Today in Middle Eastern history: the Fall of Baghdad (1917)

Forewarning: this post is mostly outsourced. For background you’ll want to read Michael Collins Dunn’s account of the Second Battle of Kut from late February. April 1916’s First Battle of Kut, as we know, was a complete Ottoman victory and one of the low points for Britain in the whole war. Following that disaster, the British … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Fall of Baghdad (1917)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)

The Ramadan Revolution–don’t let the name fool you, it’s really a coup that got good branding–is the middle chapter in a trilogy of coups, from 1958 to 1968, that transitioned Iraq from a Hashemite-run monarchy to a Baathist-run republic. Obviously the third one doesn’t really matter for our purposes here, but we should briefly review … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today is the anniversary of the initial airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened…or, at least, “as it happened” to … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Hello readers! Today I'm very pleased to bring you the second attwiw guest post! Arms proliferation researcher Travis Haycraft joins us for the first part of a two-parter (coming next month) on Iraq. Part one looks at the Saddam Hussein-organized build up of the Iraqi military in the 1970s, leading up to the Iran-Iraq War. … Continue reading Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Fall of Baghdad (1917)

Maude wisely spent the rest of 1916 repairing the damage that had been done in the campaign that culminated at Kut. He recruited new troops from India, trained them, and had his engineers build out a rail network that could support a full-scale northern offensive. His target was Baghdad, which at this particular point in … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Fall of Baghdad (1917)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)

The Ramadan Revolution--don't let the name fool you, it's really a coup that got good branding--is the middle chapter in a trilogy of coups, from 1958 to 1968, that transitioned Iraq from a Hashemite-run monarchy to a Baathist-run republic. Obviously the third one doesn't really matter for our purposes here, but we should briefly review … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq’s Ramadan Revolution (1963)