Tuesday, February 6, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History – Feb 6

1977 Bakr govt put down Shiite protests killing 16 and arresting around 2000
            Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim and others arrested
1991 Jordan’s King Hussein condemned Saudis for letting Arab land be used to attack
            Iraq during Gulf War
1999 Guardian reported that Dec 98 Iraqis met with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan Claimed
            Iraq offered bin Laden asylum
2001 US and UK launched largest air strikes on Iraq in 2 yrs to destroy fiber optic
            communications system Iraq trying to install
2002 CIA officials told NY Times Iraq not taken part in any anti-U.S. terrorism since
            1993 attempt on ex-Pres Bush
2002 US intel officials told NY Times 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague
2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw wrote Attny Gen Lord Goldsmith challenging need for 2nd UN
            resolution to go to war with Iraq
2003 Press revealed most of UK intel dossier on Iraq trying to hide WMD was
            plagiarized from a US college student’s paper
2003 NYTimes Washington Post USA Today editorials all said Powell’s UN speech
            convinced them of Iraq threat
2003 Khalizad met with Turkmen Front Kurds Turks to try to make deal between
            Ankara and Kurds to facilitate using Turkey for invasion
2004 Bush announced Silberman-Robb commission to look into U.S. pre-war intel
            on Iraq’s WMD after none found
2004 Report DIA said CURVEBALL intel on Iraq mobile WMD labs was questionable
            in 02 Never passed to rest of intel community
2006 US Iraq Amb Khalizad said US talking to Iraqi insurgents in Anbar Syria Jordan
            Anbar Sheikh Fahadawi assassinated for taking part in talks
2007 Iranian diplomat detained by Iraqi police commandos and accused CIA of
torturing him after his release

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