Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 11

1922 Colonial Sec Churchill told King Feisal accepted England supporting Iraq’s
Membership in League of Nations after Anglo-Iraq Treaty signed Feisal demanded Iraqi sovereignty and thought he had right to League membership without England
1929 Iraq High Commissioner Clayton told Baghdad that it would be admitted to League
            of Nations for independence in 1932
1961 After Gen Qasim rejected Barzani Kurdish rights plan he called for revolt against govt
Kurds ambushed an Iraqi army column starting Kurdish revolt against Qasim govt
1980 Iraq sent protest letter to Iran about border incidents Said Iran violated intl law
            and Iraq would defend itself
1982 Iraq agreed to Arab League ceasefire proposal including withdrawing from
            Iran $70 bil in reparations Iran said no
1985 Iran seized western Majnoon Islands Iraq counterattacked but failed to dislodge
            Iranians Did stop advance
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones 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)
1990 Iraq released edited version of Saddam’s meeting with US Amb Glaspie Saddam told
Amb Glaspie Iraq would take military action vs Kuwait if it didn’t give into Iraq’s Demands
1996 KDP took control of all of Kurdistan after pushing PUK out with help of
            Iraqi army
2001 Bush asked whether Iraq was involved in 9/11 because Saddam backed
            Palestinian terrorists
2001 Rice told UK Amb to US Meyer that White House was looking into whether Iraq
            involved in 9/11
2001 5 hrs after 9/11 Def Sec Rumsfeld wrote memo asking for info on whether US
            should attack Saddam and Iraq
2001 Rumsfeld told Pentagon lawyer to talk to Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz about Iraq-Al
            Qaeda connections
2001 At NSC meeting Rumsfeld brought up bombing Iraq
2001 Counterterrorism chief Clarke said Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz were taking
            advantage of 9/11 to push their Iraq agenda
2001 Bush said that US should get rid of Saddam and told some aides to look into
            Iraq-Al Qaeda connections
2001 In 2003 Bush would say 9/11 changed his mind about the problems Saddam could
            pose Said he no longer believed in containment afterward
2001 Report that Saddam put his forces on alert and retreated to a bunker in Tikrit area
            showing he was involved in 9/11
2001 DepSecDef Wolfowitz told TV show that US would target govts that supported
            terrorism Mentioned Iraq as example of that type of state
(Musings On Iraq article on how Bush admin went from 9/11 to Iraq invasion)
2001 Italian intelligence told CIA that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from Niger
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2002 UK intel report that Iraq was producing WMD 7 days a week in facilities throughout
the country Warned overthrow of Saddam would increase chances of WMD falling into hands of terrorists & terrorism overall
2002 Blair said parliament had to discuss Iraq and WMD Told Parliament war with Iraq
would increase terrorism threat but Saddam giving WMD to terrorists was larger concern
2002 Bush told Rice and Powell he would ask for new UN resolution vs Iraq
2002 Bush said he had gotten support from Australian Premier Howard and Spanish
            Pres Aznar for action against Iraq
2002 Sen Graham asked CIA for new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq
2002 Bush speechwriter Gerson called another speechwriter Gibson that Iraq tried to buy
uranium from Niger and wanted it included in Bush’s UN speech CIA was going to allow Niger claim be used in Bush’s UN speech initially, but then changed mind saying it was single source and unconfirmed
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2002 White House asked CIA to clear use of aluminum tubes story for Bush UN speech
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 DepDefSec Wolfowitz said Saddam connected to terrorism and Al Qaeda and bin
            Laden now trying to work with ex-Baathists
2003 Report Pentagon made no detailed plans for postwar Iraq Hoped Chalabi and INC
            would take over govt
2004 Zarqawi recording condemned Muslims who were not supporting jihad in Iraq
2005 Report 70% of Iraqi detainees picked up by US released for lack of evidence or being
a threat 1000s of innocent Iraqis being held in US detention facilities for months before being released US mass arrests causing widespread resentment against Americans
2006 Bush speech US being tested like Cold War and withdrawing from Iraq would
            be catastrophe US strategy at time was to withdraw from Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Wash Post report Marine intel reported US losing in Anbar due to lack of troops no
            functioning Iraqi govt Caused US politicians to question war
2006 Ramadi area sheikhs met to plan announcement of Anbar Awakening
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar Awakening)
(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)
2006 Cheney told Meet The Press insurgency had gone on longer than expected May 2005
Cheney said insurgency in “last throes” Defended invasion of Iraq saying Saddam supported terrorism and would have restarted WMD programs if not for US Blamed fmr CIA Dir Tenet for bad pre-war intel on Iraq
2015 Kataib Hezbollah said no Hashd or lovers of Islam should join protests Claimed
            they were being controlled by US

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