Thursday, May 23, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - May 23 CPA disbanded Iraq’s military


1922 When Colonial Sec Churchill asked by parliament if King Faisal opposed British Mandate

Churchill said no Faisal was against Mandate When news reached Iraq was 1st page in papers Angered Iraqis


1939 After British White Paper on Palestine passed PM Said tried but failed to convince the Mufti

of Jerusalem to support it

1941 German planes attacked British forces in Fallujah Iraqi artillery shelled town

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

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

1941 Hitler Order 30 Germany would support Arabs against British especially in Iraq

1941 UK Mid-East cmdr Gen Wavell and Indian cmdr Gen Auchinlek met in Basra Decided to send

forces to Baghdad and more to be sent from India to Iraq

(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)

1944 PM Said resigned 3rd time Regent would eventually accept it

1948 Iraqi brigade attacked Kfar Yona-Netanya to try to split Palestine in 2 Cancelled due

to Iraqis being sent to block Jewish advance on Jenin 1st Arab-Israeli War

1948 Istiqlal Party’s paper called for boycott of Jewish businesses over the 1948 Arab Israeli war

(Musings On Iraq New Babylonians, A History Of Jews In Modern Iraq)

1959 Egyptian press claimed British intel planning pro-UK coup in Iraq Afterward Iraq would sign

peace treaty with Israel Part of anti-Iraq propaganda by Nasser

1959 Communists officially gave up demands for positions in Qasim govt

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of The Iraqi Communist Party Interview With Univ of East Anglia’s Johan Franzen)

(Musings On Iraq Revolutionary Times, Gen. Qasim And Iraq’s 1958 Coup, Interview With Western Kentucky’s Prof. Juan Romero)

1963 Curfew imposed and security zones set up around oil installations in north in

preparation for new offensive against Mullah Mustafa Barzani

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

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

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

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

1966 Arif govt called on Kurds to surrender or face annihilation

1969 Pres Bakr offered self-determination to Kurds

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Since 1958, From Revolution To Dictatorship)

1982 Iraq invoked Arab League 1950 defense agreement to get military aid from members Got

nothing League divided over Iran-Iraq War

1982 Iraq counterattack west and north of Khorramshahr

1988 Iraq launched offensive to re-capture all of its lost territory from Iran

(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)

1988 Towns in Balisan Valley, Sulamaniya hit by chemical weapons in 5th Anfal campaign

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1991 For third time Kurds attacked police station in Zakho during negotiations with Baghdad over


1991 UN announced 500 guards would be sent to Kurdish provinces to deal with relief centers for

displaced after 1991 Uprising

2002 During trip to Germany Bush said he had no Iraq war plans Part of strategy to work on war plans

            while publicly denying it

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)

2003 Bush said he supported Bremer’s political plan for Iraq

2003 CPA Order 2 disbanded Iraqi military

(Musings On Iraq review Baghdad at Sunrise, A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Review Lessons Of The Iraqi De-Ba’athfication Program For Iraq’s Future And The Arab Revolutions)

(Musings On Iraq review My Year in Iraq, The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with CSU San Marco’s Prof Marashi Development And Setbacks Of The Current Iraqi Military)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 6 Charting A New Course)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Ch 6 Lost In Transition May-July 2003)

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2003 CPA security adv Slocombe met with CENTCOM It went over plans to recall Iraqi military

Considered CPA 2 disbanding military a formality and plans could continue Slocombe told CENTCOM to continue with them

2003 US ground forces cmdr Gen McKiernan said there was huge number of Iraqi soldiers out of a

job and no income Said was huge security and economic problem

2003 Congress asked CIA to look into its pre-war intel on WMD after none found

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

2004 Sadr’s brother in law Riyadh Nouri arrested

2005 Sunni MPs accused Badr Brigade of carrying out sectarian killings

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

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

2007 Dep PM Zubaie wounded by suicide bomber

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

2007 ISI assassinated Sheikh Issawi from Albu Issa tribe Member of the Awakening Part of campaign

to kill Awakening leaders

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Fallujah Redux author Daniel Green on Fallujah during the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2007 Bush said in Jan 05 bin Laden told Zarqawi to create a cell to plan attacks upon US homeland

Counterterrorism officials contradicted claim

2007 Constitutional Review Comm told parliament it had draft report on amending constitution Then

asked for 1 month extension to gain consensus Nothing came of it

(Musings On Iraq How Faults With Iraq’s Constitution Undermines The Country, Interview with Constitutional Scholar Zaid Al-Ali)

