

2013 Mass graves found in Irbil and Sulaymaniya with victims of Saddam

2013 Anbar protest movement told Anbar Governor Fahadawi he should not hold talks with Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Iraq’s Protest Movements, An Interview With Kirk Sowell, Editor of Inside Iraqi Politics)

2013 Def Min tried to replace 16th Bgd commander a Kurd with a Shiite Arab Cmdr refused to Def

Min then tried to force 16th Bgd to leave Tuz Kharmato Ministry backed down

2014 PM Maliki said ISIS were being chased like rats and were incapable of fighting the tribes and

Iraqi army ISIS began attack on Mosul that night

2014 Report ISIS demanded Army of Mujahadeen in Anbar give it allegiance

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

2014 ISIS launched large scale raid upon Samarra Seized several districts before beaten back

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq And The Levant Storm Samarra In Salahaddin)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

2014 Afwaj al-Kafi Iraqi militia fighting in Syria deployed to Samarra Said it was protector of holy


2014 Mosul intel chief warned that ISIS would attack 2 neighborhoods in city That night ISIS began

its attack upon Mosul eventually taking city

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

2014 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq recruiting more fighters Was fighting in Anbar

2014 Turkey said 2nd tanker of oil exports by Kurds through independent pipeline was being loaded

KRG said 1st tanker of independent oil exports had been sold but was actually told to leave Morocco’s waters

2014 Report Tribes in Anbar split Sheikhs Hayes and Abu Risha aligned with govt Sheikh Sulaiman

and Dulaimi and Albu Assaf Albu Jabr Albu Asaf Albu Maree Albu Diab with insurgency

2015 Report thousands of Iraqi fighters went to Syria for new Iranian led offensive there

2015 Report Norway’s DNO owed $500 mil-$1 bil by KRG for non-payments for oil production

and exports

(Musings On Iraq Strains and Stresses In The Kurdish-Iraq Central Government Budget Deal)

2015 Oil Min Abdul Mahdi said oil prices would reach $75 per barrel by end of year Iraq crude

dropped to $29 per barrel in Dec

2015 Report May Peshmerga cmdr in Jalawla Diyala threatened to shoot Hashd if they didn’t leave

Kurdish general said Jalwala was Kurdish now Jalawla empty of civilians

2016 Anbar govt set up investigating into Hashd abuses in Fallujah op Anbar councilmen went to

army base Said there were signs of people being tortured there

(Musings On Iraq Abuses Of Iraq’s Hashd In Fallujah Operation)

2016 Saqlawiya Anbar councilmen said 650 men from town being held at Camp Tariq

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

2016 605 men and boys released by Kataib Hezbollah and Badr to Anbar council Many were

tortured 4 dead bodies also turned over All were from Saqlawiya Anbar

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Abuses Of Iraq’s Hashd In Fallujah Operation)

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

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

2016 PM Abadi gave TV interview Said Iraqi forces had made mistakes and abuses unacceptable

2016 KDP put sanctions on Sinjar dist Part of power struggle with PKK for control of area

2017 Joint Ops Command claimed reporter that wrote story on abuse by Rapid Reaction Div during

Mosul battle made up events Said reporter tortured civilians Said if there was any torture reporter was complicit since he was there

(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)

2018 Cabinet committee reported serious fraud in May election PM Abadi banned Election

Comm from traveling

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Election Commission Dismissed, Recount Ordered As Parties Continue To Undermine Democratic Process)

2018 IS docs posted online Were disputes over excommunicating Muslims Different IS depts were

accusing each other over issue

2019 Marathon oil withdrew from KRG Said it was focusing on US shale instead Had stake

in Atrush field

2020 Report Oil companies fired 10-15,000 workers after Oil Min asked them to cut budgets by

30% due to collapsed oil prices

2021 Report Parliament’s agriculture comm said Iraq losing 100,00 dunams of farmland out of 32

mil every year due to desertification Caused temperatures to rise due to absence of vegetation

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