Sunday, September 8, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 8


1922 Gertrude Bell wrote that while King Feisal was beloved he was also weak and that was because
he was Oriental Was in relation to Feisal’s demand for Iraqi independence which Bell believed was due to Feisal’s nationalist advisers that she saw as troublemakers
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
(Musings On Iraq book review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)
1933 King Faisal I died of heart attack in Europe
1969 Bakr govt executed opponents in central Baghdad
1980 Iraq demanded Iran surrender frontier towns that Iraq claimed
1980 2 Iraqi MiGs shot down an Iranian fighter that was shooting at Iraqi tanks along the border
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1985 Iranian Op Al Quds 5 Took Rayat Advanced towards Rawanduz in Kurdistan KDP seized large
amount of land
(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)
1988 US State Dept announced Iraq had used WMD on Kurds Sec of State Shultz said relations with US
were hurt as a result
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1994 UK intel report said that it didn’t think Iraq had declared all of its chemical weapons programs
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
1996 KDP objected to Turkey’s plan to create security zone in northern Kurdistan against PKK
2002 Day 1 of White House PR campaign about Iraq WMD and nuclear threat
(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 told NYTimes Iraq trying to secretly buy materials like aluminum tubes for its nuclear
program Times quoted Iraqi defector saying Iraq renewed WMD program Had large stockpiles 2nd Iraqi defector said Saddam wanted to restart nuke program Quoted White House official who said sign of Iraq’s nuclear program may be a mushroom cloud
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2002 Natl Sec Adv Rice and VP Cheney went on TV repeating claim Iraq rebuilding nuke program Used
            aluminum tubes as proof Cheney quoted NY Times article on topic
2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld Sec State Powell Joint Chiefs head Gen Myers all appeared on talk shows
promoting Iraq as a threat due to WMD and nuke program
2002 1st time admin officials said proof of Iraq’s nuke program “may be a mushroom cloud” that would be
repeated by others later on Came from Bush speech writer Gerson at White House Iraq Group meeting
2002 VP Cheney told Meet The Press 9/11 hijacker met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague in 2001
2002 Ex-Pres Clinton OpEd in Observer said Iraq was a threat but didn’t know if it required an invasion
2002 Former UN inspector Ritter addressed Iraq’s parliament Said US about to launch historically mistaken
war on Iraq without presenting hard evidence of its claims Ritter said only way for Iraq to avoid war was to allow uninhibited UN inspections
2003 Iraq constitutional commission endorsed general elections for new constitution
2003 Bremer OpEd in Wash Post Iraq had to go through 7 steps taking 2-3 yrs for it to regain sovereignty
2003 UK Def Min Hoon said Britain would send 1000 more troops to Iraq to help with security
2005 Sec State Powell said some US analysts pre-03 knew intelligence on Iraq was bad but didn’t say
anything Said he never saw any evidence linking Iraq to 9/11 Said US made mistake of not imposing its will upon Iraq right after invasion
2006 Report US military said sectarian deaths in Baghdad down 52% from July to August Did not count
victims of car bombs and mortars
2006 Health Min said it was going to build 2 branch morgues in Baghdad to deal with bodies from civil war
Morgue reported 1,536 bodies received in August 2006 Many dead not taken to morgue so only partial count
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2006 US military said IEDs four times higher in summer 2006 vs January 2004
2007 Iraqi National Dialogue Front ended boycott of parliament Had 11 MPs Said PM Maliki agreed to work
on oil law security and give money to displaced Sadrists and Iraqi Accordance Front also recently ended boycott of govt
2007 PM Maliki govt reported violence cut in half by Surge Deaths went from around 4000 civilians killed
            in Dec 06 to around 2000 in Aug 07
2008 PM Maliki said govt would take responsibility for Baghdad Sahwa and integrate them into govt
Claimed US figures on Sahwa were too high and wanted audit to confirm their identities before they would be paid
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki govt taking over Sahwa)
(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)
2008 Speaker of KRG parliament asked US to promise that weapons sold to Iraq would not be used
against Kurds Claimed Baathism making a comeback within Iraqi govt Said PM Maliki had no right to send ISF into Khanaqin district Diyala Part of Pres Barzani’s dispute with Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurd-Maliki dispute)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2008 Iraq cabinet approved natural gas contract with Shell in Basra
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Shell natural gas deal)
2011 Gunmen killed radio personality Hadi Mahdi after he posted on Facebook that he was receiving threats
from pro-Maliki loyalists for supporting protests
2014 Haidar al-Abadi became new Iraq premier
2018 Sadr and Fatah called for PM Abadi to resign due to Basra protests
2018 Protests at West Qurna 2 field Shorash fmr MPs house burned in Zubayr in Basra Some pro-Iranian
Hashd groups threatened to send forces to put down protests in Basra Interior Ministry sent large forces to province to restore law and order in province
2018 Pro-Iran Hashd fired missiles at Basra airport in retaliation for Iranian consulate burning in Basra

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