Tuesday, June 6, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 6 ISIS attacked Mosul eventually taking city



1920 Sir Percy Cox was reassigned to run Iraq from his posting in Persia

1924 UK run Baghdad Times said Iraqis were turning on British protection for Mosul

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

1932 Assyrian National Pact Demanded land outside Iraq to settle Recognize Mar Shimun as

representative of community Schools Said Assyrian Levies would resign if demands not met Govt rejected pact worried other minorities would make similar demands

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

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1937 3 al-Ahali ministers and another minister resigned Criticized PM Sulaiman govt for

            not carrying out reforms secrecy nepotism Allowed PM Sulaiman to break with al-Ahali

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1940 PM Churchill wrote War Sec Eden saying he wanted Indian brigades sent to Iraq to show

British strength Told no troops available

1941 British forces sent to Haditha and pushed insurgents led by Qawujki into Syria

1963 Army artillery fired at Mount Azmer, Sulaymaniya at Barzani’s forces Kurdish

delegation met with MP Bakr in Baghdad who denied any attack happened

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

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

1967 Iraqi jets set off for Jenin for raid on Israeli air base Couldn’t find targets in Jenin

Attacked Israeli tank column instead Bombed Iraqi military installation by mistake because couldn’t find air base Another plane bombed a town because couldn’t find Israeli base 1 Iraqi bomber destroyed on way home crashing into Israeli base 2nd Iraqi wave bombed 2 towns because couldn’t find Israeli base

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

1967 Israel hit H-3 air base twice in Anbar Led to dog fight Israel claimed it destroyed 16-24

Iraqi planes Later said destroyed almost entire Iraqi air force Actually only 1 Iraqi plane destroyed when crashed

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

1967 8th Iraqi Brigade tried to cross Damiya Bridge destroyed by Israeli air strike

1967 Iraq severed relations with U.S. over Six Day War

1975 Shah Pres Bakr Algerian Pres Bumidan met over Iran-Iraq border issues

1982 After Israel invaded Lebanon Saddam offered ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War and for Iraq to

send troops to help Palestinians

1984 Iran launched heaviest bombardment so far of Basra city

(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)

2003 Ayatollah Hakim gave speech calling for elected govt that represented all of Iraq

2003 Imam at Abu Hanifa Mosque in Adhmaiya Baghdad called for resistance to the US


(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review The Triumph of the Martyrs, A Reporter’s Journey into Occupied Iraq)

2003 UN head inspector Blix said just because there were questions about Iraq’s WMD didn’t

mean it had them Said US and UK never provided quality intel on Iraq’s WMD

(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)

2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith said intel on Iraq didn’t change from Clinton to Bush

2003 White House spokesman intelligence showed no doubt that Iraq had WMD

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2003 US intel thought they were close to finding Iraq’s WMD because more Iraqis coming

forward and giving info

2003 Report Bush admin dropped uncertainties about WMD intel and made them certainties

that Iraq had them

2003 US rejected having UN weapons inspectors back in Iraq to look for WMD

2003 Report Sep 02 DIA report leaked to press DIA thought Iraq had WMD but couldn’t find

specific facilities making them

2003 CIA WMD office wrote assessment for Natl Sec Adv Rice Said 2 trailers found were

mobile WMD labs They weren’t

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

2003 Bremer met with opposition leaders Talked about forming what would become Iraqi

Governing Council Bremer said there would be a constitutional convention and then elections for Iraqi govt SCIRI official told Bremer that Ayatollah Sistani demanded that constitutional committee be elected

2005 Report Laith Kubba spokesman for PM Jaafari said US forces would disappear from

Iraqi cities within weeks Didn’t happen

2005 Blair sent note to Bush Said Iraq could send a moral message about what US and UK

wanted to create in the world Lamented lack of support from international community

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 9.4 June 2005 To May 2006)

2006 Report Oil industry under attack Pipelines and refineries hit Oil smuggling 1st attacks believed

to be done by insurgents Now gangs involved Tankers often work with gangs 30% of imported gas thought to be stolen Businesses and individuals sell fuel they get at subsidized prices on black market for profit Iraq imported large amount of fuel then sold it domestically at subsidized prices Oil Min said smuggling cost $2.5-$4 bil in 2005

2007 Islamic Army and ISI announced truce after killings and accusations Didn’t last

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 UK intel report Said ISCI frustrated with PM Maliki Wanted to be dominant Shiite

party Badr turning into political party was false Was still militia trying to control ISF Had control of much of police and trying to take over army Said Badr members in ISF loyal to militia more than govt ISCI still aligned with Iran but independent

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

(Musings On Iraq From Bad To Worse How Military Moved Into The Iraqi Police Force And The United States Failed At Nation Building Part Two Of An Interview With Jerry Burke Former Advisor To The Baghdad Police And Interior Ministry)

