Friday, January 28, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 28

 

1920 Turkish National Pact said Turkey gave up rights to all Ottoman provinces with Arab

majorities including Basra and Baghdad Did not include Mosul province which Turkey claimed had Turkish majority Kurds called Turks

(Musings On Iraq review Turkey, the US and Iraq)

1920 British claimed Mosul province which it occupied after armistice with Ottomans in 1918

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1941 Regent appointed 2 new ministers to try to unseat PM Gaylani leading Gaylani to plot

against Regent

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

1948 Sayid Mohammed al-Sadr became Iraq’s 2nd Shiite PM

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1954 PM Jamali ended martial law imposed Nov 1952

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Statesman, A portrait of Mohammed Fadhel Jamali)

1979 Saddam visited Syria for Higher Political Committee meeting to unify 2 countries Agreed to

meet in Baghdad to discuss constitutional changes to allow merger

1985 Iran attacked Qasr e-Shirin central Iran across from Diyala attempting to take mountains

outside Sumer

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

1985 Iraq attack took back most of South Majnoon Island Basra from Iranians

1987 Iraq air strike on Larak Island for 2nd time Was new Iranian loading port for tankers farther

south Thought to be out of range of Iraqi jets

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1987 Iraqi counterattack pushed Iranians out of beachhead west of Fish Lake defensive line in

Basra during Iran Op Karbala 5

(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 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(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)

1991 Saddam told CNN Iraq would be admired for its fighting spirit Iraq could use WMD but

hoped it wouldn’t go that far Said Iraq would win war

1998 UK discussed using force against Iraq to ensure continued UN weapons inspections

(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 Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

1999 Clinton’s Natl Sec Adv Berger OpEd in Wash Post said sanctions and Oil for Food program

positives because made Iraq spend money on its people

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

2003 Bush’s State of Union said Iraq wasn’t disarming and hiding its programs from UN inspections Said

Iraq had 25,000 liters of anthrax enough to make 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin Making sarin and VX gas Had mobile WMD labs Bush asked what 9/11 hijackers could’ve done if had WMD from Iraq Said UK learned Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for its nuke program Said Saddam was harboring Al Qaeda members

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

(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)

2003 UK For Sec Straw told For Office legal adv Wood that he didn’t think 2nd UN resolution was

necessary for action vs Iraq

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

2003 ORHA head Garner met with NSC’s Zalimay who said goal of postwar Iraq should be getting

Iraqis to govern as soon as possible

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 Report VP Cheney chief of staff Libby gave copy of his briefing on Iraq WMD and ties to Al Qaeda to

Sec State Powell to be used as basis for his UN speech

2004 Ex-Iraq Survey Group’s Kay told Congress everyone wrong about Iraq having stocks of WMD Did

have programs Called for investigation into intelligence failure on Iraq Didn’t believe White House pressured intel analysts

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

2004 White House said that Iraq Survey Group needed more time to make conclusions about

whether Iraq had WMD or not

2004 Hutton Inquiry said Sep 02 UK dossier on Iraq’s WMD had not been influenced by political

pressure from Blair govt

2004 UN Sec Gen Annan said UN delegation would go to Iraq to look into elections
2004 CPA Order 55 created Integrity Commission to investigate corruption

(Musings On Iraq Undermining Of The Integrity Commission Part II Of Washington And Baghdad’s Failed Attempt To Fight Corruption)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2006 Aglus Sunnah wal Jammah joined Mujahadeen Shura Council

2007 Soldiers of Heaven started revolt in Najaf leaving 263 killed 210 wounded US air and ground

forces had to be called in to help Iraqi forces defeat group

2007 Baquba mayor fired for charges of working with insurgents 1500 police fired by new provincial

police chief for deserting posts in Nov 2006

2007 Iran’s Amb to Iraq offered counter to Surge Said Iran would open banks fund major

reconstruction projects provide electricity and fuel train equip advise Iraqi forces

2007 Sec State Rice sent letter to Senate Armed Service Comm Said White House told Maliki

govt US backing was not open ended and expected Baghdad to pass certain laws Sametime said Maliki govt had not passed provincial election oil or deBaathification law

2007 ISI set of chlorine car bomb in Ramadi 16 killed

2008 Electricity Min said no improvement in power supply in 2007 Said would have to wait until 2011

for progress

2008 12 political parties signed agreement to resolve Kirkuk after Article 140 not implemented in 2007

