Monday, February 3, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 3


1932 US diplomat said King Faisal would walk streets of Baghdad and locals didn’t pay
attention nor acknowledge him
1941 Regent asked Gen Taha al-Hashemi to become premier Hoped he could control pan-Arab
Golden Square officers 
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)
1970 Iraq asked Turkey for help with dispute with Iran Shah put troops on border after coup he
backed vs Pres Bakr failed
1970 Shah suggested both sides withdraw forces from border as neither wanted war ending crisis
1987 Report US analysts said that Iraq would not be able to reverse recent Iranian gains in southern Iraq
(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 Report Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri met Iraq’s Vice President in Baghdad to talk about setting up
camps Another story said Iraq gave Zawahiri $300,000 False stories
1999 Qatar Oman UAE told US that outside interference in Iraq wouldn’t help anyone
2003 UK issued paper on Iraqi deception campaign to hide its WMD Later turned out 60% was
plagiarized from a journal article
2003 Sec State Powell OpEd in Wall St Journal said Iraq hiding its WMD
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 CIA asked Italian intel for more info on Iraq-Niger deal but it had none
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2004 Bush complained he felt like he was the only one standing up for his decision to go to war
with Iraq
2004 Natl Sec Adv Rice told Sec State Powell he betrayed Bush and had to tell press he stood by decision
to invade Iraq after article said Powell wouldn’t have backed Iraq wr if knew truth about is WMD
2004 Sec State Powell said Bush made right decision to invade Iraq
2004 PM Blair agreed to inquiry about pre-war intel on Iraq’s WMD
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2005 UK intel report on insurgency Said it threatened new Iraq Military campaign not containing
insurgency Politics could bring in some insurgents but not most Foreign jihadists were a small minority of insurgency but carried out some of the biggest attacks Insurgents were not unified Sunni hearts and minds were being lost due to lack of law and order slow reconstruction few jobs poor quality of life
2007 Truck bomb in Baghdad market killed 137 wounded 305
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2008 US military said more attacks in Jan 08 by Iran-backed Special Groups then in last year
2010 Iraq appeals court ended ban of candidates for Baath ties before parliamentary elections
2010 Sadr said court decision ending candidate bans betrayal of Iraqi people
2010 PM Maliki said court ending bans on candidates was US interference in Iraqi elections
(Musings On Iraq article on banning candidates in 2010 election)
2011 Wasit Governor Tarfa dismissed on corruption charges
2014 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri renounced ties to ISIS after it killed Jabhat al-Nusra emir in Raqqa, Syria 
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2019 Trump said US spent so much money on a base in Iraq that it owned it Said US would be staying in
Iraq to watch Iran Angered ant-US parties

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