Friday, September 13, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 13


1961 Gen Qasim ordered airstrikes to put down Mustafa Barzani Kurdish revolt
1980 In 2 days Iraq seized 5 border posts from Iran Tehran didn’t retaliate making Saddam thought reports
that Iran weak after revolution were true
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1987 Iran said it would agree to UN ceasefire if Iraq named as aggressor in war
(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)
1997 Iraqi soldier attacked a weapons inspector on board a helicopter for trying to take pictures of vehicles
moving inside a suspected WMD site
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
(Musings On Iraq article Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)
2001 Bush asked CIA Dir Tenet whether he was looking into Iraq-Al Qaeda connections
(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 Def Sec Rumsfeld said attacking Iraq would be good deterrent to countries that supported terrorism
2001 Def Sec Rumsfeld told army to come up with plans for seizing Iraq’s southern oil fields
2001 DepDefSec Wolfowitz told press US would eliminate states that sponsored terrorism
2001 UnderSecDef Feith said that govt officials realized that war on terrorism would involve Iraq
2001 US intelligence and counterterrorism agencies meeting agreed no connection between Iraq and al
Qaeda Report sent to Bush
2001 Fmr CIA Dir Woolsey said US needed to look into whether Iraq rather than Al Qaeda was behind 9/11
2001 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie Wall St Journal OpEd said Al Qaeda not capable of 9/11 and was
probably Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
2001 Time/CNN poll found 78% of Amereicans believed Iraq involved in 9/11
2002 Bush said US might only be certain Iraq had a nuclear device when it used one
(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)
2002 US official told Knight Ridder Iraq not close to building a nuclear bomb
2002 NY Times article said majority view within US govt including Oak Rdige National Lab was aluminum
tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges Oak Ridge actually oppsed view the aluminum tubes were for centrifuges Article said State and Energy Depts dissented on aluminum tubes but they were in minority
2002 Report if aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges would be first step in a long process to
produce enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb
2002 Energy Dept issued order forbidding employees to mention aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy with
reporters
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 Defense Dept official told press Iraq had worked on mobile WMD labs but inspectors never found
them
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld called Bremer with idea of immediately giving sovereignty to Iraq
2004 Report US forces routinely tortured and abused prisoners in Mosul
2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Turkish civilian Durmus Kumdereli
2006 MP Maliki visited Iran signing agreement to facilitate immigration exchange intelligence expand
trade
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2006 Speaker Mashadani said that SICRI plan for federal region in south was dead Bill on federalism would
be postponed indefinitely
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2007 ISI assassinated Sheikh Abu Risha leader in Awakening in bombing in Ramadi Start of ISI campaign
to eliminate Awakening leaders
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2007 Bush gave televised speech saying Surge was making progress in Iraq Jan 07 Bush said US would hold
Maliki govt accountable to 18 benchmarks Sep said govt wasn’t meeting benchmarks
2007 Talks over Feb 07 oil bill collapsed Kurds wanted regional control which Oil Ministry opposed Sunnis
            withdrew from talks after Sunnis signed new oil deal 
2008 Iran and Iraq agreed on 3 new free trade zones in Wasit Maysan Sulaymaniya Would add to existing
free trade zone with Basra Trade was at $2.8 bil/yr with bil more in illegal trade Almost all Iranian goods going to Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran-Iraq trade deal)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2014 New campaign launched to try to clear Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr of IS
2018 PM Abadi made concession speech saying he would not hold onto power
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Abadi giving up on 2nd term)

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