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This Day In Iraqi History - May 17 British planes bombed Mosul and Baghdad in Anglo-Iraq War


1920 Huge joint Sunni-Shiite demonstration in Baghdad during Ramadan against British rule

(Musings On Iraq review A Short History of Iraq)


1941 British forces set out from Habaniya base to try to take Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s First Battle Of Fallujah 1941)

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

1941 10 British planes landed at Habaniya air base from Egypt and launched attack on German

planes in Mosul British bombed Baghdad air base Shot down 2 German fighters

1941 German liaison officer with Iraqi govt killed by an Iraqi soldier flying into Baghdad

(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)

1948 3rd Iraqi unit crossed Jordan River and moved towards Qawqab al-Hawa Forced to

retreat by Israelis then ordered out of area 1st Arab-Israeli War

1967 Commander Iraqi air force put two squadrons on alert for deployment to Jordan in

anticipation of Arab-Israeli War

(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)

1973 Iraq rejected border agreement with Kuwait saying never ratified by Iraqi constitution

1987 Iraqi fighter hit USS Stark with 2 missiles killing 37 US sailors

(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)

1996 Violent protests in Ramadi by Albu Nimr against Saddam after Air Force Gen Dulaimi

arrested for coup attempt Tortured to death and body dumped in Ramadi Started revolt that lasted 3 weeks

2002 PM Blair’s foreign policy adv Manning told Natl Sec Adv Rice that they had to get

weapons inspections back into Iraq to garner public support for any war

(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 Iraqi Leadership Group of exiles and Iraqis put together by Barzani and Talabani to

advise ORHA head Garner disbanded by Bremer

(Musings On Iraq When The US Decided ON A Long Term Occupation Of Iraq)

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

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

Policy Tragedy)

2003 ORHA head Garner told Bremer he was leaving Iraq Bremer talked Garner into staying

for a bit

2003 US-Kurdish agreement allowed 6,000 Peshmerga to be deployed in Diyala Kirkuk

Ninewa Salahaddin beyond Green Line into disputed areas

2003 500 Arabs from Hawija attacked Kurds in Kirkuk City Lasted 36 hrs Were heard

shouting Saddam slogans Protesting Kurds moved into city after war

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

(Musings On Iraq How Did Kirkuk Become Such A Divisive Issue? A Portrait of The City In


2003 Baghdad Univ faculty held election for new leadership as part of democratization move

pushed by US Bremer afraid election would back Baathists

2003 CIA interviewed head of Iraq’s centrifuge program Mahdi Obeidi who asked for asylum

in US

2004 Report Mahdi Army recruiting Baathist security and intel officers in Kirkuk for militia

along with Shiite Arabs and Turkmen

2004 CIA warned that political factionalism in Mosul leading to instability

2004 Zarqawi killed Iraqi Governing Council head Salim with a suicide bomber in Baghdad

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

2004 Report Sec Def Rumsfeld authorized special interrogation program that helped lead to

Abu Ghraib abuse scandal

2004 Report INC provided defector Adnan Haideri’s stories about Iraq WMD used by US

pre-war proved false Was used in CIA DIA White House reports May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA

2005 Association of Muslim Scholars accused police of being involved in massacres of Sunni


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

(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)

2005 Report Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr tribes in Qaim formed Hamza Forces to fight Al

Qaeda in Iraq Went to Marines in Fallujah asking for help

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 17 Innovation In The Face Of War, Summer-Fall 2005)

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Anbar Before And After The Awakening Part V Sheikh Jassim Mohammed Salah al-Suwaidi And Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Janabi)

2005 Albu Mahal and Albu Nimr criticized US Op Matador in western Anbar for targeting

them when they were fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After The Awakening Pt IX: Sheikh Sabah Aziz Of The Albu Mahal)

2006 US cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey told NSC sectarian violence up in Iraq New Baghdad

security plan not working Casey told Bush Iran providing more EFPs to attack US forces

(Musings On Iraq How Iran Used Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFPs) To Influence events In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2007 2nd day of fighting between Mahdi Army and Iraqi soldiers in Diwaniya started by

security sweep vs militias

2008 Female suicide bomber attacked Sahwa unit in Diyala Another female suicide bomber set

off car bomb against ISF in Diyala Part of ISI campaign vs sahwa

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Behind The Revival Of The Islamic State in Iraq, Interview With Naval War College Prof Craig Whiteside)

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

2008 Report Iranian Revolutionary Guard put Sadr under house arrest in Qom

2009 Head of parliamentary integrity comm said Trade Min Sudani covered up his brothers’

involvement in corruption at ministry Min Sudani denied his brother worked at ministry but did Sudani’s son and nephew got $40 for every pound of sugar imported Trade Min inspector general had evidence against them but was threatened

(Musings On Iraq Half Of Corruption Cases Against Iraq’s Former Trade Minister Dropped)

(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 Report Iraq’s hospitals lacked basic supplies Couldn’t do routine tests Usually asked

patients’ families to get supplies Put in orders to Health Min but nothing showed up Ministry stole drugs Bought expired medicine and unnecessary equipment for kickbacks

