Friday, November 13, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 13


1929 PM Sadoun shot himself due to criticism he faced over his performance

1963 Baath National Guard commander Wandawi began bombing Rasheed Camp while Guard

rampaged through Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Socialist Iraq, A Study in Iraqi Politics Since 1968)

1963 Baath Sec Gen Sadi said party run by new 15 member council headed by Gen Bakr

1980 Iraq launched new attack in Khuzistan province southern Iran Attacked Dezful but stopped

after only a few miles Iran counterattacked and recaptured Alvan Shush Naderi Iraq attacked Ahwaz but got stuck

(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 review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

1981 UN Resolution 36/27 again criticized Israel’s destruction of Osirak nuclear reactor and said

Israel should pay for damages

1982 Saddam ran informal referendum backed by pro-Saddam marches

1986 Rev Command Council meeting believed Israel was behind Reagan selling weapons to Iran in

Iran-Contra scandal

1991 Saddam replaced cousin Interior Minister Ali Hassan al-Majid with his half brother Wathban

Ibrahim Hassan

1992 Turkey began withdrawing troop after month long operation in norther Kurdistan against PKK

1995 KDP and PUK restarted US brokered peace talks to end civil war but came to no agreement

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

1997 Iraq expelled US members of UN weapons inspectors accusing them of being


(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

1998 Tariq Aziz told CNN UN inspectors spying for US and Israel

1998 UN chief Annan sent letter to Saddam saying he had to cooperate with inspectors to avoid a

US-UK military strike Annan told Iraq that if cooperated with inspectors Security Council would discuss Iraq’s disarmament to move towards ending sanctions

1998 Countries told Iraq that if it didn’t back down on inspectors it would be hit by US within 24


1998 Iraq sent letter to UN blaming US for blocking review of Iraq’s disarmament Said because of

UN chief Annan it would cooperate with inspectors again

1998 Tariq Aziz went on CNN to say that Iraq would let inspectors return US B-52 bombers were

only about an hour away from bombing Iraq Clinton recalled them

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2002 Iraq accepted UN Resolution 1441 to allow UN weapons inspectors

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 3.6 Development of UK Strategy and Options, November 2002 to January 2003)

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld memo to Bush Said inspections were important because Saddam would make a

mistake and the military would be ready to react as soon as Bush gave the order

2002 PM Blair said that goal of UN Res 1441 was disarming Iraq not regime change

2002 PM Blair told UK cabinet that UN Res 1441 meant military action could be taken against Iraq in

case of violations without a 2nd resolution

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

2003 US forces launched Op Iron Hammer to hunt down insurgents in Baghdad

2005 US forces found 173 prisoners in secret prison in Baghdad run by Badr unit of Interior Ministry

Prisoners were tortured

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

2005 18 Sunni men found handcuffed blindfolded and shot in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2006 Bush met Iraq Study Group Said Iraq part of ideological struggle in world Said US needed to

back PM Maliki Group didn’t think Bush knew what victory in Iraq meant besides platitudes

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2006 Iraq Study Group met with US Cmdr Iraq Gen Casey who said Iraqis had to eventually take

control of own affairs Casey said that sectarian violence problem in Iraq but PM Maliki only talked about Baathists

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

2006 Iraq Study Group met with US embassy charge d’affaires Speckhard Said Op Together Forward in

Baghdad would rally Iraqis behind Maliki govt and move politics forward

2006 Iraq Study Group met with US ground forces cmdr Gen Chiarelli Said providing services as

important as security Iraq Warned Health Transportation Agriculture ministries controlled by Sadr

2006 Iraq Study Group met with Gen Peterson who ran police training Denied police were corrupt and

full of militia Study Group thought he was delusional

2006 Iraq Study Group met with PM Maliki Blamed all of Iraq’s problems on Baathists

2006 Iraq Study Group met with VP Hashemi Said terrorism militias Interior Min biggest problems in

Iraq Said US had to go after militias

2006 Iraq Study Group met ISCI head Hakim Said reconciliation not needed because Iraq had unity govt

Said would never reconcile with Baathists Said Shiites were paying back Baathists for killing them under Saddam Said US had to deal with Sunnis

2006 Iraq Study Group met Dep PM Mutlaq Said distrust between Sunnis and Shiites debilitated govt

Said Shiites had to learn to share power Sunnis had to realize they weren’t going to return to power Said US didn’t have enough troops in Iraq

2006 Iraq Study Group met CIA Dir Hayden who said Maliki govt only talked about Baathists not

sectarian violence Hayden said stable and democratic Iraq may not be possible

2006 Iraq Study Group met foreign newspaper bureau chiefs Said Iraq de facto being divided between

Shiites and Sunnis State and Defense delusional in claiming enough troops in Iraq

2006 Dep Cmdr US forces in Anbar said Baghdad wasn’t paying police in province and Anbaris felt

Baghdad neglecting them Maliki govt claimed ghost police hindered paying forces

2006 Weekly Standard had two OpEds by Frederick Kagan criticizing Bush admin for not sending

enough troops to Iraq and calling for temporary troop surge to stabilize country Kagan helped draft plan that would lead to Surge

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

2007 Karbala fired 340 police linked to Mahdi Army Part of conflict between ISCI and Sadrists for control

of south

2007 Report Still sectarian fighting in Baghdad’s Sadiya and Salam Amil Baya Jihad Shurta Rabia ceasefires

made between Sunnis and Shiites Bodies found civilians killed car bombings all down since start of 07 Life returning to central Baghdad Shops re-opening

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2008 Iraqi Army following Order 101 moved to evict 4,000 squatters from Hurriya Baghdad Was

supposed to allow displaced to return to area Were mostly Shiite who had moved into area after Sunnis were expelled during civil war

(Musings On Iraq Government Moves Against Squatters In Hurriyah, Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

2008 MP Latif gave petition to Election Commission calling for referendum to turn Basra into

federal region Effort failed

(Musings On Iraq Proposition To Form Basra Federal Region)

2008 Bulgaria announced it would withdraw troops by end of 08 Deployed in 2003 13 soldiers and

            6 civilians killed

2008 Head of Diyala council said most police jobs in province given out through secret deals between

police chief and tribes

2013 Fallujah’s mayor killed by a sniper

2015 Peshmerga freed Sinjar town

2016 Iraqi forces freed Nimrod Ninewa

2019 Activists Saba Mahdawia nd Ali Hashim who were abducted in Baghdad were

released with no details

(Musings On Iraq News On Kidnaped Iraq Activists)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

2019 800 students and teachers joined sit-in site in Basra Protest at Majnoon oil field

Politicians’ house burned in Dhi Qar

2019 Sadr again called for his followers to join protests

2019 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq reportedly kidnapped Interior Min General Jabbar in Baghdad for denying it seats

in institute he runs

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq Blamed For Kidnapping Iraqi General In Baghdad)

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