Saturday, December 28, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 28


1929 Fmr Iraq High Comm Dobbs said if Iraq moved forward in its own dysfunctional way
and was better off than it was under Ottomans England would have succeeded
1998 US began attacks upon Iraqi air defense system in north as part of no fly zones
1998 Italian paper claimed Saddam and bin Laden made pact to act against US and Iraq offered
Saddam safe haven False story
2001 Gen Franks presented Bush with latest version of Iraq war plan Included 7 lines of operation
that could be used independently or in conjunction and 9 parts of Iraq that could be targeted Franks wanted to start building up US forces in Gulf and information campaign immediately Franks said that US would be ready for war with Iraq by April to June 2002 Franks also wanted US to start working with Iraqi opposition inside Iraq
(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)
2001 CIA Dir Tenet said Iraqi opposition wouldn't work with US without seeing strong commitment
from Washington
2001 Bush asked Gen Franks if plan good enough to win Franks said yes with some work
2001 Bush told Gen Franks he wanted Saddam removed as soon as possible and suggested 2002 for
            war
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)
2001 Bush ordered State and Defense Depts to start building up support amongst regional countries
for Iraq invasion
2001 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Bush Iraq war would be over fast and quick US would quickly turn over power
to Iraqis and withdraw
(Musings On Iraq article on Part I Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Planning for Postwar Iraq September 2001 to May 2003)
2001 Pentagon’s Def Policy Board’s Richard Perle OpEd in NY Times said US had to attack Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
2002 Report NSC Sr Dir Near East Abrams drafted plan for US to seize control of Iraq’s southern oil
fields
2003 Iraqi Governing Council wrote letter to UN about CPA’s plans to hold caucuses instead of
elections for new Iraq parliament
2004 Bin Laden online statement praised Zarqawi giving him allegiance
(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos who tracked Zarqawi)
2005 UN endorsed December elections for a permanent Iraqi parliament
2006 Report Mahdi Army moving block by block across Ghaziliya Baghdad forcing out Sunnis Many
displaced Sunnis moved to center of district where sheikh set up militia to protect them from Mahdi Army
(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 NSC agreed that Gen Petraeus would be new Iraq commander for Surge
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)
2010 PM Maliki said no changes would be made to the SOFA agreement with the US and all its
troops would leave Iraq
2010 Sadrist Dway became governor of Maysan in return for Sadr’s support for Maliki’s 2nd term
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr-Maliki quid pro quo Maysan governorship for 2nd term for Maliki)
2012 Protests spread from Fallujah to Diyala Ninewa and Salahaddin in response to PM Maliki issuing
warrant for Fin Min Issawi
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki’s moves against Fin Min Issawi)
2013 PM Maliki ordered arrest of MP Alwani for taking part in protests Gun battle ensued killing
Alwani’s brother and some of his bodyguards
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki crackdown on Anbar protests)
2013 Speaker Nujafi said arrest of MP Alwani illegal due to parliamentary immunity Called for
investigation
2013 Speaker Nujafi’s parliamentary investigative group into arrest of MP Alwani blocked from
entering Anbar by ISF
2013 PM Maliki ordered arrest of Sheikh Sulaiman for his role in Anbar protests Sulaiman fled to Irbil
(Musings on Iraq article on warrant for Sheikh Sulaiman)
2013 Curfew imposed in Ramadi
2014 Iran announced Iranian Rev Guard Gen Taqavi died in Salahaddin fighting IS 5th IRGC
member killed in Iraq during war
(Musings On Iraq article on death of IRGC general)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)
2015 Iraqi forces freed Ramadi
2016 Last bridge crossing Tigris in Mosul destroyed by Coalition airstrike to prevent IS retreating
from eastern to western section of city
2017 KRG PM Barzani said that PM Abadi was punishing the Kurds and unwilling to compromise
while Maliki was offering reconciliation Came afer Maliki gave interview to Rudaw saying that Baghdad-Irbil relations needed to be improved
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki-KDP reconciliation) 

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