Monday, September 24, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 24


1920 British took Fallujah during 1920 Revolt
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1978 In Iran-Iraq deal Iraqi troops surround Imam Khomeini’s house in Najaf Told he
            could only stay in Iraq if abandoned politics
1979 Iraq warned Iran to not to interfere in Bahrain after Ayatollah Rohani called on Shiites
            to rise up against their Sunni rulers
1980 Iraq headed towards Zagros Mountains in slow advance destroying timeline for
            invasion which was supposed to be a blitzkrieg Took Mehran in south
1980 Iranian planes attacked 6 Iraqi bases to try to destroy Iraqi air force in the air Iraq
didn’t respond relying upon air defenses 4 Iranian planes shot down 2 others lost Destroyed 3 Iraqi planes on the ground Also bombed 2 refineries in Baghdad and Basra Damaged Iraq-Turkey pipeline
1980 Iraq bombed Iran’s Bandar Khomeini petrochemical complex and Ahwaz fuel
            depot
1980 Iranian Navy attacked Basra and Fao Peninsula Destroyed 2 oil terminals limited
            Iraq’s exports
1980 Iran started naval blockade of Shatt al-Arab, Basra
(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)
1990 Kurd Shiite and Communist opposition parties claimed united front against Saddam
1991 UN Inspectors found over 53,000 documents on Iraq’s nuclear program at Atheer
            facility but were held for 4 days by Iraqis until they could leave
1991 During standoff at Atheer facility US IAEA member Galluci sent important info
            about seized documents to State Dept
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1991 Talabani accused Iraqi army of stopping 300,000 displaced Kurds from returning
            to their homes
2001 William Safire OpEd said clear link between Iraq-Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam
2002 UK dossier on Iraq WMD released Blair told parliament that Iraq had WMD and it
was producing them Dossier said that Iraq could use WMD in 45 minutes That Iraq could build a nuclear bomb in 2 years Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa Said no definitive intelligence that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2002 UK ForSec Cook was surprised dossier on Iraq was mostly old WMD material
2002 CIA Dir Tenet briefed Senate Foreign Relations Committee on intel on Iraq’s WMD
Told comm Iraq rebuilding its nuclear program Proof bought aluminum tubes Mentioned Niger uranium deal Sen Biden asked CIA Dir Tenet what technical evidence did CIA have of Iraqi WMD Tenet said none but had good human source
2002 State and Energy Dept intel analysts testified to Senate Foreign Relations Comm that
            they did not believe aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges
2003 Bremer met Bush said he was optimistic about Iraq but concerned about growing
attacks Bremer complained about Congress number of US troops quality of intel training new Iraqi forces Bush told Bremer he was too controlling and doing too much Bremer said he would work on it
2003 CPA Governor of Anbar Mines warned that attacks and public anger at US growing
2004 Bush and Blair talked about staying course in Iraq and Allawi needing a
            professional staff
2004 Report Defense Science Board review found US didn’t have enough troops
            to stabilize Iraq
2004 US forces claimed Tal Afar cleared of insurgents
2006 Report National Intel Estimate said that Iraq war led ot new generation of Islamic
            radicalism Said Iraq war made terrorism worse
2008 Provincial Election Law passed allowing vote on Jan 31, 2009 by not including
            Kirkuk and KRG
(Musings On Iraq article on passing 2008 Election Law)

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