2008 Clerics denied Sistani issued fatwa allowing attacks on US forces

2010 ISF blamed US releasing prisoners for increase in violence In 2008 PM Maliki negotiated

quicker release of prisoners by US

2011 Adviser to Diyala governor arrested by PM Maliki to intimidate province to not move towards

federal region to protest his govt

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

2011 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri complained about ISI’s Baghdadi and Jabhat al-Nusra’s Julani Told them

to reconcile

2011 Gulf Keystone said it was ready to export oil from KRG

2011 Report Iraq signed deal to import natural gas from Iran to fuel power plants in Diyala

2012 Iraq hosted nuclear talks between Iran and six countries

2012 Head of Central Bank of Iraq called for econ reforms Said state expanded too much Retarded

development of private sector 95% of govt revenue from oil Only provided 1% of jobs Unofficial unemployment 30% If wanted to deal with jobless had to move away from oil dependence

2013 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that Baghdadi was wrong for declaring ISIS without asking

permission first

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

2013 Mutahidun accused PM Maliki of supporting militias and targeting civilians

(Musings On Iraq Rumors Spread Of Militias At Work In Iraq)

2013 Sheikh Hayes said Ramadi protesters had 2 days to turn over those who killed 5 soldiers

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

2013 State of Law offered ISCI control of 3 southern provinces in return for control of Basra ISCI

turned down offer

2013 Report Oil companies wanted to revise down production targets with Oil Min Couldn’t meet

goals in contracts due to lack of infrastructure red tape etc Iraq originally said it would reach 16 mil/bar/day in production by 2020 Revised down to 9 mil/bar/day Didn’t reach that mark

2013 Report govt would aid foreign oil company workers Some waited 2-3 months to get visa

2014 Babil Operations Command claimed Jurf al-Sakhr freed from IS Would not be liberated until

Oct 2014

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Southern Front Babil Province Where The Islamic State Has Free Reign)

(Musings On Iraq Twelve Security Operations Later And Iraq’s Northern Babil Is No Less Safe)

2014 Gorran accused PUK of cheating in Sulaymaniya vote

2014 KRG said it sold 1st tanker of independent oil exports Oil Ministry filed legal papers over sale

Also took legal action against Turkey for facilitating sale

2015 Report Iranians operating rockets, artillery and drones in Baiji operation to free refinery from IS

(Musings On Iraq Iranian & Hezbollah Advisers Committed To Baiji Refinery And Ramadi Ops Leading To Another Loss For The Revolutionary Guard)

2015 Report on fall of Ramadi IS used sleeper cells ISF lacked command and control Golden Div

suddenly left city Wasn’t enough coalition air strikes Tribes said not supplied by govt to fight Federal Police reinforcements turned back by IS Broke morale of ISF in city Anbar governor said 286 police died in fighting

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

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

2015 Badr’s Amiri said US coalition was a mirage that didn’t help Iraq

2015 Govt forces retook Husaiba Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Fight For Iraq’s Anbar And Salahaddin, 4th Week of May 2015)

2016 Abu Fadhl al-Abbas commander posted video saying no civilians or true Muslims left in


(Musings On Iraq Abu Fadhl Al-Abbas Brigade From Fighting In Syria To Iraq)

2016 Golden Div and army attacked Fallujah from south Garma freed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Gains Big Victory Over Islamic State In Fallujah In Record Time)

2017 Der Spiegel ran article documenting abuses by Rapid Reaction unit during Mosul

campaign Tortured and killed prisoners Raped woman while husband beat Unit denied story Released video of its victims denying that they had been abused and then attacked author of article Joint Operations Command also claimed author was making up story and if any torture had taken part he was partly responsible since he witnessed it

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 220 May 24 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 221 May 25 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 222 May 26 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 223 May 27 2017)

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 224 May 28 2017)

(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)

2017 Hashd freed Qairawan subdistrict of Sinjar Ninewa from IS

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

2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq registered to run in elections

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

2018 103 bodies pulled from Old City Mosul

2018 Abdul Mahdi said on Facebook he didn’t want to be PM because couldn’t get anything done due to ruling parties Would later become PM

2019 Report locals in Khanaqin Diyala complaining about IS Burned farms in Qara Tapa

Planted IEDs in fields to drive people out

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 1? Interview With Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Michael Knights)

(Musings On Iraq Can The Islamic State Make A Comeback In Iraq Part 2? Interview With Il Foglio’s Daniele Raineri)

2020 Babil governor denied any secret prisons in province especially in Jurf al-Sakhr Said

insecurity meant no one could return there Kataib Hezbollah had secret prison in district Govt denied people going back to Jurf al-Sakhr because along pilgrimage routes to Najaf and Karbala

2020 UN reported 25 protesters kidnapped From Oct 2019 to Mar 2020 123 activists abducted 98

were found 490 protesters killed 7783 wounded No accountability for perpetrators

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

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

2021 Pres Salah said $150 bil in oil had been smuggled out of Iraq since 2003

2022 38 Kurdish villages in Makhmour dist Ninewa empty due to IS threats

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