Wednesday, November 21, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 21

1914 British troops entered Basra after Ottomans abandoned city
1926 Jaffar al-Askari became PM of Iraq for 2nd time
1927 King Faisal asked for full Iraqi independence and ending roll of British High Commissioner in
negotiations over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty
1946 PM Umari forced to resign in aftermath of Kirkuk Massacre where oil strikers killed
1946 Nuri al-Said became premier 4th time
(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Said with PM Maliki)
(Musings On Iraq book review of ‘Independent Iraq’ The Monarchy & British Influence, 1941-1958)
1983 Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 4 ended Took 180 sq mi of land in Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan Iran lost
5000 dead 15,000 wounded Iraq lost 2800 dead
(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)
1997 UN weapons inspectors returned to Iraq
1998 Adviser to UN chief said could never 100% prove WMD disarmament and at some
            point inspections became political and impossible to prove negative
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2001 Bush told Natl Sec Adv Rice he wanted Def Sec Rumsfeld to start planning for Iraq
2001 Bush told Def Sec Rumsfeld to update war plans for Iraq Wanted it done secretly Was first
official step in Iraq invasion
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2002 NATO summit Bush was talking about war with Iraq and using new U.N. inspections as
catalyst for action
2003 UN turned over Oil for Food program to CPA
2003 UK intel report Badr Brigade maintained close ties to Iran that armed and funded it
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran using Badr in post-Saddam Iraq)
2004 Iraq Election Commission announced vote for transitional assembly to draft constitution would
happen 1/30/05 along with provincial vote
2006 Iraq and Syria announced renewal of diplomatic relations which were broken during Iran-Iraq
War
2006 UN reported 3,709 civilians killed in Oct 06 was highest since 2003 invasion
2006 Report US training mission for Iraqi forces full of problems Officers leading teams poorly
picked Many hadn’t seen combat Didn’t understand mission and weren’t prepared Didn’t have standardized guidelines for mission Didn’t get support from US military Didn’t get supplies and enough interpreters Didn’ get full teams

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