Sunday, May 26, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - May 26 Jamil Midfai led Al-Ahd forces to attack Tal Afar in attempt to start revolt vs UK Mandate in Iraq


1915 US consulate report Discontent in Baghdad against draft for war growing UK tried

to bribe tribes south of Baghdad to turn on Ottomans


1920 Nationalist Haras al-Istiqlal held Sunni-Shiite protest against British in Baghdad

1920 UK intel in Mosul got report 1,000 Arabs under fmr Ottoman officer and nationalist al-

Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai was west of Tal Afar waiting to attack

1921 Govt passed law allowing for enlistment to new Iraqi army

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1941 2nd trainload of German military aid arrived from Syria Stored in Mosul but never used

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

1941 12 Italian planes landed in Kirkuk from Syria to operate under Germans Immediately

attacked British forces in Anbar

1941 Mussolini met with German military attache and expressed concern about Iraq Asked

whether Berlin would give substantive or symbolic support to Iraq

1941 Mussolini told German military attache Iraq could turn tide in Mediterranean Attache

said Berlin serious about 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)

1964 Iraq and United Arab Republic announced Joint Presidential Council Supposed to

lead to unification of 2 countries

1976 Barzanis led by Idris and Masoud restarted armed struggle vs Baghdad

1981 Iraqis forced to withdraw from around Susangard Khuzistan in south due to Iran Op

Imam Ali

1983 French Pres Mitterand agreed to rent 6 Super Etendard jets to Iraq for 2 years Iraqi

pilots went to France for training

1986 Iran launched 2nd counterattack in Faw Peninsula Basra

1988 Iraq Op Tawakalna ala Allah reached Iranian border in Basra Also forced Iranians out

of southern marshes north of Basra city 6,000 Iranian casualties 3,000 Iraqi casualties

1988 Saddam had meeting with military staff Decided next offensive would be to recapture

Majnoon Islands in Basra

(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)

2002 During trip to France 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 Tragedy)

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


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

2003 Ex-Iraqi general addressed protesters outside Green Zone Said Iraqi govt needed to be

formed security established salaries paid to soldiers or would be resistance to US occupation

2004 NYTimes said some of its reporting on Iraq before war was questionable and not

sufficiently vetted

2004 Bremer met with UN election expert Pirelli and UN rep Brahimi Decided on one

national voting constituency for Jan 05 election because no voter roles voting districts etc

2004 CIA retracted all its reports based upon Iraqi defector CURVEBALL who claimed Iraq

had mobile WMD labs

(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 Curveball, Spies, Lies, And The Con Man Who Caused A War)

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

2005 PM Jaafari said govt would crackdown on those taking law into their own hands in

response to reports of Shiite death squads

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

2006 Pentagon report to Congress on Iraq said insurgency had not started civil war Said

violence only in 4 provinces Said insurgency would decline in early 2007

2006 Sec State Rice said 48 US govt workers signed up to work in Iraq Gen Casey said not

enough Rice told him he was out of line Def Sec Rumsfeld said Rice violated the chain of command and should not scold one of his generals

2006 Report PM Maliki wanted to increase number of Iraqi forces from 250,000 to 325,000

by end of year Said he would purge militias from Iraqi forces He didn’t

2006 Report PM Maliki wanted Iraqi forces to control all of Iraq’s provinces except Baghdad

and Anbar by end of 2006 Didn’t happen

2008 US military reported attacks in Iraq at lowest level since May 2004

2008 ISI elements that fled to Mosul during govt crackdown began attacking Yazidis

            in Sinjar Ninewa

2008 Pentagon report Couldn’t account for $15 bil spent in Iraq Of $8.2 bil in contracts

reviewed $7.7 bil didn’t follow accounting rules Distributed $1.8 bil in Iraqi money with no accounting

2008 Report Cost of food up 14% due to drought Caused inflation to rise from 11% start of

08 to 16% in Apr

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Drought)

2008 PUK MP said corruption in KRG rampant but no different from rest of Iraq Blamed


(Musings On Iraq Corruption and Reporting in Kurdistan)

2009 Head of parliament’s integrity comm attacked PM Maliki for allowing Trade Min

Sudani to resign Said it helped him escape questioning for corruption $4-$8 bil missing from ministry Bought expired food and charged Ministry full price Bought food to sell on black market Bought goods for double the prices Sudani signed contract with company owned by his son for $50 mil for old tea that was only worth $20 mil Bought contaminated milk from China Found $8 mil in expired food in warehouse Sudani’s brother and nephew got $40 in kickbacks from every ton of sugar imported by ministry Sudani used some of money to fund PM Maliki’s State of Law in 2009-10 elections

(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 Baghdad Brigade raided HQ of National Dialogue Front headed by Salah al-Mutlaq

Arrested Baghdad party leader

2010 Report ISF members said secret prison at Muthanna Army Base that held women and

children 2 women were wives of ISI leaders Other women held to pressure male prisoners Torture used

2010 ISCI’s Hakim rejected Maliki’s claim that only State of Law would be able to name

next PM Said that was up to the National Alliance

2011 Interior Ministry Explosive head Gen Jabri released after arrested for involvement

in buying fake bomb detectors Interior Min Inspector General believed 75% of money spent on devices went to kickbacks

(Musings On Iraq Fake Bomb Detectors At Center Of Corruption Case At Iraq’s Interior Ministry)

