Thursday, September 12, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 12


1915 British forces launched campaign to capture Baghdad starting in present day Wasit
1954 New parliamentary elections held Over 100 parliamentarians ran unopposed Ensured Nuri al-Said of
govt he wanted so he could sign Baghdad Pact
1980 Iraq seized Qasr e-Shirin in Iran next to Diyala and claimed it took 30 miles of disputed territory along
Iranian border
1980 Iraq bombed Kermanshah Iran southeast of Qasr e-Shirin to try to take out militia in that area
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1997 UN Res 1129 allowed greater Iraqi oil exports under Oil for Food Program
2001 Bush asked Counterterrorism Chief Clarke to look into whether Iraq involved in 9/11
(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)
(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2001 Pentagon meeting on 9/11 CIA said was sure Al Qaeda behind attack Wolfowitz questioned that and
said Iraq must have been involved
2001 NSC met to discuss how to shape Bush doctrine and war on terror Sec Def Rumsfeld brought up
attacking Iraq because no good targets in Afghanistan Rumsfeld asked if Iraq not Al Qaeda was behind 9/11 twice Also asked about Iran or Syria being involved Tenet said it was Al Qaeda Rumsfeld said that Saddam should be overthrown Sec State Powell said US had to focus on Al Qaeda because that was what public wanted not Iraq Joint Chiefs Head Gen Shelton said that was only possible via large invasion Bush said not time for Iraq
2001 White House told CIA to come up with covert plan against Iraq
2001 Czech intel source said he saw 9/11 hijacker Atta meet with Iraqi intel in Prague Apr 2001 Story false
2001 Defense Policy Board’s Perle told CIA Dir Tenet Iraq had to pay for 9/11 claiming it was behind attack
2001 Iraq conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie former CIA Dir James Woolsey columnist Charles
Krauthammer all wrote pieces blaming Iraq for 9/11
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
2001 Ex-CIA Dir Woolsey said didn’t matter who was responsible for 9/11 solution had to include removing
Saddam from power
2002 Bush UN speech Said Iraq growing threat Could build a nuclear bomb within a year if got materials
Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2002 White House paper Decade of Deception and Defiance Went over Iraq’s human rights abuses WMD
programs Said Iraq had mobile WMD labs Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges for nuclear program Included Dec 01 NY Times report on INC defector Adnan Haidier who claimed he went to secret WMD facilities Also included INC defector report that Iraq training terrorists to hijack planes at Salman Pak
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2002 French For Min said France supported UN resolution on Iraq but UN should decide action if Iraq
didn’t comply
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002)
2002 Joint Chiefs issued order to form Free Iraqi Force of Iraqi exiles Wasn’t implemented for 5 months
2002 CIA ordered intel community to come up with National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s WMD and
nuclear programs
2003 Iraqi police chasing bandits in Fallujah fired upon by US troops at checkpoint Jordanian Special Forces
nearby opened fire as well 12 Iraqi police killed
2004 PM Allawi said Saddam’s trial would go ahead despite rising violence
2005 Kissinger OpEd Wash Post Said victory over insurgency only way for US to leave Iraq Kissinger later
told Bush Cheney and Chief of Staff Hadley same message at White House
2006 Report Sadr losing control of Mahdi Army US worried about Badr control of police US was pushing
Iraqi parliament to pass law to try to disarm militias Were playing down connections between death squads and Iraqi ruling parties as a result
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2009 Report Najaf and Karbala businesses complained that Iraqi parties close to Iran like ISCI gave Iranian
companies monopolies over religious tourism in two cities
(Musings On Iraq Najaf and Karbala Complain About Iranian Business Deals Surrounding Religious Tourism)
2011 insurgents took bus in Anbar and killed 22 Shiite pilgrims
2018 Protest in Basra city for services and demanding Basra Operations Commander step down
2018 Sairoon official said Dawa would no longer control premiership when new govt formed

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