Tuesday, February 5, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 5


1950 Tawfiq Suwaidi became premier 3rd time 5 of his 11 ministers were Shiites
1977 Dawa party turned pilgrimage to Karbala into anti-Baath protests Army called out Pres Bakr
blamed Syria
1981 UK rejected requests by both Iraq and Iran for military equipment
(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 Iraqis got first intelligence that US was moving forces west in Saudi Arabia Didn't realize was
going to be main attack in Gulf War
2001 Natl Sec Adv Rice chaired NSC meeting to go over Iraq policy Agreed Saddam had won PR war
convincing most that sanctions hurting Iraqi public Meeting also agreed sanctions were not forcing Saddam from power Powell argued for smart sanctions that would just focus upon military imports to Iraq Discussed returning UN inspectors to Iraq and how to deal with Iraqi opposition Rice wanted review of No Fly Zone Led to less flights to try to avoid plane getting shot down Rice told US agencies to increase intelligence gathering on WMD
2002 CIA report on Iraq-Niger uranium deal Said it received text of deal from foreign intel service
CIA and DIA thought text important State Dept skeptical
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2002 CIA report said Iraq had 7 mobile WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 Before Powell’s UN speech Bush met with 20 Congressional leaders to lobby them on Iraq
2003 Rice told Congressional leaders US tried everything with Iraq and now war only option Said WMD
would be found afterward
2003 Powell and UK ForSec Straw met before UN speech Both skeptical about Iraq intel Powell thought
most was circumstantial 
2003 Sec of State Powell gave UN speech laying out US case against Iraq’s WMD and ties to Al Qaeda
using Zarqawi Claimed Iraq hiding its WMD from inspectors Said Qusay Hussein ordered removal of banned material from sites Claimed WMD missiles had been distributed to unit in western Iraq Said human sources claimed Iraq had mobile WMD labs Said some disputes within US intel but most agreed Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges Claimed Iraq had UAVs that could be used to deliver WMD Claimed Iraq gave safehaven to Zarqawi in Kurdistan Said Iraq-Al Qaeda had 8 meetings since 1990s Claimed Iraq gave Al Qaeda training in WMD
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 Chief UN inspector Blix told press never found any evidence of Iraq having mobile WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 3rd meeting of US UK Australia on postwar Iraq planning US rejected any role for UN
2003 WashPost editorial said Iraq violating UN resolutions and supported war
2004 Ayatollah Sistani survived assassination attempt in Najaf
2004 CIA Dir Tenet gave speech at Georgetown refuting Iraq Survey Group’s Kay claim everyone
was wrong about Iraq’s WMD Said CIA might’ve over estimated nuke program Were differences over mobile WMD labs Natl Intel Est never said Iraq imminent threat Said Saddam dictator intent to build WMD Referenced Iraq For Min Sabri who told CIA Iraq had nuke program stockpile of chemical weapons small biological weapons program Said US still needed time to find out about Iraq’s WMD Said in the end CIA would be proven not entirely right or wrong on pre-war Iraq intel
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2005 Dep Natl Sec Adv Hadley said White House had B- for developing Iraq policy D- for executing it
2006 Report MP Mishan Jabouri charged with stealing millions of dollars for contract to protect Iraqi
pipeline from Baiji refinery and Kirkuk Fled to Syria
2007 Baghdad Operations Command created
2007 Report police regularly sold their equipment to arms dealers for money ISF would also sell seized
weapons in raids to black market 2006 US reports said US weapons given to ISF were ending up with militants
2007 VP Cheney’s press officer Martin said that Cheney and Libby told press that fmr Amb Wilson went to
investigate Iraq-Niger uranium story because of his wife who worked at CIA Cheney angry that Wilson claimed VP sent him to Niger After Wilson wrote NYTimes OpEd July 03 Libby White House spokesman Fleischer and Karl Rolve told 5 reporters Wilson’s wife sent him to Niger Dep Sec State Armitage was one that leaked Wilson’s wife name to Robert Novak
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2011 Maliki spokesperson said he would not run for a 3rd term in 2014 but he did
2014 ISIS attacked Mukhisa Diyala forced out families Afterward ISF and miltias killed civilians and
burned homes

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