Thursday, February 6, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 6


1977 Bakr govt put down Shiite protests led by Dawa killing 16 and arresting around 2000 Ayatollah
Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim and others arrested
1983 Iranian Op Fajr al-Nasr began Attacked Fakkeh area heading for Maysan in central front
(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1991 Jordan’s King Hussein condemned Saudis for letting Arab land be used to attack Iraq during Gulf
War
1999 Guardian reported that Dec 98 Iraqis met with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan Claimed Iraq offered bin
Laden asylum False story
2001 US and UK launched largest air strikes on Iraq in 2 yrs to destroy fiber optic communications
system Iraq trying to install
2002 Sec State Powell told Congress White House considering all options on Iraq but that regime change
had been US policy and would be good for region
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2002 CIA officials told NY Times Iraq not taken part in any anti-U.S. terrorism since 1993 attempt on ex-
Pres Bush
2002 US intel officials told NY Times 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague
2003 Bush said there was an Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship going to back to 1990s Said Iraq gave bomb
making forgery and WMD training to Al Qaeda Came from tortured Al Qaeda operative who later recanted story
2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw wrote Attny Gen Lord Goldsmith challenging need for 2nd UN resolution to
go to war with Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 Pentagon memo on postwar Iraq justice system said US needed to deploy 4,000 police or 3,000
international police to assure law and order Said military had no plans for that Asked if US was going to train a new Iraqi police force Estimated that would cost $700 mil the first year Asked if that money was available
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 Press revealed most of UK intel dossier on Iraq trying to hide WMD was plagiarized from a journal
            article
2003 NYTimes Washington Post USA Today editorials all said Sec State Powell’s UN speech convinced
them of Iraq threat
2003 Khalizad met with Turkmen Front Kurds Turks to try to make deal between Ankara and Kurds to
facilitate using Turkey for invasion
(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco by David Phillips)
2004 New UN Rep Brahimi arrived in Iraq Immediately began consulations with Iraqis to see whether
            elections possible that year
2004 Bush announced Silberman-Robb commission to look into U.S. pre-war intel on Iraq’s WMD after
none found
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2004 Report DIA said CURVEBALL intel on Iraq mobile WMD labs was questionable in 02 Never passed
to rest of intel community
(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claim That Iraq Had WMD)
(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)
(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)
2006 US Iraq Amb Khalizad said US talking to Iraqi insurgents in Anbar Syria Jordan Anbar Sheikh
Fahadawi assassinated for taking part in talks
2007 PM Maliki told Al Hayat that ISF penetrated and needed to be purged Claimed ISI was weak due to
            divisions and govt had penetrated group and found out its organization and leadership
2007 PM Maliki said govt had not started new security plan in Baghdad well and was hurting standing
with public ISF commanders said some units slow to deploy to Baghdad Getting army and police to cooperate a problem
2007 Iranian diplomat detained by Iraqi police commandos and accused CIA of torturing him after his
release
2007 Bremer testified to Congress 1st time Questioned about missing $8.8 bil Bremer said money given to
Iraqi ministries but didn’t follow what happened afterward Disputed claims CPA staffed by young inexperienced Republicans Said pre-war planning bad
2008 Head of reconciliation for U.S. military in Iraq asked whether Shiite govt really wanted to reconcile
with Sunnis
2008 Report Maliki govt only spent between 4-24% of its 2006 capital budget of $2.6 bil for investment
(Musings On Iraq GAO August 2008 report On Iraq’s Budget And Spending)
(Musings On Iraq NY Times Finds Iraq Spends Even Less Of Its Budget)
2017 Trump had first briefing on war vs IS Asked if US should’ve taken Iraq’s oil to pay for US
occupation

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