Wednesday, September 18, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 18


1916 British leaders told troops to continue advance in Mesopotamia vs Ottomans after huge loss
at Kut One of biggest British defeats in WWI
1950 PM Said threatened to expel Jews from Iraq over Israel
1980 Iran’s Foreign Minister rejected Iraq’s claim to Shatt al-Arab
1980 Saddam sent Tariq Aziz to Arab countries to argue Iraq’s case to back it against Iran
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)
1980 Iraqi artillery hit Iranian city of Abadan
1980 2 Iranian F-5 Tiger IIs fired upon Iraqi troops along the Iran-Iraq border and were shot down by Iraqi
anti-aircraft fire
1980 2 Iraqi divisions seized border posts in Iran’s Khuzistan province
1980 Iraq’s generals made final battle plans for invasion of Iran and set 9/22/80 as invasion date
1985 Iranian Op Al Quds 5 in Kurdistan ended with Iranian forces largely pushed back after Iraqi
counteroffensive
(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)
1990 Iraq Army Chief of Staff Gen Khazraji told Saddam Iraq would lose any war with US Saddam
dismissed warning
(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 1)
1995 Hussein Kamal interview with Time Said he defected to Jordan to help Iraq Said Iraq had been at war
too long since Iran-Iraq War Criticized Saddam for executions and arrests
1996 KDP attacked Kurdish displaced camp along Iranian border killing 11 wounding 30 during campaign
against PUK
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2001 Richard Clarke’s counterterrorism office sent Natl Sec Adv Rice memo saying no Iraq-9/11 links
found
2001 DepDefSec Wolfowitz wrote Def Sec Rumsfeld that Iraq backed terrorists and might have been behind
1993 World Trade Center bombing using conspiracy theorist Mylroie’s argument 
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
(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 Reuters reported 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Europe Story was false
2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld told House Iraq was close to acquiring materials to build a nuclear bomb Said going
to war important decision and why Bush had not decided on it yet Said war would not be costly and would not last more than 2 years Said US would not occupy Iraq
(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 review Bush At War)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2002 CIA Paris Station chief met with Lebanese journalist who said Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri willing to
work with US Lebanese journalist told CIA Sabri said no WMD or nuke programs Station chief went to CIA HQ to tell about Iraq Sabri’s claims about WMD and nuke programs
2002 CIA’s Iraq Operations Group said Iraq Foreign Min Sabri’s claims WMD and nuke programs inactive
was dinsinformation
2003 Head weapons inspector Blix said he believed Iraq destroyed its WMD in 90s
(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)
2003 Report wave of kidnappings for ransom across Baghdad
2004 Zarqawi front group Jihad and Unification video aired on Al Jazeera saying it had kidnapped 2
Americans and a Briton in Baghdad Demanded release of Iraqi women prisoners
2005 Iraq draft constitution presented to UN
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2005 UK General Brims reported 12 car bombs in Baghdad weekly casualties up 122% after Zarqawi
declared war on Shiites
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2006 US turned over central Salahaddin to Iraq’s 4th Division Was second such handover to ISF
2007 Report Shiite religious parties in Basra city banned public parties selling music CDs in stores and
alcohol Criticized artists Put up signs telling women to cover themselves
2008 Iraqi army demanded Peshmerga withdraw from Jalawa Diyala after negating deal with Kurds to allow
them to remain in town Part of Maliki policy to pressure Kurds in disputed areas
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s pressuring Kurds in Diyala)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2012 Cabinet approved new oil export-revenue sharing deal with KRG
2015 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit Maysan Basra Diyala
over reforms
2018 Kataib Hezbollah threatened to overthrow next govt if it didn’t respect the sacrifices of the Hashd

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