Was never done

2008 Report Iran backed Special Groups were attacking Sahwa units in parts of Baghdad

2009 Early voting in provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Provincial Elections And Abuses)

(Musings On Iraq Information On Iraq’s Voting System)

2009 Report 2005 Christians accused Kurds of preventing them from voting in Ninewa Qaraqosh

had no ballot boxes Neighboring town Kurds fixed the vote 

2009 Finance Min asked foreign banks to open branches in Iraq and invest Said would clear

bureaucratic obstacles to doing business in Iraq Part of 2 day conference with banks from US England Turkey Iran Lebanon Jordan Bahrain No reforms ever made to Iraqi economy

2011 Protest in Mosul demanded govt release prisoners

2016 PM Abadi met with Pres Masum Speaker Jabouri to talk about technocratic govt and reforms

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2018 Report General Dynamics pulled out most of its maintenance crews for Iraqi army’s Abrams

tanks because some were in Hashd hands

(Musings On Iraq Pentagon Finally Realized Tanks It Sold To Iraq Ended Up With Pro-Iran Hashd Groups)

View the Iraq History Timelines 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Review The Weight of a Mustard Seed, The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny

Steavenson, Wendell, The Weight of a Mustard Seed, The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny, New York: Collins, 2009


 

The Weight of a Mustard Seed, The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny by journalist Wendell Steavenson is the story of General Kamel Sachet and his family and friends. General Sachet fought in the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War, and then served as governor of Maysan before he was executed by the government. Steavenson wanted to know why people like Sachet served the Baath, how it affected their morality and how they could live with themselves?

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 27

 

1925 League of Nations Commission on Mosul arrived in province to protests Was to

determine who would get Mosul Iraq or Turkey Commission interviewed hundreds of locals and mapped economy land trade routes ethnicities

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

1948 Communists called for more protests against Anglo-Iraq Treaty to try to topple govt Police opened fire

in Baghdad 300-400 killed and wounded Dep PM Baban 2 ministers Speaker of parliament 30 MPs resigned

(Musings On Iraq 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)

1948 Opposition called for end of Anglo-Iraq Treaty Dissolution of Parliament New elections PM

Jabr to resign

1948 Regent demanded PM Jabr resign Regent made radio broadcast calling for calm

1955 Radio Cairo called on King Faisal II to withdraw Iraq from Iraq-Turkey security agreement

Accused PM Said of turning over Iraq to Israel and imperialists

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Under General Nuri, My Recollections of Nuri al-Said, 1954-1958)

1969 14 hung in Baghdad after show trial over alleged Israeli spy ring uncovered by Saddam 9 were Jews

Bakr govt declared execution day a national holiday and bused in people from around the country to watch After executions Bakr and other Baath leaders gave speeches to crowd against Zionist threat

1981 In response to demands from Iraq that it had lost air superiority to Iran at start of Iran-Iraq War

France started shipping first Mirage fighters secretly using plane painted in Jordanian colors

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1983 Saddam rejected offer by Iran to discuss 7 disputed areas but said was ready to talk about

ceasefire in war

1985 Iraq launched 1st large offensive in 2 yrs to try to take back Majnoon Islands Basra Deployed 2

corps Iraq gained bridgehead on island but Iranian reinforcements defeated operation

(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 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)

1998 Head UN inspector Butler quoted in NYTimes saying Iraq had enough biological weapons

and missiles to “blow away” Tel Aviv

1998 UN chief Annan demanded head UN inspector Butler apologize for NYTimes interview

which he did

2002 Gen Franks briefed Sec Def Rumsfeld on latest war plan Said Iraqi military degraded by sanctions

Wanted info campaign vs Iraq to start Franks claimed the more the US got involved against Saddam the less Iraqi people would support regime Franks had cut war plan to 150 days down from 7 months and 245,000 troops Franks wanted to cut timeline for war down to even less time

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy

Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq Vol 1 – Chapter 2 Regime Change)

2003 Head UN inspector Blix told Security Council that Iraq cooperating with inspections but had

not accepted disarmament Blix asked what undeclared WMD items did Iraq have Asked did it illegally produce anything after 98 Blix said Iraq’s Dec WMD declaration had provided no new info and not answered questions Said were questions about Iraq’s production of anthrax VX gas and WMD bombs from Iran-Iraq War

(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)

2003 IAEA head El Baradei told Security Council IAEA had found no evidence of an active nuclear

program in Iraq Said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were probably for rockets not nukes

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2003 Sec State Powell said Iraq was hiding its WMD

