Wednesday, September 19, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 19


1920 Gertrude Bell said 1920 Revolt was result of British not fulfilling promises
            to give Iraqis their own govt
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1925 Turks went to Permanent Court of Intl Justice to try to keep Mosul province after
            League of Nations said it should go to Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
1929 Abd Sadoun became premier for 4th time
1936 UK officials met Nuri al-Said in Paris to discuss him mediating Palestine dispute
            Turned out he just wanted to promote Iraq
1980 Iran began heavy shelling of Shatt al-Arab, Basra and attacked ships in waterway
1983 Iran said if major powers kept backing Iraq they would have oil cut off to them
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1991 UN Resolution 712 offered oil for food program rejected by Iraq 2nd time
1996 CIA Dir Deutch told Senate Intel Comm that after Saddam sent troops into
            Kurdistan he was in stronger position and unlikely to be deposed
2001 Iraq intel paper said Afghan source claimed bin Laden Taliban and Iraq worked
            together to target America Never confirmed
2001 Bush asked CIA Dir Tenet to look into Iraq-Al Qaeda ties and said VP Cheney
            had info on links
2001 Dep Sec of Def Wolfowitz sent ex-CIA Dir Woolsey to England to look into Iraq
            9/11 and 1993 World Trade Center connections
2001 Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board held meeting on 9/11 Bernard Lewis and Ahmad
            Chalabi presented at meeting Chalabi said US should invade Iraq not Afghanistan
2001 Rumsfeld told Bush routine air strikes on Iraq about to happen as part of No Fly
Zone Bush said had to make sure they were not perceived to be in response to 9/11
(Musings On Iraq article on how Bush admin went from 9/11 to Iraq invasion)
2002 Pentagon’s Def Policy Board met Argued for removing Saddam
2002 Saddam sent letter to UN saying it had no WMD or nuclear weapons
2002 Rumsfeld told Senate that UN weapons inspections were weak and weren’t going
            to find anything
2002 CIA released report on Iraq’s ties to terrorism
2002 New intel said Iraq might have offered training to Al Qaeda and safe haven to bin
            Laden in 1990s Later proved false
2002 Bush met with 11 Congressmen to lobby them on Iraq policy Said war on terror
            going well but real threat was Iraq and WMD
2002 White House released language it would use in Congressional resolution to use
            force vs Iraq
2002 Institute for Science and Intl Sec said Bush admin was suppressing dissent on
aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy Institute said tubes not proof of centrifuge program by Iraq
2003 CPA issued new rules for banking in Iraq to reform finances and to open up
            country to foreign investment
2003 Saddam’s Def Min Gen Hashim Ahmad surrendered to US in Kirkuk after
            negotiations
2004 Blair said Iraq was center of global war on terror
2004 Sadr faction said it kidnapped 15 Iraqi Naitonal Guardsmen Threatened to kill them
            if Sadr aide not released by US Sadrists denounced kidnapping
2005 Militia controlled police arrested 2 UK soldiers disguised as Arabs in Basra When
police refused to release them British stormed station Mahid Army went to police station leading to 9 hour gun battle 4-9 killed, 44 injured
2005 Bremer denied knowing Ziyad Cattan who he asked to stay on as procurement officer
at Defense Min when Allawi became interim PM Cattan involved in $1.2 bil in missing funds in Defense Ministry contracts
2006 US commander in Ramadi got Marine division commander in Anbar to back
Awakening
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2006 Fmr Vice Army chief of staff Ret Gen Keane told Rumsfeld US close to strategic
failure in Iraq Keane said US strategy was to withdraw not defeat insurgency Said US needed more troops in Iraq to protect population otherwise change impossible
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Pres Talabani told Bush security problem was US not arming ISF sufficiently and
            needed less US troops in Iraq
2008 Sadrist cleric Sheikh Ajrish assassinated in Basra Had been wave of assassinations
            of Sadrist officials since start of year
(Musings On Iraq article on Sheikh Arjish’s assassination)
2012 Irbil and Baghdad made agreement for KRG to deliver 200,000 bar/day of oil
            by end of 2012 for Oil Ministry
2014 France carried out first air strikes against IS hitting Zummar, Ninewa
2017 Rihana in Ana district in northwest Anbar freed

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