Saturday, January 27, 2018

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
1925 Commission interviewed hundreds of locals and mapped economy, land, trade
            routes, ethnicities
1948 Communists called for more protests against Anglo-Iraq Treaty to topple govt
1948 Mass demonstration against Anglo-Iraq treaty led to clashes with police in
            Baghdad 77 killed Hundreds wounded
2002 Gen Franks briefed Rumsfeld on latest war plan Said Iraqi military degraded by
            sanctions Wanted info campaign vs Iraq to start
2002 Gran Franks claimed the more the U.S. got involved against Saddam the less
            Iraqi people would support regime
2002 Gen Franks had cut war plan to 150 days down from 7 months and 245,000 troops
2002 Gen Franks wanted to cut timeline for war down to even less time
2003 Head UN inspector Blix told Security Council that Iraq cooperating with
            inspections but had not accepted disarmament  
2003 Head UN inspector Blix asked what undeclared WMD items did Iraq have Asked
            did it illegally produce anything after 98
2003 UN head inspector Blix said Iraq’s Dec WMD declaration had provided no new
            info and not answered questions
2003 Head UN inspector Blix said were questions about Iraq’s production of anthrax
            VX gas and WMD bombs from Iran-Iraq War
2003 El Baradei told Security Council IAEA had found no evidence of an active
            nuclear program in Iraq
2003 El Baradei said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were probably for rockets
            not nuclear program
2003 Powell said Iraq was hiding its WMD
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
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
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
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
2003 ORHA began contracting for supplies and personnel for post-war Iraq 2 months
            before invasion
2003 William Safire NYTimes piece said Zarqawi went to Baghdad Then to Kurdistan
            to Ansar al-Islam proving Iraq-Al Qaeda link
2004 Ex-IraqSurveyGroup head Kay Iraq told UN in 1995 it had destroyed WMD
            and nuke program but no one believed them
2006 Report shifting US reconstruction money to security meant 60% of water and 125
            electricity projects would not be finished
2012 bombing of Shiite funeral left over 90 casualties

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