Sunday, February 9, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 8


1922 UK Sec of War Evans wrote cabinet Iraqi army weak British military presence small Iraq
vulnerable to Turkey tribal unrest so UK should withdraw from Mosul
1963 Baath-military coup against Gen Qasim Started with assassination of Air Force chief Radio station at
Abu Ghraib seized
1963 Defense Ministry where Qasim was bombed during coup Communists took to streets and fought army
in Baghdad
1963 National Council of the Revolutionary Command created to run new govt
1963 Over next 2 days estimated 5,000 Communists executed by Baathist militia
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1980 Saddam proposed pan-Arab charter of non-aligned Arab states to oppose superpowers in region and to
unite against Iran
1992 Report Bush authorized $30 mil CIA program to overthrow Saddam
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2003 Bush said Iraq tried to buy equipment for WMD Saddam authorized his commanders to use chemical
weapons
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 Iraq turned over new documents about its WMD programs to UN inspectors that was called
substantial
2003 UN inspectors went to site CURVEBALL defector claimed was secret WMD facility and found
nothing
(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)
(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 After Iraq Survey Group said it found no stockpiles of WMD Bush said they could still be found and
Saddam was still dangerous
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2004 Report British intel spied on UN Security Council in 2003 during deliberations on 2nd resolution to
authorize force vs Iraq
2004 Japanese troops arrived in Iraq for first overseas deployment since WWII
2006 Senate Foreign Relations Comm told oil electricity water sewage all below pre-war levels in Iraq
2007 ISI told new Baiji refinery director general that only Sunnis were to be hired at the facility
2007 US-Iraqi raid arrested Dep Health Min Zamili Accused of hiring Mahdi Army members into Health
Ministry Embezzled money from ministry Used ministry for kidnappings and murders Used ambulances to ferry weapons and militiamen across Baghdad
2007 Report US soldiers unsure of ISF units they worked with in Baghdad during Surge Iraqi officers sold
their soldiers uniforms ISF beat suspects at checkpoints Took bribes from suspects to be released Executed suspects
2007 Report CPA financial adv Adm Oliver said he didn’t know if the $8.8 bil given to Iraqi ministries in
03-04 was spent or not Said he didn’t care Said it was Iraqi money
2008 Sahwa in Diyala went on strike demanding provincial police chief be replaced accused of running
death squads and torturing prisoners arresting Sahwa
2008 US military said number of attacks on Sahwa doubled since Oct 07
2008 Report ISI trying to win back popular support by changing tactics Being more selective in targeting
and not trying to kill civilians
2008 Constitutional Committee asked for another extension to amend the constitution Never finished
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
2008 State Dept official in charge of Iraq said pro-Iran groups increasing attacks in 2008
2008 Oil Min Shahristani asked international oil companies to invest in Iraq for first time
2011 Parliament human rights comm opened investigation of Camp Honor secret prison in Baghdad run by
PM Maliki Nothing came of it
(Musings On Iraq article on Camp Honor prison)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2014 ISIS joined Fallujah Military Council and agreed to cooperate with other militant factions
2015 Peshmerga destroyed villages in 5 districts in southern Kirkuk
2020 Sadr reversed course again Said he would withdraw his people form protests Announced 18 point
charter for demonstrations Included ending school boycotts not blocking roads Not getting involved in politics

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