Wednesday, January 23, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 23


1920 British cabinet decided Iraqi oil would be developed by a public company Foreign
Secretary Curzon overturned decision
1920 UK Foreign Secretary Lord Curzon decided Turkish Petroleum Company would keep its oil
rights signed with Ottomans
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
1948 More protests against Anglo-Iraq Treaty leading to fights between Communist and
Independence party
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1970 33 conspirators in coup against Pres Bakr executed
1987 Ali Khamenei said Iran would not negotiate with Iraq as long was Saddam in power
(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 Iraq dumped 400 mil gallons of oil into Persian Gulf to try to prevent US retaking Kuwait
1999 NSC counterterrorism dir Clarke said US was right to bomb factory in Sudan because
connected to Al Qaeda and Iraq WMD experts
2003 Iraq Defense Ministry ordered that if Baghdad were to fall all govt buildings were to be looted
and burned
2003 Mukhabarat document called for looting and destruction of property if Saddam were
overthrown
2003 Rice wrote NY Times OpEd Iraq hiding its WMD programs from UN inspectors and tried to
buy uranium for its nuke program Reference to Iraq-Niger deal
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Rumsfeld said that Iraq had WMD and ties to terrorism were one threat
2003 Under Sec of Def Wolfowitz said Iraq had tons of WMD and time running out for it Said Iraq
didn’t make truthful weapons declaration to UN Said Iraqi defectors told about Iraq having mobile WMD labs Said Iraqi govt threatening scientists not to talk to UN inspectors
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 White House released document saying Iraq hiding its WMD and tried to buy uranium for its
nuke program Reference to Iraq-Niger deal
2004 Iraq Survey Group head Kay resigned saying didn’t think Iraq had any WMD stocks or large
programs since 1980s Said Iraq destroyed its WMD after Gulf War due to inspections and unilateral actions Kay resigned because group was going to be diverted from finding WMD to fighting insurgency
2004 In response to Iraq Survey Group head Kay resigning and saying there were no WMD White
House said it believed Iraq had WMD and it would be found
2006 Report Iraqis going to Jordan jumped from 200-250/day from 2004-05 to 1,100/day in Jan 06
as people were fleeing violence
2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed Sheikh Kharbite’s house in Ramadi of Albu Khalifa tribe and
member of Anbar security council
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2007 Bush State of Union outlined the Surge
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)
2008 Iraqi Ninewa campaign began to secure Mosul
2008 20,000 pound bomb went off in Mosul Killed 15 wounded 132
2010 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq kidnapped US contractor Issa Salomi which it swapped for 4 of its
members held in prison
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2010 Report Diyala Sahwa told to abandon posts by commanders due to Maliki govt crackdown
Sahwa sheikh claimed 425 Sahwa and 25 senior leaders had been arrested by govt on charges they belonged to ISI
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki govt crackdown on Diyala Sahwa)
2011 Report found prison at Camp Honor Baghdad Prisoners held incommunicado No lawyers
Torture Facility was under direct command of PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on Camp Honor prison)
2015 Hashd destroyed four mosques in Muqtadiya, Diyala after operation there 

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