Wednesday, December 18, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 18


1959 Gen Qasim called Ahwaz and Mohammareh in Iran Arab Started supporting Arabs in          Khuzistan province
1980 Iraq advanced 50km into Zagros Mountains in Iranian Kurdistan
(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)
1998 Pres Clinton changed US Iraq policy from containment to regime change Didn’t take
            action to implement policy
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2002 NSC meeting on UN inspections Bush said Iraq not cooperating Bush told Sec State Powell that if
Iraq was in material breach that would mean war
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
(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 met with Spanish Pres Anzar Said Iraq’s weapons declaration was a joke and US would
eventually have to remove Saddam
2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld ordered start of civil administration to run postwar Iraq 3 months before
invasion
(Musings On Iraq article on Part I Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Planning for Postwar Iraq September 2001 to May 2003)
(Musings On Iraq article on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2002 Saddam scrapped all of Iraq’s defense plans for US invasion and replaced them with one he made
himself War plans consisted of concentric circles around Baghdad and defending main cities
2002 CIA Dir Tenet asked Germans if Iraqi defector CURVEBALL could be interviewed about his
claims Iraq had mobile WMD labs Germany said no
(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)
(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)
(Musings On Iraq The Story Of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)
2002 UK Foreign Sec Straw said Iraq in material breach of UN resolutions with its weapons declaration that
denied it had WMD
2002 IAEA head in Reuters No evidence that Iraq had worked on any nuclear facilities since 1998
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2002 UK Defense Ministry admitted that ships were taking troops and tanks to Persian Gulf
2002 CIA briefed Bush and NSC on difficulties recruiting and maintaining sources in Iraq Said
talking about war while going to UN made Iraqis not willing to come forward because unsure US was going to remove Saddam
2002 State Dept posted listing of omissions in Iraq’s UN weapons declaration
2003 UK cabinet meeting said that capturing Saddam wouldn’t likely affect security PM Blair disagreed
saying it would open the door to progress in Iraq
2005 Bush national speech said Iraqi elections were a turning point for democracy in Middle East
and US withdrawal would show US lack of resolve
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)
2005 Allawi’s Iraqiya filed more than 60 complaints of voting violations including members of
security forces supporting United Iraqi Alliance
2006 Sadr endorsed insurgent attacks on US forces claiming it was resistance to the west
2007 Sec State Rice told PM Maliki his govt wasn't working Maliki said others in govt were obstructionists
2007 White House report Attacks in Baghdad down 80% since Nov 06 Murders down 90% Car bombs
down 70% Dec avg just below 600 attacks per wk down from 1,600 per wk in Jun
2007 Turkey bombed PKK positions in Kurdistan Then 300 troops moved 3km into Iraq US provided
intel and targeting to Turkey In return Turkey agreed to recognize KRG
2007 Report by US Military Academy ISI defeated on tactical and operations level in Baghdad and Anbar
Trying to rebuild in north and along Syrian border Iraqis turned on ISI Foreign fighters dropped ISF more competent Police retrained but still had issues Army much better Corruption in ISF endemic ISF still lacking in counterinsurgency logistics maintenance medical units artillery armor No air force Iraqi govt dysfunctional Economy slowly recovering US military acting as de facto Iraqi state on the ground Many Sunnis now working with US against ISI No Sunni leadership Mahdi Army consolidating control of Baghdad areas conquered Political parties act like mafias US had to continue to develop ISF US couldn’t continue to act as Iraqi govt
2009 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq issued fatwa on Syria War saying it wasn’t about defending Sayid Zeinab
shrine but fighting infidels and defending Islam
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2009 Iranian soldiers occupied Well No 4 in Fauqi oil field in Maysan PM Maliki said nothing Interior Min
said was not important Foreign Min said Iran and Iraq would talk about border soon
(Musings On Iraq Disputed Oil Field Leads To Flare Up Between Iraq And Iran)
(Musings On Iraq More Questions Than Answers On Iran-Iraq Oil Field Dispute)
2011 VP Hashemi stopped at Baghdad airport some of his bodyguards arrested and then allowed to
fly to Sulaymaniya
(Musings On Iraq article on charges against VP Hashemi)
2011 Fin Min Issawi and Dep PM Mutlaq temporarily detained at Baghdad airport while trying to
take flight to Irbil to meet with Pres Barzani
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki targeting Fin Min Issawi)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 Pres Talabani had a stroke effectively ending his political career although he would remain in
office
2017 Protests broke out in Sulaymaniya Kalar Rania Taq Taq Chamchamal and five other towns
against the Kurdish establishment
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurdish protests)

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