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2003 US intelligence said Blix would back off next declaration to UN on inspections because didn't

want to start war

2003 Some in White House believed Blix lying about inspections and could not be trusted

2003 Bush believed US stuck in inspection process and pushed him towards war

2003 CIA report said Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger in 1999 Said was uranium in warehouse

in Benin but was going to France not Iraq Niger story fake

2003 CIA Dir Tenet given copy of Bush’s State of the Union address that included claim that Iraq

tried to buy uranium from Niger Tenet didn’t read speech Niger story fake

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

2003 CIA Berlin chief said that Iraqi defector CURVEBALL was considered a problem by Germans

and they hadn’t confirmed any of his stories of mobile WMD labs Didn’t exist

(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)

2003 ORHA began contracting for supplies and personnel for post-war Iraq 2 months before invasion

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy

Tragedy)

2003 William Safire in NYTimes said Zarqawi went to Baghdad Then to Kurdistan to Ansar al-

Islam proving Iraq-Al Qaeda link

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review The Master Plan, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy For Final Victory)

2004 Ex-IraqSurveyGroup head Kay Iraq told UN in 1995 it had destroyed WMD and nuke

program but no one believed them

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

2005 Insurgents blew up school in Baghdad going to be used as polling station in Jan 05 vote Videotaped

execution of Iraqiya candidate Meant to intimidate voters

2006 Report shifting US reconstruction money to security meant 60% of water and 125 electricity

projects would not be finished

2007 Report more than 800 had volunteered for Anbar police due to Awakening in Dec 2006 Fmr

Anbar Gov Gaood MP Salah al-Mutlaq both said they opposed Awakening

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2008 Of roughly 100,000 Sahwa 9,000 were signed and screened to join the ISF Was far below what govt

promised

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2010 US CENTCOM cmdr Gen Petraeus said Accountability and Justice Comm was working for

Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force Commission accused Petraeus of working with Baathists

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Shiite Parties Turn To Blaming America Before The March Elections)

2010 UN reported 167,740 displaced and 37,090 refugees had returned to home areas in 2009 Was

down from 2008 figures 2009 Maliki govt tried to end displacement/refugee crisis but failed due to lack of policy

(Musings On Iraq 2009 Numbers On Displaced and Refugee Returns To Iraq)

2010 Report Chilcot Inquiry found that Foreign Secretary Straw told PM Blair regime change not

justification for Iraq war Needed new U.N. resolution Foreign Office legal advisor told Straw Iraq war would not be legal without 2nd resolution Attorney Gen Lord Goldsmith initially said 2nd resolution needed

2010 Fmr Attorney Gen Lord Goldsmith told Chilcot Inquiry that Foreign Sec Straw convinced

him Iraq war legal in Feb 03 1st Goldsmith said 2nd UN resolution needed to make war legal Feb 03 Goldsmith said war legal with just UN Res 1441

2012 Bombing of Shiite funeral left over 90 casualties

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2014 Report Obama said IS was a jayvee basketball team

View the Iraq History Timelines 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Coordination Framework and Sadr Inch Closer To Agreement On New Govt

(Reuters)
Talks over forming Iraq’s new government are inching forward. The biggest issue right now is whether Nouri al-Maliki from State of Law and Qais al-Khazali from Asaib Ahl Al-Haq will be included in the next regime or not. They are longtime rivals of Moqtada al-Sadr who wants to exclude them.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 26

 

1948 PM Jabr returned to Iraq from England Met with Regent Blamed Dep PM Baban for protests Said

Baghdad Law College should have been closed and more force used against protests

1948 PM Jabr told Regent he would resign but got 24 hrs to take care of protests

1948 PM Jabr made radio broadcast Called for calm Said he would explain the new Anglo-Iraq Treaty to

public Told police to put down protests by any means

1955 Radio Cairo called on Iraqis to follow Portsmouth Treaty riots overthrow PM Said and withdraw from

Iraq-Turkey security agreement

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Under General Nuri, My Recollections of Nuri al-Said, 1954-1958)

1965 Pres Arif announced he was ending special powers given to him in May 1963

1982 Iran and Iraq agreed to family visits for prisoners of war

1987 Islamic Conference Organization invited Iran and Iraq to summit in Kuwait Iran said no

1987 UN Sec Gen de Cuella addressed Islamic Conf Org saying aggressor in Iran-Iraq War needed

to be determined

(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 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)

1991 Saddam lost confidence in Iraqi Air Force Ordered most of the fleet to be flown to Iran

in hopes that it could be saved and recovered later

(Musings On Iraq review F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25, Iraq 1991)

