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This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 8 Iraqi commanders said they were retreating during ISIS attack on Mosul leading to mass desertions


1920 Ex-Ottoman officer and nationalist al-Ahd member Jamil al-Midfai’s forces attacked Mosul

but turned back Tried to start revolt vs UK Mandate in Iraq


1920 Son of Grand Ayatollah Shirazi met with Sunni notables in Samarra calling for Sunni-Shiite

unity to establish independent Iraq

1924 UK run Baghdad Times said England would give Iraq independence in 4 yrs at most if Anglo-

Iraq Treaty passed Took 8 more yrs

1927 Conscription bill read in parliament for 1st time Would never pass Govt thought it would create

national unity Opposed by UK who didn’t think Baghdad could pay for more soldiers and Shiites and Kurds who didn’t want to be foot soldiers with Sunni officers

1941 British campaign started against Vichy French in Syria using troops in Iraq Germany used Syria

to supply pro-German Gaylani govt

(Musings On Iraq review Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against A Fascist State In Iraq and the Levant, 1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

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

1947 National Democratic Party opposed Treaty of Bon Voisinage with Turkey and Brotherhood

treaty with Jordan Had paper shut down editor Wahab and leader Chadirchai put on trial

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1961 KDP sent note to Qasim Complained govt not moving on Kurdish issues or demands

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

1973 Kurdish villages in Sheikhan forced to cede land to Arabs and population expelled

1981 Iraq’s Defense Min launched Project 922 crash program to develop mustard gas and later tabun

sarin and VX gas

1990 US Commerce Dept wanted to limit technology sales to Iraq that could be used for missile

program Rejected by White House

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

1992 10 killed in Chamchamal in fighting between KDP and PUK

2000 UN Res 1302 renewed Oil For Food Program

2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice told Meet The Press US had looked at intel since 1991 to prove Iraq had

WMD All agreed Iraq had weapons Said no one ever claimed they knew exactly where Iraq’s WMD were stored Def Sec Rumsfeld said US knew exactly where WMD were during invasion Admitted that Bush used false claim of Iraq-Africa uranium deal in his 03 State of Union but was quoting British and didn’t know about problems Rice got Oct 02 CIA memo to remove Niger story from Bush speech because single sourced

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

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

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed, The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

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

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

2003 US military report said Baathist led insurgency biggest threat Insurgency growing due to CPA’s

deBaathification and disbanding Iraqi military Sunnis believed they were being shut out of new Iraq

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 7 Muqawama Wa Intiqaam (Resistance And Reprisals), May-August 2003)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2003 Sec State Powell said all the intel on Iraq’s WMD was approved by CIA

2003 UK Home Secretary Blunkett said PM Blair govt should not have released its Iraq WMD


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

2003 VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told NYTimes reporter Miller that secret National Intel

Estimate had strong evidence Iraq had WMD Was leak to support invasion

2004 UN Res 1546 endorsed Iraqi interim govt to draft new constitution and vote on it by 12/31/05

Set date for return of Iraqi sovereignty Said CPA would end Elections for permanent Iraqi govt would be held from Dec 04-Jan 05 Coalition forces would stay 

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq’s Future, How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy)

2005 State Dept spokesman said US no longer determined policy on militias It was now an Iraqi


2006 Interior Defense and National Security Ministers named in Maliki govt 6th months after national


2008 US arrested Basra Special Groups commander He forged papers so militiamen could go for

training in Iran

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2008 Bahrain announced it was going to re-open embassy in Baghdad

2011 PM Maliki said he was ready for another 100 day reform plan after 1st ended with no changes

Was meant to appease protesters

2011 PM Maliki said he was removing Chalabi as head of Accountability and Justice Commission

2011 Electricity Min Ani appeared on TV Said PM Maliki hadn’t given him promised money for new

power projects

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Heading For Another Hot Summer)

2012 PM Maliki and State of Law started working on getting MPs to remove names from no

confidence list against Maliki

2012 Loyalty of Iraq announced 20 MPs said they took names off PM Maliki no confidence list

Solution Movement within Iraqiya said withdrawing from no confidence vote against PM Maliki