2009 Kurdish protest in Shikhan against Al-Hadbaa led Ninewa government

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

(Musings On Iraq Ninewa Struggles Between Arabs and Kurds Continue)

(Musings On Iraq Troubles Continue In Ninewa Over Results Of Provincial Elections)

2009 Oil Minister criticized KRG oil deals Said KRG gave excessive profits to companies

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Kurdistan’s Failed Independent Oil Strategy)

2010 KRG said it would not export oil again until after new Iraqi govt formed

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

2011 Interior Min investigation found IS prison break in Baghdad had inside help

2011 Baghdad Operations Command said most assassinations of ISF personnel were done by

militias not ISI

2011 Pres Barzani said he was ready to talk with opposition parties in KRG parliament about


2011 Report Kataib Hezbollah Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Promised Day Brigades picking up attacks

on US to claim responsibility for withdrawal Attacking logistics convoys coming from Kuwait

(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)

2011 Report BP and CNPC owed over $1 bil for oil production and finally getting partial


2012 KDP Asayesh arrested 3 Yazidis for attending govt sponsored conference to intimidate

them to stay away from Baghdad

2012 PM Maliki withdrew no confidence request to parliament against Dep PM Mutlaq to try

to stop no confidence move against himself

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Premier Maliki And His Deputy Mutlaq Reconcile)

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

2012 Central Bank of Iraq said banks were selling hard currency directly to buyers for profit

rather than being middle man Reports Syria and Iran buying dollars in Iraq and smuggling them out

2013 Spiritual leader of Ramadi protests Saadi called for talks with govt Head of Tirkit

protests called for jihad after Hawija camp attacked but then backed Saadi’s call for talks Fallujah also backed idea

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

(Musings On Iraq Rising Tensions In Iraq’s Anbar Province, Raids, Kidnapped Soldiers, Collapse of Talks Offer)

(Musings On Iraq Explaining The Political Factors Behind The Increasing Violence In Iraq, An Interview With maria Fantappie Iraq Researcher At The International Crisis Group)

2014 Sheikh Hayes blamed protesters for creating environment for return of insurgency in


2014 4 Kurdish parties accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya voting

2015 IS seized Anbar Ops Command with 3 suicide car bombs Sealed control of Ramadi

Tribes wanted to counterattack but were no plans to do so

(Musings On Iraq Political Ramifications Of The Fall of Iraq’s Ramadi)

(Musings On Iraq Disarray Over How To Retake Iraq’s Ramadi)

2015 Anbar council voted to allow Hashd to deploy to province after fall of Ramadi Were

already there

(Musings On Iraq interview The Political Fallout From The Loss Of Iraq’s Ramadi Interview With EPIC’s Ahmed Ali)

2015 IS unilaterally began withdrawing from Baiji refinery after Ramadi taken Used fighting

in Baiji as diversion

2015 Intl Org of Migration reported 2.8 mil displaced in Iraq since start of 2014

2015 Report Gorran came in 2nd in KRG elections KDP tried to co-opt Gorran PUK got more

ministries and posts in new govt than Gorran Hadn’t followed through with any election promises

2016 PUK and Gorran signed power sharing-cooperation deal Gorran would get Sulaymaniya

governor PUK Sulaymaniya city mayor

2017 May activists in Baghdad kidnapped and released Some were Communists Apr

Communist HQ in Diwaniya attacked Asaib Ahl Al-Haq accused of attack

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

2017 PUK-KDP controlled their own peshmerga and security forces in their areas of KRG

Didn’t coordinate Peshmerga Min had 12 mixed brigades but those still controlled by KDP-PUK

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Divided Kurds, Political Divisions Amongst The Peshmerga Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg)

2017 Masrour Barzani said KRG independence referendum could happen by end of yr Said

would include Kirkuk Said 1707 Peshmerga killed 9997 wounded in war vs IS

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

2017 Abadi govt said Hashd would not enter KDP areas during clearance of west Ninewa

Hashd went into Sinjar PM Abadi then said he didn’t know KDP wanted Hashd out of area

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 213 May 17 2017)

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

2017 Kurdish MP heading to Mosul stopped at checkpoint and beaten by Hashd unit

2018 PKK said Turkey 25km into KRG Turkey building roads to connect its bases Built 3 new ones and 14 outposts

2018 After Election Comm rejected manual recount PM Abadi asked Integrity Comm to investigate it

2018 Kurdistan Islamic Union State of Law Justice and Democracy Party all claimed voting fraud MP Karbouli accused of cheating in Anbar

2018 Army officer said 2 days 640 bodies pulled from rubble in Mosul Said to be IS members and their families

2018 Sadr complained about Iranian Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani trying to form next Iraqi govt

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

2019 Diyala MP called on ISF to deploy to rural Khanaqin dist to deal with IS Said locals

had to set up own security forces because no govt presence

2020 Kurdish teachers protested in Kirkuk Said Baghdad not KRG should pay their salaries

KRG unable to pay salaries due to budget dispute with Baghdad and debt

2022 KRG judicial council said KRG’s 2007 oil and gas law was constitutional Response to

Federal Supreme Court ruling law was unconstitutional

(Musings On Iraq Kurdistan Continues To Defy Iraq’s Central Govt Over Oil Industry)

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