Saturday, May 11, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - May 11 2nd time Sec Def Rumsfeld claimed 2 brigades and a company of special forces roughly 10,000 troops could invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam


1925 UK Colonial Secretary wrote Arab elites knew Iraq was being held together by British


1935 Iraq air force bombed rebel villages in Diwaniya held by Abu Hassan Bani Zurayij and Zawalim


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

1936 Govt declared martial law and bombed villages in Diwaniya during tribal revolt

1941 British forces left Haifa, Palestine heading for Habaniya, Anbar

(Musings On Iraq interview World War II In Iraq and Syria Interview With Case Western’s Prof Broich)

1941 More British planes landed as reinforcements at Habaniya air base Anbar

1941 German military aid began arriving from Syria by train Stored in Mosul but never used

1941 German diplomat Dr. Grobba arrived in Baghdad along with 3 German planes and 20,000

Pounds for PM Gaylani

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

1966 Barzani’s forces destroyed army brigade during new govt offensive shaking morale of

army Largely ended campaign

(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)

1982 Iranian Op Bait al-Moqaddas Took Husseiniya and pushed Iraqis to border in Khuzistan

province Saddam ordered retreat to Khorramshahr across from Basra

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

1985 Iran launched attack into southern Iraq marshes to seize Basra-Baghdad highway

(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)

1989 US Energy Dept official wrote 2nd memo Said his warnings about Iraq’s nuclear

program being ignored Said Iraq had know how to build bomb Trying to buy US tech for program

1991 UK PM Major said was against ending UN sanctions on Iraq until Saddam overthrown

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

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

1991 Ahmed Chalabi contacted by CIA officer Discussed Chalabi becoming organizer of Iraqi

opposition with CIA support Chalabi agreed CIA gave him $50,000

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

1991 CIA hired Rendon Group for propaganda ops in Iraq Would help create Iraqi National Congress

2002 Gen Franks briefed Bush on war plans at Camp David Said would attack Iraq on 5

fronts West for special operations South would be main invasion front from Kuwait North would be Turkey if it agreed to be involved Center would be Baghdad attacked by air strikes and last would be information campaign Bush wanted info campaign to push invasion as liberation of Iraq

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


(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

2002 At Gen Franks briefing Sec Def Rumsfeld claimed 2 brigades and special forces company could

invade Iraq Was 2nd time he brought it up

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq Vol 1 – Chapter 2 Regime Change)

2003 UK envoy to Iraq said US had no leadership no strategy for rebuilding Iraq Said nothing could

be accomplished without security Crime widespread

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

(Musings On Iraq review Bad Days In Basra, My Turbulent Time as Britain’s Man in Southern Iraq)

2003 Report US military team searching for Iraq’s WMD found nothing

2003 UN report Iraq farming could collapse threatening widespread hunger

2004 Sadrists seized bridges in Nasiriya Police abandoned stations Attacked CPA office CPA called

Italian army for help who took away some wounded and left

2004 Zarqawi released video of himself beheading US hostage Nick Berg Zarqawi claimed revenge

for Abu Ghraib abuses

(Musings On Iraq review ISIS The State of Terror)

2004 Bush put training of new Iraqi security forces under CENTCOM

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 11 The Gathering Storm)

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2004 Bush signed NSPP 35 okayed 1st interagency plan to rebuild Iraq Happened year after invasion


2004 Bush signed NSPP 36 giving State Dept control of Iraq after CPA closed

2004 Gen Taguba and Under Sec Def Cambone testified to Senate Armed Services Comm on Abu

Ghraib abuse Asked if Gen Miller’s visit to Iraq from Guantanamo Bay on interrogation techniques had led to abuse Cambone said no Taguba said yes

2004 Conspiracy theorist Mylroie claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague in 2001

after story discredited

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

2004 Report Red Cross pointed out only 600 out of 43,000 Iraqis arrested by US in 03 went to court

2005 Congress approved $5.3 bil to rebuild Iraqi security forces

2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq set off 9 car bombs in Baghdad Killed 112 Early step to start civil war in


