Friday, June 14, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 14 Ayatollah Sistani said his call for Iraqis to defend country meant joining ISF not militias that became Hashd al-Shaabi Was too late


1920 UK military governor in Basra reported political agitation from Baghdad trying to raise

support for Iraqi independence in Basra


1921 UK govt said it would not stop Faisal from becoming King of Iraq

1921 Colonial Sec Churchill asked Colonial Office if King Faisal was Sunni or Shiite and

who were the religious people in Karbala

1927 UK High Commissioner for Iraq Dobbs wrote Colonial Sec Amery that King Faisal was telling

Iraqis that all UK forces would withdraw end of 1927 if Iraq gained independence Meant to scare people into supporting army conscription

1980 Mossad assassinated Egyptian nuclear scientist Yahya El Mashad in Paris who worked on

Iraq’s nuclear program

1982 Iraq counterattacked in Khuzistan province Turned back Iranians who were heading for Basra

1985 Iran Op Al Quds 1 started in southern marshes of Maysan 

1985 Iraq halted air raids for 2 wks on Iran calling on Iranians to push Khomeini towards peace

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1988 Iraqi 1st Corps attacked in Op Mohammed Rasul Allah in Mawat Sulaymaniya 

(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)

1991 More than 1,000 Kurds protested outside US camp in Dohuk asking for them to stay to protect

them from Iraqi govt

1998 2nd day of UN inspectors-Iraq meetings Agreed on inspection regime Inspectors demanded that

Iraq come clean on concealment program Tariq Aziz thought UN working with US to move goal posts every time there was progress to drag out process

(Musings On Iraq review Endgame, Solving The Iraq Crisis)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Confidential, The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2001 CIA report aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were probably for centrifuges for nuke program

but could be rockets Still no justification for claim Were for rockets

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

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

2003 Gen Sanchez became commander of Coalition forces in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 13 The Changing Of The Guard, Again Spring-Summer 2004)

2003 Gen Petraeus flew to Baghdad telling CPA disbanding Iraq military threatened US troops

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

2003 1300 US troops conducted major search and raids in Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2004 VP Cheney said Saddam had long standing ties with Al Qaeda

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2004 Reports US soldiers and interrogators began warning of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Nov

and Dec 03

2005 Massoud Barzani sworn in as KRG president

2006 PM Maliki said Sadr City and Shiite areas of Baghdad off limits to US forces

(Musings On Iraq The Life Of Nouri al-Maliki An Interview With Journalist Ned Parker)

2006 PM Maliki announced Op Together Forward to try to secure Baghdad and stop sectarian

attacks Failed Police involved in sectarian attacks and cleansing of Sunnis

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 20 Baghdad Burns, Summer-Fall 2006)

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

2006 After returning from Iraq Bush said inspired by meeting PM Maliki and US was staying the


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

2006 Def Sec Rumsfeld aide brought up Biden-Gelb idea of breaking up Iraq as possible exit

strategy for U.S.

2007 US Operation Arrowhead Ripper in Baquba Pushed insurgents out of city with help of 1920

Revolution Brigade

2008 Sadrist said they wouldn’t run as a party in 2009 provincial elections just support candidates

(Musings On Iraq Sadr’s Leadership Or Lack Thereof)

2008 US Inspector General went to Kahn Bani Saad prison Found no work being done Most of $1.2

mil in materials gone

2008 Female suicide bomber in Qara Tappa Diyala targeted café where people watching World Cup

34 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2008 PM Maliki told US officials he’d confronted Iranians over their interference in Iraq

2010 New parliament seated 3 months after elections Only met for 18 minutes Was supposed to

start work on electing new president but didn’t PM Maliki adjourned session indefinitely to stall for time so he could return to office

(Musings On Iraq Supreme Islamic Iraqi Party Comes Out Against Maliki)

2011 ISI attacked Diyala provincial council building in Baquba Took ISF 2 hrs to control situation

2011 PM Maliki said he wanted to reduce the number of ministries in response to protests

2011 Report Head of Trade Bank of Iraq Azri fled Iraq after PM Maliki led raid on Bank start of Jun

Said Maliki wanted to control bank

2012 Gorran and PUK held meeting to try to reconcile Didn’t work

2012 Ninewa Gov Nujafi reversed course and said that he now supported Kurdish oil deal with

Exxon after made deal with KDP

(Musings On Iraq Exxon Deal With Iraq’s Kurds Gains Powerful New Ally, Ninewa’s Governor, But Will It Backfire On Him?)

