Saturday, December 1, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 1


1918 UK PM George asked Fr PM Clemenceau to renegotiate Sykes-Picot giving Mosul to
British England got France to agreed to give it most of Mosul in return France got stake in Iraqi oil and Syria
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
1971 Iraq broke relations with Iran and UK Expelled Iranian nationals Turned to Soviet Union for
support Iraq argued with Iran over Shatt al-Arab and Tehran funding and arming Kurds in alliance with US and Israel
1987 Iran attacked Fakeh area north of Basra
1997 Weekly Standard special issue on removing Saddam featured neoconservative writers like
Wolfowitz Khalilzad Kagan
2000 UK Intel report Iraq contained but if sanctions ended Saddam would start rebuilding WMD
programs
2001 Rumsfeld issued order to Joint Chiefs to begin revising war planning for Iraq
2001 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Franks was only given 3 days to revise Iraq war plan and present it to
Rumsfeld
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2001 NY Times article quoted DepSecState Armitage saying US was going to force Iraq to allow
UN inspectors to return Said White House looking into options to support Iraqi opposition groups
2003 Iraq physicist book claimed Iraq never rebuilt nuclear program after 90s and US exaggerated
threat Said Iraq never close to building a nuclear bomb
2004 KDP and PUK announced Kurdistan Coalition for Jan 2005 elections
2004 Report Army warned Dec 03 that military-CIA Task Force 121 searching for WMD abused
Iraq prisoners
2004 US announced it would increase troops from 138,000 to 150,000 for Jan 2005 elections
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2005 Kurdistan Islamic Union sent letter to Dohuk govt saying they wanted security for
            planned KDP demonstrations at their offices
2006 Report State Dept proposed dropping reconciliation because not going to happen and US
should just focus upon Shiites and Kurds Amb Khalilzad and US military opposed proposal Said bringing insurgents into poltical process critical and US couldn’t be seen as taking sides in civil war

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