Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 20


1980 Iraq held first parliamentary elections since end of monarchy in 1958 Baath
            won 187 seats Independents 63
1982 Ayatollah Khomeini said Iran-Iraq War would end when Saddam was out
1987 Peshmerga mounted offensive in Sulaymaniya supported by Iran
1987 Ali Hassan al-Majid issued order for random attacks on Kurdish areas to kill as
many people as possible Also said that any Kurd captured between 15-70 should be interrogated then executed
2004 Interim PM Allawi said special commando units would be created
2004 Head of 9/11 Commission said Al Qaeda was closer to Iran and Pakistan than
            Iraq
2004 9/11 Comm member said captured Iraqi docs showed 1 Fedayeen Saddam was an
Al Qaeda member Attacked press for claiming Comm report contradicted Bush admin claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda connections
2004 White House claimed 9/11 Comm proved its argument of Al Qaeda-Iraq
            ties when Commission said no cooperation
2005 UK UN diplomat Ross said he saw 4 ½ yrs of intel on Iraq WMD and it didn’t
            support Blair’s argument for war
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Al
Qaeda’s Libi and INC reported Iraq providing training to Al Qaeda Feb 04 Libi recanted his story which was given under torture
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said back
in 1990 Ansar al-Islam was working on WMD in Kurdistan Ansar not created until 2002
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Iraq
            supported Ansar al-Islam Was not true
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Iraq
ran terrorist training camp in Salman Pak with a plane fuselage next to a WMD facility raising fears Iraq giving terrorists WMD
2006 Was no active WMD facility in Salman Pak and terrorist training camp was spread
            by INC before invasion
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said he
believed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague in 2001 and never disproven
2006 2001 Czech intel said Atta-Iraq intel story untrue CIA FBI 9/11 Commission never
            found evidence of meeting
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group claimed
2002 NIE was attempt by CIA to win back debate on Iraq to WMD instead of terrorism
2006 Fmr head State Dept Intel Bureau Carl Ford said pre-Iraq war intel showed failure
            of tradecraft and analysis of US intel
2006 Car Ford said US got reports of things like Iraq-Niger uranium story and aluminum
            tubes and failed to analyze and question them thoroughly
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2006 Fmr Dep Dir CIA McLaughlin said that Feith’s Counter Terror Group found lots of
            articles of Al Qaeda-Iraq meetings but no control or operational connections
2006 Fmr Dep Dir CIA McLaughlin thought Feith’s Pentagon group was put together to
            counter CIA’s intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda
2006 Fmr CIA bin Laden desk chief Scheuer said Iraq war devastated CIA’s
            counterterrorism office by draining resources
2006 CIA’s Scheuer said it didn’t see any threat from Iraq compare to Al Qaeda Said
Dep Sec Def Feith’s office was set up to counter the CIA’s reporting no ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda
2006 Scheuer headed CIA’s report on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties and found no relationship
2006 Gen DeLong Gen Frank’s deputy commader at CENTCOM said he believed Iraq
            working with Ansar al-Islam and Al Qaeda in Kurdistan pre-invasion
2008 Report several insurgent groups reaching out to parties to try to get involved in
politics
2008 ISF arrested Sadrist deputy governor and 2 councilmen in Maysan during security
            op there vs Sadrists
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Promise of Peace)
2008 20 police accused of kidnapping and running death squads arrested Were
            members of Mahdi Army
2008 Report 4 political parties formed from 2 Anbar Awakening groups and 2 from
            insurgent Islamic Army
2009 Head of Kurdish list in Ninewa told Bashiqa teachers they should stop teaching
            in Arabic and switch to Kurdish Dispute with Hadbaa
2009 ISI bombed Shiite mosque killing 73 in Taza Kirkuk
2010 2 car bombs in front of Trade Bank of Iraq in Baghdad 27 killed 55 wounded
2010 Funeral for protester killed in Basra led to march calling for Maliki to step
            down
2010 Ayatollah Najafi issued statement condemning electricity shortages and supported
            right of people to protest problem
2011 Sadr statement called for arrest and punishment of ex-Mahdi Army Abu Dura
            and his followers Known as Shiite Zarqawi
2011 Maliki and other political leaders met at Pres Talabani’s house in Baghdad to
            discuss power sharing
2012 Sadr MP said 3rd term for Maliki would lead to dictatorship
2012 Sadrist protest in Baghdad claimed govt cracking down on independent
            press
2013 Chevron signed new exploration deal with KRG for work in Irbil
2013 Gazprom met with Pres Barzani to discuss oil deals in KRG
2013 Shahristani claimed Iraq’s electricity problems would be solved by end of year
2013 Election Comm said voter turnout only 35% in Ninewa and 37% in Anbar in
            delayed provincial elections
2014 Tanker sold Kurdish oil to Israel exported through KRG’s independent pipeline to
            Turkey
2014 Fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS in Hawija killed 17 as IS tried to assert
            control over area
2014 45 bodies found executed by insurgents in Tigris River in Salahaddin
2014 Turkman leaders in Tuz Kharmato said happy Peshmerga moved into city but
            wanted power sharing
2014 Sistani spokesman called for new govt that “avoids past mistakes” Most took
            that as criticism of Maliki
2015 Hashd killed a Kurdish civilian in a car leading to gunfight between Hashd
            and Peshmerga in Tuz Kharmato
2015 Civil group claimed Peshmerga killing civilians and displacing people in
            Diyala’s Khanaqin Dist

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