Tuesday, June 4, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 4 Jamil al-Midfai led nationalist group seized Tal Afar in attempt to start revolt vs UK Mandate in Iraq


1915 Ottomans counterattacked trying to retake Amara Failed


1920 Ex-Ottoman officer and nationalist al-Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai’s men attacked and took

Tal Afar Claimed Abdullah of the Hijaz was coming from Syria to become king of Iraq Called for revolt against British

1922 Gertrude Bell said King Faisal was indecisive and lacked backbone to stand up to others

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

(Musings On Iraq review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)

1924 Anti-British protests in Baghdad closed parliament

1944 Hamdi al-Pachachi became PM Regent picked most of the cabinet that became immediately


(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1948 Israelis counterattacked vs Iraqi forces in Jenin Iraqis held position Only victory in war 1st Arab-

Israeli War

1967 Iraqi pilots briefed on 2 Israeli airfields they were to attack Intel was poor mostly from before

1948 Were told Egyptian-led war plan was to allow Israelis to attack first

(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)

1967 Iraqi army division set off to deploy to Jordan for Six Day War

1967 Egypt told Iraq Arab forces would not attack first but wait for Israel to act

1980 Iraqi Air Force bombed Iranian army base where KDP organizing peshmerga Iraq

felt Iran was going to start funding another Kurdish revolt Started retaliatory bombing campaign along border between Iraq and Iran

1982 Dep PM Aziz went to Moscow seeking military aid for Iran-Iraq War but turned down

1985 Iraq carried out heavy air raid on Iran oil terminal at Kharg Island

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

(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)

1992 New Kurdish parliament met first time Jawhar Salim elected speaker Cabinet also announced

1997 UN Resolution 1111 extended Oil For Food Program for 2nd time since started in 96

2003 Barzani went to Najaf and met Ayatollah Sistani and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim to talk about post-

war govt and constitution

2003 Ayatollah Sistani called for an Iraqi parliament to produce a new constitution in opposition to

CPA plan

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter 11

Restoring Iraq’s Capacity to Govern)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2003 PM Blair said that he had no doubt that Iraq’s WMD would be found Rejected independent

inquiry into case for Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

2003 VP Cheney told Senators to stop asking for investigation into pre-war intelligence on Iraq

2003 DepUnderSecDef Feith said US wasn’t only country that claimed Iraq had WMD so did

Clinton admin

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

2003 Dep UnderSec of Def Feith denied that Bush admin pressured intel agencies over Iraq

Admitted he created Office of Special Plans within Pentagon to find Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

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

The Sectarian War of 2006)

2004 George Tenet resigned as director of CIA in part due to failed Iraq intelligence

2004 Pope criticized Bush over Abu Ghraib prison abuse and called for international solution to Iraq

2005 New KRG parliament sworn in

2007 Report Mahdi Army trying to expel Sunnis from Baghdad’s Rasheed Police working with

militia National Police commander in area replaced three times since March

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2007 Report US intel found life size mock up of Karbala Joint Operations Center in Iran used

to plan for Asaib Ahl Al-Haq raid on complex

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

2008 Half of parliament signed letter saying they were against Status of Forces Agreement unless it

included US withdrawal

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Asks US To Draw Up Withdrawal Plans: Move Towards Autonomy, Electioneering, Or Brinkmanship by the Maliki Government?)

2008 Police arrested top 5 Mahdi Army commanders in Karbala aftermath Charge of Knights

2009 Iranian arrested trying to plant IED in Basra

2010 Gen Odierno US cmdr in Iraq said 34 of ISI’s 42 leaders had been killed or captured

(Musings On Iraq Al Qaeda In Iraq Takes More Losses, But Keeps On Ticking)

2011 Report PM Maliki’s office planned to stop demonstrations in Baghdad and arrest protest


2011 Activists met in Turkey to plan protests after PM Maliki’s 100 day reform program ended Met

in Turkey because of govt crackdown in Iraq

2011 Head of Baghdad Ops Command admitted govt held 4 protest organizers Said they would be

released soon

(Musings On Iraq Attempt To Squelch Iraq Protests By Government Fails)