1997 Iraqi National Accord operative gave interview saying CIA behind bombing campaign in Iraq

from 1994-95

1998 Project for New American Century sent letter to Clinton demanding US overthrow Saddam

11 of 18 signatories would join Bush admin

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

2003 Sec State Powell speech asked why Iraq tried to buy uranium Reference to Iraq-Niger uranium deal

Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2003 PM Blair said Iraq non-cooperation with UN inspectors was material breach of UN Resolution

(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)

2004 Japanese troops deployed to Iraq as part of Coalition of Willing

2004 Report CPA officials were questioning influence of Ayatollah Sistani and whether all major

CPA decisions would have to get his approval

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 11 The Gathering Storm)

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2004 Report Pentagon signed new $96 mil contract with Harris Co to set up Iraqi news outlet to

broadcast US messaging to Iraqis Previous company contracted by Pentagon for Iraqi news outlet couldn’t find equipment Didn’t pay Iraqi workers Made poorly produced news

2005 Insurgent umbrella group announced campaign to disrupt that year’s elections

2005 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey said US and Iraqi forces killing more insurgents and taking fight

to Sunni areas Said Iraqi forces could not secure country but could secure voting stations during elections

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2006 Al Qaeda sent letter to Ansar al-Sunnah suggested it merge with Al Qaeda in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2007 US arrested Sheikh Daraji Sadr’s media director in Baghdad

2007 Report Bush authorized killing and capturing Iranians in Iraq Fall 06 US arrested dozens of Iranians

but released them White House believed hitting Iran hard in Iraq would make it step back from its nuke program Summer 06 US decided to confront Iran more directly in Iraq Said Iran had to pay price for interfering in Iraq and threatening US CIA Dir Hayden warned that new policy could just lead to Iranian retaliation Sec State Rice worried about policy escalating to direct confrontation with Iran Some wanted US to go after Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq as much as Islamic State of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2007 Fmr Cheney media aide Martin said VP dictated talking points to his Chief of Staff Libby to use

with reporters to discredit fmr Amb Wilson on Iraq-Niger uranium story Talked about leaking info to reporters Cheney also ordered Martin to track news stories about Wilson Martin contradicted Libby’s claim that he found out Wilson’s wife’s name from journalist Wilson claimed he found no evidence of Iraq-Niger uranium deal Claimed Cheney knew about his findings and continued to lie about it Cheney didn’t hear about Wilson’s account Niger deal fake

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

2007 UK report Security in Basra deteriorated Basrawis lived in fear due to Mahdi Army and other

militias British and ISF not seen as reliable by public

2008 FBI agent that interviewed Saddam after capture said he never expected a US invasion Thought

Bush would only bomb Iraq Saddam considered Iran real threat

2009 Yazidi MP from Ninewa accused KDP of attacking his family after he accused Kurds in 3rd

Army division putting up posters for Kurdish parties

2009 Report 16 Tribal Support Councils set up in Qadisiya Run by Dawa member Each member of

council able to hire up to 20 and give them govt jobs Part of patronage system for PM Maliki before 09 elections

2009 Report Late 07 and Dec 08 2 attempts at no confidence vote against PM Maliki Couldn’t agree

on who should replace him US also opposed

2009 Iran’s Foreign Min confirmed that it’s new ambassador to Iraq was a member of the Iranian

Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force

(Musings On Iraq New Iranian Ambassador To Iraq Confirmed As Revolutionary Guards Member)

2010 Parliament passed Iraq’s 2010 budget for $72.4 bil up from $58.6 bil in 2009 Largest budget since

03 70% of spending was for govt salaries pensions food ration system services Cut salaries of top officials by 10-20% Was so large because politicians wanted to use in 2010 election

(Musings On Iraq 2010 Iraq Budget Passed)

2010 Accountability and Justice Comm claimed Election Comm asked them to review 600

candidates to see if they had Baathist connections which led to banning 511 candidates

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

2010 Human Rights Comm said on going abuses at Iraq’s jails/prisons due to justice system

relying upon confessions often obtained via torture Also overcrowding corruption lack of trials

(Musings On Iraq Report Of Continuing Abuse In Iraqi Prisons)

2011 Insurgents caught crossing from Syria to Anbar Said they got aid from Syrian govt

(Musings On Iraq More On Syria’s Support For Iraq’s Insurgency 2011-2012)