2008 Kurds said they could export 150,000 bar/day in oil but no neighboring countries would

allow it

2008 Report US threatened to seize Iraq’s $50 bil in oil revenues held at NY Fed Reserve

Bank if Baghdad didn’t sign Status of Forces Agreement

2009 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Laith Khazali released and AAH released bodies of 2 British

bodyguards it kidnapped and killed

(Musings On Iraq 2007 Political Kidnappings In Iraq Involving Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)

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

(Musings On Iraq Iranians Planned Kidnapping And Held British Captives Taken In Iraq) 

2011 6 US soldiers killed in rocket attack in Baghdad by Kataib Hezbollah Most lost in one

attack since 2009

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Groups Continue Attacks In Iraq As 5 American Soldiers Killed In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah Brigades Takes Responsibility For Deaths Of Five Americans Soldiers In Iraq)

2012 PM Nechirvan Barzani talked with Turkish PM Erdogan about KRG exporting oil to


(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Government Tries To Punish Kurdistan For Independent Energy Policy)

2012 Report front companies acting as recruiters for Iraqis to go fight in Syria for Assad govt

(Musings On Iraq The Increasing Flow Of Iraqi Fighters To Syria, An Interview With University Of Maryland’s Phillip Smyth)

2012 Report Central Bank of Iraq increasing dollar sales Many thought Syria and Iran buying

up dollars to get around sanctions

2012 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq recently marched Claimed Saudis Qatar Turkey plotting

against PM Maliki

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

2012 Sadr announced he was going to Iran to discuss no confidence vote vs PM Maliki Iran

also trying to press Maliki to make concessions with other parties

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran Tries To Mediate Iraq’s Political Crisis, But Can They Overcome The Deep Divisions In The Country?)

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

2013 Mass grave found in Diwaniya with victims of Saddam

2013 After govt sponsored meeting sheikhs in Anbar and Ninewa said they would fight ISIS

2013 Baghdad asked Kurds to withdraw Peshmerga from Tuz Kharmato and Suleiman Beq

disputed areas in Salahaddin Kurds said no

2013 VP Hashemi said he supported Sunni region in Iraq

2013 Report KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami issued report saying KRG would produce 1

mil/bar/day in oil by 2015 2 mil/bar by 2019 Didn’t happen

2014 37 Sunnis abducted shot and dumped in Samarra in separate incidents Came after ISIS

raid on city day before

2014 ISIS attacked counter-terror bureau in Baquba Diyala

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

2014 ISIS continued attack on Mosul Took 5 neighborhoods

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

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

2014 Head of Ninewa Ops Command Gen Gharawi ordered defensive line in west Mosul

2014 PM Maliki told Gen. Gharawi to hold Mosul until Gen Ghidan ground forces commander

and Gen Qanbar chief of staff arrived

2016 Ayatollah Sistani warned against attacks on innocents revenge attacks destruction of

property in war against IS Came after reports of Hashd abuse in Fallujah op

2016 Member of Anbar council demanded Hashd be withdrawn from Fallujah op for abuses

and PM Abadi hold them responsible

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

2016 Bodies of 40 displaced found in Amiriya Fallujah killed by Hashd Had fled Garma and


2017 Human Rights Watch report Found 7 Iraqi and US attacks in Mosul that killed at least 44

civilians Civilians said couldn’t leave due to IS threats IS killed and wounded people trying to flee

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 234 Jun 7 2017)

2017 Report May 29 Hashd reached Iraq-Syrian border in Ninewa Quds Force cmdr Gen

Suleimani took pictures at border to take credit for success

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Propaganda Work In Iraq Interview With Tel Aviv Univ’s Dr Raz Zimmt)

(Musings On Iraq What Was Behind Iran’s Social Media Campaign Promoting Gen Suleimani In Iraq?)

2017 KRG Pres Barzani said Hashd presence in Kurdish area meaning Sinjar was unacceptable

and violated agreement with Baghdad over keeping Hashd out of district

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 233 Jun 6 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Sinjar Dispute Between The Hashd and Kurdistan Democratic Party Interview With Journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg)

2018 Parliament voted to replace Election Comm with 9 judges conduct manual recount cancel

displaced voting in Anbar Diyala Salahaddin Ninewa

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Court Rules For Ballot Recount While Talks Continue To Form New Govt)

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

(Musings On Iraq No Major Changes In Results After Election Recount In Iraq)

2018 Sadr City mosque used by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq bombed

2020 Kazemi created committee to assess performance of governors after protests called for

their dismissal

2021 Drone attack on Ain Al-Assad base in Anbar by pro-Iran group

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Becoming A Regional Force For Tehran)

2021 KRG said it would send part of its oil and non-oil revenues to Baghdad Said would pay

KRG govt workers every month when got budget money from Baghdad KRG did neither

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

2022 Electricity Min said Iran cut 35% of its natural gas exports to Iraq for unpaid dues Iraq

owed $1.69 bil to Tehran Gas used to fuel Iraq power plants

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Can’t Pay Its Bills And The Power Grid Suffers)

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