Tuesday, October 1, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 1


1920 Sir Percy Cox landed in Basra as new British high commissioner of Iraq Was told to
prepare for Iraqi independence
1967 Law No 123 gave Iraqi National Oil Company more power and right to develop north Rumaila
oil field
1968 Govt and KDP started fighting once again
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1972 US opened Interests Section in Baghdad after diplomatic relations were ended in 1967
1978 Iraq Revolutionary Command Council said it would get Arab League to reject Egypt-Israeli peace deal
1980 Saddam halted military operations in Iran for one week
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1980 Iran declared maritime blockade of Iraq
1980 Iran letter to UN blamed Iraq for war claiming it violated Algiers Treaty Supported anti-revolutionary
groups Gave them weapons and sent agents into Iran for sabotage Expelled 40000 Iraqis Said Tehran not willing to follow UN calls for ceasefire
1980 Iraq retaliated for Iranian bombing of Osirak reactor and Baghdad by bombing Hamadan air base
1982 Iran attacked again in Op Muslim ibn Aqil in central front and broke through Iraqi lines Iraq
counterattacked and drove them back once again
1983 After international pressure France said it would delay shipping 5 Super Enendard fighter
bombers to Iraq but went ahead secretly
(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)
1997 Iraq blocked UN inspectors at three sites over last week
(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 Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
(Musings On Iraq article Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)
2001 Weekly Standard article argued Iraq connected to 9/11 and Saddam had to be removed
2001 William Safire OpEd in New York Times claimed Al Qaeda operative was armed by Iraq
2001 Badr met with Barzani and KDP officials in Irbil Badr asked Barzani about US intentions in Iraq
2002 Head UN inspector Blix met with Iraqi delegation Iraq agreed to UN Res 1284 and new
unconditional inspections Iraq gave CDs on its nuclear facilities to IAEA
(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 Bush said military option wasn’t first choice with Iraq but disarming country was
(Musings On Iraq book review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)
2002 Bush and Cheney met with Congressmen to lobby them over Iraq
2002 White House spokesman Fleischer said that assassinating Saddam would be cheaper way out of
Iraq crisis
2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq released Said Iraq had WMD Reported renewed
production of mustard, sarin, cyclosporine, VX Reports Iraq bought chemicals and equipment for limited chemical weapons production Had little info on chemical stockpiles, but could be 100-500 metric tons Said all parts of biological weapons program active Had low confidence Iraq would use WMD and no intel that Iraq planning to attack US Speculated that in desperation Iraq might use Al Qaeda for WMD attack on US State Dept had 11 page annex with disagreements with NIE’s findings Said US intelligence community had no compelling case Iraq had active nuclear program Didn’t believe Iraq-Niger uranium story Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges Sign of renewed nuclear program State and Energy Depts disagreed that aluminum tubes were for centrifuges Air Force intelligence didn’t think UAVs for WMD but rather for reconnaissance
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
2003 CPA Governor of Anbar Mines told Bremer CPA and military should work together to create a
new Iraqi security force
2004 Start of Battle of Samara to clear city before Jan 2005 elections
2005 Marines launched Op Iron Fist aimed at Qaim border region of Anbar
2006 Health Ministry released partial figures for 1,089 civilian deaths in Aug 06 Passed previous high of
1,065 in Jul 06 UN counted 6,559 deaths form July-Aug 06
2006 Natl Sec Adv Hadley ordered drafting of new strategy for Iraq
2006 Report US public and private assessments of Iraq different Publicly said things improving Privately
talked about violence increasing into 07 Had been getting message Iraq getting worse since 04 and yet had no strategy to win war and being told that was only possible outcome
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 26 workers at a shop kidnapped in Amil neighborhood 10 of their bodies later found Police said
50 bodies found in Baghdad in 24 hours
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2009 PM Maliki announced new State of Law list to run in 2010 elections
(Musings On Iraq Malik’s New State Of Law List May Not Be Enough)
2010 National Alliance picked PM Maliki as its candidate for premier due to Sadr switching to back
Maliki under Iranian pressure
2014 US sent Apache helicopters to Iraq to protect forces there and later offensive ops against IS
2017 Gorran blamed Pres Barzani for crisis between Irbil and Baghdad saying he ignored warnings
about referendum
(Musings On Iraq book review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)
2017 KRG announced Referendum Committee was becoming Kurdistan Region’s Supreme Political
Council
2017 UN offered to mediate between Baghdad and Irbil over referendum

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