Wednesday, May 8, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - May 8 Def Sec Rumsfeld gave CPA head Bremer draft of DeBaathification order Pentagon would later deny it wrote order


1927 Iraqi cabinet resolution said Assyrians would be settled in the country

(Musings On Iraq review Assyrians in Modern Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)


1941 British Arab Legion left Palestine to take back Fort Rutba, Anbar from Iraqi police

One regiment refused to cross Transjordan border into Iraq

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

1941 British Royal Air Force reported Iraqi air force combat ineffective Lost 25 planes Another 20-30

heavily damaged

1941 Vichy France agreed to transfer weapons from Syria to Iraq to use its air fields and okayed

landing of German planes

1941 Iraq Def Min Shawkat went to Turkey for talks Ankara offered end of fighting permission for

UK to use bases in Iraq In return UK would recognize Gayalani’s govt

1941 Iraq Finance Min Suwaidi went to Saudi Arabia to explain conflict with UK and ask for

mediation Ibn Saud said Iraq should end war

1941 UK Mideast Cmdr Gen Wavell said not enough troops to take Baghdad and fight Iraqi and Axis


(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)

1941 People called on British army to take control of Basra city to stop looting of Jewish business

and homes They refused

1948 Gen Mahmoud cmdr Iraqi 1st Div met with King Hussein of Jordan to be informed of

situation in Palestine and make war preparations

1982 Iran announced it had reached pre-war border with Iraq Iran-Iraq War

1982 Saddam ordered retreating Iraqi forces to rally in Khorramshahr in south dubbing it a Stalingrad

(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 138 Kurdish villages in southern and central Sulaymaniya abandoned due to Anfal campaign

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

1990 Saddam claimed Iraq could build high tech capacitors for use in nuclear triggers

1998 Inspectors told Iraq was going to investigate Special Security Organization (SSO) and role in

hiding WMD programs unless info provided Iraq didn’t Led Chief Inspector Ekeus to okay new inspections of SSO

2002 UK Foreign Sec Straw told Sec State Powell if Bush decided on military action against Iraq PM

Blair would back him

(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 Sec State Powell said US and UK would go to UN to authorize occupation of Iraq

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld told staff rebuilding Iraq would not be fast or easy and needed time

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


2003 UK parliament announced review of pre-war intelligence on Iraq

2003 ORHA met with ex-Iraqi army officers 2nd time Said they could bring back 137,000 soldiers

2003 Def Min memo called for Iraqi soldiers to return to duty and cooperate with ORHA

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld gave Bremer memo on DeBaathification

(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 The Baathist Purge In Post-Saddam Iraq, A Short History Of DeBaathification)

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

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

2004 Bush said US goal was to build a free and peaceful Iraq that was not a threat to its neighbors

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

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

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld told Congress that Iraqi victims of Abu Ghraib prison abuse should be


2004 Pentagon est by end of 2005 Iraq war would cost US $150 bil 3 times higher than White House

prediction before war

2004 Mahdi Army fought with British troops in downtown Basra

2004 US forces moved into Karbala and Amarah setting off clashes with Mahdi Army US forces

seized a govt complex in Najaf fighting Mahdi Army

2005 Battle of Qaim began

2006 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid sent memo to Def Sec Rumsfeld Said Iran’s Quds Force gave

military aid to militias who were attacking US forces Included EFPs Abizaid wanted complaint sent to Iran warning that US would do something in response No specifics on what

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2008 Iraqi army began telling Sadr City residents to leave as ISF prepared assault on city during

Charge of Knights vs Mahdi Army

2009 Ninewa Gov Nujafi stopped by Peshmerga from going to hot air balloon festival in Bashiqa Part

of Kurd-Hadbaa List dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

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

2009 KRG said it would start exporting oil from Taq Taq and Tawke fields after Oil Min okayed

connecting them to Turkish pipeline Oil Min said it wouldn’t pay oil companies however

(Musings On Iraq Breakthrough On Oil Deal Between Baghdad and Kurdistan? Not Quite)

