Wednesday, September 12, 2018

This Day in Iraqi History - Sep 12


1915 British forces launched campaign to capture Baghdad starting in present
            day Wasit
1954 New parliamentary elections held Over 100 parliamentarians ran unopposed
            Ensured Nuri al-Said of govt he wanted so he could sign Baghdad Pact
1980 Iraq seized Qasr e-Shirin in Iran next to Diyala province and claimed it took 30 miles
            of disputed territory along Iranian border
1980 Iraq bombed Kermanshah Iran southeast of Qasr e-Shirin to try to take out militia
            in that area
1997 UN Res 1129 allowed greater Iraqi oil exports under Oil for Food Program
2001 Bush asked Counterterrorism Chief Clarke to look into whether Iraq involved in
            9/11
2001 Pentagon meeting on 9/11 CIA said was sure Al Qaeda behind attack Wolfowitz
            questioned that and said Iraq must have been involved
2001 NSC met to discuss how to shape Bush doctrine and war on terror Rumsfeld brought
up attacking Iraq because no good targets in Afghanistan Rumsfeld asked if Iraq not Al Qaeda was behind 9/11 twice Also asked about Iran or Syria being involved Tenet said it was Al Qaeda Rumsfeld said that Saddam should be overthrown Powell said US had to focus on Al Qaeda because that was what public wanted not Iraq Joint Chiefs Head Gen Shelton said that was only possible via large invasion Bush said not time for Iraq
2001 White House told CIA to come up with covert plan against Iraq
2001 Czech intel source said he saw 9/11 hijacker Atta meet with Iraqi intel in Prague
            Apr 2001
2001 Defense Policy Board’s Perle told CIA Dir Tenet Iraq had to pay for 9/11 claiming
            it was behind attack
(Musings On Iraq article on how Bush admin went from 9/11 to Iraq invasion)
2001 Iraq conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie former CIA Dir James Woolsey columnist
            Charles Krauthammer all wrote pieces blaming Iraq for 9/11
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
2001 Ex-CIA Dir Woolsey said didn’t matter who was responsible for 9/11 solution
            had to include removing Saddam from power
2002 Bush UN speech Said Iraq growing threat Could build a nuclear bomb within a
            year if got materials Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2002 White House paper Decade of Deception and Defiance Went over Iraq’s human rights
abuses WMD programs Said Iraq had mobile WMD labs Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges for nuclear program Included Dec 01 NY Times report on INC defector Adnan Haidier who claimed he went to secret WMD facilities Also included INC defector report that Iraq training terrorists to hijack planes at Salman Pak
 (Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2002 French For Min said France supported UN resolution on Iraq but UN should
            decide action if Iraq didn’t comply
2002 Joint Chiefs issued order to form Free Iraqi Force of Iraqi exiles Wasn’t
            implemented for 5 months
2002 CIA ordered intel community to come up with National Intelligence Estimate on
            Iraq’s WMD and nuclear programs
2003 Iraqi police chasing bandits in Fallujah fired upon by US troops at checkpoint
            Jordanian Special Forces nearby opened fire as well 12 Iraqi police killed
2004 PM Allawi said Saddam’s trial would go ahead despite rising violence
2006 Report Sadr losing control of Mahdi Army US worried about Badr control of police
US was pushing Iraqi parliament to pass law to try to disarm militias Were playing down connections between death squads and Iraqi ruling parties as a result
2011 insurgents took bus in Anbar and killed 22 Shiite pilgrims

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