2012 Sadr returned from Iran Said still for no confidence vote against PM Maliki but thanked him

for cabinet meetings in provinces Sadr started giving into Iranian pressure

(Musings On Iraq What Does Iraq’s Sadr Want?)

(Musings On Iraq Iran Tries To Mediate Iraq’s Political Crisis, But Can They Overcome The Deep Divisions In The Country?)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sadrist Back Off Attacks Upon Prime Minister Maliki For Now)

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

2013 Report Sunni protests shrank after PM Maliki attacked Hawija site Less Facebook posts about

protests More about insurgent attacks Spokesman for Ramadi protests said supported Syrian rebels Ansar al-Islam claimed attacks on Internet again More attacks by Naqshibandi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

2013 Report Electricity Min produced 10,000 megawatts Wanted to reach 11,000 megawatts

Demand was 14,200 megawatts 1600 megawatts lost each day due to fuel shortages maintenance Contradicted claims by Dep PM Shahristani that power crisis would be over end of 2013

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

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

2013 Report PM Maliki backed Assad in Syria because afraid Islamists would come to power in

Damascus and threaten Iraq Accused Saudi Arabia Qatar Turkey of backing Syrian rebels and Iraqi insurgents Publicly Maliki called for negotiations in Syria Privately backed Iran supporting Assad Allowed Syria to buy dollars at Central Bank of Iraq auctions to get around sanctions Sold discounted fuel to Syria Allowed militias to fight in Syria

2014 Ayatollah Sistani issued clarification that his fatwa to defend country was for men to join the

ISF not militias

(Musings On Iraq Interview Iran And Its Shiite Militias Mobilize In Iraq Interview With Phillip Smyth)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Tel Avav Univ’s Rachel Kantz Federa on Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa To Defend Iraq)

2014 12 imams in Mosul executed by ISIS for not giving it allegiance 128 bodies of soldiers and

police executed by ISIS in Mosul recovered

2014 Ishaqi Dhuluiya Mutasim in Salahaddin declared freed by ISF and tribes Still fighting there

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

2014 ISF and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq claimed cleared insurgents out of Muqdadiya, Diyala Were still


2014 ISF withdrew from Rawa and Ana giving Anbar border to ISIS Fighting in Hit

            Habaniya Ramadi Jalawla in Diyala taken by ISIS Surrounded Amerli in Salahaddin

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)

2014 ISF started op to try to retake Saqlawiya, Anbar

2014 Report Peshmerga told remaining ISF in Kirkuk city to leave

2014 Sadr called for military parades by his militia in all the provinces to show their strength in

face of insurgents

(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilization)

2014 1500 Iranian troops in Khanaqin district Diyala and 500 in Wasit to secure Iran-Iraq border


2014 1st Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps member killed in fighting in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Fifth Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force Member Dies In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Mobilization In Iraq In The Face Of The Insurgent Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2014 Report PM Maliki called for militias to help ISF in early 2014 Integrated into military

command under commander and chief’s office Operated throughout Baghdad belts Mar ISF and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq killed 23 civilians in Buhriz Diyala Publicly govt and militias denied they were operating After Mosul fell came out publicly

2014 Report differences emerging between ISIS and Naqshibandi over control of Mosul

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

2016 Pres Masum said there were violations in Fallujah op but were done by individuals not


2017 IS counterattacked in Old City Mosul with 7 car bombs 25 suicide bombers Federal Police


(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 241 Jun 14 2017)

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

2017 Report Warrant for Badr cmdr in charge of Taza Kirkuk for oil smuggling

2019 Balad Air Base hit by mortar fired by pro-Iran group due to US-Iran tensions

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

2019 Baghdad activist hit by sticky bomb before protest

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

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

2020 Planning Minister said all border crossings including ones in KRG would be under central

govt control KDP-PUK still controlled crossings in KRG Hashd controlled many others

2020 Joint Operations Command warned Hashd factions about rocket attacks on military bases

after rocket attack on Camp Taji Attacks didn’t stop

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq While PM Kazemi Visits Pres Trump Pro-Iran Groups Target US And Kill Protesters To Embarrass Govt)

2020 Rockets fired at Taji base in Baghdad for 2nd day by pro-Iran groups

2021 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali tried to position himself as Shiite leader Khazali

said he was an ally of Iran not proxy Said he followed Iraqi national interests Wanted to be leader of Resistance factions Kataib Hezbollah still said followed Iran

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

2021 Govt workers struck in Sulaymaniya over not being paid Patients and families protested

because hospital lacked supplies Result of KRG economic crisis due to dispute with Baghdad over budget and oil

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