(Musings On Iraq Companies Exporting Oil From Kurdistan Without Getting Paid)

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Oil Exports To Start Again)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Kurds Claim They Can Produce 1 Million Barrels Of Oil A Day)

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Oil Exports Still On Hold)

(Musings On Iraq Oil Companies Exporting From Kurdistan May Not Be Paid For Years)

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

2009 Report ISF lacked men equipment logistics Suffered from corruption and political

interference US set up programs to train Iraqis in logistics but largely failed Relied upon US for intelligence air support medical care

2009 Trade Min Sudani’s brother arrested on corruption charges Caught in Basra with $150,000 in

cash Tried to bribe police to let him escape

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

2010 Pres Barzani set up investigation into murder of journalist Zardasht Osman KDP was accused of


2011 Anbar councilman complained that ISF continued arrest of former ISF members after PM Maliki

promised to end them

2011 Report Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq had no plans on cutting its oil production goal of 12

mil/bar/day In Apr Shahristani said prediction should be revised to 8.5 mil/bar/day Iraq didn’t meet either goal

2012 PM Maliki held cabinet meeting in Kirkuk to highlight problems between Arabs and Kurds

(Musings On Iraq Maliki’s Visit To Kirkuk Meant To Divide Iraqi National Movement And Kurdish Coalition)

2012 Allawi said PM Maliki was becoming an autocrat

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

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

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Prime Minister Becoming A Dictator? An Interview With Kirk Sowell Of Inside Iraqi Politics)

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki More Like Premier Nuri al-Sa’id Than Saddam? An Interview With Historian Phebe Marr)

2013 Iraqiya said PM Maliki was allowing militias to operate in country

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

2013 Electricity Minister said power imports would end in 2014 Didn’t

(Musings On Iraq Iraq No Closer To Solving Its Electricity Problems)

(Musings On Iraq More Hollow Promises By Iraq’s Electricity Ministry)

2014 US restarted training for Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in Jordan

2014 Anbar council again denied stories that ISF launched operation to free Fallujah

2015 IS broke out 30 prisoners from facility in Diyala posing as inspectors

2016 Report Hashd posted videos claiming US dropping supplies to IS Iraq media spread conspiracy

theories that US created IS US tried to counter stories with own information campaign

2017 Report Interior Min Araji arrested twice in 03 and 07 by US Charged with smuggling

weapons used to attack US and assassinations Was trained by Iran’s Quds Force Fought in Iran-Iraq War for Iran with Badr

2017 Report People asked PM Abadi to free 700 families held by Kataib Hezbollah and Badr since

2014 in Babil from Jurf al-Sakhr Were suspected IS sympathizers

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

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

2018 Parliament’s integrity committee said $320 bil had gone missing over last 15 yrs due to


(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)

2018 Report Smear campaign against women candidates 20 women had withdrawn from vote 1

woman withdrew accusing her opponents of threatening to make up a video that would humiliate her 4 videos posted on social media to embarrass females New fake sex video being spread against another candidate

2019 Pro-Iran Hashd said they would attack US if it attacked Iran Came after Sec State

Pompeo threatened retaliation if Hashd killed any Americans in Iraq

2020 Report US defense official said IS picking up attacks to take advantage of COVID Coalition

cmdr Gen White said same number of attacks as 2019 Said majority were small scale incidents Said IS lacked money fighters and popular support

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State Calls For More Attacks During Covid Crisis In Iraq)

2021 Protest leader Wazi in Karbala assassinated Would lead to new wave of demonstrations 2

activists escaped assassination in Baghdad

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

2021 Report US Delta team and Kurdish Counter Terrorism Group assassinated Gen Soleimani and

Abu Muhandis in 2020 US started planning to kill Soleimani in 2017 White House began talking about assassination in 2018 Pentagon opposed Plans to kill Soleimani sent to Trump Dec 2019 after Hashd rocket attack killed a US contractor

2021 Pro-Iran Hashd hit Ain al-Assad base in Anbar with a drone

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

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