Thursday, December 13, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 13

1916 New British offensive launched up Tigris River to retake Kut from Ottomans
1920 Churchill argued at cabinet meeting that British should withdraw to Basra
            province to save money in Mesopotamia
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia/Iraq)
1994 KDP and PUK went back to war ending shortlived ceasefire over argument over tax collection
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1998 Head UN inspector Butler went over draft of his report to UN to White House so that it could
be revised Clinton wanted report harsher on Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1998 Clinton went over strike plans for Operation Desert Fox with Natl Sec Adv Berger
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Desert Fox)
2002 UK intel report said U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq could help motivate Islamists for
next 5 years
2002 Bush said military would have small pox vaccinations Was actually protection against possible
Iraq WMD attack during invasion
2003 U.S. forces captured Saddam outside Tikrit in Adwar
2003 Fmr Iraqi intelligence officer denied he met 9/11 hijacker Atta in Vienna in 2001
2003 RPGs fired at US forces during protest in Fallujah US fired into crowd 3 Iraqis killed
2004 PM Allawi blamed CPA disbanding military for rise in violence in Iraq
2004 Allawi govt claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta was trained by Abu Nidal in Baghdad in
            2001 Proved false
2005 NSC drafted 10 guidelines for putting together new permanent Iraqi govt Included competent
ministers not connected to Iran or Syria
2005 Border police seized Iranian tanker truck full of fake ballots for Dec election Driver claimed
other trucks had come across from Iran with ballots
2005 US negotiated ceasefire started with insurgents before Dec 15 parliamentary elections
2006 Bush met with Joint Chiefs Said Iraq War not going well Join Chiefs objected to surge idea
saying troops needed for other threats like NKorea Bush told Joint Chiefs he was going to have a troop surge despite their objections
2006 Report Saudi King Abdullah told VP Cheney at end of Nov 06 that Saudis would back Sunnis
            vs Shiites if US withdrew
2006 Speaker Mashadani responded to PM Maliki’s plan to have Iraqi forces take over security of
Baghdad Said it would only give militias control of city

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