Sunday, January 13, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 13

1916 Ottomans retreated 10 mil up Tigris after defeat of Battle of Sheikh Saad and were
beaten again by British at Battle of Wadi
1968 6 ministers from Pres Arif’s govt resigned after anti-govt protests demanded return to
democracy
1972 Bakr govt said it would take power away from Iraq Petroleum Company
1983 Report China was supplying both Iraq and Iran with weapons during Iran-Iraq War
1987 Iran Op Karbala 5 Used night attack to advance 2 miles towards Basra city Caused 1000 Iraqi
casualties Iran accused Iraq of using poison gas to repulse attack Iranian casualties so high called for volunteers
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
1987 Iran started Op Karbala 6 in Qasr-e-Shirin central Iran to divert Iraqi forces from Basra Goal
was to seize Mandali Diyala Freed 100 sq mi of Iranian land
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper 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)
1991 UN Sec Gen deCuellar went to Baghdad to try to avert Gulf War
1993 US UK and France carried out air and missile strikes on Iraq for not cooperating with UN
inspectors
1998 Iraqis objected to UN inspectors having too many Americans and British and refused
cooperation until team changed
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
(Musings On Iraq article on how US used UN inspectors to spy on Iraq)
2003 Bush met Saudi Amb Bandar Gave assurance that US would remove Saddam
2003 Bush told Powell he’d decided on war and needed his support Powell said he would back
president Powell reminded Bush that if US invaded Iraq it would have to run the country
2003 Powell decided he had to play out diplomacy with Iraq at UN despite Bush’s decision to go to
war
2003 NSA Dir Adm Hayden ordered decentralization of intel so that it could be distributed to
combat units during invasion
2003 Blair TV speech said Iraq could give WMD to terrorists and US and UK could act against Iraq
without 2nd UN resolution
2003 Lord Goldsmith told Blair and Foreign Sec Straw that there needed to be a 2nd UN resolution
against Iraq to go to war
2003 State Dept intel analyst told other analysts Iraq-Niger uranium docs were probably fake 2 CIA
analysts said they saw problems with docs but didn’t think they were fakes
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 UnderSecDef Feith called ex-Gen Jay Garner to run postwar Iraq and he accepted 2 months
before invasion
2003 IAEA head El Baradei said inspectors needed a few months to finish work in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2004 US soldier in 800th Military Police reported abuse by his unit at Abu Ghraib prison and handed
over photos
2004 CPA meeting decided it had to push forward with its sovereignty transition plan despite
Ayatollah Sistani’s objections
2005 Fmr Sec State Baker said US occupation of Iraq undermined US support for war and made US
look imperialist in Middle East
2005 Ayatollah Sistani representative assassinated in Baghdad
2005 US National Intelligence Council Iraq became new terrorist training ground in world replacing
Afghanistan
2006 Report after US forces handed over Saddam palace in Tikrit in Nov 2005 Iraqi forces and
Salahaddin officials looted facilities
2009 Spec Insp Gen Iraq Recon report Found projects over budget little oversight potential of
projects unfulfilled Warned Iraqis not willing or capable of maintaining many US funded projects KBR worked on $146 mil project to improve gas plants in south Brought rotors for gas compressors but didn’t install them Iraqis had no plans to install rotors Plant working at under capacity as a result Jan 05 Iraq ordered KBR to stop project to improve loading arms at Basra Oil Terminal Didn't want project and didn’t maintain improvements KBR made at facility US built power plant in Baghdad that Iraqis abandoned because turbines broke because Iraqis couldn’t operate them
(Musings On Iraq article on SIGIR report on development projects)
2010 Joint Iraq-Peshmerga-US checkpoints opened in Diyala’s disputed territories to increase
cooperation amongst parties
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Peshmerga US checkpoints in Diyala)
2014 Tribal Military Council tried to unite all the insurgent groups in Fallujah
2018 Dawa announced members could run separate in elections PM Abadi formed Nasr VP Maliki
would run with State of Law
(Musings On Iraq article on Dawa’s decision to allow PM Abadi and VP Maliki to run separate in 2018 elections)
(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections) 

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