Friday, January 10, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 10


1921 Gertrude Bell letter said if British had created Iraqi state 2 years ago there would have
been no 1920 Revolt and blamed High Commissioner Wilson
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1981 Iran accused Iraq of using napalm and chemical weapons on Ahvaz Iran in south
1981 Iranian reinforcements arrived at Susangard in central front Op Hoveyzeh ended with only
minimal gains Iranian clergy avoided blame for failed offensive by blaming its rival Pres Bani Sadr who was commander of military Iranian attacks in Diyala scared Saddam that road to Baghdad would be open Saddam replaced and executed commanders in Diyala as a result
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1984 Iraq announced plan to build oil pipeline to Jordan’s Aqaba to secure new outlet for oil
exports during Iran-Iraq War
(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)
1991 Congress began debate on Bush’s request to use force against Iraq in Kuwait
1993 Iraq refused to allow UN weapon inspectors to fly from Bahrain into the southern no fly zone
(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)
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
2001 Clinton Def Sec Cohen briefed Pres elect Bush on Iraq said Saddam contained and strong
action vs Iraq would cause problems in region
2003 US official said Iraq was deceiving the IAEA about its nuclear program
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 Bush met with 3 Iraq dissidents Rend Francke Hatim Mukhlis Kanan Makiya Bush said he
thought Iraqis could have a democracy Mukhlis told Bush all Iraqis wanted Saddam out Makiya said removing Saddam would change US’s image in region Makiya told Bush that US would be greeted with sweets and flowers in Iraq Mukhlis told Pres Bush if US troops didn’t win support of Iraqis Iraq would turn into Somalia in 2 months 
(Musings On Iraq article on Bush meeting with Iraqi exiles in Jan 2003)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)
2003 NYTimes article IAEA challenged aluminum tubes story that they were for nuke program
and Energy and State Depts thought they might be for rockets CIA DIA NSA White House said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges State and Energy Depts disagreed UK didn’t think tubes for nuke program White House official told NYTimes Iraq was spinning IAEA after it said aluminum tubes were not for centrifuges
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(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)
2004 4 days of protests started in Kut Wasit over lack of jobs
2005 Bush said that U.S. would stick with January 30 election date for Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2005 Ukraine announced it would withdraw its 1650 troops from Iraq after 8 soldiers killed in
bombing
2005 Zarqawi’s forces assassinated Baghdad’s deputy police chief and his son
2007 Bush and PM Maliki individually announced troop Surge in Iraq US would send 17,500
additional troops to Iraq Keep 4,000 Marines in Anbar Ask for $5.6 bil for extra troops, $1.1 bil for reconstruction and Provincial Reconstruction Teams Expand advisers for ISF PM Maliki said he would commit $10 bil for reconstruction Send 3 brigades to Baghdad Allow US to pursue militias Reform cabinet
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)
2007 PM Maliki spokesman Dabbagh in response to Human Rights Watch report that Interior Min
was protecting militias said that not all the ISF were loyal to the govt
2008 Amb Crocker and Gen Petraeus said that US no longer expected Iraq to reach benchmarks Said
Iraqis could solve their own problems now
2009 Iraqi Union of Industries said 90% of industries had closed since 2003 Said 36,000 small and
medium companies closed Blamed cheap imports lack of tariffs electricity shortages banks not giving loans and skilled workers leaving country as reasons
(Musings On Iraq article on closed businesses in Iraq)

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