Tuesday, December 4, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 4


1920 Churchill wrote PM George that his desire to hold Mosul and Mesopotamia was
compromised by his anti-Turk policy that was threatening Mosul
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia/Iraq)
1924 Sir Henry Dobbs wrote Colonial Secretary Said King Faisal a foreigner who didn’t have any
support Said authority of Iraqi govt depended upon British backing and its military might
1997 UN Res 1143 extended Oil for Food Program for 3rd time
1998 Under pressure from Russia France China UN inspectors began weekly reports They wanted
inspections done by end of year
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2001 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks briefed Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen Meyers on
revised Iraq invasion plan Franks revised 1990s Op Plan 1003 Cut troops from 500,000 to 400,000 to be deployed in 6 instead of 7 months Franks said couldn't scrap Op Plan 1003 because never knew what would be needed Said would take a long time to revise Iraq war plan Rumsfeld said Afghanistan showed US didn’t need such a large and long invasion plan for Iraq Rumsfeld wanted a battle plan that could be executed in a very short time not months Franks agreed with Rumsfeld but said Op Plan 1003 only thing they had at moment Rumsfeld told Gen Franks goal of any military action against Iraq would be removing Saddam Franks given one week to revise plan Angry that Rumsfeld went from plan not important to it being urgent
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2001 Blair told Bush Iraq was a threat because it had WMD could export it and violated UN
resolutions
2001 Blair paper to Bush said that they had to consider regime change in Iraq
2002 UN Res 1447 extended Oil for Food program
2004 PM Allawi attacked while visiting Imam Ali shrine in Najaf
2005 Report 1500 suspects arrested around Ramadi in last five months all Iraqis not foreigners like
White House claimed
2006 UN Sec Gen Annan said violence in Iraq worse than Lebanese civil war Said worse than life
under Saddam Said Iraqi govt unable to provide security
2006 Paul Bremer said Pentagon ignored calls for more troops to maintain order in Iraq after
invasion Said military slow to develop counterinsurgency strategy Said military thought iSF could take over security in Iraq quickly US and Iraqi govts failed to counter rise of Sadr and Mahdi Army Not providing security biggest failure of US in Iraq

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