Monday, March 16, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 16


1917 UK War Cabinet created Mesopotamia administration committee to decide on form of govt
in captured areas
1921 Churchill told Foreign Secretary Lloyd George there was no longer a plan for a Kurdish state
            Instead Kurds would be included in new Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1959 Gen Qasim signed economic agreement with Soviet Union to move away from England and
west
1959 Nasser organized 50,000 for anti-Iraq protest in Cairo
1975 Iraqi forces launched new offensive against Kurds after Iran stopped supporting them as part of
Algiers agreement
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
(Musings On Iraq book review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)
1982 Iraq’s Dep PM Yassin Ramadan said Iraq ready to withdraw from Iran and would accept ceasefire in
Iran-Iraq War
1984 Iran fought off Iraqi effort to free Majnoon Islands in Basra  
1984 CIA Station Chief in Lebanon William Buckley kidnapped by Islamic Jihad-Hezbollah and sent
to Iran Was retaliation for US support for Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Buckley’s kidnapping)
1985 Republican Guard joined counterattack against Iran Op Badr in south Iran threw in reserves Iraq
recaptured Ajrada Sabkha Beida 2,000 Iranians captured
(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 of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
(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 The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)
1988 Saddam accused residents in Halabja of working with Iran Said “Kill them all” Ordered mustard
and nerve gas attack upon town Killed 5,000 Kurds to recapture town
(Musings On Iraq article on the attack upon Halabja)
1991 Saddam made 1st address since Gulf War Blamed southern uprising on Iran Said Kurds worked
with foreigners and always defeated
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on 1st hand accounts of 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s view of 1991 Uprising)
(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)
1992 Baghdad set off car bomb in Irbil after warning Kurds not to ally with foreign powers
2003 Azores summit with Bush PM Blair Portuguese PM Barroso Bush said that Iraq war would start in
days not weeks Agreed to give 2nd UN resolution 24 more hours
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)
2003 Bush and PM Blair gave UN 24 hour ultimatum to enforce its own resolutions on Iraq disarming or
they would invade
2003 PM Blair got transcript of 60 Minutes interview with Pres Chirac who said he wanted 30 more days
for UN inspections
2003 PM Blair complained that US screwed up a 2nd UN resolution on Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 VP Cheney told Meet The Press that Americans would be greeted as liberators in Iraq Said that
Army Chief of Staff Gen Shinseki was wrong that US would need more troops to occupy Iraq than invade Told NBC that if world didn’t deal with Iraq it would go back to producing WMD Was already reconstituting its nuclear weapons program Claimed UN inspectors were wrong about Iraq’s weapons program in general citing Iraq buying aluminum tubes which US claimed were for centrifuges Said Iraq had long standing relationship with Al Qaeda
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)
2003 ORHA staff that was to run postwar Iraq began leaving US for Kuwait
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)
(Musings On Iraq article Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)
2003 Report US and France sources for all of Iraq’s germ samples for its biological weapons program in
the 1980s
2004 UK Parliament report said British forces had bad intel on Iraq and govt limited them due to fears of
anti-war sentiment
2004 DepDefSec Wolfowitz said Iraq invasion proved US claims about Iraq’s links to terrorism
2006 New Iraqi parliament seated after Dec 05 elections
2007 2 PM Maliki aides said premier told Sadr to stand down Mahdi Army at start of Surge In return
Maliki would push US to focus upon insurgency rather than militias
2007 ISI set off chlorine bombs in Amiriya Fallujah Fallujahand Ramadi 2 Awakening sheikhs killed
(Musings On Iraq article on tribes turning on Al Qaeda in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Green on Fallujah during the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Nvy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq review Fallujah Redux The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle With Al Qaeda)
2007 Sadr called on followers to resist U.S. occupation 1000s of Sadrists marched
2008 PM Maliki said he was going to take on security in Basra and that he was going to lead effort
personally
2008 Mahdi Army fought police in 2 villages in Diyala
2008 Fmr head of Defense Policy Board Perle NYTimes OpEd said plan to turn over Iraq to Iraqis right
after invasion stopped by Sec State Powell Natl Sec Adv Rice and CIA Dir Tenet Said US thought it knew better than Iraqis Said Iraqi opposition should have run Iraq Said underestimated how badly Bush admin could mess things up
2008 CPA head Bremer NYTimes OpEd Said US didn’t have postwar Iraq plan Didn’t have
counterinsurgency plan after invasion Only sent half the troops necessary Regreted not pushing for better military plan
(Musings On Iraq book review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2008 Report 1/3 or more of fuel from Baiji refinery stolen in 07 believed worth $2bil ISI thought
to make up to $100,000/day from refinery Feb 08 head of intel at refinery arrested for smuggling and supporting insurgents
2008 Report PM Maliki advisor said would take years to rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure Adv to Electricity
Min said budget for reconstruction only half of what was needed Power plants only producing at 50% capacity
2015 PM Abadi asked US for airstrikes to help Tikrit operation that was stalled Would put ISF backed by
Coalition airstrikes in lead in war
2015 Report Iran sent short range ballistic missiles to its allies in the Hashd for Tikrit operation
(Musings On Iraq News Of Iran Moving Missiles Into Iraq Continue)
2018 Turkey launched operation against PKK moving 15km into Irbil province
2018 Hundreds protested in Baghdad over lack of services Blocked a main road

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