Friday, November 17, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 17 In Iran Ayatollah Hakim announced creation of Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq


1914 British attacked Sahil, Basra backed by 4 gunships and won Ottomans lost 1,500-2,000

casualties British 489

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


1914 Ottomans largely abandoned Basra vilayet and retreated to Amara

1918 UK political officer Wilson wrote that he believed Mesopotamia should become a British


(Musings On Iraq review Britain In Iraq, Contriving King and Country)

1952 Opposition parties agreed to coordinating committee to lead strikes Started Intifada against


1952 PM Umari talked with political parties asking them to nominate people for committee to

draft new election law All said no except Nuri al-Said

1975 France-Iraq nuclear deal France would provide enriched uranium build a reactor and power

station called Osirak in Iraq 

1980 Iraq took Susangard Khuzistan 2nd time 

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1982 Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim announced Supreme Assembly of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq

formed in Iran

(Musings On Iraq history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)

1987 Iraq bombed 2 abandoned nuclear reactors in south Iran believing that Tehran had restarted

work on them

(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)

1993 Iran reported 60,000 Iraqi refugees entered country after Saddam drained southern marshes

(Musings On Iraq How Saddam Destroyed An Eco-System And Its People In The Southern Marshes Of Iraq)

1998 UN inspectors returned to Iraq after latest showdown Head inspector Butler wrote Foreign

Min Aziz about issues that needed to be resolved for inspections to end

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

2001 Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz wrote Def Sec Rumsfeld that if any evidence found of Iraq

involvement in 9/11 US should act

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy


(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

2002 Bush said that U.S. would form a coalition of the willing to disarm Iraq

2005 US Embassy said militias and sectarian actors should not run Iraqi security forces or any


2005 Head of central criminal court in Baghdad Samarrie said special Inter Min forces didn't need

arrest warrants or file court papers to detain people

2005 Congressman Murtha introduced resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq saying war going


2005 Report detailed how INC defector Haideri spread false stories about Iraq WMD to media and a

White House paper

2005 Report Inter Min Jabr said that secret prison in Baghdad with 173 prisoners many of which

were tortured found by US forces and run by Badr unit was being exaggerated because no one was beheaded or killed

(Musings On Iraq How The World Found Out That Iraq Still Tortured People)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 18 – Defeated By Democracy, Winter 2005-2006)

(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)

2006 Unknown group showed video on Iranian TV claiming responsibility for kidnapping 5 western

            security guards and stealing 19 trucks bringing supplies from Kuwait on Nov 16

2006 Maliki spokesman Dabbagh denied claim by Interior Min that it had arrest warrant for Harith

al-Dhari head of Muslim Scholars Association Said Dhari under investigation Interior Min said Dhari only wanted for questioning

(Musings On Iraq Spiritual Leader To Iraq’s Insurgency Harith Dhari Dies In Exile)

2006 State Dept memo suggested US should pull back from Iraq and have same relationship as all

other states Argued against a surge in troops in Iraq to help quell violence

(Musings On Iraq Inside The Surge An Interview With Prof Peter Mansoor Former Executive Officer To Gen Petraeus)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2008 US Inspec Gen for Iraq Recon found that Pentagon spent $600 mil on 1,200 cancelled

contracts 42% canceled because of bad work 48% cancelled because of security lack of funds or standards changed

2008 Report Mahdi Army cmdr in Sadr City said militia weak 12 of 15 commanders from district

fled to Iran Were trying to come back but no longer followed Sadr

2009 US and ISF started Op Lion’s Leap targeting Mahdi Army in Diwaniya

2009 Transparency Intl ranked Iraq 4th most corrupt country in world Was #3 in 2008

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Moves Down List Of Most Corrupt In The World)

(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)

2009 Displaced families in Diyala protested against election law which said displaced could only

vote in their home provinces Threatened a boycott

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Displaced Forgotten In Debate Over Election Law)

2009 CEO of Total said Iraq claims that it could reach 10-12 mil/bar/day in oil production after it

signed deals with intl companies “crazy” Said potential for 7-8 mil/bar/day Iraq never reached either estimate 

2009 Report Dams cut fresh water flowing into Shatt al-Arab in Basra Salt water levels rising

Destroyed farms Killed livestock Forced families to leave Basra Agriculture Dir said Al Faw peninsula a disaster area 2008 US study found salinity in Euphrates more than doubled since 1973 Iran began sending ships with fresh water to Basra

