Wednesday, September 25, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 25


1919 Churchill wrote Gen MacMunn commander in Mesopotamia that his plan to reduce
troop by 120,000 by spring of 1920 needed to be vastly sped up and keeping that many troops would crush the finances of Mesopotamia
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia)
1921 Gertrude Bell wrote King Faisal was unpopular and resented for being installed by the British
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1931 Iraqi newspaper called for one party rule under an autocrat King Faisal
1967 Arif govt sent delegation to France to buy weapons after defeat in 1967 Arab-Israeli War and
            inability to bring Kurdish revolt under control
1973 Baathist Naim Haddad named head of Progressive National Patriotic Front with Communists
KDP and Baath
(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)
1980 Iraq began attacking Dezful Ahvaz Khorramshahr in Khuzistan province
1980 Iraq shelled Abadan refinery largest in world Iran retaliated with air raids on Iraqi oil facilities in Basra
Zubayr Mosul Kirkuk
1980 Iranian airstrike on Um Qasr driven off Iraq attacked Bushehr sinking 4 Iranian navy ships Also
bombed some tankers trapped in Shatt al-Arab
(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)
1991 Barzani and Talabani went to Baghdad to negotiate with Saddam over governance in Kurdistan after
uprising
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1997 Op Dawn Turkey invaded Kurdistan to attack PKK
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1997 UN inspectors found Iraqi Food and Drug Examination Lab in Baghdad worked on gangrene since
1980s
1997 UN inspectors attempted to inspect Special Security Office but denied
(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)
2002 Bush said couldn't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam in war on terror because they were
equally evil
(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)
2002 Natl Sec Adv Rice told PBS NewsHour Iraq provided chemical weapons training to Al Qaeda Came
from Al Qaeda cmdr Libi who made up story under torture in Egypt
2002 DefSec Rumsfeld and CIA DepDir McLaughlin briefed NATO defense ministers on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties
2002 US and UK worked on draft UN resolution demanding inspectors return to Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
(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)
2002 National Intelligence Office for Strategic and Nuclear Programs had analyst meeting to draft Natl Intel
Estimate on Iraq CIA and DIA analysts at Natl Intel Estimate meeting said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges and that Iraq reconstitution nuclear program Energy and State Dept analysts at Natl Intel Estimate meeting said tubes were for rockets
(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)
2003 Bush said 9/11 changed how he viewed Iraq as a threat to US
2003 Sec State Powell announced 6 month deadline for Iraqis to draft new constitution
2003 House Intel Comm wrote letter to CIA Dir Tenet criticizing pre-war intel on Iraq’s WMD and Iraq-Al
Qaeda ties after review
2003 Baghdad hotel used as base for NBC News bombed 1 guard killed
2003 UK intel report Said attacks increasing against Coalition mostly aimed at US Attacks evolving
Getting more sophisticated Iraqis working for Coalition being targeted Militias carrying out illegal arrests and murders Al Qaeda in Iraq forming long term strategy to go after infrastructure
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2005 Ayatollah Sistani condemned violence in Iraq
2006 U.S. Joint Chiefs started review of Iraq strategy
2006 Report Iraq had replaced Afghanistan as main training ground for terrorists Insurgents
from Iraq had gone to Afghanistan and Pakistan and imported tactics such as car bombs
2006 Report ruling parties agreed to deal to delay autonomous southern region plan for 18 months
2006 Report DIA found 2005 elections increased sectarian tensions in Iraq Assessment by 50
counterinsurgency experts in August found US forces relied too much on force alienating Iraqis
2006 Mujahadeen Shura Council issued statement saying it could fight the Hamza battalions organized
by Albu Mahal tribe in Qaim because they were enemies of Islam
2007 ISI bombed meeting of police sheikhs and leaders of Hamas of Iraq and 1920 Revolution Brigades in
Baquba
(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 PM Maliki told Council on Foreign Relations he had stopped sectarian war in Iraq Said reconciliation
needed time Wanted long term US military presence Said Iraq and Syria no longer interfering in Iraq and all Iranian support for militias had ended Said Anbar Awakening were sons of Iraq
2007 2nd class of Sahwa in Abu Ghraib graduated from police training Now 1,550 new police 1 policeman
complained Shiite Muthanna Brigade in district were blocking sahwa from operating there
2007 US and ISF arrested 59 soldiers at Defense Ministry’s military academy in Baghdad for carrying out
bombings kidnappings murders Dean led gang at academy Killed academy’s director in 2005 New director was kidnapped by group Received EFPs from Iran
2009 Report Sadr was attempting to reconcile with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq before 2010 elections AAH was to
send delegation to Iran to meet with Sadr
(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Reconcile With Breakaway Legue Of The Righteous)
2017 Kurds held independence referendum in three Kurdish provinces and disputed areas they occupied in
2014
(Musings On Iraq article on KRG referendum)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

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