Thursday, June 20, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 20


1980 Iraq held first parliamentary elections since end of monarchy in 1958 Baath won 187
seats Independents 63
1982 Saddam ordered Iraqi troops to withdraw to border Ayatollah Khomeini said war would end
when Saddam was out
1982 Ayatollah Khomeini agreed to Iran going on offensive and invading Iraq Said that heavy Shiite
casualties had to be avoided
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1985 Iran Op Fatah in Basra started
1987 UN Res 598 called for new peace plan to end Iran-Iraq War Tehran did not reject idea for first
time
1987 Iran Op Nasr 4 Took Mawat Kurdistan
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1987 Ali Hassan al-Majid issued order for random attacks on Kurdish areas to kill as many people as
possible Also said that any Kurd captured between 15-70 should be interrogated then executed
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
2004 Interim PM Allawi said special commando units would be created Interior Min Naqib used units to
bring in relatives and ex-military into ministry Allawi thought units would be critical to defeating insurgency
2004 Head of 9/11 Commission said Al Qaeda was closer to Iran and Pakistan than Iraq
2004 9/11 Comm member said captured Iraqi docs showed 1 Fedayeen Saddam was an Al Qaeda member
Attacked press for claiming Comm report contradicted Bush admin claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda connections
2004 White House claimed 9/11 Comm proved its argument of Al Qaeda-Iraq ties when Commission said
no cooperation
2005 UK UN diplomat Ross said he saw 4 ½ yrs of intel on Iraq WMD and it didn’t support Blair’s
argument for war
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Al Qaeda’s Libi and INC
reported Iraq provided training to Al Qaeda Feb 04 Libi recanted his story which was given under torture
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said in 1990 Ansar al-Islam
was working on WMD in Kurdistan Ansar not created until 2002
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Iraq supported Ansar al-
Islam Was not true
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Iraq ran terrorist training
camp in Salman Pak with a plane fuselage next to a WMD facility raising fears Iraq giving terrorists WMD Was no active WMD facility in Salman Pak but was a terrorist training camp Stories were spread by INC
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said he believed 9/11 hijacker
Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague in 2001 and never disproven Czech intel said story untrue CIA FBI 9/11 Commission never found evidence of meeting
2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group claimed 2002 NIE was
attempt by CIA to win back debate on Iraq to WMD instead of terrorism
2006 Fmr head State Dept Intel Bureau Carl Ford said pre-Iraq war intel showed failure of tradecraft and
analysis of US intel
2006 Carl Ford said US got reports of things like Iraq-Niger uranium story and aluminum tubes and failed
to analyze and question them thoroughly
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2006 Fmr Dep Dir CIA McLaughlin said that Feith’s Counter Terror Group found lots of articles of Al
Qaeda-Iraq meetings but no control or operational connections
2006 Fmr Dep Dir CIA McLaughlin thought Feith’s Pentagon group was put together to counter CIA’s
intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda
2006 Fmr CIA bin Laden desk chief Scheuer said Iraq war devastated CIA’s counterterrorism office by
draining resources
2006 CIA’s Scheuer said CIA didn’t see any threat from Iraq compared to Al Qaeda Said Dep Sec Def
Feith’s office was set up to counter the CIA’s reporting no ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda
2006 Scheuer headed CIA’s report on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties and found no relationship
2006 Gen DeLong Gen Frank’s deputy commader at CENTCOM said he believed Iraq working with Ansar
al-Islam and Al Qaeda in Kurdistan pre-invasion
2008 Report several insurgent groups reaching out to parties to try to get involved in politics
2008 ISF arrested Sadrist deputy governor and 2 councilmen in Maysan during security op there vs Sadrists
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Promise of Peace)
2008 20 police accused of kidnapping and running death squads arrested Were members of Mahdi Army
2008 Report 4 political parties formed from 2 Anbar Awakening groups and 2 from insurgent Islamic Army
2009 Head of Kurdish list in Ninewa told Bashiqa teachers they should stop teaching in Arabic and switch
to Kurdish Dispute with Hadbaa List
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute in Ninewa)
(Musings On Iraq article on Al-Hadbaa taking over Ninewa council)
(Musings On Iraq article on continued Kurd-Al Hadbaa dispute in Ninewa)
2009 ISI bombed Shiite mosque killing 73 in Taza Kirkuk
2010 2 car bombs in front of Trade Bank of Iraq in Baghdad 27 killed 55 wounded
2010 Funeral for protester killed in Basra led to march calling for PM Maliki to step down
2010 Ayatollah Najafi issued statement condemning electricity shortages and supported right of people to
protest problem
2011 Sadr statement called for arrest and punishment of ex-Mahdi Army Abu Dura and his followers
Known as Shiite Zarqawi
2011 PM Maliki and other political leaders met at Pres Talabani’s house in Baghdad to discuss power
sharing
2012 Sadr MP said 3rd term for PM Maliki would lead to dictatorship
2012 Sadrist protest in Baghdad claimed govt cracking down on independent press
2013 Chevron signed new exploration deal with KRG for work in Irbil
2013 Gazprom met with Pres Barzani to discuss oil deals in KRG
2013 Shahristani claimed Iraq’s electricity problems would be solved by end of year
2013 Election Comm said voter turnout only 35% in Ninewa and 37% in Anbar in delayed provincial
elections
2014 Tanker sold Kurdish oil to Israel exported through KRG’s independent pipeline to Turkey
2014 Fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS in Hawija killed 17 as IS tried to assert control over area
(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)
2014 45 bodies found executed by insurgents in Tigris River in Salahaddin
2014 Turkman leaders in Tuz Kharmato said happy Peshmerga moved into city but wanted power sharing
2014 Sistani spokesman called for new govt that “avoids past mistakes” Most took that as criticism of PM
Maliki
2015 Hashd killed a Kurdish civilian in a car leading to gunfight between Hashd and Peshmerga in Tuz
Kharmato
2015 Civil group claimed Peshmerga killing civilians and displacing people in Diyala’s Khanaqin Dist
2018 Up to 300 protested in Basra demanding jobs from oil companies and Industry Ministry Was broken
up by police

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