2011 Kurdish opposition presented reform program to KDP and PUK after Sulaymaniya protests

broken up Nothing came of it

2011 Dep PM Shahristani said Iraq would reach 3 mil/bar/day in oil production by end of 2011 It


2011 PM Maliki said national unity govt didn’t work and called for majority rule

(Musings On Iraq Interview A Look At Iraq’s 2014 Election Interview With Reidar Visser)

2012 Iran called Sadr to talk him out of backing no confidence vote against PM Maliki

(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)

2012 Shiite Endowment offices in Baghdad bombed 26 dead 125 wounded Bomb at Sunni

Endowment defused but hit by mortar

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2012 Inter Min head of explosives Gen Jabiri given 4 yrs in prison on misdemeanor charges for

buying fake bomb detectors

2013 Sadr-Hakim alliance announced Would cooperate on provincial councils and run together in

2014 parliamentary election

2014 ISIS head of Military Council Bilawi killed by Iraqi special forces

2014 Babil police chief press conference with 6 prisoners confessing to car bombing then posted 4 of

them executed on his Facebook hours later

2014 Report State of Law delegation went to Iran and got backing for 3rd term for PM Maliki

2015 IS held ceremony for Fallujah sheikhs to give it allegiance

2015 Report IS looted Hatra museum Destroyed 10 pieces so could charge more for ones it sold

2015 Number of displaced in Iraq reached 3.0 mil

2015 Report Badr cmdr praised Ayatollah Sistani for creating Hashd Said Ayatollah Khamenei was

ruler of all Muslims Said Badr could outgun the ISF Said after war Hashd would be like Iranian Basij which is part of Iranian Revolutionary Guard

2016 Hashd spokesman said Hashd wouldn’t enter Fallujah Badr controlled Federal Police

already in city Hashd attacking northern section of city

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq, Jun 22-28, 2016)

2016 Anbar council formed committee to investigation abuses in Garma and Fallujah Hashd

accused of abuses Pictures on social media of Hashd beating displaced US led Coalition said reports of kidnappings and killings of civilians Nothing happened

(Musings On Iraq Abuses Of Iraq’s Hashd In Fallujah Operation)

2016 PM Abadi announced human rights committee formed to investigate abuses in Fallujah

op Nothing happened

(Musings On Iraq Review Impossible Victory, How Iraq Defeated ISIS)

2016 News site published 21 pictures of buildings damaged and destroyed by Hashd in

Garma Anbar Accused Hashd of robbing and looting

2016 Report ISF logistics inadequate US shipping equipment and spare parts to frontline

Buying ammo for Iraq US pushing Iraq to build repair centers near frontlines US got Coalition partners to give/sell arms to ISF

2017 Hashd freed Baaj west Ninewa Emptied it of civilians and started creating security


(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 231 Jun 4 2017)

2017 Hashd leader Abu Muhandis said after IS defeated Hashd would march on Saudi

Arabia Said hoped Houthis would join the fight

2017 1,760 Peshmerga killed 9000 wounded fighting IS

2017 Head of Diyala Ops Command said no part of province under IS control Said stories of

IS activity were exaggerated

2017 Human Rights Watch report 26 bodies of men blindfolded and handcuffed in and

around Mosul Report were killed by ISF after being detained Foreign journalist said Hashd unit killed 25 prisoners and dumped bodies in Tigris May reports ISF executed men near checkpoint

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 232 Jun 5 2017)

2018 Parliamentary committee found clear evidence of fraud in election

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi MP Warns Of Potential Voter Fraud In 2021, Does It Matter?)

2019 Protesters went to electricity company in Qurna Basra over shortages

(Musings On Iraq Summer Approaches And Early Protests Begin In South Iraq)

2021 Report US worried about drone attacks by pro-Iran groups Apr Irbil airport hit May

Irbil airport and Ain Al-Assad base hit

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

2023 Irbil court sentenced PUK’s Counter Terror chief Halabiaye and 5 others for

assassination of colonel on KRG Security Council Was killed in Oct 2022 after he switched to KDP

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