Tuesday, December 17, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 17


1940 Regent called cabinet meeting telling them they lacked unity to run govt PM Gaylani
rejected Regent’s criticism and blamed problems on For Min Said Later in day Regent asked Gaylani to resign He refused Pro-Said MPs criticized Gaylani PM asked Regent to dismiss parliament
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
1962 Student union members at secondary school in Baghdad that started strike attacked by Pan-
Arab students leading to riot
1981 Iraqi counterattack lost most of lost ground from Iranian Op Matla al-Fajar in central front
(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 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1992 Iraqi army moved north into Kurdish autonomous region claiming it was a military exercise
1997 Iraq banned UN weapons inspectors from presidential and sovereign sites
(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)
1999 UN Res 1284 created UNMOVIC as new Iraq WMD inspection regime Got rid of export oil
quotas and eased import restrictions under Oil for Food Program
(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)
2001 Sec of State Powell said sanctions on Iraq should continue because it still had WMD
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2001 Iraqi defector Haideri provided by INC told CIA Iraq had secret WMD labs He later failed lie detector
test Story proved false Labeled fabricator by DIA May 2002 but story continued to be used
2001 Czech Intel said story of 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi intel in Prague didn't happen
2001 VP Cheney told NBC story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel was unconfirmed
2001 White House said anthrax attacks in U.S. came from domestic sources not Iraq
2001 UN Resolution 1284 created UNMOVIC as new Iraq WMD inspection regime
(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 Sec State Powell hinted that US would reject Iraq’s weapons declaration to UN inspectors
(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 CIA said that Iraq did not include trying to buy uranium from Niger and aluminum tubes in its
declaration to UN inspectors
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2002 US inspected warehouse in Benin where uranium headed for Iraq allegedly stored but found nothing
2003 Report Sunday Telegraph story that 9/11 hijacker Atta travelled to Baghdad in 01 was probably
false It was
2004 Bush briefed by DIA that insurgency was robust and strong and could lead to civil war without
reconciliation
2006 Men in army uniforms kidnapped 28 men from Red Crescent HQ in Baghdad
2006 Insurgents shelled Taji in north Baghdad with mortars setting up checkpoints and burned a
house to try to drive residents out
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)
2006 Insurgents took down 40 power towers from Baiji to Baghdad 42 towers from Baiji to Kirkuk
All lines from power plants in Musayib and Haditha to capital Part of campaign to deprive central Iraq of electricity
2006 Former Sec State Powell said US losing war in Iraq Questioned troops surge asking what would
be the goal Said US army being broken by long deployments to Iraq
2006 Fmr Electricity Min Samaraie fled Iraq to US after warrant issued for him over corruption
(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2007 Report Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was a fake played by actor and Masri real leader of ISI Was
misinformation spread by ISI to deceive US and Iraq
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)
2007 Maliki govt spokesman Daggabh said Iraq would need help of foreign troops for 10 years but
wouldn’t accept permanent bases
2007 Mar-May 07 Pentagon audit found couldn't account for 12,000 weapons and 2,100 generators in Iraq
US command in Iraq couldn’t protect money for ISF from waste and mismanagement
2007 Day after Basra turned over to Iraqi control Iraqi army officer said UK legacy was gangs corrupt
police and open borders Said Baghdad was planning operation to rid Basra of death squads 14,000 of 17,000 police there linked to militias Christians being targeted by militias 
2007 Report Basra police chief Gen Khalaf said British had left province in chaos with militias and gangs
2011 Baghdad Ops Command announced arrest warrant for VP Hashemi on terrorism charges
(Musings On Iraq article on charges against VP Hashemi)
2011 PM Maliki asked for no confidence vote against Dep PM Mutlaq
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s moves against Mutlaq and Iraqiya)
2011 18 Diyala councilmen along with governor fled Baquba for Kurdish controlled Khanaqin dist
due to militias sent by PM Maliki over making province a federal region
(Musings On Iraq article on militia moves in Diyala)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2014 Peshmerga began offensive to break IS siege of Mount Sinjar
2017 Head of Al Abbas Combat Division Zaidi criticized Hashd that were going to run in 2018
elections for violating Ayatollah Sistani’s wishes

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