Saturday, December 14, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 14


1927 Agreement made over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Wasn’t signed due to Iraqi complaints
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1983 State Dept memo said that major setback for Iraq would be strategic defeat for West
(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)
1998 WashPost report US went over multiple drafts with head UN inspector Butler before he
submitted report to Security Council
(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 Sheikh on Iraqi state TV read poem to Saddam praising 9/11 attack
2001 DIA report Iraq had 100 tons of WMD agents and munitions Could produce WMD Didn’t
know if happening but could be on small scale
2002 Iraqi opposition meeting in London Came up with 65 member committee but marked by
general disunity
2002 CENTCOM briefed Joint Chiefs on postwar Iraq Warned that US could win the war and lose the peace
Warned there would be no Iraqi govt after invasion so there would be chaos in country Said that US was only planning for war and not postwar Iraq Said Iraq’s economy was a wreck, and that US should not dismiss military or carry out extensive deBaathification because could fracture Iraq
(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 book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy)
2002 CENTCOM briefing on postwar Iraq led Joint Chiefs to set up its own postwar planning cell Was not
coordinated with CENTCOM
2003 Bremer announced US had captured Saddam
2004 Bush gave fmr CIA Dir Tenet fmr CPA head Bremer and fmr CENTCOM cmdr Gen Franks
Presidential Medal of Freedom
2005 Bush admitted that US used faulty intelligence on Iraq but said war still justified to remove
Saddam
2005 Kurdistan Islamic Union candidate said KDP was attacking party for withdrawing from
Kurdish list
2005 UK intel report said insurgency entrenched in Sunni communities Longterm attacks going up in Iraq
Sunni Arab nationalism driving force If new Iraqi govt could deal with Sunni alienation could help isolate rejectionist jihadists
2006 Iraq think tank public opinion poll 95% believed security in Iraq worse than 2003 66% said
violence would decline if US forces left 38% were not confident in PM Maliki to improve Iraq Almost 90% said govt did poor job in fulfilling promises
2006 Report US military said Kadhimiya Qadisiya Amiriya Ghaziliya most violent in Baghdad due to
sectarian fighting between militais and insurgents US military said Shiites being evicted from Ghaziliya and Adil Sunnis from Adhamiya and Fadhil National Security Adv Rubaie accused Islamic Party and Muslim Scholars Association of working with 1920 Revolution Brigade
(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 Frederick Kagan of American Enterprise Inst issued another paper arguing for troop surge in
Iraq to focus upon security Iraqi civilians in Baghdad Wuld help author surge plan for Bush
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
2007 UN Survey of Iraqi refugees in Syria 78% came from Baghdad 35% fled Jul-Oct 07 during Surge
30% fled in 06 More than 50% said threatened or survived bombs 54% had dead or missing relatives Most were highly educated and said they would not leave Syria
(Musings On Iraq book review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)
2008 Bush and Maliki signed Status of Forces Agreement 
2008 During signing ceremony for SOFA in Baghdad reporter threw his shoes at Bush and Maliki
2009 Fmr head UN weapons inspector Hans Blix replied to Tony Blair interview where he said he
would have invaded Iraq without WMD because Saddam was a threat Blix said UK was more interesting in invading Iraq than disarming it
(Musings On Iraq Hangs Blix Replies To Tony Blair)

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