Sunday, December 9, 2018

This Day in Iraqi History - Dec 9


1914 Ottomans defeated by British at Battle of Qurna and surrendered Basra province
1958 Former PM Rashid Ali al-Gaylani arrested by Gen Qasim for plotting a coup
1985 Saudis announced attempts at talks with Iran to end Iran-Iraq War failed
(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)
1998 Over 5 days Iraqis banned three inspections at biological and chemical sites and Baath Party
HQ
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2001 VP Cheney told NBC 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraq intel officer in Prague was pretty
much confirmed Said Iraq hosting terrorists and developing WMD
2002 UK Foreign Office legal adv Sir Wood wrote paper saying UN Resolution 1441 did not
authorize war with Iraq
2002 UK Foreign Office officially asked Attny Gen Lord Goldsmith for legal advice on whether 2nd
UN resolution needed to use force against Iraq
2002 Blair ForPolAdv Manning MI6 head Dearlove met NatlSecAdv Rice Said start 03 US would go
to UN and argue for military action vs Iraq
2002 UN inspectors found Fallujah II chlorine plant out of service US listed it as WMD site
2003 Suicide Car bomb on Mosul camp wounded 41 US troops and 6 Iraqi civilians
2004 22 parties including Dawa SCIRI Sadrists INC announced formation of United Iraqi Alliance
for Jan 2005 elections Ayatollah Sistani helped form list
2004 Iraqi Islamic Party submitted 275 candidates for Jan 2005 elections Would be only major Sunni
party to participate
2004 Bush told families his govt was getting best equipment for US troops in Iraq after Rumsfeld
downplayed complaints
2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq statement said Shiites were supporting crusaders in Iraq Called Ayatollah
Sistani a collaborator Attacked Iraqi forces fighting in Fallujah Said that Kurds and Christians were working with the Shiites and called Iraqi Islamic Party hypocrites
2005 Report Al Qaeda’s Libi’s intel about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that proved false was acquired while he
was being tortured by Egyptians Feb 02 DIA said they were skeptical of his intel while he was in Egypt Libi was highest level Al Qaeda member held by US at time Made statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties while in US custody but gave most detailed reports while in Egypt Those were later used by Bush administration in its case for war
2005 United Iraqi Alliance breaking up into factions after elections Complaints that it hadn’t
presented a vision for Iraq because not using qualified people
2006 After 3 Sunni families killed by Mahdi Army mass exodus of Sunnis began out of Baghdad’s
Hurriya
2006 Pres Talabani called US training program a failure Denounced plans to increase trainers as
putting ISF under foreign control
2006 NSC meeting US Cmdr Iraq Gen Casey told Bush Maliki agreed to go after militias that broke
law
2006 Report Chief Justice of Saudi Supreme Judicial Council was videotaped in govt mosque in
2004 calling on young Saudis to go fight US in Iraq because it was fighting Muslims
2017 PM Abadi announced victory over the Islamic State

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