Tuesday, March 5, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 5


1917 British forces started march on Baghdad from Kut
1981 Iraq offered peace deal to Iran including withdrawal Khomeini said no seeing offer as weakness by
Saddam
1981 Khomeini’s rejection of Iraq’s peace offer led Saddam to push ahead with new attacks in Iran
1981 Report that Iraq wanted to buy military equipment from US but turned down
1983 Soviet For Min Gromyko met with Iraqi and Iranian delegations to try to mediate end to Iran-Iraq War
1984 US condemned Iraq’s use of WMD for 1st time in Iran-Iraq War Iraq denied it used any
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz in Khuzistan province Started new war of cities that lasted until June 1985
1985 Iraqi military intelligence warned 3rd and 4th Corps of impending Iranian offensive Attack
would come further south
1987 Saddam had meeting on war Decided to expand Republican Guard Expand tanker war Use
WMD more
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
1988 Iran told UN that it was ready to accept ceasefire
(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 Police tried to arrest army deserters in Rania but Kurdish rebels seized city
1991 Karbala joined Shiite revolt
1991 Ayatollah Khoei issued fatwa for people in Najaf to follow Islamic Law Protect property during
uprising
1991 US Gen Brandtner said US would not let weapons go to Shiite rebels in southern Iraq
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on 1st hand accounts of 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s view of 1991 Uprising)
(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
1991 Sec of Def Cheney said US would not be able to hold coalition together if it moved on Saddam
1991 Iraq officially renounced annexation of Kuwait agreed to pay reparations and return stolen property to
Kuwait
1995 INC claimed fighting between opposition and Iraqi forces in Qurna as part of its uprising
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iraq In The Eye of the Storm that includes 1995 coup plot)
1998 UN weapons inspectors returned to Iraq and carried out successful searches
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1998 Report Al Qaeda operative arrived in Baghdad for talks False story
2002 CIA debriefed Fmr Amb Wilson on his trip to Niger to investigate Iraq buying uranium Wilson said he
found no proof of Iraq-Niger uranium deal but in 1999 Iraq asked Niger about better trade CIA believed 1999 overture about better Iraq-Niger trade might have been supporting proof of uranium deal
2002 Fmr Amb Wilson left CIA debriefing believing he disproved Iraq-Niger uranium deal CIA felt they
might have proof it happened
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2002 Joint Intel Comm head Scarlett briefed Blair on Iraq’s WMD Afterward Blair thought Iraq only had
battlefield WMD capability
2002 UK Home Secretary Blunkett at cabinet meeting asked whether legal basis for action vs Iraq
2002 UK For Sec Straw wrote article saying if Saddam refused weapons inspectors there would be
consequences
2002 UK intel report predicted successor to Saddam would be a Sunni military man
2003 UK Embassy in Washington said Bush admin set on war with Iraq
2003 France Russia Germany said they would not vote for a UN resolution authorizing force against Iraq
2003 Blair told Bush if they got 9 votes on Sec Council for 2nd resolution and it was vetoed they would still
have legal authority for action
2003 UK Attny Gen told Blair if 2nd resolution vetoed in UN would be no legal basis for Iraq war
2003 Powell told Congress 2nd UN resolution against Iraq would pass while his staff told him wasn’t likely
2003 Powell said that Iraq weapons declaration to UN farce because it said it had no WMD and claimed it
was hiding them from inspectors
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2003 National Intelligence Committee memo said that docs on Iraq-Niger uranium deal were forgeries
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Sir Tebbet Sec of UK Def Min asked cabinet for legal authorization for war with Iraq
2003 Russian Amb provided Iraq with numbers of US troops, equipment and their locations to Iraq before
invasion
2003 ORHA head Garner got ok from Rice to use frozen Iraqi assets to pay for postwar plans Garner told
Rice he didn’t think there would be enough US troops in Iraq to maintain security after invasion Garner asked Rice what were plans to put together post-Saddam Iraqi govt Got no answer
2003 Gen Franks briefed Bush on war preparations Were 208,000 forces in Middle East with 50,000 more
arriving in 2 weeks
2003 Bush met Vatican envoy who argued against war because of casualties and gulf between Christians
and Muslims
2004 Gen Abizaid said ISF put together too quickly and lacked training equipment command and control
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2004 Fmr head weapons inspector Blix said Iraq war was not authorized by existing UN resolutions
2004 Shiite members of Iraqi Governing Council refused to sign Transitional Administrative Law due to
Sistani objections
2006 Gen Pace Joint Chiefs head said Iraq was not heading towards civil war
2006 After head of Nuaim tribe and sheikh from Jabour tribe killed Hawija sheikhs decided to fight Al
Qaeda in Iraq
2007 Report Interior Min fired and reassigned 10,000 workers for torture taking bribes tied to militias
2012 Wearing ISF uniforms ISI attacked 5 checkpoints, took 27 police prisoner executed them then released
video of attacks
2018 Parliament voted to review Iraq National Oil Company

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