Monday, September 9, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 9


1940 Mufti of Jerusalem who was living in Baghdad sent proposal to Italy In return for supporting
Arab nationalism Iraq would block UK and give concessions Proposal was also sent to German ambassador in Rome Amb said Germany willing to give money and weapons if Italy agreed Italians had given money to Mufti before and gotten little in return so didn’t believe he could deliver on anything but agreed to give small amount of money
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
1944 Iraq and Soviet Union established diplomatic relations
1980 Iranian F-5 Tiger II jet shot down by an Iraqi MiG-21
1989 Elections held for 50 member Legislative Council in Kurdistan  
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1990 Joint US-Soviet statement said that Iraq’s aggression in Kuwait would not stand
1991 UN reported clashes between Kurds and Iraqi army in Kurdistan 16 dead
1996 KDP captured Sulaymaniya from PUK
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1998 UN Resolution 1194 condemned Iraq’s halting of cooperation with weapons inspectors
1998 PUK sent delegation to Turkey to try to improve relations Ankara backed KDP in civil war
2002 UK intel report Iraq probably wouldn’t use WMD without being attacked beforehand
2002 State Dept spokesman mentioned that Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges for nuke
program to reporters
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2002 French Pres Chirac told NYTimes needed to be 2 UN resolutions 1 on inspectors 2nd if Iraq didn’t
comply and that he didn’t support regime change
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002)
2002 Iran’s SupNatlSecCouncil met over impending US invasion of Iraq Decided on short and long term
policy to protect Tehran’s interests 
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2002 Iraqi-American doctor from Cleveland went to Iraq for CIA to talk to her brother who worked on
Iraq’s nuke program Brother said program ended in 1991 Doctor one of dozens that talked with relatives in Iraq working on WMD-nuclear programs Info never used in any major reports CIA thought it was part of Iraqi disinformation campaign
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 Zarqawi hit US intel base in Irbil with suicide car bomb killing 3 wounding 54
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2003 UnderSecDefforPolicy Feith said Pentagon prepared for all kinds of contingencies for postwar Iraq but
they never happened
2004 DepNatlSedAdv Hadley said White House had to come up with measurements to determine success in
Iraq Ended with 140
2004 Army inquiry found CIA hid up to 100 ghost detainees in Iraqi prisons in Baghdad
2004 Major fighting broke out between US forces and insurgents in Tal Afar 57 insurgents killed along with
27 civilians and another 70 wounded
2004 Turkmen claimed 50,000 fled Tal Afar due to fighting Turksh media claimed Kurds were replacing
Turkmen in town Turkmen politicians claimed Iraqi National Guard were mostly Kurdish and carrying out ethnic cleansing in Tal Afar
2004 US made deal with local leaders in Samarra to start reconstruction projects and return city council to
office
2006 Sheikh Abu Risha and 50 other sheikhs announced formation of Anbar Awakening
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Marines Take Anbar, the Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2007 Report US CENTCOM cmdr Adm Fallon opposed Surge Fallon sent admiral to Baghdad during
summer to collect info on Surge which led to his plans for ending Surge and withdrawing US troops
2008 Maliki govt denied deal with Kurds to withdraw army and Peshmerga from Khanaqin dist Diyala
leaving Kurds still in political control of district
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s pressuring Kurds in Diyala)
2008 PM Maliki said govt would integrate 20% of Sahwa into ISF and rest would receive govt jobs
when became available
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki’s promise to integrate Sahwa)
2009 Iraq and Syria agreed to stop media attacks upon each other return ambassadors after PM Maliki
accused Baathists and Syria for Aug bombings in Baghdad Was actually done by ISI
(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Can’t Get Its Story Straight On Aug 18 Bombings)
(Musings On Iraq Iraq-Syria Dispute Update)
2012 ISI carried out 21 car bombs along with ten other attacks across 18 cities killing more than 100
2012 Court sentenced former VP Hashemi to death for alleged killing of two people in terrorist attacks
2014 Peshmerga found 14 Yazidi bodies in a mass grave in Ninewa Early sign of IS massacres to come
2015 PM Abadi removed 123 dep ministers and director generals to cut costs as part of his reforms
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2018 Ammar Hakim’s Hikma said it was against 2nd term for PM Abadi
2018 Hashd Dep Cmdr Muhandis accused US consulate in Basra being behind protests and threatened
retaliation after several Hashd group offices burned in province
2018 Protests in Muthanna and Dhi Qar over services

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