Thursday, October 25, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 25


1922 Gertrude Bell wrote that King Faisal was trying to create his own party but was being played by politicians
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
1937 Nuri al-Said’s son told him to return from exile in Egypt after made contact with pan-Arab
Golden Square officers
1980 Iraq fired missiles at Dezful, Iran
1983 Iran claimed Iraqi troops destroyed Kurdish town of Penjwin
1984 Iranian troops recaptured Mehran, Iran ending Op Dawn 7
(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)
2000 Congress authorized increase in support for Iraqi opposition groups to $25 mil in 2001 $18 mil
would got to INC
2002 VP Cheney met with Russian For Min Told him countries that sided with US in war would get
preferential treatment in contracts afterward
2003 Iraqi prisoners were stripped, handcuffed and piled in pyramid on top of each other by US
jailers in Abu Ghraib
2004 Report top contracting official at US Army Corps of Engineers questioned Halliburton’s no-bid
Iraq contracts
2004 Report 380 tons of high grade explosives looted from Al Qaqaa nuclear site
2004 Kurds marched in Kirkuk demanding Kurdish control of city
2005 Results of Constitutional referendum announced 79% voted for constitution Anbar and
Salahaddin overwhelmingly voted no
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
2005 Death toll for Americans in Iraq reached 2,000 since 03 invasion
2005 Iraq Body Count est 26,690-30,051 Iraqi civilians and police died since 03 invasion
2006 Bush speech Iraq challenge of our time Knew people weren’t happy with Iraq war and neither
was he Bush speech said US winning in Iraq Bush said he didn’t believe in timetables for Iraq but Gen Casey and Amb Khalilzad issued a timetable the day before Said they were benchmarks and not a timetable At time he thought strategy failing and working on new one
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 CNN poll found 34% supported Bush on Iraq, 64% disapproved
2006 Maliki criticized US timetable for his govt Said no one had right to impose deadlines on Iraqi
govt Said timetable was created for US consumption before Nov elections Amb halilzad said Maliki agreed to idea of a timetable
2006 U.S. and ISF raided Mahdi Army areas in east Baghdad Maliki complained about raids saying
the wouldn’t happen again
2006 Report British military wanted to withdraw from Iraq withina  year British officials told US
that British military near breaking point with long deployments to Iraq
2006 Special Insp Gen for Iraq Recon audit found some US reconstruction contracts had 55%
overhead costs Main reason was long delay between singing contracts, assembling teams and actual work starting US wrote poor contracts bad to no oversight needless delays poor practices
2006 Report US raid in Washash Baghdad found Mahdi Army papers listing 65 houses that had
Sunni families in them replaced by Shiites Also draft of threats to Sunnis to drive them out
2006 Report Feb 05 Gen Casey said US would transfer security to ISF by end of 05 Jun 06 Casey
sent plan to White House sying that US troops would start withdrawing by Sep 06 and have 50% out by Dec 07 Oct 24 Casey said that ISF would take over security in 12-15 months
2009 ISI bombed Justice & Municipalities Ministries in Baghdad 155 dead 721 wounded Maliki
blamed Baathists but was ISI

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