2015 After battle with IS in Barwanah Diyala Hashd killed 70 civilians

2017 All of east Mosul freed by Iraqi forces after PM Abadi declared it cleared already

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

2020 Govt crackdown on protests continued with attacks on sites in Baghdad Basra Nasiriya

with 12 killed

(Musings On Iraq New Govt Crackdown On Iraq Protests)

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

View the Iraq History Timelines 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

ExxonMobile Withdraws From Iraq’s Oil Industry

(AFP)
At the start of January Baghdad approved the Iraqi National Oil Company buying ExxonMobile’s share of the West Qurna 1 oil field located in Basra. The American company has a 32.7% stake in the field worth approximately $350 million. ExxonMobile has been talking about exiting Iraq for almost a year now.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 25

 

865 Mutazz acknowledged as the new Abbasid caliph in Baghdad

1917 British attack on Ottoman positions along Hai River outside Kut pushed back

1959 Gen Qasim legalized trade unions

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1967 Pres Johnson met 5 Iraqi generals and Iraqi Amb Hani at White House and said that they

would build closer ties

1981 Islamic Conference Organization created group to try to mediate end to Iran-Iraq War

1987 3rd War of the Cities ended

(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 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)

1990 OPEC said Kuwait and UAE agreed to limit oil exports to try to settle dispute with Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1995 Saddam discussed how Iraq had created a deterrent to protect every Arab capital from Israel

with WMD

1996 Member of Iraqi National Accord made recording of his operation in Iraq setting off bombs

Complained he didn’t have enough money and explosives Ops were funded by CIA 

1998 Report US was preparing strike against Iraq called Operation Desert Thunder for non

cooperation with UN inspectors US was hoping to cause a confrontation with inspectors to attack Iraq

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors and CIA Spying On Iraq In The 90s)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Neighbors, Not Friends, Iraq And Iran After The Gulf Wars)

2003 Military Industrialization Commission officials had Republican Guard commanders sign docs

that they had no WMD in units

2003 Cheney chief of staff Libby briefed White House on case vs Iraq’s WMD and Al Qaeda ties

Said Iraq hiding its WMD and cleaning sites before UN inspections Said Iraq-Al Qaeda ties strong Libby played recording of 2 Al Qaeda operatives talking about poisons that Libby said they got from Iraq Libby claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intelligence in Prague up to 4 times Story false

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2004 Ex-Iraq Survey Group Head Kay US intel was wrong about Iraq’s WMD US intel had to

explain why they failed on Iraq Kay said Iraq tried to restart nuke program in 2000-01 but didn’t get far Kay said Iraq had active biological weapons program 1998 US bombing had stopped Iraq’s chemical weapons program

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

(Musings On Iraq How Operation Desert Fox Finished Off Iraq’s WMD Programs)

2005 Bush admin said it would ask Congress for another $80 bil for Iraq and Afghanistan wars

2005 Human Rights Watch reported arbitrary arrests torture abuse threats corruption in Iraqi

justice system

2006 Report US wanted to make Iraqi army light infantry force to fight insurgency and not

threaten neighbors Meant given no artillery or heavy weapons besides 77 T-72 tanks

2007 PM Maliki presented new Baghdad security plan as part of Surge Said he would go after militias and

protect human rights He didn’t Called on govt to recruit from all communities and be presented throughout bureaucracy to address complaints about marginalization as opening to Sunnis Sheikh Janabi asked why were parts of Baghdad under siege and said govt should be killing terrorists not civilians Demanded release of prisoners Said Iraqi intel should be reviewed by both Sunnis and Shiites Demanded end to deBaathification Maliki accused Janabi of being responsible for kidnapping 150 people Speaker Mashadani admonished Maliki for attacking a MP Live TV broadcast was quickly cut off

2009 Report PM Maliki tried to remove Kurdish officers from 2 army divisions in Ninewa Ninewa

Ops Command twice said it would remove KDP Dep Governor of Ninewa from office

2010 3 international hotels bombed in Baghdad

2010 Accountability and Justice Comm reinstated 59 banned candidates saying there were errors in

paperwork

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

2013 ISF killed 9 protesters at Fallujah protest camp for throwing stones

2015 Yazidi militias and YPG forced Arabs out of Om Danabuk, Sinjar Killed 10 and looted village

2015 Badr’s Amiri claimed all of Diyala cleared of IS

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

2020 Protest sites attacked in Baghdad Basra Najaf Nasiriya after Sadr withdrew support

            1 killed in Baghdad 3 in Nasiriya

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This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 28

  1920 Turkish National Pact said Turkey gave up rights to all Ottoman provinces with Arab majorities including Basra an...