2011 Journalists from 2 TV stations attacked by KRG security for covering protests in 2 cities

2013 Report Sadr called PM Maliki dictator Maliki said Mahdi Army responsible for civil war Said

Sadr worked with foreign powers to depose him Warned govt would retaliate against Sadr if kept attacking govt

2013 Report ISI set up checkpoints in western Anbar Had laptops with names of ISF who they were

going to kill Said ISF morale bad in Anbar ISI wanted to cut ISF supply lines

2015 VP Nujafi filed lawsuit to remain in office after Abadi dismissed vice presidents

(Musings On Iraq A Review Of Iraq Premier Abadi’s Reform Program Interview With Reidar Visser)

2015 3 dozen protesters in Baghdad taken away by police Some beaten

2015 Report Iraq was going to earn $40.3 bil from oil exports Needed $44.8 bil for govt salaries

and pensions Finance Min Zebari said Iraq might have to borrow from foreign banks to cover budget deficit Govt had no plans to deal with money problems

2015 Report Parliament revoked its approval for PM Abadi’s reform package Reforms were

actually austerity measures to deal with finance crisis After Abadi dismissed VPs parliament turned against his program Aug Abadi merged and dismissed ministers even though didn’t have authority to do so Abadi appointed cabinet chief which angered Maliki and Amiri Abadi backed down on reforms

2016 Report Canadian trainers took part in combat Canadian Special Forces used anti-tank

missiles to destroy IS car bombs while working with Peshmerga

2017 Rawa in west Anbar liberated Was last town held by IS in Iraq

2017 Sadr called for protests in Baghdad to demand reforms and technocratic govt

2018 Pres Salah announced free trade zone with Iran despite US sanctions against Tehran

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Announces Free Trade Zone With Iran In Face Of US Sanctions)

2019 Protesters retook Al-Ahrar Bridge in Baghdad 1 killed 3 lawyers/activists kidnapped in

Baghdad and Maysan

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2019 Sadr called for strike joining protester call for general strike

2019 Basra Najaf Qadisiya Wasit Babil Maysan Dhi Qar declared holidays during protester


2019 Protesters withdrew sit ins outside Basra’s Majnoon oil field and Um Qasr port Protests in

Baquba Muqdadiya Khalis Baladrooz in Diyala

2019 Report Leaked Iranian docs 1 from 2014 said Abdul Mahdi and Abadi had special

relationship with Iran 1 said many Iraqi leaders were Iranian allies that could be trusted Iranian intel said job was to keep Iraq united Stop insurgents on Iranian border Stop attacks on Shiites Stop KRG independence Oppose US 1 report said Iraqi military intel said it would help Iran with whatever it wanted Said would give Iran US targeting software used against IS Said would give Iran US eavesdropping equipment Iraqis sent to Iran in 2014 for training to help fight IS Iran thought US returning to Iraq in 2014 to help vs IS was a threat Iran’s ambassador to Iraq to said PM Abadi’s cabinet was pro-Iran 2014 Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani asked Transportation Min Jabr to allow Iran to fly weapons to Syria over Iraqi airspace Said yes despite US lobbying Iraq to stop practice Most conversations US officials had with Iraqis were passed along to Iran 1 of Speaker Jabouri’s top advisers was an Iranian intel source KRG PM Barzani had meeting with US and UK officials in Dec 2014 and then told Iranians everything that happened Iranian intel report said pro-Iran Hashd cleared Babil’s Jurf al-Sakrh Drove out families Destroyed most homes and wanted to destroy the remaining ones Destroyed orchards Drove off livestock Iranian intel said Gen Suleimani was a self-promoter during war vs IS Thought he wanted to gain more power in Iranian politics from war 1 report criticized Suleimani for constantly posting pictures of himself during war Said he caused resentment amongst Iraqis and allowed US greater role Said Iran had to limit violence against Sunnis because Iran and its proxies were blamed Iran gave weapons to KRG in return for oil and development contracts Iran got sewage project in south Iraq after paid $16 mil bribe to MP

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

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

2020 Report 130,000 displaced from Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr might be settled in Anbar because would

never be allowed back to homes Kataib Hezbollah controlled Jurf al-Sakhr since 2014 Allowed no one back

2020 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq affiliate fired 7 rockets at Green Zone Killed 1 child Wounded 5 Kataib

Hezbollah threatened to attack Anbar air base unless its fighters freed

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

(Musings On Iraq Kataib Hezbollah Likely Behind Latest Rocket Attack Upon Baghdad’s Green Zone)

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