Tuesday, February 11, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 11


1932 Executive Committee of the Shias in Iraq issued Manifesto saying monarchy discriminated
against Shiites Called on England to remove monarchy and empower Shiites
1958 Jordan began talks with Iraq for a federation in response to Egypt and Syria’s United Arab Republic
1979 Ayatollah Baqir al-Sadr declared 3 day holiday for Najaf hawza after Iranian Revolution
1981 Iraq offered Iran a ceasefire at Non-Aligned Movement conference Iran rejected offer
1983 Iranian Op Fajr al-Nasr officially ended Regained 100 sq mi of Iranian territory Iran 5000 dead 12000
wounded 1000 captured Iraq lost 2000 dead
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1986 Iraq counterattack vs Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 8 in Fao Peninsula pushed Iranians back
1986 Iraq authorized use of chemical weapons to repel Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 8
1986 Iraq blamed US for not providing intel on Iranian offensive
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1987 Ayatollah Khomeinei called war a holy crusade that had to end in victory Pres Khamenei said
that aim of war was to punish Iraq and overthrow Saddam
(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)
1990 Bush sent Undersecretary of State Kelly to Baghdad to discuss improving Iraq-US relations
1990 Saddam told Undersecretary of State Kelly that US could dominate Middle East with decline of
Soviet Union Saddam said that he wanted to work with US but wanted to be sure Bush was not just going to follow Israel
1991 Saddam speech said that Iraqis would be victorious in war and Bush humiliated himself by attacking
2000 Iraq announced UN weapons inspectors would not be allowed back 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)
2002 UK Amb to US Meyer said Bush’s Axis of Evil speech made more in US think about war vs Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2002 Fmr CIA Dir Woolsey told Pentagon about Iraqi defector with intel on Iraq’s WMD provided by INC
2003 Sec State Powell claimed bin Laden complaining about effect of sanctions on Iraqi people showed
Baghdad aligned with Al Qaeda and terrorism
2003 UK Amb to US said that Bush admin was ready for war by March with or without UN approval
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq had WMD and was hiding them from UN inspectors
(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)
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Intel Comm Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for its nuke program and had
mobile WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq harboring Zarqawi an Al Qaeda associate Iraq trained Al Qaeda
operatives
2003 CIA senior Africa analyst said that Iraq-Niger uranium docs looked like fakes
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
2003 Bin Laden released tape saying Iraqi people had to resist U.S. invasion and called Baath infidels
2003 UnderSecState Grossman testified to Senate Foreign Relations Comm on postwar Iraq plans Didn’t
give any details Grossman told Senate US would only stay in Iraq as long as necessary Said 4 phases to postwar Iraq 1st stability 2nd handing authority to Iraqis 3rd New constitution 4th electing new Iraqi govt Told Senate US would not create a govt in exile before invasion Said committees would be formed to create new Iraq Iraqi institutions would still be running to help govern country Claimed White House authorized Future of Iraq Project as roadmap for Iraq Had been discarded by Pentagon
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 UnderSecDef Feith told Senate Iraqi oil would pay for all reconstruction and running govt Said US
would not impose any leaders or govt on Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)
2003 Former CENTCOM commander Gen Zinni testified to Senate Foreign Relations Committee on
postwar Iraq Said U.S. had to maintain law and order peacekeeping civil unrest had to be stopped and prevent revenge develop local police
2004 Suicide bombing on army recruitment center in Baghdad killed 36
2006 Former head of US training mission for Iraqi army Gen Eaton said effort set back by initial poor
planning that didn't prioritize creating new Iraqi forces
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Sadr threatened to withdraw from United Iraqi Alliance if list didn’t support Jaafari as premier
2007 US military report said Iranian Rev Guard Quds Force providing EFPs money training weapons to
Iraqi militias Used Mehran and Mandali border crossings to deliver equipment Claimed 170 US dead and 620 wounded by Iranian supplied EFPs
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
(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)
2008 Sadr renewed freeze on Mahdi Army for another 6 months
2008 Report US Army buried 2005 RAND study of Iraq war planning because criticized White House
Report faulted Bush for never resolving rivalries between State and Def Depts over war planning Pentagon given control of postwar Iraq even though lacked planning and execution capabilities State’s Future of Iraq Project was not an action plan for Iraq Gen Franks had complete misunderstanding of postwar situation US believed Iraqi police and govt would be working day after war Believed Iraq could be rebuilt cheaply Lack of troops made situation worse Lack of planning and sealing borders increased insurgency Said more realistic discussion of cost of war couldn’t undermined support for invasion
(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco by David Phillips)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
(Musings On Iraq book review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)
2008 Baquba Sahwa held another protest demanding Diyala police chief be fired for attacking Sunnis
2009 Iran’s Foreign Minister came to Baghdad to mediate between Dawa and SIIC
2010 Iraqi Special Forces with US advisers raided Kataib Hezbollah in Maysan killing 8 Iraqi politicians
condemned raid After raid PM Maliki ordered all raids be authorized by him personally Led several ISF commands to suspend ops with US
(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

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