Sunday, July 22, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 22

1920 Albu Hassan took Kifil from British 1920 Revolt
1920 TE Lawrence wrote British officials refused to give Iraq autonomy
1923 UK Minister to Tehran arrived in Baghdad to discuss deportation and immigration
of Iraqi opposition figures to Persia Iraqi govt said they could return after elections for assembly held
1929 Iraq High Commissioner Sir Gilbert Clayton said giving Iraq concessions was best
way to maintain good relations with Iraq and bad negotiations would have opposite effect
1931 Shiite leaders told Yasin Hashemi they would back him for PM if they got
            majority of cabinet posts
1979 Televised session of Baath meeting Former Revolutionary Command Council
secretary general Mashadi claimed there was a Syrian backed coup Said Syria wanted to remove Iraqi leadership so that two countries could unite
1979 66 accused coup plotters had names read and then taken from Baath party meeting
Party members began praising Saddam Accused coup plotters included 5 of 21 from Revolutionary Command Council Former Oil Min Hadithi who helped nationalize Iraq Petroleum Company
1979 Another accused plotter Adnan Hussein al-Hamdani deputy prime minister and
            head of president’s office who had been close aide to Saddam
1979 Court made up of 7 members of Revolutionary Command Council created to try
            66 coup plotters  
1982 Iran made second attempt to seize Basra City Turned back
1983 Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 2 attacked Kurdistan Seized 150 sq mi of territory half in Iraq
KDP Dawa and Badr Brigade took part Seized Haj Umran Sent SCIRI to set up offices in town
1988 Iraq attacked Iran on all fronts to test Iran’s commitment to peace talks Saddam
didn’t believe Khomeini really committed to UN Res 598 ceasefire Just wanted break and return to war
1988 Saddam also wanted one last try at victory in Iran-Iraq War with new offensive
Iraqi forces turned back in Kurdistan and Basra but gained 40 mi in Khuzistan province Iran
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones 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)
1992 Iraq bombed southern rebels killing 30
2002 DIA officer told to start making secret intelligence briefings to Rumsfeld on Iraq-
            Al Qaeda ties based upon request by Deputy Def Sec Wolfowitz
2002 US Energy Dept assessed Iraq trying to buy magnets meeting with scientists Niger
            uranium story showed that Iraq restarted nuclear program
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 Iraqi Governing Council took office
2003 U.S. forces killed Saddam’s sons Uday and Qusay Hussein in raid in Mosul
2003 UN report said Iraqis becoming frustrated at US plans for returning sovereignty
            because would take too long
2003 Bush speechwriter Gerson found 2 CIA memos from Oct 02 on why Iraq-Niger
uranium story should not be used in Bush speech Gerson’s discovery came just after White House blamed CIA Dir Tenet for why Niger story was used in Bush’s Jan 03 State of Union
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2004 Pentagon report acknowledge abuse of Iraqi prisoners including sexual and
            physical assault and deaths
2004 9/11 report 1994 or 95 Al Qaeda and Iraqi officials met Al Qaeda asked for aid and
training camps Iraq didn’t reply Al Qaeda worked with Ansar al-Islam in Iraqi Kurdistan
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said Maliki took no responsibility for anything Trying to
take control of ISF Casey said Maliki blocked 5 ops in Sadr City to protect Mahdi Army Maliki gave him list of 10 Shiite notables that could not be touched by US Sadr and aides at top of list
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said Maliki wanted militias to gain more control over
Baghdad Said Shiite politicians not serious about limiting Mahdi Army or death squads Said US forces clearing areas in Baghdad but Iraqis couldn’t hold them
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey said US had no political strategy for Iraq since Dec 05
            elections
2006 US Iraq Amb Khalizad said Sunnis and Shiite not accepted each other as equals not
            willing to cooperate
2006 NatSecAdv Hadley told Bush US had no security strategy for Baghdad
2008 109,087 pardoned under Amnesty Law Govt originally claimed only had 26,000
            prisoners
(Musings On Iraq article on Amnesty Law)
2012 ISI head Baghdadi announced it had returned to its strongholds that it was driven
            out of by by Surge
2017 Anbar council voted 3rd and final time to dismiss Governor Rawi on corruption
            charges

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