Tuesday, September 24, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 24


1920 British took Fallujah during 1920 Revolt
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1978 In Iran-Iraq deal Iraqi troops surrounded Imam Khomeini’s house in Najaf Told he could only stay in
Iraq if abandoned politics
1979 Iraq warned Iran to not to interfere in Bahrain after Ayatollah Rohani called on Shiites to rise up
against their Sunni rulers
1980 Iraq headed towards Zagros Mountains in slow advance destroying timeline for invasion which was
supposed to be a blitzkrieg Took Mehran in south
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1980 Iranian planes attacked 6 Iraqi bases to try to destroy Iraqi air force in the air Iraq didn’t respond
relying upon air defenses 4 Iranian planes shot down 2 others lost Destroyed 3 Iraqi planes on the ground Also bombed 2 refineries in Baghdad and Basra Damaged Iraq-Turkey pipeline
1980 Iraq bombed Iran’s Bandar Khomeini petrochemical complex and Ahwaz fuel depot
1980 Iranian Navy attacked Basra and Fao Peninsula Destroyed 2 oil terminals limited Iraq’s exports
1980 Iran started naval blockade of Shatt al-Arab, Basra
(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)
1990 Kurd Shiite and Communist opposition parties claimed united front against Saddam
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1990 Joint Chiefs head Gen Powell briefed Bush arguing for sanctions over war with Iraq Bush said he had
to take action
(Musings On Iraq book review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)
1991 UN Inspectors found over 53,000 documents on Iraq’s nuclear program at Atheer facility but were
held for 4 days by Iraqis until they could leave During standoff US IAEA member Galluci sent important info about seized documents to State Dept
(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 book review The Saddam Tapes)
1991 Talabani accused Iraqi army of stopping 300,000 displaced Kurds from returning to their homes
2001 William Safire OpEd said clear link between Iraq-Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam
(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)
2002 UK dossier on Iraq WMD released PM Blair told parliament that Iraq had WMD and it was producing
them Dossier said that Iraq could use WMD in 45 minutes That Iraq could build a nuclear bomb in 2 years Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa Said no definitive intelligence that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2002 UK ForSec Cook was surprised dossier on Iraq was mostly old WMD material
2002 CIA Dir Tenet briefed Senate Foreign Relations Committee on intel on Iraq’s WMD Told comm Iraq
rebuilding its nuclear program Proof bought aluminum tubes Mentioned Niger uranium deal Sen Biden asked CIA Dir Tenet what technical evidence did CIA have of Iraqi WMD Tenet said none but had good human source
(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 State and Energy Dept intel analysts testified to Senate Foreign Relations Comm that they did not
believe aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges
2003 Bremer met Bush said he was optimistic about Iraq but concerned about growing attacks Bremer
complained about Congress number of US troops quality of intel training new Iraqi forces Bush told Bremer he was too controlling and doing too much Bremer said he would work on it
2003 CPA Governor of Anbar Mines warned that attacks and public anger at US growing
2004 Bush and PM Blair talked about staying course in Iraq and PM Allawi needing a professional staff
2004 Report Defense Science Board review found US didn’t have enough troops to stabilize Iraq
2004 US forces claimed Tal Afar cleared of insurgents
2006 Report National Intel Estimate said that Iraq war led ot new generation of Islamic radicalism Said Iraq
war made terrorism worse
2008 Provincial Election Law passed allowing vote on Jan 31 2009 by not including Kirkuk and KRG
(Musings On Iraq article on passing 2008 Election Law)
2008 Natl Command Center said 2000 Diyala Sanwa had been hired into police since July and looking to
recruit 4000 more Def Min said 3000 Diyala Sahwa joined army Came after arrest of Sahwa leaders in May who wanted to run in elections and raids upon Islamic Party aligned with Sahwa Part of PM Maliki’s attempt to divide and conquer Sahwa in Diyala
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki carrot and stick approach to Diyala Sahwa)

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