2012 Sadrists called for parliament to hold no confidence vote against PM Maliki

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

(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 Sadr denied that any of his followers fighting in Syria They were

(Musings On Iraq The Increasing Flow Of Iraqi Fighters To Syria, An Interview With University Of Maryland’s Phillip Smyth)

2012 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq suspected of killing leading Sadrist in Baghdad 1st of 5 such assassinations

between 2 groups

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

2013 7th day of protests in Nasiriya over lack of electricity

2014 Interpol issued arrest warrant for Iraqi official for buying fake bomb detectors Nothing done

2014 ISIS reinforcements from Syria arrived in Mosul to attack last section of city under govt control

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

2014 Gen Ghidan ground forces commander Gen Qanbar chief of staff said they were withdrawing

to eastern Mosul while ISIS attacking city Many ISF thought move was a retreat and began deserting

2014 Police chief told Gov Nujafi they were within mortar range of insurgents Fled Mosul to village

            where Nujafi owned a large ranch

2014 ISIS captured Hawija Zab Riyad Abbasi Rashad Yankaja in Kirkuk Blew up bridge from

Amiriya Fallujah to Baghdad

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

2014 Ninewa Gov Nujafi met with Asst Sec State McGurk in Irbil Asked for aid from US and

peshmerga to defend Mosul

2014 Turkey told Asst Sec State McGurk ISF wasn’t defending Mosul

2014 Asst Sec State McGurk called White House urging Obama admin to fly drones over Mosul to

assess situation McGurk asked KRG to send peshmerga to Mosul Pres Barzani demanded that MP Maliki make request

2014 Asst Sec State McGurk went to Natl Sec Adv Fayad to get MP Maliki to ask KRG for aid in

Mosul KRG Pres Barzani’s chief of staff Hussein talked with Maliki’s chief of staff about same thing

2016 Report displaced from Saqlawiya and Garma in Anbar tortured by Hashd 5 bodies found 200-

300 civilians held by Hashd MP said 800 from Saqlawiya had been detained some tortured and killed Fallujah mayor said Hashd were retaliating against displaced for their losses in Falllujah op Badr controlled Federal Police also accused of abuses and killings

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

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

2016 Amnesty Intl report Interviewed victims of abuse Jun 5 605 men turned over to Anbar govt

many with signs of abuse by Hashd 4 dead bodies found in Amiriya Fallujah Reports 17 people from Garma killed

2016 Activists hacked into parliament’s website Posted picture of 3 people killed in protests in

Baghdad Said “Idiots are leading the country”

2017 Germany’s Foreign Min said concerned about KRG independence referendum and tensions it

could cause

(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 State Dept said KRG independence referendum distraction from bigger issues in Iraq Said US

stood for united Iraq

2017 PM Nechirvan Barzani said disputed territories no longer existed during meeting with political


2017 Report 15 men shot dead on side of road outside Mosul Feared executed by govt forces Some

were IS suspects

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 235 Jun 8 2017)

2018 Turkey’s PM said Turkish forces 30km into KRG in anti-PKK op

2018 Tribal council in Fallujah asked govt to stop Hashd kidnapping and blackmailing people Sheikh from Albu Issa tribe kidnapped

2020 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq pressured PM Kazemi to change his nominee for Culture Minister

Ministry controlled by AAH Forced ministry to give its fighters jobs and contracts to companies it controlled 

2020 Pro-Iran groups restarted attacks upon targets housing Americans with rocket strike on

Baghdad Airport as Iraq entered talks with US over new security agreement

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Factions Continue To Defy Iraq’s PM)

(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 Protests in Najaf Muthanna Diwaniya Dhi Qar demanding officials resign including governors

2021 60 Gorran members left party in Irbil after it aligned with PUK for 2021 election Part of

discontent over party joining ruling parties and leaving opposition

2021 Judicial Council said investigation into killings of protesters started Nothing came of it

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

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

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This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 16 Iraq protested border treaty with Iran by sending troops into Khuzistan province Led to 88 Iraqi soldiers being killed

  1920 UK govt decided to cancel proposed UK run provisional govt in Iraq for an Arab govt under British influence