Monday, September 17, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 17


1953 Mohammed al-Jamali became PM Cabinet included 7 Shiites most ever
Presented reform package which parliament rejected eventually bringing down his govt
1975 Iran and Iraq ratified border treaty between two
1980 Saddam called emergency session of parliament and announced 1975 Algiers
Treaty on border and Shatt al-Arab with Iran was voided Blamed Iran’s constant violations of Iraqi sovereignty for failure of 1975 treaty Said Shatt al-Arab needed to be Arab as it had been throughout history
1980 Saddam gave TV speech Said Iran violated 1975 Algiers Treaty was backing
Kurds Refused to return Iraqi territory Saddam then abrogated the 1949 Treaty of Good Relations and 1975 Algiers Treaty Also claimed sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway
1980 Heavy fighting broke out between Iraqi and Iranian forces in Shatt al-Arab
1995 SCIRI claimed it attacked 3 Iraqi army positions in Baghdad in September
1997 UN inspectors watched Iraqis moving files and burning documents while waiting
            for access to a WMD site
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1998 Italian paper claimed Iraq offered bin Laden safehaven if he was expelled from
            Afghanistan False story
1998 Talabani and Barzani met in Washington to announce power sharing deal in
            Kurdistan
2001 Iraq’s Foreign Minister Sabri said that Muslims and Arabs considered U.S. a
            terrorist state
2001 Bush said he believed Iraq was involved in 9/11 to his national security staff
2001 Bush told Rumsfeld to continue to revise Iraq war plans but that it wasn’t a
            priority
2001 Bush told Pentagon it needed to be ready to deal with Iraq if it acted against
            US interests
2001 Dep Sec of Def Wolfwotiz sent memos to Rumsfeld advocating for attacking Iraq
Said better than 10% chance Iraq behind 9/11Memo used Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie’s claim that Iraq behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing
(Musings On Iraq article on how Bush admin went from 9/11 to Iraq invasion)
2001 David Wurmser and Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie talked to media about
            possible Iraq role in 9/11
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
2001 Sen Allen told CNN US might think of regime change in Iraq
2002 National Security Strategy for Bush admin released Called for preemptive war to
            deal with rogue states
2002 UnderSecDefense Feith aide told DepDefSec Wolfowitz Cheney chief of staff Libby
and DepNatlSecAdv Hadley asked for chronology of 9/11 hijacker Atta’s travels after briefed by Feith’s staff that Atta met with Iraqi intel officer in Prague in 01
2003 Bush said no evidence Iraq involved in 9/11 but Iraq had ties to Al Qaeda
2003 Saddam audio tape released on Al Arabiya called for US to withdraw from Iraq
            and to increase attacks
2004 British forces raided Sadrist headquarters in Basra
2004 Draft of Iraq Survey Group report said Saddam wanted to produce WMD but had no
stocks or programs Said only WMD Iraq had were poisons for assassinations by Iraqi intelligence
2006 Anbar Salvation Council issued ultimatum for Al Qaeda in Iraq to leave Anbar
(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 Report Inter Min didn’t have political backing to purge police of militias US
commander said 5-6 of 27 National Police battalions were sectarian and criminal US began reform of National Police giving each battalion an inspection and training Maliki govt stopped Iraqi-US inspections of Iraqi prisons No officials charged with prisoner abuse despite lots of evidence Interior had fired 1500 police since June 2006 Fingerprint campaign found 1,228 police and Inter Min workers had been convicted of violent crimes under Saddam
2006 Report Pentagon tried to hire Republicans to staff CPA Hired many unqualified
personnel Thomas Foley in charge of privatizing state owned enterprises was a Republican Donor who went to college with Bush Foley put Jay Hallen former real estate agent in charge of Iraq’s stock market Hallen tried to reform market that Iraqis didn’t want so change rejected
2008 SIIC accused Maliki of creating Tribal Support Councils to bolster his support

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