Sunday, February 9, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 9

1922 UK cabinet adopted Colonial Sec Churchill’s proposal to put Royal Air Force in charge of
security in Iraq replacing army
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s words on Mesopotamia)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1963 Gen Qasim asked for safe passage out of Iraq Was refused by coup leaders Qasim captured shot and
body shown on TV
1963 Baathist Gen Ahmed al-Bakr became premier Col Abd Salam Arif president
1981 Iran and Iraq agreed to visits by Islamic leaders who wanted to try to negotiate a ceasefire in Iran-Iraq
1982 Iraqi offensive to seize Bostan Khuzistan ended due to rainy conditions
1983 Iranian Op Fajr al-Nasr Attacked again Iraqi counterattack surrounded Iranians and destroyed division
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1986 Iran Op Wa al-Fajr 8 Largest so far 50% of army 2/3 of Revolutionary Guard attacked Fao Peninsula
Basra Started with diversionary attack north of Basra At night Iranians crossed Shatt al-Arab in two places Landed south end of Fao
(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)
(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 of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1991 US 1st Cavalry Division made reconnaissance mission into Iraq to make sure mechanized units could
operate in Kuwaiti and Iraqi desert
2003 France and Germany proposed tripling number of UN inspectors in Iraq US attacked plan
2003 Pentagon memo said that there would be security vacuum after invasion leading to disorder Said
civilians at Pentagon expected military to come up with troops to preserve order but military wanted troops for other tasks Memo was rejected by CENTCOM that said war plan was to get to Baghdad and couldn’t leave troops behind to maintain order
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
2003 Report UK intel didn’t think there was an Iraq-al Qaeda connection
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 Observer article disputed Iraqi defector Mohammed Shahab used in March 02 New Yorker article who
claimed Iraq connected to Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam
2004 US released Zarqawi letter to Al Qaeda Said goal to start sectarian war by attacking Shiites to rally
Sunnis to its cause
(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2004 Report White House 03 paper on Iraq WMD dropped qualifications and doubts from 02 Natl Intel Est
on Iraq
2007 Report Mahdi Army cleansing Sadiya Baghdad of Sunnis and Shiites moving in PM Maliki protecting
Sadr’s forces
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)
2007 1920 Revolution Brigades offered negotiation terms to US Included cancelling constitution and govt
Releasing prisoners Recognition of resistance Direct talks with US Disbanding militias Bringing back Saddam’s army
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2007 Pentagon Inspector Gen found DepDefSec Feith’s Office of Special Plans made its own intelligence
assessment that was inappropriate differed from intelligence community and wasn’t fully supported by intelligence Promoted story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in April 2001 Told White House intelligence community was wrong about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties
2008 Anbar Salvation Council gave Islamic Party 30 days to leave provincial council or be forced out Two
also competing over reconstruction contracts
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
2016 PM Abadi called for technocratic and non-partisan cabinet
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2016 Ramadi finally freed from IS by Iraqi forces

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