(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 16 – Going West, April-August 2005)

2008 US started building wall in southern section of Sadr City Meant to push back Mahdi Army

rocket teams so couldn’t hit Green Zone

2009 Report 4 Tunisians in ISI responsible for Apr bombings that killed 370 1 captured

2010 Report Iran Rev Guards Quds Force’s Gen Suleimani helped negotiate State of Law-

National Alliance merger into National Coalition

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

2010 Report Iraqi police and soldiers paid commanders not to show up to work

2010 Report Major parties made deal to end deBaathification process Winning candidates would

            not be banned

(Musings On Iraq Is The DeBaathification Crisis In Iraq’s Election Over?)

2010 Dep Oil Minister said no final agreement between Baghdad and KRG over Kurdish oil

exports because Finance Min didn’t approve payments to oil companies in KRG

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Oil Exports Placed On Hold Until New Iraqi Government Seated)

2010 US announced arrest of Kataib Hezbollah cmdr Accused of smuggling weapons and carrying

out attacks on ISF and US

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

2011 PM Maliki said US forces could stay past end of year if ruling parties agreed They didn’t

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Steps Up Efforts To Let Troops Stay In Iraq Past Withdrawal Date)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2011 Tribes in Basra threatened revolt if US forces stayed past end of year

2011 KazMunaiGas withdrew from Akkas natural gas deal in Anbar Field auctioned Oct 2010 S

Korea’s KOGAs now sole operator Deal on field delayed due to protests by Anbar that wanted all gas to be used by province KOGAS eventually left

(Musings On Iraq First International Energy Company Pulls Out Of Iraq)

2011 KRG Cultural Ministry threatened to shut down all unlicensed media outlets Would impose 8

new regulations on all media Criticized as attempt to silence opposition parties

2012 PM Maliki said Turkey was not respecting Iraq

2013 Report Since Jan reports Iraqis fighting in Syria Mar 1st photos released of Iraqis killed there

Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah said they were in Syria Both aided by Iran and Hezbollah

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

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

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

2014 Gen Austin and US diplomats met PM Maliki who asked for drones and air strikes Obama

turned him down

2014 Protest in Basra about lack of electricity

2014 ISIS spokesman Adnani released video saying ISIS was following true path of Al Qaeda while

Zawahiri had split jihadist movement and only cared about promoting himself

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

2014 ISF still fighting in Saqlawiya Anbar after Anbar Ops Command said it was cleared

2015 Kataib Hezbollah attacked ISCI office in Basra accusing official of corruption

(Musings On Iraq Intra-Shiite Rivalaries In Iraq As Kataib Hezbollah Raids ISCI Office)

2016 3 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 113 wounded 187 Deadliest day in years in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State’s New Spring Bombing Campaign In Iraq)

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

2016 Report US Treasury Dept said IS’s oil revenues cut in half due to drop in oil prices air strikes

counter measures Said IS oil revenues went from $500 mil/yr to $250 mil/yr Still made $360 mil from taxation

2016 Report PKK Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) Shammar tribe working together in Ninewa vs IS

YBS and Shammar funded by govt Hoped to counter KDP

2020 PM Kazemi ordered raid on Thar Allah offices in Basra after it killed a protester

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq Can New Govt Respond To Their Demands?)

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

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

2020 Sadr gave PM Kazemi 100 days to carry out reforms

2020 Mayor of Khanaqin Dist Diyala said IS back to burning fields Trying to drive people out of

rural villages

2020 Clashes between protesters and police in Basra city 1 protester died after being shot Protesters

threw Molotov cocktails at ISF in Baghdad Other protests in Najaf Muthanna Wasit Dhi Qar

2021 Activist Waeli killed by sticky bomb in front of his house in Dhi Qar 2nd activist killed in a

week Protests in Maysan Muthanna Wasit Basra

(Musings On Iraq New Wave of Protests In Iraq Over Executions Of Activists)

2021 Pro-Iran group hit Irbil airport with drone Used by U.S. Joint Special Ops Command

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

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