Thursday, December 19, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 19


1983 Reagan Special Envoy to Middle East Rumsfeld arrived in Baghdad to try to improve
US-Iraq relations
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1998 Op Desert Fox by Pres Clinton to punish Iraq for ending cooperation with UN weapons
inspectors ended Iraq gave up rebuilding its WMD programs as a result
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Desert Fox)
2001 Gen Franks made 3rd presentation to Rumsfeld of revised Iraq war plan
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2002 Blix and El Baradei told Security Council about initial weapons inspections Blix said Iraq had not
provided much new info Said 1 main problem was declared amounts of WMD produced vs what Iraq could’ve produced and 2 secret destruction of stocks Iraq’s claims and potential WMD production didn't match and had no proof of its secret destruction of stocks
(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 and US Amb to UN Negroponte said Iraq in “material breach” of disarmament
obligations with its weapons declaration to UN
2002 Sec State Powell said Iraq bought aluminum tubes for centrifuges
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2002 State Dept paper accused Iraq of active WMD programs rebuilding nuke program Not disclosing them
to UN Said Iraq weapons declaration to UN did not include it trying to buy uranium from Niger
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2002 UK cabinet told Blair govt would declare Iraq in material breach of UN Resolution 1441 in Jan
because of its arms declaration
2002 France said it was up to inspectors not US to determine whether Iraq was hiding WMD
2002 Russia criticized US for not providing evidence to Security Council and inspectors of Iraqi
violations during inspections
2002 CNN/Time poll 63% of US respondents believed US war with Iraq was inevitable
2002 Gen Franks briefed Bush again on war plans Went over what could go wrong and lessons from
war game
2002 CIA had meeting on Curveball informant that claimed Iraq had mobile WMD labs German
office chief said Curveball seemed unreliable Analyst said Curveball claim of Iraq mobile WMD labs corroborated by another source Was an INC defector Deputy CIA Dir’s executive assistant said Curveball was credible 
(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)
2004 Suicide bomber in Karbala killed 14 and wounded 30 and car bomb in Najaf killed 48 wounded
90
2004 30 insurgents attacked members of Election Commission on Haifa St Baghdad Dragged them
from car and shot them in street
2005 Adnan al-Dulaimi of Iraqi Accordance Front called for revote at polling stations where
violations were registered
2005 Salah al-Mutlaq of National Dialogue Front claimed there was voter fraud
2005 Amb Khalizad said couldn’t have sectarian Badr member run Interior Ministry
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2006 NSC meeting Bush told PM Maliki agreed to new Baghdad security plan
2006 PM Maliki proposed Baghdad security plan to US Said he would support troop surge if US only went
after insurgents and not militias Said he would make a political deal with Sadr that would reduce Mahdi Army violence
2006 Report Lawyer that investigated Diyala said that torture widespread in police Police full of militias
Death squads operated with help of police Sunni and Shiite religious leaders tried to get local sheikhs to sign pledge to stop violence Baquba mayor said Shiites had mostly been expelled from city by Sunnis ISF did not protect Sunnis in province Deputy police commander in Diyala said politicians were constantly interfering in his work
2006 Report insurgents and gangs taking down power towers to Baghdad Insurgents launching
campaign to deprive capital of electricity Gangs stripping towers of aluminum that they sell Electricity Min said Baghdad in crisis Mar 06 1-2 power lines to Baghdad down at one time Summer 06 6-7 lines down Fall 06 up to 12 power lines down July insurgents took down every power line to Baghdad in coordinated attacks across central Iraq
2007 West Point study of captured ISI docs Largest group of foreign fighters were Saudis 41% Most were
24-25 yrs old 43% students Strength of ISI was able to constantly draw upon young recruits
(Musings On Iraq article on Saudi role in insurgency)
2008 Pres Talabani proposed reforms to PUK at politburo meeting to address factionalism
2011 Arrest warrant for VP Hashemi issued forcing him into exile
(Musings On Iraq article on charges against VP Hashemi)
2011 3 of Hashemi’s guards appeared on TV saying they were involved in terrorist attacks
(Musings On Iraq article on Hashemi bodyguards’ confessions)
2011 Report one of VP Hashemi’s guards had been arrested start of Dec on charges of building a car
bomb Guard confessed leading to 3 more guards and manager of Hashemi’s office to be arrested
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki’s moves against VP Hashemi)
2011 PM Maliki ordered Dep PM Mutlaq barred from entering parliament
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s moves against Mutlaq and Iraqiya)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 PM Maliki ordered arrest of Fin Min Issawi on terrorism charges Detained 10 of his bodyguards
1 yr after having warrant issued for VP Hashemi for terrorism 
2012 Pres Obama called Fin Min Issawi US Amb Beecroft visited Issawi US Embassy issued protest
to Iraq’s Foreign Min over warrant for Issawi
2012 Protests started in Anbar Salahaddin Adhamiya in Baghdad over warrant for Fin Min Issawi
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s moves against Fin Min Issawi)
2013 Sheikh Mohammed al-Hayes’ house in Ramadi bombed in spate of violence against Anbar
notables
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar violence) 

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