2011 Accountability and Justice Comm head Ali al-Lami killed in east Mosul ISI blamed US

thought Asaib Ahl Al-Haq responsible

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Divisive DeBaathification Official Gunned Down In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Behind DeBaathification Leader’s Death)

2011 Sadr told BBC that his militia was attacking US forces as they were withdrawing from

Iraq Sadrists held rally in Baghdad against US occupation

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sadr Backs Off Threat Of Reviving Mahdi Army)

2011 Report Iraq had been talking about developing Faw port since 2004 No construction

Planned $6 bil port 1st stage of construction supposed to be done by 2014 Feb 2010 Transportation Min said it would lay cornerstone Didn’t happen until April 2011

2011 Speaker Nujafi rejected PM Maliki’s claim only cabinet not parliament could make

laws Nujafi said parliament could draft bills and send them to cabinet

2012 Report KDP-PUK tried to monopolize business in KRG PUK ran Asia Cell since 90s

PUK placed fees on profits from companies it didn’t control Also owned front companies Nokan Group worth $4-5 bil Largest landowner in Sulaymaniya

2013 Allawi said that militias were increasing violence Iraqiya MP from Anbar said militias

were operating with backing of govt Were kidnapping people and setting up fake checkpoints

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

2013 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq denied that it ran fake checkpoints in Baghdad and that it was killing


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

2014 Jihadist intellectual Maqdisi said talks to heal ISIS-Al Qaeda rift had failed Said Abu

Bakr al-Bahgdadi and his followers were deviants and called on ISIS members to join Jabhat Al-Nusra

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

2014 Report Analysts thought rift between National Alliance and PM Maliki would grow State of

Law MP said since it had most seats it would not listen to others about giving Maliki 3rd term Sadrist spokesman said entire alliance would decide PM

2015 Op to free Ramadi from IS announced by Hashd

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

2015 IS executed Iraqi soldier from Sadr City in Fallujah Hung him from bridge Hashd used

it to justify attacking city in July

2015 Report over 400 buildings in Dour district in Tikrit destroyed by Hashd after

            city freed 90 more buildings destroyed in another neighborhood since Apr

2015 Report IS withdrew from Baiji Refinery day it took Ramadi Tried to destroy as much of

facility as it could Badr Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Khorasani Brigade Kataib Imam Ali Jund al-Imam in area with Iranian and Hezbollah advisers Were operating artillery mortars anti-tank missiles UAVs 

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

(Musings On Iraq Khorasani Brigade Another Iraq Militia That Returned Home From Syria To Fight The Insurgency)

2016 PM Abadi called on reform protests to stop due to Fallujah operation Activists

criticized Abdai govt for attacking demonstrators

2016 Report KRG oil sales went down in Apr Meant could only make partial payments to oil

companies Feb KRG started regular payments to companies to restore confidence after period where couldn’t pay them Hadn’t paid govt workers KRG debt growing Problems started when KRG got into budget and oil dispute with Baghdad

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

2017 IS executed 27 people trying to flee Mosul

2017 Report KDP Zebari said independence referendum would happen in 2017 Gorran

Kurdistan Islamic Union Kurdistan Islamic Group said KRG parliament had to approve referendum 1st

(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 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq cmdr said it could enter Sinjar and control areas it took Didn’t need

ok of KRG Said Hashd worked for govt Said pres Barzani under foreign influence

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

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

2017 Report Member of Baghdad Security Council said Der Spiegel article on abuses of

Rapid Reaction Div in Mosul was spreading IS propaganda Said footage Spiegel had was from Syria not Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Der Spiegel Reporting On Abuse By Iraqi Forces During Mosul Battle Was True)

2017 Report Family that lived next door to building destroyed by US bombing in Mosul

refuted US claim that it was filled with explosives Head of Civil Defense in Mosul said when excavating building didn’t see any signs of explosives either US pilot said US was playing down potential of bomb to destroy building

2017 Badr’s Amiri said Coalition only gave modest support to Iraq and that was why it was

taking so long to free Mosul

2017 Maliki said IS part of US plot vs Iraq Claimed Obama planned fall of Mosul from KRG

Blamed Speicher massacre upon army division withdrawing on orders from a political party

2019 Farms burned in 4 districts of southern Kirkuk Hashd spokesman said IS was

burning fields to make farmers pay taxes which they refused

(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 Report IS governor of Iraq and head of foreign operations Jabouri killed in Syria by

Coalition air strike Was assisted by Counter Terror Service

2020 Report PM Kazemi announced committee to investigate murders of protesters More

than 700 killed 25,000 injured PM Abdul Mahdi had his own committee which did nothing Sadrists and Fatah said they would block any attempt to blame Abdul Mahdi for deaths

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Will Iraq’s PM Follow Through With Promise To Punish Those That Attacked Protests?)

2021 Muslih cmdr of Hashd Anbar ops arrested for killing of Karbala activist Attacks on

other activists Hashd and Badr’s Amiri in talks with PM Kazemi over arrest Rocket attacks on Ain Al-Asad base in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Has 3rd Confrontation With Pro-Iran Hashd Factions)

2021 Hashd forces inside and out of Green Zone mobilized in show of force to demand

Hashd cmdr Muslih be released PM Kazemi called out security forces as well

2021 2 NRT journalists arrested in Sulaymaniya for reporting on PUK officials and Asayesh

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