Tuesday, December 18, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 18


1959 Gen Qasim called Ahwaz and Mohammareh in Iran Arab Started supporting Arabs in          Khuzistan province
2002 Pres Bush said war was inevitable with Iraq at NSC meeting
2002 Bush met with Spanish Pres Anzar Said Iraq’s weapons declaration was a joke and US would
eventually have to remove Saddam
2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld ordered start of civil administration to run postwar Iraq 3 months before
invasion
2002 Saddam scrapped all of Iraq’s defense plans for US invasion and replaced them with one he
made himself War plans consisted of concentric circles around Baghdad and defending main cities
2002 CIA Dir Tenet asked Germans if Iraqi defector CURVEBALL could be interviewed about his
claims Iraq had mobile WMD labs Germany said no
(Musings On Iraq article on how CURVEBALL influenced US intel on Iraq’s WMD)
(Musings On Iraq articles on the CURVEBALL story)
2002 UK Foreign Secretary Straw said Iraq in material breach of UN resolutions with its weapons
declaration that denied it had WMD
2002 IAEA head in Reuters No evidence that Iraq had worked on any nuclear facilities since 1998
2002 UK Defense Ministry admitted that ships were taking troops and tanks to Persian Gulf
2002 CIA briefed Bush and NSC on difficulties recruiting and maintaining sources in Iraq Said
talking about war while going to UN made Iraqis not willing to come forward because unsure US was going to remove Saddam
2002 State Dept posted listing of omissions in Iraq’s UN weapons declaration
2005 Bush national speech said Iraqi elections were a turning point for democracy in Middle East
and US withdrawal would show US lack of resolve
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2005 Allawi’s Iraqiya filed more than 60 complaints of voting violations including members of
security forces supporting United Iraqi Alliance
2007 SecState Rice told Maliki his govt wasn't working Maliki said others in govt were
obstructionists
2009 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq issued fatwa on Syria War saying it wasn’t about defending
            Sayid Zeinab shrine but fighting infidels and defending Islam
2011 VP Hashemi stopped at Baghdad airport some of his bodyguards arrested and then allowed to
fly to Sulaymaniya
(Musings On Iraq article on charges against VP Hashemi)
2011 Fin Min Issawi and Dep PM Mutlaq temporarily detained at Baghdad airport while trying to
take flight to Irbil to meet with Pres Barzani
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki targeting Fin Min Issawi)
2012 Pres Talabani had a stroke effectively ending his political career although he would remain in
office
2017 Protests broke out in Sulaymaniya Kalar Rania Taq Taq Chamchamal and five other towns
against the Kurdish establishment
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurdish protests)

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