Friday, January 17, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 17


1974 Bakr govt held talks with Mustafa Barzani and KDP
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1987 Iraq conducted missile and air strikes on Tehran and other major cities 3rd War of the Cities
Iran-Iraq War
1987 Iran attacked Diyala but repulsed Lost 2 brigades
(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 The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1988 Mahdi Hakim killed in Sudan by Iraqi intelligence
1989 US report said Iraq was working on typhoid cholera anthrax for its chemical weapons program
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
1990 Iraq ended foreign travel ban for citizens
1990 Bush admin signed directive for normalized relations with Iraq
1991 Saddam told advisers time to fire missiles at Israel to see whether it would fight Iraq would
then alternate between hitting Israel and Saudis Iraq fired missiles at Haifa and Tel Aviv
1993 US fired 45 Tomahawk missiles at Baghdad for not allowing UN inspectors into country
(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)
1998 Anniversary of Gulf War Saddam said Iraq met all obligations of UN Res 687 Threatened to raise 1 mil
for jihad against UN if sanctions not lifted in 6 months
2002 Gen Franks briefed his commanders at CENTCOM on initial Iraq war plans for 1st time
(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)
2003 Pentagon memo said no decision on postwar govt in Iraq Said would be a military administration
transitional authority elections leading to an Iraqi govt Didn’t match Pentagon plans to quickly withdraw US troops
2003 CIA report said Iraq had rebuilt its nuclear program Said were reports Iraq tried to buy
uranium from Africa
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 CIA told Joint Chiefs of Staff that it had some reports that Iraq tried to buy uranium from
Africa
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 PM Blair agreed to 1 UK division and 3 combat brigades for Iraq War to be deployed in south
2003 UN inspectors after 4 inspections said Fallujah II chlorine plant inoperative US claimed it
was producing WMD
(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)
2007 PM Maliki claimed if ISF were better armed US forces could start withdrawing in 3-6 months
Claimed he launched operation to clear Karbala of militiamen and arrested 400 Mahdi Army members Was not true
2007 Mayor of Sadr City Daraji had 1st of 2 meetings with UK Gen Lamb on working out understanding
with militias to prevent confrontations in district Militias were afraid of major US operation in Sadr City as part of Surge Sadrists backed Daraji’s effort
2007 UK Intel report Sectarian violence increased in last 6 months Attacks on Coalition reaching new
high PM Maliki govt had no security strategy was uncoordinated problem with rivalries endemic corrupation lacked capable bureaucracy
2008 UN envoy to Iraq said country only had 6 months to turn security improvement into reconciliation
Said too much distrust within govt
2008 US military reported 75% of Baghdad secured up from 8% in Feb 07
2010 Chemical Ali sentenced to death for Halabja attack
2011 Protesters cut Kirkuk-Baghdad highway Set tires on fire Blocked all traffic over lack of electricity in
Kirkuk Kirkuk governor was diverting power from a local power plant from Baghdad to Kirkuk
(Musings On Iraq article on power problems in Kirkuk) 

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